Meet the 2021 influencers in the €157 billion European staffing market. This list, compiled by SIA, includes entrepreneurs, CEOs, reformers, lawyers and businesspeople with a wide range of skills and accomplishments who hail from a multitude of staffing markets in the region. We also welcome three new inductees to the Staffing 100 Europe Hall of Fame, which comprises pioneers and champions whose indelible impact is at the core of the industry’s evolution. These lists are not a ranking, but a shout-out to those who have made a difference in the world of work.
Minna Vanhala-Harmanen

Minna Vanhala-Harmanen

CEO Minna Vanhala-Harmanen leads Barona, Finland’s largest private employment agency and sixth-largest employer with 6,000 FTEs and revenue of €347 million in 2020. Barona operates not only in Finland but also in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Poland, Slovakia and Russia. Particularly skilled in employment law, Vanhala-Harmanen has a master of laws degree from the University(…)

Matt Weston

Matt Weston

As managing director, UK, for Robert Half, Matt Weston works alongside UK leadership teams to focus on enhancing company culture and retaining the best talent. Weston aims to enhance the careers of Robert Half’s people by harnessing the opportunities emerging out of the economic recovery. Weston is on the board of Bristol tech startup Hapori,(…)

Paul Venables

Paul Venables

A chartered accountant and also US-qualified, Paul Venables was appointed group finance director of Hays plc in 2006 and has helped transform the company into a preeminent global specialist recruitment business with operations in 33 countries. He started his career at Deloitte & Touche as senior manager in its US practice. This was followed by(…)

Tom Verhaegen

Tom Verhaegen

Tom Verhaegen is CEO of Agilitas Group, a provider of HR solutions in temporary staffing, outplacement and recruitment with operations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland. The company, with more than 750 employees spread over 150 offices across three countries, was acquired by French staffing firm Proman in January 2020. Prior to his appointment as(…)

Bettina Schaller

Bettina Schaller

Bettina Schaller heads the group public affairs activities of The Adecco Group. She is also president of the World Employment Confederation as well as WEC-Europe and has been involved in the governance of the WEC for 10 years. In addition, she is a member of the B20 Employment and Education Task Force; cochair of the(…)

J.H. “Jurriën” Koops

J.H. “Jurriën” Koops

As managing director, J.H. “Jurriën” Koops is responsible for the daily management of ABU. He entered staffing in 1999 as a senior consultant in business development at the Start employment agency. He’s been with ABU since 2002 and has been managing director since 2014. He is a member of several boards, including the Foundation for(…)