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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regional head of France and Northern Europe and member of the executive committee since 2015, Christophe Catoir joined Groupe Adecco France as internal auditor in 1995. Between 1995 and 2005, Catoir held positions as finance manager and regional manager. In 2005, he was appointed head of permanent placement activities in France, and became a member of the Groupe Adecco France management team in 2007. In 2009, Catoir was appointed managing director of Adecco South-East France and in 2012 took over as managing director for Professional Staffing Groupe Adecco France. He was appointed to his current role in February 2019.
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.
Robert Walters established staffing firm Robert Walters in 1985 in London; it specialises in junior-to middle-management professional positions and is one of the largest staffing firms globally. The company now operates across 30 countries, employs more than 4,200 people and had revenue of £1.2 billion in 2018. Walters began his career with Touche Ross, and in 1978 he joined the recruitment firm Michael Page as one of its very first employees. In 1982, he set up Michael Page’s New York office and managed it until 1984. Under his leadership, the Robert Walters company won numerous awards in 2018, including Great Place To Work 2018 and Workplace Transform – Best Workplace Launch Award.
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.