Hans Ploos van Amstel joined the Adecco Group as CFO in September 2015. He started his career in finance at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in the Netherlands in 1989. Between 1992 and 2003, he held positions of increasing responsibility in P&G across Saudi Arabia, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. In 2003, he joined Levi Strauss & Co. in Belgium as VP of finance and operations, Europe, and moved to the USA as global CFO in 2005. In his most recent position, Van Amstel was CFO of COFRA Group, a company active in fashion retail, commercial real estate and private equity, from 2009 to 2013, before acting as co-CEO of C&A Europe for a transition period until 2015.
After three years at Touche Ross, Robert Walters joined the recruitment firm Michael Page as one of its very first employees. Following an eight-year period that included setting up the firm’s New York office, he returned to London and established Robert Walters in 1985, specialising in junior to middle management professional positions.
Jacques van den Broek joined Randstad as a branch manager in 1988. Appointments followed as regional director in the Netherlands and, subsequently, as marketing director Randstad Europe. In 2002, he moved to Capac Inhouse Services as managing director, also taking on responsibility for Randstad in Denmark and Switzerland. He was appointed to the executive board in 2004 and as CEO and chairman in 2014. Van den Broek is responsible for Germany, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore & Malaysia as well as group business concept development, HR, marketing and communications, and public affairs.
Carmen Watson joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary and by 1983 had progressed to the boardroom as commercial director. From 1983 to 2000, she was responsible for the formation of a corporate business team and turnover grew tenfold from £32 million to £323 million. In, 2000, Watson was named managing director and then became chairperson in 2012. A long-term supporter of diversity in the workplace, Watson is one of the foremost speakers on the value of women in the boardroom.
Volker Enkerts is the president of the Federal Employers’ Association of Staffing Services (BAP). In 1992, Enkerts was elected as a board member of the German Association of Private Employment (BZA), and progressed to its presidency in 2004. The BZA and the Employers’ Association of Medium-Sized Personnel Services (AMP) merged in 2010/2011 to form BAP, and he was elected president following the successful merger. Enkerts is also a board member of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA). Furthermore, Enkerts is CEO of the statutory accident insurance institution, VBG, and runs Hamburg-based FLEX-TIME GmbH as owner and managing director.
Steve Ingham is CEO of PageGroup, one of the largest staffing firms globally. PageGroup has won awards worldwide as a great place to work, was rewarded for Best Diversity Initiative at the CIPD People Management Awards in 2014 and recognised as the Most Socially Engaged Recruiter 2015 by LinkedIn. Ingham 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 officer in 2006.
Didier Bench, executive chairman of Lumesse, has more than 25 years of leadership in the development of international technology firms, digital companies and investment funds. He has held senior management positions with a series of software companies and has successfully turned them into profitable and major players. Bench has also supported investment decisions for a number of major private equity and investment funds. Besides HgCapital, he has been a senior advisor for SilverLake Sumeru and a senior partner for CDP Technology Ventures, a Canadian private equity fund that’s part of Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec operating in the North American and European markets.
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.
Alain Dehaze became CEO of Adecco in September 2015. He joined the Adecco Group in 2009 as regional head of Northern Europe and was appointed regional head of France in 2011. Before joining Adecco, he held various leadership roles, such as CEO of the Humares and CEO of Solvus, becoming COO of USG People upon USG’s acquisition of Solvus in 2005. Dehaze became chair of the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) in January of 2016. He was VP of Eurociett and board member of Ciett from December 2010 to December 2015.
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 126 branches. Between 2009 and 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. In June 2015, Brugnaro was elected mayor of the city of Venice. He also owns Reyer Venezia, the oldest basketball sports club in Italy.