O.k. so the first week in August headed to a new project in Richmond, Virginia. I’ve started as the project manager for MeadWestvaco (MWV), an enormous packaging and chemical business in some 30 countries of the world.
We located a cool apartment near Short Pump Town Center. This has been a real shock moving from Wisconsin as Richmond is so packed with shopping, history (Civil War), restaurants and each square mile is just used to the maximum with numerous establishments.
The project is a startup for global HR on the SAP platform. We’ll travel to Barcelona, Spain in September for the initial meetings with key countries that will be involved in Wave 1. It’s been superb to be in Richmond as it is also the home of Philip Morris USA which is a part of the international organization located in Lausanne, Switzerland (where I worked for some 28 months starting in January 2005.
It makes me appreciate how really small of big world is to be close to a former customer. MWV is in process of building a new corporate office in downtown Richmond, which looks to be completed in late 2009. This building faces the James River and is an absolute prime location in a very memorable part of Richmond.
We have many things to learn about Richmond as there is vast Civil War history here and of course just up the highway is the famous home of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello.
More details and pictures to follow, just wanted to back into the blog world and keep moving.