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William L. Ayers, JR.

Vice President & Global Business Leader EMERITUS 

William (Bill) Ayers served as Vice President and Global Business Leader of The Ayers Group, a New York-based career management firm and division of Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDQ: KELYA, KELYB), a leader in providing workforce solutions, until his retirement in 2015. 

Bill founded The Ayers Group in 1975. When Kelly acquired the firm in 2006, Bill was enlisted to continue to lead The Ayers Group as part of KellyOCG. A nationally recognized expert in career management, Bill oversees the firm’s development of innovative strategies to help clients in a wide range of industries lead and manage organizational change. These strategies include programs that utilize sophisticated assessments, campaign templates, niche experts and cutting-edge technology to support career transition. 

Bill is a Fellow of the International Association of Outplacement Professionals, recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Award for community service and a member of the board of trustees of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He has served on the board of directors of the Boy Scouts Council New York Chapter, and was a member of the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Quinnipiac University. 

Bill has been featured on CNBC, CBS, ABC, APAC Newspapers, TV, Radio and Bloomberg News, and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other key business publications. He is a frequent contributor to journals and newspapers and a noted speaker on career management in the 21st century.


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