Nick 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 appointed managing director, UK & Europe, for Hays Information Technology in 1997. He was promoted to Hays UK board director in 2003, responsible for seven specialisms, including HR, sales and marketing, and contact centres. In 2006, Cox was appointed managing director for the EMEA region, reporting directly to the CEO.