More about the Board

 

Ebru Demirel

Ebru is President of Asya International Movers, one of Turkey's most trusted moving companies with long-standing relationships with both commercial and diplomatic clients. 

Since joining the family business in 1992 Ebru has worked in all levels of the business and gained an in-depth understanding of the industry. In 1996 Ebru established the sister company, Bedel Mobility Solutions, of which she is also the CEO. In 2013 she took over the presidency of Asya International Movers, and was elected to the board of FIDI as its first female board member.  

Ebru holds a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management from Bilkent University and is a passionate sportswoman, basketball player, and has run in half marathons.

Freddy Paxton

Freddy has been at Paxton International since its inception in 1998, and with the Paxton Companies since 1983. He started with the family company packing and loading local vehicles during summers, achieving top local driver status in 1987.

He graduated from St. Lawrence University in New York with a BA in Government and Fine Arts, and earned his Virginia Real Estate Agent license the same year. In 1999, he received an Executive MBA from George Mason University and passed the Employee Relocation Council’s professional relocation standards test (Certified Relocation Professional).

As Paxton’s Chief Marketing Officer, he has travelled to over 75 countries working with the International Team. He sits on the Atlas Advisory Group to Atlas World Group’s Board of Directors. Freddy also currently is a Trustee for the Worldwide ERC Foundation. Freddy has received numerous awards, international and domestic, in the transportation and logistics industry.

Laura Maria Coimbra Ganon

Laura Ganon is currently partner and CEO of Transportes FINK and director of PODIUM GLOBAL SPORTS LOGISTICS. She created PODIUM, a company specialised in sports events logistics, which was chosen by FIFA as the official operator for the FIFA Confederation Cup 2013 and the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, in its first year of operation.

Between 1990 and 1999, Laura held the position of commercial director in Transroll Shipping Line, a company of the FINK Group. Between 1984 and 1990, she was the vice president of POLICON Ltd and during that time, opened Policon branches in Ecuador and Colombia.

Laura was a director in the board of OSA – OMNI SHIPPING ASSOCIATION, with responsibility over the East Coast of South America. In 2004, she was elected director of the LACMA board and in 2010, the first woman president of that association. In 2014, she was elected vice-president of the FIDI Board. Laura graduated in social communications from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro.

Rob Chipman

Rob is the CEO of Asian Tigers Mobility – Hong Kong, a position that he has held since 2001. He is a member of the Asian Tigers Executive Committee that sets high level strategy for the AT Group.  He is the past Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and serves on the boards of several community service organisations. Rob is celebrating his 20th year in the moving and relocation industry.  Before that, he was a commercial banker serving in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Boston.

Rob’s academic days are fully behind him but he is a graduate of Arizona State University and the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management where he serves on the Thunderbird Global Advisory Committee. He also earned both the CFP and CFA designations, which are highly superfulicious to his current post. He is a keen but underachieving golfer, a professional photographer (only in his own mind), a doting father with two wonderful kids, a great wife and a beautiful golden retriever.

 

Cédric Castro

Cédric is the CEO of AGS Mobilitas group. He became a Member of the FIDI Board in March 2018.

Cédric Castro is the third generation to head the AGS Mobilitas group. He took up the position as Group CEO in January 2016. He has been with the group since 2001, beginning his career as Internal Auditor Director and a Board Member, and from 2010 to 2015 he served as Managing Director of the AGS-Mobilitas group. Cédric has a strong financial and accounting background.

Cedric enjoys spending any free time he might have with his family and is also an avid motor enthusiast.

Derek Duffy

Born in Canada, Derek Duffy is a first generation Canadian of Irish descent.

Derek began his career at Armstrong Moving in 1990 as a summer student working in the operations department. Working at Armstrong throughout his University career left him well positioned to take on a sales role in the organization after graduation. In 1996 Derek Duffy was recognized as the “top student” of the then FIDI Institute (today’s EiM) receiving the honour in Noordwijk, The Netherlands at FIDI’s annual conference.

Derek was invited to join the FIDI Academy training team in 2001. He remains active in the Academy with his focus being on the Masters in Moving (MiM) and Leaders in Moving (LiM) seminars. In 2008, Derek Duffy became a shareholder of Armstrong. While he is active in all five of Armstrong’s operating companies, his primary responsibility is the international business: Armstrong International Movers.

Derek held the position of FIDI Canada President from 2015 to 2018.

Derek resides in Toronto with his wife Andrea and their two children, Clara and Ronan.