Stefano Scabbio, president of Southern and Eastern Europe for ManpowerGroup and global brand leader for ManpowerGroup Solutions, is passionate about helping people become more employable and developing in-demand skills while connecting businesses with the talent they need to succeed. He was appointed president of Mediterranean, Northern and Eastern Europe for ManpowerGroup in June 2017, responsible for driving innovative solutions, including digital, while leading the company’s largest region. Scabbio regularly leads discussions on workforce strategy, skills development and upskilling people in Europe for the digital age, including at the World Economic Forum annual meeting and in media including Financial Times, Reuters and Bloomberg.
Hans Ploos van Amstel joined The Adecco Group as CFO and a member of its executive committee in 2015. Before joining The Adecco Group, he was CFO of Cofra Group from 2009 to 2013, before acting as co-CEO of C&A Europe for a transition period until 2015. He started his career in finance at Procter & Gamble in the Netherlands in 1989. Between 1992 and 2003, he held positions of increasing responsibility in Procter & Gamble across Saudi Arabia, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. In 2003, he joined Levi Strauss & Co. in Belgium as VP of finance and operation Europe, and moved to the US as global CFO in 2005.
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.
Miles Hunt launched private equity investment firm Benula Capital in 2013; it now has nine investments in the staffing sector including staffing companies, HR consulting firms and providers of recruiting technology. Prior to Benula, Hunt founded UK-based international staffing specialist Empresaria Group in 1996 and led its IPO in 2004 before stepping down as chief executive in 2011. Hunt became the first-ever chairman of Cobalt Recruitment in 2019. He also serves as chairman at Darwin Recruitment, Oasis HR and Australia-based Davidson. Additionally, for the past three years he has been chairman of APSCo Global, which represents staffing in Germany, Singapore and Australia as well as the UK.
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.
In 2005, Ged Mason became CEO of the Morson Group, which was founded by his father in 1969. The younger Mason originally joined Morson in 1986, following university and a role with a technical recruiter in Canada. In 2016, he received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire award, for services to engineering and design in the UK. Morson Group was floated on AIM in 2006 and taken private again in 2012. Morson has made a number of strategic acquisitions, including: Wynnwith (2011), Vital Human Resources (2013), The Bridge (IT Recruitment) in 2017 and CTSNA (North America) as well as Anderselite and Waldeck in 2018.
Kevin Barrow is a partner with international law firm Osborne Clarke LLP. Since 1990, he has advised staffing companies on all types of legal work, including commercial deals and international joint ventures and M&A. His team has advised on many high-value staffing M&A transactions in the EMEA region and works for more than 100 hirers and suppliers on UK, EU and international flexible workforce projects. His team also advises on the regulation of digital recruitment and online exchanges; tax planning relating to flexible workforces; and worker misclassification and co-employment class actions. Barrow has led a campaign to change the regulatory regime affecting online exchanges and has rolled out staffing/MSP deals in 40 countries in the last four years.
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.
Since joining the National Recruitment Federation in 2009, Geraldine King has focused on expanding its services to members. She also introduced the accredited certificate in recruitment practice to the Irish recruitment industry. King envisions a full academic career path for recruitment. She led the NRF to develop the first-ever undergraduate degree for recruiters, which will be available as of January 2020. Her mission is to have an accredited academic career path to the master’s level, making recruitment a career of choice on the prospectus of third-level institutions. In 2018, she was awarded the James Kilbaine award for outstanding contribution to the recruitment industry.
Thierry Geffroy took the reins of France-based Samsic RH in January 2019 as chairman and CEO. During his tenure at Samsic RH, he oversaw the growth of Samsic into a major player in employment within France and has set his sights to expand further. In April 2019, Samsic acquired a majority stake in recruitment services firm Sellick Partnership. That same year, Samsic made two acquisitions in Ireland and Morocco, its first expansion into the African continent. Geffroy first joined the group in 1992 and in 2010 he became president of Samsic RH, the group’s human resources company.