Executive Officers

Patrick Beharelle , , , CEO, Director

Patrick Beharelle has served as a Director and the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since September 2018. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Beharelle has served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2015 to 2018, leading the company’s operational, business development, technology and human resource functions as well its digital transformation strategies. He joined the Company in 2014 following the acquisition of PeopleScout and Staff Management, which he led as CEO from 2009 to 2014, delivering a solid track record of organic growth. Mr. Beharelle has spent over 22 years in the staffing, recruitment process outsourcing and consulting industries and was recently inducted into the Staffing Industry Analysts’ Hall of Fame.

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.

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.

Carl Schweihs , , , President, PeopleManagement

Carl Schweihs is President of PeopleManagement. He provides strategic direction for this key division of TrueBlue that specializes in on-site and contingent workforce management for manufacturing, fulfillment and distribution facilities. His leadership of its three distinct staffing segments – Centerline Drivers, SIMOS Insourcing Solutions and Staff Management | SMX – helps change lives and build stronger businesses by connecting great talent with great companies.


Known for his collaborative leadership style, Schweihs previously served as TrueBlue’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts - delivering the full spectrum of TrueBlue’s solutions to produce higher ROI for the world’s largest brands. Prior to this, he helped to drive strong financial and operational performance at TrueBlue, Seaton and Grant Thornton in a variety of financial leadership roles.


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.