Simon Wassall has been with Harvey Nash for more than 20 years and joined the PLC board in 2005. As European managing director, he is responsible for the UK and European professional recruitment operations. Prior to joining Harvey Nash, Wassall opened several new operations for Austin Benn, which led to his board appointment to a newly acquired advertising and marketing company. Simon is actively involved in the community and participates in Byte Night: the IT industry’s annual sleep-out in support of Action for Children.
Chris Heutink started his career at Randstad as a consultant in the Netherlands in 1991. Various management positions followed until 2004, when he was promoted to managing director of Randstad Poland. After moving back to the Netherlands in 2007, he became director of operations. In 2009, he was appointed managing director of Randstad Netherlands. Heutink is responsible for all operations in the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Eastern Europe (Poland, Turkey, Greece, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Hungary), as well as for global client solutions. He was appointed to the executive board in 2014.
Bettina Schaller oversees the public affairs activities of The Adecco Group, encompassing regulatory and policy issues and the group’s memberships in employers’ associations at the global and European scale. She is a board member of the World Employment Confederation, VP of WEC Europe and chair of the WEC Europe Public Affairs Committee. She is a member of the B20 Employment and Education Task Force, sits on the OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee, supports the GFMD “responsible recruitment” efforts and acts as company focal point for the Global Apprenticeship Network and the World Economic Forum.
With extensive international experience, Didier Bench 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. In addition to HgCapital, he has been a senior advisor for SilverLake Sumeru and a senior partner for CDP Technology Ventures, a Canadian private equity fund that is part of Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec operating in the North American and European markets.
Hitoshi Motohara is head of Recruit Holdings Global Staffing. He joined Japan’s Recruit Group in 1983. After being promoted to president and representative director of Recruit Staffing in 2003, Motohara was consistently engaged in the temporary staffing business of the group. In 2007, Motohara headed the acquisition of Staff Service and was appointed president and representative director. Since 2009, after becoming managing corporate executive officer and board director of Recruit Co. Ltd., Motohara conducted cross-border acquisitions of CSI, Staffmark, Advantage Resourcing, Peoplebank, Chandler Macleod and USG People. Motohara is responsible for the group’s temporary staffing business.
Lord Michael Ashcroft is an international businessman, author, philanthropist and pollster. Ashcroft was appointed non executive chairman of Impellam Group plc in December 2014. Ashcroft resigned from the House of Lords in March 2015, stating that his other activities did not permit him “to devote the time that membership of the Lords properly required”. He is the founder and chairman of Crimestoppers, vice patron of the Intelligence Corps Museum, a trustee of Imperial War Museums, a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic in the US, ambassador to SkillForce, a trustee and president of the West India Committee, chairman of the Trustees of Ashcroft Technology Academy, and chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.
Since 2007, Maurizio Uboldi has been responsible for the M&A strategy and international expansion of Gi Group, one of the world’s leading HR companies providing a full range of services for the development of the labour market. Founded in Italy in 1998, Gi Group now operates in more than 40 countries worldwide, either directly or through strategic partnerships. Uboldi has extensive experience in, and knowledge of, global staffing and labour markets.
Steve Ingham is CEO of PageGroup, one of the largest staffing firms globally. PageGroup has won awards worldwide as a top place to work. It was rewarded for Best Diversity Initiative at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s People Management Awards in 2014 and recognised as the Most Socially Engaged Recruiter 2015 by LinkedIn. Ingham joined the company as a consultant in 1987, when it was still known as Michael Page. 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 CEO in 2006.
Mark de Smedt is Adecco’s regional head of Northern Europe, which in July 2017 expanded to include Germany, Austria and Switzerland. De Smedt has been a member of the company’s executive committee since January 2014 and served as Adecco’s chief HR officer from January 2014 until February 2016. He joined Adecco in 2009 as country manager for Belgium & Luxembourg; previously, he was a founder of professional staffing specialist XPE Group, acquired by Adecco. Prior to this, he was responsible for Adecco’s Benelux operations between 2002 and 2007. Before joining the staffing industry, de Smedt held various executive positions at Wang, Apple, Citibank and Scoot in France, Spain and Belgium.
Maciej Witucki became management board president of Work Service SA in January 2016, having been a member of the supervisory board since 2013. He has extensive professional experience in management of international companies having served as president of Polish telecommunications provider Orange Polska between 2006 and 2013. From 2002 to 2006, Witucki was a member of the management board, and later president of Lukas Bank. A graduate of Poznan University of Technology and postgraduate studies in the field of logistics and industrial engineering in Ecole Centrale Paris in France, Maciej also completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, France.