Under Jean-Marc Brun’s leadership, Groupe Adéquat grew to become one of the largest staffing firms in France. He is chairman of the supervisory board of Groupe Adéquat, which he founded in 1987. The company reported total revenue of €889 million in 2017, up 21% from 2016, and estimates it will reach a turnover of €1 billion for the first time in 2018. Earlier this year, Groupe Adéquat acquired Sigmar in Ireland and Totem in Canada. Groupe Adéquat’s five-year mission is to become one of the top 25 staffing firms in the world, both through organic growth and continued investment in high-potential international brands.
Denis Pennel has been managing director of the World Employment Confederation since 2005. Pennel promotes the interests of the staffing industry before international institutions such as the European Union, the International Labour Organization, the World Bank and the OECD. Prior to his current role, he served as corporate communications director for Manpower France from 1998 to 2005. A work futurist, he is best known for his thought leadership role on the changing world of work, acting as a keynote speaker and writing many opinion pieces and several books including The Ego Revolution at Work (2015) and Travail, la soif de liberte, which translates to Work, the thirst for freedom (2017).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roland Gomez runs Proman, which was founded in France in 1990 by his parents. In 2018, Proman had €1.93 billion in turnover. Gomez joined the family group in 1993 at the end of his studies. He held several key positions until he was appointed CEO in 2003. He continues the organic rollout in France and develops the business internationally. Under his leadership, the first strategic acquisitions abroad began in 2012. Since then, he has accelerated the growth of the company by focusing on preserving the company’s historical values, the human, the proximity and the responsiveness.
Staffing 100 Europe | 2020
As general director, Roland Gomez runs Proman, one of the largest European players in the temporary employment market with turnover of €2.73 billion. Gomez joined the family group in 1993 and held several positions before becoming CEO in 2003. Over the last year, Proman acquired Paris-based Akuit and Epos in Spain; launched Flexeo, an open-ended contract that enables employees to secure their career while offering companies solutions in HR management; and acquired Belgian HR firm Agilitas Group, its largest acquisition to date.