Recruitment Leaders at White House Modernization Forum

Monster LogoThree leaders in the U.S. recruitment industry are at the White House today, participating with about 50 CEOs and business and technology leaders in the Forum on Modernizing Government.

Convened by President Obama, the forum is focused on the gap in technology between the private and public sectors.

Craig Newmark, founder and owner of Craigslist, Manpower CEO Jeff Joerres, and Monster chairman and CEO Sal Iannuzzi are sharing their suggestions for improving government efficiency, improving customer service, and maximizing the return from the government’s investment in technology.

In advance of the forum, Iannuzzi joined with three other CEOs of leading technology companies in publicly praising Obama for “consistent efforts to ensure that innovation becomes integral to how our country operates.”

huffington post articleIannuzzi, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, Jeff M. Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool, and Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe Systems, in a commentary posted on Huffington Post, say, “It’s time to modernize government — streamline what works, and eliminate what doesn’t.”

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The men echoed President Obama’s own lament that government has fallen woefully behind the private sector in using technology to streamline operations and speed the delivery of public service. In a White House statement, President Obama says, “I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

In their commentary, the four CEOs say, “As the pace of innovation accelerates, so will the distance between the technological promise of the private sector and the practice of the public sector. Along the way, we risk losing billions of taxpayer dollars, opportunities to serve those at risk and in need, and transparent insight into the operations of our democracy.”

“Indeed, the time is ripe for a real public-private partnership initiative aimed at driving innovation and sustainable job growth.”

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.


5 Comments on “Recruitment Leaders at White House Modernization Forum

  1. Craig Newmark is a recruitment leader? Not in a million, trillion zillion years. Nothing against Mr. Newmark (Or you either…) but I do not see it.

  2. David, You must be joking. (IMHO)

    Craig started a BB long ago that lists everything from jobs to cars to adult services to rooms to rent to assorted gigs if you play the french horn. A GREAT place and a wonderful service but he is seen by you as an employment leader?

    Sure people have gotten jobs through his enterprise but he is seen as a leader and meets with the President???

    If he is, seriously seen by either the White House and/or ERE as a leader, we are in deeper trouble then most of us will ever know.

    One more thing; “Craig has had a hand in more people finding jobs than any single person that I can think of in the US? From where does that statistic derive?

  3. I won’t speak for David, but I agree with his position that Craigslist and its founder deserve a seat at the table.

    I can personally testify to the impact Craigslist had on transforming the recruitment advertising business. Newmark’s business model – free for many years and still free in many places – made it the place for young people to look and hourly employers and IT to post jobs. It wasn’t long before staffing firms followed suit. Now you can see all sorts of jobs there.

    The biggest loser to Craigslist? Newspapers. But while they may have been hit the hardest, they have plenty of company.

  4. Interesting perspective but Newmark is not an employment leader but we will have to agree to disagree.

    For your reading enjoyment, I refer you to read the cover story of Wired Magazine of Sept 09 entitled “Why Craigslist is Such a Mess.” It is an astonishing story.

    Among other things, it addresses the technology nightmares that exist and they ask one simple question. “Is this really the best we can do?”

    Read the article and tell me that this man should be advising the President on anything relating to technology let alone employment. The entire scenario is frightening.

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