Jean-Marc Brun is the CEO of the French staffing group Adequat, a family-run company he founded in 1987. He has grown the business to rank among the 10 largest staffing firms in France. In the past ten 10, years the company’s revenue increase by a staggering average compound annual rate of 17%. In 1999, Brun founded the Domitis network, an innovative structure that enables member staffing companies to provide services nationwide to large accounts.
Lord Michael Ashcroft, KCMG PC, was appointed non-executive chairman of Impellan Group, which had revenue of £1.3 billion in its last financial year,. He is a successful businessman, philanthropist, pollster and former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party between 2005 and 2010., In 2010, his 57 percent holding of Impellam was transferred to his children and “remoter issue.” According to The Sunday Times, his personal fortune is estimated to be more than €1 billion, half of which he has pledged to donate to charity.
As SVP, EMEA markets and operations, Manuel Roger is responsible for all sales and operations in the EMEA region at Beeline. He joined Adecco Group in 1998 as an international IT project manager, where he was responsible for front-office solutions, online testing, and e-commerce platforms. In 2002, Roger became an IT international procurement manager and consultant for Adecco Group. Later he created and directed Adecco Group’s global procurement department. Roger served as Adecco Group’s LATAM zone finance director from 2009 to 2011, then became SVP international product management at Beeline to develop Beeline’s product and service offerings outside the US.
Before becoming CEO of Trenkwalder International AG in December 2013, Károly Pataki was chief sales officer of the Trenkwalder group, responsible for Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to Trenkwalder, Pataki was deputy general manager of Dunapack Ltd. and CFO and then CEO of Prinzhorn Holding. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Senate of Economy in Austria. Trenkwalder is the largest staffing provider in Austria as well as market leader in Hungary and in the Black Sea region. The company employs approximately 70,000 employees and recorded a turnover of €1 billion in 2013. Trenkwalder has 300 branches in Central and Eastern Europe.
Tomasz Hanczarek is co-founder, longtime member of the supervisory board, and since 2010, president of the management board of Work Service S.A. An important contributor to the Polish labour market, Hanczarekand is responsible for developing HR outsourcing in the region. A management board member of the National Labour Centre since 2014, he also serves as the chairman of the supervisory board of Work Express and the vice-chairman of the supervisory board of Finance Care. Hanczarek is a graduate of the Wrocław University of Economics and author of academic papers in the field of macro- and microeconomics.
Claude Guedj has been chairman of the board and CEO of Groupe CRIT since 2002. He founded the company in 1962 and was first appointed to the board in 1969. Guedj is considered a pioneer and innovator in the French staffing industry. Under his management, Group CRIT rose to rank among the top five largest staffing firms in France and top 25 globally.
Ron Icke is chairman of the supervisory boards of German staffing firm Orizon GmbH and Dutch staffing firm DPA; positions he has held since 2011 and 2010, respectively. In 1995 he joined Goudsmit (part of USG People) as CFO, being promoted to CEO in 2005. In 2006 he was appointed CEO and chairman of the board of USG People, a position he held until 2009. Icke qualified as a chartered accountant at PwC before becoming CFO of investment company WolterSchaberg, where he developed his expertise in both acquisitions and temporary staffing.
Peter Searle rejoined Adecco in October 2009 as regional head of UK and Ireland. He first joined the Adecco Group with its 1999 acquisition of The Delphi Group, of which he was group managing director. Searle was responsible for Adecco’s Ajilon offices in Europe and APAC. In 2005, he became CEO of Adecco UK. From 2006, he was CEO of Spring Group, which was acquired by Adecco in 2009.
Phil Sheridan is managing director, UK and South America, with Robert Half International Inc. He trained with Ernst & Young before he joined Robert Half in 1996, where he focused on accounting and finance recruitment, progressing to regional director in 2000 and managing director in 2005. His background in finance has been instrumental in developing and executing strategy, helping the business successfully navigate the challenges of recent years.
Dr. Christian Speidel is chairman and CEO of 7S Group GmbH, a Germany-based firm that ranks on Staffing Industry Analysts’ list of largest global staffing firms. Speidel has also served as managing director of 7S Group since 1997. Prior to 7S, Speidel was chairman at RöderZelt systeme und Service AG from 1994 to 1996, and was managing director of Wilh. Ispert AG & Co. KG from 1987 to 1994. 7S Group was acquired by ManpowerGroup in June and Speidel will be actively involved in the integration of business operations. At press time, the acquisition was expected to be completed by September.