Kelly Services

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Kelly Services is a temporary staffing company, based in the U.S., with operations in over 30 countries. According to the company, besides temporary staffing, it also offers full-time placement and outsourcing services. It started in 1946 offering only female clerical help but has expanded to include light industrial, technical, and professional employees of both sexes. It places information technology people, engineers, accountants, lawyers, scientists, substitute teachers, and medical staff.[1]

In 2014, Kelly Services reported $5.6 billion in total revenues.[2]

Temp Agencies Skirt Union Opposition by Branding as "Women's Work"

Kelly Services "Never Never Girl" ad. Source: ProPublica

Being founded at a time when labor unions were at their most influential, temp agencies like Adecco's pre-merger predecessors and Kelly Services avoided union opposition by strategically presenting temporary work as "women's work" in advertising, which suggested that temps were housewives working for extra spending money, according to Erin Hatton, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Buffalo, writing for the New York Times.[3]

With the help of these gender stereotypes, temp agencies established "a new sector of low-wage, unreliable work" that was exempt from many of the protections won by labor unions in other parts of the economy.[3]

By the early 1970s, temp agencies were promoting what they called "a lean and mean approach to business that considered workers to be burdensome costs that should be minimized," with the help of ads like one by Kelly Services advertising "The Never-Never Girl," who "Never takes a vacation or holiday. Never asks for a raise. Never costs you a dime for slack time. (When the workload drops, you drop her.) Never has a cold, slipped disc or loose tooth. (Not on your time anyway!)"[3][4]

Ties to Pete Peterson's "Fix the Debt"

The Campaign to Fix the Debt is the latest incarnation of a decades-long effort by former Nixon man turned Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson to slash earned benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare under the guise of fixing the nation's "debt problem."

This article is part of the Center for Media and Democracy's investigation of Pete Peterson's Campaign to "Fix the Debt." Please visit our main SourceWatch page on Fix the Debt.

About Fix the Debt
The Campaign to Fix the Debt is the latest incarnation of a decades-long effort by former Nixon man turned Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson to slash earned benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare under the guise of fixing the nation's "debt problem." Through a special report and new interactive wiki resource, the Center for Media and Democracy -- in partnership with the Nation magazine -- exposes the funding, the leaders, the partner groups, and the phony state "chapters" of this astroturf supergroup. Learn more at and in the Nation magazine.


Executive Leadership

As of June 2015:[5]

  • Carl T. Camden, President and CEO
  • George S. Corona, Chief Operating Officer
  • Steve Armstrong, General Manager, U.S. Operations
  • James H. Bradley, Outsourcing and Consulting Group
  • Teresa S. Carroll, Centers of Excellence and General Manager, Outsourcing & Consulting Group
  • Myke Hawkins, Global Solutions
  • Carolyn Palmer, Global Marketing
  • Peter Quigley, General Counsel, Assistant Secretary, and Chief Administrative Officer
  • Nina M. Ramsey, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Natalia Shuman, General Manager, EMEA and APAC Regions, Chief Operating Officer, North Asia
  • Judy Snyder, Chief Information Officer
  • Olivier Thirot, Acting Chief Financial Officer
  • Debra Thorpe, Strategic Account Operations

Board of Directors

As of June 2015:[5]

  • Terence E. Adderley, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board
  • Donald R. Parfet, Lead Director
  • Carol Adderley
  • Carl T. Camden
  • Robert S. Cubbin
  • Jane E. Dutton
  • Terrence B. Larkin
  • Conrad L. Mallet, Jr.
  • Leslie A. Murphy
  • B. Joseph White

Former Personnel

Key executives and 2006 pay: [6]          Options
Carl T. Camden, Chief Executive Officer    $1,930,000    $257,000
William K. Gerber, Chief Financial Officer    $960,000    $57,000
Daniel T. Lis, Secretary and General Counsel    $577,000    $0
Michael L. Durik, Chief Administrative Officer    $1,150,000    $200,000

Political Contributions

Kelly Services reporting $99,010 in contributions to federal candidates in the 2014 election cycle, with 29 percent going to Democrats and 69 percent to Republicans.[7]


The company reported $81,370 in federal lobbying expenses in 2014, $80,000 of which went to the lobbying firm Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates. Reported lobbying issues included health care reform/Affordable Care Act and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit,[8] which provides tax credits for hiring military veterans.[9]


999 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
Phone: 248-362-4444
Fax: 248-244-4360
Email: kfirst AT

Resources and Articles

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  1. About page, Kelly Services, accessed October 2007.
  2. Kelly Services, 2014 Annual Report, SEC filing, FY 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Erin Hatton, "The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy," The New York Times, January 26, 2013.
  4. Kelly Services, "The Never-Never Girl," advertisement, 1971, archived on Document Could by Krista Kjellman Schmidt, ProPublica, accessed April 13, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kelly Services, "Our Leadership", organizational website, accessed June 2015.
  6. Kelly Services Key Executives, Yahoo Finance, accessed October 2007.
  7. Center for Responsive Politics, "Kelly Services," contributions profile, Open Secrets database, accessed June 2015.
  8. Center for Responsive Politics, "Kelly Services," lobbying profile, Open Secrets database, accessed June 2015.
  9. Internal Revenue Service, "Work Opportunity Tax Credit - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers," government website, accessed June 2015.