Bettina Schaller oversees the public affairs activities of The Adecco Group, encompassing regulatory and policy issues and the group’s memberships in employers’ associations at the global and European scale. She is a board member of the World Employment Confederation, VP of WEC Europe and chair of the WEC Europe Public Affairs Committee. She is a member of the B20 Employment and Education Task Force, sits on the OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee, supports the GFMD “responsible recruitment” efforts and acts as company focal point for the Global Apprenticeship Network and the World Economic Forum.
Staffing 100 Europe | 2020
Viktor Calabrò is the founder and executive chairman of Coople, an on-demand platform for flexible work that has more than 350,000 registered workers in Switzerland and the UK. In 2019, Calabrò and his team opened a new Coople headquarters in Zurich. This year, he expanded business into the agricultural sector in Switzerland to help curb staff shortages because of travel restrictions due to Covid-19. He advocated for the interests of the Swiss startup community with the Swiss government and believes in making flexible work the go-to-market strategy for HR in all industries. Calabrò has also launched the second edition of his book Flexible Workforce, which explores the challenges of the modern workplace.
Staffing 100 Europe | 2020
As director, Bettina Schaller heads the group public affairs activities of The Adecco Group. She was elected president of the World Employment Confederation in September 2020 and has been president of WEC Europe since December 2017. She is also a member of the B20 Employment and Education Task Force; co-chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Business and Industry Advisory Committee Employment Labour & Social Affairs Committee; steering group member on the World Economic Forum Center for New Economy and Society; steering group member of the Global Apprenticeship Network; and president of the American Swiss Young Leaders Alumni Foundation.
Bettina Schaller, a board member of the World Employment Confederation, was appointed president of the WEC Europe in December 2017. She also runs the public affairs activities of The Adecco Group, encompassing regulatory and policy issues and the group’s memberships in employers’ associations at the global and European scale. Schaller is also a member of the B20 Employment and Education Task Force; sits on the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s Employment, Labour and Social Affairs committee; supports the Global Forum on Migration and Development’s “responsible recruitment” efforts; and acts as company focal point for the Global Apprenticeship Network and the World Economic Forum.
Staffing 100 Europe | Hall of Fame | 2020
Martin Pestalozzi was recruited into the staffing industry by Adia founder Henri-Ferdinand Lavanchy to help lead the company in 1974. Pestalozzi became president and CEO in 1979. During his tenure, Adia purchased more than 85 companies, tripling its size and operating in more than a dozen countries. It reached $1 billion in 1986, claiming the largest share of the market in Switzerland, France and Germany. In 1996, Adia and Ecco — two of the world’s top three personnel services firms — merged to form Adecco. Prior to Adia, Pestalozzi had several years’ experience at US-based consumer services and manufacturing businesses.
Viktor Calabrò launched Staff Finder, the on-demand staffing platform now known as Coople, in 2009. With 350,000 registered “Cooplers” and 18,000 registered companies, Coople operates in Switzerland and the UK. Together with the social welfare office in Bern, Switzerland, Calabrò in 2018 spearheaded an initiative to reintroduce welfare recipients and the socially disadvantaged back into the workforce through Coople’s platform. Calabrò and his team are also working with GastroGraubünden, a Swiss hospitality and gastronomy association, to build a single directory of flexible staff for the eastern region. Calabrò is the author of Flexible Workforce, which explores the challenges of the modern workplace.
As a board member of the World Employment Confederation, Bettina Schaller was appointed president of the WEC Europe in December 2017. She also oversees the public affairs activities of The Adecco Group. Schaller is also a member of the B20 Employment and Education Task Force; sits on the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s Employment, Labor and Social Affairs committee; sits as steering group member on the World Economic Forum Center for New Economy and Society; acts as company focal point for the Global Apprenticeship Network; and is the president of the American Swiss Young Leaders Alumni Foundation.
Bernard Zen-Ruffinen is president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, for Korn Ferry, which he joined in 2009. From 2000 to 2009, he was the Swiss managing partner for Heidrick & Struggles and European head of the board and CEO practice. Previously, he served as president and CEO of DHL/ Danzas Latin America, a company belonging to Deutsche Post World Net group. In the 1990s, he was a founding member of Precious Woods and more recently was a founder of Monarca Coffee Wood, two companies dedicated to counteracting the effect of deforestation and global warming. Zen-Ruffinen is the 2013 recipient of the AESC European Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Executive Search Profession.
Award-winning entrepreneur Viktor Calabrò launched Staff Finder, an on-demand staffing platform, in 2009. The platform, now known as Coople, counts more than 250,000 users in Zurich and London. The company has 120 full-time employees and 10,000 registered clients in the UK and Switzerland. Before he launched the platform, Calabrò worked as a programmer for management tools at UBS and as a consultant for Trivadis, a Swiss IT company, where he focused on process optimisation. In 2003, he launched his first entrepreneurial endeavour, La Folie, a Zurich-based events promotions agency. He was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young in 2014. In 2016, Coople was listed in the top 10 of the Best Businesses at London Technology Week by Forbes.
Charles-Henri Dumon founded Morgan Philips in 2013. In 2018, the group acquired Hudson Global’s recruitment and talent management activities in Europe (except for the Benelux countries). Dumon also this year announced plans to create a talent management consulting firm, Morgan Philips Hudson Talent Consulting, in the UK, France, Spain and Poland. Prior to founding the Morgan Philips Group, he worked for 27 years with Michael Page, first as a consultant with Michael Page UK before moving up to leadership positions with Michael Page France and Michael Page International, where he was a member of the board of directors. He left Michael Page in 2013 as managing director of Continental Europe and the Americas.