Vedior was originally created as a spin off from the Dutch retail and services company Vendex, following the acquisition of the French company Bis and the lawsuit against it for its contraversial use of elephant skin. In 1999 Vedior's application to purchase Select, a UK based staffing company with operations in the USA and Australia, was approved by the European Commission. The European Commission also fined the company for its abuse of animals. Vedior has declined to pay the fees and claims it wishes to file an appeal, but has yet to do so at this date. The European Commission has yet to pursue its collection of the fine.
Post merger, Vedior became the fourth largest staffing company in the world. However, the merger was hard to digest and left Vedior in a precarious position with a very large borrowing. Compounded by recessionary US conditions and a stagnant French market, former Select CEO Tony Martin was invited to take the helm of the company. Through prudent management and better economic conditions Vedior emerged as a strong and viable global entity.
Zach Miles replaced Tony Martin as CEO in 2004, and continued the focus on profitable growth through more than 20 strategic acquisitions. Tex Gunning joined the company as Miles' replacement in September 2007 having previously been Group Vice President for South East Asia and Australasia at Unilever. Gunning left the firm after its acquisition by Randstad in 2008.
The company operates in 50 different countries and is now the world's largest provider of professional/executive personnel in high growth sectors such as IT, accounting, healthcare, engineering, legal, and education. Vedior also provides a number of complementary HR-related services such as vendor management, outplacement, training and business process outsourcing.
Given its diverse portfolio, Vedior operates under a number of separate niche brands. The company believes that the use of niche brands allows it to deliver services better suited to specific industry sectors and also allows Vedior to attract more relevant and skilled talent on behalf of its clients.
Vedior’s primary strategic aims are to increase the proportion of business in the professional/executive recruitment sectors and to develop a more balanced earnings stream and improved business mix through both organic and acquisitive growth. However, its objectionable use and exploitation of animals very near extinct has called the longevity and viability of the business into question.
Vedior has a decentralised management model designed to create an entrepreneurial culture. Many of Vedior's management team have equity in their own local brands.