Bettina Schaller, Head of Global Public Affairs at The Adecco Group, has been re-elected as President of the World Employment Confederation (WEC) at the members’ General Assembly on 14 September 2023. She already served a three-year mandate at the helm of the global trade association for HR services, after being involved as a Board member and President of WEC-Europe for the past decade.

“I strongly believe in our industry and the solutions that we bring, in times when labour markets face such profound transformations. I am looking forward to building on the solid foundations that we have laid collectively over the past years and to accelerate our efforts to further increase our impact,” reacts Bettina Schaller.


Elections of WEC’s leadership maintained continuity amid change, with Charles Cameron, CEO of RCSA, the Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association of Australia & New Zealand, also re-elected as Vice-President. Cameron has been sitting on WEC’s Board since 2016 and also chaired the National Federations Committee.

“The World Employment Confederation brings together voices from all around the world. This diversity is invaluable to find innovative solutions to our common challenges, and I am very much committing my second mandate to better showcase all those different perspectives. Together we can change the world!” Cameron says.

The novelty comes from the election of Bart van Kempen, General Counsel for Northern Europe at Manpower Group, as the second Vice-President. van Kempen has been a Board member since 2020. The two Vice-President functions aim at ensuring representation of the WEC membership by having one coming from the National Federations members and one from the Corporate members.

“I am keen to support the World Employment Confederation’s efforts in helping policymakers to define the right solutions for the challenges that the world of work currently faces. Work can have such a profound impact on a person’s life and our industry is instrumental in providing access to work and (re)development of skills.”

Three other members were also re-elected in their current mandate:

  • Ann Cattelain, Federgon/Belgium (Treasurer)
  • Lohit Bhatia, Indian Staffing Federation/India (Regional Representative APAC Southern)
  • Menno Bart, The Adecco Group (Representative of the Corporate Member)

The election process was rounded up with Han Oey, taking a Board seat as the representative of Corporate Member RGF Staffing, and Geraldine KingAlfred Budschitz and Florian Swyter, all seeing their mandate extended until December 2023. Another round of elections is foreseen on this date for a further slate of Board seats. WEC’s leadership will then be fully in place for the next strategic phase of 2024-2026.

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