Name: Zoë Morris

Company: Frank Recruitment Group

Nomination Category: Top Large Business Female Executive (101 or more employees)

500-word description of the nominee's achievements in the last 12 months:

As President of the Frank Recruitment Group (“FRG”), the global leader in niche technology staffing, Zoë Morris has built upon her already impressive career to achieve further successes in 2019.Under Zoë’s leadership, FRG has enjoyed extraordinary growth this year, both in terms of financials and the business’ geographic footprint in new technology markets.

2019 saw a plethora of achievements for FRG, including the opening of five new offices in Charlotte, Scottsdale and Irvine in the USA, a third office in Germany and a brand-new London office to accommodate the ever-rising headcount, which reached almost 2,000 professionals across four continents this year. Simultaneously, FRG achieved another year of enviable revenue growth, with net fees growing by 33%. Zoë is a well-established player in the industry with almost two decades of experience, and accordingly has a deep understanding of the paramount importance of a positive, inclusive culture in an organization – she is acutely aware of the contribution and dedication of her teams and so she frequently goes out of her way both to personally encourage and support career progression and celebrate team and individual successes.

As a result of Zoë’s culture-centric approach, FRG regularly wins industry accolades for its vibrant working environment and specialist expertise; e.g. FRG’s Dallas office has twice been recognised by the National Association of Business Resources (NABR) as one of the Best and Brightest Places to Work and 2019 saw FRG winning two FOCUS awards for both Professional and Specialist Search and Executive Search. Diversity and inclusion are core values close to Zoë’s heart that she insists are consistently embedded across the business.

Examples of her achievements in this field in 2019 include the launch of FRG’s first ever female-only desk, an initiative focussed on gender diverse hiring, FRG being named the official recruitment partner of the Women in IT Awards and one of the Best Companies for Women by Databird Business Journal.One of the biggest challenges facing tech-oriented businesses in today’s market is bridging the skills gap, with an increasing expectation for organizations to nurture talent in-house; talented resources that most businesses simply don’t have. Zoë recognized the opportunity to invest in developing the talent of tomorrow and so in 2018, with the support of her leadership team, created the FRG Tech Academy which develops Salesforce and ServiceNow talent through a certified two-year program.

Zoe has worked hard to drive this initiative forward in 2019, creating a unique differentiator for FRG. FRG is perfectly positioned to observe and exert influence over the industry and consequently 2019 saw the launch of the Microsoft Azure Salary Survey, complementing its other popular industry reports which this year surpassed 15,000 downloads. As a result, Salesforce invited FRG to present to tens of thousands of participants at its flagship event Dreamforce making FRG’s Mason Frank (Salesforce) brand the seventh-most-talked-about on Twitter this year.FRG’s vision is to put the right people in the right place.  

Zoë lives this value by consistently being a standard bearer for the whole industry.

Hyperlinks to any news coverage, press releases or materials supporting the submission:

https://www.insightsforprofessionals.com/hr/recruitment-and-onboarding/why-the-technology-sector-has-the-highest-turnover

https://e27.co/5-perks-to-offer-your-employees-to-increase-your-staff-retention-rate-20191115/

https://www.raconteur.net/risk-management/legal-tech-global-hubs

https://www.cio.com/article/3320864/how-cios-can-promote-diversity-and-inclusion.html

https://www.cio.com/article/3307122/the-state-of-gender-diversity-in-southeast-asia.html

https://www.ukconstructionmedia.co.uk/features/tech-talent-construction/

https://www.gazprom-energy.co.uk/blog/business-basics-the-key-persuasion-and-influence-skills-leaders-should-develop/

https://fleximize.com/articles/014905/build-an-inclusive-culture-sme

https://e27.co/how-to-encourage-cross-collaboration-with-your-remote-workers-20190828/

https://www.digitalbullet.in/mag/technology-april-2019?p=8

https://londonlovesbusiness.com/five-expert-tips-for-managing-rapid-business-growth/

https://www.ceotodaymagazine.com/2018/11/how-do-i-expand-my-business-globally-without-compromise/

https://www.insidermedia.com/news/north-east/no-brainer-us-office-launch-for-frank-recruitment-group

https://wearetechwomen.com/inspirational-woman-zoe-morris-president-of-frank-recruitment-group/

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100-word executive biography of the nominee:

Zoë Morris is President at Frank Recruitment Group, a global leader in resourcing for specialist and emerging technologies. Under Zoë's leadership, the group has achieved substantial year-on-year growth, continued global expansion with new offices across Europe and North America, and built a reputation for outstanding recruitment in some of the most innovative and influential products on the market today. Zoë has long been a champion of diversity initiatives, and Frank Recruitment Group has won industry recognition for its work to promote opportunities for women in technology at every level.