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France - Françoise Gri is one of the most powerful businesswomen in the world

05 October 2011

For the eighth year in a row, Françoise Gri, ManpowerGroup President of Southern Europe, features in Fortune Magazine's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in International Business. Up eight spots from last year, she is now listed as number 31.

Earlier this year, Gri who is also President of Manpower France, took on the additional role of President of Southern Europe, the company's largest geographical market.

Under Gri's leadership, ManpowerGroup Southern Europe now generates more than $8 billion in annual revenues, more than one-third of ManpowerGroup's total revenue. She leads an organisation of nearly 7,500 employees, across more than 1,350 offices and serves more than 125,000 clients annually.

ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO Jeffrey A. Joerres, commented "Françoise has consistently demonstrated how to use her insight and influence to effectively navigate today's complex regional and global economies in the effort to find opportunities for workers."

"To be ranked as one of the most powerful women in the world directly speaks for Françoise's success in unleashing the potential of organisations and individuals, a challenging task in today's Human Age. She has taken humanly possible (referring to ManpowerGroup’s marketing motif) to a whole new level, becoming an incredible role model for women workers and business leaders everywhere."

Last year, Gri published a book entitled "Pleading for Responsible Employment," in which she recorded the experiences of her employees and clients during the recession. It details lessons she learned from this period, and her analysis of France's jobs market. 

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