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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

TOPIC: Introduction to Cartus Leadership

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 and Real Estate Services

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 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 unique insight into the relocation industry and the services provided. 

Don joined the Supply Chain team in 2010 as Vice President with responsibility over compliance and procurement, as well as network responsibility for temporary housing, immigration, property management and rental.  Don has worked for Realogy for over 25 years, holding financial positions within Century 21 and Realogy’s corporate headquarters.

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.

Scott Becker

Global Product & Innovation Officer,
Affinity and Broker Services

TOPIC: Product & Innovation @ Cartus: Next-GEN Tech Tools for Next-GEN Moves

Becker joined Cartus in February of 2016 as Senior Vice President of Affinity and Broker Services.  He quickly achieved strong results, growing the volume of both departments and introducing new and innovative technology that helped consumers have more self-serve options and improve their overall experience.  After serving as Interim CEO from January to July of 2018, Becker was named Global Innovation & Product Officer in August of 2018.  

In this position, Becker leads Cartus Marketing, Strategy & Consulting, and Product Development.  Becker continues to lead Affinity Services which provides real estate services and benefits to large membership-based organizations.  In 2017, Affinity Services provided over 69,000 real estate transactions to the Cartus Broker Network while achieving 90+% “top block” customer service ratings.  

Scott brings to his roles a long career in real estate with deep experience in the areas of brokerage, sales management & lead generation, along with a keen understanding of the needs of relocation clients and their transferring employees. His instrumental role at his previous company, Century 21® New Millennium, encompassed many highly prestigious awards, including the #1 sales volume ranking for Century 21® worldwide and the Cartus Broker Network Masters Cup, the network’s highest accolade.

A native of New Jersey, Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College.  With a love of the outdoors and adventure sports, he has summited two of the world’s famous “Seven Summits” and has recently added a new endeavor – surfing – to his passion for the outdoors. He currently resides in Danbury, CT.

Rizwan Akhtar

Senior Vice President, IT

TOPIC: The Value of Enhanced Tech Platform

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.

Rizwan and his wife moved to the area from Chicago and are preparing for their first child due in November. 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.

Paula Young

Senior Director Ethics & Compliance, Realogy Holdings, Corp.

TOPIC – Ethics & Compliance

Paula serves as Senior Director of Ethics & Compliance at Realogy Holdings Corp. She oversees various compliance functions within the Ethics & Compliance department. Paula manages the ethics hotline, conflicts of interest reporting, utilizes a network across the company concentrating on wire fraud analysis and other high impact cyber matters. One of Paula’s areas of focus is driving Realogy’s ethical culture to the center of the business through all audiences – from employee to board member engagement. She contributes to key aspects of Realogy’s risk-based ethics and compliance program by partnering across the company. Paula is also engaged in business unit outreach and operationalizing the Ethics & Compliance program at Realogy. She heads the compliance communications program, championing a varied approach to fostering a culture of ethics and compliance with external regulations and internal policy. Paula “for the people” as she’s known – believes that demonstrating to employees how to put policy into practice is critical to breathing life into a world class ethics and compliance program. Paula has nearly 20 years’ experience and has been with Realogy for the past 12 years. She is a member of BELA, CELC, SCCE and she speaks fluent French/Creole.

Realogy Holdings, Corp.

Realogy (NYSE: RLGY) is a 7x World’s Most Ethical Companies recipient by Ethisphere Institute and a global leader in real estate franchising with company-owned real estate brokerage operations doing business under its franchise systems as well as relocation and title services. Realogy’s brands and business units include Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, The Corcoran Group®, ERA®, Sotheby’s International Realty®, NRT LLC, Cartus and Title Resource Group. Collectively, Realogy’s franchise system members operate approximately 13,400 offices with 250,000 independent sales associates doing business in 105 countries around the world. Realogy is headquartered in Madison, N.J.

Greg Bonnette

Principal and Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, Ironside

TOPIC – Predictive Analytics 101: Key Insights to Enhance YOUR Business 

Greg is a Principal and Vice President of Strategy & Innovation at Ironside. He oversees research and development of comprehensive business analytics solutions designed to solve specific industry, functional, and situational challenges. His mission is to drive and nurture innovation culture within Ironside and our clients in the areas of data and analytics, ultimately bringing new data-oriented concepts, products, and enterprise solutions to market rapidly to generate true business value. Bringing a philosophy of empathy with him to every conversation with our clients, Greg always provides the most targeted, relevant advice possible to help them realize their analytics goals.

Greg is also well-versed in the many ways of business analytics strategy and execution across a variety of industry, functional, and horizontal areas, and is regarded in the industry at large as an expert in virtually every facet of the discipline. These specialties include strategic planning, organizational design and competency centers, business analysis, data architecture, data mining, data visualization, user experience, and overall value recognition, just to name a few. He has also spoken at numerous client events, partner events, and regional user group meetings, and has served as a trusted advisor to some of the world’s most prestigious organizations.

Jennifer McCarthy

Vice President, Global Marketing

TOPIC – What’s Next @ Cartus? Communicating the value of Next GEN-Tools

Jennifer McCarthy is a dynamic, creative marketing leader with over 20 years of experience developing integrated marketing campaigns and brand programs. While her professional passions involve building strong brands and leading high performing, cross-functional teams inside the office, her personal passions include anything that gets her outside – from fly fishing to snowboarding. Eager to challenge herself (her current goal is to commute to work on her bike during warmer weather, 45 miles round trip!) she’s equally skilled at challenging others to excel.

Prior to joining Cartus, Jennifer held the position of Vice President of Global Brand Design Operations and Marketing, Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide, where she had the opportunity to lead several teams in the company’s in-house design agency, Global Brand Design. In this role, she concepted, developed and launched multiple brand programs and marketing campaigns to reach global audiences at over 1,700 Starwood Hotels. Jennifer led the marketing execution for Le Meridien brand, which included its repositioning, overseeing the creation of its visual identity, implementing brand programs and launching an event marketing strategy to connect the brand to audiences around the world.

Jennifer joined us in 2017, bringing a reputation as a high-performing, professional and innovative leader along with her. She’s thrilled to be a part of the Cartus family where she executes programs that showcase the company’s unique strengths and value proposition in the market.

Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest College. After living all over the United States in places like Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; Houston and Dallas, Texas; and Denver, Colorado, Jennifer is currently living with her husband and three children in New Canaan, Connecticut. Still, she considers America to be her hometown in the wider global community she calls home.