We have streamlined our leadership team to adapt to our customers’ evolving needs.
Yann Blandy, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Commercial Officer
Since September 2019, Yann Blandy is CEO of Santa Fe Relocation. Keeping people and digital transformation at the forefront of everything he does, Yann is responsible for driving the growth and commercialisation of the business to ensure long-term success and also holds the role of Chief Commercial Officer.
C-suite executive and strategic leader, Yann’s international expertise spans across a broad range of areas: with a proven track record as an HR leader including over 12 years’ experience in senior roles, he is best placed to understand the challenges faced by Global Mobility professionals today. In addition to Santa Fe Relocation, Yann is a Partner at Lazarus Advisory and Lazarus Equity Partners, Swedish private company.
French-born and Paris raised, Yann moved to Stockholm (SE) in 1995. Yann is married to Tanja with whom he has two kids: Zoé and Alex. He now shares his time between Stockholm and London.
Runar Nilsen, Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Runar was appointed Deputy CEO of Santa Fe in September 2019, and alongside Yann Blandy he is responsible for driving the growth and transition of the organisation. Runar’s expertise lies in successfully carrying out restructuring and turnaround management in large and medium-sized multinational organisations. Runar is responsible for driving change and transformation in Santa Fe and also overall responsible for Group functions – Finance, Legal, HR and Procurement.
A structured and action-oriented C-suite leader with extensive experience in complex negotiations, he has a proven ability to engage people from board level to front line operations in active financial and operational improvement processes. Runar is a talented Change Manager (BoD/CEO/CFO/CRO). Prior to his first C-level role in 1996, Runar had 13 years’ experience as system developer, systems manager, project manager, marketing manager, management consultant and logistics director. In addition to Santa Fe, Runar is a Founding Partner of Recore, a Norwegian restructuring boutique consultancy.
Runar is a Norwegian national, living in Norway and commuting to London.
Mikkel Kiil, Chief Operating Officer, Move and Technology
Mikkel joined Santa Fe in 2018 and is now COO of Move and Technology. He leads with a strong and clear focus on customer experience. He is responsible for increasing digitalisation and automation for our moving services, so they remain the best in the industry.
He is building and maintaining our high-performance tech department to support our business so we can always deliver an exceptional experience for our customers. Mikkel started his career in management consulting with McKinsey & Company; working in different industries within different lines of business to build a general toolbox for business optimisation.
Julia Palmer, Chief Operating Officer, Relocation
Julia is COO of Relo at Santa Fe. Relo includes Immigration Services, Destination Services and Relocation and Assignment Management Services.
She joined Santa Fe in February 2019 to apply her passion for helping organisations achieve effective Global Mobility programmes. She enjoys working with a diverse range of clients, from organisations with large global programmes to those starting with only a handful of assignees, where she advises on creating and implementing a suitable mobility framework.
Julia has over 25 years of expertise in the profession. She started out working for a leading DSP company in Sydney, and for the past 20 years, she worked at EY, leading the Assignment Management and Mobility Performance Improvement practices in Sydney and more recently in London.
Nick Malcomson, Chief Financial Officer
Nick is CFO at Santa Fe. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales with significant experience in senior finance positions.
Nick has been with Santa Fe since 2013, working in a number of roles including being the European CFO and also Group Director of the FP&A team. Before joining Santa Fe, Nick held several positions in different sectors, including the London Stock Exchange and Korn Ferry International, a US-listed Global head-hunter.
Group Leadership Team Plus
Santa Fe’s senior management structure brings together a very strong team of industry professionals, with deep knowledge and experience. The purpose is to strengthen our regional relationships with our customers.
James Gooding, Managing Director – North Asia
James joined Santa Fe in 2001 and has held a number of different roles across the organisation firstly in Indonesia and then China. He is currently the Managing Director, North Asia, with responsibility for our business across China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Additionally, James has management responsibility for our Moving service centre based in Houston, USA and the responsibility for Santa Fe Relocation’s Global agent business.
James is currently the Vice President of FIDI Asia, part of the GLT+ and Move Executive Team. In China, he has volunteered his time in support of American, Australian and British Chambers of Commerce and is a former Board Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and most recently was a Judge for the ‘British Company of the Year’ award in China in 2020. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Australia and is dedicated to enhancing customer experience by driving incremental improvement to deliver exceptional relocation services.
Adam Sloan, Managing Director – South Asia
Adam, from Edinburgh, Scotland joined Santa Fe in 2013 after holding various positions in the shipping and logistics sectors. Originally based in our Bangkok office, managing the business in Thailand, Adam focused on sales and helped us grow the Thailand business to new heights. Adam then moved to Hong Kong as General Manager in early 2019 where he managed our business there along with Taiwan and Macau.
Moreover, during his time in Hong Kong, Adam achieved the key changes we needed to transform the Hong Kong business into a more profitable unit. In early 2020, he was appointed Managing Director for South Asia based in Singapore with overall responsibility across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Myanmar.
Adam is committed to enhancing the assignee experience, delivering exceptional relocation services, and he is looking forward to working with all members of the GLT+.
Federico Montilla, Regional Director – Southern Europe
Federico graduated in law in the 80’s and worked as a lawyer until the early 90’s when he started to work for companies in the commercial field. After passing through various sectors, from television to education, he ended up setting up his own company before entering the logistics sector.
Federico joined Interdean at the end of the 90s and has since played several roles. He started as salesman, then Area Manager, from Sales Director to Managing Director and shareholder as well. When Interdean was re-branded to Santa Fe Relocation, he became Regional Director focusing on managing the moving operations of Southern Europe. Federico is proud to be part of the GLT+ and looks forward to working with customers and global clients.
Anthony Hezsberger, Regional Director – Central Europe
Anthony started to work at Interdean Hungary (part of Interdean Group) when it was created in 1993. He was appointed, in his current role as Managing Director of Interdean Hungary in 1999. He heads up the Region with the branch managers and business line leaders reporting into him.
He has decades of experience in all aspects of international moving, as well as in operations, sales, finance/accounting. He keeps day-to-day contact with Group headquarters and represents the company at different foreign ministries (embassies) and at diplomatic events. Anthony is a well-known and honoured figure of the Hungarian moving industry. He is member of the board at the Association of Hungarian Movers, as their spokesman and he also represented the Association at the State Radio in 2011.
Maxime Wilson, Regional Managing Director – UK, Germany, Switzerland
Maxime began his career with Deloitte in Paris, working in the Multi National Company department on the Top French listed companies.
He brings with him 10+ years of management level experience. At Santa Fe, Maxime took over the role of Managing Director UK in December 2018 and is now the Regional Managing Director for UK, Germany, Switzerland where he oversees a significant part of our European business. Member of our GLT+ & our Move Executive Team, Maxime will work on our strategy on growth and customer service.
Gregory Renouf, Managing Director – France & Benelux
Greg started his career in March 1997 as surveyor in the moving industry and then joined Interdean in the Paris office in April 1998, where he started as Account Manager for the sales department. Greg moved to Marseilles in 2000 and participated in the creation of what we call now “Regional France” where he played several roles, as Corporate account manager first, Branch manager, and then Regional Director.
In 2020, with the new Global set up freshly designed, Greg is holding the position of Managing Director for France & Benelux where he will continue to deliver and adapt the specific needs of our global customers. Greg is excited to be part of the GLT+ and the Move Executive Team.
Ernesto Colom, General Manager – Americas
Ernesto Colom was born in Oviedo, Spain but lived all of his life in Portugal as an expat. He began his career with Santa Fe while he was still finishing his International trade degree in 2000 and started on the accelerate graduate program in the Madrid office. In 2010 he relocated to the Lisbon office to enhance our Immigration and Destination services. In 2014 he relocated once again to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to help improve our network of partners in Latin America and worked as an implant consultant with one of our key customers.
In 2015 he repatriated to Madrid and started his role in account management. From 2016 to end of 2019 Ernesto has been working alongside with our key customers as a Global Client Director. In March 2020 he relocated to Houston to run the office as our General Manager where he oversees the US business.
Lee Quenault, Group Head of Consumer
Lee brings with him 16 years of management level experience from a variety of sales roles, he has held various leadership positions and has developed extensive experience in sales. He helped companies of all sizes to dramatically grow their business and increase profitability.
Lee joined the Santa Fe Group in 2019 initially in the role of Group Head of Consumer Sales. As a member of the GLT+, his responsibility is to drive sales growth for the global consumer business line, by working closely with leadership teams and customers from around the world. In his current role Lee overseas our global consumer business and is responsible for the day-to-day running and future planning/strategy of our consumer segment.
Together, as a company, we aim to continually maximise our agility, energy, efficiencies and expertise in the industry, to benefit both our customers and partners.