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Applications up 72% YoY for Adecco’s CEO for One Month programme

More than 200,000 hopefuls in 47 countries have applied for the Adecco Group’s CEO for One Month, a record high for the programme which enables young people to work alongside the men and women who run the world’s leading HR solutions partner. 


The ‘CEO for One Month’ programme is designed to give young people the hands-on work experience they need to thrive in their careers – offering ‘real-world’ training that cannot be gained in school or university. 


The number of applications is up 72% from 2017, with over 200,000 young professionals competing for the opportunity to shadow the Adecco Group’s CEO, Alain Dehaze. and the offer of a dream job.


“I can’t wait to welcome the 47 young leaders who will work with our top management,” said Dehaze (pictured). “’CEO for One Month’ is a life-changing experience that gives young talent a genuine opportunity to shine from day one of their careers.”


‘CEO for One Month’, now in its fifth year, offers an insider’s view of how to manage a multinational with 34,000 employees in 60 territories and revenues of more than 23 billion euros. Initially, the candidates will be selected to shadow the Adecco Group’s country managers in 47 countries for one month. Then 10 finalists are picked for an intensive, global boot camp to select the young leader who will spend a full month living and breathing the life of the global CEO. But the experience does not end there. Many of the finalists go on to careers within the Adecco Group. Last year’s global ‘CEO for One Month’ was Ed Broadhead – now the Adecco Group’s head of data analytics at its Zurich headquarters. Ernesto Lamaina, a former national ‘CEO for One Month’ in Italy, has risen to CEO of Adia, the Adecco Group’s recruitment-on-demand digital brand.




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