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France – ManpowerGroup president named one of most powerful businesswomen

03 October 2012

ManpowerGroup President of Southern Europe, Francoise Gri, has, once again been named to Fortune Magazine's prominent list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in International Business -the ninth year in a row.

Ms Gri has retained her position in the list and is now ranked the 31st most powerful woman in business. The ranking recognises women in business with Ms Gri securing her spot as managing Manpower’s most influential single market, France. Under her leadership, ManpowerGroup France increased revenue in 2012 by nearly +13% to US $6.2 billion.

“Francoise continues to gain recognition as an outstanding female achiever in business despite fierce competition, which speaks volumes for her ability to lead in a complex and challenging environment, her drive and determination, and her willingness to continually set a higher bar for herself year after year,” said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO.

She has been active in various global events, such as the World Economic Forum and has also published a book on her career as a woman in the workplace.

Maria das Graças Foster comes in first place as chief executive of the Brazilian energy corporation Petrobas.

Ms Gri is the only staffing executive featured on the list although it is debatable whether she is the most powerful woman in the staffing industry. Another obvious candidate overlooked by Fortune Magazine is Yoshiko Shinohara, Chairman, President and Founder of Temp-Holdings which, under the brand Tempstaff is the 2nd largest staffing firm in Japan. With operations in 14 countries, Temp Holdings has annual revenues of over €2 billion and Ms Shinohara retains a shareholding in the company of just under 40%.


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