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Switzerland – Manpower MD leaves after “palace revolution”

19 July 2012

ManpowerGroup Switzerland has come under the spotlight over a change in its management structure which has seen former Managing Director Urs Schüpbach abruptly leave in a move that has been dubbed a “palace revolution.”

Mr Schüpbach has already left the staffing company and has been replaced by Charles Bélaz who is now the new MD ad interim. Mr Bélaz brings with him 10 years of experience as managing director, having run Manpower Switzerland from 1998 to 2008.

However, the Swiss newspaper Handelsblatt reports that there has been a “palace revolution” after 20 branch managers allegedly complained about Mr Schüpbach’s strategy and corporate management. This, the paper claims, impacted business development across the country, something which particularly slowed down activities in the construction sector.

When contacted by Staffing Industry Analysts, ManpowerGroup Switzerland was not able to comment on the change of management and Mr Bélaz was not immediately available to further explain the situation.

Mr Schüpbach had been MD of the company for two and a half years. In Switzerland  ManpowerGroup is the second largest staffing firm in the country after Adecco, with 75 branches and around 400 employees.

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