As CEO of Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk), Stephane Kasrielis driving the company’s vision of connecting businesses with talent faster than ever. He is an expert on working with professionals around the world, having also managed the company’s global tech team of more than 300 product managers, designers and engineers. Kasrielhas 16 years of leadership experience. Previously, he was global head of PayPal Consumer Products, global head of PayPal mobile business development and managing director of PayPal France. He also held leadership roles at pioneering companies including Fireclick, Work4, and Zong, and was a founder of Fireclick and iFeelGoods.
Alexis de Bretteville is Hudson’s CEO of Europe, the company’s second-largest region in terms of revenue. He is responsible for the management and operational leadership of the company’s European business. Prior to joining Hudson in 2013, de Bretteville was with Michael Page for more than 20 years, serving most recently as the managing director of the company’s Americas region and as a member of its global executive board. After spending four years helping to grow the company’s French operations into a market leader, he served as managing director of Michael Page Spain, Portugal and South America, and then as regional managing director of Central and Northern Europe.
Yvon Drouet is the deputy general manager and CFO of Synergie, the sixth-largest staffing firm in France and one of the largest staffing firms in Europe. Publicly listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, the company is expanding rapidly outside its home market. Drouet oversees group finance and investments and plays a key role in Synergie’s international expansion. Spain, Italy and Belgium have become key markets for the group, accounting collectively for more than 30% of revenue in 2016. The Acorn subsidiary is at the core of the group’s expansion strategy in the UK and Australia. In 2017, international operations represented more than 50% of Synergie’s revenue.
Thibault Lefebvre is CEO of Grafton Recruitment and a member of the board of Grafton Employment Group. Lefebvre also oversees the expansion of the group in Europe. Prior to join Grafton Recruitment in 2013, Lefebvre spent most of his career in the recruitment industry. In 2004 he joined as a consultant Michael Page in Switzerland, in 2006 he launched the operations in Russia and in 2009 was appointed managing director of Switzerland. In 2011, he became regional managing director of Michael Page for all Eastern Europe. Previously, Lefebvre held executive financial roles in Valeo, Gucci and Richmond Group.
Daniel Augereau is chairman and CEO of Synergie, the sixth-largest staffing firm in France. In 2018, the group reported revenue of €2.5 billion with international operations representing more than 50% of Synergie’s revenue during the year. Augereau trained as a technical blue-collar worker in the aeronautic industry and soon after founded his first staffing firm, Europe Technique Assistance, in 1969. After merging with another staffing firm 10 years later, the company rebranded as Synergie. It has continued to expand throughout Europe and operates in Canada and Australia. The firm’s future growth plans include possible acquisitions in the Nordic countries and Eastern Europe.
Jean-Philippe Papin is the CEO of the French staffing firm Leader Intérim. The company was founded in 1992 and claims an average annual growth of 35 percent since its inception. Leader Intérim is among the top 15 staffing firms in France and provides temporary workers, permanent recruitment services and training.
Christophe Duchatellier oversees the Spring Professional and Badenoch & Clark brands for The Adecco Group, a role he assumed in January 2018 as global head. Duchatellier first joined The Adecco Group in 2010 as director general, professional staffing. In 2012, he was appointed regional head for The Adecco Group operations in Japan and Asia and became an executive committee member for The Adecco Group. In 2015, he served as regional head of Asia Pacific. Prior to Adecco, he held leadership roles at Michael Page. Before embarking on his career in recruitment, Duchatellier studied law at the Université Paris-Sorbonne and Université Panthéon-Assas.
Jean-Philippe Papin is general director of France-based Actual Leader Group, established in 2018 after the merger of temporary employment firms Groupe Actual and Leader Intérim. He had been the CEO of Leader Intérim, the French staffing firm he founded in 1992; that firm had ranked 10th on Staffing Industry Analysts’ list of largest staffing firms in France with €426 million in 2017 revenue. Pursuing international development and moving toward its objective of 20% turnover abroad while strengthening its positioning on the European continent, Actual Leader Group in July 2019 acquired a majority stake of Dutch HR services firm Flexfactory.
François Roux has been general manager of the French staffing association (Prism’emploi) since 2001. In this role, he represents the interests of the staffing industry, lobbying government and negotiating with social partners and French institutions. In 2013, Roux led the talks with trade unions that resulted in the creation of a form of indefinite duration contract for temporary agency workers. In 2016, the association will be in the spotlight again as a new labour bill is underway.
As CEO of Upwork, Stephane Kasriel drives the company’s vision of connecting businesses with talent faster than ever. The third-largest company by human cloud spend, Upwork boasts more than 5 million company clients and 12 million freelancers. Kasriel first joined the company as a result of the merger with oDesk in 2012, and was responsible for building and leading the company’s global engineering team as senior VP of engineering. Kasriel also co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Education, Gender and Work.