Outplacement and Coaching Veteran to lead IMEA and APAC regions


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – May 4th, 2022 – Randstad RiseSmart, a leading specialist in worklife coaching and career transition, today announced the appointment of Joel Paul as managing director, Randstad Risesmart for Asia-Pacific and IMEA. Having joined the firm as a regional operations manager in 2008, Paul currently leads the business operations in India and the Middle East.

Paul has a strong track record in business development, go-to-market, sales operations, and outplacement markets. He will use his experience to empower more customers and partners to embrace RiseSmart’s worklife coaching and outplacement solutions across the APAC region, specifically across core markets like China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Japan. Today, thousands of customers around the world rely on Randstad RiseSmart to help them enable employees to build better worklife experiences within organizations or work to find new possibilities externally. 

“I’m thrilled and humbled to be asked to take the lead for the wider APAC and IMEA regions for RiseSmart.,” Paul said, commenting on the news. “The things that really stand out for me about our RiseSmart team are many, but our great leadership and strong company culture are two important ones. A key differentiator I love to discuss with our clients is our ability to innovate and execute - our recently launched coaching solution is just the latest example in a long list of new solutions to help HR leaders. And on that note, I look forward to meeting and working with our existing customers across the region, to help them advance their people priorities, and deliver an exceptional experience for them.”

Prior to joining RiseSmart thirteen years ago, Paul held roles with iPlace USA, Envisionize Services, and Mphasis. Across these roles, he gained a depth of knowledge on the HR buyer and recruitment needs, and has witnessed the evolution of talent requirements.

“Joel has proven success in advancing international presence and footprint, consistently delivering strong sales results and building impactful relationships,” said Dan Davenport, CEO, Randstad RiseSmart. “Joel was one of the first hires we made and he’s done a phenomenal job for us building out our global operations center, launching the outplacement business, and quickly establishing RiseSmart as a leading HR solutions provider in India. He has extensive knowledge of the outplacement and coaching markets, which aligns with the critical needs of our customers in the region. I also want to thank our former APAC leader, Alison Hernandez, for her contributions and service. Alison built an incredible team here and she leaves RiseSmart to pursue personal endeavors. We all truly wish her all the best in her future.”

About Randstad Risesmart

Randstad RiseSmart is a leading specialist in worklife coaching and career transitions and an operating company of Randstad N.V. Our purpose is to enable organizations to unleash possibilities throughout their working lives for their biggest asset, their people. We understand that a business thrives when its people do. Our coaching-centric approach is designed to support individuals throughout all stages of their employment, and to support businesses in onboarding, developing, mobilizing, engaging, retaining, and transitioning employees to have the best possible worklife experience in alignment with business needs. We do this through our industry-leading combination of ‘tech and touch’ resources such as expert coaching, field expertise, industry insights, curated content, specialist platforms, and personalized action plans. Visit us at: www.randstadrisesmart.com


James Warnette
Head of Communications at Randstad RiseSmart

03 May 2022

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