Federico Vione first joined The Adecco Group in 1999 as branch manager and has held a variety of leadership roles since; in 2019, he was appointed regional head of North America, UK & Ireland General Staffing & Latin America. He has been a member of The Adecco Group’s executive committee since 2009. Prior roles include chief sales and innovation officer from October 2015 to March 2017; regional head of Italy, Eastern Europe & India from 2011 to 2015 (including MENA as of 2012); and regional head of Italy and Eastern Europe from October 2009 to August 2011. Vione served as VP of Assolavoro Italy between 2010 and 2012.
Albert Ellis is the CEO of Harvey Nash Group, a global leadership, technology recruitment and IT solutions firm with operations in the USA, mainland Europe and Asia Pacific. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Ellis has a passion for recruitment and the value top talent can add to growing businesses. Harvey Nash was taken private by its largest shareholder, Dbay Advisors, in a $125 million deal during 2018. The company generated record revenue of over $1.2 billion in 2018 and made two acquisitions during the year. Ellis joined Harvey Nash from Hays in 1998, initially as finance director and later appointed as CEO.
Rosario Rasizza, CEO of Openjobmetis SpA, started his career in 1997 when he opened Temporary S.p.A. of Milan in Varese. In 2001, he guided the launch of a new employment agency and contributed toward the creation of Openjob SpA. Between 2003 and 2011, he guided Openjob through a series of acquisitions. In 2008, he was appointed Knight of the Italian Republic as well as chairman of Assosomm, the Italian Association of Employment Agencies, and in 2018 he became Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2018, Openjobmetis reported revenue of €594.3 million.
Rika Coppens led Belgian HR services firm House of HR through a successful refinancing this year. She became CEO in 2017 after having served as supervisory board member since May 2016. The group reported revenue of €1.7 billion in 2018. Coppens also is CEO of House of HR subsidiary Accent Jobs. Coppens started her career in 1996 as a CPA at PwC. She became CFO of Bureau van Dijk Computer Services NV in 2002 and Zenitel NV in 2005. She was also CEO of EFR Group BV, where she had started as a CFO in 2010, until she left in 2017.
Jérôme Rieux joined Groupe Adéquat as sales director in 2005 and was appointed CEO in 2016. Last year was the start of Adéquat’s powerful overseas development with the acquisition and integration of three staffing companies in 13 months — Totem in Canada, Sigmar in Ireland, and Connect in the Netherlands — of which Rieux is also chairman. The independent company in 2018 reached €1 billion in turnover and ranked No. 38 on SIA’s list of largest global staffing firms. Groupe Adéquat operates 270 offices in five countries and has posted the fastest growth rate on the French staffing market for the past three years.
Oktay Erciyaz was promoted to CEO of the Trenkwalder Group AG in May 2017. In addition to managing Trenkwalder Group AG, he focuses on sales, growth and business development. Guided by Erciyaz, an MBA, with more than 25 years of executive experience in international corporate and business development, the group has performed very well. In 2018, the Trenkwalder Group had an annual turnover of €800 million with 40,000 employees and 200 offices worldwide. Erciyaz started his career at Preussag AG and held leadership positions for various units of the Bertelsmann Group, including country CEO positions in Benelux, Portugal and Turkey, as well as group-level executive vice president positions for corporate development and M&A.
Since 2007, Agostino Di Maio has served as managing director of Assolavoro, a trade association representing approximately 90% of the consolidated income derived from the temporary work industry in Italy. In 2018 and 2019, the Italian government introduced restrictive regulations on the sector, to which Assolavoro responded with institutional relations, lobbying, media relations and by proposing improvements to the legislative process. Di Maio also promoted a powerful communication campaign — the largest ever undertaken in Italy — on the role of work agencies. The final labour reform voted by the Italian Parliament is less restrictive for the sector than the first draft, although much remains to be done.
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.
Carmen Watson, chair and managing director of Pertemps, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award last year by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s Institute of Recruitment Professionals. She was also named Director of the Year in the West Midlands in 2018 by the Institute of Directors. Watson joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary. From 1983 to 2000, she was responsible for the corporate business team and turnover grew to £323 million from £32 million. One of the foremost speakers on the value of women in the boardroom, Watson is a board member at the Race for Opportunity charity.
Annemarie Muntz is president of the World Employment Confederation, the voice of the employment industry at the global level. In 2018, she co-chaired the B20 Employment & Education Taskforce where she was a prominent voice in discussions concerning diverse forms of work in the labour market. She had a key role in driving change in the language used to refer to employment contracts, specifically removing the term “non-standard” within the international institutional employers’ community, which includes the International Organisation of Employers OE and the WEC. She previously chaired WEC-Europe from 2005 to 2018. Muntz is also managing director of global public affairs for Randstad and sits on the board of CSR Europe.