Newburyport, MA – January 3, 2018 – National executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners announced today that it has acquired New York recruiting firm ReWork and its sourcing platform technology, and hired its co-founder and CEO, Abe Taleb, as a Vice President. In his new role at Koya, Taleb will be instrumental in expanding the firm’s depth and breadth of focus around the important and booming millennial workforce.
Koya and ReWork are aligned in their vision to match mission-driven talent to the world’s most socially innovative organizations. Both companies are driven by the belief that the right person in the right place can change the world. The firms’ leadership team feels strongly that no one should have to choose between making money and making a difference. They also recognize that mission-driven organizations deserve the most talented, committed, and passionate professionals to support their efforts.
As a tech-forward company, Koya will leverage ReWork’s innovative technology to engage with candidates more deeply around their social mission and desired impact in the world. Additionally, Koya will use their new technological capabilities to broaden their network of potential candidates, particularly with millennials. Koya’s leadership believes that technology will play a critical role in the recruitment process in the coming years, and this new acquisition will help Koya remain a recruiting front-runner as the industry continues to evolve.
“The world would be a better place if the best thinkers and doers of each generation defined their success not only based on the pay or prestige of their jobs, but on how big an impact they can make in the world,” said Katie Bouton, Koya Founder and CEO. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Abe, who brings best-in-class knowledge and experience around attracting, recruiting, engaging, and placing talented millennials.”
“Abe truly understands what motivates millennials, how to excite and engage them, and how they have an unwavering commitment to social responsibility,” Bouton added. “He’ll be instrumental in helping us attract and place a new generation of emerging leaders into roles that will fuel their passion for social change and allow them to make a positive difference in the world.”
Koya recognizes there will be a massive leadership swing as Baby Boomers in high-level positions retire with too few Gen Xers to fill these important senior roles. Koya is committed to grooming and placing millennial talent for a new generation of leaders to fill these top positions as they become available.
“With this unique market opportunity, millennials are looking at jobs differently than previous generations have,” explained Taleb. “If millennials aren’t challenged and engaged in their job, they’ll move on. They’re looking for more than just a salary – they want meaningful work at companies that are committed to social responsibility as well as diversity in the workplace.”
ReWork’s co-founders, Nathaniel Koloc, now the SVP of People for Future Laboratories, and Evan Walden, current CEO of Monday, are pleased about the acquisition and are grateful to have found a collaboration with Koya, whose values, mission and culture align so closely with ReWork’s.
“I’m excited that ReWork has been acquired by Koya,” said Koloc. “We founded ReWork to support and encourage more meaningful work in the world. This next chapter for ReWork and Koya will bring that vision to life in an even bigger way.”
Added Walden, “ReWork’s expertise and technology directly support Koya’s vision to serve the next generation of mission-driven talent. We feel grateful to have found such a great fit.”
About Abe Taleb
Abe Taleb recently joined Koya Leadership Partners as Vice President. He previously served as a co-founder and CEO of ReWork, a B Corp recruiting firm that put top talent to work on the world’s most pressing issues. At ReWork, Abe used an innovative blend of technology and search process to recruit top millennial talent to mission-driven work.
Abe’s professional interests meet at the intersection of social enterprise, policy innovation, and racial justice. He has placed leaders at Acumen, Third Sector Capital Partners, NationSwell, Code2040, and many more mission-driven organizations. An industrial engineer by trade, Abe discovered his knack for matching talent to the right opportunity when he returned to his alma mater, Rochester Institute of Technology, as a collegiate recruiter. Abe is based in New York City, and will continue to work with clients and candidates nationwide.
About Koya Leadership Partners
Koya is a national executive search and consulting firm that works with mission-driven clients and institutions of higher education. Koya was founded in 2004 on a single belief – the right person in the right place can change the world – and is deeply committed to its clients and the missions they serve. Koya was named to Forbes’ “America’s Best Executive Search Firms 2017” list. For more information, visit www.koyapartners.com.