Rosaleen Blair is the CEO and founder of Alexander Mann Solutions, a global talent acquisition and management company that enables people and organisations to achieve their fullest potential. She is widely credited as a pioneer of talent acquisition and management globally, and has received a number of awards, including Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year and National Outsourcing Awards Strategic Leader of the Year. In 2007, she led a management buyout backed by Graphite Capital and in 2013 brought in new investor New Mountain Capital, securing an investment of almost €315 million. She invests her time, resources and knowledge in entrepreneurs and small businesses through coaching, sponsorship and mentoring
Staffing 100 Europe | Hall of Fame | 2020
Anne Heraty has been CEO of Cpl Resources plc since founding the company in 1989. Ireland’s largest recruitment company now counts 21 brands and 48 offices across Ireland, the UK and Central Eastern Europe, with newly established offices in Munich and the US city of Boston. Revenue increased 8% year over year to €564.9 million in 2019 and gross profit rose 16% to €96.3 million. Heraty in 2018 helped launch Open Doors, a group focused on increasing access to the labour market for marginalised groups and in 2019 was awarded the Hall of Fame Award at the 2019 TALiNT International Annual Recruitment Awards.
Frank Farrelly is COO and co-founder of Sigmar Recruitment; he oversees 140 recruitment professionals across 14 specialist teams. Since the company’s management buy-out in 2009, he helped grow the company fivefold. In 2018, the company launched Sigmar IT International and formed a strategic partnership with French staffing firm Groupe Adéquat. Farrelly was instrumental in bringing the 2018 World Employment Confederation to Dublin, in addition to hosting the event. Farrelly also is president of the National Recruitment Federation’s executive committee, where he represents the Irish recruitment industry with government and state bodies at international conferences and think tanks.
Shona McManus is CEO and owner of Osborne. Over her 18 years in the recruitment industry, McManus has successfully led and transformed recruitment businesses in both multinational and indigenous Irish recruitment firms. Since taking the helm of Osborne in April 2013, she guided it through the still-rocky economy to see it emerge in a strong market position. Osborne has more than quadrupled turnover, profits and headcount in the most recent years and has become a certified Great Place to Work. In 2018, Osborne opened two new branches, including its first international office in Toronto. McManus is also president of the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.
Shona McManus is CEO and owner of Osborne. Under McManus’ leadership, Osborne has more than quadrupled turnover, profits and headcount and has become a certified Great Place to Work. Over her 18 years in the recruitment industry, McManus has successfully led and transformed recruitment businesses in both multinational and indigenous Irish recruitment firms. Since taking the helm of Osborne in 2013, she guided it through the still-rocky economy to see it emerge in a strong market position. In January 2019, Osborne opened its sixth operation with a new office in Cork. McManus is also president of the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.
Since joining the National Recruitment Federation in 2009, Geraldine King has focused on expanding its services to members. She also introduced the accredited certificate in recruitment practice to the Irish recruitment industry. King envisions a full academic career path for recruitment. She led the NRF to develop the first-ever undergraduate degree for recruiters, which will be available as of January 2020. Her mission is to have an accredited academic career path to the master’s level, making recruitment a career of choice on the prospectus of third-level institutions. In 2018, she was awarded the James Kilbaine award for outstanding contribution to the recruitment industry.
Staffing 100 Europe | 2020
Geraldine King is CEO of the National Recruitment Federation, which establishes and maintains standards and codes of practice for the recruitment industry in Ireland. She has focused on expanding the NRF’s services and has introduced the accredited certificate in recruitment practice to the Irish recruitment industry — the only certificate for recruiters in Ireland. Believing the recruitment industry should be viewed as a profession and have a full academic career path, King has been instrumental in development of the world’s first undergraduate three-year degree apprenticeship programme for recruiters; in partnership with the National College of Ireland, it launched in September 2020.
Frank Farrelly is COO and co-founder at Sigmar Recruitment, leading a team of more than 120 recruitment professionals nationwide. Over the last seven years, Farrelly has been a committee member, treasurer, VP and secretary for the National Recruitment Federation in Ireland and was elected NRF president in 2016. He was part of the NRF team that lobbied the government on the Agency Workers Act, Zero Hours Contracts and ‘If & When’ contracts. Farrelly recently led NRF’s efforts that secured the hosting of the 2018 World Employment Conference in Ireland.
Farrelly was nonexecutive director for The People Group from 2005 to 2009; he currently sits on the external interview panel for the MBA programme at Dublin City University and has delivered courses for The Ryan Academy and The Smurfit Business School.
Adrian McGennis is CEO of Sigmar Recruitment group. He was originally a founder director of Sigmar in 2002 and led the management buyout in 2009. Previously he was managing director for Ireland with Marlborough Plc (Group t/o €70m), where he successfully managed the Irish business from its inception in 1993 until 2001. McGennis had a key involvement in two of Ireland’s most successful job creation support schemes, being a co-founder of Ireland Gateway To Europe and chairman of National Employment Week. He is a regular commentator on employment, recruitment and business issues in the press across different channels.
Anne Heraty has been CEO of Cpl Resources plc since founding the company in 1989. Ireland’s largest recruitment company now counts 22 brands and 48 offices in several countries. Revenue for the last six months of 2018 increased 9% year over year to €278.6 million and gross profit increased 15% to €46.4 million. Heraty last year helped launch Open Doors, a group focused on increasing access to the labour market for marginalised groups. Cpl Resources last year was named one of the best large workplaces in Ireland at the Great Place to Work awards for the fifth consecutive year and won the Best Company Social Responsibility Award at the 2018 NRF Awards.