Eric Baum shares his insights to the industry and his roles inside both Nike and Adidas’ Mobility departments. Eric is currently the Snr Mobility Manager - Americas at Adidas, and serves on the Portland Relocation Council's Corporate Advisory Board. Previous to joining Adidas, Eric had a similar role at Nike.
I joined Nike’s Compensation & Benefits area in 2004 where I focused on both Domestic and International compensation issues. In 2013, an opportunity arose to manage Nike’s Mobility program in the Americas, focusing on both Domestic Relocation as well as a portion of Nike’s overall expat population. On the domestic side, the volume of moves grew quickly to keep pace with Nike’s overall growth, particularly here in the Oregon area. In 2016, Nike surpassed 1,000 domestic relocations within the US for the first time. On the int’l side, Nike’s population of approximately 500 global expats (+ many permanent int’l relocations) generates great complexity as immigration, tax, and relocation logistics are integrated into 1 seamless process with a goal of giving high profile employees a great experience.
After a brief excursion into Exec Comp Operations, the pull of Mobility drew me back to the field. I joined Adidas in May 2017 as the function transitioned from Boston to Portland in support of the Americas region. With Adidas, the smaller internal infrastructure has meant exposure to every area of the function. It also provides the opportunity to build sustainable processes to allow for managing of what has become a high volume program.
The learnings and experience gained, while working with very talented co-workers and highly dedicated vendors, has been greatly rewarding on a personal level. But Adidas’ fast growth does not allow us to rest. As we get bigger, our challenges do as well. In particular, we are challenged with getting the right balance between managing consistently to our policies while, at the same time, providing increasing flexibility and creativity in meeting the ever changing needs of a diverse employee population.
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