French

Étienne Colella

Étienne Colella

Pixid Group
Founder & Chairman
French

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

Étienne Colella is chairman and founder of Pixid Group, a VMS provider headquartered in France. With more than 14 years of experience in the IT sector, Colella previously held several senior positions before entering his current role. Pixid provides a complete SaaS application, compliant with European regulation, for providing and using temporary staff and has developed its growth through acquisitions. After acquiring Amris (UK) in 2016, it bought The Internet Corp. (UK) in 2017 and Carerix (Netherlands) in 2018. Currently, Colella and his team are building a central online platform designed to connect a wide range of HR features.

Stephane Kasriel

Stephane Kasriel

Upwork
CEO

Stephane Kasriel was promoted to CEO of Upwork in April 2015. In this role Kasriel has rebranded the business to Upwork (from Elance-oDesk), to become the third-largest company by human cloud spend. Kasriel first joined the company in 2012 and rose to SVP of product engineering before becoming CEO. As SVP, he was responsible for the company’s platform and technical team.

Sylvestre Blavet

Sylvestre Blavet

Freelance.com
Chairman

Sylvestre Blavet assumed the role of chairman of the board of French online staffing group Freelance.com in January 2019 and was appointed as interim CEO, a role he held until mid-2019. He is also chairman of Paris-based CBV Ingénierie Group, the largest shareholder of Freelance.com. Leadership comes naturally to Blavet, having previously been president of human resources companies such as Petrolis, AD’missions portage salarial and Gpc S.A. Freelance.com, which reported €187 million in sales in 2018, aims to exceed €220 million in sales this year and surpass €500 million within five years.

Jerome Caille

Jerome Caille is CEO at Accent Jobs and its parent company, the House of HR. Accent Jobs was founded in 1995 and provides temp-to-perm services with one of the largest specialized branch networks in Belgium. The House of HR operates six specialized HR companies: Accent Jobs (temp-to-perm), Just Work (payrolling), Home Maid, Logi-Technic (outsourcing), Bekaert Technics (secondment) and Peak6 (HR consultancy). Under Caille’s leadership, the company gained market share in Belgium and the Netherlands. Prior to joining the House of HR in 2013, Caille was a founder of Doctor Clic and a board member and investor in a number of other businesses. He also served as Global CEO of Adecco from 2002 to 2006.

Jean-Philippe Papin

Jean-Philippe Papin

Actual Leader Group
General Director

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.

Samuel Tual

Samuel Tual

Groupe Actual
President

Samuel Tual is president of Groupe Actual, a privately held staffing firm in the French market. In 2016, he won the Ernst & Young Strategic Vision Award for the West Region in France. In the same year, Actual successfully integrated a number of recent acquisitions and grew its revenue by 50%. Actual was co-founded in 2001 by Tual and his father from the merger of their respective staffing firms. In 2014, Samuel Tual was able to secure investments from private equity partners CM-CIC Capital Finance and Ouest Croissance in order to pursue the group’s growth strategy in its home market.

Claude Guedj

Claude Guedj

Groupe CRIT
Chairman and CEO

Claude Guedj, a pioneer and innovator in the French staffing industry, has been chairman and CEO of Groupe CRIT since 2002. He founded the company in 1962 when it was known as Industrial and Technical Research Centre, an office of studies and calculations serving the mechanical, electrical and computer industries. The group then expanded its service offerings to temporary work. Guedj was first appointed to the board in 1969. Under his management, the group rose to rank among the five largest staffing firms in France, and the largest 20 globally. In 2017, the group reported revenue of €2.42 billion.

Thierry Geffroy

Thierry Geffroy

Samsic RH
CEO
French

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

Thierry Geffroy is chairman and CEO of Francebased Samsic RH, which operates in more than 25 countries, serves 30,000-plus customers and has turnover of £2.5 billion. Geffroy joined the group in 1992 and in 2010 became the president of Samsic RH, the group’s human resources arm, before attaining his current role in 2019. Under Geffroy’s leadership, Samsic acquired a majority stake in recruitment services firm Sellick Partnership and made two acquisitions in Ireland and Morocco, its first expansion into the African continent. This year, Geffroy and his team are pursuing an international development strategy through the acquisition of Infor Group.

Daniel Augereau

Daniel Augereau

Synergie
Chairman & CEO

Daniel Augereau is chairman and CEO of Synergie, the sixth-largest staffing firm in France. He trained as a technical blue-collar worker in the aeronautic industry and soon after founded his first staffing firm, Europe Technique Assistance, in 1969. Ten years later, the company merged with another staffing firm, Sidergie, resulting in the launch of the Synergie brand. In 2016, the company reported a double-digit revenue growth rate, spurred by strong performances both in its home market and abroad.

Alain Dehaze

Alain Dehaze

Adecco Group
Regional Head of France

Alain Dehaze joined the Adecco Group in 2009 as regional head of Northern Europe and was appointed regional head of France in 2011. From 1987 until 2000, Dehaze held a number of senior positions at Henkel and ISS. In 2000, he became managing director of Creyf’s Interim in Belgium (now Start People). From 2002 to 2005, he was CEO of Solvus. Following the acquisition of Solvus by USG People in 2005, he became the COO of USG People. From September 2007 until joining Adecco, he was CEO of the Humares. Dehaze is VP of the board of the Eurociett, the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies, and is also on the board of the Ciett, the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies.