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USG People appoints new COO to Executive Board

December 1, 2011 - London

Hubert Vanhoe new Chief Operating Officer of USG People

Almere, 1 December 2011 - The Supervisory Board of USG People announces its intention to appoint Hubert Vanhoe as COO of the company with effect from 1 December 2011.

Hubert Vanhoe (1963) has worked for USG People since 2005, the last four years of which as Vice President of USG People in Belgium. After studying Communication Science at the University of Brussels he went on to obtain an MBA from the Open University Business School. During his career Hubert Vanhoe held various commercial management positions with companies including DHL and Manpower before moving to the role of Managing Director of Office Depot and Staples (formerly Corporate Express). In 2005 he made The Switch to Start People in Belgium as General Manager and was appointed Vice President of USG People in Belgium just over two years later. Within the Executive Board Hubert Vanhoe will from 1 December 2011 be responsible for Professional Solutions and a number of specialist labels. Within the Executive Board responsibility for General Staffing and the specialist labels Unique and Secretary Plus will lie with Eric de Jong from 1 December 2011.

The Supervisory Board: "We are pleased that Hubert Vanhoe has accepted the job of COO and will be strengthening the Executive Board with his knowledge and expertise. He is an excellent fit with the current Executive Board team and represents sound commercial and operational added value. The very strong results in Belgium in the past few years confirm us in our decision to make him responsible for brands including those in the Professional Solutions segment, the division where USG People wants to achieve the greatest growth."

Marjolein Thoma, chairman of the Central Works Council: "It is with confidence that the Central Works Council has learned of the proposed appointment. We have since made further acquaintance with Hubert Vanhoe, an inspirational man with a pleasant, warm personality. He has a strong commercial bent and his added value has already been amply proven in Belgium; even in the tough economic climate since 2008 USG People has performed exceptionally well in Belgium under his leadership. It is of great value to the company that other countries where USG People operates will also be able to benefit from Mr. Vanhoe's experience."

The formal appointment of Hubert Vanhoe as COO will take place after the official notification of the General Meeting of Shareholders on 10 May 2012.

For more information, please contact:
Rob Zandbergen, Chief Executive Officer of USG People
Telephone: +31 (0)36 529 95 05

This press release is available in Dutch and English. In the event of ambiguities, the Dutch text shall prevail.

About USG People
With revenue of € 3.1 billion in 2010 USG People ranks fourth in Europe in HR services with a wide array of well-established and recognisable brands. Headquartered in the Dutch city of Almere, USG People is active in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.

The brand portfolio of USG People comprises Start People, CapitalP (General Staffing) - Unique, Technicum, Secretary Plus, AdRem Young Professionals, ASA Student, Creyf's, Express Medical, Receptel, All4Students, Vakcollege Groep (Specialist Staffing) - Legal Forces, USG Capacity, USG Energy, USG Financial Forces, USG HR Forces, USG Innotiv, USG Juristen, USG Multi Compta, USG Restart, de wereld van ikki (Professionals) -
Call-IT (Other Services). From 1 januari 2012 the brand portfolio will comprise Start People (General Staffing) - Unique, Secretary Plus and Technicum (Specialist Staffing) - USG Professional Solutions (Professional Solutions).

USG People is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange and is included in the Amsterdam Midcap Index (AMX).

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