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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As head of a family owned and managed business, CEO Johnathan Johnson believes relationships are key. In fact, some of the clients originally serviced when his father founded UK-based Fircroft in 1970 remain clients today, including two of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies. First established in the North Sea oil and gas industry, Fircroft has expanded into new sectors and new markets, and now works with more than 100 companies across a wide range of specialist technical sectors. Fircroft ranked third on SIA’s 2018 list of the world’s largest engineering staffing fi rms with US$983.6 million in 2017 global engineering staffing revenue.
Farida Gibbs founded Gibbs Hybrid in 2005 as a privately held, globally certified woman-owned and ethnic minority-owned business. The company has achieved a CAGR of 29% year on year and US$100 million in revenue providing talent management services, programme technology solutions and outsourcing. Gibbs supports the “Women of the Future” Ambassadors Programme, sits on the advisory board for Mosaic Princes Trust and is a member of the WBE Council. Gibbs’ other recognitions include: E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Brummell 30 Inspirational City of London Women Entrepreneurs and Business Woman of the Year.
Volker Enkerts is the president of the Federal Employers’ Association of Staffing Services (BAP), largest German trade organisation. In 1992, Enkerts became a board member of the German Association of Private Employment (BZA), and then president in 2004. The BZA and the Employers’ Association of Medium‐Sized Personnel Services (AMP), merged in 2010/2011 to form BAP, and Enkerts was elected president after the merger. Enkerts has also been a board member of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), since 1998. Since 1989, he has run the Hamburg‐based company FLEX‐TIME GmbH as owner and Managing Director.
Stefan Kölbl is chairman of German fi rm DEKRA SE, which includes DEKRA Personnel, a temporary work and training & education division of the company that posted revenue of €467.1 million in 2015. Kölbl joined DEKRA in 2000 after working as a management consultant. He became chairman in 2010. In 2003, Kölbl was appointed managing director of the economically ailing DEKRA Akademie. Within only two years, Kölbl succeeded in turning around what is today’s largest private training service provider in Germany. He was then assigned to DEKRA’s automotive services unit in 2006.
Jonas Prising joined ManpowerGroup in 1999 and was named chairman and CEO in December 2015. He speaks regularly at conferences and summits around the world on labour market and work trends. Prising regularly participates at World Economic Forum summits worldwide, is a Gender Parity Global Challenge trustee and sat on numerous panels at Davos 2016, speaking on gender and labour market issues. Prising has been recognised for his contributions to the labour market, especially around youth initiatives, and received the Albert E. Suter Award for Exceptional Leadership by Junior Achievement USA and the Mentor Award from the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce.
Chris Pullen was appointed group chief executive of Staffline in January 2018. He joined the company in 2015 and was initially responsible for group mergers and acquisitions. He was designated as group CFO and an executive member of the board in 2016. He is also a member of the nominations committee. Pullen first joined the group from Regus PLC, the FTSE 250-listed provider of flexible working solutions, where he was global managing director of its core Office division. He previously held the role of CEO of APCOA Parking (UK) Ltd., which provides parking services across the UK, where he led a turnaround and subsequent significant growth, as well as senior management positions at ITC Legal Services Ltd and National Car Parks Ltd.
Albert Ellis is the CEO of Harvey Nash Group, a London-based information technology staffing and services firm. Originally appointed to the board in 2000 as CFO, he became CEO in 2005. Twelve years after being at the helm, the company has expanded its footprint globally with revenue of £784.3 million. Ellis joined Harvey Nash in 1998 from Hays plc. Before that, he worked in the accounting and auditing profession after qualifying as a chartered accountant. He is on the board of Asia House and is an advisor at London City University’s Cass Business School for its information leadership course.
Leen Geirnaerdt is the CFO of the Dutch group USG People. She has held various senior management positions within the group, including that of general manager of USG People Belgium’s shared service centre transactions and support. She previously acted as corporate controller at Solvus N.V. until the firm was acquired by USG People.
Roland Gomez is the managing director of the French staffing group Proman, which was founded in 1990. Proman is the seventh-largest staffing firm in France and the largest privately held staffing firm operating in the French market. Prior to this, Gomez trained as an industrial steelworker, and later worked as a branch manager for an engineering services firm.