(Aurora, Colorado) - October 6, 2008 - Graebel Companies, Inc. today announced that company veteran Tom Sims has accepted a new position as Senior Vice President of International Assignment Operations at Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc. reporting to President Don Watson.
Sims' new role is driven in part by the rapid expansion of international activity at the company's full-service relocation division. In his new role Sims will have overall responsibility for the world-class delivery of global mobility services to Fortune 500 companies and their employees around the world. It will be his responsibility to further increase international relocation service operational efficiencies and client relations beyond their already high levels.
"Tom knows our organization and industry inside and out and is second to none in terms of his drive toward quality and excellence," said Don Watson, President of Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc. "He's a natural leader, and we couldn't be more excited to see what he'll achieve for our international assignment relocation initiatives in his new role. I am truly thrilled to be working with him."
Sims, who has been with the company for 11 years, has held several executive positions at the organization including Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Senior Vice President of Organizational Development and Chief Administrative Officer.
He has more than 30 years of business experience. His resume includes international assignment management for three NYSE companies: The Williams Companies, a multi-billion dollar energy company in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Reading & Bates Corporation, a billion dollar offshore drilling and energy production company in Tulsa; and ENSCO, a multi-billion dollar offshore and land drilling company in Dallas. At each company Sims was responsible for significant international activity in his capacity as head of relocation services, human resources and relocation services procurement, particularly for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His other international experience includes developing employee benefit plans for the U.K., the purchase of operations in Canada, and time spent living overseas.
"I've known and worked with Tom for 11 years, and he has been an outstanding asset to Graebel and our employees from day one," said Bill Graebel, CEO of Graebel Companies, Inc. "Among Tom's most significant accomplishments was the launch and ongoing development of Graebel University, the industry's most comprehensive instructional program. Under Tom's expert leadership, Graebel University rapidly expanded from an internal instructional program for training and certification to a true learning institution servicing not only our employees, but also customers and international alliance partners."
Sims is an honors graduate of California State University at Long Beach. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
About Graebel Companies, Inc.
Graebel is a global relocation company that provides full relocation management services, domestic U.S. and international moving and storage services, international freight forwarding, move management and commercial workplace services. Integrated relocation divisions include Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc., Graebel Movers International, Inc., Graebel Commercial Services, Inc., Graebel Van Lines, Inc., Graebel Movers, Inc., and Move Management, Inc. The Graebel Companies, Inc. World Headquarters is located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1950, Graebel is a privately-owned, wholly-owned relocation company with proprietary technology, processes and employs an extensively background checked and trained workforce.