Schakel joins Jobplex as EVP, Philadelphia

December, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (December 18, 2014) – Jobplex is pleased to announce that Brian Schakel has joined the firm as executive vice president. He is based in Philadelphia and brings more than 15 years of human resources experience to the firm. Schakel focuses on diversified industrial manufacturing and consumer products companies.

His clients include public and private, multi-nationals, and private equity-backed portfolio companies. Schakel’s placements include professionals in functional leadership roles, R&D and general management positions the Specialty Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Agribusiness and Pharmaceutical sectors.

Prior to joining Jobplex, Schakel led the industrial practice at DES Recruitment, Inc. specializing in chemicals, oil & gas, bioscience and pharmaceuticals.
Prior to his career in executive search, Schakel was the director of human resources for Sunoco’s retail and trading businesses where he was responsible for all aspects of the HR function. Previously, Brian served as Global HR Leader for Momentive Performance Materials Quartz & Ceramics division after it was acquired from General Electric. Before Momentive, Brian worked for General Electric in several HR leadership roles within the corporate headquarters, plastics and silicones businesses.
“Brian is a forward-thinker,” said Justin Hirsch, president of Jobplex. “His unique background in the industrial industry coupled with his extensive knowledge of the human resources function makes him a fantastic addition to the Jobplex team. Brian will undoubtedly aid in the ongoing development of these key areas at Jobplex in 2015.”
Schakel is a Six Sigma Certified Black Belt and a graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Theory and Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations.
Jobplex Inc. is a division of DHR International, one of the world’s largest retained executive search firms. Jobplex offers next generation and project focused recruitment services to clients in nearly every industry. Jobplex customizes each assignment to meet the unique specifications of our client’s recruiting needs through a variety of offerings including single position and high volume project oriented engagements. For more information, please visit,

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