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One of the founding fathers of the temporary staffing market in France, Michaël Grunelius, died earlier this month at the age of 83. Mr Grunelius established Manpower France in 1957. He grew the operations there with France ultimately becoming the staffing firm’s largest single market. In 2011, Manpower France generated $4.4 billion of staffing revenues alone.
From 1960, Mr Grunelius actively promoted flexible employment in France. He was also involved with governmental bodies and trade unions to organise and regulate the French staffing industry. In 1996, Mr Grunelius received the Legion d'Honneur award, the highest decoration in France which gave him the title of an Officer.
Mr Grunelius lead Manpower for 44 years, retiring from his executive duties in 2001. Back then, current CEO and chairman of ManpowerGroup, Jeffrey A. Joerres, said: “The success of Manpower France can be attributed to his entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to the business and knowledge of the industry. His leadership has made it possible for millions of people in France to find jobs.”
Mr Grunelius died on 17 January 2013.