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Barbara J. Kennedy Joins The Novo Group Board of Directors

Posted by: The Novo Group on August 6, 2010

August 9, 2010 (Milwaukee, WI) – The Novo Group, a Managed Recruitment Outsourcing firm headquartered in Milwaukee with an office in Chicago announced today that Barbara Kennedy, the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for United Stationers has joined Novo’s Board of Directors.

Mike Harris, one of Novo’s founders and Chairman of the board, commented “I am very pleased to have Barbara as a member of the Novo Board.  Her strong and progressive HR leadership will be valuable to us as we continue working to deliver the highest value recruiting solutions to our clients.”

“With a true understanding of the creative, scalable and flexible model Novo has brought to market I am impressed and confident in their business model.” said Kennedy.  “Being a strategic leader in Human Resources over the years I have always seen the value a great talent partner can deliver to an organization.” added Barbara, “Novo is just that partner – bringing their top talent and process to help organizations find theirs.”

Prior to joining United Stationers as Senior VP of Human Resources in 2008 Ms. Kennedy spent nine years with Swift Transportation Company, Inc. where she was Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Safety, Recruiting and Driver Services. Ms. Kennedy also served as Vice President, Human Resources promoted from within as a Director of Quality Assurance. Before joining Swift, Ms. Kennedy spent five-years at Barr-Nunn Transportation, where she held various management positions in human resources. In addition Barbara had a highly successful sales career at Dale Carnegie and was the #2 sales representative globally one year. Ms. Kennedy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Cindy Lu, Novo’s President and Co-Founder noted “Barbara is a rare combination of sales experience coupled with a global Human Resources perspective and her energy is contagious. We are thrilled to have her join the Novo family!”