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.
Thierry Geffroy took the reins of France-based Samsic RH in January 2019 as chairman and CEO. During his tenure at Samsic RH, he oversaw the growth of Samsic into a major player in employment within France and has set his sights to expand further. In April 2019, Samsic acquired a majority stake in recruitment services firm Sellick Partnership. That same year, Samsic made two acquisitions in Ireland and Morocco, its first expansion into the African continent. Geffroy first joined the group in 1992 and in 2010 he became president of Samsic RH, the group’s human resources company.
Christophe Catoir is Adecco’s regional head of France. He joined Groupe Adecco France as internal auditor in 1995, immediately after his studies at the IESEG School of Management. In 2012, he was appointed managing director for Professional Staffing Groupe Adecco France. Between 1995 and 2005, Catoir held positions as finance manager and regional manager. In 2005, he was appointed head of permanent placement activities in France and became a member of the Groupe Adecco France management team in 2007. In 2009, Catoir was appointed managing director of Adecco South-East France, leading a network of 350 branches and 1,300 employees.
Samuel Tual is president of Groupe Actual, one of the top privately held staffing firms in the French market. Tual co-founded the company with his father, Gérard Tual, in 2001 from the merger of their respective staffing firms. In 2014, Tual was able to secure funding from private equity partners CM-CIC Capital Finance and Ouest Croissance in order to pursue the group’s growth strategy in its home market. In 2015, Actual acquired four additional firms, including Athmos, thus extending its network in the southeast of France.
Etienne Colella is the CEO of PIXID, the largest VMS in France, which he founded in 2004. PIXID offers a complete SAAS application that is compliant with the many aspects of the regulation required to provide and use temporary staff in France. In 2015, the private equity fund Keensight Capital took a majority stake in the company. Previously, Colella spent 14 years in the IT industry, where he held various senior positions. Colella graduated from ESSEC Business School in Paris.
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.
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.
Thierry Geffroy is the CEO of Samsic RH, the staffing business owned by the French facility management group Samsic. Samsic RH ranks among the 10 largest staffing firms in France, and as one of the largest privately owned firms in the market. In March 2017, Samsic RH announced the acquisition of two staffing businesses in Spain.
Manuel Roger is the managing director for Beeline Europe, based in London. As a member of Beeline’s global executive committee, Roger has been leading Beeline’s sustainable exponential growth in Europe since 2011. He established a team of VMS experts who are delivering Beeline services to Beeline’s Fortune 500 client base in Europe. Roger developed his career in a global context, working as an IT systems engineer and project manager. He then moved into procurement and created The Adecco Group’s global procurement function as the first group chief procurement officer. He graduated as a systems engineer and holds an MBA from EM Lyon Business School.
Christophe Catoir is the regional head of France. He joined Groupe Adecco France in 1995, after his studies at the IESEG School of Management. Over the past 20 years, Catoir’s career has progressed through various positions of responsibility in finance, permanent recruitment and the general staffing operations. Before taking up his new role, Catoir led Adecco’s Professional Staffing businesses in France with a network of 3,200 employees and has been a member of the Groupe Adecco France management team since 2007.