Talent Q appoints Chris Holdsworth as new Group CEO

Press release   •   Jun 02, 2011 12:27 BST

Talent Q, the workplace assessment specialist, has appointed Chris Holdsworth to the new position of Group Chief Executive Officer.

Son of Roger Holdsworth, the company’s former chairman and founder who died unexpectedly in February 2011, Chris joined Talent Q in 2009 and set up its operation in China. Previously he worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland for 16 years, latterly as the Deputy Chief Executive of a fast growing international business.

In his new role as Group CEO of Talent Q, he will oversee the company’s operations and provide strategic leadership to sustain its rapid growth. He will also work with Talent Q’s partner organisations to expand the global use of objective psychometric assessment.

Marina Barabanova, Chair of Talent Q, said: “I am very pleased that we have an experienced executive of Chris’ calibre to lead us through our next stage of development. His appointment was always part of our long-term succession strategy and he will build on the strong foundations and direction set out by Roger. Chris's leadership will ensure we develop real business partnerships with our clients, providing services which inform and address their talent management initiatives.”

Commenting on his appointment, Chris Holdsworth said: “While the circumstances are not what I would have wanted, I am very excited to be taking on this role. Roger was an inspirational figure in the industry, developing SHL into a global business and latterly with his pioneering work at Talent Q. The organisation has enormous potential for further growth and our key focus, as before, will be delivering innovative assessment solutions and great service to our clients globally.”

For further information, please call Talent Q on +44 (0)1844 218980 or visit

Background notes: Chris Holdsworth will take up his new position on 1 September 2011. Talent Q’s senior management team will remain unchanged.

Roger Holdsworth, who died aged 75, was instrumental in developing occupational testing into a global industry. In 1977, he co-founded Saville and Holdsworth, which later became SHL. In 2005, he created Talent Q and developed the company into a leader in online psychometrics.

For further information about Talent Q, please call Claire Rahmatallah on +44 (0)1844 218980 or email her at

Talent Q provides workplace assessments in over 40 languages. These support recruitment, development, team building, coaching and succession planning. The company also provides assessment training and consultancy services to help organisations select the best people and develop and retain their staff. Talent Q has operations and partners in 23 countries and its clients include Carlsberg, Citi, Royal Mail Group, Santander and TUI Travel.