US EMMAs 2011 Winners Announced


JudgesLaurette Bennhold-Samaan 

Managing Director, Global Mobility, Aperian Global

Laurette Bennhold-Samaan (Managing Director, Global Mobility, Aperian Global) has over twenty-five years experience in global mobility and has worked for Accenture, the World Bank, Honda of America and the Peace Corps. As a co-author of 4 books she has also taught with the University of Maryland (International Division in Europe) and Kingston College (Canada). She currently resides in Washington, DC.

Tobye Bernstein

Global Mobility Senior Manager, Amgen, Inc

Tobye Bernstein is the Global Mobility Senior Manager at Amgen, Inc where she is accountable for U.S. immigration and global assignments.  She is responsible for ensuring compliance through policy development, practices, and package developments for global transfers. Prior to joining Amgen in 2007, she worked at General Electric as the Manger, Policy Development and Business Relations. Tobye has been involved in the expatriate compensation and benefits field for more than 25 years and has been instrumental in continually redefining expatriate programs to support business initiatives throughout her career. Additionally she has been a member of numerous relocation related advisory boards.

Tod Day


Mr. Tod Day has a diverse background with more than 20 years of experience in the human resources field in the Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) industry, functioning in project, regional, corporate, shared services and construction management roles.

Tod has also lived and worked in several countries including the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile and Trinidad & Tobago. He is bi-lingual in English/ Spanish, and has extensive expatriate program management expertise.

Professional Organizations/Affiliations

  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
  • WorldatWork
  • National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), International Assignment Management Committee (IAMC)
  • Organizational Resources Counselors (ORC) – Expatriate Round Table
  • ORC – EPC Expatriate Policy Benchmark Steering Committee


  • BSBA, Personnel Management,UniversityofArizona
  • Professional Registrations
  • Senior Professional Human Resources(SPHR)
  • Six Sigma – Champion and Green Belt

JudgesSandra Howell

Kraft Foods

Sandra Howell is the Director of Compensation & Global Mobility with Kraft Foods and has been in the Global Mobility role since February 2005, which was expanded in 2008 to include additional Compensation responsibilities. As part of this role, she is responsible for strategy, policy development & program management for all cross-border employee mobility for all of Kraft employees.

Sandra started her HR career with Watson Wyatt Consulting (UK) where she held a variety of HR consulting positions during her 12 years.  She joined Lucent Technologies in 1997 and held a number of roles in the U.K.and then as an expatriate in Brussels for over 2 years, during which time she was very involved in the HR project to split the business and became part of the Avaya spin-off from Lucent.  When she left Avaya in January 2002 she was the Head of Compensation & Benefits for Europe, Middle East & Africa.  In January 2002 she joined Kraft Foods based in Melbourne, Australia as Director of Compensation & Benefits for the Asia Pacific Region a role she held for 3 years before moving into her current role at Kraft’s corporate headquarters.

In 1985, she completed her postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management at Kingston University (London) and became a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development in the U.K.

In 2005, she became a Chartered Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and in 2001 earned the Global Remuneration Professional designation from World at Work.

JudgesPeggy Lee

Manager of Global Mobility, Bunge

Peggy Lee, CCP, CBP, GRP, GMS is the Manager of Global Mobility for Bunge Limited. Peggy leads the implementation, on-going review, analysis and evaluation of Bunge’s global mobility programs focusing on meeting the needs of the company and employees while ensure legal and tax compliance. Peggy works with the various operating companies to ensure buy-in and foster partnership to ensure successful execution of programs and plans. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for New York City Organization for Relocation Professionals.

Peggy has over 20 years of experience within the HR field, ranging from being an HR Generalist to Heading up Compensation for various major corporations and industries. Peggy received a B.A. degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Oregon and a M.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Baruch College, City University of New York.

In addition to her professional experiences, Peggy has a unique perspective of being a child of an expatriate living in the Middle East and Europe for 6 years.

JudgesRobert Lesser

World Bank

Rob is a lawyer with more than 25 years experience in tax, HR, relocation and process consulting.  He created a best-in-class program at Morgan Stanley and has lived and worked not only in the US but also in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo.  Since retiring last year, Rob has done corporate speaking and consulted with various organizations helping them gain efficiencies and effectiveness, including the World Bank, CIGNA International and others in the relocation field.

JudgesRichard Lopez

Global Mobility Manager, Dell

Richard oversees Dell’s expatriate program and supports HR M&A implementations. Prior to working at Dell, he worked for Ernst & Young as an expatriate tax manager and consulted on-site at Cisco Systems and Yahoo in the role of Global Mobility Manager.

Richard completed international assignments in London, UK and Guadalajara, México and is certified as a Global Mobility Specialist by the Worldwide ERC.

JudgesLusinè Meeks, GPHR

With over 16 years in Global Human Resources Management, Lusinè Meeks currently serves as Vice President of Global Operations and Mobility at Alliance Data. In her role Lusinè oversees the management of international payroll, HRIS, mobility activities, global immigration, and global benefits strategy.  She was recently awarded the global EMMA award for the best global mobility team of the year (2010).

She is a current member of the Society of Human Resources, member of the Human Rights International Alumni, speaker on multiple national conferences and roundtables, and a Board Member of North Texas Relocation Professionals. A tenacious networker, Lusinè is the Executive Director of the DFW International HR Roundtable.

Lusinè is a certified global professional of HR (GPHR) and holds a Masters degree in Political Science and International Relations from the AUA, USA and a Master’s degree in International Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK.

Prior to Alliance Data, Lusinè was Sr. Principal at Sabre Holdings, Director of Global HR at ACS/Xerox and Sr. Manager of Global Compensation and Benefits at i2 Technologies, where she managed multiple HR functions. Originally from Armenia, she has lived and worked in various countries including UK, Russia, and Armenia.

After relocating internationally 6 times, she is married with two children and calls Texas her home.

JudgesRené Phillips


René – based in Brussels, Belgium – is the Global Head of our International Executive Services Practice. René has a wealth of experience from over 25 years in the Tax practice in KPMG Belgium, including playing an integral role in the firm’s International Executive  Services practice since its inception in Belgium.


Larry Poss

Director of Global Mobility Policy for Fluor Corporation.

Fluor is a Fortune 200 company and one of the world’s largest publicly traded engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management companies. Larry is responsible for international mobility strategy and policy design for a diverse expatriate workforce consisting of over 7,500 international assignees from 20 global offices assigned to more than 35 countries.

He has over 20 years of experience in International Human Resources including 7 years as an expatriate HR manager and consultant in the Middle East.

JudgesYvonne Quahe

Yvonne Quahe is a global mobility specialist at the Global Staff Mobility Unit of the World Bank Group.  She currently supports World Bank Staff and their families who are relocating to Africa( East Africa) and East Asia/Pacific.  In addition she also works on dual career issues.  She was born and raised in Singapore but went to University in the UK.  She has lived and worked in 3 continents and 5 countries. The dual career dilemma is a cause close to her own heart as she has experienced the challenges of continuing a career in different countries.

She has a degree in sociology, is a certified global mobility specialist, MBTI practitioner and global career development facilitator.  She is also the author of We Remember, Cameos of Pioneer Life and co-author of Culture Shock –Philippines and the website “Tools to Move”.  She is also a frequent presenter at conferences.

JudgesLisa Rodriguez

Abbott Laboratories

Lisa is currently a director of Talent Deployment for Abbott Laboratories.  In this role, she and her global team manage the mobility process at Abbott.  Prior to this role, Lisa led global compensation process improvements projects and was a director of Talent Acquisition.  Previously, Lisa was with 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota.  There she spent time in sales and engineering.  She also obtained her six sigma black belt certification.

JudgesWilliam R. Sheridan

Vice President, International Human Resource Services, National Foreign Trade Council

Bill Sheridan, is Vice President, International Human Resource Services of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC).

Based in the New York Cityoffice of the NFTC, Bill is responsible for the management of the NFTC’s international human resource committees and roundtables; expatriate cost management information; and policy and vendor resources.

Bill has over 25 years of international human resource experience, primarily in the petroleum and financial service industries.  He worked as an expatriate inBahrainwith Caltex Petroleum.  He also held senior human resource management positions with American Express International Bank and Barclays Bank.

He holds a BA from City College of New York, an MBA from City University of New York, and is a Certified Compensation Professional.  He is a Life Member of World at Work and a member of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. Bill served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy as a Communications and Personnel Officer at the Naval Air Station, Guantanamo, Cubaand is a Vice-Commodore of the Oysterville Yacht Club.

JudgesScott Sutton

Director of Global Marketing, AIRINC

Scott joined AIRINC in 1997 as a Client Services Manager. In 2000, he established a corporate marketing function at AIRINC and continues to manage AIRINC’s global marketing initiatives. Before coming to AIRINC, Scott worked as a Market Analyst for Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corporation and as a Marketing Consultant for World Learning. He received his B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1986 and his M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1993

JudgesAdele M. Yeargan

Global Mobility Lead at ITT Corporation

In this role, Adele is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic approach to mobility, which is a critical enabler to ITT’s global talent and leadership development strategies. She is responsible for all country-to-country short- and long-term employee assignments and for U.S. employee relocations. She is building a new capability and creating an integrated global infrastructure to make the ITT relocation process more value-driven, effective and efficient, including program design, vendor management, policy development and related logistics.

Adele brings broad-based and global mobility experiences from both the corporate Human Resources and mobility provider sectors to this role. Prior to joining ITT, Adele was Director, Global Mobility at Hewitt Associates. She managed an in-house mobility program for employees, as well as the outsourcing operations for corporate client mobility programs. She has managed employee assignments in more than 75 countries. Prior to Hewitt, Adele had a variety of commercial roles in areas such as freight, cargo and corporate commodity purchasing.

Adele received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from McGill University in Montréal Quebec and holds a number of certifications, including Global Professional in HR, Global Mobility Specialist and Certified Relocation Professional.





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