Employment and education start-up WithYouWithMe has announced it has expanded its operations to the US, as it looks to tackle underemployment and unemployment on a global scale.
WithYouWithMe is an Australian tech start-up that has been growing at a rapid pace since launching in late-2016. The company was originally founded with the purpose of helping veterans transition from the military, with more than 4,000 individuals through its program of training and employment.
The company is now applying the same program to other under-utilised groups, including professional athletes and university students.
Co-founder and global chief executive Tom Moore said, "We’ve long been looking at the States as an expansion opportunity. We’ve had people on the ground for some time now and have already locked in some key clients and talented team members to join the US team. With the business growing and becoming more established in Australia, now is the time to get stuck in and look to help even more individuals find a new career."
The expansion coincides with the appointment of two key personnel to the WithYouWithMe team, Tom Larter to the newly created role of CEO Australia and New Zealand, and Andrew Dudgeon, who has been appointed as an independent non-executive director
Larter was one of the company’s first employees and has run the company’s sales team as general manager for the past 12 months. Prior to joining WithYouWithMe, he served more than 12 years in the Australian Defence Force as an infantry officer and leader.
"I’m excited to be given the opportunity to lead the business here in Australia and in New Zealand. Since joining the organisation when we were still a couple of people working out of a living room, I truly believed we could achieve big social impact and solve some big problems. We’ve got a phenomenal team and I’m looking forward to helping even more individuals and companies prepare for the future," Larter said.
Dudgeon is a key appointment who is set to provide guidance and leadership to the organisation as it grows. He has had roles leading some of Australia’s largest organisations, including as managing director of Bombardier Transportation Australia, a rail technology leader with more than 1,100 employees in Australia.
Dudgeon's other corporate roles included as a partner at executive-search firm Heidrick & Struggles, CEO of Rolls Royce Australasia and a leadership role at Qantas. He also has a distinguished military career, holding various leadership positions within the ADF and rising to the rank of Brigadier.
Dudgeon said, "Since I met the WithYouWithMe team last year, I loved their vision and what they’re trying to achieve. I’ve been nothing but impressed by what they’ve managed to achieve to date and am excited to join them on the journey and helping the company to continue to grow."
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Moore said both Larter and Dudgeon will bring unique skills to the team and are perfect for the roles.