Adecco S.A. is a Swiss multinationalhuman resource consulting company based in Glattbrugg, Switzerland. Adecco Group is the world's largest provider of HR solutions. With more than 33,000 FTE employees and a network of over 5,500 branches, in over 60 countries and territories around the world, it offers a wide variety of services, connecting over 700,000 associates with well over 100,000 clients every day. The company was formed in 1996 as a result of the merger of the French company Ecco and the Swiss company Adia Interim.
1996: Personnel services firms Ecco and Adia Interim merge to form a global company with annualised revenues of €5.4 billion. Operations are combined to form a network of 2,500 branches. The core staffing business consists of 250,000 staff situated with various companies.
2000: Adecco acquires Olsten Staffing, becoming the largest recruitment company in the U.S. The merged company generates combined revenues of €17 billion.
2002: Adecco consolidates its businesses under three names[clarification needed] and creates three divisions to manage its business.
2005: Adecco expands across six professional business lines defined by occupational fields. Adecco now provides all services under one name.
2006: Following the acquisition of DIS AG, Germany, Dieter Scheiff assumes the position of Chief Executive Officer, Adecco Group. Dominik de Daniel becomes Chief Financial Officer.
2007: The annual shareholders' meeting approves the nomination of Jürgen Dormann, former Vice Chairman, as Chairman of the Board. Rolf Dörig becomes Vice-Chairman. Klaus J. Jacobs, the co-founder of Adecco, hands back his mandate, having reached the statutory retirement age.
On June 20, 2013, blogger Turner Barr went public on his blog, Around the World in 80 Jobs, with a dispute he was having with Adecco. Adecco had claimed a trademark on the term "Around the World in 80 Jobs," which they had used for a marketing campaign. Barr contended that his brand and likeness had been stolen. The story quickly went viral, particularly in the travel blogging community. On June 26, 2013, Adecco agreed to Turner's terms, issued a public apology, and changed the name of its contest to the "Work Experience Contest".