Annemarie Muntz is president of Ciett, the International Confederation of Private Employment Services, and its European counterpart Eurociett. She is an influential lobbyist in the European Union, representing the interests of agency work businesses. In addition to her roles at Ciett and Eurociett, Muntz is director group public affairs for Randstad. She also sits on the boards of CSR Europe, a European business network for corporate social responsibility, and SNCU, an organisation responsible for monitoring compliance with collective agreements in the Netherlands.
Alessandro Ramazza is chairman of ObiettivoLavoro Group, which includes ObiettivoLavoro, the seventh largest Italian staffing firm in Italy, according to Staffing Industry Analysts research.Before becoming chairman in 2005, he was the HR department director of CMC Group of Ravenna and then at the Rodano consortium of Reggio Emilia. ObiettivoLavoro has more than 500 employees and 104 branches offices, spanning four staffing markets. Ramazza has a degree in business economics and is an executive master of the London Business School.
Steve Russell is group CEO of Bond International Software, a provider of specialist staffing software for recruitment agencies worldwide. During Russell’s career in software development, he has held a number of senior management positions, including group managing director of Scan Data International plc. Russell formed Bond, which then acquired a controlling interest in Bond Associates Ltd. in 1988. On the acquisition of Bond Associates Inc., he became the group’s chief executive, and following a successful flotation on AIM, became CEO. Over the past decade, Russell has spearheaded a number of acquisitions for the Bond Group including FMP Europe in 2014.
Chris Hartman is president of Allegis Global Solutions (AGS). He has more than 20 years’ experience with the Allegis Group family, and is responsible for driving quality, thought leadership, innovation, and growth and alignment of the AGS footprint throughout the globe. In his previous role as global development officer for Allegis Group, Hartman was responsible for executing and establishing prominent brands outside of North America, and leading the international operations. Before moving over to his global roles, he was a founding member and president of Allegis Group Services. Under his direction, AGS grew into one of the largest MSP and RPO providers.
Alex Mulder has been a member of the supervisory board of USG People NV since 2006, where he is a member of the remuneration and appointments committee. In 1972, at the age of 25, he founded staffing firm Unique Uitzendbureau, which merged with rival staffing firm Goudsmit in 1997 to form USG People. Mulder was chairman and CEO of USG from its inception until 2006. During his tenure Mulder oversaw the acquisitions of a Start Holding in 2002, an employment agency that had been privatised by the Dutch government six years earlier, and Belgian staffing group Solvus.
Ann Swain has been the CEO of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) since 1999 when it was established as a trade body focusing on technology staffing companies. In 2009, the organisation broadened its offering to provide specialist support and a voice for recruitment firms operating in professional staffing sectors in the UK and Asia. Swain has more than 30 years’ recruitment experience, including time as managing director of Learning Curve and UK sales director at Computer People. Swain is a global commentator on professional recruitment trends and a regular speaker at UK and international recruitment conferences.
Roland Gomez is CEO of the French staffing group Proman, which he founded in 1990. The family run company is the fifth-largest staffing firm in France and the largest privately held staffing firm operating in the French market. A rare feature for a top player in the staffing industry, the Gomez family are the sole shareholders of the company. In the last five years, the company achieved an average revenue growth rate between 15% and 20%. Prior to founding Proman, Gomez trained as an industrial steelworker, and later worked as a branch manager for an engineering services firm. Gomez recently passed the baton to his son Roland as managing director.
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.
Kevin Green is chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for the UK’s £26.5 billion recruitment industry. Green joined the REC in 2008, having been HR director at Royal Mail, where he was responsible for all people related issues for the business with its 165,000 employees. The REC is committed to raising recruitment standards and highlighting excellence throughout the industry. It represents 3,506 corporate members and 4,744 individual members within the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP), all of whom must abide by a code of professional practice.
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.