Rob Zandbergen, CEO of RGF Staffing, has been included in the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) 2020 Staffing 100 Europe list. On behalf of the entire RGF Staffing family, and our members, we congratulate Rob on his nomination.

Staffing Industry Analysts, the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, annually recognizes a diverse group of influential European staffing leaders - individuals who are elevating the ecosystem and taking it forward – in its Staffing 100 Europe list. The list is not a ranking but rather a way to celebrate a set of individuals whose accomplishments, dedication and drive are making a difference to work today, and to what work will look like in the future. The list, now it in its seventh year, is based on the impact and influence individuals have had on the workforce solutions ecosystem over the past twelve months.

“The 2020 Staffing 100 Europe leaders stand out in an unprecedented year, going above and beyond in navigating the ‘new normal’ as the world faces a global pandemic and a climate of intense uncertainty,” stated SIA. “We congratulate this year’s honourees as they continue to lead theirs teams in a significantly changed world, staying ahead of the trends, meeting the disruption head on, and doing so with courage, compassion, creativity and commitment.”

Rob Zandbergen

Rob Zandbergen is Managing Corporate Executive Officer at Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. and the head of Recruit group’s global staffing business unit, RGF Staffing. With annual revenue of approximately 12 billion US dollars, RGF Staffing is one of the world’s leading HR service providers, headquartered in the Netherlands.

‘A recognition for RGF Staffing’

Rob: “I’m very proud of my nomination on the SIA Staffing 100 Europe list. I don't consider this a personal nomination, but a recognition of the work that the entire RGF Staffing family does each and every day to accomplish our mission. 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, with unprecedented obstacles. Thanks to our tireless efforts, we have been able to continue to provide new opportunities for our employees and our customers.”

Creating greater value

Previously, Rob was CEO and CFO of the publicly listed USG People. He has been active in the staffing sector since early 2003. Under his leadership, the staffing business of Recruit and the activities of USG People were successfully combined in a global business unit as part of the Recruit group network. Rob: “I am passionate about further developing our industry and growing the position of RGF Staffing in the current times in which people and technology can create even greater value.”

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Recruit Holdings has presented its Annual Report 2019. In the report, the CEO of Recruit Holdings and the heads of the strategic business units of Recruit Holdings give an insight in the performances this year, and share their vision on topics that are important to Recruit Holdings.

Rob Zandbergen, CEO of Recruit Global Staffing and head of the Staffing SBU, shares his vision on how Recruit Global Staffing can contribute to society by creating a smart and agile organization:

“Our operational priority — productivity improvement — will be realized through the leveraging of our strong local market positions with a clear focus on value over volume, driven by our Unit Management philosophy. This applies not only to our existing products and services, but also will help guide us as we work to establish new revenue streams. This strategy, together with our empowered employees, will strengthen our competitiveness while supporting the transformation of the Staffing SBU into an agile, technology-driven business to meet job seekers’ and enterprise clients’ needs and to have an increasingly meaningful impact on them.”

Download full annual report 2019 PDF:
You can find Rob Zandbergen’s message on page 59. 


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Rob Zandbergen, CEO Recruit Global Staffing, recently gave an interview on the Dutch radio show ‘BNR Zakendoen’. In the twenty-minute interview with host Thomas van Zijl and entrepreneur Marja Ruigrok he addressed different developments in the labour market, as well as our company’s strategy.

Listen to the whole conversation (in Dutch only). The interview with Rob Zandbergen starts at 11.30 minutes.

‘Economies are performing well’

In the discussion Zandbergen shines his light on the current state of the economy. "In all of our markets there is a shortage of personnel and a strong demand for temporary workers. I think that is a good sign. It indicates that many economies are performing well.”

Recruit Global Staffing

Zandbergen also explained why USG People changed its name after the acquisition by Recruit Holdings, and that in spite of the name change, the short-term impact of the takeover is limited. “Recruit Holdings is not so much a Japanese company, as a global entity. And since it’s mainly a financial holding company, its business operations retain a lot of freedom to make their own decisions.” Recruit Holdings consists of three strategic units: HR Technology, Media & Solutions, and Staffing (Recruit Global Staffing). In Europe USG People still exists in four countries with underlying brands.

Artificial Intelligence

"After the takeover we’re ready for the future, that's the most important aspect," says Zandbergen. A future in which artificial intelligence will play an increasingly important role. "AI ensures that we can be more productive. Especially in key parts of the recruitment process. But the human touch will always remain. Finding the exact right match remains a people business.”

One step ahead

Zandbergen also gives an insight into Recruit Global Staffing, such as strategy. "We only acquire companies if they add value to our organisation. We are not going to buy for the sake of it. We wait until the right moment.” Regarding new, disruptive competitors on the staffing market Zandbergen said: "An interesting development. I think we will always be one step ahead because of our decades-long experience with people, and because of our expertise in bringing candidates and organisations together.”

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