Vision and Leadership

HireRight Leadership Team

The HireRight leadership team is an assembly of innovative, seasoned professionals. Its leaders have represented many of the largest and most well-respected businesses in the world.

Jurgen Leijdekker

Jurgen Leijdekker

Chief Executive Officer

Jurgen Leijdekker is the chief executive officer of HireRight. Jurgen's global experience spans private equity investment, corporate enterprise, and management consulting as well as government service with central bank and international monetary institutions.

Over the course of his career, Jurgen has driven growth strategies, customer experience improvements, and operational transformations for organisations across many industry sectors including healthcare, enterprise software development and financial services.

Prior to HireRight, Jurgen was a Senior Operating Executive at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), a leading private equity firm that specialises its investment activities in information/business services and healthcare. In addition to participating in more than 30 diligence/deal processes, Jurgen served in numerous capacities for portfolio companies, including interim COO, board director, and PE operating executive.

Jurgen holds a Master of Arts degree in International Finance from the University of Amsterdam.

Steve Girdler

Steve Girdler

Managing Director, EMEA/APAC

Steve Girdler is the managing director of EMEA and APAC, responsible for building deeper customer relationships and driving HireRight’s growth outside the U.S. 

Steve joined HireRight in April 2013 with a background in executive management, business development, marketing and product development with expertise in the resourcing, HR solutions and professional services industries. Steve has worked for KPMG as well as some of the largest names in the resourcing and outsourcing industry such as Manpower, Kelly Services and Adecco. In his most recent role at Adecco he was Director of London 2012, a three year endeavor that included the successful recruitment and delivery of 8,300 staff for the Olympic games as well as the management of the Adecco Olympic sponsorship. The project was lauded in the media and Government for delivering the most diverse and inclusive games ever through the development of innovative tools and programs.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from the University of Kent.

Peter Cleverton

Peter Cleverton

Director of Client Services and Account Management, EMEA

Peter Cleverton is responsible for the management and service that is provided to our clients across the EMEA regions.

Peter joined HireRight in October 2014 coming with over twelve years of experience in selling in to the recruitment industry and working at Monster World Wide for eight years where he managed teams of Global and regional account managers as well as a team of client services representatives.   He has managed and worked alongside some of the world’s largest organisations aligning their strategy on recruitment and technology.

Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith

Senior Legal Counsel, EMEA/APAC

Caroline Smith has been with the Corporate Risk Holdings group of companies for over six years and is Senior Legal Counsel for HireRight’s EMEA/APAC region.  Caroline assists in the negotiation of contracts across the region and also provides support to the compliance function advising on a range of issues including letters of engagement, data protection and regulatory updates.

Caroline is a UK qualified lawyer with over 15 years’ experience and prior to joining the Corporate Risk Holdings group, she was with Herbert Smith LLP and Clyde & Co LLP working on a range of complex international corporate, corporate insolvency and commercial matters.

Caroline earned her Master of Arts degree at the University of Saint Andrews and went on to study law at the College of Law in York earning the GDL and LPC postgraduate qualifications.