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Graebel Companies, Inc. Mourns the Passing of Founder David W. Graebel

Denver, Colo. (December 5, 2023) – Graebel Companies, Inc., a leading provider of global talent mobility solutions for some of the most recognizable brands in the world, announced that David W. (Dave) Graebel, the company’s founder and chairman emeritus, passed away on Nov. 29. He was 94 years old. The organization continues under the leadership of son Bill Graebel, current chair and CEO, along with its senior executive team.

Dave established Graebel as a local moving company with one truck in Wausau, Wisconsin, in 1950. Since then, Graebel evolved and expanded into a leading global provider of talent mobility solutions. It is one of the largest family owned, privately held relocation companies in the world, managing over 96,000 annual mobility initiations across 165 countries and employing 1,000+ people worldwide.

During his nearly seven decades in the relocation industry, Dave introduced best practices, including 24/7/365 WorldWatch® customer service accessibility, Value Pricing System® simplified tariff, performance guarantees, and Web-based technology with real-time reporting for clients. These efforts to build, shape and define exceptional relocation experiences and duty of care to clients and supplier partners led to the highest honors from local and global business organizations, recognizing Dave’s strategic vision, business acumen and charitable efforts.

“During this difficult time, we are remembering Dave’s larger-than-life presence, enthusiasm and dedication to Graebel, the global mobility industry, friends and family,” said Ron Dunlap, Graebel Companies president. “We proudly carry on his legacy and live the values he exemplified — truth, love and integrity — which are the foundations of the company he built.”

Dave served as CEO until 2007, when Bill took over that position in a planned leadership transition. Dave remained chairman of the Board of Directors until 2018, when he was named chairman emeritus and Bill added the title of chair.

In addition to his son Bill, Dave Graebel is survived by his five grandchildren, Jessica, Luke, Will, David and Danny and 2 great-grandchildren.

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About Graebel
Graebel Companies, Inc. is a leading provider of global talent mobility solutions for some of the most recognizable brands in the world and their employees in 165 countries. Since its founding in 1950, Graebel has innovated and grown to deliver excellent relocation service and results for clients, all while remaining family-owned and focused on people-first mobility. With custom technology solutions, Graebel develops and implements mobility strategies that help companies attract and retain talent; respond faster to global market trends; maximize return on mobility programs; and create exceptional experiences that make global talent mobility more humane and as seamless as possible. As a full-service relocation management company (RMC), Graebel addresses every part of the mobility lifecycle for employers and employees, including services for departure and move management, destination, settling-in and ongoing assignments. For more information, visit Here’s to the world ahead®.