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Hamlyn Williams Welcomes New CEO: Brian Van Aken

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Hamlyn Williams announces new Chief Executive Officer, Brian Van Aken, as Kalpesh Baxi moves into a Group COO role.

Following on from our most successful quarter to date, we are thrilled to welcome Brian Van Aken into our senior leadership team. Brian’s experience leading recruitment agencies within the US and UK combined with his knowledge of global markets, lends him perfectly to lead the nearly 200 people at Hamlyn Williams across our nine global offices in Europe, US, and Asia.

Working alongside Kalpesh Baxi, Brian’s role will be to catapult Hamlyn Williams to even greater heights and expand its footprint across all its markets and service offerings. Brian will strive to continue to build on Hamlyn William’s proven track record of developing strong leaders, driving customer success while creating predictable and scalable growth opportunities for our customers, candidates, and colleagues.


Key focuses for Brian Van Aken are:

  • Develop a world-class recruiting organization focused on helping both its external and internal customers achieve their goals
  • To enhance its already best in class practices across all its service lines and provide excellent customer experience for clients and candidates
  • To develop and grow Hamlyn Williams contract book across all its key locations
  • To further develop and align our Client Strategy for future digitalization of the recruitment industry


Talent attraction and retention continue to be critical to our client’s success. It reinforces our mission to support and enable their success through the delivery of high-quality staffing solutions. Having recently relaunched our company Ethos, Hamlyn Williams has a new purpose, vision, mission, and values, that will support our business through the next stage of growth.


Brian Van Aken says:

“I’m proud to join such a respected organization and to help guide Hamlyn Williams to achieve its ambitious goals. Our vision is to be trusted partners, market specialists, and experts in recruitment. We will place talent that makes a difference by thinking global and acting local. Our international teams are gearing up for their most successful year, and this is a great time for me to join and be part of the Hamlyn Williams story. Kalpesh has done a great job this year and we will continue to work together in the upcoming months and years to create the organization we’re destined to be. I look forward to collaborating across all our teams, in leadership, sales, and corporate services, to raise the bar and keep on growing.”