White goes after 20 years

Veteran IT recruiter Doug White is quitting the industry after more than 20 years - at least for now.

Veteran IT recruiter Doug White is quitting the industry after more than 20 years - at least for now.

White left Spherion, which last year took over Wilson White, the firm he founded in 1980, last week.

“I’m moving on to absolutely nowhere. I haven’t anything arranged. I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on,” he says.

White says he decided to leave Spherion, formerly Interim Technology, earlier this year and despite “a number of issues,” insists his departure is “on amicable terms”.

“The company and I have been talking about it for some time. We both agreed now is the best time to do it,” he says, declining to reveal if he received a pay-off.

“It’s a big change from running one’s own company to running something else’s. We had an agreement in the sale of [Wilson White] that we would stay on for a period of time, providing a transition for a period. That transition period has come to an end. I decided I would look for something different,” he says.

“I have no qualms about the company; its style, its policy. At the end of the day, I might even come back. And I wouldn’t be employing staff [for them today] if I thought they were a bad firm. Spherion don’t feel badly towards me and I don’t feel badly towards them,” he says.

The Aucklander, in his early 50s, also feels a need to recharge his batteries and plans to build a house in Takapuna for a few months, when he should have a clearer idea about his future, which may include starting another agency.

Wellington-based Graham Bilby will take over White’s Auckland director role until Spherion’s Australian regional chiefs announce a replacement.

White says he’s enjoyed working in the IT recruitment industry for over 20 years.

“When I started there was one other IT recruiter in town, which is no longer there. I have established a company that’s lasted 20 years and will continue to grow with Spherion. I am happy with how I leave it."

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