Ralph Labarta Named Chief Technology Officer

Appointment solidifies company’s leading technology position

St. Petersburg, FL – December 10, 2011 – Engage PEO announced today the appointment of Ralph Labarta as the company’s chief technology officer.  In his new role, Labarta is responsible for all aspects of the company’s internal and customer-facing technology.

“In today’s business world, technology is at the forefront like never before,” said Jay Starkman, CEO of Engage.  “In order for Engage to provide the small and mid-sized businesses it serves the solutions to their dynamic technology challenges, it was crucial that we add Ralph, who is one of the best technology visionaries in the industry, to our team.”

Labarta has 20 years of experience as a technology leader.  Prior to Engage, he led the technology team for seven years at the fastest growing PEO of its time, focusing on developing technology solutions critical to his clients.  Prior to that, Labarta was chief information officer at OneChem Ltd. and held numerous management positions within Norsk Hydro, a multi-billion dollar oil, gas, chemical and metal producer.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a company poised to have a positive impact on the way thousands of companies utilize technology for their HR needs,” said Labarta. “The team that’s already been assembled is the best I’ve seen and I’m proud to be a part of it.” 

Labarta, who resides in Tampa, FL, is involved in numerous community youth organizations.  He holds a degree in economics from the University of Florida, and an MBA from the University of South Florida. 

About Engage PEO

Engage PEO delivers comprehensive HR solutions to small and mid-sized businesses, sharpening their competitive advantage. Comprised of the industry’s most respected veteran professional employer organization executives, certified HR professionals and attorneys, Engage PEO provides hands-on, expert HR services and counsel to help clients minimize cost and maximize efficiency for stronger business performance.   The company’s superior service offering includes a full range of health and worker’s compensation insurance products, payroll technology and tax administration, risk management services and best-of-breed technology as part of an extensive suite of HR services.  For more information visit www.EngagePEO.com      

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