Patrick Tiessen is founder and CEO of Nétive VMS, the largest VMS provider based on Salesforce.com in the Benelux. Founded in 2003, Nétive started with two customers and has grown to more than 200 customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Finland and the UK. Nétive focuses on creating the best possible cloud software to manage contingent workforces and recruit permanent staff within one single solution. Before Nétive, Tiessen worked as international IT manager at Kelly Services for eight years. In 2010, Nétive acquired Brightbox HR, the first freelancer management system in Europe, and in 2012 it acquired a VMS solution for SAP customers.
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Brian Wilkinson is CEO of Matchtech Group Plc, having joined the company in December 2013. Wilkinson has worked in the recruitment industry for more than 35 years and brings extensive international as well as M&A experience to Matchtech. Wilkinson has been an active proponent of raising standards over that time, serving terms as chairman of both the FRES and the REC. In 2015, he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award by the REC.
Etienne Colella is the CEO of PIXID, the largest VMS in France, which he founded in 2004. PIXID offers a complete SAAS application that is compliant with the many aspects of the regulation required to provide and use temporary staff in France. In 2015, the private equity fund Keensight Capital took a majority stake in the company. Previously, Colella spent 14 years in the IT industry, where he held various senior positions. Colella graduated from ESSEC Business School in Paris.
Johnathan Johnson is the chief executive officer of Fircroft. Johnson joined Fircroft in 1997 as a consultant and was promoted to operations director for the international oil and gas sector in 2001. Since taking the helm in 2005 from his father and company founder John Johnson, he has overseen the global expansion of the company. This growth continues in 2015 as Fircroft acquired CBE SA, a HR consultancy firm based in Mozambique and a part of a JV business. Fircroft operates in more than 60 countries with an extended services portfolio and reported an annual turnover of £933 million in 2014.
Nick Cox became Hays’ managing director for Continental Europe and Rest of the World (CERoW), in 2006, reporting directly to the CEO. As one of Hay’s three operating divisions, CERoW comprises 22 countries out of 32 in the Group. Cox joined Hays in 1983 working in the accountancy and finance/banking division as a recruitment consultant, progressing to regional director and then U.K. director. He was made managing director (U.K. and Europe) for Hays Information Technology in 1997. He was promoted to Hays U.K. board director in 2003, responsible for seven specialisms,including HR, sales and marketing and contact centres.
Ann Swain is chief executive officer of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and, before that, its predecessor, ATSCo. In 1988, she founded Learning Curve, a specialist recruitment training company that was acquired by the Delphi Group in 1997. With more than 30 years’ experience in the recruitment sector, Swain is an authority in the industry, an international speaker, and a passionate advocate for the U.K. staffing sector. She is also the author of the Professional Recruiter’s Handbook.
Since 2007, Maurizio Uboldi has been responsible for the international expansion programme of Gi Group, one of the world’s leading companies providing services for the development of the labour market. Thanks to direct presence and partnerships, the company now operates in more than 40 countries worldwide. Uboldi has extensive experience and knowledge of global labour markets. Uboldi attended Bocconi University in Milan and the London Business School.
Johnathan Johnson is the CEO of Fircroft. Johnson joined Fircroft in 1997 as a consultant and was promoted to operations director for the international oil and gas sector in 2001. Since taking the helm in 2005 from his father and company founder John Johnson, he has overseen the global expansion of the company.
Ingrid Hofmann is CEO of I.K. Hofmann (also known as Hofmann Personal). Founded in 1985 in Nuremberg, Germany, I.K. Hofmann is one of the largest staffing agencies in Europe and one of the five largest staffing firms in Germany. I.K. Hofmann in 2010 was awarded the Ludwig Erhard Prize, the highest award for business excellence in Germany. I.K. Hofmann holds the Great Place to Work Platin Trust Champion Award and has been honoured 10 times in a row by the Great Place to Work Institute. Hofmann is a board member of the Federal Employment Agency and is an active member of the Employers’ Association of Personnel Service Providers, also known as BAP, and the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations, also known as BDA.
Shona McManus is CEO and owner of Osborne. Over her 18 years in the recruitment industry, McManus has successfully led and transformed recruitment businesses in both multinational and indigenous Irish recruitment firms. Since taking the helm of Osborne in April 2013, she guided it through the still-rocky economy to see it emerge in a strong market position. Osborne has more than quadrupled turnover, profits and headcount in the most recent years and has become a certified Great Place to Work. In 2018, Osborne opened two new branches, including its first international office in Toronto. McManus is also president of the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.