Onward Search Names Lee Andrese as Vice President of Learning and Development

New Role will Focus on the Training and Professional Development of all Onward Search, Onward Select and Onward Play Employees

Onward Search, a leading staffing agency for creative, marketing and technology professionals, announced Lee Andrese has joined the company as Vice President of Learning and Development (L&D). In this role, Andrese will be at the forefront of planning, structuring and implementing a unified L&D strategy across all Onward brands.

Andrese has been a trusted advisor to senior leaders within the staffing industry and Fortune 100 / 500 companies for over 25 years. During that time, she trained over 2,000 recruiters, sales, and management personnel in areas such as reducing time-to-hire, improving gross margin, increasing retention, and advancing diversity.

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Prior to joining Onward Search, Andrese was Managing Partner of akathame LLC, a boutique talent recruitment, marketing, and management firm. Previously, she spent over 20 years at Aquent where she served in a variety of executive roles within training and business lines. She is also an international presenter and trainer who has spoken at conferences and within organizations like Design in Government, AIGA, the Interagency Visual Media Group (Intelligence Agencies), Big Design in Dallas, UX Camp DC, and APMP.

“I’m thrilled to have Lee join our team,” stated Ken Clark, CEO of Onward Search. “Her addition further solidifies our commitment to the professional development and career growth of our employees. I believe her leadership, expertise, and enthusiasm will be vital to the future success of our company and to the customers we serve.”

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“Onward’s leadership team is committed to establishing a new standard of excellence within the staffing industry,” stated Andrese. “I look forward to developing programs that help every member within the Onward organization deliver exceptional experiences and innovative solutions for the talent and hiring managers they support, and one another.”

Onward also recently named Eliana Hassen as its new Group President. The company is coming off an award-winning year in which it was named a “Best Company for Women” by Comparably, an employment review site with the mission of “providing the most accurate and comprehensive compensation and culture data.” CEO and co-founder, Ken Clark, was also recognized on their list of “Best CEOs for Women.”

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