Leen Geirnaerdt has been CFO and a board member of the Dutch group USG People since 2010. Prior to that, Geirnaerdt held various senior management positions within the Group, including that of general manager of USG People Belgium’s shared service center transactions and support. She previously acted as corporate controller at Solvus N.V until the firm was acquired by USG People.
Darryl Green was named ManpowerGroup’s first COO in May 2014 and is responsible for ManpowerGroup’s four regions — Americas, Asia Pacific Middle East, Northern and Southern Europe. He had been president and executive VP, Asia Pacific Middle East and Northern Europe. Green joined the company in 2007 as executive VP, leading the Asia Pacific Region. Green also led the development of ManpowerGroup’s Borderless Talent Solutions. Green previously served as CEO for several mobile/data communications companies, including Tata Teleservices, J-Phone (Vodafone Japan) and Global Crossing Japan. Fluent in English and Japanese, Green is a director of the Japan Staffing Service Association (JASSA).
Steve Ingham is chief executive of PageGroup, one of the largest staffing firms in Europe. He joined the company in 1987,when it was still known as Michael Page, as a consultant.He was promoted to operating director in 1990 and then to the board as executive director of UK operations in 2001. He became managing director of UK operations in 2005 and was appointed chief executive in 2006.
Wessel van Alphen Sr. is the founder and CEO of IT-Staffing, one of the largest IT specialist staffing firms in the European market and the fifth largest staffing firm in the Netherlands. Van Alphen started his first company in 1978 providing the services of self-employed IT specialists to clients. In December 2013, van Alphen Sr. passed the day-to-day running of the business to his son, Wessel van Alphen Jr., who is director of De Staffing Groep, the parent company of IT-Staffing.
Jean-Philippe Papin is founder and CEO of the French staffing firm Leader Intérim. Founded in 1992, the company boasts an average annual growth of 35% since its inception. Leader Intérim is among the top 15 staffing firms in France and provides temporary workers, permanent recruitment services and training. The company entered the Swiss market in 2014 with the acquisition of Max StuderIntérim.
Henrik Höjsgaard has been president and CEO of Swedish staffing firm Proffice since January 2014. Proffice reported improvement through Höjsgaard’s first year at the helm, returning to growth during the fourth quarter of 2014, following more than six quarters of year-on-year revenue declines. Höjsgaard has a long international career; prior to joining Proffice, he was CEO of PostNord Logistics for six years. He also worked as a ship broker in Copenhagen, Oslo, London and Hong Kong. He was CEO of Keolis Nordic AB and has held various managerial roles in Sweden and Denmark, including CEO of TNT International Express AB.
Gary Elden has been CEO of SThree since January 2013 after serving as its deputy CEO since May 2012. Prior to that, Elden was SThree’s chief strategy officer. He has held a number of senior positions, including that of founding managing director of Huxley Associates. As chief strategy officer, he was responsible for the expansion of the group’s international operations and non-ICT disciplines. Last year, SThree had revenue of £749.9 million.
Alexis de Bretteville is CEO of Hudson Europe, the largest region in terms of revenue for the Hudson. Prior to joining Hudson in 2013, de Bretteville was with Michael Page for more than 20 years, serving most recently as the managing director of the company’s Americas region and as a member of its global executive board. After spending four years helping to grow the company’s French operations into the market leader, he was managing director of Michael Page Spain, Portugal and South America, and then regional managing director of Central and Northern Europe.
Brian Wilkinson is CEO of Matchtech Group Plc, having joined the company as executive chairman in December 2013. Wilkinson has worked in the recruitment industry for more than 30 years and has been an active proponent of raising standards over that time, serving terms as chairman of both FRES and the REC.
Luigi Brugnaro is president of Umana Holdings. In 1986, at the age 25, he founded EVERAP, a leading provider of commercial networks.In 1997, he founded Umana, which now has more than 700 employees and 114 branches. Between 2009-2013, he was President of Confindustria Venice (Italian employers’ federation). In October 2012 he was elected president of Assolavoro, which represents the staffing industry in Italy. Umana is the sixth largest staffing firm in Italy, according to Staffing Industry Analysts top staffing report for Italy. In 2006, he bought SSD ReyerVeneziaMestre, the oldest basketball sports club in Italy.