Yvon Drouet is CFO of Synergie, the fifth-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 played an instrumental role during the acquisitions of British firms Acorn, Advance Personnel and Concept Staffing. The Acorn subsidiary is at the core of the group’s expansion strategy in the UK and Australia.
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.
Roland Gomez heads Proman, the French staffing group founded by his parents. Gomez joined the family business in 1990 and was appointed group general director in 2003. He manages the staffing business jointly with his father, Roland. In 2015, Proman expanded its international presence with the acquisition of Heads Recruitment (UK) and A à Z Emplois (Switzerland). The company’s turnover reached €1.2 billion in 2015, a 25% increase from 2014.
Olivier Lemaitre is executive board director Europe at PageGroup, in charge of the group’s operations in continental Europe. He launched Michael Page Brazil in 1999 and returned to Europe in 2002 to lead the Frankfurt office. He was later appointed as managing director of Michael Page in Germany and Switzerland and launched the Austrian business.