Executive Officers

Steven C. Cooper , , , CEO

Steven C. Cooper has served as a Director and the Company's Chief Executive Officer since 2006, and has served as President since 2005. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Cooper served as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and from August 2000 to February 2001 as the Vice President of Finance; and from April 1999 to August 2000 as the Company's Corporate Controller. Prior to joining the Company in 1999, Mr. Cooper held various senior management positions with Deloitte & Touche LLP, providing professional services, and Albertsons, Inc., an NYSE-listed retail company.

Mr. Cooper has extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, finance, and accounting for the Company as well as in his prior career. Mr. Cooper is the only management member of the Board, thus his participation on the Board fulfills a critical communication and leadership role.

Patrick Beharelle , , , President, Chief Operating Officer

Patrick Beharelle is TrueBlue President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) responsible for leading sales and operations across the organization. Patrick had served as President and COO of TrueBlue's Outsourcing Solutions group since June 2014 following TrueBlue's acquisition of Seaton where Patrick was named CEO in 2009. While CEO at Seaton, the company experienced more than 95 percent customer retention and produced more than 20 percent annual organic revenue growth. Patrick has repeatedly been recognized as an industry leader, is a strong advocate of veterans-to-work programs and has participated in advisory meetings at the White House focused on reducing long-term unemployment. Prior to joining Seaton he held senior-level positions at Accenture and Spherion. Patrick received his MBA degree from The Wharton School.

James E. Defebaugh , , , Executive Vice President, General Counsel

James E. Defebaugh has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company since 2006, after serving as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company since joining the Company in 2005. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Defebaugh held various positions with Kmart Holding Corporation, including Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer (2004-2005), Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer (2002-2004), Vice President and Corporate Secretary (2001-2002), and Vice President, Legal (2001). Mr. Defebaugh also served as Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Sears Holdings Corporation in 2005.

Derrek L. Gafford , , , Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Derrek L. Gafford has served as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2006, after serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2005 and as the Company's Vice President of Finance and Accounting beginning in 2004. Mr. Gafford is a Certified Public Accountant and first joined the Company in 2002 serving as Vice President and Treasurer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gafford served as Chief Financial Officer for Metropolitan Markets, a grocery retailer, from 2001 to 2002, and held a variety of finance positions with Albertsons and Deloitte & Touche.

Sean Ebner , , , President, PeopleReady

As President of PeopleReady, Sean Ebner leads our network of branches and teams across North America and Puerto Rico that connect reliable, hard-working associates with customers in several industrial segments. Mr. Ebner is a staffing industry veteran with a 20-year track record of delivering exceptional service to customers. Prior to joining TrueBlue, Mr. Ebner served as President of Staff Care, an AMN Healthcare company, the nation’s leading medical workforce solutions firm. Prior to Staff Care, he successfully led a division within Technisource, a subsidiary of Randstad. Mr. Ebner is often sought for his expertise in employment trends. His perspective has been cited in The New York Times, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, and many other publications.

Jonathan Means , , , President, Workforce Management Group

In his role as President, Workforce Management Group, Mr. Means leads all aspects of global operations for the group’s service lines inclusive of Outsourced Workforce Management (OWM), Managed Service Provider (MSP), commercial driver (Centerline) and skilled aviation mechanic solutions (PlaneTechs). Mr. Means has a 20-year track record of overseeing talent solutions that help clients realize exceptional value through collaborative planning, high-performing teams and industry-leading service delivery. He is a recognized expert in staffing and outsourcing operations, product development and is a regular contributor to industry thought leadership. Prior to joining TrueBlue in 2015, Mr. Means held senior leadership positions at ManpowerGroup and Kelly Services.

Taryn Owen , , , President, PeopleScout

In her role as President, PeopleScout, Ms. Owen leads PeopleScout's global strategic vision, operations and business development strategy. She also leads PeopleScout's best-in-class customer service and works to ensure consistent client retention. Prior to this role, Ms. Owen was Senior Vice President of Global Operations at PeopleScout, where she was responsible for developing client relationships, maintaining service delivery excellence and implementing recruitment solutions globally. Ms. Owen has an extensive background in operational and process excellence, including more than 17 years of talent acquisition and RPO experience. Prior to joining PeopleScout, Ms. Owen was an Operations Director at SourceRight Solutions where she managed global RPO engagements. Ms. Owen is on the HRO Today Association Board of Advisors. She is also a volunteer and avid supporter of the Special Olympics.


Derrek Gafford

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 1-253-680-8214


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About TrueBlue

TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) is a leading provider of specialized workforce solutions, helping clients improve growth and performance by providing staffing, workforce management, and recruitment process outsourcing solutions. The company’s specialized workforce solutions meet clients’ needs for a reliable, efficient workforce in a wide variety of industries. TrueBlue connects as many as 840,000 people to work each year.