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.
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.
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.
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 president of Asempleo, the association of private employment agencies in Spain, Andreu Cruañas represents Spain in the World Employment Confederation. In 2018, Asempleo reached the first agreement in Europe with the most-represented Spanish unions. The organisation also approved a code of good practices for employment agencies. Cruañas consults on public affairs and regulation and in the public sector as secretary of labour affairs of the Catalan government and Director General of Employment and the Public Employment Service. Cruañas is also vice president and general council of the National Employment System (Ministry of Labour) and a member of the executive commission of the Public Employment Service of the State and of the National Vocational Training Council.
Mark Dorman became CEO of global STEM recruitment company SThree plc in March 2019. He joined SThree from McGraw Hill Education, where, as president of higher education, international and professional for five years, he increased the market share of the business and improved profitability. Prior to joining McGraw Hill, he was VP of Wolters Kluwer’s legal markets group and then CEO of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. He also spent three years in the British Army’s Corps of Royal Military Police, before going on to hold senior roles at LexisNexis UK, where he was head of strategy, and Gartner Inc., where he was head of global product management.
Seb O’Connell’s focus on creating a sustainable, innovative, efficient and agile organisation resulted in his regions growing at more than twice the market rate in 2018 and his promotion to president in early 2019. He is the executive leader for the EMEA and APAC regions as well as Cielo’s global executive team sponsor of total talent acquisition, employer brand and executive search. O’Connell is dedicated to providing a positive employee experience and believes success comes from diverse and inclusive teams. From a client perspective, he is most proud of the 2018 launch of the Cielo Total Talent programme with Société Générale — disrupting the approach to permanent, contingent, executive and graduate recruitment in one programme.
Dinette Koolhaas joined Kelly Services in 2008 and was named VP and head of operations for Kelly’s EMEA operations in 2013. In 2017, she became VP and managing director for Kelly Services in EMEA. In her role, she provides strategic direction with a focus on life science, FEE (perm placement), project resourcing and local specialties. Through education and experience, Koolhaas consistently informs clients and talent about the importance of adapting to the way technology has revolutionised how exceptional talent is acquired, developed and retained. She is a member of the board of directors of PersolKelly APAC, a joint venture between Kelly Services and Persol Holdings Co. Ltd.
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.
Peter Holliday became chairman of Intelligent Resource when it rebranded from Sopra Steria in September 2019. He was managing director of Sopra Steria since 2008, at which point his focus was on continuously aligning the company’s organisational model, capabilities and people development to the needs of the customer. He pioneered the “Optimum Vendor Recruitment” managed recruitment model which enables the recruitment model to be tailored to each client’s specific circumstances. He is currently chair of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). Having led multiple APSCo Award wins for Sopra Steria Recruitment, he is now engaged in challenging complex and impractical legislative impacts and helping disabled job seekers find work within his business.