Motion Is Acquired by Kelly

Technology & Services

Motion, a portfolio company of Littlejohn, sale to Kelly


Motion Recruitment Partners LLC (“Motion” or the "Company”), a portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co. (“Littlejohn”), has agreed to be acquired by Kelly Services, Inc. (“Kelly”) (Nasdaq: KELYA, KELYB). Under the terms of the agreement, Kelly will acquire Motion for $425 million in cash to be paid at close, with additional earnout potential of up to $60 million based on certain performance criteria. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2024.

Baird served as exclusive financial advisor to Motion on this transaction.


Motion is a parent company to a group of leading global talent solution providers to include Motion Recruitment (IT Staffing & Managed Solutions), Motion Consulting Group (IT Consulting), Motion Telco (IT & Telecom Solutions), Tech in Motion (Tech Networking & Events program), TG Federal (Government IT Subcontracting) and Sevenstep (RPO, MSP & TA Advisory/Consulting). The Company offers a comprehensive set of capabilities serving clients spanning from start-ups to enterprise, delivering staffing, direct hire, consulting managed services and outsourced recruiting. Motion’s unique approach to specialization across cutting edge technology disciplines allows the Company to access and deliver scarce, highly sought-after technical talent to clients operating in highly attractive end markets. Motion is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

Littlejohn is an investment firm focused on private equity and debt investments primarily in growing middle-market industrial and services companies that can benefit from Littlejohn’s 25+ years of operational and sector expertise. With approximately $8 billion in regulatory assets under management, the firm seeks to build sustainable success for its portfolio companies through a disciplined approach to engineering change. Littlejohn is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Kelly helps companies recruit and manage skilled workers and helps job seekers find great work. Since inventing the staffing industry in 1946, Kelly has become an expert in the many industries and local and global markets it serves. With a network of suppliers and partners around the world, Kelly connects more than 500,000 people with work every year. Kelly’s suite of outsourcing and consulting services ensures companies have the people they need, when and where they are needed most. Kelly empowers businesses and individuals to access limitless opportunities in industries such as science, engineering, technology, education, manufacturing, retail, finance and energy. Kelly is headquartered in Troy, Michigan.
Technology & Services

Motion, a portfolio company of Littlejohn, sale to Kelly

May 2024
Motion Recruitment Partners LLC
M&A - Sellside
Technology & Services
Human Capital Management
Target Geography
North America
Acquiror Geography
North America