Belgian

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. 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 that 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.

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.

Alain Dehaze

Alain Dehaze

The Adecco Group
CEO

Alain Dehaze became CEO of Adecco in 2015. He joined the Adecco Group in 2009 as regional head of Northern Europe and was appointed regional head of France in 2011. Between 2002 and 2009, Dehaze held executive roles at Humares, USG People and Solvus. Prior to 2002, he held a number of leadership positions at Creyf’s Interim in Belgium (now Start People), Henkel and ISS.

Since January 2016, Dehaze has been chair of the Global Apprenticeship Network. He was VP of the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies, now the World Employment Confederation Europe, and a board member of Ciett, now the World Employment Confederation, between December 2010 and December 2015.

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.

Alain Dehaze

Alain Dehaze

The Adecco Group
CEO

Alain Dehaze was appointed CEO of The Adecco Group in 2015. He joined the group in 2009 as regional head of Northern Europe. Initially trained as a commercial engineer, Dehaze held senior positions in various European countries at Henkel and ISS from 1987 until 2000. From 2000 to 2009, Dehaze held leadership roles at Creyf’s Interim in Belgium, Humares, USG People and Solvus. He became chair of the Global Apprenticeship Network in 2016. Dehaze was VP of the board of the World Employment Confederation Europe and member of the board of the WEC between 2010 and 2015. Since 2017, he has been a member of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work.

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.

Mark de Smedt

Mark de Smedt

The Adecco Group
Regional Head of Northern Europe

Mark de Smedt is Adecco’s regional head of Northern Europe, which in July 2017 expanded to include Germany, Austria and Switzerland. De Smedt has been a member of the company’s executive committee since January 2014 and served as Adecco’s chief HR officer from January 2014 until February 2016. He joined Adecco in 2009 as country manager for Belgium & Luxembourg; previously, he was a founder of professional staffing specialist XPE Group, acquired by Adecco. Prior to this, he was responsible for Adecco’s Benelux operations between 2002 and 2007. Before joining the staffing industry, de Smedt held various executive positions at Wang, Apple, Citibank and Scoot in France, Spain and Belgium.

Leen Geirnaerdt

Leen Geirnaerdt

Recruit Global Staffing
CFO

Leen Geirnaerdt is CFO of Netherlands based Recruit Global Staffing, previously known as USG People until it changed its name on 1 January 2018. Recruit Global Staffing is responsible for managing all of Recruit Group’s staffing activities. Prior to becoming group CFO in 2010, Geirnaerdt held various senior management positions within the group, including that of general manager of USG People Belgium’s shared service centre transactions and support. Geirnaerdt studied economics at the University of Antwerp and then served as audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers before serving as corporate controller at Solvus NV until the firm was acquired by USG People.

Denis Pennel

Denis Pennel

Ciett
Managing Director

Denis Pennel was appointed managing director of Ciett in April 2005. Pennel promotes the interests of the staffing industry before international institutions, such as the European Union (EU), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) the World Bank and theOECD. Prior to his appointment, he served as corporate communications director for Manpower France (1998-2005). He is best known for his advocacy work during the writing phase of the Agency Work Directive as well as his efforts to ensure the optimal transposition of the directive across Europe.

Denis Pennel

Denis Pennel

Ciett
Managing Director

Denis Pennel has held the role of managing director of Ciett since April 2005. Pennel promotes the interests of the staffing industry before international institutions, such as the European Union (EU), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Bank or the OECD. Pennel published a book in 2013, Travailler pour soit (Working for oneself), which explores recent trends in the labour market. Prior to his current role, he served as corporate communications director for Manpower France (1998- 2005). He is best known for his advocacy work during the writing phase of the Agency Work Directive as well as his efforts to ensure the optimal transposition of the directive across Europe.

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