Global Business Mobile Talent
Germany '12

in the world we are living in today

CHANGES in the Global Economy Impacting Business;

CHALLENGES for the C-suite include... Leadership Development for Global Business; Knowledge Retention; Succession-planning; Strategy execution

SOLUTIONS include... Global Talent Development and Retention
via Rewards and Mobility
to be held at...
Ernst & Young, Theodor-Heuss-Anlage 2 , 68165 Mannheim, Germany
• Time: 08:00 until 17:00, Education Course with Audience Participation
For info please contact ...

Wednesday, April 18th, 18:30 until 21:00... WILLKOMMEN
Empfang durch den Dinner gefolgt

Conference WELCOME Networking Reception and Dinner

Steigenberger Mannheimer Hof
Augustaanlage 4-8
68165 Mannheim, Germany
Fon: +49 / (0)621 / 4005-152

Memo from
Edwin B. Cohen, Conference Developer & Moderator;
Founder, CEO & Editor, GlobalHRNews

We are living in economic instability.

In the current economic turmoil, it is interesting and indeed a challenge to be leading & managing in what has been called a VUCA environment, i.e., Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous.

Organizations need to continue to create an agile and adaptable workforce and… this will take "enhanced training and communications" and a flexible Mobility policy. Throughout this streamlined, 1-day education workshop/conference we will discuss and focus on the meaning and influence of these 5 KEYWORDS

360 perspective required…
What and Why?
• Outsource vs Insource… keep focus on core activities
• Become a Learning Organization to align branding, performance, Benefits
• Talent Policy/Practices “drive the organization”
• Source best people (your Global Talent Policy) for the most appropriate position … at the right price (using your Rewards Policy for Performance/Benefits) …for the right place/location (using your Mobility policy) at the right time.

• Understand economic/marketplace changes happening right now;
• Organize for “Fast-Break” implementation;
• Develop young people; mix the gender, diversify; develop new leaders.

• Define “global” skills needed requiring more education, technical awareness.
• Learn to leverage new skills; raise “game”.

• Utilize audience-interactive collaborative learning.

• Identify what strategies company leaders need to deploy in order to galvanize their capital assets and human assets … both need to be fortified … to meet business/geo-political challenges… domestic and global.

• Talent Mobility Policy becomes the “glue”, bringing-it-all together...

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...from 08:00
Check-in desk opens

Coffee & Networking;
sponsor tables open

08:45 until 09:00
Moderator's Welcome Remarks and Introductions

09:00 until 09:50
Opening Keynote
"The World We Are Living In Now ... Globalisation and its Price"

GERHARD ENGLER, Managing Director,
Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

"Globalized capital markets - entry in a new world order. The world has no borders for investors. Globalisation and the increased linkage between the financial centers have significantly enlarged the investment horizon of most investors. However, not only the income opportunities have increased, but unfortunately also the risks. Even the people only investing in European government-bonds have to keep track of the indebtedness of the U.S., high commodity prices, and the Chinese property market."

During this presentation, the presenter will take conference delegates "on a journey" to the investment focal points of the world, in order to illustrate some effects that the various crises have on capital markets, investment strategies and - finally - on companies and our private and professional lives.

09:50 until 10:20 Coffee break
…sponsor tables open

10:20 until 12:00
Conference-theme Keynote session
Audience participation...

Global Changes Impacting Workforce Management, Talent Sourcing, Development, Retention; and Effective Talent Mobility


THOMAS EFKEMANN, Executive Director, Tax - Assignment Services;
Ernst & Young

Mr. Efkemann is involved with HR Global Mobility Consulting and this includes the following: Processes, Organization and Tools; Governance, Policies; Compliance and Risk Management; plus... HR Global Mobility Operations including managing the Assignment Service Center; Outsourcing, and shared services.

SARGE CARLSON, Global Employee Services Executive and Head, Center for HR Operations, Nestlé

Senior Director Human Resources, EMEA & INDIA
Intermec Inc.

Chris has over 20 years HRD experience with the last 12 years in senior International Director roles. He holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from Sheffield (UK) and is a certified HR practitioner (GPHR) with Society for Human Resource Management. Chris was a Global Advisory Board member for SHRM from 2004 to 2006. He is a current Judge for the UK’s HR Excellence Awards. Chris is British and currently lives in Dusseldorf, Germany. His early career was with ICL (Fujitsu) where he held several HR roles including: Resourcing, Training & Development, Compensation & Benefits, HR projects and HR Operations. He was involved in the consortium that launched the UK’s national lottery (Camelot), he helped ICL become the first IT Company to gain the “Investors in People” accreditation, and their Manufacturing and Logistics Division achieve a European Quality Award prize in ’93 and winners in ’94. Chris has a very impressive record: in increasing revenue/pbt per employee (20%+), reducing employee attrition (c. 8% p.a.), decreasing costs per hire (by average 75%), improving time to recruit cycle times (halving), managing volume resourcing (800 hires in 2005), increasing/improving Employee Engagement metrics (c. 20% positive swing) and for successfully managing International M&A activities (7 so far). He joined Intermec Inc. in early 2006 as HRD EMEA and India, having spent 7 years as HRD International with SAS; one of the world largest privately owned Software Companies.

Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) develops and integrates products, services and technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets and information. Core technologies include rugged mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers, label media, and RFID. The company’s products and services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations. For more information about Intermec please visit

12:00 until 12:45... Part 1 of 2 segments

GERMANY IMMIGRATION UPDATE... recent developments and upcoming changes to corporate migration law in Germany

Uta Behrens and Andreas Wiesmann from Fragomen LLP will give an introduction to the German corporate immigration systems and processes. They will then focus on the expected changes in German corporate migration law with the upcoming implementation of the Blue Card in Germany.

There are several other upcoming rules which will impact on hiring talents from abroad in the future. By illustrating the key points for the hiring process from an immigration perspective, the conference delegates will increase their awareness for possible red flags with regard to hiring foreign nationals.

Part 2 (after-lunch keynote) will be presented by PERMITS FOUNDATION

FRAGOMEN Presenters/Thought-Leaders
Uta Behrens, Country Leader, FRAGOMEN

Andreas Wiesmann, Attorney

Prior to joining Fragomen, Uta Behrens studied law in Germany. On completion, she went to Leipzig and worked at a law firm specializing in Commercial law. There she developed the labour law department. After two and a half years, she went to a German logistics company and developed the legal department during the following seven years as the company was growing to a pan European group with local companies in 17 European countries. She has worked with Human Resources managers and senior managers in private practice specializing in labour and employment law. She has developed strong connections through the HR Community in Germany. She is admitted to the bar Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt am Main and she studied at Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, State Examination.

Andreas Wiesmann is an attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwalt) in the Frankfurt office where he practices exclusively in the field of German and European immigration law and German nationality law. He advises individuals as well as multinational clients across different industries on all aspects of their corporate immigration needs. Prior to joining Fragomen in 2011, Andreas studied law in Germany and worked at a law firm focused on social law. He is admitted to the Frankfurt Bar Chamber; he studied at University of Konstanz, J.D., and University of Konstanz, First State Examination in Law University of Konstanz, Second State Exam: District Court (Landgericht), Konstanz



Kathleen van der Wilk-Carlton, Board Member,
Permits Foundation

Permits Foundation is an international non-profit corporate initiative to promote access of accompanying spouses and partners of international staff to employment through an improvement of work permit regulations.

More than forty major international companies and organisations worldwide have joined the Permits Foundation to encourage governments to relax work permit regulations that currently make it difficult for spouses to work in many countries.

The issue is a concern to international companies and organisations which, in view of the increasing number of dual careers, experience work permit barriers as a hurdle to employee diversity and mobility.

Permits Foundation has already been successful in influencing and contributing to change in France, The Netherlands and the USA. It is currently promoting improvements in other countries in Europe, for example in Germany and at the European Union. It has also started to develop networks in Asia and is working to raise awareness of this issue worldwide. The foundation corresponds with government ministries and agencies directly and/or through local networks of employer organisations and other interested bodies.

Governments are increasingly recognising the importance of dual careers in making their country an attractive business destination supporting trade and investment.

These successes are based on Permits Foundation's initiative to:

Make representations to host governments to liberalise business-related work permit legislation to allow accompanying expatriate spouses to participate freely in local employment markets

Seek and co-ordinate support from national governments and international organizations with an interest in international investment, mobility, equal opportunity and diversity Share best practices and news of governmental progress

Raise awareness in conferences and seminars Encourage debate by preparing briefing materials for selected media.

In this way, Permits Foundation continues to help spouses of all nationalities to maintain and develop skills during expatriation and facilitates re-integration to their home country.

We welcome enquiries from organisations that would like to join this important initiative as a sponsor or contribute in other ways to share best practice and promote change.

We are unable to assist with individual visa enquiries.

If you require specific advice about a country please contact the immigration authorities. Our links page may be useful subject to our terms and conditions.

14:40 until 16:15
A discussion with the audience


CULTURAL PREPAREDNESS...interkulturelle Unterschiede

presented by
Dr. FRITZ AUDEBERT is CEO and founder of the ICUnet.AG.

Dr. Audebert trained as a wholesale and export merchant, studied Economic Management at the Hof University of Applied Sciences and after graduating he worked as an office manager in two Bavarian forestry commissions. Following an extended stay abroad as a project manager in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Brazil, where he was inspired by the intercultural differences, Dr. Audebert was one of the first to study Language, Economic and Cultural Studies at the University of Passau. He later spent almost two years working for a German company in Russia. After returning to the University of Passau as assistant to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, he founded what is now the largest alumni association for a single study programme and was coordinator of the Language, Economic and cultural studies course. After gaining a PhD on the subject of “The time factor in international television advertising” he founded ICUnet.AG in 2001. The experiences he gathered during his many stays abroad and his awareness of the need for intercultural consultation and services give him the motivation to create the vision of an integrated intercultural company with his employees. Dr. Fritz Audebert speaks Russian, English, Spanish and Portuguese. The Cultural Management and Administration graduate is happily married to his wife Cäcilia and they have two sons and a daughter.

– spezifische Auswirkung bei Entsendungen

presented by
DENNIS WARRELMANN, Cigna/Vanbreda International

Dennis Warrelmann comes from the domestic individual private medical insurances and joined VBI/CIGNA 6 years ago. Since then he is involved in partnerships on the German market as well as in direct contacts with multinational companies looking for cross border health solutions for their clients/employees.

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. Vanbreda International is a subsidiary of Cigna Global Health Benefits. All products and services are provided exclusively through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 70 million customer relationships throughout the world.

RETIREMENT: PENSION PLANNING...Künftige Verschiebung der Gesamtvergütung bei lokal Beschäftigten und bei Entsendungen

Impact of ageing on corporate and expat pensions The world's population is ageing. In most countries, there are 4 people of working age for every pensioner currently. Ageing is expected to accelerate and in 2050, there will be just two people of working age for every person of pensionable age. Ageing puts pressure on government finances, but also on the companies that have to pay out pensions for a longer time and on the labour force that has to support the rising number of pensioners. In some regions, we are now facing a “war for talent”. In this session, demographic trends and the impact on pensions in general and expat pensions in particular will be discussed.

presented by
RUEDIGER BLAICH, AEGON Global Pensions Regional Sales Director for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and CEE countries (

Rüdiger Blaich, based in Stuttgart, has 30 years of experience in employee benefits. After graduating in both, Business Administration at the Heilbronn university of applied sciences and Economics at the University of Konstanz (both Germany), Rüdiger had worked in different countries and in different branches in the world, like Mannesmann Group in South Africa, DEMAG Movicarga in Brazil, Volkswagen in Mexico. From 1982 until 1989 and again from 1991 till 2007 he was working for Allianz Leben in Germany mainly in the field of employee benefits locally and since 1997 for the International risk-pooling network All Net. Having done an interruption at another provider for Life insurance, Pensions and assets Allgemeine Rentenanstalt (now: Württembergische Leben) as leader of a team of experts for funds and mortgage financing. He was appointed Regional Sales Director to AEGON Global Pensions in 2007, responsible for the CEE region, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

16:15 until 16:45
GlobalHRNewsTALK SHOW ...


Host & Moderator: Ed Cohen, Editor, GlobalHRNews

Talk Show Format: A dialog ---audience participation

WINE RECEPTION ...sponsor tables open

For more information, contact Ed Cohen:
Phone: +1.619.787.3100
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