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 firms with US$983.6 million in 2017 global engineering staffing revenue.
Sebastian Lazay has been president of the Federal Employers’ Association of Staffing Services (BAP) since 2017 after serving as vice president since 2011. Lazay is also managing director of Hamburg-based Extra- Personalservice GmbH, and has been closely involved with temporary work for more than 20 years. For many years, he also participated in collective bargaining for temporary employment. Lazay is a member of the executive committee of the BGA, the Federal Association of Wholesale, Foreign Trade, Services, and since 2015, he has been vice president of large-scale services for the BGA.
Paul Jacquin joined Randstad in 2006, overseeing a number of geographies in Europe and Asia from a finance and strategy perspective. He led several acquisitions including that of Fujistaff (Japan) and RiseSmart (US) and co-founded the Randstad Innovation Fund in 2014. He holds board membership positions at global HR tech companies such as Goodwall, Checkster, Coffreo and gr8People as well as observer seats at Pymetrics, Wade & Wendy and Allyo. Jacquin’s deep knowledge and experience has enabled him to seize emerging technology trends as a way to build new or transform existing business models. A private investor and coach, Jacquin has been helping startups and organisations grow for over 20 years.
Shona McManus is CEO and owner of Osborne. Under McManus’ leadership, Osborne has more than quadrupled turnover, profits and headcount and has become a certified Great Place to Work. Over her 18 years in the recruitment industry, McManus has successfully led and transformed recruitment businesses in both multinational and indigenous Irish recruitment firms. Since taking the helm of Osborne in 2013, she guided it through the still-rocky economy to see it emerge in a strong market position. In January 2019, Osborne opened its sixth operation with a new office in Cork. McManus is also president of the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.
Patrick Tiessen is co-founder and CEO of VMS provider Nétive. Founded in 2003, with offices in Rijswijk, the Netherlands and in London, Nétive started with two customers and has grown to more than 200 customers across Europe. The privately funded company focuses on creating the best possible cloud software to manage contingent workforces and recruit permanent staff within one single solution. Before Nétive, Tiessen held senior roles at The Next Flex and HR Puzzle; he also was an international IT manager at Kelly Services for eight years. In recent years, Nétive’s focus has been on international expansion.
Étienne Colella is chairman and founder of Pixid Group, a VMS provider headquartered in France. Launched in 2004, the firm offers an SaaS application compliant with the European regulation for providing and using temporary staff. In 2015, private equity fund Keensight Capital took a majority stake in the company to help it become a leading player in the European market. Pixid bought The Internet Corp. (UK) in 2017 and Carerix (Netherlands) in 2018 to strengthen its value proposition by adding a sourcing component and expanding its operations in Europe. Previously, Colella spent 14 years in the IT industry in various senior positions.
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.
Alain Dehaze was appointed CEO of The Adecco Group in 2015. He joined the group in 2009 as regional head of Northern Europe. Initially trained as a commercial engineer, Dehaze held senior positions in various European countries at Henkel and ISS from 1987 until 2000. From 2000 to 2009, Dehaze held leadership roles at Creyf’s Interim in Belgium, Humares, USG People and Solvus. He became chair of the Global Apprenticeship Network in 2016. Dehaze was VP of the board of the World Employment Confederation Europe and member of the board of the WEC between 2010 and 2015. Since 2017, he has been a member of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work.
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.
In 2005, Ged Mason became CEO of the Morson Group, which was founded by his father in 1969. The younger Mason originally joined Morson in 1986, following university and a role with a technical recruiter in Canada. In 2016, he received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire award, for services to engineering and design in the UK. Morson Group was floated on AIM in 2006 and taken private again in 2012. Morson has made a number of strategic acquisitions, including: Wynnwith (2011), Vital Human Resources (2013), The Bridge (IT Recruitment) in 2017 and CTSNA (North America) as well as Anderselite and Waldeck in 2018.