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Kelly Services, Inc.
  • Russell Kelly Office Service
  • Kelly Girl Service, Inc.
Traded asNASDAQKELYA (Class A)
S&P 600 Component
IndustryProfessional services
Founded1946; 73 years ago (1946)
FounderWilliam Russell Kelly
Headquarters999 West Big Beaver Road, ,
United States
Areas served
  • North and South America
  • AsiaPacific
  • Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Key people
  • Terence E. Adderley (Executive Chairman)[1]
  • Carl T. Camden (President and CEO)
Revenue$5.5 billion[2] (2015)
$67 million[2] (2015)
Number of employees
7,800[3] (2017)

Kelly Services, Inc. (formerly Russell Kelly Office Service and Kelly Girl Service, Inc.) is an American office staffing company that operates globally.[2][4][5][6] The company places employees at all levels in various sectors including the financial services, information technology, and law industries.[4] It also offers professional services, including human resource and management consulting, outsourcing, recruitment, career transition, and vendor management services.[2][4] Kelly Services was founded by William Russell Kelly in 1946 and is headquartered in Troy, Michigan.[2][7] In 2015, the company reported 8,100 employees, $5.5 billion in revenue, and placed 550,000 employees to work in positions in various sectors,[2][4] making it one of the world's largest staffing firms.[8]


William Russell Kelly founded Russell Kelly Office Service in 1946,[9][10] initially providing office services performed at Kelly's offices, rather than providing temporary staffing at the client's location. However, customers asked for the work to be performed at their locations, and the temporary staffing concept was born out of responding to this type of request. It was in 1946 that the first "Kelly Girls" came into scope and the first "Kelly Girl" was Adelaide Hess Moran who was able to demonstrate that this new working sphere for women could be one to enjoy.

The temporary workers, who were usually female, became known as "Kelly girls".[11] In recognition of this, the name of the company was changed to Kelly Girl Service, Inc. in 1957.[9] The term "Kelly girl" became a widely used term for a temporary worker, regardless of the worker's company affiliation or gender. In 1966 the name of the company was changed to Kelly Services, Inc., in order to reflect an expanding range of services.[9]

The current Chairman of the Board of Directors is Terence E. Adderley,[12] and the CEO is Carl T. Camden.[13]

See also


  1. ^ "Executive Profile: Terence E. Adderley". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "2015 Annual Report" (PDF). Kelly Services. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "Kelly Services". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  4. ^ a b c d "United States Securities and Exchange Commission: Form 10-K". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Dutton, Jane E.; Heaphy, Emily (January 12, 2016). "We Learn More When We Learn Together". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  6. ^ Melvin, Tim (March 8, 2016). "3 Staffing Firms to Get Worked Up About". Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Murphy, Maxwell (December 21, 2015). "CFO Moves: Kelly Services, Pharm-Olam". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Wernau, Julie (November 25, 2014). "Kelly Services, DeVry partner to fill STEM gap". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "William Russell Kelly Tribute". Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  10. ^ Eaton, Leslie (1998-01-08). "William Kelly, 92, Founder Of Temporary Jobs Company". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
  11. ^ Hatton, Erin (2011). The Temp Economy: From Kelly Girls to Permatemps in Postwar America. Temple University Press. ISBN 978-1439900826. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  12. ^ "Kelly Services Executives". Hoover's. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
  13. ^ "Our annual ranking of America's largest corporations". CNN. Retrieved 2008-03-17.

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