As CEO of Impellam Group’s UK-based technology staffing firm Lorien, and its sister company Onezeero, Claire Marsh has led the organisations through an intense recent period of growth and continues to expand by providing bespoke MSP and RPO talent solutions to organisations that see technology as a differentiator. Over the last 18 months, Lorien expanded into Ireland and the DACH region of Germany, Austria and Switzerland to support businesses’ overseas operations, and also launched an all-encompassing Statement of Work solution.
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.
Seb O’Connell’s focus on creating a sustainable, innovative, efficient and agile organisation resulted in his regions growing at more than twice the market rate in 2018 and his promotion to president in early 2019. He is the executive leader for the EMEA and APAC regions as well as Cielo’s global executive team sponsor of total talent acquisition, employer brand and executive search. O’Connell is dedicated to providing a positive employee experience and believes success comes from diverse and inclusive teams. From a client perspective, he is most proud of the 2018 launch of the Cielo Total Talent programme with Société Générale — disrupting the approach to permanent, contingent, executive and graduate recruitment in one programme.
Richard MacMillan is CEO of ICS Group, the largest healthcare staffing firm in Europe. He led ICS Group’s 2018 acquisition of London-based ProClinical Limited, establishing the group’s global presence in life sciences staffing and creating the platform to expand its healthcare workforce solutions across Europe and the US. MacMillan is working with the wider ICS team to support digital enablement and application of data throughout the business. This strategy fueled initiatives across the group since mid-2018, including the launch of new digital therapy and diagnostics services. MacMillan joined Pulse, a trading division of ICS, in 2006 as CEO; Pulse merged with ICS in 2010 and he has led the business since then.
As president of Allegis Group EMEA, Sean Zimdahl leads the region’s operations for Aerotek, Aston Carter, TEKsystems and the Stamford Group. He is driven by solving customers’ business challenges. At this time, he is concentrating on the group’s digital transformation and evolution into a product based services company. Zimdahl is also passionate about his team, promoting internal mobility by moving individuals across Allegis’ global network. Zimdahl co-founded Aston Carter in 1997 and led a management buy-out inAllegis Group acquired the company in 2011, naming Zimdahl COO of Allegis Group International in 2012 and then president for the EMEA region in 2013. During 2017, he led the acquisition of The Stamford Group.
Patrick Tiessen is co-founder and CEO of VMS provider Nétive. Founded in 2003, with offices in Rijswijk, the Netherlands and in London, Nétive started with two customers and has grown to more than 200 customers across Europe. The privately funded company focuses on creating the best possible cloud software to manage contingent workforces and recruit permanent staff within one single solution. Before Nétive, Tiessen held senior roles at The Next Flex and HR Puzzle; he also was an international IT manager at Kelly Services for eight years. In recent years, Nétive’s focus has been on international expansion.
As managing director for Beeline Europe since 2012, Manuel Roger is responsible for all European operations at the VMS supplier; he is also a member of Beeline’s global executive committee. Roger oversees P&L at Beeline Europe and defines its strategy, investments, team structure, value proposition and more. He helped create and launch the Beeline Direct Sourcing offering in Europe — changing the way its customers source and manage contingent workforces and transforming VMS from vendor management to contingent talent management. More recently, Beeline Europe has invested significantly in customer service and developed key strategic relationships with its ecosystem partners.
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.
Jean-François Denoy, managing director for Manpower France since 2012, has contributed to the firm through various roles during his career with Manpower, alternating operational management responsibilities with positions in the human resources department. He returned to the HR organisation in 2000 to take charge of the training department, then of career management and HR development. Denoy served as HR director from 2006 to 2010 and was appointed HR & Services managing director of ManpowerGroup France in 2011, taking over responsibility for operational support in charge of the back office and information system of Manpower.
Anne Heraty has been CEO of Cpl Resources plc since founding the company in 1989. Ireland’s largest recruitment company now counts 22 brands and 48 offices in several countries. Revenue for the last six months of 2018 increased 9% year over year to €278.6 million and gross profit increased 15% to €46.4 million. Heraty last year helped launch Open Doors, a group focused on increasing access to the labour market for marginalised groups. Cpl Resources last year was named one of the best large workplaces in Ireland at the Great Place to Work awards for the fifth consecutive year and won the Best Company Social Responsibility Award at the 2018 NRF Awards.