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.
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.
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Based in Switzerland, Dinette Koolhaas leads operations and oversees growth strategies across Europe, Russia, Mexico and Brazil as president of Kelly International, a role she assumed in July. Formerly, she was VP and managing director, EMEA. Throughout her tenure at Kelly, Koolhaas has played a crucial role in the EMEA region’s ability to deliver solid returns, developing strong teams and implementing flexible operating models that enable the region to contribute more profit to Kelly’s bottom line.
J.H. (Jurriën) Koops, managing director at ABU — the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies — since 2014, is responsible for the daily management of the bureau. In 2018, ABU introduced a social agenda to enhance public support for temporary work in the Netherlands. The agenda also guides the members of ABU in their daily business. Koops joined ABU in 2002 as head of its Labour Conditions and Legal Affairs team. He was appointed assistant director in 2009 and named director of social affairs in 2012. Koops is also a member of several boards, including the Foundation for Training and Development in the Staffing Industry (Doorzaam) and SNCU.
As CEO Randstad Group the Netherlands, Chris Heutink is responsible for Randstad Group’s operations in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He began his career at Randstad as a consultant in the Netherlands in 1991. Various management positions followed until 2004, when he was promoted to managing director of Randstad Poland. After moving back to the Netherlands in 2007, he became director of operations. In 2009, Heutink was appointed managing director of Randstad Netherlands. Heutink was appointed to Randstad’s executive board in 2014.
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.
Annemarie Muntz is president of Ciett, the International Confederation of Private Employment Services, and its European counterpart Eurociett. She is an influential lobbyist in the European Union, representing the interests of agency work businesses. In addition to her roles at Ciett and Eurociett, Muntz is director group public affairs for Randstad. She also sits on the boards of CSR Europe, a European business network for corporate social responsibility, and SNCU, an organisation responsible for monitoring compliance with collective agreements in the Netherlands.
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CEO of Randstad Germany since 2018, Richard Jager in January took on the additional role of CEO Randstad Group DACH. Randstad now has an active role in Germany’s Federal Employers’ Association of Personnel Service Providers and the German Association of Employers as well as in the lobbying circuit in political Berlin. Randstad Germany is the country’s leading personnel service provider with 2019 sales volume of nearly €2.1 billion; under Jager’s leadership it has gained market share for two years in a row in a heavy downturn market. Jager takes every opportunity to improve the image of the staffing industry in Germany.
Margriet Spijker is general manager of private Dutch staffing firm Timing, a part of the ADG services group. According to research from SIA, Timing is the sixth largest staffing firm in the Netherlands. She joined the company as a consultant in 1988 and held various management positions, including deputy manager, before being appointed general manager in 2012.
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In 2020, Ilonka Jankovich co-founded Taptrove Ventures, which invests in WorkTech startups, providing solutions to boost productivity, enable a distributed workforce and improve professional journeys. She is also managing partner of the Randstad Innovation Fund, which she co-founded in 2014. the fund has made 20 investments in HR technology firms and deployed close to €50 million. In the past year, the Fund made early stage investments in ZapInfo and This is Alice in the US and ValidatedID in Spain. The Fund sees an opportunity to create European leaders that span several countries and has an initiative that will look primarily at Europe and the world of work in a more holistic way.