Munich-based HRtech startup Personio, a provider of recruitment services to SMEs, has opened an office in New York City. This location will serve as a workplace for its U.S.-based employees, and the company hopes that it will help it to attract tech talent in the country.

The company currently employs 40 people in the U.S. and is planning to significantly increase that figure, particularly in the areas of engineering and product design. Recent hire Bodhi Mukherjee, Personio’s vice president of engineering and a former engineering director at Google, will be the company’s site lead in New York. 

“Our new office is a fantastic location for US-based tech professionals who (…) aren’t able to relocate to Europe,” added chief product and technology officer Maria Angelidou-Smith.

“We remain a European company whose primary goal is to serve the needs of European SMEs, but our team is and always has been very international … Our commitment to build the best HR software for European small and mid-sized organizations has resulted in consistent fast growth as a company, even amidst uncertain economic times. Our newest office location in New York will help us accelerate further on this journey,” said Hanno Renner, co-founder and CEO of Personio.

In recent months, Personio has added an AI-powered chatbot to its website to centrally handle requests from employees, as well as an app for the anonymous reporting of workplace incidents.

Founded in 2015, Personio has offices in Munich, London, Madrid, Dublin, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam and now New York. According to the company, it has more than 8,000 customers across Europe and 1,700 employees.

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