4.8.09

Kenexa expands into Ireland and plans further growth in Europe

Very interesting to learn today that Kenexa who I have a lot of experience working with through Microsoft across the EMEA region have announced they are setting up a new office in Dundalk. They plan to create 30 jobs by the end of 2010 and clearly see an opportunity to sell their successful RPO model.

Commenting on the opening, An T├ínaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan TD said: ‘I am delighted that a company of Kenexa’s stature has chosen to locate in Dundalk. The Irish Government has a strategy to attract high-value international investment and having one of the world’s leading providers of recruitment and retention services here is a welcome addition to the country’s profile as a leading centre for technology and innovation.

‘Located in the north-east region, Dundalk is in Ireland’s busiest economic corridors, between Dublin and Belfast, the two largest cities. The decision by Kenexa to locate here further adds to the regions portfolio of high-calibre foreign direct investment companies including Xerox, Heinz, ABB, National Pen, International Fund Services and Coca-Cola.”

Eric Lochner, Managing Director of Kenexa in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: “Ireland is a dynamic, pro-business environment which offers us a very exciting opportunity. Using our software solutions, business processes and expert consulting, we’ll be able to help organisations in Ireland to identify the right individuals and create the right environment for success.

“Dundalk is an ideal location, from which we’ll be able to deliver a personal, local service to our customers in Ireland as well as allow us to scale our operations to better service our customers throughout Europe.

“This is an exciting time for Kenexa. The new Ireland office follows our recent moves into Dubai and China and is further evidence of our global business aspirations," Lochner said.

Read the update from the Irish Times, here and here.