Since 2012, Kate Donovan has been ManpowerGroup’s global RPO president. In 2014, she was also named senior VP of ManpowerGroup Solutions and TAPFIN. Both companies offer clients global workforce solutions. ManpowerGroup Solutions delivers talent-driven solutions that capitalise on new thinking and new workforce models. Leveraging an in-depth understanding of global workforce trends, Donovan has also developed the workforce solutions expertise in the group to deliver strategies that are aligned with clients’ business strategies as part of the strategic consulting group. More recently, Donovan is spearheading ManpowerGroup’s total talent management offering.
Enrique Sanchez serves as Adecco’s regional head of Iberia & Latin America, a position he has held since October 2009. Sanchez joined Adecco Spain in 1993 as branch manager. In 1995, he became regional manager of the Central Region. Two years later, he was appointed operations manager, and in 2001 president and general manager of Adecco Spain and Portugal. From 2003 to 2005, Enrique Sanchez was general manager for Spain and Portugal, and was also responsible for the development of the company in Latin America and Eastern Europe. In 2005, he returned to Spain, becoming responsible for Adecco Group Iberia.
Annemarie Muntz is president of the World Employment Confederation, representing labour-market enablers in 50 countries and seven of the largest international workforce solutions companies. She also chairs its European counterpart, WEC-Europe. She is an influential lobbyist at the global level and at the European Union, representing the interests of the employment and recruitment industry at large. In addition to her roles at WEC, Muntz is managing director of group public affairs for Randstad Holding. She also sits on the board of CSR Europe, a European network for sustainable businesses.
Managing director of Europe and Asia Pacific and a member of the Cielo Global executive team, Seb O’Connell challenges accepted norms of RPO and plays a key role in shaping the strategic direction of this global RPO leader. He is passionate about truly understanding the root of the talent acquisition challenges and ambitions of his clients, and his analytical approach has resulted in his status as Cielo’s global executive team sponsor of total talent acquisition. O’Connell’s enthusiasm for rapid and robust transformational change is seen within his organisation as under his leadership Cielo has opened additional offices in Budapest, Singapore, Manchester and Manila in the last two years. Working with his colleagues across the globe, O’Connell ensures analytics and technology are at the core of Cielo’s innovative operating model. O’Connell is frequently quoted in the media and is a highly regarded speaker at conferences and seminars.
Andrew Preston joined de Poel healthcare in 2013 as managing director and was responsible for a period of significant growth, which led to his appointment in 2015 as group managing director. Following a September 2016 management buyout, which he led, Preston became CEO and is currently delivering record revenue and double-digit EBITDA growth for the UKbased firm. Preston has worked in healthcare and the wider public sector for almost 20 years after starting his career in the National Health Service. An experienced business leader with a global health background — including the sale of his own clinical service business to global service provider Serco Group plc — Preston has experience in growth and development of FTSE 100 companies, PLCs, private equity-backed and private organisations.
Ann Swain has been the chief executive of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies since 1999. The trade body supports the needs of recruitment firms operating in professional staffing sectors in the UK, Asia Pacific and Germany. Swain has more than 20 years’ recruitment experience and is a leading commentator on professional recruitment trends, the co-author of the best-selling Professional Recruiter’s Handbook and speaks frequently at UK and international recruitment conferences. She appears in the 2017 docuseries Top Recruiter 5; North America v. Europe, as chair of the European team. In 2009, she accepted a fellowship from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children charity in recognition of her outstanding work to support vulnerable children in the UK.
Ingrid Hofmann is CEO of I.K. Hofmann (also known as Hofmann Personal). Founded in 1985 in Nuremberg, Germany, I.K. Hofmann is one of the largest staffing agencies in Europe and one of the five largest staffing firms in Germany. I.K. Hofmann in 2010 was awarded the Ludwig Erhard Prize, the highest award for business excellence in Germany. I.K. Hofmann holds the Great Place to Work Platin Trust Champion Award and has been honoured 10 times in a row by the Great Place to Work Institute. Hofmann is a board member of the Federal Employment Agency and is an active member of the Employers’ Association of Personnel Service Providers, also known as BAP, and the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations, also known as BDA.
Patrick Tiessen is founder and CEO of Nétive VMS, the largest VMS provider based on Salesforce.com in the Benelux. Founded in 2003, Nétive started with two customers and has grown to more than 200 customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Finland and the UK. Nétive focuses on creating the best possible cloud software to manage contingent workforces and recruit permanent staff within one single solution. Before Nétive, Tiessen worked as international IT manager at Kelly Services for eight years. In 2010, Nétive acquired Brightbox HR, the first freelancer management system in Europe, and in 2012 it acquired a VMS solution for SAP customers.
Claude Guedj has been chairman 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, the group rose to rank among the five largest staffing firms in France, and the largest 20 globally. In 2015 and 2016, Groupe CRIT largely outpaced the French market and boosted its operations in Spain and the United States.
Sergey Salikov is CEO of ANCOR Holding, one of the largest recruitment and staffing services companies in Russia and the CIS countries. Salikov joined ANCOR in 1994 and was appointed the director of ANCOR Far-East regional office in Vladivostok the following year. In this new role, he successfully formed the Eastern division and added Irkutsk and Khabarovsk offices to the ANCOR network.
Since moving to Moscow in 2004, Salikov has held a number of senior positions and was also appointed to the management board. Under his leadership, the company has increased its client base, diversified and extended its product line, and become nationally recognised.