Media release | 14 August 2018
Nicole Cook, Managing Director at global talent management company PeopleScout, has been appointed as the new CEO of Jobs for NSW, effective 3 September.
Secretary of the NSW Department of Industry, Simon Draper, said Ms Cook had significant corporate and startup leadership experience and that she would bring a fresh perspective to the work of Jobs for NSW.
“We’ve searched far and wide for the talent that will take Jobs for NSW to its next phase and I am delighted today to welcome Nicole Cook to the role of CEO,” Mr Draper said.
“Nicole brings significant executive leadership experience to the position, including time at three major technology and services startups: HRX Inc., Nexus Energy Software and Celarix Inc.
“Working with the Jobs for NSW Board, chaired by former Telstra CEO David Thodey, Nicole will build on the agency’s fantastic work to date, which includes setting up the nation’s single biggest startup location - the Sydney Startup Hub,” he said.
Mr Draper said that since it was established in 2015 Jobs for NSW has delivered innovative products, services and investments to startups and high potential, fast growth, small businesses and was on track to support the creation of more than 20,000 new jobs by 2021-22.
“Nicole’s appointment as CEO is another smart investment that will help to create more businesses and jobs of the future for the people of NSW,” Mr Draper said.
“Nicole has significant experience leading businesses in complex and global settings, most recently as the Managing Director for PeopleScout, a $600+ million outsourcing and recruiting company with over 2,200 employees in 70 countries,” he said.
Nicole Cook said she was delighted to take on the role of Jobs for NSW CEO.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Jobs for NSW to lead the team into the next phase of its work, supporting industry and the community to work innovatively and create jobs.
“I look forward to hitting the ground running in September, building on the passion and commitment to new thinking and innovation that has clearly been evidenced by the achievements already made by the Jobs for NSW team,” she said.
Nicole Cook has a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School, where she won the 2016 Dean’s Scholarship for Women and Management.