Top 100 Most Influential People in European Staffing

Staffing Industry Analysts’ Top 100 Most Influential People in European Staffing includes those that have helped to shape the development of a market estimated to be worth €106 billion in 2012. The list is in alphabetical order (by surname).

Agnéus Leif

Leif Agnéus

Senior VP, EMEA & APAC - Kelly Services


Leif Agnéus is senior VP and general manager for Kelly Services in the EMEA and APAC regions. Agnéus joined Kelly in 2000...

Alonso Martin

Martin Alonso

Regional Head of Northern Europe - Adecco


Since 2011, Martín Alonso has been Regional Head of Northern Europe for Adecco. He joined Adecco Spain in 1993 as Branch...

Arkless David

David Arkless

President - Corporate and Government Affairs - ManpowerGroup


David Arkless is President of Corporate & Government Affairs and Senior Vice President for Manpower. He is responsible...

Ashcroft Michael

Michael Ashcroft

Investor - Impellam Group


Lord Ashcroft KCMG is a successful businessman, philanthropist and somewhat controversial political figure having been Treasurer...

Augereau Daniel

Daniel Augereau

Chairman & CEO - Synergie


Daniel Augereau is the Chairman and CEO of Synergie, the 5th largest staffing firm in France. He trained as a technical blue...

Béharel François

François Béharel

Member of the Executive Board - Randstad


François Béharel is President of Randstad France. He joined VediorBis in 1999 as a Regional Director in the North of France....

Blair Rosaleen

Rosaleen Blair

CEO - Alexander Mann Solutions


Rosaleen Blair is Chief Executive Officer of Alexander Mann Solutions. She has worked in the recruitment industry since 1990...

Breucker Georg

Georg Breucker

CEO - Persona Service


Georg Breucker is the CEO of Persona Service. Headquartered in Lüdenscheid, the company ranks No. 13 on Staffing Industry...

Brugnaro Luigi

Luigi Brugnaro

President - Umana


Luigi Brugnaro is President of Umana Holdings. In 1986, at the age 25, he founded EVERAP, a leading provider of commercial...

Brun Jean-Marc

Jean-Marc Brun

CEO - Groupe Adequat


Jean-Marc Brun is the CEO of the French staffing group Adequat, a family-run company which he founded in 1987 in Lyon. The...

Caan James

James Caan

CEO - Hamilton Bradshaw


James Caan is CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw, a UK-based private equity firm which over the past seven years has developed an investment...

Camden Carl

Carl Camden

President & CEO - Kelly Services


Carl Camden is President & CEO of Kelly Services, the fifth-largest staffing firm in the world and the 10th-largest in...

Colli-Lanzi Stefano

Stefano Colli-Lanzi

CEO - Gi Group


Stefano Colli-Lanzi is Chief Executive Officer of the Italian staffing firm, Gi Group which now operates in over 20 countries...

Cox Alistair

Alistair Cox

CEO - Hays


Alistair Cox is Chief Executive of Hays, the 5th largest staffing firm in Europe. He has been Chief Executive Officer since...

Cox Nick

Nick Cox

Managing Director Continental Europe & Rest of World - Hays


Nick Cox joined Hays in 1983 working in the Accountancy &Finance/Banking division as a recruitment consultant, progressing...

Daubeney Giles

Giles Daubeney

COO - Robert Walters


Giles Daubeney is Chief Operating Officer of Robert Walters, the 38th largest staffing firm in Europe. After working in recruitment...

de Daniel Dominik

Dominik de Daniel

CFO - Adecco


Dominik de Daniel joined the Adecco Group as Chief Financial Officer in April 2006, following Adecco's acquisition of DIS...

de Jong Eric

Eric de Jong

COO General & Specialist Staffing - USG People


Eric de Jong is Chief Operating Officer of General & Specialist Staffing and a Member of Executive Board at USG People....

de Maeseneire Patrick

Patrick de Maeseneire

CEO - Adecco


Patrick de Maeseneire is CEO of Adecco, the world’s largest staffing firm. He first joined the group in 1998 as a manager...

Dehaze Alain

Alain Dehaze

Regional Head of France - Adecco


Alain Dehaze is Regional Head of France for the Adecco Group, which he joined in 2009 as Regional Head of Northern Europe....

Dinges Andreas

Andreas Dinges

Regional Head of Germany & Austria - Adecco


Andreas Dinges serves as the Regional Head of Germany & Austria and Executive Committee member for the Adecco Group....

Drouet Yvon

Yvon Drouet

CFO - Synergie


Yvon Drouet is the CFO of Synergie, the 5th largest staffing firm in France as well as being one of the largest staffing...

Elden Gary

Gary Elden

CEO - SThree


Gary Elden has been Chief Executive Officer of SThree, the 15th largest staffing firm in Europe, since January 2013 after...

Ellis Albert

Albert Ellis

CEO - Harvey Nash


Albert Ellis is CEO of UK-based Harvey Nash, the 16th largest staffing firm in Europe and was originally appointed to the...

Enkerts Volker

Volker Enkerts

President - BAP


Volker Enkerts is the President of the BAP (Federal Employers’ Association of Personnel Services). He was formerly the...

Gatzke  Eckard

Eckard Gatzke

Managing Director Staffing & Professionals - Randstad


Eckard Gatzke has served as the CEO of Randstad Germany since 2003. Prior to joining Randstad, Gatzke distinguished himself...

Geirnaerdt Leen

Leen Geirnaerdt

CFO - USG People


Leen Geirnaerdt is the CFO of the Dutch group USG People. She has held various senior management positions within the Group,...

Goldschmeding Frits

Frits Goldschmeding

Founder & Major Shareholder - Randstad


Frits Goldschmeding is the founder of Randstad and the former President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership,...

Gomez Roland

Roland Gomez

Managing Director - Proman


Roland Gomez is the Managing Director of the French staffing group Proman, which was founded in 1990. Proman is the 7th largest...

Gorton Kevin

Kevin Gorton

Managing Director - Morson Group


Dr Kevin Gorton is Managing Director of the Morson Group, the 7th largest staffing firm in the UK. Gorton started his career...

Gracco Philip

Philip Gracco

CEO - Accent Jobs


Philip Gracco is the co-founder and CEO of Accent Jobs, the 5th largest staffing company in Belgium. He negotiated the support...

Green Darryl

Darryl Green

President - ManpowerGroup


Darryl Green is President of ManpowerGroup with responsibility for Operations in 48 countries across Europe, Middle East...

Green Kevin

Kevin Green

Executive Director - REC


Kevin Green is Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (‘REC’) which represents the interests...

Guedj Claude

Claude Guedj

Chairman & CEO - Group CRIT


Claude Guedj is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe CRIT as of June 19, 2002. He founded the company...

Gunn Adrian

Adrian Gunn

CEO - Matchtech Group


Adrian Gunn is Chief Executive Officer of Matchtech Group, the 12th largest staffing firm in the UK. Gunn joined Matchtech...

Hartman Chris

Chris Hartman

President International Operations - Allegis


Chris Hartman is President International Operations for Allegis, the largest staffing firm in the US, and is responsible...

Heap Nigel

Nigel Heap

Managing Director UK & Ireland, Chairman Asia Pacific - Hays


Nigel Heap is Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland and also Chairman of Hays Asia Pacific. Heap has been with Hays...

Hofmann Ingrid

Ingrid Hofmann

CEO - I.K. Hofmann


Ingrid Hofmann is the CEO of I.K. Hofmann. Founded in 1985 in Nuremberg, I.K. Hofmann has become one of the largest staffing...

Hogarth Andrew

Andrew Hogarth

CEO - Staffline


Andy Hogarth is Chairman & Chief Executive of Staffline, the 16th largest staffing firm in the UK, and has been with...

Icke Ron

Ron Icke

Chairman of Supervisory Board - Orizon Gruppe


Ron Icke is chairman of the supervisory boards of Orizon, the 10th largest staffing company in Germany and DPA, a Dutch secondment...

Ingham Steve

Steve Ingham

CEO - PageGroup


Steve Ingham is Chief Executive of Pagegroup, the 12th largest staffing firm in Europe. He joined Michael Page (as the company...

Jacobs Andreas

Andreas Jacobs

Vice-Chairman - Adecco


Andreas Jacobs has served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Adecco since January 2012, as a member of the Board...

Jaoui Nathalie

Nathalie Jaoui

Deputy CEO - Group CRIT


Nathalie Jaoui became Deputy CEO and Head of Temporary Employment and Recruitment at Groupe CRIT in June 2002. She joined...

Joerres Jeffrey

Jeffrey Joerres

Chairman & CEO - ManpowerGroup


Jeffrey Joerres has been ManpowerGroup CEO since 1999, and in 2001 was named chairman of the board. ManpowerGroup ranks as...

Kry Lars

Lars Kry

CEO - Proffice


Lars Kry has been the CEO of the Swedish group Proffice since 2008, the 3rd largest staffing firm in Scandinavia. Prior to...

Leentjes Hans

Hans Leentjes

Executive VP, President of Northern Europe - ManpowerGroup


Hans Leentjes has been the Executive Vice President and President of Northern Europe at ManpowerGroup since 2011. When he...

Lemaitre Olivier

Olivier Lemaitre

Regional Managing Director Continental Europe - PageGroup


Olivier Lemaitre is Regional Managing Director, Continental Europe at PageGroup. He launched Michael Page Brazil in 1999...

Lindelauf Leo

Leo Lindelauf

Member of the Executive Board - Randstad


Leo Lindelauf joined Randstad in 1979 as district manager, followed by various management roles such as managing director...

Marriott-Sims Dawn

Dawn Marriott-Sims

Executive Director - Capita Resourcing


Dawn Marriott-Sims is Executive Director of Capita Workplace Services, which comprises Capita’s HR, payroll, resourcing,...

Mason Ged

Ged Mason

CEO - Morson Group


Ged Mason is Chief Executive of Morson, the 23rd largest staffing firm in the UK. He joined the company in 1986 and took...

Mason Gerry

Gerry Mason

Chairman - Morson Group


Gerry Mason originally trained as an engineer and founded the Morson business in 1969. Morson was sold to Burns Anderson...

Motohara Hitoshi

Hitoshi Motohara

Senior Corporate Executive Officer - Recruit


Hitoshi Motohara is the Senior Corporate Executive Officer of Recruit Co. Ltd, the largest staffing company in Japan. Motohara...

Mulder Alex

Alex Mulder

Founder & Member of Supervisory Board - USG People


Alex Mulder has been a Member of the Supervisory Board of USG People since 2006. As the founder of Unique Uitzendbureau in...

Muntz Annemarie

Annemarie Muntz

President - EuroCIETT


Since 2005, Annemarie Muntz is President of EuroCiett, the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies. She is...

Muyldermans Herwig

Herwig Muyldermans

Managing Director - Federgon


Herwig Muyldermans is the General Director of the Belgian staffing association, Federgon. He plays a central role in negotiating...

Noteboom Ben

Ben Noteboom

CEO & Chairman - Randstad


Ben Noteboom is CEO and Chairman at Randstad, the world’s second-largest staffing firm and the second largest operating...

Patijn Mariette

Mariette Patijn

Director - FNV Bondgenoten (Union)


Mariette Patijn is an official at FNV Bondgenoten, the largest Union in the Netherlands, in which she represents the interests...

Pennel Denis

Denis Pennel

Managing Director - CIETT


Dennis Pennel was appointed as Managing Director of Ciett in April 2005. Pennel promotes the interests of the staffing industry...

Pinte François

François Pinte

General Secretary - Synergie


François Pinte is General Secretary of the French group, Synergie, the 5th largest staffing firm in France. Pinte holds...

Prising Jonas

Jonas Prising

President - ManpowerGroup


Jonas Prising oversees all aspects of ManpowerGroup Inc.’s €9 billion business in North, Central and South America and...

Quinn Steve

Steve Quinn

COO - SThree


Steven Quinn was appointed Chief Operating Officer of SThree in 2012 prior to which he was Group MD of SThree's brands across...

Ramazza Alessandro

Alessandro Ramazza

President - Obiettivo Lavoro


Alessandro Ramazza is President of Obiettivo Lavoro, the fifth largest Italian staffing firm. The Company has over 800 employees,...

Rosario Rasizza

Rosario Rasizza

CEO - Openjobmetis


Rosario Rasizza is the CEO of Openjobmetis. He originally founded Globalservice in the early 1990’s specialising in maintenance...

Reed Alec

Alec Reed

Chairman - The Reed Foundation


Sir Alec Reed, CBE, FCMA, FIPD founded Reed in 1960. The company is now the 6th largest staffing firm in the UK with operations...

Reed James

James Reed

Chaiman - Reed


James Reed is Chairman of Reed, a company he joined in 1991 and which was founded by his father, Sir Alec Reed, in 1960 (see...

Robertson Julia

Julia Robertson

CEO UK & Europe - Impellam Group


Julia Robertson is Chief Executive at Impellam Group, the 11th largest staffing firm in Europe having joined the company...

Rosik Martin

Martin Rosik

CEO - AutoVision


Martin Rosik is the CEO of Autovision and also the Head of Human Resources of Volkswagen. AutoVision, based in Wolfsburg,...

Roulleau Christian

Christian Roulleau

CEO - Samsic Emploi


Christian Roulleau is the founder and CEO of the French facility management groupe Samsic, which provides staffing services...

Roumilhac Alain

Alain Roumilhac

President of Southern Europe - ManpowerGroup


Alain Roumilhac recently succeeded Françoise Gri as ManpowerGroup President of Southern Europe having served as President...

Roux François

François Roux

General Manager - PRISME


François Roux has been General Manager of the French Staffing Association (PRISME) since 2001. In this role, he represents...

Russell Steve

Steve Russell

CEO - Bond Adapt


Steve Russell is Group Chief Executive of Bond International Software, the largest provider of specialist staffing software...

Sanders Matthew

Matthew Sanders

CEO - de Poel


Matthew Sanders is CEO and founder of de Poel, the vendor neutral managed service provider which claims to be the largest...

Schwitzer Helga

Helga Schwitzer

Executive Board Member - IG Metall (Union)


Helga Schwitzer is the Executive Board Member of the IG Metall Union and is responsible for collective bargaining. Schwitzer...

Scott Robert

Robert Scott

Managing Director - Rullion


Robert Scott is Group Managing Director of Rullion, the 13th largest staffing firm in the UK. The company operates in the...

Searle Peter

Peter Searle

Regional Head of UK & Ireland - Adecco


Peter Searle is Adecco’s Regional Head of UK & Ireland. Searle re-joined the Adecco Group in October 2009 having originally...

Shekhawat Jai

Jai Shekhawat

CEO - Fieldglass


Jai Shekhawat is founder and CEO of Fieldglass, the world’s largest VMS provider with spend of €16 billion for 159 customers...

Sheridan Phil

Phil Sheridan

Managing Director UK - Robert Half


Phil Sheridan is Managing Director – UK for Robert Half International. Sheridan trained as a chartered accountant with...

Spijker Margriet

Margriet Spijker

General Manager - ADG Group (Timing)


Margriet Spijker is General Manager of Timing, the 7th largest staffing company in the Netherlands and part of the ADG Group....

Sullivan Owen

Owen Sullivan

President, Specialty Brands - ManpowerGroup


Owen Sullivan is President, Specialty Brands, for ManpowerGroup where he serves multiple roles including CEO of Right Management...

Swain Ann

Ann Swain



Ann Swain is Chief Executive Officer of APSCo, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies in the UK and, before that,...

Tanneur Gilles

Gilles Tanneur

Director of Operations & Recruitment Division - Group CRIT


Gilles Tanneur is Director of Operations & Recruitment Division of the French staffing firm, Groupe CRIT. He also manages...

Uboldi Maurizio

Maurizio Uboldi

- Gi Group


Maurizio Uboldi is Executive Director of Gi International, part of the Italian staffing firm, Gi Group and, since 2007, has...

Ullman Phillip

Phillip Ullman

CEO - Cordant Group


Phillip Ullmann is Chief Executive Office of the Cordant Group, the 8th largest staffing firm in the UK. Under its original...

Ulrich Stefan

Stefan Ulrich

CEO - Trenkwalder


Stefan Ulrich serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management board at Trenkwalder International, a €1...

van Barneveld Jan Arie

Jan Arie van Barneveld

CEO - Brunel International


Jan Arie van Barneveld is CEO of Brunel International NV, a Dutch company with global operations focusing on the recruitment...

van de Kraats Robert Jan

Robert Jan van de Kraats

CFO & Vice Chairman - Randstad


Robert-Jan Van de Kraats is the Chief Financial Officer (since 2001) and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board (since 2006)...

van den Broek Jacques

Jacques van den Broek

Member of the Executive Board - Randstad


Jacques van den Broek joined Randstad in 1988 as a branch manager in the Netherlands, followed by various management roles...

van der Gaag Aart

Aart van der Gaag

Director - ABU


Since 2000, Aart van der Gaag has been Director of ABU, the larger of the two Federations of Private Employment Agencies...

Vanhoe Hubert

Hubert Vanhoe

COO Professional Solutions & Specialist Staffing - USG People


Hubert Vanhoe is the COO of the Dutch group USG People, the 4th largest group operating in Europe. Vanhoe joined USG People...

Venables Paul

Paul Venables

CFO - Hays


Paul Venables has been Group Finance Director of Hays since 2006. He has previously worked at Deloitte and Touche, and at...

Verstraete Mark

Mark Verstraete

Managing Director - T-Groep


Mark Verstraete is the Managing Director of T-Groep, the 6th largest staffing firm in Belgium and the 31st largest in Europe...

Vione Federico

Federico Vione

Regional Head of Italy, Eastern Europe Middle East, North Africa & India - Adecco


Federico Vione is Regional Head of Italy, Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa & India for Adecco. He originally...

Walters Robert

Robert Walters

CEO & Founder - Robert Walters


Robert Walters is Chief Executive Officer and founder of Robert Walters, the 38th largest staffing firm in Europe. After...

Wassall Simon

Simon Wassall

European Managing Director - Harvey Nash


Simon Wassall is European Managing Director of Harvey Nash. He was appointed to the Board in October 2005 and has been with...

Watson Oliver

Oliver Watson

Regional Managing Director UK - PageGroup


Oliver Watson is Executive Board Director for the PageGroup. He is responsible for all Michael Page, Page Executive and Page...

Watts Tim

Tim Watts

CEO - Network Group Holdings


Tim Watts is Chairman of Pertemps and Chief Executive of Network Group Holdings which currently has a majority stake in 24...

Weiß Martin

Martin Weiß

Managing Director - ZAG Zeitarbeit


Martin Weiß is the co-founder and Managing Director of ZAG Zeitarbeit, headquartered in Hanover, Germany. Founded in 1984,...

Weston Steve

Steve Weston

Global Head of Corporate Accounts - Hays


Steve Weston is Chief Information Officer and Global Head of Corporate Accounts at Hays. He joined Hays in 2008 as Chief...

Wilson Andrew

Andrew Wilson

Chairman - Impellam Group


Andrew Wilson is Chairman of Impellam, the 11th largest staffing firm in Europe. He was appointed as Chairman in November...

Zandbergen Rob

Rob Zandbergen

CEO - USG People


Rob Zandbergen is Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Board of USG People since July 2010. USG People is...