British CIO Rob James has been confirmed as Group CIO at Adecco, considered to be the largest recruitment company in the world. The Swiss headquartered organisation has confirmed the appointment of James, who was Group CIO of pharmaceuticals giant Novartis.
James has been with the Basel, Switzerland based Novartis for 11 years. Novartis in terms of sales is the largest pharmaceutical organisation in the world, it has a presence in the UK at Horsham, West Sussex. Novartis is known for products such as Otravine and Lamisil on the shelves of supermarkets and chemists.
In moving to Adecco James remains in a Swiss global organisation that is at the sharp end of its sector; Adecco is a Fortune 500 company. Adecco has divisions in over 60 countries, including the UK as well as operations in key European markets such as France, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Benelux as well as the US and Asia Pacific.
Adecco was formed in 1996 following a merger of Adia Interim in Switzerland and Ecco of France.
James joined Novartis in an IT role for the marketing and sales operations in 2003 and became CIO in April 2014. He joined Novartis from pharmaceutical rivals Pfizer where he spent just one year having joined the UK business from US fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and pharmaceuticals organisation Procter & Gamble where he spent a 14 year career as Global Head of Pharma IT. Prior to his long stint at Procter & Gamble James spent four years with print technology firm Rank Xerox.