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WILL TOEDTLI BECOMES OMNI PRESIDENT

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Willy Toedtli, from Trafimar in Mexico, has become the 15th OMNI President.  He assumed his role at the OMNI conference in Bali on 7th April, taking over the two-year appointment from Charles Luyckx from Elliott Mobility. Willy, who has been on the OMNI Board for five years, said that it was a great honour to become OMNI President. He thanked the OMNI members for their confidence, paid tribute to the hard work of the OMNI office in the UK and, thanked what he called, "the small band of talented people" who had served with him on the Board. As he looked forward to his period as OMNI President he joked that he knew that it would be interesting - " I just hope it won't be too exciting," he said. Photo:  Willy Toedtli takes over the OMNI Presidency from Charles Luyckx    

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UK BUDGET CHANGES RULES FOR GLOBAL MOBILITY

Changes introcuced in the UK govenment's March budget will effect international assignees and their employers.   Full story here      

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VANCOUVER STRIKE OVER

  Williams Moving & Storage has advised OMNI that the truckers strike in Vancouver, that has been causing disruption at the port since 10 March, is now over with service not returned to normal. The dispute, that focussed on issues relating to pay, waiting time and allegations of undercutting in the industry, left cargo worth hundreds of millions of dollars stranded at Vancouver-area container terminals.     The province introduced back-to-work legislation that would have affected the unionized workers, but the government is now scrapping it. As part of the agreement the port will rescind any licence suspension introduced during the strike. The federal government will also implement a 12 per-cent hike in round-trip rates and a $25.13 minimum rate for hourly drivers. Port Metro Vancouver also committed to consulting with the trucking industry on an overhaul of the current port licensing system in order "to create a more stable trucking industry." Laurie Devlin from...

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CAROLINE MASON HEADS FIDI 35 CLUB

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Caroline Mason has taken over the presidency of the FIDI 35 Club at the annual conference in Singapore. The FIDI 35 Club was started 28 years ago for individuals from FIDI member companies, under 35 years old, for education, and to provide a smaller, more intimate networking group that would suit newcomers to the industry. Caroline explained that the Club was designed to be less intimidating to younger people.  “The meetings are less formal,” she said, “and we always have a sporting event that is something to do with the local area.” For example, when the conference was in Australia they had a cricket match.  Caroline has just begun a two year term as president and paid tribute to the retiring president, Aulina Mithal Sood, and board member Angela Mirams, both of whom, Caroline said, had worked very hard and shown tremendous enthusiasm for the Club. And it looks as if the 35 Club is changing.  It now accepts members up to age 39 (it will still be called...

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NEW SIRVA PRESIDENT IN EUROPE

SIRVA Worldwide, Inc., has hired Maggie Ryan as President of Europe. In this capacity, Maggie will oversee SIRVA's relocation and moving businesses in the European region. Maggie has over 30 years of experience in the global mobility industry and has held a variety of executive leadership roles. Most recently, Maggie was executive vice president of global client services for Brookfield Relocation. There she was the leader for Brookfield's global operations for relocation. Maggie oversaw 13 global service centres spanning Europe, Middle East, Americas and Asia Pacific, and managed all aspects of customer service operations, client relationship management, and expansion of services. "Maggie Ryan is a results-driven professional with extensive experience and success in developing and executing global strategies," said Wes Lucas, president and chief executive officer of SIRVA Worldwide. "Maggie has a proven track record and a tremendous reputation in the mobility industry. She will further...

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PAUL EVANS RETURNS TO THE MOVING INDUSTRY

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Paul Evans, the founder of Trans Euro and previous owner of Interdean, has bought Momentous (previously called Baxters) from venture capital company Core Capital. The purchase includes a freehold warehouse just outside the M25 and the assets, business and goodwill.  Paul is also negotiating the purchase of a small warehouse near Hanger Lane in north-west London and a West End office.   Momentous has BAR, BAR Overseas and FIDI memberships as well as the required Operator’s licence.   Paul has been out of the moving industry for the last two years complying with a restrictive covenant following the sale of Interdean to Santa Fe in 2011.  

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MAERSK, MSC AND CMA CGM TIE UP GETS US APPROVAL

An alliance between Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM has been approved by US regulators.  The 3P alliance has been created to combat over capacity caused by the financial crisis and the subsequent delivery of new vessels that were ordered prior to the downturn. It is estimated that 3P will have 42% of the Asia-Europe trade and 24% of the trans-Pacific trade when it becomes full operational this summer.   Full story here    

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DOW JONES TO DELIVER GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM ON COMPLIANCE

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Dow Jones, the company that OMNI has partnered with to provide compliance services on behalf of members, is to hold a global compliance symposium in April in Washington DC.     Click here for more information 

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