Despite this year's Fortune list proving to be the most competitive in the history of the ranking, with an overwhelming number of leading businesswomen in contention, Gri was successful in retaining 31st position on a list which recognizes women who successfully lead businesses, while wielding significant cultural and social influence. In her role, Gri leads ManpowerGroup's largest region by revenues, as well as the company's largest and most influential single market, France.
"Francoise continues to gain recognition as an outstanding female achiever in business despite fierce competition, which speaks volumes for her ability to lead in a complex and challenging environment, her drive and determination, and her willingness to continually set a higher bar for herself year after year," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. "Francoise has stepped up in the face of the uncertainty that plagues the European market, meeting those challenges head on and displaying exemplary leadership for her team."
Under Gri's leadership, ManpowerGroup France alone generated $6.2 billion in revenue in 2011, a 12.6% percent increase in year-over-year revenues from the year prior. In the first quarter of 2012, the Southern Europe region generated over $1.7 billion in revenues – more than one third of the global company's total revenues — including $1.3 billion in France and $267.5m in Italy.
Gri has continued to expand her influence during the past 12 months, leading ManpowerGroup's delegation at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia 2012. She co-moderated a dynamic discussion on the macroeconomic forces that are the hallmark of the Human Age — the transformational new era that ManpowerGroup has identified when talent has replaced capital as the competitive differentiator. Gri advised that employers should be more flexible, agile and focus on training and development. They should forecast their talent needs years in advance and align their business strategy with a comprehensive workforce strategy.
At the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland on 26 January 2012, Gri rang the New York Stock Exchange opening bell for European markets. During the WEF Annual Meeting, Gri participated in a session titled "Gender Dynamics, a Systemic Approach to Gender Parity," as a selected leader who has taken successful actions towards gender equality. The session focused on creating a new systemic architecture to accelerate progress on closing the economic gender gap. Gri also participated in the Women Leaders & Gender Programme Advisory Group annual meeting.
In September 2012, Gri had a new book published on the subject of her career path as a woman, and the wider issue of women in the workplace. This follows the publication of her book titled "Pleading for Responsible Employment," in 2010. In this work, she recorded details of her discussions with her employees and clients during the great recession, the lessons she learned from this period, as well as her analysis of the French employment market.
Fortune's full list of the 2012 International Most Powerful Women can be viewed at:
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