Viktor Calabrò launched Staff Finder, the on-demand staffing platform now known as Coople, in 2009. With 350,000 registered “Cooplers” and 18,000 registered companies, Coople operates in Switzerland and the UK. Together with the social welfare office in Bern, Switzerland, Calabrò in 2018 spearheaded an initiative to reintroduce welfare recipients and the socially disadvantaged back into the workforce through Coople’s platform. Calabrò and his team are also working with GastroGraubünden, a Swiss hospitality and gastronomy association, to build a single directory of flexible staff for the eastern region. Calabrò is the author of Flexible Workforce, which explores the challenges of the modern workplace.
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.
Henry Schirmer joined Randstad as CFO and a member of the executive board in 2018, bringing more than 25 years of international management and leadership experience in the fast-moving consumer goods industry and industrial sector under public and private equity ownership. Schirmer is responsible for global finance and accounting, business control, M&A, tax, treasury, business risk and audit, investor relations and legal. Prior positions include CFO at both Unilever Europe and Unilever North America. Schirmer is a member of the board of directors of General American Investors and the nonprofit organization Results for Development.
Sylvestre Blavet assumed the role of chairman of the board of French online staffing group Freelance.com in January 2019 and was appointed as interim CEO, a role he held until mid-2019. He is also chairman of Paris-based CBV Ingénierie Group, the largest shareholder of Freelance.com. Leadership comes naturally to Blavet, having previously been president of human resources companies such as Petrolis, AD’missions portage salarial and Gpc S.A. Freelance.com, which reported €187 million in sales in 2018, aims to exceed €220 million in sales this year and surpass €500 million within five years.
Charles-Henri Dumon is CEO and co-founder of talent solutions firm Morgan Philips Group. Dumon’s commitment to investing in the latest digital and data-led solutions, and disrupting conventional approaches to talent solutions, led him to launch the firm in 2013. Prior to this he worked for 27 years with Michael Page, where he was a member of the board of directors. Last year, Morgan Philips Group acquired Hudson Global’s recruitment and talent management activities in Europe (except for the Benelux countries) and launched Morgan Philips Hudson Talent Consulting in the UK, France, Spain and Poland.
As CEO Randstad Group the Netherlands, Chris Heutink is responsible for Randstad Group’s operations in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He began his career at Randstad as a consultant in the Netherlands in 1991. Various management positions followed until 2004, when he was promoted to managing director of Randstad Poland. After moving back to the Netherlands in 2007, he became director of operations. In 2009, Heutink was appointed managing director of Randstad Netherlands. Heutink was appointed to Randstad’s executive board in 2014.
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.
Petar Divjanovic joined personnel services firm Dekra Arbeit Group in 2013 as a business development intern in Croatia; in 2018, he took the lead of its portfolio line, Digital HR Solutions, at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Divjanovic now oversees innovation and digital transformation projects in 19 European countries, plus Morocco. His team designs new HR business ecosystems through digitalizing already existing portfolio offerings and developing new HR-based platforms. The division’s new web collaboration tool, D-Works, improves internal processes for international HR project management and provides individual dashboards for partners to collaborate with Dekra operations in multiple countries.
Alan Savage formed Inverness-based Orion Group in 1987 to serve the booming engineering sector. The award-winning group now operates across a number of industry sectors — oil and gas, power and utilities, energy, rail, IT, mining, office and commercial and construction and infrastructure — placing over 4,000 contractors every year via its offices throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. In the last three years, Orion has supported and donated over £1.5 million to worthwhile projects and charities. Early in his career, Savage worked his way through the engineering ranks as a mechanical technician followed by a stint as a sales and marketing consultant.
Yasmin Parvizi is COO of Russell Taylor Holdings, a £100 million UK staffing provider with over 210 locations via a number of specialist high-volume and niche resourcing businesses. Her role is to ensure operational excellence across the company’s client portfolio, which uses in excess of 10,000 contingent and permanent staff a week. Parvizi previously worked for Nexus People GRI and Capita. She has over 11 years’ experience in high-volume and specialist staffing in various sectors. Over the last year, she launched cloud-based vendor management platform Hybrid, a marketplace that optimises high-volume and specialist staffing supply and engages labour providers.