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Executive Officers

Steven C. CooperSteven C. Cooper
CEO

Steven C. Cooper has served as a Director and the Company's Chief Executive Officer since 2006, and has served as President since 2005. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Cooper served as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and from August 2000 to February 2001 as the Vice President of Finance; and from April 1999 to August 2000 as the Company's Corporate Controller. Prior to joining the Company in 1999, Mr. Cooper held various senior management positions with Deloitte & Touche LLP, providing professional services, and Albertsons, Inc., a NYSE-listed retail company.

Mr. Cooper has extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, finance, and accounting for the Company as well as in his prior career. Mr. Cooper is the only management member of the Board, thus his participation on the Board fulfills a critical communication and leadership role.


Kimberly CannonKimberly A. Cannon
Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Kimberly A. Cannon has served as the Company's Executive Vice President, Human Resources, since November 2010. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Cannon served as Vice President, Human Resources, Talent Management and Reward Systems for T-Mobile USA from 2009 to 2010 and, between 2001 and 2009, held a variety of positions with Washington Mutual Bank including Senior Vice President of Talent, Organizational Development, Recruiting, and Total Rewards. Before this, Ms. Cannon was employed at Microsoft Corporation in numerous Human Resources roles from 1989 to 2000.


James DefebaughJames E. Defebaugh
Executive Vice President, General Counsel

James E. Defebaugh has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company since 2006, after serving as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company since joining the Company in 2005. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Defebaugh held various positions with Kmart Holding Corporation, including Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer (2004-2005), Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer (2002-2004), Vice President and Corporate Secretary (2001-2002), and Vice President, Legal (2001). Mr. Defebaugh also served as Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Sears Holdings Corporation in 2005.


Derrek GaffordDerrek L. Gafford
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Derrek L. Gafford has served as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2006, after serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2005 and as the Company's Vice President of Finance and Accounting beginning in 2004. Mr. Gafford is a Certified Public Accountant and first joined the Company in 2002 serving as Vice President and Treasurer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gafford served as Chief Financial Officer for Metropolitan Markets, a grocery retailer, from 2001 to 2002, and held a variety of finance positions with Albertsons and Deloitte & Touche.


Wayne LarkinWayne Larkin
President & Chief Operating Officer, Staffing Solutions

Wayne Larkin has served as Executive Vice President of Branch Operations since November 2011 while continuing his role as President of Labor Ready since May 2008. Prior to this position, he had been the Executive Vice President of Operations since 2007, and the Senior Vice President of Operations in 2006, after serving as a Regional Vice President of Operations since 2005. Mr. Larkin originally joined the Company as a District Manager in 1996 and was then promoted in 1998 to Area Director of Operations. Between 1999 and 2002, Mr. Larkin worked for Staffmark, serving first as a Business Development Manager and then as a General Manager. Mr. Larkin rejoined the Company in 2002. Prior to working for the Company, Mr. Larkin held various management positions with Avis Rent-A-Car.


 

Derrek GaffordPatrick Beharelle
President & Chief Operating Officer, Outsourcing Solutions

Patrick Beharelle is the President and COO of TrueBlue Outsourcing Solutions, a $700+ million division of TrueBlue. Prior to this role, he was the CEO of Seaton, a best-in-class recruiting and outsourcing company that was acquired by TrueBlue in 2014 to create the largest industrial staffing provider in the U.S. The TrueBlue Outsourcing Solutions group operates in over 70 countries and has over 45,000 employees. Its operating brands include PeopleScout, Staff Management | SMX, StudentScout and Australian-based RPO provider, HRX. As CEO of Seaton, Patrick helped oversee organic revenue growth of over 160% since becoming CEO in 2009. He has been a featured speaker at several key talent acquisition industry events, a regular contributor to industry publications and is a recognized thought leader in the talent acquisition space. Furthermore, Patrick has participated in advisory meetings at the White House focused on solving national unemployment trends. 

Prior to joining Seaton, Patrick held senior level positions at Spherion and Accenture. Patrick received his MBA degree from The Wharton School.