Successful global assignments in the 21st century: taking a strategic perspective on mobility

Successful global assignments in the 21st century: taking a strategic perspective on mobility


Date(s) - 5th March 2020
6:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Novotel London City South

Embarking on a global assignment has always been an opportunity for key talent to build a first-hand experience of their organisation’s global operations, while building value with others across cultural and organisational barriers. In this rapidly changing world – despite the advent of technologies of distant communication and the carbon cost of international travel – global mobility is not going away; and nor are the associated challenges.

Today many talented professionals are attracted to working for organisations where geographically dispersed operations provide the opportunity to expand their own individual experience and skills set. But what are key changes in the profile of the future global assignment, what will make it successful and how do you ensure that the benefits it brings to an organisation go beyond the needs of a few?

In this panel session we will hear from Kai Bendix, CEO of Cofresco, a market-leader specialising in manufacturing and distributing branded kitchenware brands like Bacofoil. Kai has spent over 10 years of his life as a C-Suite executive living outside his home culture of Germany. He will share some insights about how international assignments can provide the skills and networks required to support an organisation’s strategic interests, particularly in times of disruptive change.

Kai will be joined by Nigel Ewington, Director of TCO International – a consultancy involved in supporting the global agility of talent and c-suite executives. To support his interest in leadership development, Nigel has been involved in some ground-breaking research on the qualities required for international assignment and how to manage assignments before departure, on arrival and on return.

Our final member of the panel will be David Enser; an international HR professional with extensive experience in end-to-end mobility programme management. David is one of the founders of the RES Forum which is the leading global mobility community with over 1500 members from more than 750 organisations in 40+ countries. David has worked in HR and mobility roles with the likes of Nokia, IBM and Procter & Gamble. Before taking over as MD of the RES Forum, David was Head of Cross Border Employment and a works council member for adidas based in Germany.


6.15pm – 6.45pm registration and welcome drinks

6.45pm – 7.45pm presentation

7.45pm – 8.45pm drinks, canapes and informal networking



Bookings are closed for this event.