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James King, Managing Director Group Legal

"Randstad offers a great variety of work with nice people in an international environment with a direct style"
James King

Current job: Managing Director Group Legal at Randstad Holding in the Netherlands

With again another change in ownership I am now looking forward to the next phase of the company's growth and to taking the legal function through its next level as we mature as a worldwide department. The main challenge will be to ensure that we address all legal issues that face a dynamic international company like Randstad.

Previous roles

1999-2008: Group Legal Counsel Select Appointments/Vedior in the UK
By joining Select Appointments I hoped to get London listed company experience. It was therefore a bit of a shock when it was taken over by Vedior about 6 months later. Although I have been with the company, also as part of Randstad, for nearly 10 years, the time has flown owing to the fast pace of the company and the industry. The fact that the industry is still relatively immature means that the job has continued to develop and grow, so it has not felt like the same job. The main highlights for me have been working on the industry defining company mergers of Select and Vedior and then Randstad and also being involved with extremely challenging projects in many countries.


I studied law at the University of Leeds. I applied for many different courses but chose law just in case I might need it later in life. A wise decision...