Talent RISE has today announced Karen Graham will be joining the company as CEO for the ANZ region effective immediately. Graham joins Talent RISE from Ipsos ANZ as the managing director, market strategy and innovation, following an extensive career across marketing, brand, business development and the not-for-profit space.
Established in 2014, Talent RISE was created to address the high level of youth unemployment and is dedicated to upskilling and empowering young people to commence and build thriving, sustainable careers, whilst assisting employers to build inclusive working environments and bring young people into their organisations. To date the company has engaged more than 3,000 young people through workshops and mentoring and has placed over 350 into meaningful employment.
Graham will work alongside RISE team members and founder and executive chairman, Richard Earl, focusing on leading and coordinating RISE activities and efforts across all locations. She will also be responsible for helping in the regional expansion of RISE into new markets and launch a range of ambitious new initiatives.
Graham said she is committed to helping boost the RISE profile. “I am very excited to be appointed as CEO for Talent RISE ANZ and am really looking forward to working with Richard and the RISE team to strengthen and expand the RISE impact across ANZ and build further on the great work done by the team to date.”
Founder and executive chairman Richard Earl said that he is thrilled on the new appointment. “I am delighted with the appointment of Karen Graham into the role as CEO for Talent RISE ANZ. Karen’s vision and drive made her a perfect fit to further assist our goal of expanding RISE into the global space. Her belief in the importance of helping young people reach their full potential is why I am confident she will be able to take RISE to another level.”