French

Philippe Foriel-Destezet

Philippe Foriel-Destezet

Adecco
Former Co-Chairman
French

Staffing 100 Europe | Hall of Fame |  2020

In 1964, industry pioneer Philippe Foriel-Destezet founded Ecco, which by the 1980s had become France’s largest supplier of temporary personnel. In 1996, Foriel-Destezet merged the firm with Switzerland-based global giant Adia to form Adecco, which today is the second-largest staffing firm in the world, providing temporary staffing, permanent placement and outsourcing across all sectors. Foriel-Destezet served as co-chair with Adia’s Klaus Jacobs until stepping down in in 2005; he was named honorary president in 2006. Foriel-Destezet is a graduate of the prestigious HEC business school in Paris. He remains a significant shareholder in Adecco through his Luxembourg holding company, Akila Finance.

Alexis de Bretteville

Alexis de Bretteville

Hudson
CEO of Europe

Alexis de Bretteville is Hudson’s CEO of Europe, 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 the 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.

François Béharel

François Béharel

Randstad
CEO, Randstad France

François Béharel, CEO of Randstad France, was appointed to Randstad’s executive board in 2013. He is now responsible for France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium & Luxembourg, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Uruguay. He started his career when he joined Vedior in 1999 as a regional manager. Following various promotions, he became CEO of Vedior France in May 2007. Following Vedior’s 2008 acquisition by Randstad, he was appointed president and CEO of the newly combined Randstad Group France in 2008 and played a key role in the integration of its businesses. In 2017, Béharel also became chairman of Ausy SA, Randstad’s new international consulting and engineering firm in advanced technologies.

Yvon Drouet

Yvon Drouet

Synergie
Deputy General Manager & CFO

Yvon Drouet is the deputy general manager and CFO of Synergie, the sixth-largest staffing firm in France. Drouet oversees group finance and investments and plays a key role in Synergie’s international expansion. He announced this year that the company is looking at possible acquisitions in Eastern Europe as well as the Nordic countries. In 2018, Synergie recorded excellent performances in countries where it has a particularly large presence, such as those of Southern Europe and Austria. In January 2019, Synergie signed an agreement to acquire Australia-based Entire Recruitment, becoming a national player in the country.

Gilles Tanneur

Gilles Tanneur

GroupeCrit
COO

Gilles Tanneur is COO of GroupeCrit; he also manages the North American operations of the group, including the recently acquired U.S. firms that are driving the group’s international growth. Prior to joining GroupeCrit in 2010, Tanneur was president and CEO of the recruitment firm, Brill Street + Company.

Roland Gomez

Roland Gomez

French staffing group Proman
CEO

Roland Gomez is CEO of the French staffing group Proman, which he founded in 1990. The family run company is the fifth-largest staffing firm in France and the largest privately held staffing firm operating in the French market. A rare feature for a top player in the staffing industry, the Gomez family are the sole shareholders of the company. In the last five years, the company achieved an average revenue growth rate between 15% and 20%. Prior to founding Proman, Gomez trained as an industrial steelworker, and later worked as a branch manager for an engineering services firm. Gomez recently passed the baton to his son Roland as managing director.

Jérôme Rieux

Jérôme Rieux

Groupe Adéquat
CEO
French

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

Jérôme Rieux joined Groupe Adéquat as sales director in 2005 after 15 years as a regional manager in the recruitment industry; he was appointed CEO in 2016. Its six brands combined count more than 1,300 employees and 270 offices located throughout France, Belgium, Ireland, Canada and the Netherlands. The independent company ranks No. 37 on SIA’s 2019 list of largest global staffing firms with €967 million in 2018 revenue. Groupe Adéquat aims to develop in 10 countries over the next five years and be one of the largest 25 global staffing companies.

Jean-Marc Brun

Jean-Marc Brun

Adequat
Founder & Chairman

Jean-Marc Brun is founder and chairman of the supervisory board of the French staffing group Adéquat, which he founded in 1987. Under his leadership, the business grew to become one of the top 10 staffing firms in France. The group continues to outperform the market, with revenue increasing at an average annual rate of 17% in the past 10 years. The group estimates it will reach a turnover of €1 billion for the first time in 2018. Brun is in the process of handing over the reins to a new management team that includes his son, Arnaud Brun, who serves as deputy general manager.

Samuel Tual

Samuel Tual

Actual Leader Group
President
French

Staffing 100 Europe | 2020

Samuel Tual in January 2019 became president of France-based temporary employment firm Actual Leader Group, which was established in 2018 after the merger of two temporary employment firms: Groupe Actual and Leader Intérim. Tual had been president of Groupe Actual, a privately held staffing firm in the French market that he co-founded with his father in 2001 when they merged their respective staffing firms. Actual Leader Group in July 2019 acquired a majority stake of Dutch HR services firm Flexfactory (later rebranded Flexfamily). In October 2019, Tual was elected president of MEDEF Pays de la Loire; he was formerly president of MEDEF Mayenne.

Thibault Lefebvre

Thibault Lefebvre

Grafton Recruitment Group
CEO

Thibault Lefebvre is CEO of Grafton Recruitment Group, managing operations performance and organisation of the Grafton Recruitment staffing and SpenglerFox executive brands. He is a senior executive with many years’ experience in the general management of midsize to large organisations, in finance and in business operations. Lefebvre has a strong commitment to entrepreneurship and maximising profit growth, along with expertise in private equity and executive and non-executive board functions. Prior to Grafton Recruitment Group, Lefebvre served for nine years as managing director at Page Group for Russia, Switzerland and Central & Eastern Europe. He previously held key financial roles at Richmond, Gucci, Parisot Group and Valeo.