Jonas Prising

Jonas Prising

Chairman & CEO


Humans wanted: robots need you

Session Overview

It’s time for us to help people befriend the machines.

Robot workers replacing human jobs – the debate of the decade. In reality, the opposite looks true. More employers than ever – 87% – plan to increase or maintain headcount as a result of automation, according to ManpowerGroup’s global research of 19,000 employers. Rather than reducing employment opportunities, organisations are investing in digital, shifting tasks to robots and creating jobs. At the same time, companies are scaling their upskilling so their human workforce can perform new and complementary roles to those done by machines. The Skills Revolution is in full flow.

In this fireside chat ManpowerGroup, Chairman & CEO, Jonas Prising will discuss why skills are the passport to growth and resilience for organisations and individuals alike and why CEOs should become Chief Learning Officers to create a culture of learning and build talent.

Speaker's biography

Jonas Prising was named ManpowerGroup Chairman in December of 2015 and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in May of 2014. He leads all aspects of ManpowerGroup’s $21 billion business, in 80 countries and territories worldwide. Prior to being elected CEO, Jonas served as ManpowerGroup President from 2012 to 2014, leading the company’s operations in the Americas and Southern Europe, and overseeing the global Right Management and ManpowerGroup Solutions businesses.

Jonas joined ManpowerGroup in 1999 and has also served as Managing Director of Manpower Italy; Director of Manpower Global Accounts — Europe, Middle East and Africa; President of North America; and President of the Americas.

A recognised expert on the labour market and world of work trends, he regularly speaks at conferences and summits globally, and provides commentary on jobs and employment trends for media. He is actively engaged in the World Economic Forum, including as a Steward of the Future of Education, Gender and Work Global System; Co-Chair of the Regional Business Council on Europe and CEO Champion of the Digital Transformation Initiative.

Before joining ManpowerGroup, Jonas worked for Electrolux, a Swedish multinational. During his 10-year tenure with Electrolux, he held various international positions within the consumer goods and business-to-business divisions, including Regional Manager for Asia Pacific, Managing Director of Sales Companies in France and the United Kingdom, and finally Head of Global Sales and Marketing for one of its business-to-business divisions.

Jonas is passionate about preparing the workforce of tomorrow. He is Vice Chairman of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide and is a former Chairman of the Board and a current board member of Junior Achievement (JA) USA. In addition, he serves as a Co-Chair of Innovation in Milwaukee, an organisation focused on supporting entrepreneurial leadership, and is a member of the board of directors of Kohl’s Corporation.