Global Business Mobile Talent
Zurich - April 16
SINGLE REGISTRATION 149 CHF but consider 2 seats @250 total!
Private table for 6 @690 CHF

Cross-border employment and Dual Career family issues continue to be one of the biggest challenges that threaten the success of international assignments.
Today, we will discuss how certain companies are working to achieve success by enhancing the employee experience.

Gain competitive advantage,
Win the global competition for talent,
Adapt talent, organisation for global business tomorrow,
Get to a measure Return.

...Strategically source global talent,
...Deploy talent, develop via knowledge transfer, experience, skill-set build,
...Manage Assignment Performance,
...Provide ongoing training/coaching while on assignment for entire family,
...Prevent assignment failure or disruption,
...Retain skill-sets, human capital asset "bench strength"

to be held at...
FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON SIHLCITY, Kalandergasse 1 · Zurich, 8045
+41 44 554 0000 click advert for info

8h check-in, Program start 8h45, finish 17h30

• Learn - Connect - Thrive

April 15th Welcome -- networking reception and dinner NO HOST
rsvp to sponsors welcomed, too

Memo from
Edwin B Cohen -Conference Chairman
Editor -

Hello and greetings from California and welcome to the 12th conference for Switzerland presented by Global Business News. I'm grateful and thankful to have the support of the business community. This event will be a very highly-interactive "idea exchange" rather than a series of "talking heads" with voluminous slides. By design, a smaller audience and format designed for discussions across the tables, delegates are encouraged to speak-up...comment and question in every session. Delegates will take-away practical information usable the very next business day. When this happens, and only then, the event will have been a success!

Today will be about 21st Century Global Business, Dealing with Change, Strategic Thinking and Planning, Global Talent and integrating the 'tech oriented' younger population, Total Rewards and Benefits, and, taking better care of the Mobile Families.

Now I invite you to prepare well for the very highly-interactive sessions by participating in GlobalBusinessNews ... 15-minute research survey about companies going global...lessons learned. We will discuss findings and also reveal info from GlobalBusinessNews conferences presented recently in Paris, Bellevue, Dallas, San Francisco.


Gain competitive advantage and seize emerging growth opportunities...

Strategically source talent, train it, deploy it for global talent development and retain it as a Human Capital Asset for enhancing corporate sustainability and profits.

Get to a measurable Return.


7h45, Check-in / connections
cosponsor displays are open

8h30, Program Start -
Moderator's Remarks
Introductions of the delegates

9h - 9h30, Opening Keynote
Global Mobility and Talent Management
–joined up thinking?

Using some key headlines from the Santa Fe Relocation Services commissioned Global Mobility Survey 2014 and 2015 (yet to be published), Jwe will explore challenges and opportunities for organisations to create competitive advantage from their global mobility programmes.

John Rason
Head of Consulting Services
Santa Fe Group

John Rason’s corporate background includes BBC, Jaguar Land Rover, Converges EMEA Ltd. The Santa Fe Group provide assignment management, relocation, immigration, and household goods moving services to businesses. Consulting Services Group provide a range of global mobility solutions - focused on enhancing client Global Mobility Programmes. Typically, these include policy benchmarking and design, mobility programme reviews and transformation, supply-chain and global mobility cost optimisation.

9h30 - 10h20,

Navid Nazemian
Senior HR Business Partner / Hauptabteilungsleiter Personal

Global HR Leader who helps organisations commercialize HR | Integral Coach in training

University Lecturer - Business Studies & Commercial Law
University of Applied Sciences Hof
Teaching Bachelor/Master's degree students in "Working/Leading in International Companies"

1st a business leader and 2nd an international HR leader with 18+ years of operational and strategic experience with core competencies in Talent & Change Management and Negotiations. Based on own commercial background, convinced that HR teams do benefit from a healthy dose of commercial acumen. As a part time University Lecturer, passionate about connecting the corporate world & academia to enable individuals, teams and organisations the best they can be. As a global keynote speaker and a published author, fascinated by the concept of coaching and how it can help to drive performance. Specialties: HR Business partnering with scientific, commercial and operations leadership teams across the globe, CHRO counsel to develop and improve HR function effectiveness in highly matrixed organisations, Coaching line managers, Mentoring high potential talent, Management of globally scattered functions, Strategy development and execution, Talent & performance management, Organisational effectiveness & change management, Global responsibility for managing competency model for dispersed, multi site HR teams, HR4HR, Chairmanship.


10h45 - 11h30, Global Business Executive Strategy keynote

Gordon Zovko
Chief Development Officer, Executive Committee Member

Gordon is based at ITX Headquarter in Geneva (Switzerland). He previously held the position of Head of International Mobility Administration & Finance where he successively set-up, promoted and managed Global Employment Companies for ITX clients. His "Human Resources Specialist" background and strong experience of working with multinational companies from diverse industries makes him an expert measuring the strategic importance of Global Mobility and its key topics such as: Compensation & Benefits, policies, international working contracts, TCNs' management, rebilling, cost control vs package "attractiveness" and expatriation process efficiency. Gordon also drove the implementation of ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System standards and compliance.

ITX is specialized in Global Mobility, providing expatriate HR Management services to multinational and larger international companies. To manage all types of expatriates regardless of their home or host country, we create and manage Global Employment Companies (GEC™). ITX has developed a comprehensive solution that enables companies to move key staff internationally with minimum internal problems. Our main services include international payroll, compensation & benefits management, accounting & rebilling and cost control & financial report. ITX is currently present in Geneva (HQ), London and Singapore and manages over 4'600 expatriates in more than 100 countries.


"How good HR negotiators plan and get what they désire from employees and unions"

To improve negotiating performance...
understand the structure underlying all business negotiations.

Business negotiation is based upon an understanding that all negotiations have an underlying structure and that there are a number of simple skills which,
if developed, can lead to improved business negotiating.

You will be introduced to the business negotiation phases and shown how it can be used to manage their business negotiations in a more professional and competent manner.

The negotiating process:
Preparing for a negotiation, during the negotiation identify where it has reached, and afterwards, to analyze a negotiation and learn lessons for the next time.

It's a "map" of the negotiating process, not a set of commands to be applied and practiced.

Christine Morlet, CSP
President, French Speakers Association
Business Negotiation Professor,
Strasbourg Management School

Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) - Keynote Speaker on positive influence, negotiation and leadership skills specialist. It's an honor for me to be the President of the French Speakers Association (AFCP - FPSA) for the next two years! We organize a workshop every two months in Paris and a special convention in Paris on August 29 & 30, 2014.

12h20 - 13h,

Christian Bovenkamp
Vice President Human Resources
--Europe | Middle East, Asia Pacific, Brazil
The Medicines Company

Mr Bovenkamp has HR responsibilities in all areas (recruitment, development, talent management, payroll, compensation and benefits, labor law, internal communication, HR systems, change management, coaching, HR process improvement, M&A) for the Medicines Company business in Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Brazil, as well as globally for the Acute and Cardiovascular Care Division. The Medicines Company's purpose is to save lives, alleviate suffering and contribute to the economics of healthcare by focusing on 3,000 leading acute/intensive care hospitals worldwide. Its vision is to be a leading provider of solutions in three areas: acute cardiovascular care, surgery and perioperative care, and serious infectious disease care. The company operates in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions with global centers today in New york metro and Zurich.

lunch ...lite, healthy

table discussions
-- key topics

13h50 - 14h20,
Legal discussion:

Nina Perch-Nielsen
Immigration Lawyer
Sgier und Partner

Ms. Perch-Nielsen works as an immigration lawyer at Sgier + Partner GmbH and has 7 years of experience with incoming immigration to Switzerland. Sgier + Partner GmbH is a leading company in the field of immigration and relocation services. The company supports over 100 HR departments in Switzerland in hiring foreign employees. The focus lies thereby in the safe and smooth move from abroad to Switzerland. The immigration team with long standing professional experience handles more than 3000 permit cases a year for their customers. With this performance, the company has achieved the position as Swiss market leader in this area. With the latest Sgier + Partner Innovation "Permit24®" the customers can monitor at any time the status of their permit cases.

14h20 -- BREAK

14h30 - 1450, subject expert + audience discussion
Challenges, Lessons Learned

Mirta Del Frari
InternationalHR Policy Specilist
Expateer GmbH

Having worked in various industry sectors in Africa, the Middle East, the United States and Switzerland, Mirta grew her career with Mercer working in the EMEA Global Mobility Center of Excellence, performing a variety of global and country-specific benchmarks and policy consulting.

14h55 - 15h15,

Dagmar Richardson
MyPlacement AG
International HR Services

Dagmar Richardson has a broad business background. She started her Marketing career as Product-Manager with HIRZ diaries, later Nestlé. She acquired her sales experience as Sales Manager with Mondaine Watch Ltd, Zürich. In 1997 she moved into Human Resources and joined Bestfoods. As a result of successfully accomplished HR projects she advanced to take over all HR responsibility for Central- and Easter-European countries. During the acquisition of Bestfoods by Unilever in 2000 she was strongly involved in the integration of this region and was later promoted by Unilever to HR Director. In 2005 Dagmar Richardson enlarged her scope and moved to the medical devices business and was till the End of 2007 HR Director in the Swiss Headquarter of a big Multinational Company. In 2008 she founded MyPlacement AG for International HR Services. Dagmar Richardson has a multicultural background and speaks 3 languages fluently; German, English and French. Thanks to her international experience and having been an Expat herself she is today a competent partner for inbound and outbound moves and international projects. She gives regular workshops and supports Swiss and International companies, in being compliant with labor and tax laws.

15h20 - 15h40
Welcome to Switzerland … going beyond the mountains:
Professional coaching of expats and families

Nataliya Braun
Coaching, Counseling & Consulting

Certified Professional Coach with the College of Executive Coaching, USA, trained in Gestalt coaching with the Academy of Executive Coaching, UK, further training in Gestalt; member of ICF (International Coach Federation) and EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council); experience with personality assessments (MBTI, LPI, 360 degree feedback). University postgraduate in applied psychology and MA graduate in linguistics, certified in change management; further training and experience in movement studies and improvisation theater. 15 years of international experience in HR and change management, communications and marketing in life sciences & chemical industry, banking, IT, NGO & mass media; member of HCI (Human Capital Institute) and HR Swiss; lived and worked in several countries and speak several languages. Facilitation and keynotes in international professional conferences and analytical publications on international relations.

15h45 - 16h15

Andrea Drietomska
President Partner Committee
International Dual Career Network (IDCN)

Beat Kopp
Zurich Insurance

The International Dual Career Network (IDCN) is a global non-profit association with the purpose of facilitating the job search for mobile employees’ partners, and providing member companies access to a turnkey pool of talent. Dual Career families’ issues continue to be one of the biggest challenges that threaten the success of international assignments. We aim to help the partners of relocated employees with their local job search by providing valuable career information relevant to the local market as well as a platform for networking with recruiters from our members companies at physical meetings. Every two months, our member companies host events where the partners of relocated employees meet recruiters and build their professional network in the new location. Our network activities are managed by a volunteer committee of partners and corporate members.

Andrea is the current President of International Dual Career Network hub in Zurich-Zug-Schaffhausen. Andrea has experience in digital marketing for pharma, project management, communication and leadership development; her background is in life sciences. She has started up and driven several initiatives related to professional development and is passionate about driving quality, innovation and efficiency in businesses and organizations.

Beat Kopp is Head of Global Mobility Consulting. He joined Zurich in 2008 as Global Mobility Consultant. Since 2012 he leads the consulting team of Global Mobility at Corporate Center. In his role he is responsible with his team for the successful implementation of Zurich’s policy framework, providing high quality advice in all the mobility-related areas and in ensuring a smooth end-to-end employee transfer process. Beat and his team provide support in the areas of policy selection and application, immigration, relocation, tax, social security and pension to all stakeholders involved in the assignment process. Prior to working for Global Mobility at Zurich, Beat has done an internship with Zurich and worked in the general and life insurance sectors of Zurich’s Swiss business unit. Furthermore, before rejoining Zurich, Beat worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mainly responsible for HR and Finance in various missions in South-East Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. Beat holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.

16h15 - 17h30, thought-leaders with audience discussion

... adapting talent and organisations for global business

What does it take to get to a measurable return ?
What does it take to succeed ?

Moderator, Ed Cohen, Editor-
Broadcast Host-

Martina Badrutt
Head, Global Mobility & Corporate Center HR
Total Rewards
Zurich Insurance Group

Zurich is a leading multi-line insurance provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices. With about 55,000 employees, we deliver a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services for individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in more than 170 countries.

Daniela Jarrett
Group HR Manager - Rewards

In the role of Group Manager HR – Rewards Daniela is responsible for leading reward practices across the Group. Her role is particularly focused on designing and implementing global reward programs (Long and Short Term Incentives, Mobility framework, etc.), managing executive remuneration and the Executive Share Plan, and also leading HR Systems for the Group. Specifically SAP and master data, HR KPI reporting and online delivery of reward practices. More specific duties include monitoring and addressing retention and pay equity issues; analysing and evaluating job roles; communicating the company benefits/bonus schemes; executing local and national benchmarking exercises and supporting new business, transitions and acquisitions. There is a strong requirement to liaise with the site-based HR Managers and General Managers, building their knowledge of compensation and to work on core projects across the wider business.

Nyrstar ( was created in 2007 by combining the zinc smelting and alloying operations of Zinifex (an Australian mining company) and Umicore (a Belgian materials technology company).We were listed on the Euronext Brussels Stock Exchange on 29 October 2007, predominantly as a zinc and lead smelting company. Whilst we are a relatively young company, most of our operations have long operating histories under previous owners and operators. Since 2009, we have been undergoing a significant strategic transformation by expanding upstream into mining both to secure raw material supply for our smelters and to gain exposure to the more profitable part of the zinc value chain (zinc mining being historically more profitable than zinc smelting).

Carmen Miinea
Global Mobility Manager

With over 17 years of experience in Global Mobility and Expatriate Tax, Carmen has a proven record of delivering high quality development and governance of international mobility programs, coupled with global/regional project expertise, and strong data analysis skills. Carmen has extended expertise in implementing and managing global Tax and Relocation services providers. Involvements include: Global Mobility Policy Design, Tax and Relocation Global Vendor Implementation and Relationship Management, Global Expat Payroll and Tax Compliance; Professional competencies: RFPs, People management; Vendor relationship management; Social security compliance and planning; Local tax and immigration laws.

Chris Litherland, Chartered FCIPD, GPHR®
Senior Director, Human Resources, EMEA & India
Honeywell / Intermec

Mr Litherland is an International Senior Director of HR focused on the interventions that create sustainable value for Global Organizations. Intermec is a leading Automated Data Capture provider including: mobile devices, scanners, printers, RFID, Services and Software. Now part of Honeywell (HSM). Responsible for EMEA & India HR, managing a team of Regional HR Business Partners, leading global projects and reporting to SVP HR Intermec Inc.

Brad Maxwell

Informal discussions with leaders and delegates

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