The Adecco Group headquarters in Zurich. Photo: September 2017 by KEYSTONE/Gaetan Bally

Swiss staffing giant Adecco Group is opening a new North American headquarters in Atlanta, moving executive functions from Jacksonville, Fla., where it will retain a business services center.  

Adecco executives said Atlanta was attractive to the Fortune Global 500 company for its talent, diversity and growing innovation ecosystem. Based in Zurich, Adecco has been focused intently on the future of work, especially amid a pandemic that has shifted many to remote-work models.  

“As we embark on this next chapter, we have a clear focus on our purpose to make the future work for everyone, as well as the long-term growth and development of our business, our people and our customers,” Corinne Ripoche, Adecco Group’s regional president for the Americas, said in a Feb. 24 announcement. 

The Atlanta presence will span the publicly traded firm’s three business units — the technology-focused Modis, its flagship Adecco brand and its talent solutions group. Adecco also owns the popular tech and software training class operator General Assembly, among other brands.

The company enables 3.5 million careers every year and operates across 60 countries. Adecco did not disclose how many jobs the move would create in Georgia. 

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