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BARRY VAUGHN TO RETIRE AS PRESIDENT AND CEO AT SUDDATH

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The Suddath Companies have announced that president and chief executive officer, Barry Vaughn, will retire in May and assume the new position of vice chairman of The Suddath Companies.    Barry joined Suddath in 1974 and assumed the CEO position in 2003. Michael J. Brannigan, current executive vice president and chief operating officer, will assume the role of president and CEO following Barry’s transition.     “Barry has been a great leader as our CEO for the last 12 years and a tremendous contributor at every leadership position he has held over the last 40 plus years,” said Steve Suddath, chairman of the board. “I am extremely grateful to Barry as he has capably and proudly led Suddath through tremendous growth and through many industry, market and regulatory changes. Of note, a good portion of this growth and expansion was experienced during a period of years when other companies were retracting or could not meet the trials of a challenging...

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MURIAL ARN FROM GRAEBEL IS CLM FINALIST FOR CLAIMS MANAGEMENT

In a nationwide announcement the Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) organization has announced its CLM Professionals of the Year finalists. Murielle Arn, risk management administrator at the Graebel Companies, Inc., a global relocation management firm, is one of four finalists in the Claims Management sector.  According to the CLM, a record number of nominations for Professional of the Year were received from leading companies across the country. Claim Management, Litigation Management and Outside Counsel comprise the three award sectors or categories. The CLM Advisory Board will select one winner from each category based on their documented commitment to the profession, industry leadership and for their contributions to the success of their company or clients.  All of the 2015 finalists will be recognized and the top three CLM Professionals of the Year will be announced at the CLM Annual Conference that will be held in Palm Desert, California on March 25.  The...

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PELICHET LOOKS WORLDWIDE

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    Samuel Barrois has become the new International Director for Pelichet NLC in Switzerland.    Samuel has 15 years’ experience in the moving industry and was chosen for this new position to galvanize the international business division of Pelichet.  Pelichet is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015 and has a strong reputation in Switzerland.  Samuel says that he is determined to consolidate this standing on an international scale, tapping into the expertise of its removal men, who are the key to the company’s reputation.    Pelichet says that this represents the start of a new era for the company with a core objective of establishing it as one of the best removals companies worldwide for both corporate and individual clients.   Image: Samuel Barrois    

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GUS SUNWOO PROMOTED IN KOREA

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Asian Tigers Mobility has announced the promotion of Gus Sunwoo to Vice President for its Korean offices. In his new role, Gus will be responsible for the day-to-day operations on the household goods side while simultaneously heading up the relocation division.    Gus previously served as the Executive Director for Client Services, supporting the efforts of the sales, marketing and operations teams. He joined Asian Tigers Mobility in 2011 with a strong background in sales and business management.   Born and raised in Paraguay, he spent 20 years working/living in California before making the move to Korea. Gus speaks fluent English, Spanish and Korean. He also holds the Worldwide ERC Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designation.   “First I have to say thanks to Joseph Song [CEO Asian Tigers Mobility - Korea], who not only gave me all the tools to succeed but has shown me what true leadership means,” said Gus. “This is an incredible opportunity...

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INDIAN PORT STRIKE POSTPONED

Writer Relocations has provided the following update on industrial relations at India's ports:   A meeting was scheduled between the Workers Labour Union and the Chief Labour Commissioner, Govt. Of India.  While the official outcome of their talks is awaited, it is emerging from various sources that the strike is likely to be postponed until 16 March 2015.  Another meeting is said to have been scheduled around 13 March.    Writer Relocations has confirmed that it will continue to provide further updates as information emerges.  Meanwhile shippers are advised to inform their customers that delays and additional costs are likely at destination should the strike go ahead.        

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CARTUS OPENS IN SAO PAULO

  Cartus Corporation recently announced the opening of its new service centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil. To celebrate the opening, Cartus executives held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on February 24 2015.  Cartus is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. "The new service centre in Sao Paulo is another important initiative for Cartus," said Ian Payne, executive vice president of Cartus and leader of the Brazil project team.  "This is a natural expansion for us, as we already have significant experience in this market. In 2014 alone, Cartus managed over 1,300 assignee transfers both into and out of Brazil on behalf of our global relocation clients."   Including its Brazil service centre, Cartus now has 19 global service centres located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Last year, Cartus assisted over 171,000 relocating customers in nearly 150 countries. Ranked as the seventh largest economy in the world, Brazil has become a critical...

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MARK SCULLION BECOMES PRESIDENT OF SUDDATH WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS

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  Suddath Workplace Solutions has appointed Mark Scullion as president of the wholly owned subsidiary of The Suddath Companies.  Since 2012, Mark served in the dual role of managing director of Suddath Workplace Solutions and general manager of the Jacksonville branch of Suddath Relocation Systems. With this promotion, he will be singularly focused on the workplace division to build on the momentum he initially generated to accelerate growth opportunities and expand the local, national, and global markets.   Mark has been in the moving business for 20 years and has high achievement in the areas of operational excellence, customer service management, profitability, personal sales performance and visionary leadership.  Since joining Suddath® in March of 2011, Mark has led the strategic expansion and product development of the workplace business.  Under his direction, Suddath has added multiple high-profile global clients and significantly expanded its workplace...

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ALL MAJOR INDIAN PORTS TO STRIKE INDEFINITELY FROM MARCH 9 2015

  Writer Relocations has advised that Indian trade unions have called for an indefinite strike of the workers at all major sea ports in India from 9 March 2015.  The workers are opposing the unilateral decision of the Shipping Ministry to corporatize the country’s major ports.   The Indian government is making efforts to stall it and there is a meeting scheduled for 4 March 2015 between the government and the unions.  As of now, 12 major ports in India, including Nhava Sheva, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, may be affected.    Writer Relocations says it is making all efforts to ensure that shipments are cleared prior to the start of the strike and is monitoring the situation closely.  The company says that, should the strike take place, un-cleared shipments at the ports will attract additional costs for demurrage/detention.  It is recommended, therefore, that the dispatch of sea shipments be delayed so that they do not arrive...

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