Cook has a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School, where she won the 2016 Dean’s Scholarship for Women and Management.
NSW Department of Industry secretary Simon Draper said Cook had significant corporate and start-up leadership experience and would bring a fresh perspective to the work of Jobs for NSW.
“We’ve searched far and wide for the talent that will take Jobs for NSW to its next phase and I am delighted today to welcome Nicole Cook to the role of chief executive,” said Draper.
“Working with the Jobs for NSW Board, chaired by former Telstra chief executive David Thodey, Nicole will build on the agency’s fantastic work to date, which includes setting up the nation’s single biggest startup location – the Sydney Startup Hub.”
Draper said that since it was established in 2015, Jobs for NSW had delivered innovative products, services and investments to start-ups and high potential, fast growth, small businesses and was “on track to support the creation of more than 20,000 new jobs by 2021-22”.
“Nicole’s appointment is another smart investment that will help to create more businesses and jobs of the future for the people of NSW,” Draper said.
“Nicole has significant experience leading businesses in complex and global settings, most recently as the managing director for PeopleScout, a $600+ million outsourcing and recruiting company with over 2200 employees in 70 countries.”
Cook said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Jobs for NSW to lead the team into the next phase of its work, supporting industry and the community to work innovatively and create jobs.
“I look forward to hitting the ground running in September, building on the passion and commitment to new thinking and innovation that has clearly been evidenced by the achievements already made by the Jobs for NSW team.”