Expands Board with Experts in Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Finance

Announces the Appointment of Deborah Leff and Nick Florio as Independent Directors Group, Inc., a leading hiring platform, has announced today that Deborah Leff, Global Leader and Industry CTO for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) at IBM and Nick Florio, CPA, and founder of Strategic Staffing Concepts with over 30 years of M&A experience, have been appointed as independent directors of the Company.

Evan Sohn, Executive Chairman of, said: “We are thrilled to welcome such talented professionals to the board of directors. Deborah, an acknowledged thought leader in AI and data science, will help steer our AI-enabled product roadmap and evaluate technology opportunities. Nick's appointment will further support our efforts to uplist on a major exchange such as NASDAQ, augment our governance and audit functions, and evaluate strategic acquisitions and partnerships. takes a big step toward its vision to be a leading recruiting platform with the appointment of these incredible talents.”

Deborah Leff

Deborah is a leading expert in outcome-driven business transformation. She is a proven advisor to senior executives on successfully identifying, prioritizing, and delivering on strategic AI initiatives that impact their most critical business objectives. As the Global Leader and Industry CTO of Data Science and AI at IBM, Deborah worked with senior leaders of Fortune 1000 companies, helping them gain critical insights from data to drive improved customer experience and optimized business operations.

Before joining IBM, she was the SVP of Business Development at Gypsii, a provider of geosocial networking applications and services, and was the VP of Sales at Kadient, Inc. She founded Girls Who Solve, a STEM program conceived as enrichment education designed to spark interest in technology and data science outside of coding.

Nicholas Florio

Mr. Florio has spent the past 30 years providing business consulting and financial advice to various private and public staffing businesses. As a former Partner of Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP, one of New York's top accounting firms, Mr. Florio provided extensive experience in direct-hire, staffing, executive search, and outsourcing models well as M&A advisory services.

Mr. Florio was a long-standing member of the firm's Executive Committee. He was the Partner-In-Charge of the firm's Employment and Staffing practice area for 30 years. In 2019, Mr. Florio retired from Citrin Cooperman and founded Strategic Staffing Consultants to continue with his service to the staffing industry.

Mr. Florio also co-founded and served as the President of the New York Staffing Association (NYSA) industry partner group and was a board member of the New Jersey Staffing Alliance (NJSA), as a representative industry partner. He lectures extensively on various tax and business topics and frequently speaks and is quoted on the financial aspects of running and financing recruitment and staffing companies.

Mr. Florio graduated from Pace University and is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Group, Inc. is a hiring platform for the world's largest network of small and independent recruiters. empowers businesses to recruit specialized talent faster with virtual teams of recruiters and AI job-matching technology.

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