People growth collective Tellent established to deliver one-stop HR tooling shop

A new leadership group or ‘people growth collective’ called Tellent has been created through an acquisition and the joining-up of several hiring software, HR management system and employee performance management software firms.

The companies involved are Recruitee (ATS and collaborative hiring software), Sympa (HRMS) and Javelo (EPMS) and their acquisition of kiwiHR, which provides HRMS for small-and-medium businesses.

In brief:

  • Tellent, backed by PSG Equity (PSG), offers cloud HR software tools for companies, from recruitment and CoreHR to employee experience and more.
  • Tellent’s acquisition of kiwiHR is the first strategic step to uniting among the ‘best-of-breed’ HR solutions under the newly formed group.
  • Recruitee founder and CEO Perry Oostdam has been appointed as Tellent’s new CEO, while the former COO Robbert Flipsen will step in as CEO of Recruitee.
  • Sympa’s founder and CEO Keijo Karjalainen has been appointed chief strategy officer (CSO) of Tellent, while Jaco Fourie is appointed as the new CEO of Sympa.
  • The teams will work closely together, aiming to benefit by sharing kiwiHR’s ability to serve the SME sector, Sympa’s advanced end-to-end core HR solution, Recruitee’s global presence and Javelo’s experience in performance management.
  • Recruitee, Sympa and Javelo announced their alliance earlier this year in May.

Combined, Tellent’s people growth collective will establish a major HR tech ecosystem in Europe. Backed by PSG, the group’s software solutions seek to offer a unique, insights-driven, collaborative and uniformed approach to talent acquisition, engagement and retention to deliver a one-stop shop for HR tooling.

With over 500 employees across 11 offices, Tellent’s suite of software tools for HR teams in medium-sized businesses serves more than 6,000 customers across more than 100 countries. Notable brands, including Taco Bell, M&S, Asus, Red Bull Media House, Breitling and Espresso House, use Tellent’s solutions.

In a highly fragmented market, full of a growing number of disconnected HR software solutions, Tellent is looking to bring together a full-service offering of among the best-in-class under one umbrella.

Tellent is backed by PSG, a growth equity firm partnering with software and technology-enabled services companies to help accelerate their growth. As majority shareholder of the combined group, PSG will continue supporting Tellent to drive new product development and fund growth, both organically and by providing room for new HR tech to join Tellent’s group.

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