WE BELIEVE PEOPLE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

We strive to build meaningful relationships with our clients and talent, always with a people first approach. So that when it comes to matching the right business with the right person, we are already one step ahead. All our agents encompass our core values of collaboration and innovation and share our passion for excellence.

Our History How We’ve Evolved

Aquent began as an idea shared by three friends at Harvard University back in 1985. Originally going by the name MacTemps, the recruitment company quickly expanded across the US before opening its first international office in the UK in 1991. This was followed by offices in France, Australia, Canada, Japan and The Netherlands. And, in 1999, MacTemps became the Aquent we know and love today.

Continuing to adapt and thrive, Aquent went on to launch Aquent Studios in 2006 and Aquent Gymnasium in 2012. Transitioning from a simple temp agency to a global recruitment solutions provider, with 4000+ clients across 38 offices and in 7 different countries. And the best bit? Those three friends are still here, inspiring their staff and nurturing a culture of innovation.


Leadership Driving success

Learn more about our executive leadership team's commitment to innovation in our industry.
John Chuang

John Chuang

Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO

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John Chuang

John Chuang

Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO

John co-founded Aquent in 1986 while an undergraduate at Harvard University. Within five years he grew the company from dorm room startup to the 12th fastest growing private company in America. He has served as CEO from the beginning.

Over the course of his career John has been widely recognised for his entrepreneurial leadership and accomplishments. Accolades include: Boston Business Journal's, "40 Under 40", Mass High Tech's, "High Tech All Star," finalist for the Harvard Business School Club of New York's, "America’s Entrepreneur Award," and Ernst and Young’s, “Entrepreneur of the Year” for New England. He was the subject of a Fast Company cover story and was the protagonist in a Harvard Business School case study.

John has served as president of the Massachusetts Association of Staffing Services and as chairman of the board of directors of Angie’s List (NASDAQ:ANGI). He also has served as a board member for the American Staffing Association, AIGA, and the Recycling Advisory Committee for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

John earned a bachelor's degree cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA with honours from Harvard Business School.

Aliza Sweiry

Aliza Sweiry

UK Managing Director

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Aliza Sweiry

Aliza Sweiry

UK Managing Director

Aliza Sweiry is responsible for Aquent and Vitamin T’s UK operation. After 12 years working on client strategy in the digital space, she joined the company in 2013 to work on Business Development and quickly advanced her position to become Aquent’s Regional Director in 2017. As UK Managing Director, Aliza is responsible for an office of 40+ staff across both brands on the sales and delivery side. She oversees the day to day running of the business, including budget and strategy, as well as the hands on management of the corporate sales team.

Aliza is the face of Aquent and Vitamin T UK, using her strong focus on business development to drive growth and her passion for delivering great results to successfully create and nurture amazing client relationships. Aliza truly believes in leading from the front and, unlike many leaders, has the luxury of using her years of experience rising through the ranks to set a positive, practical and professional example for her staff. She focuses her efforts on helping all her employees be the best they can be and feel empowered to excel in their area. She ensures all her teams have the knowledge and skills they need to deliver great matches between clients and talent in the UK market.

Lisa Trapman

Lisa Trapman

Netherlands Country Manager

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Lisa Trapman

Lisa Trapman

Netherlands Country Manager

Lisa’s background spans a variety of business development and marketing roles in Australia, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. For the last 13 years she has delivered staffing solutions to corporate, agency, and cross-border environments, finding the right mix of talent needed to drive their business. She is committed to connecting creatives and strives for excellent customer experiences. She values long-term relationships and believes the best way to grow any company is by knowledge sharing and collaboration. As country manager responsible for the Netherlands, she leads a talented team who are engaged and passionate about connecting the creative world.