November 03, 2015 07:00 ET

SHAKER Appoints Tim Kennedy as Director of Sales for North America

Company Expands Market Development Team With Addition of Seasoned Business Development Executive

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - Nov 3, 2015) - SHAKER, the market leader in custom simulations for pre-employment testing, today announced that experienced business development expert Tim Kennedy has joined the company's Market Development team as director of Sales for North America, responsible for extending the reach of SHAKER's Virtual Job Tryout® and helping employers adopt this technology to improve how they hire.

"Tim has extensive and very focused experience addressing the business needs of talent acquisition professionals," said Joseph P. Murphy, executive vice president of SHAKER. "His work in designing sourcing and attraction strategies aligns well with his new role in connecting companies with our evidence-based solutions that improve quality of hire. Tim has made a career of dealing with decision makers who own the candidate experience and recruiting, and his experience will be integral in expanding the reach of Virtual Job Tryout."

The market for pre-employment testing continues to grow, and increasing demand for mobile-optimized assessments has made SHAKER's Virtual Job Tryout technology a highly desirable solution for companies that wish to implement an evidence-based approach to talent acquisition. In his new role with SHAKER, Kennedy focuses on market development for organizations with more than 5,000 employees and brand-conscious organizations seeking solutions to assess talent fit and enable recruiters to make precision hiring decisions.

"Tim joins us at a critical time; his strong business development experience in the human capital industry will be a key addition to our initiatives to add scale at this stage of our growth," said Marc Wenzel, vice president, Business Development and Strategy for SHAKER. "More importantly, he's a highly consultative individual -- which makes him a great fit for our target clients, our team and to our expanding suite of Virtual Job Tryout and talent analytics solutions."

Kennedy brings extensive experience to his new role, having held leadership positions with other market leaders in the talent acquisition space. Prior to joining SHAKER, he served as director of business development with TMP Worldwide, following his tenure as client director for Alexander Mann Solutions. He also held the role of director of Strategic Alliances and led business development at FAST, a Microsoft subsidiary, for nearly a decade. Earlier in his career, Kennedy served as vice president of Business Development for Zenhire and as a regional sales manager for Monster.

"SHAKER is the industry gold standard in assessments and has a strong customer-centric focus," said Kennedy. "Over the past decade, SHAKER has built a solid reputation for helping employers identify, evaluate and ultimately hire right-fit talent. It is clear to me the company is poised to radically expand its market presence, and it is very exciting to join the company and play a part in that journey."

About Shaker
SHAKER's Virtual Job Tryout® (VJT) technology, enables recruiters to combine the best of predictive analytics and human judgment. Recruiters identify best-fit candidates with more precision, increase new-hire retention and improve quality of hire. Virtual Job Tryout technology delivers pre-employment assessments as day-in-the-life experiences that educate and engage while obtaining a work sample that predicts job-fit and competencies critical for success. Virtual Job Tryout technology is available in standard as well as custom configurations. It has been deployed in most industries for entry level to mid-management positions. More information can be found at