Recruiting Expert Stuart Olsten Joins HarQen's Board

Former Olsten Staffing Chairman Brings Vision and Industry Leadership to HarQen

Mar 17, 2010, 16:59 ET from HarQen

MILWAUKEE, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- HarQen, a leading web-telephony company, announced today the addition of Stuart Olsten to its board of directors. HarQen uses its innovative Voice Asset Management (VAM) platform to deliver smart, easy-to-use voice applications that optimize business processes and social interactions. HarQen's marquee application, VoiceScreener, shortens hiring cycles and significantly improves the pre-qualification of candidates. VoiceScreener eliminates time-consuming interview scheduling, candidate "no-shows" and the all too common "courtesy" interview.

"We are honored to have Stuart join our board," said HarQen co-founder and CEO E. Kelly Fitzsimmons. "Stuart's sterling reputation and significant expertise in the staffing and recruiting industry are just two reasons why."

HarQen's board chairman Lauren Flanagan said, "Stuart's tenure on the boards of large publicly-held companies will be an asset as HarQen matures." Ms. Flanagan is managing director of the Phenomenelle Angels Fund, lead investor in HarQen. "Given his extensive M&A experience, Stuart is someone who knows how to deliver positive returns for all HarQen stakeholders."

Mr. Olsten said of HarQen, "They are transforming the way the staffing industry does business."

Stuart Olsten served as Olsten Corporation's chairman of the board, vice chairman and president at various times between 1990 and 2000, prior to the company's purchase by The Adecco Group (SIX: ADEN and EURONEXT: ADE). Adecco is one of the world's largest providers of HR solutions with over 28,000 employees. 

Mr. Olsten served on Adecco's board of directors for three years, as well as serving as a chairman of the operating board of MaggieMoo's International, LLC. He was its president and chief executive officer from July 2003 through December 2003. Currently, Olsten serves on the board of directors of Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIV) and several other start-up enterprises.

Mr. Olsten added, "I find this an exciting opportunity to help improve the placement process of an industry so close to me." 

About HarQen

HarQen (pronounced HAR-ken) is a leading web-telephony company, delivering smart, easy-to-use business applications via its innovative Voice Asset Management (VAM) platform. HarQen is a privately held company, with investors that include Phenomenelle Angels Fund, Silicon Pastures, and Golden Seeds. For more information: and


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