TrueBlue has announced that William Steele, who has served on the company’s board of directors for 17 years, is retiring effective Dec. 31.

Steele has served on TrueBlue’s board since 2001 and was chairman of the corporate governance and nominating committee and lead independent director until this year, in addition to serving as a member of the audit committee. Steele began his career at ABM Industries, where he was appointed president in 1991 and CEO in 1994, and served in those capacities until he retired in 2000.

“William's long career leading a global building services company made him an invaluable member of the board, and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude,” TrueBlue Chairman Joe Sambataro, Jr., said. “On behalf of the board, shareholders and the entire company, I want to thank William for his leadership, expert counsel and guidance.”

“Over the past 17 years, it’s been exciting to watch TrueBlue grow to be one of the leading light industrial staffing providers in the U.S. and the world’s largest recruitment process outsourcing company,” Steele said. “The company today is stronger than it has ever been, and is well positioned for continued growth moving forward.”