IOWA CITY, Iowa—Martin Scaglione has been named president and chief operating officer of ACT's Workforce Development Division. He will oversee development, sales and marketing of the company's workforce-related products and services.

    "More than ever, businesses need tools to help them find skilled employees while job seekers require ways to connect and communicate their skills for hiring and promotion," said Richard L. Ferguson, CEO and chairman of the board at ACT. "Martin has been in the trenches, holding various senior management positions for nearly 20 years and has a superior understanding of business needs. We're happy to have him leading our Workforce Development Division."

    ACT's Workforce Development Division is responsible for products and services related to increasing the skills and employment opportunities of the workforce:

  • WorkKeys—an employability skills assessment and development system used by businesses and organizations worldwide to hire employees and develop the workforce. The system includes validated job analysis and testing for foundational and personal skills, including applied mathematics, reading for information, locating information, writing, listening, teamwork, performance, and job fit.
  • National Career Readiness System—a skill credentialing system for job seekers, powered by WorkKeys, designed to help recipients demonstrate their essential foundational career skills to employers.
  • ACT Centers—a nationwide network of more than 200 state-of-the-art, computerized testing centers. ACT Centers offer high-stakes, computer-delivered certification and licensure exams, along with skill assessments and distance education exams.
  • Professional Development Services—which develops high-stakes professional licensure and certification exams for client organizations nationwide, including the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, the Association of Social Work Boards and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

    Scaglione previously served as vice president, strategic initiatives, for HNI Corp. (previously known as HON INDUSTRIES), the largest office furniture and hearth products manufacturer in North America. Earlier positions include vice president of sales, dealer and channel development at Allsteel Inc.; executive vice president, chief operating officer and managing director of Bosch Appliances; and various senior management positions with the Maytag Corp. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and marketing at Drake University in Des Moines.

    "During the last two decades, ACT has applied its expertise in assessment and development to the workforce, and it is on the forefront of shaping tomorrow's business environment," Scaglione said. "I'm excited to be part of a team that is so focused on the current and future needs of the national workforce."

    Scaglione lives in Iowa City with his wife, Lisa. His daughter Virginia, 21, is a student at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo.; and his son Joseph, 24, of Norfolk, Va., serves in the U.S. Navy.