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Kenexa Expands Leadership Team

Key Promotions and New Hires Further Position Company for Continued Operational Strength and Market Growth

Kenexa, a global provider of business solutions for human resources, today announced executive promotions and new hires that will support the organization’s strategic direction and client delivery services.

Eric Lochner has been named to the newly created position of president, Global Talent Management. Lochner joined Kenexa in 2006 and, most recently, served as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. From 2007-2009, he was managing director of Kenexa’s European, Middle Eastern and African operations. Earlier in his career, he led marketing for CareerBuilder.com and held marketing positions at Headhunter.net, Kuczamarski & Associates and InterCall. He holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. degree from John Carroll University.

Assuming the position of chief marketing officer is Tim Geisert. Throughout his career, he has specialized in helping organizations define their internal cultures, maximize recruitment efforts and create effective sourcing strategies. Earlier in his career at Kenexa, Geisert served in the critical role of vice president of Employment Branding and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) business development. Before joining Kenexa in 2007 he held executive positions at Bailey Lauerman and The Martin Agency, supporting a wide range of global Fortune 100 organizations. He holds a degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he has taught communications research and strategy courses as an adjunct professor.

New to Kenexa is Jon Zvolanek as head of operations for Kenexa’s Survey business. Prior to joining Kenexa, Zvolanek was the senior vice president of Operations at National Research Corporation (NRC). He started his career with that company as director of Operations in 2000 and as department head managed all data collection activities, including the printing and mailing of more than 12 million surveys. In addition to his experience in print and mail, he has an extensive background in phone and Web data collection methodologies. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from Doane College.

Dr. Courtney McCashland has joined Kenexa as president of the Global Assessment Division. Previously, she was the founder and CEO of TalentMine®, LLC, a global, performance-based talent assessment and development company. Prior to founding TalentMine, she served as a senior executive for the Gallup Organization, where she led Gallup’s early research on employee engagement. McCashland has also worked with Marcus Buckingham to present the research findings that are contained in his management best seller, First Break All the Rules, to develop the Strengths Engagement Track (SET) featured in Go Put Your Strengths to Work and to design the StandOut Strengths Assessment to publish in Buckingham’s new release in October of 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Journalism and a master’s degree in Qualitative and Quantitative Research from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She graduated! summa cum laude with a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of Southern California.

Kenexa CEO, Rudy Karsan, commented, “The appointment of Eric and Tim into their new roles and the addition of Jon and Courtney to our survey and assessments teams further strengthens Kenexa by putting the right people in the right jobs. We’re looking forward to their contributions to our company’s continued growth, operational efficiencies and ability to generate higher levels of client satisfaction.”