Meet the winners of the 2019 EMEA EMMAs!

The Global Mobility community celebrated in style at the FEM Expatriate Management & Mobility Awards in London

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On Thursday 21 November, the winners of this year’s FEM EMEA EMMAs were announced at a glittering Gala Dinner at the riverside InterContinental O2, London.

FEM celebrated its 11-year and hosted an awards ceremony in a room that was brimming with global mobility talent. 

The awards for Global Mobility and HR professionals were judged by a panel of independent experts, who commented on the number of new entries and the quality of innovation and fresh ideas in this region. Here we announce who won and include some of what the judges had to say.

The winners of the FEM EMEA EMMAs 2019 are... 

Corporate Awards

Best Redesign of Global Mobility Strategy

Winner: FIS

The judges commented:

“FIS delivers a sound example of a restructuring and globalization of the mobility function with great focus on career mobility.”

Best ROI or Cost-effectiveness Strategy in a Global Mobility Program    

Sponsored by Clearmove

Winner: A.T. Kearney

The judges commented:

“This is a winner! AT Kearney have been through an impressive journey and demonstrate convincingly how to meet business strategy while maintaining cost efficiency.”

Highly Commended: 

  • CGI

Best Talent Mobility Strategy

Winner: Schneider Electric

The judges commented:

“Schneider Electric showed that a GM program can be re-designed and can include all the hot topics the business is asking for. I think it’s the best in class Global Mobility Program of 2019!”

Global Mobility Team of the Year (Medium Program)

Sponsored by ECA International

Winner: Mott MacDonald

The judges commented: 

“The Mott MacDonald team have had a huge journey and have had made some remarkable achievements. An exciting transformation.”

Highly Commended:

  • A.T. Kearney
  • Schneider Electric

Global Mobility Team of the Year (Large Program)

Sponsored by Fragomen

Winner: CGI

The judges commented: 

“CGI shows a good analysis of the strategic requirements of the business and a strong innovative approach to find a solution.”

Service Provider Awards

Corporate Housing Provider of the Year               

Winner: SilverDoor Apartments

The judges commented: 

“SilverDoor Apartments shows that simple but effective innovations can have great impact.”

Highly Commended: 

  • Cheval Collection 
  • Vision Apartments

Destination Services Provider of the Year

Winner: Santa Fe Relocation

The judges commented: 

“Santa Fe are continuing to develop and strengthen their presence in the DSP space, providing global coverage and leveraging technology to enhance the customer experience.”

Highly Commended: 

  • Chamness Worldwide
  • Icon Relocation

Employee Benefits and Services Provider of the Year

Winner: NetExpat

The judges commented: 

“NetExpat’s entry is really impressive, providing really important support to expats and their spouses! Very interesting mobile app available for relocating partners.”

Highly Commended: 

  • Tampere University, Finland - Hidden Gems
  • Utmost Worldwide Solutions

Expatriate Banking and Financial Services Innovation of the Year

Winner: HSBC Expat

The judges commented: 

“With an incredibly robust offering, HSBC Expat uses innovative tech across a broad spectrum to deliver value for their clients.” 

Highly Commended: 

  • Atlas Wealth Management
  • Cambridge Global Payments

Immigration Provider of the Year

This year, there were joint winners: 

EY & Fragomen

The judges commented on EY: 

“EY provides integrated support for GM on a strategic, tactical and operational level. They also look at the bigger picture with global coverage and local expertise – all in one.” 

The judges commented on Fragomen:

“Fragomen has shown that they truly are leaders in the field of immigration, with their investment in technology, and global coverage which allows them to provide unparalleled service.” 

Highly Commended: 

  • Newland Chase

International Healthcare and Risk Management Provider of the Year

Winner: International SOS

The judges commented: 

“Clear strategy to continue to predict, and meet, current and future needs has put International SOS ahead of the game.”

International Moving Company of the Year

Winner:  Pickfords Move Management

The judges commented: 

“Pickfords demonstrates that a moving company can do more and with good impact on their environmental footprint. A truly great experience and customer journey has been created.”

Highly Commended:

  • Moovaz Innovation 
  • Paramount Transportation Systems

Relocation Management Company of the Year

Sponsored by Alchemy

Winner: Weichert Workforce Mobility

The judges commented: 

“Watch out for Weichert! This company is amazing. Strong client focus as seen with the advisory services group and involvement of the client advisory board.”

Highly Commended:

  • SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving
  • Sterling Lexicon

Tax Provider of the Year

Winner: Crowe

The judges commented: 

“Impressive to see such a personal approach from Crowe. Global reach with a nimble and targeted approach - the best of both worlds.”

Highly Commended:

  • Immedis

Awards Open to All

Best Business Travel Framework

Winner: International SOS

The judges commented: 

“International SOS has continued to support businesses in providing duty of care to employees and they have successfully delivered when it counted the most.”

Best Family Support Program

Winner: Chamness Worldwide

(Chamness Worldwide were unable to attend, so Andy King of Improbable collected the trophy on their behalf)

The judges commented:

“Chamness Worldwide has created a truly tailored approach to the children's program and looking at the children's needs. A really personalised experience, which is what parents are looking for.”

Highly Commended:

  • REA Partners in Transition
  • Women for Women - Expat Spouses initiative - City of Eindhoven

Best Vendor Partnership - RMC

Winner: Aires & Bacardi

The judges commented: 

“Aires has completely understood the Bacardi culture and are often confused as an in house function! The technology solution has been tailored to Bacardi and shows a clear increase in engagement.”

Highly Commended: 

  • Icon Relocation & Tesco
  • SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving & SAP SE

Best Vendor Partnership (non-RMC)

Winner: Mercer & Diageo

The judges commented: 

“Mercer and Diageo have together made the journey from data to technology and are ahead of many other companies. Great partnership looking to challenge the status quo.”

Highly Commended: 

  • Hillbrook &
  • KPMG & International SOS

Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility - Assignee Management   

Winner: Benivo

The judges commented: 

“Welcome" is what Benivo have created for employees with a more personalised relocation solution. They work with mobility to create a tailored solution and unusually, their service is built for the employee.” 

Highly Commended: 

  • Crown World Mobility 
  • ITX

Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility – Bespoke Solutions

Winner: Equus Software

The judges commented: 

“Equus addresses a key need within the global mobility market and displays comprehensive functionality and provides value for money or significantly optimizes costs.”

Highly Commended: 

  • Clearmove
  • ReloQuest

Outstanding Corporate and Social Responsibility Initiatives

Winner: Delta Air Lines

The judges commented: 

“Delta Airlines displays a really good approach to acknowledging and managing the impact of air travel. A very well-rounded approach to CSR.”

Highly Commended:

  • Benivo 
  • Crown World Mobility

Thought Leadership – Best Survey or Research Study of the Year

Sponsored by Clearmove

Winner: EY and the City of London Corporation: Streamlining Success: Building a World-class Visa Process for the UK

The judges commented: 

“Another impressive piece of research from Margaret Burton and the team at EY. Collaboration with stakeholders such as the Home Office throughout the project has enabled unique and innovative approaches.”

Highly Commended: 

  • ECA International - Short-term Assignments Report
  • InterNations Business Solutions: Expat Insider Business Edition

Individual Awards

Global Mobility Rising Star of the Year

Winner: Nathalie Goldstein - MyExpatTaxes

(Nathalie Goldstein was sadly unable to attend, so Holly Maria Creed collected the trophy on her behalf)

The judges commented: 

“Nathalie Goldstein’s is an excellent story that shows how an expatriate did not find the support needed and then went on to build it herself. Nathalie is evidently very self-driven and innovative.”

Highly Commended: 

  • Haitham Al-Khatib - Clearmove

Global Mobility Professional of the Year

Winner: Mark Derksen -

The judges commented: 

“Mark Derksen’s energy and enthusiasm for mobility is infectious. Great 'outside of the box' thinking means he has shown the way for Global Mobility to get a seat at the table.”

Highly Commended: 

  • John Rason - Santa Fe Relocation
  • Kim Woodlock - Smith & Nephew

Global Mobility Innovator of the Year (new award for 2019)

Winner: Holly Maria Creed - DXC Technology

The judges commented:

“Holly Creed is a very energetic, forward-thinking mobility professional. A massive achievement in less than 3 years!” 

Outstanding Contribution to Global Mobility

Winner: Selina Jones-May - Worley

(Unfortunately, Selina Jones-May was unable to attend, so last year's recipient, Anja Vahldiek collected the trophy and said a few words on Selina's behalf)

Claire Tennant-Scull, Global Director, Content & Events at FEM said:

“Dynamic, innovative and inspiring. Selina Jones-May is a superb industry ambassador and a worthy recipient of the 2019 EMMA for her Outstanding Contribution to Global Mobility.”

Here are all our wonderful winners again:

See the gallery here:

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