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SmartRecruiters Taps Avature Vet Michael Johnson and Recruiting Expert Jason Buss to Lead Enterprise Expansion of Its Hiring Success Platform

Industry Veterans Come on Board to Continue Rapid Company Growth and Development

SAN FRANCISCO (January 20, 2015) – SmartRecruiters, the company that drives hiring success, today announced two key additions to its leadership team in Michael Johnson as chief sales officer and Jason Buss as recruitment innovation officer. These appointments follow a series of high-talent hires as SmartRecruiters makes an aggressive move into the enterprise space.

Formerly senior vice president of sales and U.S. lead at Avature, Johnson will serve as SmartRecruiters’ chief sales officer to bring the all-in-one hiring and recruiting platform to enterprises looking to abandon their outdated ATS software and drive their hiring success.

“Adding Michael to our team is a huge step forward for SmartRecruiters,” said Jerome Ternynck, CEO of SmartRecruiters. “Mike is a proven pioneer and executive who is trusted by recruiting leaders at the world’s largest companies.”

Johnson has been a leader in the recruitment technology industry for the last two decades and has worked for such organizations as Yahoo and before joining Avature, where he helped build the company from the ground up and oversaw sales and operations in the U.S.

“I joined SmartRecruiters because I knew they were the future of recruitment technology and hiring success,” said Johnson. “This industry is desperate for a great product and their all-in-one platform provides a seamless experience for both hiring teams and candidates, effectively replacing outdated and clunky ATS software. I’m excited for the opportunity to help bring the recruitment and hiring world into the 21st century with SmartRecruiters.”

Buss joins the team as recruitment innovation officer and brings nearly 20 years of experience as a global recruiting leader and hiring expert for such companies as Ameriprise Financial, Allianz and Russell Investments. As recruitment innovation officer, he will help build awareness, visibility and advocacy for the SmartRecruiters Hiring Success Platform and the new way of hiring.

“Jason is a great addition to SmartRecruiters and is an expert in this industry,” said Ternynck. “His wealth of knowledge and experience will help us provide enterprises with the knowledge they need to recruit and hire high-performing teams.”

In addition to his years of successfully leading talent acquisition strategies and teams at Fortune 500 corporations, Buss is also the creator and editor of the recruiting blog, Talent HQ, and the president and leader of the nation’s largest and most active regional recruiting community, Minnesota Recruiters.

“SmartRecruiters is providing enterprises with a new way to successfully recruit and hire their workforces,” said Buss. “I’m excited to join an elite team to deliver on its commitment to hiring success.”

Prior to nabbing Johnson and Buss, SmartRecruiters brought on

  • Brett Queener, formerly of, as president & COO
  • Jim Milton, formerly of Taleo, as VP, product marketing
  • Rebecca Meissner, formerly of Jobvite, as head of customer success
  • Lena Waters, formerly of Responsys, as VP, Corporate Marketing

To learn more about how SmartRecruiters is driving the movement beyond outdated applicant tracking systems with a comprehensive recruitment and hiring-management system, visit

About SmartRecruiters

As a global leader in enterprise recruiting software, SmartRecruiters offers a cloud-based Talent Acquisition Suite that allows businesses to attract, select, and hire the best people. More than 4,000 companies worldwide rely on SmartRecruiters to drive hiring success, including brands like LinkedIn, Visa, Bosch, Skechers, and Avery Dennison. Built on a modern cloud platform, SmartRecruiters offers full functionality for recruitment marketing and collaborative hiring, with an open marketplace of 400+ pre-integrated vendors. For more information on how we connect people to jobs at scale, follow us at @SmartRecruiters, on LinkedIn or on

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