Gi Group UK Executive Management Team

 

 

Paulo Canoa

PAULO CANOA

Chief Executive Officer, Gi Group UK

With more than 20 years in the recruitment sector, Paulo has held a series of CFO and CEO roles in South America as well as serving as President of the International Executive’s Committee in Brazil and sitting on the board of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo. Recently named one of the 25 most influential people in Latin America by Staffing Industry Analysts and one of the top 5 executives in Brazil by Top of Mind, Paulo developed his executive career in his native Portugal and then Brazil where he oversaw operations in eight countries in Latin America. With an MBA and degree in management and further leadership qualifications from IMD (Lausanne), Bocconi (Milan), and Columbia (NYC), Paulo is an experienced lecturer and speaker on Leadership and HR. Fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese he was also formerly a professional basketball player.

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PAUL SMITH

Managing Director, Operations, Gi Group UK

Paul joined the company in 2004 and has over 20 years’ experience in high street and on-site recruitment, holding positions from Branch Manager to Managing Director. Today he is responsible for Gi Group’s operations encompassing both Branch Network and Site Managed Services. Before joining the business, Paul was a Divisional Director with one of the largest global, multi-national staffing and human capital management services businesses. Prior to his career in recruitment, Paul held both senior sales and operational positions in the service and manufacturing sectors which included the responsibility for hiring staff and use of recruitment agencies.

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ROB BALL

Managing Director, Corporate Accounts, Gi Group UK

Rob began his career in recruitment over 20 years ago, joining Gi Group UK in 2002. He has wide-ranging experience in all aspects of contingent workforce management, having spent nine years as General Manager of the Manufacturing Division within SMS. He has particular expertise in designing bespoke staffing solutions for clients with complex resourcing needs. Today Rob leads the Corporate Accounts team and is responsible for ensuring our largest customers receive maximum attention and consistency of service delivery as well as identifying opportunities to grow accounts through the introduction of other services.

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Julie AshworthJULIE ASHWORTH

Corporate Development Director, Gi Group UK

Julie joined Gi Group UK in March 2016 continuing a long and successful career in recruitment, principally spent at Manpower, where she was responsible for securing major contracts with several high profile international clients. Following these successes she was promoted to run Manpower’s UK Sales Team responsible for the commercial staffing and logistics sectors. Julie is well versed in selling conventional onsite and branch-based solutions as well as more complex delivery models.

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MARCELLE STEWART

HR Director, Gi Group UK

Marcelle joined Gi Group in 2021, having previously held senior HR positions in various organisations for over 10 years, including prior experience in a global HR services company. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the HR function and managing the design and delivery of the people strategy for the Group in the UK and Ireland. Prior to entering a career in HR, Marcelle worked as a consultant in the recruitment industry. As an HR professional, Marcelle is a member of the CIPD and is well versed in organisation design, talent management, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, learning and development, employee wellbeing and diversity and inclusion. She also has a strong background in UK employment law, employment relations and TUPE.

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RACHEL WATTS

Group Marketing and Internal Communications Director, Gi Group UK

Rachel leads the marketing function at Gi Group UK and is responsible for brand development, management and positioning, thought leadership and customer, client and candidate engagement strategies for all UK brands. She is also responsible for internal communications. As a CIM marketing professional, Rachel’s areas of expertise covers brand promotion, proposition development, cross-channel marketing strategies, lead generation, client and candidate engagement strategies and digital marketing. She began her career teaching English in France before moving into the field of international marketing where she was responsible for global trade exhibitions, working with multi-national companies and prestigious brands to expand their global presence. She joined Penna in 2006, where she helped position the organisation as the market-leading provider of career transition and outplacement services.

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STEVE COOK

Chief Financial Officer, Gi Group UK

Steve joined Gi Group as UK&I CFO in 2020 having spent the previous 12 years in senior Finance roles at Page Group. He has full responsibility of all internal financial activities and ensuring that Gi Group remain compliant from statutory reporting perspective. Steve is CIMA qualified, has over 23 years in Finance and has a wealth of experience in systems implementation and process improvement as well as excellent technical accounting knowledge. Steve’s technical skills, logical approach and inquisitive nature combine to enable him to give real insight beyond the numbers on a page. Steve is passionate about developing talent within his team, to encourage people to think about the contribution they personally make and to add value. He is also keen to push forward the EDI agenda and is a firm believer in the power and potential of a truly diverse and inclusive workforce.

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NEVENA TOMASEVIC

Innovation & IT Director, UK&I

Nevena joined Gi Group in 2016 as Global Innovation & Change Manager, reporting directly to Group’s Global HQ in Milan. In 2020, Nevena also took on responsibility for the UK IT Department, transforming it to meet the ever-evolving needs of all of the UK business, clients and candidates. In 2021 Nevena became Innovation and IT Director for the UK and Ireland and is responsible for all aspects of IT and our strategic roadmap for Innovation for all companies within the Group. Prior to joining Gi Group, Nevena previously worked at London School of Economics and Political Science for 10 years. Her strengths lie in looking at processes and finding ways of improving them with the use of design thinking, process innovation and technology often within dynamic, multicultural and international environments. Nevena gained her leadership and people management skills through Programme, Project, Team Management and Software development roles. She is passionate about designing solutions that influence change and positive transformation and is a confident communicator at all levels – from Board of Directors to development teams.

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