Global manpower provider, Samuel Knight International, has announced the appointment of former UNW corporate finance partner, Paul Kaiser, as its new chairman.

Paul, a former North East Insider Deal Maker, brings over 30 years of experience having advised on mergers and acquisitions, disposals and private equity sponsored transactions. Within the manpower services sector, he advised on the sales of Nigel Wright to Baird Capital and The Frank Group to Living Bridge. He has a track record of supporting businesses in building shareholder value.

Prior to joining UNW, Paul was an associate partner at Deloitte, working nationally. He also established and led the Deloitte advisory team in the North East for a number of years.

Samuel Knight International provides energy manpower and solutions across the renewable energy space and sustainable transportation, with a growing client portfolio in the UK, Europe and USA. Despite the pandemic, the company has announced strong trading, driven by client growth in the clean energy market with new client wins underpinned by its growing presence in the USA.

Paul Kaiser, said: “Samuel Knight International is developing a strong reputation in its chosen markets. As an adviser I have worked with the business in the past, and believe I can add to the successes achieved by CEO, Steven Rawlingson and CFO, Carl Moffett, whom I have known for many years. It is a progressive company and has created an impressive board comprised of key industry figures, which will enhance its focus and support its ambitious growth plans.

“Working with the other board members, I will be utilising my experience to contribute to shareholder value and to help build on the brand and develop its network.”

Steven Rawlingson, founder and CEO of Samuel Knight International, commented: “Paul’s arrival comes at a time of acceleration for the business. We continue to remain at the forefront of clean energy manpower and, despite the global pandemic, we have been able to successfully expand on our renewable energy offer.

“This is a significant appointment for us because Paul brings with him specific industry expertise having successfully advised a number of recruitment firms, including Nigel Frank, with a substantial institutional fund raise. As a growing business, we have the expertise and understanding of shareholder value and capital markets on our board and Paul is supportive of our future growth plans. Working alongside our CFO, Carl Moffett, his advice will be invaluable.

“Paul is a well-respected figure within the North East and as we develop our brand this will also build our exposure to institutional directors and will help introduce us to funding investors. We are an ambitious company and our new board appointment signals that we have no plans to slow down.”