Iwona Szmitkowska became president of Work Service in March 2019, taking charge of the company’s current aim of completing the restructuring of its business. She plans to focus on further business development within the Polish and German markets. Prior to her appointment as president, she was VP of the management board of Work Service. Her previous roles in Work Service include customer service department director, regional director, branch manager and branch director. Szmitkowska also worked as a journalist and editor-in-chief for Polish-based Radio Pomože. In 2017, she became president of the management board of the Employment Agencies Association, the largest Polish organization specializing in delivering HR services.
Carmen Watson, chair and managing director of Pertemps, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award last year by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s Institute of Recruitment Professionals. She was also named Director of the Year in the West Midlands in 2018 by the Institute of Directors. Watson joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary. From 1983 to 2000, she was responsible for the corporate business team and turnover grew to £323 million from £32 million. One of the foremost speakers on the value of women in the boardroom, Watson is a board member at the Race for Opportunity charity.
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.
Roland Gomez runs Proman, which was founded in France in 1990 by his parents. In 2018, Proman had €1.93 billion in turnover. Gomez joined the family group in 1993 at the end of his studies. He held several key positions until he was appointed CEO in 2003. He continues the organic rollout in France and develops the business internationally. Under his leadership, the first strategic acquisitions abroad began in 2012. Since then, he has accelerated the growth of the company by focusing on preserving the company’s historical values, the human, the proximity and the responsiveness.
Ann Swain is the first global CEO of APSCo, an international trade body representing the professional recruitment sector in the UK, Germany, Singapore and Australia. APSCo, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, last year reached over 1,000 UK members and successfully lobbied the government to extend the time that UK recruitment businesses have to prepare for the extension of IR35 rules into the private sector. Swain helped design and launch APSCo’s executive MBA in human capital programme in 2019. Developed in collaboration with Grant Thornton UK LLP and delivered by Cranfi eld School of Management, the programme is the fi rst qualifi cation of its kind tailored specifically to those within the recruitment, staffing and HR arenas.
Paul Venables for the past 13 years has served as group finance director of international recruitment firm Hays, which SIA ranks as the sixth-largest global staffing firm based on 2017 revenue. He was also senior independent nonexecutive director of Wincanton plc until July 2015. Prior to Hays, Venables spent 13 years at Exel plc, where he held senior finance and operational roles, including as deputy group finance director, and was a member of the executive board of Exel plc and chairman of its acquisitions and project review board. Following the acquisition of Exel plc by Deutsche Post, Venables worked in its DHL Logistics division before joining Hays.
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.
Matt Weston is the UK managing director for Robert Half. Prior to his current role, Weston was the director for professional staffing across the UK South region, encompassing finance and accounting, financial services, human resources and administration recruitment. Weston started his career with Robert Half in 1999 as a recruitment consultant for finance and accounting; he quickly excelled, earning several prestigious awards including being recognised four times as Robert Half’s worldwide number one consultant. He is a familiar industry figure and is often called on by the media to discuss the current trends affecting the world of work, recruitment trends and advice.
Shona McManus is CEO and owner of Osborne. Under McManus’ leadership, Osborne has more than quadrupled turnover, profits and headcount and has become a certified Great Place to Work. Over her 18 years in the recruitment industry, McManus has successfully led and transformed recruitment businesses in both multinational and indigenous Irish recruitment firms. Since taking the helm of Osborne in 2013, she guided it through the still-rocky economy to see it emerge in a strong market position. In January 2019, Osborne opened its sixth operation with a new office in Cork. McManus is also president of the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.
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.