Marjolein Slappendel new CFO HeadFirst Group

HeadFirst Group, the market-leading, international HR tech solutions provider, has appointed Marjolein Slappendel as its new CFO. Marjolein succeeds Jan-Pieter van Vreeswijk, who will focus on HeadFirst Group’s internationalisation and M&A strategy in his new role as finance & integration director. Marjolein will take over the management of the group’s financial activities.

Perfect match

With Marjolein Slappendel, HeadFirst Group brings in a highly experienced and all-round CFO, with an impressive track record at companies including Merrill Lynch, ING, Action, and most recently as CFO of Temper. Marion van Happen, CEO at HeadFirst Group: “I am delighted to welcome Marjolein. With her experience in continuous improvement and her eye for opportunities to innovate and grow, she fits perfectly into our energetic and high-performing organisation.”

Marjolein: “HeadFirst Group is an ambitious and fast-growing organisation with very smart and motivated people. I am proud to be part of that. It is a wonderful challenge to be responsible for the further professionalisation of the finance, operations, quality, and legal business units to strengthen the basis for our growth ambitions even more.”

Sustainable growth

HeadFirst Group has experienced major growth in recent years to become a market-leading HR tech solutions provider in the Netherlands and abroad. With an increase of €600 million compared to 2021, of which more than €400 million was organic growth, the organisation achieved a turnover of €2.2 billion in 2022.

At the end of 2022, IceLake Capital joined as a new investor in HeadFirst Group to further enable international growth. Marion: “We aim to continue to grow in 2023 through the combination of successful services to our customers – both clients, suppliers, and independent professionals – and targeted acquisitions that add value to our group. The implemented organisational changes are in line with this.”

About HeadFirst Group

HeadFirst Group is a leading, international HR-tech service provider and the largest platform for professionals in the Netherlands. The organisation offers a wide range of HR solutions, such as Managed Service Providing, Recruitment Process Outsourcing, IT Sourcing & Recruitment and HR consultancy. More than twenty-five thousand professionals work for over five hundred clients in Europe, with which HeadFirst Group realises an annual revenue of over two billion euros. The main brands of HeadFirst Group are MSP (including intermediary services) labels HeadFirst, Between and Staffing Management Services, RPO and recruitment specialist Sterksen, IT talent sourcer StarApple, and Belgian HR-tech company ProUnity.