Andersen James Group, a recruitment force in the UK housing, facilities management and US construction/engineering sectors, has proudly announced the appointment of Jason Bowler as Group CEO, and outlined ambitious plans for global expansion.

This growth strategy will be spearheaded by the appointment of seasoned industry expert Jason, who will step into an influential role as Group CEO. In the new structure, company founder James Leighton assumes the role of Group COO. Jason’s impressive track record adds to the company’s expertise in their existing sectors, bolsters their RPO and managed service delivery capability, and fuels plans for geographical expansion.

It’s an exciting time for the company, offering huge opportunities for boots on the ground in fresh locations. New and existing team members will be able to travel and grow their careers with the business, with offices and board directors on both sides of the pond. The evolution is powered by a substantial investment, laying the foundation for a new era of exponential growth. Increasing its global presence throughout the year will also facilitate AJ’s development into adjacent sectors, such as renewables, infrastructure and data centres.

Upcoming initiatives will include a number of significant new hires, the imminent opening of their South of England location, and an extensive office rollout programme. In the US, AJ recently established a presence in Miami and Austin, with further launches planned in Boston and Orlando later this year.

“At AJ, we’re building a legacy of impact, innovation, and integrity,” said James Leighton. “This expansion was always on the horizon; Jason joining the business and the ambitious plans we are bringing to life have accelerated this journey, and this is just the beginning.

“Adding Jason’s experience to our board is a game-changer and a true meeting of hearts and minds, signalling our shared passion for excellence and pursuit of growth as we continue to expand.”

Jason Bowler, who is gearing up for his Summer 2024 start, said: “I am really excited to be joining AJ at this stage of its journey. There are some incredible people in the business, and an established platform from which to build from.

“Our vision for innovation, exceptional quality, and a people-first approach sets the stage for unprecedented growth. We are now poised to catapult AJ’s reach, creating unmatched opportunities for our people and clients,” said Bowler. “The team at AJ have done incredible work growing the business to date, expanding the services, and making a real impact across existing territories. Now, together, we are primed to activate the next phase of growth.”

James Leighton, added, “Jason’s experience and knowledge, developed through significant leadership roles held over two decades, brings new depth and perspective to our mission. AJ are ready to redefine standards in our sector and solidify our market leader status, whilst expanding further into our territories and new areas.

“We’re having some incredibly exciting conversations with leaders from across our sector and the very best partners in the recruitment industry, to further the capabilities of our team and enhance our current solutions,” he said.

AJ’s strategy will enhance its infrastructure, facilitating improvements in systems and processes, backed by a powerful people strategy that will foster a high-performance culture. Consequently, AJ plans to increase its workforce over the next five years, creating a team built with world-class talent and leaders from across the recruitment sector, to support regional and international growth.

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