Recruitee (ATS and Collaborative Hiring Software), Sympa (Human Resources Management System), and Javelo (Employee Performance Management Software) announce the acquisition of kiwiHR (Human Resources Management System for SMBs) and join forces under a new group leadership – Tellent.


  • Tellent, backed by PSG Equity (PSG), offers leading cloud H.R. software tools for companies, from Recruitment and CoreHR to Employee Experience and more.
  • Tellent’s acquisition of kiwiHR is the first strategic step to uniting among the best-of-breed H.R. solutions under the newly formed group.
  • Recruitee’s Founder and CEO, Perry Oostdam has been appointed as Tellent’s new CEO, while the former COO Robbert Flipsen will step in as CEO of Recruitee.
  • Sympa’s Founder and CEO Keijo Karjalainen has been appointed Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of Tellent, while Jaco Fourie is appointed as the new CEO of Sympa.
  • The teams will work closely together, aiming to benefit by sharing kiwiHR’s ability to serve the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector, Sympa’s advanced end-to-end core HR solution, Recruite’s global presence and Javelo’s extensive experience in performance management.
  • Recruitee, Sympa, and Javelo previously announced their alliance in May, 2022.


Combined, Tellent’s People Growth Collective will establish Europe’s biggest H.R. Tech ecosystem, in terms of customer base. Backed by PSG, the Group’s software solutions seek to offer a unique, insights-driven, collaborative and uniformed approach to talent acquisition, engagement, and retention to deliver a one-stop shop for H.R. tooling.

With over 500 employees across 11 offices, Tellent’s suite of leading software tools for H.R. teams in medium-sized businesses serves over 6,000 customers across more than 100 countries. Notable brands, including Taco Bell, M&S, Asus, Red Bull Media House, Breitling and Espresso House use Tellent ‘s solutions to acquire high-quality talent, safeguard employee data, and empower teams to make better strategic decisions.

In a highly fragmented market, full of a growing number of disconnected H.R. software solutions, Tellent is looking to bring together a full-service offering of among the best-in-class under one umbrella. Each organization has its own requirements, whether local, regional, or job or profession-specific, and needs tools and solutions that work for them.

Tellent connects people with the technology, knowledge, and partners they need to thrive in their jobs by accelerating growth and uniting several of the best HR tech solutions on the market. With a network of 300+ partners, the Tellent family is expanding and actively looking for leading HR solutions and partners to join the group as it seeks to create the most extensive HR tech ecosystem globally.

Tellent’s People Growth Collective opens great new horizons for its clients, enabling them to grow by accessing the right tools corresponding to their growth stage and individual requirements. Having already achieved, collectively, just below €50+ million in Annual Recurring Revenue, the Group’s vision is simple – by educating and removing obstacles in tooling and processing, Tellent guides HR leaders to create a better world of work.


Perry Oostdam, Founder of Recruitee and CEO of Tellent says, “Recruitee, Sympa, Javelo, and kiwiHR have a similar culture, values, and vision – it was only logical to align and empower each other in our products. The branding of each company will stay unique and unchanged – while at the same time, this new group will unify Tellent’s solutions under one umbrella, exploiting the Group’s synergies further.”


Tellent is backed by PSG, a leading growth equity firm partnering with software and technology-enabled services companies to help accelerate their growth. As majority shareholder of the combined group, PSG will continue supporting Tellent to drive new product development and fund growth, both organically and by providing room for new great HR Tech to join Tellent’s group.


Edward Hughes, Managing Director at PSG, stated: “Congratulations to the team at kiwiHR for the product and business they have built. We believe that bringing all the Group under one overarching umbrella will provide Tellent’s customers with an easy way to grow and empower each other financially and structurally, resulting in one powerful, insight-driven portfolio of HR Tech solutions.”


Sacha Taghavi, CEO of kiwiHR: “We have a long-standing commitment to helping companies simplify their HR processes; to give employees and HR managers more transparency and autonomy. This move allows us to seek to accelerate our growth and integrate deeply with HR tooling leaders on the market, such as Recruitee, Sympa, and Javelo. We are beyond excited to join the family, and we are looking forward to the great things we’ll aim to achieve together.”