HRO Today: World Conquest – The Impacts of the Pinstripe and Ochre House Merger

Pinstripe & Ochre House was featured in the September issue of HRO Today magazine, which boasts the highest percentage of HR officer readership of any periodical across the United States. Written by Elliot Clark, Chairman and CEO of SharedXpertise, the article—World Conquest – The impacts of the Pinstripe and Ochre House Merger—explores the necessary spread of global Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and how the merger further cements Pinstripe & Ochre House as a “true global player.”

Excerpts from the article:

Five years ago I had a spirited debate with a CEO of one of the top RPO firms. He was not as convinced as I was about the spread of global RPO. I had long believed (back to my Kenexa days) that eventually global companies and global providers would agree that HR services needed to be—what was the word I was thinking of—well, global.

Last month we saw the merger of Pinstripe and Ochre House as evidence that this trend is now simply a global given. Pinstripe has been a leading provider of RPO and talent management solutions to clients since its inception. It has grown to be one of the top players in the space and the only top player (with the acquisition by IBM of Kenexa) that is not a division of a global staffing or HR BPO firm in North America. Pinstripe has industrial vertical expertise in financial services, manufacturing, technology, and healthcare.

Ochre House has been a challenger brand for the last few years and has also grown dramatically. It also expanded globally, buying TAAHEED and Carmichael Fisher to secure markets in the Middle East and North Africa. There may not be a lot of RPO in the Middle East and North Africa right now, but if you recall the quote by ice hockey great Wayne Gretzsky “that it was not about skating to where the puck is but where it is headed next,” than this strategy makes great sense. The combination of the firms creates a company with more than 750 professionals servicing clients in 43 countries in 26 languages. Both impressive and necessary to support global HR organizations.

[Pinstripe & Ochre House] can challenge any international staffing firm on footprint, capability, and language support. It was a necessity to survive in the rarified and highly competitive atmosphere at the top of the RPO market.

We congratulate Pinstripe and Ochre House on the merger. It changes the game, and adds a new and potent player to the 2014 RFP season.

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