On Assignment, Inc. (NYSE: ASGN), a leading global provider of diversified professional staffing solutions, announced today that it has expanded and realigned its senior management team in response to the company’s recent and continued growth. Edward L. Pierce, 55, was named the company’s chief financial officer and executive vice president. Jim Brill assumed the roles of senior vice president, chief administrative officer and treasurer and is responsible for human resources, risk management, treasurer functions (including banking and cash management) and continues to assist with investor relations. “As On Assignment continues to grow in terms of size and complexity, it is critical that we expand our existing management team and allocate resources into the roles that make the most sense for the current needs of the company,” said Peter Dameris, president and CEO of On Assignment. “Jim has done an incredible job as chief financial officer over the last five years and his efforts have helped the company go from $280 million to $1.5 billion in revenue. In his new role, Jim’s many years of experience as a commercial banker will be invaluable as we aggressively move to maximize our cash generation, pay down debt and enhance our capitalization. In addition, as more demands are made on my time, I need a trusted leader to handle administration.” Dameris continued, “I have known and worked with Ed for over 18 years and together we have purchased and integrated over 80 acquisitions. He has a deep understanding of staffing and technology gained from his leadership roles at Metamor Worldwide, where he was instrumental in helping me execute our strategic plans, BindView Development and, most recently On Assignment. As a result of his past CFO experience at Metamor and his service on our board of directors over the last four years, our auditors and many of our analysts, bankers and investors are already very familiar with him. In connection with Ed’s resignation from the board of directors and appointment to CFO, we have also elected Marty R. Kittrell as an independent director and chairman of the audit committee.”
Pierce has served as an independent director and chairman of the audit committee on the On Assignment board since 2007. Most recently, Pierce was affiliated with a Chicago-based private equity firm and was previously the president of First Acceptance Corporation, a publicly traded retailer, servicer and underwriter of non-standard private-passenger automobile insurance. Pierce has held executive financial and accounting management positions since 1989 having served as the chief financial officer of three publicly held companies, including Metamor Worldwide, a global staffing and solutions business, from November 1994 through January 2001. Pierce began his career in public accounting at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Houston.In connection with the commencement of his employment with On Assignment, on September 1, 2012, On Assignment granted Mr. Pierce (a) a stock option covering 75,000 shares of On Assignment common stock and (b) a restricted stock unit award covering 8,883 shares of On Assignment common stock. In addition, on the first trading day in January 2013, On Assignment expects to grant Mr. Pierce a restricted stock unit award covering a number of shares of On Assignment common stock having a value equal to $440,000 on the applicable grant date. The stock option will vest and become exercisable, subject to continued service, with respect to 18,750 shares on the first anniversary of the grant date, and with respect to 1,563 shares on each monthly anniversary thereof over the following three years. The restricted stock unit award granted on September 1, 2012 will vest, subject to continued service, with respect to 2,221 shares on the first anniversary of the grant date, and with respect to 6,662 shares over the next two years in substantially equal quarterly installments. The January 2013 restricted stock unit award is expected to vest, subject to continued service, as to 60% of the award on the first anniversary of the grant date and as to 40% of the award based on the achievement of applicable performance targets.
The stock option and restricted stock unit awards are granted as employment inducement awards pursuant to the NYSE rules.Marty R. Kittrell, 55, currently serves as a director and chairman of the audit committee of NiSource, Inc., a Fortune 500 company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution. Previously, Kittrell retired as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dresser Holdings, Inc., a position he held for four years. He also served as chief financial officer of a number of other companies, both public and private, including Andrew Corporation and Exide Electronics Group, Inc. Kittrell began his career with Price Waterhouse and holds a BS in accounting from Lipscomb University where he serves on the Board of Trustees. About On Assignment On Assignment, Inc. (NYSE: ASGN), is a leading global provider of in-demand, skilled professionals in the growing technology, healthcare, and life sciences sectors, where quality people are the key to success. The Company goes beyond matching résumés with job descriptions to match people they know into positions they understand for temporary, contract-to-hire, and direct hire assignments. Clients recognize On Assignment for their quality candidates, quick response, and successful assignments. Professionals think of On Assignment as career-building partners with the depth and breadth of experience to help them reach their goals. On Assignment was founded in 1985 and went public in 1992. The corporate headquarters are located in Calabasas, California, with a network of approximately 129 branch offices throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Ireland, and Belgium. Additionally, physician placements are made in Australia and New Zealand. To learn more, visit: www.onassignment.com . Safe Harbor Certain statements made in this news release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and involve a high degree of risk and uncertainty. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the Company’s anticipated financial and operating performance in 2012. All statements in this release, other than those setting forth strictly historical information, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results might differ materially. In particular, the Company makes no assurances that the financial estimates set forth above will be achieved. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include actual demand for our services, our ability to attract, train and retain qualified staffing consultants, our ability to remain competitive in obtaining and retaining temporary staffing clients, the availability of qualified temporary nurses and other qualified temporary professionals, management of our growth, continued performance of our enterprise-wide information systems, and other risks detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, as filed with the SEC on March 14, 2012. We specifically disclaim any intention or duty to update any forward-looking statements contained in this news release.