Margriet Spijker is general manager of Timing, the seventh-largest staffing company in the Netherlands and part of the ADG Group. She joined Timing in 1988 as a consultant, followed by various management positions, up to deputy manager, a role in which she worked alongside Annemarie Laan van Dongen, who retired as general manager in January 2012 after 18 years.
A certified auditor, Robert Jan van de Kraats joined Randstad in 2001 as CFO. Van de Kraats was appointed as vice-chairman of the executive board in 2006. He is responsible for Japan, India, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. In addition, he is responsible for group finance and accounting, tax, treasury, business risk and audit, legal, IT and investor relations. He is also a board member of OCI NV, a member of the supervisory board of Schiphol Group, and a member of the monitoring committee of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code.
Richard Jager, CEO of Randstad Germany, eagerly develops talents throughout the organization. He has been a member of the management of the Randstad Group Germany since 2017. Jager started his career at Randstad Netherlands in 1995 as a consultant and then took on additional responsibilities in regional Dutch management. In 2010, he became CEO of Randstad Switzerland. Most recently, he was responsible for the international Randstad Global Client Solutions business, which deals with strategic business, HR and talent issues. The economist also sits on the advisory board of Wittenborg University and Nyenrode Business University in Amsterdam.
Jurriën Koops was appointed director of the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies, ABU, in 2014, having joined the organisation in 2002. In addition to his work with ABU, Koops is also chairman of the Foundation for Training and Development in the Flexible Staffing Industry. Prior to joining ABU, Koops worked as a policy advisor for trade union CNV, which represents the interests of workers in construction, the industrial sector, transportation, food and services. He was also a senior consultant for business development for Dutch staffing firm Start People, a USG People company.
Hans Leentjes has been president, Northern Europe and executive VP at ManpowerGroup since 2011. When he joined ManpowerGroup as manager of the Netherlands in 2005, he brought 15 years of employment services experience gained at Randstad. In 2008, he successfully finalized the acquisition of Vitae, a specialty engineering and finance firm with revenues in excess of €74 million.
Dinette Koolhaas is Kelly Services’ VP and managing director EMEA. She is also a board member for Kelly’s joint venture with Persol in Asia Pacific and a board member of the World Employment Confederation. Fluent in English, German, Dutch and French, Koolhaas first worked at a logistics consultancy agency in Holland. In 1997, she began her career in staffing with USG People, leading brands Secretary Plus and Unique. She then joined Kelly Services in 2008 as VP and regional general manager for Western Europe. Koolhaas was promoted to VP operations for EMEA in 2013 and to her current role in 2017. She has an MBA from the Business School Netherlands.
Jurriën Koops was appointed director of the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies, ABU, in 2014, having joined the organisation in 2002. In addition to his work with ABU, Koops is also chairman of the Foundation for Training and Development in the Flexible Staffing Industry. Prior to joining ABU, Koops worked as a policy advisor for trade union CNV, which represents the interests of workers in construction, the industrial sector, transportation, food and services. He was also a senior consultant for business development for Dutch staffing firm Start People, a USG People company, and a board member of the Dutch Association.
Wessel van Alphen is founder (1986) and owner of the Dutch company IT-Staffing, one of the largest IT specialist firms in the European staffing market. Following the launch in 1978 of his first company providing the services of self-employed IT specialists to clients, van Alphen was involved in the creation of numerous other businesses, ranging from staffing brands to Internet radios. He passed the daily management of the company to his son, Wessel van Alphen Jr., in December 2013.
Jacques van den Broek is CEO and chairman at Randstad Holding nv, the second-largest staffing firm in Europe and the world. He joined the company in 1988 and was appointed to the executive board of Randstad Holding in January 2004. Since that time, he has been responsible for a significant boost to Randstad’s global accounts, which account for approximately a quarter of Randstad Group’s revenue.
Alex Mulder has been a member of the supervisory board of USG People NV since 2006, where he is a member of the remuneration and appointments committee. In 1972, at the age of 25, he founded staffing firm Unique Uitzendbureau, which merged with rival staffing firm Goudsmit in 1997 to form USG People. Mulder was chairman and CEO of USG from its inception until 2006. During his tenure Mulder oversaw the acquisitions of a Start Holding in 2002, an employment agency that had been privatised by the Dutch government six years earlier, and Belgian staffing group Solvus.