As president of Asempleo, the association of private employment agencies in Spain, Andreu Cruañas represents Spain in the World Employment Confederation. He is a board member of the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain as well as the Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises. He is also a general council member of the Spanish National Employment System and the Central Executive Committee of the Public Employment Service of Spain. Cruañas was also the Secretary of Labour and Employment and Director General of Employment of the Catalan Government. In 2017, Cruañas teamed up with Eurosocial, a collaboration between the EU and Latin America that focuses on good practices in employment, to improve the quality of employment, especially among youth.
Thierry Geffroy is the CEO of Samsic RH, the staffing business owned by the French facility management group Samsic. Samsic RH ranks among the 10 largest staffing firms in France, and as one of the largest privately owned firms in the market. Thierry joined Samsic in 1992 and in 1998 moved into a leadership role where he was responsible for driving growth. As of 2018, Samsic RH has expanded throughout Europe with more than 300 branches in nearly 10 countries. Samsic RH had turnover of €2 billion in 2017 and has 80,000 employees.
Didier Bench, executive chairman of Lumesse, has more than 25 years’ experience in the leadership and development of international technology firms, digital companies and investment funds. He has held senior management positions with a series of software companies, successfully turning 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. He is also nonexecutive chairman of EidosMedia.
Currently managing director of Manpower France, Jean-François Denoy has held various positions with ManpowerGroup, including roles with operational management responsibilities and in HR. As HR director, he led training, career management and HR development from 2006 to 2010. Denoy was appointed HR and services managing director of Manpower France in 2010 and managing director in 2012. He holds master’s degrees in administrative and strategic management and human resources.
Hitoshi Motohara’s career with Recruit Holdings Co. Ltd., the fifth-largest staffing firm in the world, spans more than three decades; he became an advisor in April 2018 after stepping down as head of its Global Staffing Business in December 2017 and as managing corporate executive officer in March 2018. In 2007, he headed the acquisition of Staff Service and 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. He also served for two years as the president of the Japan Staffing Services Association. Motohara joined Recruit in 1983.
Richard Jager is CEO of Randstad Group Germany. He began his career as a consultant with Randstad Netherlands in 1995 and held various leadership roles including CEO of Randstad company Talisman Software. In 2011, Jager was promoted to CEO of Randstad Switzerland and in 2015 became CEO of both Randstad Switzerland and Austria, a position he held until December 2015. Jager became CEO of Randstad Group Germany in September 2017. In addition to his roles in Randstad, Jager has served on the advisory boards for Randstad, Wittenborg University and Nyenrode Business University in Amsterdam.
Julia Robertson, CEO of the Impellam Group, started her recruitment career in 1979 and founded her own recruitment business, The Agency, in 1986. In 1996, Robertson assumed leadership of Tate, which she sold along with The Agency to Carlisle Staffing Services in 2000. She then held several leadership roles for brands within the Carlisle group, including SRG, Tate and Carlisle Managed Solutions. Following the merger of Carlisle Staffing Services and the Corporate Services Group in 2008, Robertson became divisional CEO of Impellam UK and was appointed group CEO of Impellam Group in 2013. From 1993 to 1996, she was chief executive of the Institute of Employment Consultants, which later merged with the Federation of Recruitment and Employment Services to form REC.
Carmen Watson joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary and by 1983 progressed to the boardroom as commercial director. From 1983 to 2000, Watson was responsible for the formation of a corporate business team and turnover grew tenfold to £323 million from £32 million. In 2000, Watson was named managing director and then became chairperson in 2012. A long-term supporter of diversity in the workplace, she is one of the foremost speakers on the value of women in the boardroom. Watson is also a board member at the Race for Opportunity charity.
Franz-Josef Schürmann has been The Adecco Group’s chief sales and innovation officer since July 2017. He joined The Adecco Group as regional head of Germany, Austria and Switzerland in January 2016. He started his career at Accenture in 1996. As a member of the German and European leadership teams of Accenture, in 2008 he was named global client partner for several DAX 30 (German Index) companies. From 2010 to 2015, he was country head of Germany for Infosys Ltd. Schürmann is a member of the board of directors at AmCham, the American Chamber of Commerce, Germany; and a member of the Senate of Acatech, the national academy of science and engineering, Germany.
Early in his career, Alan Savage worked his way through the engineering ranks as a mechanical technician. Then, following a stint as a sales and marketing consultant, he formed Orion Group in 1987 to provide personnel to the booming engineering sector. Based in Inverness, Orion Group employs more than 400 staff worldwide and manages more than 4,000 contractors annually throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The award-winning group now operates across a number of industry sectors: oil and gas, nuclear, rail, office and commercial, renewables, IT, mining, construction, and the sciences. Savage is a former chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club.