Nick Cox became Hays’ managing director for Continental Europe and Rest of the World (CERoW) in 2006, reporting directly to the CEO. As one of Hay’s three operating divisions, CERoW comprises 22 countries out of 32 in the Group. Cox joined Hays in 1983, working in the accountancy and finance/banking division as a recruitment consultant, progressing to regional director and then UK director. He was made managing director (UK and Europe) for Hays Information Technology in 1997, then promoted to Hays UK board director in 2003, responsible for seven specialisms, including HR, sales and marketing and contact centres.