Managing Director - World Employment Confederation

Denis Pennel is a well-respected analyst of labour market at European and global level. Work futurist and author of the book “The Ego Revolution at Work” (“Travailler pour Soi” in French), he is regularly invited to act as speaker and lecturer for forums, hearings or conferences. He has been ranked as one of the Top 100 most influential HR professionals at global level.

Denis Pennel was appointed in 2005 as Managing Director of the World Employment Confederation, the global professional association representing the employment industry. In his role, he is in charge of promoting the interests of the employment sector before international institutions, such as the European Union (EU), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Bank or the OECD.

Born in 1966, he graduated from the French Institute of Political Studies (“Sciences Po Paris”) and subsequently started his career in Paris in 1989 within the Communication Group BDDP/TBWA as PR manager. In 1991, he moved to London to work as a consultant for Financial Dynamics, one of the largest UK communications consultancies. In 1993, he came back to Paris to join the accounting and consulting firm Deloitte, as Head of Information and was recruited five years later by Manpower as Corporate Communications Director.

Denis Pennel is a member of several Brussels-based think tanks, including CEPS (Center for European Policies and Studies) and EPC (European Policy Center) for which he actively contribute to their activities. He has published many articles and opinion pieces related to the functioning of the labour market. He is the labour market Expert of the French Think Tank “GénérationLibre”.

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