White back recruiting

Veteran IT recruiter Doug White is back in business with two recruitment companies. White left Spherion as New Zealand managing director in May 2001, almost a year after the multinational bought the company he founded in 1980.

Veteran IT recruiter Doug White is back in business with two recruitment companies.

White left Spherion as New Zealand managing director in May 2001, almost a year after the Florida-headquartered multinational bought the Wilson White company he founded in 1980.

A restraint of trade period has now ended and the 50-something is keen “to be doing something” again.

His main business will be Adroit, a general IT recruitment company whose general manager is Russell Withers. The other business is SearchIT, an executive search organisation for the IT sector, which will be solely run by White.

Withers previously worked for Wilson White and another recruiter, Sapphire. He is joined by recruiter and banking/finance specialist Ervin Mehta, who has worked in Hong Kong and the UK. By year-end White hopes to employ six recruiters.

Adroit is aiming for mid-sized private businesses employing 20 to 100 staff. He says he won’t sign preferred supplier agreements, as once these agreements are made recruiters often “rest” — caused in part by the corporate pushing the tender price below levels that can fund good service.

While Adroit’s website will add psychometric testing in time, SearchIT will use more personal “shoulder-tapping” methods based on industry contacts. White, who claims 20-plus years in the IT industry, aims to recruit senior IT managers and CIOs.

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