Rosaleen Blair is the founder and CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions, a London-based, global provider of talent outsourcing and consulting services. Since launching the firm in 1996, she has led Alexander Mann through geographic expansion and revenue growth, a management buyout, four private equity relationships and a global economic crisis. Last year, Canada’s Omers Private Equity acquired Alexander Mann from New Mountain Capital in a deal giving the company an enterprise value of £820 million. Her numerous awards include Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year and E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, and she supports organisations including Everywoman, the Prince’s Trust, UNICEF, Modern Muse and more.
Roland Gomez runs Proman, which was founded in France in 1990 by his parents. In 2018, Proman had €1.93 billion in turnover. Gomez joined the family group in 1993 at the end of his studies. He held several key positions until he was appointed CEO in 2003. He continues the organic rollout in France and develops the business internationally. Under his leadership, the first strategic acquisitions abroad began in 2012. Since then, he has accelerated the growth of the company by focusing on preserving the company’s historical values, the human, the proximity and the responsiveness.
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-François Denoy, managing director for Manpower France since 2012, has contributed to the firm through various roles during his career with Manpower, alternating operational management responsibilities with positions in the human resources department. He returned to the HR organisation in 2000 to take charge of the training department, then of career management and HR development. Denoy served as HR director from 2006 to 2010 and was appointed HR & Services managing director of ManpowerGroup France in 2011, taking over responsibility for operational support in charge of the back office and information system of Manpower.
Simon Coton has been with NES Global Talent for over 20 years and in that time has built up a wealth of experience across the workforce spectrum. He has led NES operations as COO since 2008 and oversees the entire global recruitment function. Coton has been a key part of the executive team, delivering the sale of NES to AEA investors in 2012 and securing six acquisitions since 2014. Under Coton’s leadership, NES Global Talent has expanded its overseas operations to 58 locations and grown its turnover to over $1 billion.
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.
After writing a thesis on temporary work as part of his master’s degree in economics, Frits Goldschmeding, together with a fellow student, founded Uitzendbureau Amstelveen (later Randstad Uitzendbureau) in 1960. He held the CEO position for 38 years, growing the company and actively lobbying to improve the image of the staffing industry as well as strengthen the legal position of staffing employees. Goldschmeding joined the supervisory board of Randstad Holding in 1999 and retired from that position in 2011. In 2015, he founded the Goldschmeding Foundation, which supports projects that respond to important societal issues involving people, work and economy.
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.
Since joining the National Recruitment Federation in 2009, Geraldine King has focused on expanding its services to members. She also introduced the accredited certificate in recruitment practice to the Irish recruitment industry. King envisions a full academic career path for recruitment. She led the NRF to develop the first-ever undergraduate degree for recruiters, which will be available as of January 2020. Her mission is to have an accredited academic career path to the master’s level, making recruitment a career of choice on the prospectus of third-level institutions. In 2018, she was awarded the James Kilbaine award for outstanding contribution to the recruitment industry.
Viktor Calabrò launched Staff Finder, the on-demand staffing platform now known as Coople, in 2009. With 350,000 registered “Cooplers” and 18,000 registered companies, Coople operates in Switzerland and the UK. Together with the social welfare office in Bern, Switzerland, Calabrò in 2018 spearheaded an initiative to reintroduce welfare recipients and the socially disadvantaged back into the workforce through Coople’s platform. Calabrò and his team are also working with GastroGraubünden, a Swiss hospitality and gastronomy association, to build a single directory of flexible staff for the eastern region. Calabrò is the author of Flexible Workforce, which explores the challenges of the modern workplace.