Matthew Rodger in January 2018 took over as chief growth officer of Alexander Mann Solutions, a London-based provider of RPO and MSP services. He joined AMS in 2001 as sales director and most recently was chief commercial officer. Rodger now leads all M&A activity; new customers sales; all new-to-market products or services; and business development of the firm’s existing customer set, both geographically and by service. Under Rodger’s watch, the company last year secured three of its largest and most complex contingent workforce solutions program contracts: two with UK financial services institutions as well as a seven year contract to provide 14,000 contingent workers to about 80 different UK government departments.
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.
Margriet Spijker is CEO of the Dutch staffing company Timing, a part of ADG Group. Timing ranks third on Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2019 List of Largest Staffing Firms in the Netherlands. Spijker has more than 25 years of experience in the HR and employment services industry. She joined the company as a consultant in 1988 and has fulfilled various management positions, including deputy manager and general manager. ADG Group acquired staffing firm In Person last year, which also came under her supervision.
Simon Blockley is CEO of Guidant Global, the specialist recruitment outsourcing business of UK staffing firm Impellam Group. He joined Guidant in 2014, becoming managing director in 2017. In October 2018, Impellam merged its US and UK talent acquisition and managed solutions businesses — rebranding them as Guidant Global. Following the merger, Blockley became CEO in January 2019, overseeing the brand on a global basis. Guidant Global provides more than 220,000 contingent worker assignments in the field on behalf of 100-plus clients across 80 countries.
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.
Since joining Rullion as group managing director in 2018, Melanie Forbes has been laying the foundation for growth by developing the people and reviewing Rullion’s products and services to define its market. With more than 25 years of experience in the recruitment industry, Forbes is an expert in managed service, recruitment process outsourcing and staffing. Prior to Rullion, Forbes was managing director, contingent workforce solutions at Alexander Mann Solutions, was CEO of the Guidant Group from 2014 until 2017, and held leadership roles with Advantage Resourcing and Manpower Group. Forbes is a board member of the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative and is on the leadership team of Ambitious about Autism.
Since 2012, Camelia Slivneanu has been executive director of the Romanian Association of Temporary Agents (ARAMT), recognised as a staffing industry voice by both authorities and social partners. Slivneanu has led the organisation as it identifi ed and promoted quality standards and best practices for the staffing industry and improved the industry’s public image. She involved ARAMT in any project aimed at developing young people, resulting in an increasing number of white- and blue-collar jobs created by ARAMT members. ARAMT last year helped prepare a proposal to amend the legislation in the field of temporary work; the proposal will be the subject of a public-private project.
Under the guidance of its CEO Sergey Salikov, Ancor Holding completed a rebranding last year that underscores its new focus on digital and HR advanced technologies. Ancor counts five strategic business units across five countries and serves 1,600 clients. Consolidated revenue for 2018 exceeded US$230 million. Salikov joined Ancor Holding in 1994. He became CEO in 2008 after developing the firm into one of the largest recruitment and staffing services companies in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States countries. Salikov for six years has ranked among the Top 1,000 Russian Managers by the Association of Managers and Kommersant Publishing House; he was featured in the top 250 senior managers in the Professional Services segment.
Under Spencer Wreford’s leadership as CEO, London-based Empresaria Group plc is investing in its central team and rationalizing its business with a focus on its core brands. Wreford joined the international specialist staffing group in 2010 as group finance director and added the COO role in 2017; he was promoted to CEO in May 2018. Wreford has led six investments to bring new brands into the group, including last year’s majority stake in Peru’s Grupo Solimano. Empresaria posted consecutive record profit levels for the last four years, with 2018 reaching record levels of net fee income, profit and conversion ratio.
* Wreford stepped down as CEO in June 2019.
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.