Debra Thorpe | Senior VP & General Manager | Kelly US

Debra Thorpe


Deb is a hands-on leader focused on building diverse, high-performing teams. As president of Kelly® Professional & Industrial, she drives profitable growth and increased specialization in the company’s largest, longest-standing portfolio—comprising businesses for office professional, finance, contact center, and light industrial talent across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

From her background in industrial engineering and a passion for problem solving, Deb leverages data and analytics to help organizations make their most informed operational decisions. She encourages employers to think creatively about workforce planning and to embrace the value of all workers and workstyles. Deb deeply understands the staffing challenges organizations are facing today, and makes strategic recommendations to help them prepare for the future of work.

Deb has been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as one of the most influential leaders in the industry, and has been instrumental in supporting the rise of future leaders at Kelly. Deb also serves on the board of HAVEN, a nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. At the end of the day, it’s her personal mission to lead with a positive approach and inspire continuous learning with every interaction.

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