After writing a thesis on temporary work as part of his master’s degree in economics, Frits Goldschmeding, together with a fellow student, founded Uitzendbureau Amstelveen (later Randstad Uitzendbureau) in 1960. He held the CEO position for 38 years, growing the company and actively lobbying to improve the image of the staffing industry as well as strengthen the legal position of staffing employees. Goldschmeding joined the supervisory board of Randstad Holding in 1999 and retired from that position in 2011. In 2015, he founded the Goldschmeding Foundation, which supports projects that respond to important societal issues involving people, work and economy.
Rosario Rasizza, CEO of Openjobmetis SpA, started his career in 1997 when he opened Temporary S.p.A. of Milan in Varese. In 2001, he guided the launch of a new employment agency and contributed toward the creation of Openjob SpA. Between 2003 and 2011, he guided Openjob through a series of acquisitions. In 2008, he was appointed Knight of the Italian Republic as well as chairman of Assosomm, the Italian Association of Employment Agencies, and in 2018 he became Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2018, Openjobmetis reported revenue of €594.3 million.
Enrique Sanchez was appointed as The Adecco Group’s regional head of Iberia, Italy, Eastern Europe & MENA in 2019 and has been a member of its executive committee since October 2009. Sanchez joined The Adecco Group Spain in 1993 as sales representative and expanded his responsibilities over the next few years. In 2001, he became president and general manager of Adecco Spain and Portugal. From 2003 to 2005, Sanchez was general manager for Spain and Portugal, and led the development of the company in Latin America and Eastern Europe. In 2005, he assumed responsibility for Adecco Group Iberia.
Petar Divjanovic joined personnel services firm Dekra Arbeit Group in 2013 as a business development intern in Croatia; in 2018, he took the lead of its portfolio line, Digital HR Solutions, at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Divjanovic now oversees innovation and digital transformation projects in 19 European countries, plus Morocco. His team designs new HR business ecosystems through digitalizing already existing portfolio offerings and developing new HR-based platforms. The division’s new web collaboration tool, D-Works, improves internal processes for international HR project management and provides individual dashboards for partners to collaborate with Dekra operations in multiple countries.
Mike Beesley is the CEO of UK-based recruitment organisation Resource Solutions Group, or RSG. Since buying the company with business partner Keith Dawe in 1981, Beesley has taken RSG to new heights, navigating the 2008 recession and a restructuring to a £400 million-plus company as of 2018. His four decades’ industry experience include 20 years in IT recruitment and 20 years in MSP/RPO markets. He joined RSG after earning a business studies degree. Beesley is also the executive chairman of the Bristol Flyers basketball team.
Rika Coppens led Belgian HR services firm House of HR through a successful refinancing this year. She became CEO in 2017 after having served as supervisory board member since May 2016. The group reported revenue of €1.7 billion in 2018. Coppens also is CEO of House of HR subsidiary Accent Jobs. Coppens started her career in 1996 as a CPA at PwC. She became CFO of Bureau van Dijk Computer Services NV in 2002 and Zenitel NV in 2005. She was also CEO of EFR Group BV, where she had started as a CFO in 2010, until she left in 2017.
Dinette Koolhaas joined Kelly Services in 2008 and was named VP and head of operations for Kelly’s EMEA operations in 2013. In 2017, she became VP and managing director for Kelly Services in EMEA. In her role, she provides strategic direction with a focus on life science, FEE (perm placement), project resourcing and local specialties. Through education and experience, Koolhaas consistently informs clients and talent about the importance of adapting to the way technology has revolutionised how exceptional talent is acquired, developed and retained. She is a member of the board of directors of PersolKelly APAC, a joint venture between Kelly Services and Persol Holdings Co. Ltd.
Viktor Calabrò launched Staff Finder, the on-demand staffing platform now known as Coople, in 2009. With 350,000 registered “Cooplers” and 18,000 registered companies, Coople operates in Switzerland and the UK. Together with the social welfare office in Bern, Switzerland, Calabrò in 2018 spearheaded an initiative to reintroduce welfare recipients and the socially disadvantaged back into the workforce through Coople’s platform. Calabrò and his team are also working with GastroGraubünden, a Swiss hospitality and gastronomy association, to build a single directory of flexible staff for the eastern region. Calabrò is the author of Flexible Workforce, which explores the challenges of the modern workplace.
Alistair Cox has been chief executive of London-based global staffing firm Hays plc since 2007. A chartered engineer, Cox began his career at British Aerospace, subsequently moving to Schlumberger in 1982 where he held a number of roles in field engineering, management and research science. After earning an MBA from Stanford, Alistair worked for McKinsey & Co. before joining Blue Circle Industries plc, where he was the group strategy director and then the regional director for Asia. Prior to joining Hays, Cox was chief executive of the IT outsourcing organisation Xansa plc. From 2009 to 2015, he was a nonexecutive director of 3i Group plc.
Kevin Freeguard was appointed CEO and a board member of UK-based Gattaca in October 2018. His experience within technology businesses, and the sector in general, was a key motivation for his joining a recruitment firm with a focus in the technology space. Freeguard has already put a plan in place for the specialist technology and engineering recruitment firm’s future; it includes simplifying operations, removing less stable and non-core businesses and building core resilient businesses such as UK engineering, UK IT and North American operations through the company’s Matchtech, Networkers and Gattaca Solutions brands. Gattaca reported 2018 group revenue of £667.5 million and has 810 employees worldwide in 13 offices.