Patrick De Maeseneire, CEO of Adecco Group, commented: “Mark combines a proven HR know-how with in-depth business knowledge and work experience in different countries. Together with our strong HR community he will further improve the Group’s employee retention rate, one of our six strategic priorities.”

Mark De Smedt joined the Adecco Group in 2009 as country manager for Adecco Belgium and Luxembourg. Previously he had been the founder and managing partner of professional staffing specialist XPE Group, acquired by Adecco in 2009. Prior to this he was responsible for Adecco’s Benelux operations between 2002 and 2007. Before Mark De Smedt joined the staffing industry he held executive positions in marketing, sales and general management at Wang, Apple, Citibank and Scoot in France, Spain and Belgium.

He graduated as a Commercial Engineer from the Solvay Business School and has attended executive programmes at the University of Chicago, Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the London Business School.