HeadFirst Group, market leader in HR services and platform for professionals, appoints Marion van Happen as its new CEO as of 1 February 2022. Marion takes over the role of Han Kolff, who in his role of chairman of the board will focus on the international growth ambitions of the company. Marion will be in charge of the group’s activities in the Benelux.

Leading platform
In recent years, HeadFirst Group has experienced major growth to become the market leader in HR services on the Dutch labour market. The acquisitions of intermediary Between and recruitment specialist Sterksen in 2020 and 2021 have further strengthened HeadFirst Group’s position as a full-service provider. The platform of HeadFirst Group has recently been extended with additional services for professionals and partners, including a learning & development platform and tailor-made financials services. For clients, the platform is enriched with targeted talent pools and direct sourcing.

Marion, CEO: “I am really looking forward to this new challenge. First of all, my focus will be on getting to know all my colleagues and important contacts. Then my focus will be on the strategy for the coming years, which remains unchanged: rolling out the tech roadmap, growing into a fully data-driven organisation, offering next level services, becoming the leading platform in the Netherlands and achieving European expansion.”

International growth
Han, chairman of the board: “We are very pleased that Marion has joined us. With her track record in our sector, she is ideally suited to further expand our position as a technology and innovation driven labour market platform. With her arrival, the board will be able to focus even better on the expansion of HeadFirst Group in Europe. We look forward to rolling out our growth strategy with Marion.”

Marion has over twenty years of experience in HR services, staffing and recruitment in various commercial and management positions at home and abroad. Her last position was Chief Operating Officer at RGF Staffing the Netherlands, formerly known as USG People. Prior to this, Marion was general manager of Unique. She brings highly relevant expertise in digital transformation, innovation and operational performance management.

Han en Marion delen het nieuws over de wijzigingen in het leadership team van HeadFirst Group in deze video:

Over HeadFirst Group
HeadFirst Group is a leading international HR service provider and the largest platform for professionals in the Netherlands. The organisation offers a diversity of HR solutions: Managed Service Providing, Recruitment Process Outsourcing, intermediary services (matchmaking, contracting) and HR consultancy. On a daily basis an average of 15,000 professionals work for over 400 clients in Europe, with which HeadFirst Group realises an annual turnover of over 1.5 billion euros. The main brands of HeadFirst Group are the intermediaries HeadFirst and Between, MSP service provider Staffing Management Services and RPO and recruitment specialist Sterksen.