Four TrueBlue Leaders Named to List of “Global Power 150 Women in Staffing” Industry

Inclusion in Staffing Industry Analysts’ list marks third diversity and inclusion recognition for TrueBlue in three months

TACOMA, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TrueBlue (NYSE:TBI), a leading provider of specialized workforce solutions, today announced that four of its leaders have been named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ (SIA) list of “Global Power 150 Women in Staffing.”

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Taryn Owen - President, PeopleScout (Photo: Business Wire)

Taryn Owen - President, PeopleScout (Photo: Business Wire)

The four executives – the most TrueBlue leaders to ever be included on the list – are:

  • Taryn Owen, president of TrueBlue’s PeopleScout business, her second consecutive year on the list
  • Shannon Kahn, senior vice president of Specialty Services in the company’s PeopleReady business
  • Loree Lynch, senior vice president of operations for Staff Management | SMX, part of TrueBlue’s PeopleManagement business
  • Kristy Willis, senior vice president and chief sales officer for PeopleReady

“The inclusion of four of TrueBlue’s senior leaders on this prestigious list shows how women are making a difference at every level of our company,” said Patrick Beharelle, CEO of TrueBlue. “From the branch office to the boardroom, women are increasingly leading our company and influencing the future of the world of work.”

SIA’s list of Global Power 150 Women in Staffing aims “to honor those female leaders making a difference,” and seeks to recognize “remarkable female leaders whose talents, achievements and passion drive their success.” The list, first introduced in 2015, initially included 50 women from North America and 50 women from outside North America. This year, the list was increased to 150 women in staffing from around the world.

“Around the globe, the fight to increase female representation continues as women are outnumbered in leadership positions, boardrooms and the upper echelons of business. While women dominate the staffing industry at branch-level, this is not reflected in our C-suites,” said Subadhra Sriram, editor and publisher, Media Products at SIA. “It continues to be essential that we recognize female leadership and call out the immensely important roles these women play in developing, driving and delivering solutions, work models and value for the industry. It is exciting to see the list grow this year to include more of the executives who are making things happen across the workforce solutions ecosystem.”

According to SIA, women dominate the staffing industry primarily through positions in branch offices, but on average, women occupy only 6 percent of the seats on the boards of directors at the 27 public staffing firms in the U.S. At TrueBlue, women comprise 40 percent of the board of directors, which was recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) in September when the company won the “NACD NXT Recognition Award” in the “small cap” category.

“We hope this recognition sends a clear message to our employees, customers, shareholders and the world that when a company is committed to diversity and inclusion – as TrueBlue is – anything is possible,” added Beharelle. “Our employees’ career path – both men and women alike – is based on success in performing their roles and leadership abilities, regardless of their gender.”

TrueBlue’s 2018 Global Power 150 Women in Staffing

Taryn Owen is president of PeopleScout, a global recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) provider, managed service provider (MSP) and total workforce solutions provider. She has led the successful acquisitions of Aon Hewitt’s RPO division and Australian RPO provider HRX, the integration of Staff Management | SMX’s MSP division and the acquisition of TMP Holdings LTD. Under Owen’s leadership, PeopleScout has become the world’s largest RPO provider and earned accolades from HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen (including the top ranking for MSP provider customer satisfaction in 2018), NelsonHall and Everest Group. Owen also led the launch and implementation of Affinix, PeopleScout’s proprietary recruitment technology.

Shannon Kahn is senior vice president of Specialty Services in PeopleReady, which provides clients with a flexible, temporary, on-demand talent pool for general and highly-specialized work needs. A staffing industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Kahn has led 25.4 million hours of sales in construction, 16 million in manufacturing and logistics, 7.2 million in heavy industry and 6.8 million in hospitality. She joined the company in 2003 and has risen through the ranks of several TrueBlue businesses, in some cases launching them from scratch.

Loree Lynch is senior vice president of Operations for Staff Management | SMX, which provides comprehensive on-site management of scalable, contingent workforces across North America. Lynch was one of the founding partners of Staff Management and was a pioneer of the on-site staffing concept. She had the foresight to see growing interest in clients wanting embedded, on-site business partners that were a fully integrated part of their organization. Lynch and her partners began with one client in 1988, and that company is still a client. Today she leads operations with a focus on workforce development, risk, safety and is piloting innovative safety technology.

Kristy Willis is senior vice president and chief sales officer for PeopleReady, one of the largest staffing organizations in the U.S. A staffing industry leader with a career spanning 26 years, Willis joined PeopleReady earlier this year to elevate the sales organization in TrueBlue’s largest business in the company’s largest market, North America. Prior to joining TrueBlue, Willis served as senior vice president for the Western Division for the Adecco Group, where she oversaw nearly $1 billion in revenue and managed a team of regional vice presidents across nine states.

TrueBlue Increasingly Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion

The SIA list marks the third time TrueBlue has been recognized for diversity and inclusion in as many months. In addition to the NACD recognition in September, in October, Maggie Lower, TrueBlue’s chief marketing officer, was named to the “OUTstanding LGBT+ Executives 2018, presented by the FT” list.

About TrueBlue

TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) is a leading provider of specialized workforce solutions that help clients create growth, improve efficiency and increase reliability. TrueBlue connected approximately 740,000 people with work during 2017 in a wide variety of industries through its PeopleReady segment offering industrial staffing services, PeopleManagement segment offering contingent and productivity-based onsite staffing services, and PeopleScout segment offering Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and Managed Service Provider (MSP) solutions. Learn more at

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