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Adecco appoints graduate CEO for a month

Adecco appoints graduate CEO for a month

Executive Grapevine | Executive Grapevine International Ltd


A graduate from Plymouth University has been announced as CEO of Adecco - for one month.

Abigale Legge will work with John Marshall, the real CEO, at Adecco Group UK & Ireland, for a month of on-the-job mentoring as part of a paid internship.

The 24-year-old former dental nurse is currently in her first year at Plymouth University, studying Business Management and Finance. 

Her appointment comes as part of Adecco Group’s wider global campaign through its Way to Work programme, which aims to tackle youth unemployment. According to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, 13.7% of 16-24-year-olds are unemployed.

John Marshall, CEO, Adecco Group UK & Ireland, comments on Legge’s appointment: “Abigale really impressed us. Her initiative, drive and communication skills really made her stand out. After completing a video presenting a HR solution, she wowed the executive Board during a day of assessment. Abigale consistently performed on each task and we are looking forward to welcoming her to the team.

“Through the Way to Work programme, we want to help young people get the experience, advice and skills they need to launch their careers. As experts in the world of work, we want to support those who are just starting out and encourage their eagerness to learn and their determination to succeed.”

Abigale Legge adds: “I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the CEO of such a large business and I’m grateful to Adecco for giving me such an amazing and unique first step in my career. I’m looking forward to learning about different aspects of business and discovering potential options for when I graduate.

“Even from the selection process, I’ve already gained a lot of experience and was given the chance to demonstrate my skills, as well as to network. The selection process was tough but I really enjoyed the challenge. I hope I can prove I have what it takes to be the Global CEO too."

Read more about the experience of last year’s CEO apprentice here.