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ManpowerGroup President of Southern Europe Francoise Gri Named to 2011 Fortune Global 50 Most Power

ManpowerGroup President of Southern Europe Francoise Gri Named to 2011 Fortune Global 50 Most Powerful Women in Business List For Eighth Consecutive Year

Gri's New Ranking Is Up Eight Spots Over 2010

ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, is pleased to announce that ManpowerGroup President of Southern Europe Francoise Gri was named to Fortune Magazine's prestigious list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in International Business for the eighth year in a row.

Up eight spots from last year, she is now listed as No. 31. Gri, also President of Manpower France, took on the additional role of President of Southern Europe earlier this year, due to an exceptional leadership record that enabled ManpowerGroup to strengthen its European operations, the company's largest geographical market.

Gri joins powerful leaders Cynthia Carroll, CEO of Anglo-American, and Gail Kelly, CEO of Westpac, on the Fortune list, which recognizes women who successfully lead businesses, while wielding significant cultural and social influence. Enabling both ManpowerGroup and other organizations to connect today's talent with the right opportunities is fundamental in today's Human Age.    

"Francoise has consistently demonstrated how to use her insight and influence to effectively navigate today's complex regional and global economies in the effort to find opportunities for workers," said ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO Jeffrey A. Joerres. "To be ranked as one of the most powerful women in the world directly speaks to Francoise's success in unleashing the potential of organizations and individuals, a challenging task in today's Human Age. She has taken humanly possible to a whole new level, becoming an incredible role model for women workers and business leaders everywhere."

An advocate for more women leaders in both the public and private sectors, Gri leads ManpowerGroup's engagement with the Women Leaders & Gender Parity Programme Advisory Group of the World Economic Forum. She represented ManpowerGroup, a strategic partner of the Forum, accordingly during the Annual Meeting in Davos earlier this year. Gri also led the company's delegation at the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia in June, where she was featured as a panelist in a dynamic discussion on solutions to create a flexible and stable labor market in the region. Gri's inscrutable expertise was evident, and even further underscored by her unique perspective, as the only woman on the panel.

Under Gri's leadership, ManpowerGroup Southern Europe now generates more than $8 billion in annual revenues, more than one-third of ManpowerGroup's total revenue. She leads an organization of nearly 7,500 employees, across more than 1,350 offices and serves more than 125,000 clients annually.

Last year, Gri published a book entitled "Pleading for Responsible Employment," in which she recorded the experiences of her employees and clients during the recession. It details lessons she learned from this period, and her analysis of France's jobs market.  

Fortune's full list of the 2011 International Most Powerful Women can be viewed at:


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