Joseph Liberatore Kforce President and Chief Executive Officer

Joe Liberatore

President & Chief Executive Officer

President and CEO Joe Liberatore oversees Kforce’s business strategy and operations. Liberatore has served as CEO since 2022 and president since 2012. His previous roles include Kforce Interactive president, chief sales officer, chief talent officer and chief financial officer.

Liberatore champions innovation. His vision and commitment to excellence led the firm through two transformative ages: the dot com era and the pandemic. Kforce Interactive steered the firm through the adoption of emerging web-based technologies. Kforce Reimagined evaluated where and how work is done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the firm’s office occasional operating model. Kforce experienced significant growth in response to both transformations.

Liberatore joined Kforce in 1988 and was named Florida Personnel Consultant Rookie of the Year the following year. He is a two-time recipient of the firm’s prestigious Dick Maddock award, which is given to the team member who best exemplifies the company’s core values.

Liberatore graduated from Oswego State University in New York. In his spare time, he mentors leaders, provides guidance and support to charitable organizations, and enjoys spending time with his family and their beloved rescue pets.


David Kelly 

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer and Secretary

Executive Vice President

David Kelly serves as Kforce's Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kelly is responsible for Kforce's finance, accounting, treasury, legal, tax and insurance functions.

Mr. Kelly joined Kforce in 2000 as group finance officer for the technology solutions practice. Prior to that, he held positions at companies that included Selkirk Financial Technologies and Komatsu America Corporation, where he served as treasury director and vice president, controller of the operating companies. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in finance, he received an MBA in accounting and finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.


Kye Mitchell

Chief Operations Officer

Executive Vice President

Kye Mitchell serves as Kforce's Chief Operations Officer. Ms. Mitchell is responsible for establishing and executing Kforce’s overall strategy to deliver exceptional Technology and Finance & Accounting resources for clients. She leads all sales and delivery teams to deliver value-added solutions that ensure successful partnerships.

Ms. Mitchell joined Kforce in 2005 through the acquisition of VistaRMS. She was President of VistaRMS which was a national IT consulting firm with a strong presence in the federal, financial and telecommunications industries. She was one of the founders of VistaRMS leading it to Inc. Magazine's #2 Fastest Growing Private Company in 2001. Ms. Mitchell has been in the industry since 1991 working for DMR Trecom prior to VistaRMS. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Michael Blackman

Chief Corporate Development Officer

Michael Blackman serves as Kforce's Chief Corporate Development Officer. Mr. Blackman joined Kforce in 1992 and is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. As CCDO, he serves as the primary focal point for the Firm with the Wall Street investment and banking communities, as well as playing a key role in aligning the Firm with the ever changing dynamics of the skilled labor markets. He is regularly sought out by a number of leading economists for his perspectives on the economy and labor markets and he contributes to several well-known economic reports.

Previously at Kforce, Mr. Blackman served as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Director of Selection and as a Senior Consultant in the Health & Life Sciences division. While there, he attained membership in the Firm's exclusive President's Club in recognition of superior performance and client service. Mr. Blackman was awarded the Firm's prestigious Chairman's Award in 2010.

Before joining the Firm in January 1992, Mr. Blackman was a sole practitioner and also served with a regional, boutique, retained search firm. He acquired his initial staffing industry experience with Barton Sans International, New York, where he worked with an internationally renowned clientele across a diverse industry spectrum. Mr. Blackman is a graduate of Johnson College.


Denis Edwards

Chief Information Officer

Denis Edwards serves as Kforce's Chief Information Officer. Dr. Edwards joined Kforce in October 2014. Prior to Kforce, he was Executive Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for Edelman, the world’s largest Digital PR & Marketing Communications firm. Dr. Edwards also held the role of Global CIO for ManpowerGroup and has held  executive IT leadership roles at Marriott, PwC, Doctor Pepper-Keurig  and KPMG. He and his teams have been consistently recognized for innovation in IT delivery by Information Week, Computer World, Forbes Magazine and ExecRank.  

In addition to his corporate duties, Dr. Edwards is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida and supports several charity organizations including Guitars for Vets, the Humane Society of the United States, Best Buddies, the Cherokee Tribe and Make a Wish Foundation.

Dr. Edwards holds a Doctorate in Business Information Technology, with a focus on Applied Machine Learning from the University of South Florida, a Master of Science in Information Technology degree from Concordia University, a Master of Science Certificate in Six Sigma from Villanova University (and is a Six Sigma Black Belt) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University, where he graduated with honors.


Douglas Rich

Chief of Staff

Douglas Rich serves as Chief of Staff. Mr. Rich has responsibility for Kforce’s Enterprise Program Management Office (ePMO). His team is focused on the framework to capture and position execution of the Firm’s strategic vision and supporting strategies.

Mr. Rich has over 18 years of experience with Kforce, including prior management positions with overall responsibility for Human Resources to include employee benefits, payroll, communications, internal staffing, training, facilities & logistics, real estate, procurement and license management.

Prior to joining Kforce, Mr. Rich spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer. He earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from St. Bonaventure University and an M.B.A from the University of Phoenix.


Andrew Thomas 

Chief Marketing Officer

Andrew Thomas serves as Kforce's Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Thomas is responsible for Communications, Digital Strategy, Proposal Services, Sales Enablement and Training & Development. He is focused on providing a “super-service” designed to drive revenue growth through delivering solutions that enhance the customer experience. Previously, Mr. Thomas served as the Executive Director of Kforce’s Finance & Accounting product offering where he oversaw strategy, operating model and critical activities.

Mr. Thomas plays a significant role in the firm’s sales strategy, performance management and training efforts, having served on the Kforce Executive Committee for the past twelve years. He joined Kforce in 1997 after over eight years with AccountPros, Inc. where he started his career and attained the role of Regional Director.

A graduate of Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, Mr. Thomas is an expert on sales and training methodology and an accomplished speaker on the topic of maximizing performance. 


Manish Mohan

Chief Global Talent Officer

Manish Mohan serves as Kforce's Chief Global Talent Solutions Officer. Mr. Mohan joined Kforce in 2000 and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He is responsible for Kforce's Global Talent and Client Solutions functions.

Mr. Mohan has over 25 years of experience in strategy, sales and operations at Kforce, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Bank of America. Since joining Kforce in 2000, he has led many initiatives including the inception of the Global Talent Solutions team in 2009. While at Kforce, his team has been recognized multiple times with Team of the Year awards. A graduate of BITS Pilani with a Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Engineering, he received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also an adjunct faculty at University of South Florida’s MUMA School of Business and teaches People Analytics to the class of graduating seniors.


David Bair

Region President, West

David Bair serves as one of Kforce's Region Presidents. Mr. Bair joined Kforce in 2003 as National Vice President for the National Champions team where he was responsible for the development of client services and consultant recruiting strategies and execution. In 2012, he was promoted to Executive Director for Technology staffing services and solutions.

Mr. Bair has more than 23 years of experience in technology and professional staffing and solution services. He’s developed his expertise executing as a field producer, director and senior field leader with many awards for top production. Mr. Bair graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.


John Megally

Region President, East

John Megally serves as the President of Kforce's East Region. Mr. Megally has more than 17 years of experience at Kforce and has held previous roles within the Firm, such as Technology Account Manager, Technology Market Manager, South Florida Market Director and South Florida Market President.

He specializes in talent identification and acquisition, developing strategic operating models to drive revenue and retention, building long-term business relationships and social networking. He regularly attends leadership and networking conferences to continue learning best practices.

Since assuming a leadership role, Mr. Megally's operations have been recognized with numerous awards, including large and small markets of the year, the prestigious Albert M. Dunkel award, and Mr. Megally was named one of the 40 Under 40 Top Business Professionals in South Florida.

Mr. Megally is also an active board member for Children’s Harbor, Inc. He graduated from George Mason University in Virginia with a Bachelors of Science degree in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems.


Virgil Palumbo 

Region President, Central

Virgil Palumbo serves as one of Kforce's Region Presidents. Mr. Palumbo joined Kforce in 1999 after serving seven years as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer.

Throughout the past 17 years at Kforce, he has held a variety of positions, from the desk level to his current role. Initially, Mr. Palumbo started the healthcare division in Pittsburgh. After transferring from the healthcare division, he was the inaugural member of the Executive Development Program, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Kforce Government Solutions. Upon completion of the program, Mr. Palumbo assumed the role as Market Director for the Pittsburgh region where he then worked through the ranks to his current role as Region President. 

Mr. Palumbo’s teams have won several market of the year awards, numerous team awards and he was honored with the Dick Maddock award for leadership. A native of Windber, Pennsylvania, Mr. Palumbo is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.


Steve Soares

Vertical President

Steve Soares serves as Vertical President. Mr. Soares is responsible for Kforce’s Technology, Consumer, Communications and Entertainment Verticals.

Mr. Soares joined Kforce in 2011 and has held previous roles such as Managing Director, Client Development Director, and Strategic Accounts Vice President. His teams have won numerous team awards in recent years and he has played an influential role in some of Kforce's key transformational initiatives. Mr. Soares maintains a customer-centric approach while leading the strategy for his organization's client portfolio, with an intense focus on top performance and delivering value across the industries he supports. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis.


Jeffrey Hackman

Senior Vice President, Finance & Accounting

Jeffrey Hackman serves as Kforce's Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting. Mr. Hackman is responsible for overseeing Kforce's finance, accounting, SEC reporting, tax, treasury, procurement, real estate and client services (time capture, billing, AR and cash applications) functions. Prior to rejoining Kforce in March 2015, he served as the Global Chief Accounting Officer of Cunningham Lindsey from September 2013 until March 2015. He served as the Chief Accounting Officer of Kforce from February 2009 until September 2013 and as the SEC Reporting Director from September 2007 to February 2009. Prior to joining Kforce, Mr. Hackman was an Audit Senior Manager with Grant Thornton LLP and began his professional career with Arthur Andersen.

Mr. Hackman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Masters of Accountancy from the University of South Florida and stays actively involved in various capacities post-graduation. He is a CPA in the State of Florida.


Jennifer Smayda

General Counsel

Jennifer Smayda serves as General Counsel and is responsible for all corporate and operational legal matters, including commercial and federal contracts and the Firm’s security program. Jennifer began her career with Kforce in 2004 as a leader on the Contracts Management team where she helped develop the Firm’s risk assessment and approval program and eventually became responsible for negotiation and management of the Firm’s strategic partner contract portfolio. She then joined the litigation team handling labor and employment matters, and eventually managed all litigation for the Firm as Senior Vice President, Legal Operations before her appointment as General Counsel in 2018. Prior to joining Kforce, Jennifer practiced with a local civil litigation and criminal defense firm before moving to an in-house position with a public IT hardware and software distributor. Jennifer grew up in Ohio where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Jennifer has been a member of the Florida Bar for over 20 years, and she is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.