Press Release: New Leadership Team

Cadient Talent Announces New Leadership Team 

A Carve Out From Kronos, Cadient Talent, Offers End-to-End Hiring Solutions for Distributed Workforce


RALEIGH, NC, October 16, 2019 –  Cadient Talent, (, an end to end hiring solution for the distributed hourly workforce, has announced a new leadership team to grow the recently acquired Kronos Talent Acquisition business unit.  In April 2019, Cadient Talent announced the formation of the new company and its intent to be the leader in solving the complex needs of high-volume, hourly hiring with its intuitive talent acquisition software, applicant tracking system and onboarding platform.

Cadient Talent provides a software solution that solves the complexities of high-volume, hourly hiring and provides local managers with a constant pipeline of high-quality candidates for the distributed workforce.  Services include assessments, background checks, work opportunity credit screening and drug testing services, offering today’s busy hiring managers a complete and comprehensive applicant tracking and onboarding system.  

“We are excited about the leadership experience that has been brought together to make Cadient Talent the most effective solution for our clients,” said Jim Buchanan, CEO.  “Nearly 60 percent of the workforce in the United States is hourly-based, and those hires pose unique challenges for HR managers that are different from salaried hires.  As the US continues to face a labor-shortage, it will be imperative that we bring the best innovation and support to our clients based on an already proven software solution and I know this team will rise to the challenge.”

The Cadient Talent leadership team is comprised of vetted professionals with more than 100 years of combined experience in the talent acquisition business:

Jim Buchanan, CEO: As previous EVP and CFO of PeopleClick, Buchanan spent the past fifteen years in senior management roles in the talent acquisition industry.  PeopleClick was one of the first companies to offer an applicant tracking system and served 49 of the Fortune 100 companies. Before his commitment to Cadient Talent, Jim cofounded Merlin Technologies, a human capital management company, that was acquired by a private equity firm in 2015. 

Tom Bright, CTO: Bright has many years of experience leading global companies and solutions.  As Field2Base’s former CEO, Bright led a streamlined paperless initiative that became a standard for the industry.  Prior to his work at Field2Base, Bright served as the COO of PeopleClick, Inc. where he expanded their global footprint and opened their first EU-based data center.

Bob Cotton, CFO: Cotton has 30 years of business experience with companies ranging in size from small to Fortune 500. He has extensive experience with SaaS companies and his skills provide expertise in merger and acquisition finances, deal structuring, and contract negotiations. Cotton blends strategic planning into active day-to-day operations. 

Michelle Barry, VP Engineering: Barry has a broad range of experience in multi-million-dollar web applications for Fortune 500 companies. She held multiple leadership roles at PeopleFluent, overseeing their suite of SaaS-based talent acquisition markets. 

Nicky Peele, VP Marketing: With over two decades of experience, Peele has mastered a marketing prowess. As prior ALPHA Marketing president, Peele supported global clients such as Lenovo, DHL, and Samsung. Before Peele began at Cadient Talent, she held Field2Base’s VP of Marketing position, driving digital marketing transformations to a variety of industries. 

Mark Long, VP of Sales: Long has a broad history of experience in software sales within the HCM sector.  He served as SilkRoad Technology’s senior vice president of sales, supervising software suite solutions, applicant tracking, onboarding, and performance management. Prior to his position at Cadient Talent, Long was Jobvite’s senior director of sales where he led the talent acquisition management software sales organization for mid-market account sales. 

Jon Puckett, VP Customer Success: Puckett has delivered talent management software solutions for over twenty years. Prior to Cadient Talent, Puckett served as the director of professional services for the Kronos Talent Acquisition business unit.   


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ABOUT CADIENT TALENT: Cadient Talent offers a leading end-to-end hiring solution for distributed workforces. Built specifically for the field, our intuitive and flexible platform meets the complex needs of high-volume, hourly hiring and provides managers with a constant pipeline of quality candidates. We help Central HR manage policy standards and reinforce compliance across multiple locations, while enabling decentralized managers to act and succeed locally. By streamlining hiring workflows, we reduce variation and human error, resulting in faster, better hiring and a more productive workforce. For more information visit,