Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> January 19, 2015

Interview with the CEO: ManpowerGroup (MAN)

Prising, Jonas
Jonas Prising was named ManpowerGroup Chief Executive Officer in May of 2014. As the company’s fourth CEO, he leads all aspects of ManpowerGroup’s $20 billion business in 80 countries and territories worldwide. Prior to being elected CEO, Mr. Prising served as ManpowerGroup President from 2012 to 2014, leading the company’s operations in the Americas and Southern Europe, and overseeing the global Right Management and ManpowerGroup Solutions businesses. Mr. Prising joined ManpowerGroup in 1999 and previously served as Managing Director of Manpower Italy; Director of Manpower Global Accounts — Europe, Middle East and Africa; President of North America; and President of the Americas. A recognized expert on the labor market and world of work trends, Mr. Prising regularly speaks at conferences and summits around the world. He actively engages in the World Economic Forum annual and regional meetings and frequently provides commentary on jobs and employment trends for national and global media. Before joining the company, Mr. Prising worked for Electrolux, a Swedish multinational. During his 10-year tenure with Electrolux, he held various international positions within the consumer goods and business-to-business divisions, including Regional Manager for Asia Pacific, Managing Director of Sales Companies in France and the United Kingdom, and finally Head of Global Sales and Marketing for one of its business-to-business divisions. Mr. Prising is passionate about preparing the workforce of tomorrow. He currently serves on the boards of JA Worldwide, JA USA and JA of Wisconsin Inc. In addition, he serves as a Co-Chair of MiKE, an organization focused on supporting innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. Mr. Prising holds an MBA-equivalent from the Stockholm School of Economics and has participated in executive programs at Stanford, INSEAD and Yale. He speaks five languages — English, French, German, Swedish and Italian — and has lived in nine countries across Asia, Europe and North America. Profile
TWST: What is the history of ManpowerGroup? How did it start?

Mr. Prising: The ManpowerGroup story is a great one, and I love to tell it. Our company began life as Manpower in