Belgian

Rika Coppens

Rika Coppens

House of HR
CEO

Rika Coppens led Belgian HR services firm House of HR through a successful refinancing this year. She became CEO in 2017 after having served as supervisory board member since May 2016. The group reported revenue of €1.7 billion in 2018. Coppens also is CEO of House of HR subsidiary Accent Jobs. Coppens started her career in 1996 as a CPA at PwC. She became CFO of Bureau van Dijk Computer Services NV in 2002 and Zenitel NV in 2005. She was also CEO of EFR Group BV, where she had started as a CFO in 2010, until she left in 2017.

Patrick De Maeseneire

Patrick De Maeseneire

Adecco Group
CEO

Patrick De Maeseneire rejoined the Adecco Group as CEO in 2009. He had held leading positions within the Adecco Group between 1998 and 2002, starting as country manager for the Benelux region before leading the Adecco Group’s worldwide professional staffing business from New York. De Maeseneire served as CEO of Barry Callebaut from 2002 to 2009 and in 2007, he was granted the title of Baron by King Albert II of Belgium. From 1980 to 1997, De Maeseneire held executive positions at Sun International and Apple Computer, as well as senior positions at Wang in Belgium and Arthur Andersen Consulting.

Herwig Muyldermans

Herwig Muyldermans

Federgon
General Director

Herwig Muyldermans is the general director of the Belgian staffing association, Federgon. He plays a central role in negotiating with the Belgian government and social partners on behalf of the Belgian staffing industry. In 2014, his perseverance resulted in the removal of one of the last restrictions to temporary agency work in the country: the coalition government announced staffing providers would be able to provide services to the public sector. Before joining the association in 1990, he occupied senior positions at the Belgian association representing the clothing industry.

Leen Geirnaerdt

Leen Geirnaerdt

Dutch group USG
CFO

Leen Geirnaerdt has been CFO and a board member of the Dutch group USG People since 2010. Prior to that, Geirnaerdt held various senior management positions within the Group, including that of general manager of USG People Belgium’s shared service center transactions and support. She previously acted as corporate controller at Solvus N.V until the firm was acquired by USG People.

Mark De Smedt

Mark De Smedt

The Adecco Group
Regional Head of Northern Europe

Mark De Smedt has been the The Adecco Group’s regional head of Northern Europe since January 2016, leading also Germany, Austria and Switzerland as part of the same region as of July 2017. He joined The Adecco Group in 2009 as country manager for Belgium & Luxembourg. He was previously managing partner of professional staffing specialist XPE Group. Prior to this, he was responsible for The Adecco Group’s Benelux operations between 2002 and 2007. Before joining staffing, De Smedt held various executive positions at Wang, Apple, Citibank, and Scoot in France, Spain and Belgium.

Herwig Muyldermans

Herwig Muyldermans

Federgon
General Director

Herwig Muyldermans is the general director of Federgon, the Belgian staffing association. He plays a central role in negotiating with the Belgian government and its social partners on behalf of the Belgian staffing industry. His perseverance is helping result in the removal of one of the last restrictions to temporary agency work in the country; the federal government announced in 2014 that staffing providers would be able to provide services to the public sector, and the Flemish government echoed the decision in 2016. Before joining the association in 1990, Muyldermans occupied senior positions at the Belgian association representing the clothing industry.

Philip Gracco

Philip Gracco

Accent Jobs
Co-Founder and CEO

Philip Gracco is the co-founder and CEO of Accent Jobs, a Belgian staffing group. He negotiated the entry of the private equity firm Gimv into the group’s capital in 2006 (which exited in 2012), an investment that boosted Accent’s growth and profitability.

Leen Geirnaerdt

Leen Geirnaerdt

USG People
CFO

Leen Geirnaerdt is CFO of the Dutch group USG People, which became a Recruit Holdings subsidiary in 2016. She assumed her role in 2010 and retained it after the acquisition was complete. Prior to acting as the group CFO, Geirnaerdt held various senior management positions within the group, including that of general manager of USG People Belgium’s shared service center transactions and support. She served as corporate controller at Solvus NV until the firm was acquired by USG People.

Herwig Muyldermans

Herwig Muyldermans

Belgian staffing association, Federgon
General Director

Herwig Muyldermans is the general director of the Belgian staffing association, Federgon. He plays a central role in negotiating collective agreements on behalf of the Belgian staffing industry. Before joining the association in 1990, he occupied senior positions at the Belgian association representing the clothing industry.

Leen Geirnaerdt

Leen Geirnaerdt

USG People
CFO

Leen Geirnaerdt is the CFO of the Dutch group USG People. She has held various senior management positions within the group, including that of general manager of USG People Belgium’s shared service centre transactions and support. She previously acted as corporate controller at Solvus N.V. until the firm was acquired by USG People.

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