27 January 2021

Global technology and digital recruitment specialist Talent has launched a new specialist practice dedicated to servicing Microsoft End Users and Partners across the globe. The new Microsoft practice will replace Hunter Charles, which had been Talent’s dedicated brand for specialist Microsoft recruitment for the past seven years.

To lead the growth of this new practice, Talent has appointed Kelvin Cheema, Global Chief Technology Officer at Forever Learn as Strategic Advisor. A highly accomplished Non-Executive Director and Executive leader, Kelvin Cheema brings extensive global technology delivery expertise to Talent’s Microsoft Solutions arm. His multi-sector experience and industry expertise coupled with his deep technical knowledge make him an expert in helping organisations successfully deliver their vision in today’s digitally driven market.

With an emphasis on customer centricity and satisfaction, Kelvin Cheema’s work in re-engineering organisations to ensure their processes are aligned to the industry, sector and location they operate in will bring an essential asset to the growth and sustainability of Talent Microsoft Solutions.

Talent’s Global Executive Vice Chairman, Jonathan Butterfield, said: “Talent has been growing in the Microsoft space for several years, and we’ve recently seen a spike in demand from clients for a diverse range of Microsoft skills and competencies. Now is a really exciting time, and I’m delighted that Kelvin has joined us. He is an invaluable addition to Talent - his vision, knowledge and experience will be essential to Talent Microsoft Solutions’ growth and success as we look to redefine recruitment and deliver outstanding levels of service and solutions to our clients.”

Talent’s EMEA Chief Executive Officer, Darren Wells, said: “Kelvin is an impressive transformation executive with significant global experience and innovation acumen. As a member of the regional leadership team across EMEA, he will challenge us to think bigger than we have before and enable us to focus our ambitions for both growth and scale of this line of business within the group. Kelvin’s extensive experience aligns well with our strategic priorities as a company and he will be a great asset as we accelerate our growth agenda.”

Kelvin Cheema said: “I am excited to join Talent’s Microsoft Solutions team and bring my digitalisation, diversification and innovation expertise to their new practice. Talent’s vision, purpose and corporate values resonate strongly with me, and I look forward to helping them grow their global footprint, becoming the recruiter of choice for Microsoft Partners and End Users.”

Talent are one of a few providers trusted to recruit directly for Microsoft worldwide and after recently reporting a record financial year, Talent has again been named in the Top 500 Private Companies, moving from 87 to 81 on this year’s list. Talent was also ranked 30 (up from 36 last year) in the top 50 best private enterprises to return on shareholder funds after tax.

Talent reported a group turnover of $726 million for FY20, and a year-on-year growth of 14%. You can find out more about Talent’s purpose-built Microsoft resourcing solutions by visiting https://ms.talentinternational.com/about