erecruit Leadership Insights ft. Lesa Francis

"If we can place people, process people, at twice the speed that we could do a few years ago, both of those things will drive profitability."
- Lesa Francis, President & CEO, Staffmark

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Lesa-Francis-HeadshotAbout Lesa Francis

Lesa J. Francis is President and Chief Executive Officer of Staffmark, one of the largest staffing companies in the United States and a part of Recruit Holdings, one of the largest HR companies in the world. 

A proven and widely respected leader, Francis has more than 25 years of staffing industry experience and has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the staffing industry by Staffing Industry Analysts.  She is the first female CEO of a billion dollar staffing company and has a unique perspective in our industry, having started her career as a sales representative and working her way up to CEO.

Since joining Staffmark in 2006, Francis has been the driving force behind the company’s growth and success.  During her tenure, Staffmark has doubled in size though both organic and acquisition growth.  She leads Staffmark’s team of professionals who are committed to developing workforce solutions that contribute to the growth of businesses across the country.  Under her leadership, Staffmark has created and implemented a wide range of programs and service offerings designed to improve the experience for both customers and employees.  Through her commitment to outstanding service, Staffmark has been recognized with the prestigious Best in Staffing award from Inavero which recognizes those staffing companies ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction.   

Francis is also committed to ensuring that Staffmark is a good partner to the communities the company serves.  She created a Community Partnership Program that provides paid time off for employees to volunteer and give back to their local communities. In its inaugural year, the program was recognized by the American Staffing Association as part of their annual Care Awards. 

Through her role as an officer on the American Staffing Association’s board of directors, Francis focuses on the growth and success of the staffing industry.  She is also a member of the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board, was named one of 20 “Women to Watch” by the Cincinnati Business Journal, and was recognized by LEAD Cincinnati with their C-Suite Award.

Prior to joining Staffmark, Francis held several executive positions in the staffing industry including the role of Senior Vice President of Business Development and Operations at Spherion. In that position she had national responsibility for their Staffing and Workforce Management business. Prior to her 14 years at Spherion, Francis worked her way from Branch Manager to Regional Vice President during seven years with Adecco. 

Francis has a degree in Business Management from Northwest Missouri State University.  She and her husband Shawn have two sons, Kyle and Jake.