Crown World Mobility Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Mobility Retrospect

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Renowned Mobility Solutions Provider Celebrates 50 Years and Reflects on Lasting Heritage and Forward-Driven Future

Crown World Mobility (CWM) —the world-renowned provider of domestic and international end-to-end workforce mobility solutions—is proud to announce it is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The company that got its start in Yokohama, Japan in 1965—with one moving truck and determined founder Jim Thompson—is commemorating this honorable milestone by not only looking back at how the mobility industry has dramatically changed over the past 50 years, but also how far the company has come since its inception.

Some of the global, social, economic, corporate and industry shifts that have occurred over the past 50 years that CWM has seen include:

  •     Innovations in technology, communication and the development of social media

Communicating with loved ones and colleagues while working across different time zones has always been a struggle. In the olden days (also known as the 1990s), employees and their families embarking on international assignments were often advised to purchase and install fax machines in their elderly parents’ or close family members’ homes in order to keep in touch with family and friends and communicate more easily during an assignment. Today, communicating with family, friends and colleagues across the globe couldn’t be easier with platforms such as Yammer, Skype, SharePoint, WebEx and LinkedIn.

  •     The role of women in the workforce

Not so long ago, the assumption was that the employee going on an assignment was always male and the partner was automatically a wife – a wife trailing behind the husband, with limited responsibilities and few meaningful activities to partake in. Nowadays, HR and mobility professionals support an increasingly diverse employee population. Spouses (husbands or wives) and domestic partners are now part of most eligibility discussions and addressed in policies across global organizations.

  •     An increasing desire for transparency in business

Today, one of the mobility industry’s biggest priorities is compliance related to taxes and immigration as well as anti-corruption and bribery efforts. No longer are “stealth expats” a norm; companies are striving for transparency. Corporate mobility program leaders, who have the types of employees who might be at risk or are going into locations that pose high risks, are working with their corporate legal teams and business/project leaders, and training employees about the issues. More companies are adding triggers via technology to notify key stakeholders when flights are booked to certain locations, and providing calendars to employees to track their number of days out of the country. A major driver around compliance is coming from increasingly savvy government organizations around the globe that realize they can increase national revenue through the enforcement of immigration and tax requirements.

“I’m blessed to have witnessed my very small company grow into an international global business over the past 50 years. I am so proud of where we are today and of all the people who have helped us get to this point,” said founder Jim Thompson. “Our future has never looked brighter. We’re stable, financially secure and have an incredibly solid management team. Here’s to another 50 years!”

For more information about Crown World Mobility’s 50th anniversary and to learn more about the changing face of the mobility industry, check out CWM’s latest issue of Perspectives, which can be downloaded here (

About Crown World Mobility
Crown World Mobility ( is a division of the Crown Worldwide Group, established in 1965 and headquartered in Hong Kong. Crown World Mobility helps corporations manage global talent and talented individuals perform on the global stage. In a world that seems to be constantly shrinking, managing a globally mobile workforce creates challenges for any organization. These challenges are human in scale—global assignments involve the everyday lives of transferees and their families. But there are policies to navigate, formalities to coordinate and legalities to adhere to—at the same time as concentrating on a new assignment and getting a job done. Crown's approach is to work with all stakeholders to find the right solution, implementing a global mobility program that is successful for the whole organization. This often means finding a unique solution, which Crown has the experience and capability to deliver.

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