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Carl T. Camden



President and CEO (Retired)

Kelly Services, Inc.

Former president and chief executive officer of Kelly Services®, Carl Camden is a recognized thought leader on talent management and how companies can adapt to succeed in the changing economic landscape. 

His varied educational and professional background gives him a unique perspective on the changing world of work. With three degrees (including a PhD) by the age of 25, Carl has been a marketing executive for a bank holding company; co-president of an advertising agency; co-founder of a behavioral research group; and a tenured university professor. He is frequently invited to speak to students and faculty at business schools throughout the U.S.

Carl serves on the Board of Trustees of The Conference Board, as well as Co-Chair of the Policy & Impact Committee for the Committee for Economic Development.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of TopBuild, a leading installer and distributor of insulation products in the U.S. construction industry. 

Previously he has served on the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch, the Labor Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank, the Advisory Committee on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefits (ERISA Advisory Council), the Board of Visitors of Duke University Fuqua School of Business, the Board of Trustees for the University of Detroit Mercy, the Board of Directors for the Detroit Medical Center, and the Board of Directors for the Detroit Regional Chamber.  

Carl is well-known for being a passionate advocate for the free agent workforce. He has served on the American Staffing Association’s board of directors, and received awards from international workforce agencies for his significant contributions to improving the workforce development system.

Carl has been featured in Business Week, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, and numerous other media on topics ranging from labor force dynamics to health care reform to leadership in an increasingly global business climate. Carl also appears regularly on CNBC to provide insight into the changing labor market.

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