Maalfrid Brath is managing director for ManpowerGroup in Norway, the largest staffing company in the Norwegian market representing 20% of the total sales revenue. She first joined ManpowerGroup in 2009. Prior to that, she spent 15 years with Storebrand in Norway serving in various leadership roles, most recently as executive vice president. Brath is chair of the board of directors at the Norwegian staffing and recruitment federation as well as vice chair of the Executive Committee of World Employment Confederation Europe. Throughout her career, she has held positions in various boards including as chairman of the board at NHO National Federation of Service Industries and Trade, a position she’s held since 2016.
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Jean-Marc Brun is founder and chairman of the supervisory board of the French staffing group Adéquat, which he founded in 1987. Under his leadership, the business grew to become one of the top 10 staffing firms in France. The group continues to outperform the market, with revenue increasing at an average annual rate of 17% in the past 10 years. The group estimates it will reach a turnover of €1 billion for the first time in 2018. Brun is in the process of handing over the reins to a new management team that includes his son, Arnaud Brun, who serves as deputy general manager.
Tim Watts is lifetime president of Pertemps Network Group, which is made up of Pertemps Ltd. and Network Group. The former has been in the Sunday Times’ Top 100 Companies to Work For from 2007 to 2013, while Network Group is made up of 41 subsidiary companies. Watts is “High Sheriff of the West Midlands,” a ceremonial position he will undertake for 12 months.
Farida Gibbs founded Gibbs Hybrid in 2005 as a globally certified woman-owned and ethnic minority-owned business. She successfully guided the firm through a challenging UK business environment last year, overseeing a management buyout and investing in overseas operations across Dublin, Luxemburg, Poland and the US. Gibbs Hybrid in 2018 won four major contracts with a combined value of £30 million over the next five years that support Fortune 500 clients including a bank, a digital technology company, a multinational biopharmaceutical company and a financial services corporation. Gibbs also sits on the WBE Council’s advisory board for WEConnect International.
Jean-Philippe Papin is the founder and CEO of the French staffing firm Leader Intérim. The company was founded in 1992 and claims an average annual growth of 20% since its inception. In 2015, the company gained market share in France, and in the first half of 2016, Leader opened four new branches in France. Leader Intérim is among the top 10 staffing firms in France, providing temporary workers, permanent recruitment services and training. The company entered the Swiss market in 2014 with the acquisition of Max Studer Intérim.
After writing a thesis on temporary work as part of his master’s degree in economics, Frits Goldschmeding, together with a fellow student, founded Uitzendbureau Amstelveen (later Randstad Uitzendbureau) in 1960. He held the CEO position for 38 years, growing the company and actively lobbying to improve the image of the staffing industry as well as strengthen the legal position of staffing employees. Goldschmeding joined the supervisory board of Randstad Holding in 1999 and retired from that position in 2011. In 2015, he founded the Goldschmeding Foundation, which supports projects that respond to important societal issues involving people, work and economy.
Volker Enkerts is the president of the Employers’ Association of Personnel Service Providers, also known as BAP. In 1992, Enkerts was elected as a board member of the German Association of Private Employment, also known as the BZA, and progressed to the president role in 2004. The BZA and the Employers’ Association of Medium-Sized Personnel Services merged to form BAP, of which he was elected president. Enkerts is also a board member of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations. Furthermore, Enkerts is chairman of the statutory accident insurance institution, VBG, and runs Hamburg-based FLEX-TIME GmbH as owner and managing director.
Steven Quinn was appointed CEO, Americas, of SThree in December 2013, after serving as the COO officer since 2012. Prior to that, he was group managing director of SThree’s brands across the UK, Ireland, Benelux and the Middle East. Quinn came to the company from the Real Staffing Group (formerly Real IT) in 2010, where he was managing director. He is a lawyer by training. Sthree is ranked 18th in Staffing Industry Analysts’ UK Largest Staffing Report.
Maria Raffaella Caprioglio is president of Umana SpA, the fifth-largest staffing firm in Italy with more than 130 branches throughout Italy. She joined Umana in 1998, and in 2001 joined Umana’s board of directors. Caprioglio became VP in 2007 and president in 2012. Caprioglio’s career took off when, at the age of 23, she joined what was then known as the Industrial Association for the province of Venice, becoming the first woman to hold office within that organisation. Caprioglio is a member of the general council of industrial association Assolombarda Confindustria Milano and is a member of its ICT Group Council and Business Services committee.
Ged Mason is CEO of Morson, a UK-based technical staffing firm. He joined the company in 1986 and took over as managing director in 1999 from his father, Gerry Mason, with backing from Barclays Private Equity. The company was floated on AIM in 2006 and taken private again in 2012. Morson Group added Vital Human Resources to the fold in 2013.