International: (CANCELLED) Who, Why, How and ROI: The Real Risks in International Assignments
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When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Where: Canceled
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

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Who, Why, How and ROI: The Real Risks in International Assignments

When it comes to assigning someone to an International role, it's relatively easy to find subject matter experts for taxes, compensation, visas, etc. The true challenge is clearly identifying the need and determining who might be best suited. Assessment of candidates and the function of the role are key. It's critical to define what success might look like and the future of the assignee, once the assignment is completed. HRMAC's Global IG is excited to present a panel of your HR Peers, speaking on the most important aspects of success in international assignments.



Isabell Polotzek, Global Mobility Consultant at Allianz; Manage international assignments from and to the US throughout the entire life cycles at all hierarchical levels across Allianz companies; consult and support employees, the business and HR professionals in all questions regarding global mobility solutions (e.g. assignments, business trips, local agreements); provide guidance and monitor legal, tax, payroll, social security and immigration requirements; negotiate, review and execute global mobility guidelines including cost projections in alignment with line managers and HR departments worldwide; manage exceptions; collaborate with all relevant interfaces internally i.e. Group Tax, Group Legal, Crisis Management as well as externally i.e. relocation vendors, immigration specialists, intercultural and security training providers, tax consultants; instruct (inter-)national payrolls with regards to payments, taxes/ social security; active participation in ERC network; strategic support in establishing the Global Mobility Hub Americas

Betsy Ortolano, Global Mobility Policy Manager at Accenture -  Lead for global relocation and international assignment policies. Responsibilities include overall policy management (including development & changes), consult with key stakeholders on policy provisions, reviewing/approving home country policy supplements, management of exceptions, create policy communications and support materials, manage online language & cultural training suppliers, manage international housing budget tool, participate in mobility round-tables and source policy bench marking as needed.

Stephen T. Cogswell, Supply Chain and Quality Systems, McDonald’s China (2015 – present) Sr. Director Supply Chain – Agriculture, Asia Pacific Middle East Africa (2012 – 2015) – Stephen will share his experience from the assignee perspective.

Tom Bruhn, Vice President Client ServicesDrawing on over thirty years of relocation management experience, I have served as the single point of contact and strategic advisor for clients of all sizes, from Fortune 100 to emerging markets, keeping them apprised of the latest workforce mobility trends and next practices. I have a passion to drive truly meaningful and beneficial professional partnerships involving Account Management, Advisory Services, Business Development, and Operations to ensure that all services and products are optimally aligned with each client’s mobility program, talent management, and strategic business goals.


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This program is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours towards PHR/SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 1.5 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification. 

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