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.
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.
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.
Matthew Rodger in January 2018 took over as chief growth officer of Alexander Mann Solutions, a London-based provider of RPO and MSP services. He joined AMS in 2001 as sales director and most recently was chief commercial officer. Rodger now leads all M&A activity; new customers sales; all new-to-market products or services; and business development of the firm’s existing customer set, both geographically and by service. Under Rodger’s watch, the company last year secured three of its largest and most complex contingent workforce solutions program contracts: two with UK financial services institutions as well as a seven year contract to provide 14,000 contingent workers to about 80 different UK government departments.
Claude Guedj, chairman and CEO of French staffing firm Groupe Crit, is a pioneer and innovator in the French staffing industry. He founded the company in 1962 when it was known as Industrial and Technical Research Centre, an office of studies and calculations serving the mechanical, electrical and computer industries. With 2018 revenue of €2.50 billion, Groupe Crit now has a presence in 13 countries, 8,700 permanent employees and 30,000 corporate customers. The group this year will focus on growth opportunities to strengthen its operations and to establish itself in new countries, particularly in Europe.
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.
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.
Chris Pullen was appointed group chief executive of Staffline in January 2018. He joined the company in 2015 and was initially responsible for group mergers and acquisitions. He was designated as group CFO and an executive member of the board in 2016. He is also a member of the nominations committee. The company went on an acquisition spree last year — including, most recently, Grafton Recruitment’s Irish business Passionate about People — all the while undergoing a transformation plan during the fiscal year. The past fiscal year also saw the company face numerous challenges, but Pullen is confident in the company’s plans to return to growth in 2019.
Julia Robertson has long been motivated by her belief that there is “a better way to do recruitment”. She became Impellam Group’s chief executive officer in 2013 after joining Tate in 1996, which was later acquired to form part of what is now Impellam Group. Prior to Impellam Group, Robertson was chief executive of the Institute of Employment Consultants (now known as the Recruitment & Employment Confederation), the professional body for the UK recruitment industry. She also founded her own recruitment business in 1986, which was sold to the Group alongside Tate. In 2016, Robertson received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.
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.