Meet the 2023 champions of change in the €230 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 honour the 21 members of the Staffing 100 Europe Hall of Fame 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.
Frances Lewis

Frances Lewis

Consultant Frances Lewis has been head of workforce solutions with Osborne Clarke LLP for over 13 years. She has been advising staffing businesses since 1997, including some of the first UK MSP and RPO deals in the early 2000s. She now advises gig worker platforms, staffing supply chain risk compliance businesses and payment intermediaries and(…)

Mark Maesen

Mark Maesen

CEO Mark Maesen has steered Actief Group, a €750 million staffing firm, to more than 10% organic growth each year for the past decade. Under his leadership, the company has continued to expand with seven strategic acquisitions in recent years and currently employs 20,000 temporary workers on a daily basis in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany(…)

Yvon Drouet

Yvon Drouet

As former deputy general manager and CFO of global staffing firm Synergie, Yvon Drouet oversaw finance and investment and played a key role in the group’s expansion efforts. In 2022, Synergie acquired Poland-based Interkadra and Runtime Group in Germany, strengthening the company’s standing in those countries. This acquisition enables the company to meet the needs(…)

Lorna Conn

Lorna Conn

CEO since January 2022, Lorna Conn has driven Irish talent solutions company Cpl through its next phase of expansion. Under her leadership, Cpl acquired the German IT contracting company Neusta. Most recently, Conn and her team attained the Gold Investors in Diversity EDI mark, making Cpl the first talent solutions provider and one of only(…)

Sylvestre Blavet

Sylvestre Blavet

Sylvestre Blavet is Chairman and CEO of French staffing group Freelance.com as well as chairman for its largest shareholder, CBV Ingénierie Group. Freelance.com operates across seven countries in Europe and under Blavet’s leadership continues to grow at a record pace, with 2022 revenue experiencing a year-over-year increase of 59%. With this type of growth and(…)

Even Hagelien

Even Hagelien

Since 2007, Even Hagelien has served as director of staffing industry for the Norwegian Federation of Service Industries and Retail Trade (NHO SH). He also sits on the global board of the World Employment Confederation. In his tenure, Hagelien has co-founded the Nordic Network for staffing federations in 2011 and chaired the WEC Economic Affairs(…)