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Benivo Strategy Council

Bringing expertise, network and insight to the development of Benivo technology for Global Mobility, Talent and HR teams at the world's top companies.

Brian Friedman

Strategy Council Chairman
ex EY & Founder of FEM

Prior to joining Benivo, Brian was Founder and CEO of the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM). Previously, Brian served as the CEO of both Ernst & Young’s and previously Arthur Andersen’s Human Capital practice. He has worked in Global Mobility and Expatriate Management for over three decades.


Michelle Durkin

Global Mobility Expert
ex Teva, Honeywell & KPMG

Strategic Global Mobility Executive. Repeated success devising and implementing strategies aligned with company culture and goals, in diverse settings, for end-to-end global assignment management. Proven ability to drive for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and employee satisfaction. Talent for cultivating client relationships and partnerships based on professionalism and integrity. Highly skilled and performance-driven with wide-range success strengthening multinational organizations through a changing business landscape. Experience spans the talent mobility space on both the corporate side and Big 4.


Wes Okumura

Tax Expert
ex EY Human Capital Services Partner

Wes Okumura is a Silicon Valley Mobility Legend. He is a 40 year veteran of EY's Global Mobility practice and for many years was their US Lead Partner for People Advisory Services. He is also a leading member of the Benivo Strategy Council.


Pankaj Bhatia

Immigration & Tax Expert
ex Honeywell, Genpact & Accenture
Professional with over 20 years experience in the area of Global Mobility and tax. Having diverse experience with a Big four accounting firm and with Fortune 500 companies.

Specialties: Global Mobility, Individual and expatriate tax, Corporate tax, International tax, Compliance, Company Secretary, Legal, Global Immigration, Policies, Team Management, Finance, Budgeting, Costing, Back office support, Process improvement

Meredith Morris

Relocation Management Expert
ex CapRelo, Airswift, Crown

Meredith is a dedicated professional that consults and supports companies to flexibly design and support the mobilization of their critical talent. She is a highly accomplished professional in building start-up operations, market exposure, operational excellence, as well as client satisfaction. Meredith is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Houston, where she earned my BBA Degree in Marketing. She is a licensed Realtor, Certified Relocation Professional and hold the Global Mobility Specialist professional designation through Worldwide Employee Relocation Council. She serves as Educational Content Adviser and Liaison to Worldwide ERC for Houston Relocation Professionals, Past President of HRP in 2015, Past Vice President of HRP 2014, and is involved with the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, Houston Human Resource Management Association, Society for Human Resource Management, and the British American Business Council.


Alf Carlesäter

People Operations Expert
ex GE, Goldman Sachs & Crown

Globally experienced People Operations leader, strategic business partner and senior-level consultant, with talent for developing and deploying operational efficiencies and is multilingual in six languages.

Alf has...

• Designed talent mobility framework to enable establishing strategic secondary global Corporate HQ in Asia.

• Drove organisational design to balance functional integration and business need for prominent M&A project.

• Created operational capability for compliant staff deployment into Joint Ventures and organic business growth initiatives, aiding the expansion of GE’s global business footprint.

Alf is an avid mentor of on-site & remote teams, promoting a data-driven approach to continuous improvements and increased productivity. Champions cross-functional/cross-border/cross-cultural operational execution and delivers best-in-class employee experiences, leading with Integrity, Innovation, Inclusiveness, Engagement, Resilience and a sense of Humour.


Eric Halverson

Global Mobility Expert
ex eBay, KPMG, PwC

Eric has been a leader in the Global Mobility industry for over 25 years. Serving 16+ years as Global Mobility Director for eBay Inc, he grew to be a regional leader in International Human Resources, Global Immigration, US Domestic & International Taxation, and Relocation. Joining a young and mostly US based eBay in 2003, he designed and built a mobility program that would scale to meet the needs of its fast growing domestic and international business and employee population and which soon became a model for many other companies in the SF Bay Area. Always willing to share his knowledge and experience, Eric was a founding member and a driving force behind the creation of the Bay Area Mobility Managers (BAMM) professional organization as well as a guest speaker at many venues. Now, recently retired from eBay, Eric still enjoys sharing his knowledge, experience, and ideas by consulting and speaking within the global mobility industry.



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