117,500 candidates from around the world
University graduate, Ed Broadhead, will help run a Fortune 500 company for one month with The Adecco Group global CEO, Alain Dehaze
Ed showed a winning combination of entrepreneurship, learning agility, and strong communication skills
London, UK, 14 September 2017 – Beating stiff competition from 117,500 applicants from 48 countries, Ed Broadhead was today named The Adecco Group’s 2017 ‘Global CEO for One Month’. A recent graduate from Homerton College, University of Cambridge, Ed will now help run a Fortune 500 company for one month under the guidance of Alain Dehaze, global CEO of The Adecco Group.
Ed Broadhead impressed the jury with a combination of genuine passion, openness and learning agility that, matched with strong communication skills, make him a natural entrepreneur and leader.
As he learns how senior executives run a €22.2 billion business, Ed will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime challenge that will set him well on the way to a successful leadership career in business, including a job offer with The Adecco Group in line with his seniority, ambitions and abilities.
Ed will shadow CEO Alain Dehaze on a day-to-day basis, attending international business reviews with top management, contributing to strategy meetings, offering fresh ideas about innovation, global staffing and labour market trends, and attending investor meetings. Ed will also learn how to lead and inspire a global team of more than 33,000 employees, gaining valuable insights into what it takes to make The Adecco Group the number two Great Place to Work in Europe and number seven in the world (The Adecco Group’s current Great Place to WorkTM rankings).
The Adecco Group’s ‘CEO for One Month’ initiative is part of the Adecco Way to WorkTM programme. The global scheme provides work experience opportunities, internships and career support, giving talent new to the workforce a career kick-start, boosting their skills, confidence and employability.
The Adecco Group global CEO, Alain Dehaze said:
“Ed has all the credentials to become a successful leader and I look forward to working closely with him. The goal of ‘CEO for One Month’ is to bridge the gap between education and work by giving people unique on-the-job experience and skills training. Our aim is to inspire them to keep dreaming and to keep working towards their dreams, while we also benefit from their dynamism and fresh ideas. We hope this programme encourages other employers to find new ways to offer opportunities to people fresh to the workforce, boosting their talent pipelines and, eventually, shaping a better future together.”
Commenting on the announcement, ‘Global CEO for One Month’ 2017, Ed Broadhead said:
“I’ve been enjoying the ‘CEO for One Month’ programme since the very first day: living a top-leader life within The Adecco Group UK&I leadership team when I have just finished university is unique and gave me an unparalleled experience. Not only could I practise skills such as teamwork, collaboration, and problem solving, but I could also learn more about the workforce-solutions world, and really appreciate the passion for people this business requires. I cannot wait to start working with Alain Dehaze and to continue this amazing journey.”
Selection for this year’s ‘Global CEO for One Month’ started in February with an initial 117,500 applicants registering around the globe. Talented candidates from 48 countries were selected to shadow The Adecco Group leadership teams in their country of residence for one month. During that month, they were exposed to real-life business cases, client meetings and public speaking opportunities. After a further assessment, ten were chosen to take part in a boot camp in Paris from 11-14 September, facing a range of solo and team challenges. At the conclusion of the boot camp, Ed was selected as ‘Global CEO for One Month’ for 2017.
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