Jan Gupta this year assumed the newly created role of global head of Modis, The Adecco Group’s IT, engineering and life science staffing and solutions division. He also joined Adecco’s executive committee. A German national, Gupta’s experience includes managing global teams in engineering and technology businesses and an academic background in mechanical engineering and economics. His career spans more than 20 years in the technology industry, most recently as COO and board member of Schunk Group, a German advanced engineering company. He previously held various senior leadership roles at the Freudenberg Group, including leading several of its global divisions.
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.
Denis Pennel has been managing director of the World Employment Confederation since 2005. Pennel promotes the interests of the staffing industry before international institutions such as the European Union, the International Labour Organization, the World Bank and the OECD. Prior to his current role, he served as corporate communications director for Manpower France from 1998 to 2005. A work futurist, he is best known for his thought leadership role on the changing world of work, acting as a keynote speaker and writing many opinion pieces and several books including The Ego Revolution at Work (2015) and Travail, la soif de liberte, which translates to Work, the thirst for freedom (2017).
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.
Stefano Colli-Lanzi is founder and CEO of Gi Group. The firm ranks among the globe’s largest staffing providers, operating directly in 28 countries with a partner network in 57 additional countries. Gi Group last year acquired Grafton Recruitment Europe Holding Ltd., a staffing provider in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary; and Marks Sattin, a player in financial services recruitment. Gi Group reported worldwide turnover increased 15% year over year in 2018 to €2.3 billion. Colli-Lanzi is also a professor of business administration at University Cattolica in Milan.
Farida Gibbs founded Gibbs Hybrid in 2005 as a globally certified woman-owned and ethnic minority-owned business. She successfully guided the firm through a challenging UK business environment last year, overseeing a management buyout and investing in overseas operations across Dublin, Luxemburg, Poland and the US. Gibbs Hybrid in 2018 won four major contracts with a combined value of £30 million over the next five years that support Fortune 500 clients including a bank, a digital technology company, a multinational biopharmaceutical company and a financial services corporation. Gibbs also sits on the WBE Council’s advisory board for WEConnect International.
Richard Jager, CEO of Randstad Germany, eagerly develops talents throughout the organization. He has been a member of the management of the Randstad Group Germany since 2017. Jager started his career at Randstad Netherlands in 1995 as a consultant and then took on additional responsibilities in regional Dutch management. In 2010, he became CEO of Randstad Switzerland. Most recently, he was responsible for the international Randstad Global Client Solutions business, which deals with strategic business, HR and talent issues. The economist also sits on the advisory board of Wittenborg University and Nyenrode Business University in Amsterdam.
Stephen Trigg, CEO of Hertfordshire, England based staffing firm Quanta Consultancy Services, began his recruitment career in 1974. He founded Intercity Consultants in 1982 and in 1986 he created I.C. Software in Switzerland. Both companies merged with Computer Search & Selection plc in 1991. Trigg founded Quantum Consultancy Services in 1992, followed by Quanta Consultancy Services in Switzerland in 1996. The company has won several awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade in 2016 and in 2018 it was awarded the Princess Royal Training Award. Quanta was among SIA’s Best Staffing Firms to Work For in the UK in 2016.
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.
Isabelle Eynaud-Chevalier was appointed general manager of Prism’emploi, the French association of employment agencies, in May 2018. Prior to Prism’emploi, she was deputy director general strategy and social innovation for Lee Hecht Harrison-Altedia. Eynaud- Chevalier began her career with the Ministry of Labour and Employment in 1991. She then joined the HR department of the Ministry of Culture and Communication; in 2003 she joined the Regional Directorate of Work, Employment and Vocational Training of Ile-de- France as deputy director responsible for the labour market. Throughout her more than 20 years’ work within the French government, she held various positions in the fields of employment, vocational training and HR management.