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ECA client HEINEKEN wins FEM EMMA for most innovative use of technology

The 2017 FEM EMEA Summit & EMMAs took place in London last Friday and ECA was one of the event’s Headline Partners.

It was great to meet with clients and other industry contacts over the two days. We also led the “Strategy & Implementation” module as well as a roundtable discussion at the conference, and you can find details about the topics we covered below. A big thank you again to all our guest speakers for their contribution!

2017 EMEA EMMAs - a win for HEINEKEN!

As Headline Partner we also attended the EMMAs gala dinner - the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards presented by the FEM for the global mobility and international HR industry. This year, ECA client and shareholder HEINEKEN was shortlisted for an EMMA in the category “Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility (Bespoke)”, up against nine other entries.

And they won! We were with members of HEINEKEN's global mobility team on the night, but would like to take this opportunity to recognise and celebrate their achievement.

Heineken has produced an excellent technology solution. They have focused on stakeholder needs and customers and also embraced modern technology. Amazing, and again Heineken refreshes parts others don't reach!

- EMEA EMMAs independent panel of judges

The global mobility team at HEINEKEN has transformed the way they manage and communicate with their employees who are assigned to markets around the world (over 650 assignees and their families). This includes making use of ECA's Assignment Management System, ECAEnterprise, as the central technology for assignment management within HEINEKEN. Having worked closely with the team for many years, as well as on this transformation journey, we are thrilled that they have won this award! 

Speaking of technology...

At the IBIS Academy in Cannes earlier in the year we also led a panel discussion looking at how technology is shaping the way global mobility teams work. Sandra Winstanley, Global Mobility & Benefits Manager at HEINEKEN, joined us on the panel for this session along with Cecilia Calais, Head of Global International Mobility at Ericsson. You can see a summary of what we discussed then here.

ECA at the FEM EMEA Summit

ECA module: Strategy & Implementation

Panel discussion: The key challenges of modern mobility

  • The challenges of modern mobility
  • Talent and mobility integration
  • Cost and ROI
  • Programme management

On the panel:

  • Khadeeja Islam, Senior Manager - Global Mobility, Aggreko
  • Neerav Shah, Senior Consultant, ECA International
  • Gareth Davies, Head of Global Mobility, Rolls-Royce
  • Nigel Yates, Mobility Lead – Europe, Turkey & CIS, Wood plc

Expert Insight: Designing an international mobility programme
David Remedios, Head of Consultancy, ECA International

Businesses require quick and agile deployment of employees to live and work in another country, but why do so many mobility programmes fail to achieve both business and employee objectives?

We will look at how companies can create a roadmap to connect business strategies and mobility to maximise global talent.

  • Strategy road map: from assessment and audits through to design and delivery
  • Evolution of global mobility – is your policy framework fit for purpose?
  • Cost modelling for informed remuneration strategy decisions
  • Technology: enabling effective programme implementation and management

Case study: International Mobility within Philips Lighting
Annemarie Bunschoten, Head of International Mobility, Philips Lighting

  • International Mobility mission and vision
  • International Mobility scope and policy developments
  • Further integration of International Mobility and Talent Management; implementing processes and tools to increase assignment success rates

Roundtable discussion: Securing business approval for assignment costs
Antonia Kuessner, Software Solutions Consultant, ECA International

More and more companies require approval of costs before an assignment can go ahead. We will discuss how participants currently establish the costs for an assignment, and whether and how the business approval is secured.


If you are looking for a complete Assignment Management System or online calculators and tools, ECA has a solution to suit you. You can find information on our website about ECAEnterprise, our range of online calculators and tools for expatriates - or feel free to request a free demo or give us a call to discuss your requirements.

For support from our Consultancy & Advisory team, whether you are looking to implement a policy framework, benchmark assignment packages or review processes and stakeholder communication, please request a callback to speak with one of our experts.

To see upcoming ECA events and training courses, as well as industry events where ECA experts will be speaking, please check our Events calendar.



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