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Adecco appoints Peter Searle as country manager of UK and Ireland

Adecco, today announced the appointment of Peter Searle as the Group's new country manager of UK and Ireland. Peter will be responsible for the combined business units of Adecco UK and Ireland and Ajilon UK, Ireland and Northern Europe.

Chéserex, Suisse, Oct 5, 2005 

Adecco, the world's largest human resources solutions provider, today announced the appointment of Peter Searle as the Group's new country manager of UK and Ireland. 
In his new role, Peter (43) will be responsible for the combined business units of Adecco UK and Ireland and Ajilon UK, Ireland and Northern Europe. This is in line with the company's strategy and recent initiatives aimed at expanding the business through market specialization.
Peter has been with the Group for 17 years. He has extensive experience with both specialty and mainstream office brands in a number of European countries, in Asia Pacific as well as in North America. Most recently he has been the CEO of Ajilon UK, Ireland and Northern Europe, where he was able to demonstrate excellent sales and profit growth in the business units under his control. Peter will work closely with the existing management structures.
Richard MacMillan, the current zone manager for United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa and India, has decided to leave the Group as of January 2006 to pursue a career opportunity outside of Adecco. We would like to thank Richard for his contribution over the last 8 years and wish him all the best for his new challenge. Responsibility for Adecco South Africa and India will be addressed separately prior to Richard's departure.
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Adecco S.A. is a Fortune Global 500 company and the global leader in HR services.  The Adecco Group network connects up to 700,000 associates with business clients each day through its network of over 32,000 employees and over 6,500 offices in 70 countries and territories around the world.  Registered in Switzerland, and managed by a multinational team with expertise in markets spanning the globe, the Adecco Group delivers an unparalleled range of flexible staffing and career resources to corporate clients and qualified associates.
The Adecco Group comprises three Divisions: Adecco StaffingAjilon Professional and LHH Career Services.  In Adecco Staffing, the Adecco network focuses on flexible staffing solutions for global industries, including automotive, banking, electronics, logistics and telecommunications; Ajilon Professional offers an unrivalled range of specialized branded businesses; and LHH Career Services encompasses our portfolio of outplacement and coaching consultancy businesses.
Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange with trading on Virt-x (SWX/VIRT-X:ADEN), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:ADO) and Euronext Paris - Premier Marché (EURONEXT: ADE).
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