Promotion of President David Leto to Chief Executive Officer

March 20, 2023 | West Des Moines, IA -- Palmer Group announces the promotion of President David Leto to also serve as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective January 20, 2023. This newly created position is part of its strategic growth plan as the employee-owned business continues to expand its service locations and offerings.  

A 25-year veteran of the employment industry, Leto is working closely with the Board of Directors and executive leadership team to develop and execute growth-focused business initiatives.

“Over any type of vision or strategy, making decisions that are in the best interest of our employee-owners is of the utmost importance to me. I look forward to investing my time into enhancing our positive company culture, building our talent structure, and implementing a road map of long-term success for Palmer Group,” states David Leto.

Leto joined Palmer Group in 2004 and has served in a variety of roles including Search Consultant, Director, and Executive Vice President. In 2017 he was promoted to his previous position as President, succeeding founder, Austin Palmer.

“There are many attributes that make a great leader, and all of those come naturally for David Leto. He is the epitome of a servant leader and has earned the trust and respect of our team with his exemplary performance during his almost 20 years at Palmer Group,” comments Austin Palmer, Board Chairman. 

In addition to his leadership role at Palmer Group, Leto carries the company’s purpose: Making Lives Better, into the local community. Leto serves in a board position for Greater Des Moines Partnership, is a Board Member of the West Des Moines Leadership Advisory Board and Better Business Bureau of Iowa. His philanthropic passion also spans to various nonprofits including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Iowa Chapter as well as his children’s schools and family’s church.


Palmer Group is a premier employment agency that provides a range of services including Employer Services, Job Seeker Services, Outplacement Services, and Managed Services.

Areas of Expertise: Accounting & Finance, Administrative & Customer Service, Construction, Engineering & Manufacturing, Human Resources, Information Technology, Insurance, Mortgage & Banking, Sales & Marketing.