2020

James Reed

James Reed

REED Global
Chairman
British

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

James Reed is chairman of Reed Global. Founded in 1960, it now has more than 3,000 employees working in 140 locations worldwide. During the Covid-19 crisis, Reed co-launched the Keep Britain Working campaign to preserve jobs and donated £100,000 to the National Emergencies Trust Covid Appeal, matched by a £100,000 donation from the Reed Foundation made via The Big Give. He joined the company in 1992 after graduating from Harvard Business School. Reed is also a published author and has written The 7 Second CV, Why You? and 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again; he also co-authored Put Your Mindset to Work.

Jan Gupta

Jan Gupta

The Adecco Group
President, Modis
German

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

Jan Gupta is president of The Adecco Group’s Modis brand, the group’s IT and engineering staffing and solutions division. He assumed this newly created role and joined The Adecco Group’s executive committee in 2019. A German national, Gupta’s experience includes managing global teams at engineering and technology businesses. His academic background is in mechanical engineering and economics. Gupta holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Aachen University, Germany. His career spans more than 20 years in the technology industry, most recently as COO and board member of Schunk Group, a German advanced engineering company.

Alistair Cox

Alistair Cox

Hays plc
Group CEO
British

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

Alistair Cox is group CEO of global recruitment agency Hays plc, having held that position since 2007. He is a chartered engineer with a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Salford. He also holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in California, US. Cox began his career at British Aerospace and eventually moved into staffing, having been appointed chief executive at Xansa plc, the IT outsourcing organisation, before joining Hays. He has also served as a non-executive director at 3i Plc and at Just Eat, and is currently chairman of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute.

Sylvestre Blavet

Sylvestre Blavet

Freelance.com
Chairman & CEO
French

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

Sylvestre Blavet assumed the role of chairman and CEO of French online staffing group Freelance.com in 2019. He is also chairman of Paris-based CBV Ingénierie Group, the largest shareholder of Freelance.com. Blavet oversaw a 26% increase in Freelancer.com’s 2019 revenue to €237.1 million. In June 2020, the CBV Ingénierie Group acquired INOP’S, a Paris-based IT services firm. Blavet’s career with Groupe CBV Ingénierie involved turning around the company’s fortunes by ceasing its telecommunications activities and developing its technical assistance services. In 2009 and 2010, he developed its umbrella company services by acquiring SAGE and Ad’missions. He had taken over as chief executive of Groupe CBV Ingénierie in 2006.

Philippe Gobinet

Philippe Gobinet

Group Partnaire
President & CEO
French

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

Philippe Gobinet is president and CEO of The Partnaire Group, a €473 million temporary employment group with 630 employees placing 67,000 temporary workers through 160 branches throughout France. Gobinet has held this title since joining the company in 1987. Founded in 1952, The Partnaire Groupe is one of the oldest and most established staffing companies in France. In 2018, Gobinet oversaw the acquisition of Inter Conseil. He has been awarded the Chevalier Ordre National du Mérite (National Order of Merit).

Melanie Forbes

Melanie Forbes

Rullion
Former Group Managing Director
British

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

As group managing director at Rullion, one of the largest recruitment companies in the UK, from October 2018 until July 2020, Melanie Forbes helped ensure Rullion’s growth by assessing the company’s products and services and building value with a long-term strategy. With over 25 years of experience, Forbes is an expert in managed service, recruitment process outsourcing, and staffing. She is an active member of the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative along with being on the leadership team of Ambitious about Autism. Forbes is driven by constant improvement and thrives on ensuring that the recruitment industry stands inclusive and diverse.

Miles Hunt

Miles Hunt

Cobalt Recuitment, Darwin Recruitment, Davidson, APSCo Global
Chairman
British

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

Miles Hunt launched private equity investment firm Benula Capital in 2013; it now has nine investments in the staffing sector including staffing companies, HR consulting firms and providers of recruiting technology. Prior to Benula, Hunt founded UK-based international staffing specialist Empresaria Group in 1996 and led its IPO in 2004 before stepping down as chief executive in 2011. Hunt became the first-ever chairman of Cobalt Recruitment in 2019. He also serves as chairman at Darwin Recruitment and Australia-based Davidson. Additionally, for the past four years he has been chairman of APSCo Global, which represents the professional recruitment sector in Germany, Singapore and Australia as well as the UK.

Nigel Heap

Nigel Heap

Hays plc
Managing Director, EMEA and UK & Ireland; Chairman Asia Pacific
British

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

Nigel Heap is managing director EMEA and UK and Ireland, chairman Asia Pacific for Hays, the sixth-largest staffing firm in the world with global revenue of €6.5 billion. Heap has been a member of the Hays management board for many years and is responsible for 16 of the 33 countries in Hays. He joined Hays UK in 1988 as a trainee consultant. A few promotions later, in 2012, Heap was appointed UK & Ireland managing director and chairman of the Asia Pacific business, and in 2017 he was appointed managing director of 12 countries in the EMEA region.

Yasmin Harrison

Yasmin Harrison

Thomas March
COO
British/Iranian

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

Yasmin Harrison is COO of Thomas March, providing £100 million of high-volume temporary staffing through more than 200 locations across the UK. Her role is to ensure operational excellence across their high profile client portfolio which use in excess of 10,000 contingent and permanent staff a week. Harrison previously worked for the neutral vendor, GRI, and FTSE 100 outsourcer, Capita. She has over 12 years’ experience in high-volume and specialist staffing in various sectors. Over the last year she has launched technology-led productivity and staff retention models to optimise supply chain performance.

Seb O’Connell

Seb O’Connell

Cielo
President, EMEA and APAC; Global Executive Team Member
British

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

As president of EMEA and Asia Pacific and a member of the Cielo global executive team, Seb O’Connell plays a key role in shaping the strategic direction of Cielo, a global RPO leader. Drawn to this industry to work with people for people, O’Connell’s recent proudest achievement was guiding Cielo and clients through the Covid-19 pandemic. Leading the organisation’s global strategy, O’Connell helped clients tackle the resulting recruitment challenges and ultimately continue to hire and onboard employees virtually. As the Covid-19 situation evolves, O’Connell will continue to assist Cielo employees and clients in adjusting to a new normal.