Founded in 1948, Robert Half has a long history of connecting opportunities at great companies with highly skilled job seekers. Bolstered by the strength of our brand, our people, our technology and our professional business model, we find meaningful and exciting employment for the people we place and provide clients access to the specialized talent they need to help grow their businesses.
We pioneered the idea of professional talent solutions nearly 70 years ago and, as the needs of businesses have evolved, so have we. In 1986, when current leadership acquired the Robert Half business from founder Bob Half, the staffing industry was much different than it is today.
Our leadership team saw potential in moving toward a more specialized talent solutions approach and began placing contract workers at higher skill levels. Our clients and candidates found value in professional-level talent solutions, which is why we launched a series of contract professional staffing divisions in the finance and accounting, legal, creative and marketing, technology and administrative fields. And in 2002, we again saw opportunity and introduced Protiviti, a global independent risk consulting and internal audit service, to support companies as they faced more stringent financial reporting and disclosure practices under new regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley.
Explore Robert Half’s history, learn about our leadership and accolades and see how we have found opportunity in innovation to create a $5 billion professional services organization.
1940s: The Begining
1960s: High Ethical Standards Becomes a Cornerstone
1970s: A Decade of Firsts
1980s: New Leadership
1990s: Growth and Expansion
2000s: Leadership and Recognition
Chairman and CEO Max Messmer is inducted by the American Staffing Association into the ASA Leadership Hall of Fame.
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