In 2012, Linda Galipeau was appointed to Randstad’s executive board and is the only woman on it. In the same year, she was designated as CEO of Randstad North America. She is responsible for Randstad’s operations in the US, Canada and Ireland, as well as Monster Worldwide, RiseSmart and Randstad Sourceright. Galipeau also chairs the Randstad Innovation Fund, a strategic corporate venture fund that invests in early stage HR technology companies. Her career in the staffing industry began as a permanent placement consultant in 1988. In 1995 she joined Randstad as a district manager in the US, and founded the company’s Canada operations in 1997. A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Galipeau supports Randstad’s Hire Hope programme, which assists underserved and at-risk women with career-readiness training, apprenticeship programmes and employment services.