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Michael McGowan Newly Appointed COO Of On Assignment (Photo: Business Wire)

On Assignment, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASGN), a leading global provider of diversified professional staffing solutions, announced today that Michael J. McGowan has been appointed chief operating officer of On Assignment. McGowan will also continue to lead On Assignment’s IT and Engineering Division, Oxford Global Resources, as division president, and will have four legacy divisions reporting to him: Life Sciences, Allied Healthcare, Nurse Travel, and VISTA Staffing Solutions. McGowan will continue reporting to Peter Dameris, president and CEO of On Assignment.

Michael McGowan newly appointed COO of On Assignment (Photo: Business Wire)

Michael McGowan newly appointed COO of On Assignment (Photo: Business Wire)

Rand Blazer, president of Apex Systems, will continue to report directly to Peter Dameris. Blazer and his senior management team will continue to operate Apex Systems as a separate division.

“We are fortunate to have a proven, respected, and esteemed leader like Michael as part of our management team,” said Dameris. “Since becoming part of the On Assignment senior leadership team five years ago, Michael has done an excellent job leading Oxford Global Resources, and has gained the respect of his peers, shareholders, and our Board of Directors. As COO, Michael will bring his strong leadership qualities, business expertise and keen insight to On Assignment’s legacy lines of business.”

Emmett McGrath, president of Life Sciences and Allied Healthcare; Katie Hoffman Abby, president of On Assignment Nurse Travel; and Christian Rutherford, president of VISTA Staffing Solutions, will continue to lead their respective operating divisions and will report directly to McGowan effective June 1, 2012.

“I am privileged to be able to work with an incredible team of division presidents who I have known for many years and respect immensely,” stated McGowan. “Having professionals of Emmett’s, Katie’s, and Christian’s caliber running these businesses is precisely why we have been so successful. I look forward to working with them more closely in my new role and partnering with Rand and the Apex team on many future business development opportunities.”

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