Personnel note: Craig Nichols to head up the state Department of Management Services

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Corporate human resources executive Craig J. Nichols was named Friday by Gov. Rick Scott to head up the state Department of Management Services, which oversees state property, and the state workforce.

Nichols, who will start July 9, has worked for a long line of large companies dealing with hiring, training, and figuring out how best to attract, keep and use staff – known in business jargon as “talent management.”

He replaces Jack Miles, who stepped down at the end of March after a little over a year in the post. Scott Stewart had served as interim secretary.

Nichols is currently an independent consultant, and before that was vice president of human resources and chief compliance officer at the waste management company Republic Services, Inc., in Fort Lauderdale.

He also has worked for Frito-Lay, Inc., Whirlpool Corp., Lexis-Nexis and Shell Oil in a variety of executive positions. Nichols, who has an MBA from the University of Iowa and a BA from the University of Northern Iowa, was credited with helping several of those companies through major expansions.

“As we work during the next two years to launch major productivity and efficiency initiatives, Craig will bring to the agency a combination of large-organization experience, strong operational and strategic focus, and executive leadership,” Scott said in a statement announcing the appointment. “I am confident his corporate experience will ensure state government remains focused on making Florida the best state for the private sector to grow and create jobs.”

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