ManpowerGroup chairman dies
During Fromstein's tenure, Manpower reached a number of significant milestones. He led the development of Skillware, a break-through, innovative office technology training system, which to date has trained more than seven million people worldwide. In 1986, he oversaw Manpower emerge independent of the Parker Pen company. The same year, he took the company public — Manpower shares were listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange. After Manpower was acquired by Britain's Blue Arrow PLC, it was Fromstein who, in 1991, reorganized it and helped it reemerge independent.
In the 1990s, Mitchell Fromstein led Manpower's geographic expansion and broadened its world of work expertise. By 1999, Manpower's global footprint spanned more than 50 countries and 3,000 offices worldwide. Its offerings included a wide range of innovative workforce solutions serving millions of associates and thousands of clients each year. Following his retirement as President, CEO and Chairman at the age of 71, Fromstein was succeeded in 1999 by current ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO Jeff Joerres.
"Mitchell was not only a trusted friend but a great mentor and an adviser," said Joerres. "His tremendous acumen and tenacity helped our business weather some of the most severe storms in our 65 year history. At ManpowerGroup we are proud to carry on Mitchell's legacy. Our company is stronger and better prepared to face the uncertainties of the Human Age thanks to Mitchell Fromstein's vision and leadership. The world of work has lost one of its greatest champions today."
In honor of Mitchell Fromstein's legacy, flags at ManpowerGroup Milwaukee Global Headquarters will fly at half-mast next week.
Image: Fromstein with CEO Jeff Joerres