Weichert Workforce Mobility, Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of mobile workforce management solutions, announced that Avrom Goldberg has joined the organization as Regional Vice President/Managing Director, Asia Pacific. He will lead the company’s Asia Pacific strategy and be responsible for managing service operations and expanding supplier partnerships throughout the region.
Along with Goldberg’s hiring, Weichert also announced an expansion of its Asia Pacific presence with a new office in Shanghai. Complementing existing offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, the Shanghai office enables Weichert to provide greater local resources and expertise to companies moving talent into, out of and across China. The new office is located in the central Huangpu district in the impressive Bund Center, one of the city’s most recognizable buildings.
Goldberg has over 30 years of experience in managing global workforce mobility programs for multinational companies. He began his career in 1983 managing international mobility in the Netherlands for a leading US-based relocation management company. He went on to establish his own destination services company in Amsterdam, creating the first Pan-European network of professional relocation services providers. He then joined a leading US-based relocation management company to create and manage its global DSP network. Avrom transitioned into business development roles across both EMEA and APAC before settling in Hong Kong in 2001. In 2006, he took on the role of Managing Director of Asia Pacific and the Middle East for Sirva and consolidated his reputation as a pioneer of APAC mobility. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, at Lexicon.
One of the relocation industry’s foremost experts on the China and APAC markets, Goldberg is the architect of several definitive research studies on the region as well as groundbreaking white papers on mobility in China and India, all of which have been widely referenced in global business publications. He was twice distinguished by The Forum for Expatriate Management, having won the EMMA award for “Outstanding Contribution to APAC Global Mobility” in 2016 and “Global Mobility Professional of the Year” in 2012
“Avrom has a solid track record for leveraging his deep local expertise, industry knowledge and long-standing relationships to help multinational companies seamlessly navigate Asia Pacific’s increasingly diverse and complex business landscape,” said Dave Bencivengo, President of Weichert Workforce Mobility. “I can think of no one better qualified to propel our APAC growth, and I’m confident he’ll have an immediate impact on our business.”
Added Lawrence Mahmarian, Weichert’s Senior Vice President of Global Operations, “With the addition of Avrom and the opening of our Shanghai office, we’ve significantly enhanced our ability to support both multinational clients looking to take advantage of China business opportunities and local corporations tackling talent mobility issues.”
“I’m excited to join a company where integrity and innovation are not just buzzwords, they’re part of their organizational DNA,” said Goldberg. “Weichert’s expanding APAC presence and resources will not only ensure the high caliber service for which Weichert is justifiably known, but it will also enhance the superior consultative strategies available to clients in-region to help them keep mobility aligned with their workforce goals and objectives.”
MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, January 25, 2017 – Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of global talent deployment solutions, announced today its collaboration with Going-there, Global Destination Services, to launch the Weichert Global Organizer. This new smart phone application helps corporations easily track mobile employees and business travelers to ensure compliance with strict immigration and tax laws.
The Weichert Global Organizer is extremely easy to use. Employees and business travelers simply enter their specific locations and the Weichert Global Organizer automatically begins tracking their time in each location, alerting the employee and HR of pending tax or immigration events such as visa renewal or days in a certain jurisdiction triggering tax liability. Data collected through the app is fed to a portal-based reporting system, giving HR managers accurate, real time access to the activities of all business travelers.
“With immigration and tax guidelines evolving more rapidly and enforcing entities pursuing violations with greater vigilance, companies that can’t accurately track the movement of their mobile workforce risk serious compliance issues, not to mention the heavy fines and business restrictions that come with them,” said Stewart McCardle, Senior Vice President of Assignment Management Services and Global Supply Chain Solutions with Weichert Workforce Mobility.
“The Weichert Global Organizer eliminates these compliance risks, automatically generating for companies a clear picture of the tax and immigration status of their employees and allowing them to be proactive, rather than reactive, to any concerns. Further, at tax time, all of the critical data that the employee and company need for filing and reporting is easily accessible in one place.”
Beyond immigration and tax compliance, the Weichert Global Organizer addresses another issue of critical importance to companies managing mobile workforces: duty of care. In the event of an emergency, the app empowers HR managers to instantly locate their employees at any point on the globe, alert them to danger and, if necessary, evacuate them to a place of safety.
“Immigration, tax and duty of care represent the three biggest challenges for managing mobile talent and business travelers,” said McCardle. “The Weichert Global Organizer is the only app of its kind to track and synergize the data surrounding these functions into actionable information for HR and corporate mobility managers.”
MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, December 6, 2016 – Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of global talent deployment solutions, announced today that as part of its rigorous commitment to operational excellence, the company has successfully completed its SOC 1 Type 2 Report.
This Report attests that Weichert’s systems, and operational and security controls have been carefully audited by the independent CPA firm CohnReznick LLP and found to be suitably designed to achieve their objectives and consistently applied throughout the evaluation period of April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016.
Controls examined include homesale and expense management services, encompassing such key operational components as managed security services, change management, service delivery, support services, logical and physical security, managed hosting services, managed storage and backup services.
Annual SOC 1 audits are a best practice risk mitigation strategy that Weichert commits to annually to demonstrate the integrity of its internal controls. Companies that complete annual SOC 1 assessments are able to demonstrate a substantially higher level of security assurance and operational visibility than companies that do not conduct such assessments.
“We pride ourselves on our intense, companywide focus on internal controls and for establishing the industry standards in process improvement, data security and risk mitigation,” said Anthony Pilato, Weichert Workforce Mobility’s VP of Financial Services. “Our continued commitment to the SOC 1 Type 2 standards gives our clients the confidence to focus on what is truly important, managing and engaging their mobile talent.”
MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, September 27, 2016 – Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of global talent deployment solutions, has been certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce as compliant with the new EU-U.S. Data Privacy Shield Framework.
This Framework was developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a standard for upholding European Union data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the EU to the U.S. in support of transatlantic commerce.
With this certification, Weichert Workforce Mobility gives its clients the confidence that the personal data of their mobile employees is being managed within the strictest protection methods and processes, and that Weichert is employing safeguards that meet European legislation guidelines for the processing of personal data being transferred to non-EU countries. To achieve and maintain certification, Weichert has also demonstrated and committed to seven specific Privacy Shield Principles: Notice; Choice; Accountability for Onward Transfer; Security; Data Integrity and Purpose Limitation; Access; and Recourse, Enforcement and Liability.
“We are proud to be among the first companies in our industry to achieve compliance with the new EU-U.S. Data Privacy Shield Framework,” said Steve Jones, Weichert Workforce Mobility’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Compliance. “Our vigilance in pursuing certification reflects a long-standing commitment to meeting international standards for security, privacy and compliance.”
Additional information on the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Shield Framework and an up-to-date list of compliant organizations can be found at the U.S. Government’s Privacy Shield website.
MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, September 7, 2016 – Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of global talent deployment solutions, announced that Ann Stafford has joined the company as Regional Vice President of Canadian Operations.
In this capacity, Stafford will chart Weichert Workforce Mobility’s strategic direction in Canada, overseeing client partnerships, customer service delivery, talent development and supply chain management and helping to identify new business opportunities. Working out of the company’s Toronto office, she will report directly to Vicki Lander, Executive Vice President.
A veteran of Canadian workforce mobility, Stafford is an accomplished leader with over 25 years of experience managing teams and servicing clients worldwide. She has a proven track record for optimizing employee engagement and operational effectiveness.
Stafford comes to Weichert from Brookfield, where she most recently served as VP, Client Services, responsible for relationship management and service delivery while overseeing teams across Canada, the UK, Singapore and Shanghai. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC), she is also well-attuned to the unique mobility and talent management needs of Canadian companies.
“Ann brings a fresh perspective and an exciting new energy to our already successful Canadian operations,” said Lander. “The skill set she offers—from her service focus to her ability to work seamlessly across borders, time zones and cultures—will elevate our team’s knowledge and help us continue to build momentum across Canada.”
“For years, I’ve watched Weichert’s remarkable growth throughout Canada, and been impressed with the company’s ability to create flexible solutions that address clients’ unique needs and objectives,” said Stafford. “Now that I’m a part of this organization, I look forward to leveraging this agility to become a trusted partner to corporations across Canada and around the world.”
MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, July 21, 2016 – Weichert Workforce Mobility, one of the world’s leading providers of corporate talent deployment solutions, received the highest service satisfaction ratings from relocated employees among the largest companies in its industry, according to the Twenty-Second Annual Nationwide Relocating Employee Survey.
Conducted by Trippel Survey & Research LLC, the Annual Nationwide Relocating Employee Survey is the only objective, industry-wide survey to rank the quality of service provided by relocation management companies based on evaluations from recently transferred employees. This year’s results reflect the input of 6,878 mobile employees moving within the United States.
Among the industry’s five “large size” suppliers, Weichert Workforce Mobility achieved the highest average service satisfaction score and the highest overall net satisfaction rating. In addition, among large size suppliers, Weichert earned the highest percentage of “top block” scores, which are scores of 9 or 10 on a ten-point scale, with 10 representing the highest level of satisfaction.
This marks the third consecutive year of this Survey in which Weichert has received the highest service satisfaction rating from relocating employees among its largest-sized competitors. Studies show that relocated employees who are satisfied with the quality of service received during their moves are more likely to be engaged and productive in their new roles, reducing their employers’ risk of talent attrition or loss of relocation investment.
“We think of delivering Legendary Service as part of our corporate DNA, something that starts with each colleague creating her or his own Personal Service Vision and flourishes through ongoing training, empowerment and inspiration,” said Dave Bencivengo, President of Weichert Workforce Mobility. “The fact that we continue to outrank our largest competitors in this Survey provides validation that our service focus is making a difference, and creating a more satisfying experience for our clients’ most valued employees.”
CHICAGO, IL, June 28, 2016 – Weichert Workforce Mobility, one of the world’s leading providers of global talent deployment solutions, announced that Lisa Rodriguez has joined the company as Regional Vice President for the Midwestern United States.
In this role, Rodriguez will oversee operational activities and spearhead strategic development in her region. Core responsibilities will include engaging and developing staff to ensure Legendary Service experiences, serving as a trusted advisor to corporate clients and helping to identify new business and partnership opportunities. Working out of the company’s Center of Excellence in Chicago, Rodriguez will report directly to Executive Vice President Vicki Lander.
Throughout the last twenty years, Rodriguez has worked extensively in HR and workforce mobility with special focus on global and domestic program management, talent development, client and vendor relations, business process improvement, stakeholder communication, performance tracking and change management. She comes to Weichert Workforce Mobility from Civis Analytics where she served as Vice President of Operations. Prior to that, she worked as Senior Director of Operations at Aon, overseeing global talent deployment, and spent six years at Abbott Laboratories in a number of increasingly strategic HR leadership roles.
Complementing her professional experience, Rodriguez is a certified six sigma black belt, and holds an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.
“Lisa’s rich background in workforce mobility and talent management will make her a valuable partner to companies seeking to build greater synergy between these two disciplines,” said Lander. “I have no doubt that her leadership skills, enthusiasm and innovative insight will drive positive outcomes for our colleagues, clients and service partners.”
“It’s an exciting and rewarding time to be part of this company,” said Rodriguez. “There’s an incredible amount of positive buzz surrounding Weichert in our industry, and I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues to build upon that momentum.”
MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, May 11, 2016 – Weichert Workforce Mobility was named Relocation Management Company of the Year at the 2016 EMMA Awards ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Presented by the Forum for Expatriate Management, the EMMAs is the industry’s premier awards event, recognizing excellence in workforce mobility.
With this win, Weichert has set a new precedent, becoming the first and only company to be named RMC of the Year at the Americas EMMAs for three consecutive years. Weichert also won this honor in 2014 and 2015.
A judging panel of HR and mobility professionals from a wide range of multinational corporations selected Weichert from a shortlist of 11 finalists, based on such criteria as service quality, value for price paid, industry innovation and proven results for clients.
Other factors — including Weichert’s commitment to building Trusted Partnerships and delivering Legendary Service and its Scorecard approach to performance tracking — helped further distinguish the company from the other nominees in this category.
“Winning our first EMMA for RMC of the Year was an honor; winning for the third consecutive year is truly amazing and a testament to the innovative solutions and exceptional results we continue to deliver to our clients and their mobile employees,” said Dave Bencivengo, President of Weichert Workforce Mobility. “Such outside validation of our service excellence and thought leadership inspires us and drives us and we will never take it for granted.”
“Winning an EMMA is the ultimate recognition of excellence in workforce mobility and this year’s winners have earned a unique honor to stand out among their peers,” added Iyla McIntyre, Event Director of the Forum for Expatriate Management. “We congratulate Weichert Workforce Mobility for its unprecedented third straight win as Relocation Management Company of the Year at the Americas EMMAs.”
MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, May 11, 2016 – Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of mobile workforce management solutions, received the highest service satisfaction ratings among the largest companies in its industry, according to the results of the Twelfth Annual Relocation Managers’ Survey—International Service Providers’ Performance.
Conducted by Trippel Survey & Research LLC, this survey is the only objective, industry-wide survey to rank the quality of international services provided by relocation management companies based upon evaluations collected from corporate mobility managers.
The survey asked 155 corporate mobility managers to rate the quality of international service received from their workforce mobility suppliers on a 10 point scale, with 10 being the highest. With an 8.45 ranking, Weichert achieved the highest service satisfaction score among the industry’s five largest companies, as well as the highest overall net satisfaction rating. All in all, Weichert’s service satisfaction score was higher than 11 of the 12 companies ranked.
More importantly, data aggregated from the past three years’ surveys reveals that Weichert has steadily improved its overall international service satisfaction ranking. In 2014, the company earned a 7.50 score, which it elevated to 8.30 in 2015 and 8.45 in 2016.
“We are honored to see that our colleagues’ commitment to delivering Legendary Service is not only resonating within our organization, but also among the corporate mobility managers who have rated our service quality highest among our industry’s largest suppliers,” said Dave Bencivengo, President of Weichert Workforce Mobility.
“I am also inspired by the year-over-year improvement in our survey ranking. This is testament to the many innovations we have spearheaded on the international side—including our in-house AMS practice and wholly-owned global tax firm, Weichert Mobility Tax Services—as well as to the expertise and client-centric focus of our people.”
WOODBRIDGE, VA, April 28, 2016 – George Herriage has been named President of Allegiance Government Relocation, a leading provider of mobility solutions to the government sector and wholly-owned affiliate of Weichert Workforce Mobility. In this role, Herriage will have responsibility for all company operations and ensuring that Allegiance delivers on its government-specific value proposition.
Working out of Allegiance’s headquarters in the Washington DC area, Herriage will report to Dave Bencivengo, President of Weichert Workforce Mobility.
Herriage brings a broad range of experience to the role. Since 1985, he has held a number of leadership positions in practically every facet of workforce mobility in both the corporate and government sectors. Previous to joining Allegiance, Herriage spent 15 years at Capital Relocation Service in a number of executive capacities, most recently Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the company’s corporate and government operations.
In addition to his extensive workforce mobility credentials, Herriage also worked in real estate and founded his own business consulting practice, OPT Global Solutions.
“George is a proven veteran of the workforce mobility industry and his deep insight to both the public and private sectors will help strengthen the Allegiance value proposition and make us a trusted partner to the GSA and agency clients,” said Bencivengo. “I am thrilled to have him join our Allegiance colleagues to build the preeminent government relocation thought-leader and bring the company to the next level.”