Randstad announces leadership changes, CEO Jacques van den Broek to step down

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October 21, 2021

Global staffing giant Randstad nv announced Wednesday that Jacques van den Broek will step down as CEO and chair of the executive board at the conclusion of his second term in March 2022. The supervisory board of the Netherlands-headquartered firm intends to appoint Sander van ‘t Noordende as his successor, subject to shareholder approval. 

Van den Broek has worked for the Randstad for more than 30 years. He joined Randstad in 1988 and its executive board in 2004; he has been in his current role since 2014. In addition, van den Broek was inducted this year into SIA’s Staffing 100 Europe Hall of Fame.

“Jacques has provided outstanding leadership to Randstad during his eight years as chief executive and he leaves a lasting legacy after more than 34 years of work,” said Supervisory Board Chair Wout Dekker. “During his time with the company, Jacques has been an important part of our success and the expansion of our services around the world.”

“He successfully led Randstad and its clients through one of the most difficult periods in history during the Covid-19 pandemic and continues to steer the business through macro changes, including labor shortages around the world,” Dekker continued. “He has been instrumental in transforming the company, launching our enterprise business, digitalizing our services, and driving forward our tech & touch strategy, while at the same time strengthening our culture and values.”

Van ‘t Noordende will step down from the supervisory board and join the executive board in early January 2022; he will take over as CEO after the annual general meeting in March.

Van ‘t Noordende spent most of his career at workforce ecosystem firm Accenture (NYSE: ACN), where he held a number of senior management and executive roles during three decades with the company. He most recently was group chief executive of the Products Operating Group, which grew from $6 billion to $12 billion under his leadership.

Randstad’s supervisory board has also recommended the reappointment of Henry Schirmer as CFO and executive board member, and Chris Heutink as member of the executive board. Their reappointments will be put to shareholders for their approval at the AGM to be held on March 29, 2022, when their first and second terms, respectively, expire. Both Schirmer and Heutink are also on SIA’s 2021 Staffing 100 Europe.

Both Schirmer and Heutink are also on SIA’s 2021 Staffing 100 Europe.

Randstad also today reported that its third-quarter revenue rose 21% year over year.

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