Sydney, Wednesday 15 August 2018: Employment and education start-up WithYouWithMe has announced it has expanded its operations to the United States, as it looks to tackle underemployment and unemployment on a global scale.
WithYouWithMe is an Australian tech start-up which has been growing at a rapid pace since launching in late-2016. The company was originally founded with the purpose of helping veterans transition from the military, with more than 4,000 individuals through its program of training and employment. The company is now applying the same program to other under-utilised groups, including professional athletes and university students.
The company is looking to apply its unique program to the US market, with Co-Founder and Global CEO Tom Moore saying the opportunity is too big to ignore.
“We’ve long been looking at the States as an expansion opportunity. We’ve had people on the ground for some time now and have already locked in some key clients and talented team members to join the US team. With the business growing and becoming more established in Australia, now is the time to get stuck in and look to help even more individuals find a new career,” Moore said.
The expansion coincides with the appointment of two key personnel to the WithYouWithMe team: Tom Larter to the newly created role of CEO Australia & New Zealand and Andrew Dudgeon, who has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director.
Tom Larter was one of the company’s first employees and has run the company’s sales team as General Manager for the past 12 months. Prior to joining WithYouWithMe Larter served more than 12 years in the Australian Defence Force as an Infantry Officer and Leader. He said he’s looking forward to building on the company’s success.
“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to lead the business here in Australia and in New Zealand. Since joining the organisation when we were still a couple of people working out of a living room, I truly believed we could achieve big social impact and solve some big problems. We’ve got a phenomenal team and I’m looking forward to helping even more individuals and companies prepare for the future,” Larter said.
Andrew Dudgeon is a key appointment who is set to provide guidance and leadership to the organisation as it grows. Dudgeon has had roles leading some of Australia’s largest organisations, including as Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation Australia, a rail technology leader with more than 1,100 employees in Australia. Andrew has a distinguished corporate career, including as a partner at executive-search firm Heidrick & Struggles, CEO of Rolls Royce Australasia and a leadership role at Qantas. Dudgeon also has a distinguished military career, holding various leadership positions within the Australian Defence Force and rising to the rank of Brigadier.
Dudgeon said on his appointment: “Since I met the WithYouWithMe team last year I loved their vision and what they’re trying to achieve. I’ve been nothing but impressed by what they’ve managed to achieve to date and am excited to join them on the journey and helping the company to continue to grow.”
Tom Moore said both Tom and Andrew will bring unique skills to the team and are perfect for the roles.
“Andrew is an established leader in the Australian business community. He has not only experience with military and corporate, but also a sporting background which will be invaluable for the company’s athlete program. He’s a rising star in corporate Australia and we’re stoked to have him on board.
“Tom Larter has been on the journey for a long-time now and there’s no one else I know who is more passionate about helping veterans and others find a new career. Tom is a leader, plain and simple, and the Australian business is in good hands with him at the helm,” Mr Moore said.