Herwig Muyldermans is the general director of the Belgian staffing association, Federgon. He plays a central role in negotiating collective agreements on behalf of the Belgian staffing industry. Before joining the association in 1990, he occupied senior positions at the Belgian association representing the clothing industry.
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Oktay Erciyaz was promoted to CEO of the Trenkwalder Group AG in May 2017. In addition to managing Trenkwalder Group AG, he focuses on sales, growth and business development. Guided by Erciyaz, an MBA, with more than 25 years of executive experience in international corporate and business development, the group has performed very well. In 2018, the Trenkwalder Group had an annual turnover of €800 million with 40,000 employees and 200 offices worldwide. Erciyaz started his career at Preussag AG and held leadership positions for various units of the Bertelsmann Group, including country CEO positions in Benelux, Portugal and Turkey, as well as group-level executive vice president positions for corporate development and M&A.
Rosaleen Blair is founder and CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions, a global talent acquisition and management company. Blair created Alexander Mann Solutions in 1996 with an ambition to revolutionise and professionalise the way blue-chip multinationals attract, engage and retain top talent while helping the best people in business achieve their fullest potential. Recognised as an industry leader and entrepreneur, Blair has won numerous awards including UK Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year, E&Y London Entrepreneur of the Year, Tatler Woman of the Year, Strategic Leader of the Year National Outsourcing Awards, and most recently, the Recruiter Magazine Impact Award 2017. Additionally, Blair supports organisations including everywoman, Barclays LifeSkills, the Prince’s Trust and UNICEF. She also invests her time and resources in entrepreneurs and small businesses through coaching, sponsorship and mentoring.
Jacques van den Broek is CEO and chairman at Randstad Holding nv, the second-largest staffing firm in Europe and the world. He joined the company in 1988 and was appointed to the executive board of Randstad Holding in January 2004. Since that time, he has been responsible for a significant boost to Randstad’s global accounts, which account for approximately a quarter of Randstad Group’s revenue.
As president of Asempleo, the association of private employment agencies in Spain, Andreu Cruañas represents Spain in the World Employment Confederation. In 2018, Asempleo reached the first agreement in Europe with the most-represented Spanish unions. The organisation also approved a code of good practices for employment agencies. Cruañas consults on public affairs and regulation and in the public sector as secretary of labour affairs of the Catalan government and Director General of Employment and the Public Employment Service. Cruañas is also vice president and general council of the National Employment System (Ministry of Labour) and a member of the executive commission of the Public Employment Service of the State and of the National Vocational Training Council.
Matt Weston is the UK managing director for Robert Half. Prior to his current role, Weston was the director for professional staffing across the UK South region, encompassing finance and accounting, financial services, human resources and administration recruitment. Weston started his career with Robert Half in 1999 as a recruitment consultant for finance and accounting; he quickly excelled, earning several prestigious awards including being recognised four times as Robert Half’s worldwide number one consultant. He is a familiar industry figure and is often called on by the media to discuss the current trends affecting the world of work, recruitment trends and advice.
Oktay Erciyaz was promoted to CEO of the Trenkwalder Group AG in May 2017. In addition to managing the group, he focuses on sales, growth and business development. An MBA, Erciyaz has more than 20 years of executive experience in corporate development. He started his career at Preussag AG and worked for various units and divisions of the Bertelsmann Group, especially at the service group Arvato.
Carmen Watson joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary and by 1983 progressed to the boardroom as commercial director. From 1983 to 2000, Watson was responsible for the formation of a corporate business team and turnover grew tenfold to £323 million from £32 million. In 2000, Watson was named managing director and then became chairperson in 2012. A long-term supporter of diversity in the workplace, she is one of the foremost speakers on the value of women in the boardroom.
Bernard Zen-Ruffinen is president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, for Korn Ferry, which he joined in 2009. From 2000 to 2009, he was the Swiss managing partner for Heidrick & Struggles and European head of the board and CEO practice. Previously, he served as president and CEO of DHL/ Danzas Latin America, a company belonging to Deutsche Post World Net group. In the 1990s, he was a founding member of Precious Woods and more recently was a founder of Monarca Coffee Wood, two companies dedicated to counteracting the effect of deforestation and global warming. Zen-Ruffinen is the 2013 recipient of the AESC European Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Executive Search Profession.
Jérôme Caille is CEO of Accent Jobs as well as its parent company, the House of HR. Accent Jobs was founded in 1995 and provides temp-to-perm services with one of the largest specialised branch networks in Belgium. The House of HR operates six specialised HR companies: Accent Jobs (temp-to-perm), Just Work (payrolling), Home Maid, Logi-Technic (outsourcing), Bekaert Technics (secondment) and Peak6 (HR consultancy). Under Caille’s leadership, the company gained market share in Belgium and the Netherlands, and developed operations in France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Romania. Caille has also served as global CEO of Adecco from 2002 to 2006.