About Living Abroad

Our story…

Established in 1987, Living Abroad is still the #1 provider of detailed, relevant, easy-to-read, information designed specifically for global assignees and business travelers.  We offer reports for over 190 destinations, more than any other company.

That means if you are moving employees around the globe, or managing business travelers, you can tap into over 30 years of experience, a wealth of trusted information, and an exclusive suite of innovative tools to remove the all guesswork from your assignments. 

Living Abroad is a supporter of and participant with key industry organizations such as the Worldwide ERC, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), The Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Global HRNews. Living Abroad also runs the New York City chapter of the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM).

over 1,000,000+

People Moved

100s

Companies Helped

180+

Countries Served

120,000 Miles

Of cumulative travels

99+

Awkward office moments

Michael Cadden

Managing Director

Soon after joining Craighead Publications in 1995 Michael became the force behind converting the printed publications of country information to the Web. With that success he later became the Managing Director of Living Abroad LLC in 2002 and is behind its highly successful transformation, culminating with the acquisition of the legacy Craighead business in 2008. He has created several breakthrough presentations and delivered them dozens of times in the USA, Latin America and Europe. Winning topics have included “10 Year Trends in Global Mobility” (2005), “The Dark Side of Short-term Assignments” (2006), “Relocating Generation Y” (2007), “Technology and Global Mobility” (2008) and “Technology vs. Global Employee Privacy” (2009/10)

Cathy Heyne

Managing Director

As Managing Director of Living Abroad, Cathy has been involved with the core service, the International Relocation Center, for 18 years. Cathy oversaw the successful transition of hard copy to the current online service under the Craighead name. Current clients of Living Abroad are many of the Fortune 1000 and government organizations. Cathy has presented many times at past FEM conferences as well as other events on the topic of "Technology Tools for Short-term Assignees and Business Travelers." She is co-facilitator of the Forum for Expatriate Management New York City Chapter, which brings mobility thought leaders to the corporate community through monthly meetings.

Ellen Harris

International Product Director

Ellen Harris, originally from Boston, has lived in the New York metro area for 25 years.For 14 of those years, she has been a part of the International Relocation Center, Living Abroad’s core product – first as a freelance editor while working another job, then as Senior Editor and currently as International Product Director. She has been published several times in trade publications such as Security Magazine, Mobility, and Global HRNews. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a BA in English and a minor in Business.

Erin Fitzgerald

International Content Manager

Erin Fitzgerald’s career as a writer and editor began with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, where she contributed to the company’s first graduate school admissions consulting guides. She entered the corporate relocation industry in 1995 as a sales and marketing writer for Cartus, and later worked for GMAC Global Relocation (now Brookfield Global Relocation Services) in a similar capacity. In 2005, Erin became a web editor for the International Relocation Center at Move.com. Last year, she joined the Living Abroad, LLC team as International Product Manager. Erin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and she has led writing workshops for several organizations throughout western Connecticut.

Andy Smailes

Director of Technology & Business Development

Andy became part of the Living Abroad Team in 2013. He manages all technology for the company. Recently his role has been expanded to include sales as Director of Business Development.

Nicole Nichols

International Administrative Services Manager

Nicole Nichols joined Living Abroad in 2012 as an International Research Associate. Prior to this she had administrative and client service roles with the Hartford and other Connecticut insurance companies. After relocating for her husband’s job, she wanted to move her career in a new direction. “This is the most interesting job I have ever had and the best company to work for” she has told us. Her job is to fact check international reports that come from our worldwide resources and to research new topics for our clients.

James Cafferty

International Content Manager

James joined the Living Abroad team in 2014 as an associate member of the editorial team, and he currently serves as an International Content Manager. In this position, he works with the other members of the Content Management team to maintain the quality of the information presented in our product. This includes checking and revising existing content for accuracy as well as researching and writing new content for destinations worldwide. James holds a BA in English from Bridgewater Sate University and an MA in English literature from the University of Delaware.

Whitney Freemesser

International Research Associate

Whitney Freemesser became a member of the Living Abroad team in 2014. In addition to her work as an International Research Associate, she is a paralegal whose primary fields are residential and commercial real estate. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College.

Don’t take our word for it

What our customers say about us

We use the Living Abroad International Relocation Center as a primary resource for our international assignees seeking relocation and cultural information. Having such a current and complete site for all of the locations where we do business lets us focus on the company-specific information that only we can provide. 

Top Oil & Gas ProducerGlobal Mobility

With limited resources and an increase in short term assignees, the Living Abroad International Business Traveler website is an important tool we provide our assignees. It provides information they can use preparing for their assignment as while as on the ground information.  All employees can benefit from the valuable information Living Abroad provides.  

Tricia Danielsen, Director, Global MobilityThe Nielsen Company

By aggregating hard-to-find information and insights that can’t be sourced elsewhere, Living Abroad saves assignees and their families countless hours of unproductive frustration.   It’s no stretch to say this would be employee time better spent contributing to the bottom line or other key performance indicators.

Andrew J. Kittell Director, Corporate Relations ACS International Schools

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