As head of a family owned and managed business, CEO Johnathan Johnson believes relationships are key. In fact, some of the clients originally serviced when his father founded UK-based Fircroft in 1970 remain clients today, including two of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies. First established in the North Sea oil and gas industry, Fircroft has expanded into new sectors and new markets, and now works with more than 100 companies across a wide range of specialist technical sectors. Fircroft ranked third on SIA’s 2018 list of the world’s largest engineering staffing fi rms with US$983.6 million in 2017 global engineering staffing revenue.
James Reed is chairman of Reed Global, which has 3,000 employees working in 140 locations worldwide. Reed joined the company in 1992 after graduating from Harvard Business School. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and was formerly an associate of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and a member of the Institute for Public Policy Research’s business-led taskforce on race equality and diversity in the private sector. Reed is a regular media commentator on work and labour market issues. He is also author of the best-selling books Why You? 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again and The 7 Second CV, and co-author of Put Your Mindset to Work.
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.
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.
Thierry Geffroy took the reins of France-based Samsic RH in January 2019 as chairman and CEO. During his tenure at Samsic RH, he oversaw the growth of Samsic into a major player in employment within France and has set his sights to expand further. In April 2019, Samsic acquired a majority stake in recruitment services firm Sellick Partnership. That same year, Samsic made two acquisitions in Ireland and Morocco, its first expansion into the African continent. Geffroy first joined the group in 1992 and in 2010 he became president of Samsic RH, the group’s human resources company.
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.
Paul Venables for the past 13 years has served as group finance director of international recruitment firm Hays, which SIA ranks as the sixth-largest global staffing firm based on 2017 revenue. He was also senior independent nonexecutive director of Wincanton plc until July 2015. Prior to Hays, Venables spent 13 years at Exel plc, where he held senior finance and operational roles, including as deputy group finance director, and was a member of the executive board of Exel plc and chairman of its acquisitions and project review board. Following the acquisition of Exel plc by Deutsche Post, Venables worked in its DHL Logistics division before joining Hays.
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.
Jean-Philippe Papin is general director of France-based Actual Leader Group, established in 2018 after the merger of temporary employment firms Groupe Actual and Leader Intérim. He had been the CEO of Leader Intérim, the French staffing firm he founded in 1992; that firm had ranked 10th on Staffing Industry Analysts’ list of largest staffing firms in France with €426 million in 2017 revenue. Pursuing international development and moving toward its objective of 20% turnover abroad while strengthening its positioning on the European continent, Actual Leader Group in July 2019 acquired a majority stake of Dutch HR services firm Flexfactory.
On the heels of Randstad’s internal promotion policy, François Béharel devotes his energy to writing a new page in the group’s history. He joined the Vedior group in 1999 as regional director in the north of France. He was appointed general manager in charge of the Vediorbis Network in 2006 and took the chair of the group a year later. Since Randstad’s merger with Vedior in 2009, he has been chairman of the Randstad France Group. In 2013, he was appointed as a member of Randstad’s executive board in charge of France, Belgium & Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Uruguay.