OMNI joins forces with IAM and FIDI to develop new communication standards in the mobility industry

Following the successful Global Moving and Mobility Standards Summit meeting at IAM in October, OMNI (Overseas Moving Network International) has now confirmed that it will be joining forces with IAM and FIDI, under the name of the Moving Mobility Standards Alliance (MMSA), to support an initiative to develop standards for reliable data exchange so that more accurate shipment information can be exchanged between origin and destination partners and other stakeholders within the chain.

A joint statement has been issued expressing the group’s shared vision and identifying key goals aimed at standardising the way in which data is shared in the industry; specifying communication protocols to ensure proper rules are in place for how data is managed between different stakeholders involved in the global moving and mobility supply chain; and educating the industry to take full advantage of the opportunities offered through smoother, more reliable communication.

Ian Waters, General Manager of OMNI, said that he was very enthusiastic about this initiative which would have significant benefits for the whole industry and help it to meet future demands for efficiency and automation.  “The technology is already available to us,” he said.  “It now requires everyone to come together to make it work.  Setting industry standards for data exchange will transform the way the industry communicates, creating efficiencies for moving and relocation companies and a much more seamless service for our customers.”

MMSA will consist of a body of diverse stakeholders that can bring their own technical expertise to the project, led by a steering committee.  The group intends to meet during the first quarter of 2020 to identify the scope of work and how the MMSA will be governed.

Joëlle Castro receives France’s highest honour

On 22 October 2019, Joëlle Castro, Director of Mobilitas, was presented with the award Chevalier of the
Legion of Honour by the French government.

The Legion of Honour is the highest French decoration and one of the most famous in the world. For two
centuries, it has been presented on behalf of the French Head of State to reward the most deserving
citizens in all fields of activity. The status of Chevalier is the equivalent of a Knighthood in the British
awards system.

Joëlle Castro is the daughter of Sarah Rosette and André Isaac Taieb who started AGS in 1974. She and
her brothers Alain and Gilles are still directors of the business today with her son, Cedric Castro, its
chairman.

The French government bestowed the award because of Joëlle’s tireless work as a French trade adviser,
for her work in encouraging new talent throughout industry and as an advocate for women in business,
for her outstanding work with children’s charities, and as part of the family that has built one of the
international moving industry’s leading family firms.

As a French trade adviser, Joëlle used her international experience to mentor French enterprises to help
them towards international success. Joëlle also worked closely with the Volunteer for International
Experience (VIE) scheme, run by the French Trade Commission, to help young people gain valuable
international work experience. This included employing around 300 young people from VIE within the
Mobilitas group.

In 2013 Joëlle founded the Women Business Leaders Network in the Val d’Oise region of Paris, dedicated to helping women start their own businesses. “It’s very different for women,” she explained. “Women feel they have to work twice as hard as men to be recognised in business. I don’t know why, but it’s true.” In 2014 Joëlle helped create the LACMA Ladies’ group in 2014, that brings women from the
industry together to discuss business and to raise funds for children’s charities. She also gives her time
to help other children’s charities in France.

The award was presented by Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, the president of MEDEF, a leading network of
French entrepreneurs, at a reception held at the Shangri La hotel in Paris on 22 nd October. Joëlle was
accompanied by members of her family including her husband, Ronald, her son Cedric, and her mother.

The following day the company held a reception at the AGS office in Paris for staff and business
partners.

Joëlle said it had been a complete surprise to be nominated for the Legion of Honour. “I didn’t do any of
this for an award,” she said. “For me it was so natural to do what I have done. This is a family business
and despite everything that has happened, I’m still a mover at heart. That’s why I love this business so
much. The award is for all of us.”

Ward Van Lines closed on 21st October

Following the events of recent days, Ward Van Lines in Chile has advised it will not be open for business on Monday 21st October. This is to ensure the safety of their staff and customers. They hope to reopen on the 22nd should the situation improve.

Aspire Mobility Group staff take to the water to celebrate another peak-season success

Staff at Aspire Mobility Group were treated to a fun day out in Copenhagen to celebrate the completion of a highly successful summer peak season.

Aspire Mobility Group Director Sara Lyrum Kronkjaer said, “We invited our staff from Sweden and our offices in Denmark, for a day and evening out to celebrate yet another busy peak season where our devoted employees gave their upmost to ensure top-quality service to our clients and their assignees.”

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Tracey Neuville joins Gerson Relocation

On 1 October 2019, Tracey Neuville joined the Client Services team of Gerson Relocation in the UK.  Tracey will be responsible for working with Corporate HR and Global Mobility teams to help manage their international moves and the key challenges relating to employees relocating overseas.

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Sterling Lexicon Expands Business Development Team

Sterling Lexicon is continuing to expand its sales and business development team — welcoming Rolanzo Kinniebrew (left) and John Young (right) to the company. Kinniebrew will work on sales and business development for the mid-Atlantic territories, with a focus on the Washington D.C. market, while Young will work on sales and business development for the Southern U.S.

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Mudanzas Mundiales Group Appoints Zeitel Sagot as Manager in the Mobility Division

 Mudanzas Mundiales Group is very pleased to announce the promotion of Zeitel Sagot as Manager for our Mobility Division, effective since August 1st, 2019.

Zeitel, who joined Mudanzas Mundiales Group in 2016, has worked as Pricing Executive and Move Coordinator showing a strong commitment to the company. She is a proven and dedicated leader that guides and empowers her coworkers in a daily basis.

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Suddath Announces Steve Brock as New Business Development Director

Suddath have today announced the appointment of industry veteran Steve Brock as director of business development for the Los Angeles market. In this new role, Brock will be focused on Suddath’s business line dealing with corporate household goods and will be responsible for developing, procuring and creating innovative solutions for clients resulting in meaningful and lasting partnerships.

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Keith Meader retires from Asian Tigers Thailand

Keith Meader, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Transpo/Asian Tigers Household Goods and Relocation Services, will be retiring at the end of November.

Keith originally joined our company from California in 1991 as our Thailand Household Goods Manager.  He went on to be country manager of Brink’s Thailand, a joint venture between Transpo Thailand and Brink’s Inc. USA.

After 2 senior positions out of Hong Kong with 2 worldwide stock exchange corporations, Keith returned 8 years ago to Asian Tigers Thailand in the previously above named position.  Keith has been both a company and industry leader.  He served as OMNI President from 2016 To 2018.

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Asian Tigers Mobility Japan appoints new Managing Director

Eric Lim, Chairman of Asian Tigers Mobility Japan, is delighted to announce the appointment of Tomomi Fujita as the Managing Director of the company who will lead the company effective September 1, 2019.

Tomomi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and has a Japanese teaching certificate.  After graduation from University in Tokyo, Tomomi moved to Oregon, USA as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Oregon.  There she learned English as her second language and learned first-hand what the challenges are to live overseas in a foreign country.

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Asian Tigers says goodbye to Nick Masee

NICK MASEE was recently married and with a baby arriving soon (October), he has made the decision to step down from his current position with the company to spend some much needed time with his family.  He has truly enjoyed leading Asian Tigers Japan from its early infancy to the market leading position as he departs after 21 years. “It is impossible to put into words how being part of this company has impacted my life in such positive ways over all these years”, said Nick.

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Rakesh Thapar joins Aires as VP Product & Technology

Aires is pleased to announce that Rakesh Thapar, Ph.D., has joined the company as Vice President, Product and Technology. In this newly created role, Rakesh will be responsible for overall information and business technology leadership, focusing on Aires technical strategy, architecture growth/transformation, and IT operational excellence.

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The Changing World of Corporate Moving

OMNI (Overseas Moving Network International) is a network of some of the world’s largest and most active corporate moving companies. In this article, Ian waters, OMNI General Manager, looks at one way in which the corporate moving world has changed dramatically in recent years: the lump sum customer.

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Suddath Welcomes Heather McBride-Morse As Chief People Officer

Suddath, announced today the appointment of Heather McBride-Morse as its new chief people officer.

McBride-Morse has a proven track record of driving the talent agenda, bringing with her 20 years of experience helping organizations to grow, both organically and through mergers and acquisitions. She has a passion for creating a top-tier employee experience and a signature motto of “making Monday the best day of the week.”

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Trafimar recruits Cristian Matiella

Trafimar Relocation Services in Mexico has announced the hiring of Cristian Matiella Ramirez as Branch Manager of Trafimar Relocation Services, Queretaro effective July 2019 Cristian will focus on the national Sales in the so-called Bajio Area in Mexico which is located between San Luis Potosi, Queretaro and Leon.

His name is also well known on the international side of the moving industry.

E-Mail: c.matiella@trafimarrelo.com.mx

Juergen Tellman joins Trafimar

Juergen Tellman has joined Trafimar Relocation Services in Mexico.

He started a new role as COO in June and will be responsible to streamline the current flow of international and domestic moves in Trafimar.

Juergen, who brings more than 30 years of experience, started his career in Germany and over the last 4 years worked for an US based company in Germany/USA and Mexico.
¨It is amazing to see the Salespower Trafimar has obtained over the years, locally with multinational clients and internationally with the Agents.¨ The Industry is changing and we need to assure our high level standards and customer services to make the difference.

E-Mail: j.tellmann@trafimar.com.mx