Leadership Team | Accounting Principals


Our leaders each possess the right balance of recruiting expertise and real-world industry experience. Many started their career at the branch level and have worked their way to senior management positions, giving them a better understanding of our clients’ unique challenges and our associates’ career goals.

John L. Marshall, President

John L. Marshall

John Marshall serves as president of Adecco Group North America’s US Finance (Accounting Principals & Parker+Lynch), Office Professional (Ajilon Professional) and Legal (Special Counsel) business. Previously, John was a senior vice president of the former MPS Group, with responsibility for its North American accounting and finance and legal staffing business. John joined MPS in 1988 as a practicing attorney and eventually became responsible for mergers and acquisitions and corporate securities matters, MIS, purchasing, real estate, and benefits administration. John became president of Special Counsel in 2001 and of Accounting Principals in 2006. Prior to joining MPS Group, Mr. Marshall was an attorney at King & Spalding (Atlanta) and AT&T. He holds degrees in economics and political science from the University of Georgia, is an honors graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, and a member of the Georgia Bar.


Kathy Gans, Senior Vice President

Kathy Gans

As the Senior Vice President, Kathy Gans is responsible for directing and overseeing the central mountain region for several professional specialty staffing brands including Ajilon Professional Staffing, Accounting Principals, Parker & Lynch and Paladin Staffing. Kathy also serves as the national executive director for the Ajilon Professional Staffing business line for the entire organization.

Kathy joined Ajilon Professional Staffing in 1998 and served in various roles and responsibilities to spearhead the company's growth within the Orange County/San Diego region. Her rich and diverse experience included the talent acquisition, employee development and enterprise-wide training of Ajilon colleagues, many of who now holds various leadership roles within the organization. She has successfully led an enterprise-wide initiative in developing operational efficiencies, infrastructure and a sales driven culture in the Southern California market. During her tenure with Ajilon and Accounting Principals, Kathy's significant professional experience has helped drive company performance and results during economic challenges and industry down-turns. She also has been recognized for various awards and distinctions including Vice President on multiple occasions and was most recently awarded the 2008 President's Leadership Award.


Trent Beekman, Senior Vice President

Trent Beekman

Trent Beekman is Senior Vice President of the accounting, legal and office specialty brands at Adecco Group North America, part of the world's largest recruitment and workforce solutions provider. Trent is National Executive responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and tactics that increase our Search and Permanent Placement business across the country. In addition to ensuring that our Search and Permanent Placement services are well positioned from a marketing and delivery perspective, he is also responsible for developing and implementing processes and procedures to maximize the mutually advantageous relationships between our Search and Perm business and our temp staffing teams. Trent is also responsible for the following markets: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Nashville and Minnesota.

Trent has been with the company since 2002. He has gained diverse experiences and held multiple positions throughout his 12 year career in the staffing industry, with proven expertise in growing sales and leading large profitable territories. Trent has been recognized for his success by winning the 2002 Rookie of the Year award and 2007 Top Area Manager Award. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.


Kim Gottschalk, Vice President

Kim Gottschalk

Kim Gottschalk is the Vice President for Accounting Principals, and manages the Mid-West region from her home base in Chicago, Illinois. Kim is responsible for multiple lines of business, including Accounting Principals, Parker + Lynch, Ajilon Professional Staffing and Parker + Lynch Consulting Practices. Kim joined Accounting Principals in 1998 after practicing public accounting at Ernst & Young, after graduating with a dual degree in both Accounting and Business Management from St. Xavier in Chicago, IL. Since then, Kim has had the opportunity to study and train under tremendous Senior Leadership throughout all areas of the organization.

During Kim’s tenure she has been a top contributor and has been integral in building successful teams for all Accounting Principals divisions. Kim focuses on continually strengthening the organizations' service offerings with the overarching goal of providing the best candidates to clients, and providing the best opportunities to candidates. Kim is dedicated to delivering training and best practices to teams to ensure excellent service to candidates and clients alike.

Through the years Kim has contributed to national training initiatives in both content and delivery capacities. Her expertise in Executive Search and Staff Augmentation led Kim to join the Senior Leadership Team in April 2013. Since, she led a webinar on the topic of "Managing Multiple Generations In the Workplace" and has also spoken on the FOX Network regarding the employment market in Chicago and the Mid-West.