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.
Rosaleen Blair is the CEO and founder of Alexander Mann Solutions, a global talent acquisition and management company with more than 3,000 staff supporting clients in more than 80 countries and more than 30 languages. Blair is widely credited as a pioneer of talent acquisition and management globally, and has received a number of awards including VeuveClicquot Businesswoman of the Year and E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2007, she led a management buyout backed by Graphite Capital and in 2013 brought in new investors New Mountain Capital securing an investment of almost €315 million.
Anne Heraty is CEO of Cpl Resources plc, a recognised leader in workforce solutions, specialist recruitment, managed services and outsourcing. With an annual turnover in excess of €390 million, the company has more than 650 in-house employees and around 10,000 temp/contract staff under management in customer sites per week. Her company has grown through both strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Heraty won the Business & Finance Business Person of the Year in 2015 and Cpl was ranked as Best Place to Work in 2015 in the large organisation category. She is the deputy-president of IBEC and the chair of The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Ireland.
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.
Rosaleen Blair is the founder and CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions, a London-based, global provider of talent outsourcing and consulting services. Since launching the firm in 1996, she has led Alexander Mann through geographic expansion and revenue growth, a management buyout, four private equity relationships and a global economic crisis. Last year, Canada’s Omers Private Equity acquired Alexander Mann from New Mountain Capital in a deal giving the company an enterprise value of £820 million. Her numerous awards include Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year and E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, and she supports organisations including Everywoman, the Prince’s Trust, UNICEF, Modern Muse and more.
Anne Heraty is the co-founder major and 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 first female CEO of an Irish company floated on the stock exchange. In 2006, she won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Ireland.
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.
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.
Geraldine King joined the National Recruitment Federation in 2009 and as its chief executive is responsible for running the NRF office and all divisions of the Federation. King led the lobbying effort that resulted in the awarding of the first apprenticeship programme for recruiters on the national academic framework, in partnership with the National College of Ireland. She is also a member of the MBA panel of interviewers for Dublin City University and a recent board member of the Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, King was a guest speaker at the World Employment Confederation. Prior to joining NRF, she worked at Grafton Recruitment as a branch manager.