In 2012, Linda Galipeau was appointed to Randstad’s executive board and is the only woman on it. In the same year, she was designated as CEO of Randstad North America. She is responsible for Randstad’s operations in the US, Canada and Ireland, as well as Monster Worldwide, RiseSmart and Randstad Sourceright. Galipeau also chairs the Randstad Innovation Fund, a strategic corporate venture fund that invests in early stage HR technology companies. Her career in the staffing industry began as a permanent placement consultant in 1988. In 1995 she joined Randstad as a district manager in the US, and founded the company’s Canada operations in 1997. A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Galipeau supports Randstad’s Hire Hope programme, which assists underserved and at-risk women with career-readiness training, apprenticeship programmes and employment services.
Steven Quinn was appointed CEO, Americas, of SThree in December 2013, after serving as the COO officer since 2012. Prior to that, he was group managing director of SThree’s brands across the UK, Ireland, Benelux and the Middle East. Quinn came to the company from the Real Staffing Group (formerly Real IT) in 2010, where he was managing director. He is a lawyer by training. Sthree is ranked 18th in Staffing Industry Analysts’ UK Largest Staffing Report.
Rosaleen Blair is chief executive officer of Alexander Mann Solutions. She has worked in the recruitment industry since 1990 and established Alexander Mann Solutions as an autonomous division of the Alexander Mann Group in 1996. Blair is widely credited as the pioneer of recruitment process outsourcing in Europe. In 2007, she led the management buyout backed by Graphite Capital and stayed with the firm after it was sold to New Mountain Capital for almost €315 million in 2013.
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.
Anne Heraty is the co-founder, major stakeholder and CEO of CPL Resources plc. In 1989, Heraty and Keith O’Malley founded Computer Placement Ltd., which placed people at IT companies setting up businesses in Ireland. In 1992, she became sole shareholder. In 1996, Heraty’s husband, Paul Carrol, joined the group and in 1999 they took CPL to the Irish and London stock markets, making Heraty the firstfemale CEO of an Irish company floatedon the stock exchange. In 2006, she won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Ireland.
Frank Farrelly is COO and co-founder of Sigmar Recruitment and has served as president of the National Recruitment Federation’s executive committee since 2016. He leads the team that lobbies the government on employment legislation, recruitment matters and GDPR, and was instrumental in helping the Federation secure an Apprenticeship in Recruitment practice on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications in 2018. Farrelly has been a nonexecutive director for The People Group. In 2018, Sigmar Recruitment formed a strategic partnership with Groupe Adéquat, one of the 50 largest global staffing firms in the world, according to SIA. A graduate of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, he currently sits on the external interview panel for the MBA programme at Dublin City University.
Rosaleen Blair is founder and CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions, a global talent acquisition and management company. Blair created Alexander Mann Solutions in 1996 with an ambition to revolutionise and professionalise the way blue-chip multinationals attract, engage and retain top talent while helping the best people in business achieve their fullest potential. Recognised as an industry leader and entrepreneur, Blair has won numerous awards including UK Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year, E&Y London Entrepreneur of the Year, Tatler Woman of the Year, Strategic Leader of the Year National Outsourcing Awards, and most recently, the Recruiter Magazine Impact Award 2017. Additionally, Blair supports organisations including everywoman, Barclays LifeSkills, the Prince’s Trust and UNICEF. She also invests her time and resources in entrepreneurs and small businesses through coaching, sponsorship and mentoring.
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.
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 is CEO of Cpl Resources plc., a provider of workforce solutions, specialist recruitment, managed services and outsourcing. With annual turnover of more than €433 million, the company has more than 670 traditional employees. In any one week, Cpl also has more than 12,000 temp/contract staff under management in customer sites. Cpl has grown through both strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Most recently, Heraty was recognised as the Business & Finance ‘Business Person of the Year 2014’ and Cpl was ranked as ‘Best Place to Work 2016’ in the large organisation category. Heraty is the president of Irish Business and Employers Confederation and also the chair for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Ireland.