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Katrina L. Helmkamp


Katrina L. Helmkamp has served as president and chief executive officer of Cartus since July 2018.  In her role, Helmkamp leads Realogy’s relocation services segment, a leading global provider of outsourced employee relocation services.

Prior to joining Realogy, Helmkamp has served as CEO of two privately held consumer goods firms, where she accelerated product innovation, shifted toward more digital and social marketing, built strong leadership teams, and leveraged multiple brands to gain market share. Most recently, she served as CEO of Lenox Corporation, a market leader in quality tabletop and giftware, from November 2016 to June 2018.  From 2015 to 2016, she acted as a consultant, primarily working with private equity firms.  From 2010 to 2014, she was CEO of SVP Worldwide, the global leader in consumer sewing machines.

From 2007 to 2010, she led teams at Whirlpool Corporation as Vice President, Global Refrigeration, and then Senior Vice President, North America Product.  From 2005 to 2007, Helmkamp held leadership roles at ServiceMaster.  She served as President of Terminix with 10,000 associates, 2 million customers and $1B in revenues from both company-owned and franchised locations.  In addition to her executive experience, she was a partner for six years at The Boston Consulting Group, from 1998 to 2004.

Since November 2015, Helmkamp has served as a member of the Board of Directors at IDEX Corporation, a publicly traded company engaged in the development, design, and manufacture of fluidics systems and specialty engineered products, and as a member of its Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.

Helmkamp received a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University.

Michael P. Brannan

Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Management

Mike has been with Cartus since 1985 and has more than 30 years of experience in the relocation industry. Mike is responsible for the Cartus global supplier network, with a focus on optimizing supplier service delivery in markets around the world. He is also responsible for the strategic development and execution of Cartus’ Intercultural and Language Solutions business segment and International Assignment Compensation Services group. Prior to his current assignment, Mike held the position of senior vice president, general manager for intercultural services and key accounts. Mike has also held the position of senior vice president, account management, for the company’s Central and Western regions and was responsible for the strategic development and execution of Cartus’ HRO business segment.

Mike has in-depth experience with the outsourced implementation and administration of many high-volume relocation accounts. He is a former member of the Human Resource Outsourcing Association (HROA) Board of Trustees, a recipient of the Worldwide ERC® Meritorious Service Award, and served on that organization’s Industry Advisory Council. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix, as well as the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) designation.

Pat DeDonato

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management

Pat DeDonato is responsible for the management and oversight of the daily global operations process and performance of the Cartus Moving Services product and networks.  Reinforcing Cartus objectives, her team supports the Network and Client Services Teams to ensure understanding of, and contribution to, Top Block customer service. Pat is responsible for ensuring that suppliers’ performance supports business processes through appropriate metric design and measurement.

Pat is also responsible for managing Cartus’ real estate inventory, ensuring that each property is marketed effectively and that each file is managed successfully.

Pat has been with Cartus for 29 years in a variety of lead positions, has held her Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) designation for 21 years, and is Six Sigma certified in process management.

Pat also received the Meritorious Service Award for her contributions to Worldwide ERC.

Don Briggs

Vice President, Supply Chain Management

Don Briggs has worked for the Realogy family for over 30 years, starting out in financial roles within Century 21 and Realogy’s corporate office.  Don joined Cartus in 1997 and for the first 12 years worked in a variety of financial positions including Vice President of Finance where he led the Finance and Pricing teams. These roles provided a unique lens into the relocation industry and the services delivered by Cartus.

Don joined Cartus’ Supply Chain team in 2010 as Vice President with responsibility over procurement and compliance, as well as operational ownership for a number of networks, including temporary housing, immigration, property management and rental.

Richard Tucker

Managing Director, Relocation Agent Network and Vice President, Global Supply Chain Management 

Richard heads up the Cartus Supply Chain Management team and our national network of independent estate agents in England, Scotland and Wales – Relocation Agent Network. Richard has been involved in the UK property market for 40 years and as a result he has an unparalleled knowledge and understanding of every aspect of the relocation industry and residential housing market.

Richard has led Relocation Agent Network since 1998 and is responsible for its continued growth. A former estate agent, Richard joined the leading New Forest agency and surveyors practice Jackson & Jackson, becoming an equity Partner.  The practice was acquired by General Accident in 1987 and in 1990 Richard relocated to Cardiff, where he set up and managed their Corporate Relocation Division. 

In 1996, Richard joined Cartus as Supplier Manager and was instrumental in the development of the ISO accreditation programme.  Richard soon moved onto the role of Director of Customer Services, before moving to Director of Relocation Agent Network.  In 2002, he became Managing Director of Relocation Agent Network and later also took over the position of Vice President of Supply Chain Management for the Cartus EMEA, APAC and Americas regions.  As well as the responsibility for the international arena, including Destination Service Providers Globally, his role includes the management of the wider UK supplier network (removal companies, solicitors, maintenance contractors).

Richard is a main Board Director of the Cartus UK companies and sits on our APAC and EMEA Senior Leadership Strategy Teams.

David Pascoe

Executive, SVP, EMEA & APAC

Following a successful career working for a multi-national telecommunications company in a high-profile role, David was appointed by Cartus in 1999. Since then, he has gone on to hold a number of key senior management positions.

Based in the UK and part of Cartus’ Executive Leadership Team, David is responsible for Cartus’ offices in the EMEA, APAC, and LA regions. In addition, he is responsible for one of Cartus’ two Global Client Portfolios, leading international client teams from all of Cartus’ service centers around the world in support of his clients.

David is also instrumental in shaping Cartus’ continuous improvement program, proactively identifying gaps and developing innovative technology enhancements tailored to meet our clients’ evolving needs.  Currently, that includes serving as executive sponsor on our most significant technology initiative to date: building a centralized mobility hub that provides a complete view of the data from internal Cartus systems, suppliers, and partners that are core to our business today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Other recent examples include Cartus’ interactive MovePro TimelineSM, which guides assignees through the relocation process, and our cutting-edge data analytics tool. Exclusively available to Cartus clients, it provides access to advanced predictive and descriptive analytics, enabling better evaluation of program trends. Its launch has also contributed to Cartus’ ability to jointly resolve historic, challenging industry-wide issues faced by clients—further testament to Cartus’ position as industry leader.

Possessing 20 years’ relocation management experience—which includes leading on-site mobility teams for a leading global investment bank—David brings a unique skill set to Cartus’ diverse client portfolio, as evidenced by the testimonial below:

“…our program would not be where it is today both from a satisfaction and cost standpoint if it were not for David [and his team]. They truly understand our intent and challenges, are relentless advocates of our best interest, and have energized an approx. 200 size internal organization to be passionate about their work and the lives they improve each and every day.”

Larry Ghirardo

Vice President, Client Services

Larry Ghirardo is the Business Owner for MovePro360SM one of Cartus primary 2019 Strategic Initiatives – to develop an Enhanced Holistic Client Experience for relocation clients.  Larry is presently part of the MovePro360 project team at Corporate headquarters in Danbury, CT where he is working together with the Product and IT groups in an Agile environment.

Larry is uniquely suited for the Business Owner role with his years of experience at Cartus responsible for a diverse global client portfolio combined with his background in the Expatriate Tax & Compensation Services arena.  He has a proven success record interfacing with Fortune 100 clients in the areas of best practices, trending, cost analysis, global compensation services and quad-regional service delivery in Singapore, China, EMEA and The United States.

Larry has over 30 years experience assisting companies with moving their employees globally.  Prior to Cartus, he spent 18 years in public accounting specializing in expatriate services with a focus on tax compliance, consulting, global compensation and U.S. payroll reporting.   His experience includes living and working abroad on long-term assignments in Belgium and Japan as well as short-term assignments in a number of European and U.S. locations.

Qualifications:  Certified Public Accountant, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Dual Citizen:  USA & Italy, Bachelor of Arts in Economics – Stanford University

Rizwan Akhtar

Senior Vice President, IT

Rizwan joined Cartus in the summer of 2018 taking on the role of Senior Vice President of IT with enthusiasm and a keen eye on the future of technology at Cartus. Rizwan was CEO Katrina Helmkamp’s first senior executive hire after she took the reins of Cartus in late spring of 2018.

Before coming to Cartus Rizwan worked as a senior IT Executive for 20+ years with broad and diverse experiences in business focused IT leadership, with 8+ years in Financial Services. Rizwan brings deep technology and business domain expertise in Retail, Business Banking, Commercial Banking, and Digital Banking functions to Cartus.

With extensive leadership experience in creating and supporting business strategies that enable growth and transformation and a solid track record in leading the delivery of large-scale, mission critical complex enterprise initiatives, Rizwan will lead the technology department at Cartus into a new phase.

An accomplished wildlife and nature photographer who also happens to speak 8 languages Rizwan is a most passionate about the track days he spends driving very fast cars. You can find him behind the wheel of some of the world’s most awe inspiring super cars. He has a goal to lap a Bugatti so if anyone has a spare Veyron he could borrow and take to Imola for the weekend he can be reached at extension 8885.

Kader Sakkaria

Vice President, Technology Transformation

Kader leads all of Technology Build and Delivery organization across Cartus. He joined Realogy in February 2019 to oversee Cartus Technology Digital Transformation Strategic Initiatives.

 Prior to joining Realogy, Kader was the Head of Business, Technology, and Portfolio Management at BMO Harris Bank. Previously, he has led large-scale technology transformation initiatives for Fortune 500 companies like Deloitte and Accenture. He was the country head for TransUnion in South Asia. He has led PMO, offshore delivery centers at various organizations State Farm Insurance, HighMark (Blue Cross Blue Shield of PA), US Foods, and Ryder Logistics . He comes with deep vertical expertise in Healthcare, Logistics, Financial Services, Consumer, and Industrial Products.

Kader has earned Masters in Computer Science from University of Madras (India) and MBA in Global Management from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University).

Alan Beaulieu

President & Principal of ITR Economics

With a reputation as an accurate, straightforward economist, Alan has been delivering award-winning workshops and economic analysis seminars in countries across the world to thousands of business owners and executives for the last 25 yeaes.

He is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the US and global trends over the next 20 years. Alan also coauthored Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes, and noted by one reviewer as “simple, yet awesome.”

Ross Shafer

President, Change Expert, Ross Shafer Consultants, Inc.

ROSS SHAFER has the most peculiar background of any speaker on CHANGE.

He has authored nine business books yet also won international stand-up comedy competitions. He’s earned six TV Emmys as a network talk and game show host yet credits his success to reselling bicycles at age 13. He flipped cars at 15 and flipped homes at 18. After college at 21, he started buying and selling companies. The common denominator is a burning pursuit of excellence that has driven Ross to the top of every field he’s entered.

Since his early teens, Ross Shafer has been obsessed with understanding “Who succeeds? Who fails? And Why?” His confidence flourished when he discovered that there were specific blueprints for success in every job and every industry. That understanding led to his noteworthy achievements in business, television broadcasting, book writing, professional speaking (CPAE) and even stand-up comedy. His wildly diverse career choices have allowed Ross to communicate complex ideas with great fun – and an “everyman” quality.

Today, he coaches leaders and teams on how to cross-pollinate innovative ideas about emerging trends, shifting buying habits, and the motivation of workforces during mergers and acquisitions. His clients include 73 of the Fortune 100…as well as a broad array of associations. What most people don’t know is that Ross may have sparked the explosion of the entertainment cooking channels when he wrote a funny bestselling book, Cook Like a Stud (38 recipes men can prepare in the garage using their own tools). Not bad for a guy who played college football (pre-concussion-era helmets) and who still aspires to get his hair right.