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Papa John’s Appoints Marvin Boakye as First Chief People Officer23.1.2019 18:02 | Tiedote

Papa John’s International, Inc., (NASDAQ: PZZA) one of the world’s largest pizza delivery companies, announced today the appointment of Marvin Boakye as its first Chief People Officer. He will serve as a member of the Papa John’s Executive Leadership Team and report to President and CEO Steve Ritchie. Boakye has more than 20 years of human resources experience, as well as expertise in change management and culture transformation. He has held human resources leadership roles for organizations across the United States, Canada and Latin America. Boakye joins Papa John’s after serving as vice president of human resources at petroleum company Andeavor in San Antonio, Texas, which was recently acquired by Marathon Petroleum. Prior to Andeavor, he was chief human resources officer for MTS Allstream, a telecommunications company now part of Bell Canada, and held senior human resources positions at Goodyear, Pulte Group and The Home Depot. “Boakye’s expertise will help us to continue to push Pa

Global Technology Association ISACA Launching Future-focused Initiatives in Its 50th Anniversary Year23.1.2019 17:22 | Tiedote

Now more than 450,000 engaged professionals and 140,000 members strong, global information technology association ISACA was founded by seven individuals as the EDP Auditing Association in California at the dawn of the information systems era—1969. Serving audit, governance, risk and cybersecurity professionals and their enterprises, today ISACA has a presence in 188 countries. Headquartered near Chicago, Illinois, USA, ISACA also established an entity in Beijing, China, last year, and acquired the CMMI Institute in 2016. In 2019—its 50th anniversary year—ISACA has adopted the theme, “Honoring Our Past. Innovating Our Future.” The organization has multiple initiatives planned to mark this milestone, including: Transforming IT Audit initiative—In February 2019, ISACA will launch a Transforming IT Audit microsite with resources to help IT auditors successfully navigate the future of the profession, including emerging areas like AI and blockchain, and featuring results from ISACA’s new glo

Wipro Ranked Third Fastest Growing Global IT Services Brand in 201923.1.2019 17:18 | Tiedote

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, has been ranked the third fastest growing global IT services brand in 2019 in a study conducted by Brand Finance, the world’s leading brand valuation firm. Wipro is also among the top 10 most valuable brands in the global IT services sector. According to Brand Finance’s IT Services annual report for 2019, which features 15 leading brands in the segment, Wipro has a total brand value of USD 4.002 billion, up 25% on year, emerging as one of the strongest brands in the category with an AA+ Brand rating. Brand Finance, in their official press release noted that Wipro’s significant investments in digital transformation capabilities, niche acquisitions, and a recent brand refresh, have propelled it to the third fastest growing brand in the segment. The report analyses the brand value and brand strength of the 5000 largest brands across 38 sectors in t

Velodyne Lidar and YellowScan Lead Drone Surveying Market for Highway Capacity Expansion23.1.2019 16:00 | Tiedote

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. today announced that the YellowScan Surveyor from YellowScan has utilized Velodyne’s groundbreaking sensor technology to generate precise mapping data for an infrastructure construction project on one of Central Europe’s busiest roadways. YellowScan Surveyor, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveying system, improves upon previous time-intensive manual surveying processes by providing a more efficient method for collecting landscape data with increased precision and detail. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190123005054/en/ Ventus-Tech using YellowScan Surveyor, which includes Velodyne Lidar’s Puck™, to generate precise mapping data. (Photo: Business Wire) The project was conducted by Ventus-Tech using YellowScan Surveyor to collect data along a 47-kilometer segment of the M1 highway (E60, E65, E75) in northwestern Hungary. The data, gathered by 88 UAV flights over one month, enabled engine

PMI Among Elite Group of Companies to Score A for Climate Change23.1.2019 15:00 | Tiedote

Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE: PM) has been highlighted as a global leader on corporate climate action by environmental impact nonprofit CDP, achieving a place on the CDP Climate Change A List for the fifth consecutive year. As the only tobacco company to have scored an A, PMI has been recognized for cutting emissions, mitigating climate risks and developing the low-carbon economy, based on its 2018 disclosure to CDP. “Climate change is one of major concerns for humanity, and companies can make a difference. Just like we are leading our industry’s transformation toward a smoke-free future, we are focused on bettering every part of our business and supply chain to become a leader in sustainable business practices,” said André Calantzopoulos, Chief Executive Officer, PMI. The company’s efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of its operations focus on sustainable design in new facilities, energy efficiency in manufacturing processes, greener purchasing of electricity

STEMCELL Technologies Launches mTeSR™ Plus, a Next-Generation Culture System for Human ES and iPS Cell Maintenance23.1.2019 14:00 | Tiedote

STEMCELL Technologies has released mTeSR™ Plus, an enhanced version of mTeSR™1, the most widely published feeder-free human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) maintenance medium. The new medium has undergone successful beta testing with several members of the Stem Cell COREdinates group and has completed rigorous in-house validation testing. Designed to promote a more consistent cell culture environment through sustained medium pH and stabilized components including FGF2, mTeSR™ Plus prevents the rapid onset of acidosis. This helps avoid conditions that have been associated with DNA damage, genomic instability, and growth arrest in hPSCs. The stabilization enhancements allow for greater hPSC expansion rates, enhanced culture morphology, and truly versatile feeding schedules including the option to skip weekends. “With the launch of mTeSR™ Plus, STEMCELL is positioned to set new industry standards in the pluripotent stem cell research field,” says Dr. Allen Eaves, President and CEO of STEMCEL

REPLY Study on Artificial Intelligence: Quo vadis, AI?23.1.2019 13:00 | Tiedote

Artificial intelligence enable machines to better understand the surrounding context, giving them the ability to recognise sight, sound and speech. This is made possible by machine learning algorithms. A current study by Reply, conducted with the trend platform SONAR, shows which trends are still relevant in this area. The study highlights some aspects of the future potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Complex algorithms, Edge Computing tools that reduce latency periods and AI-specific hardware are yielding many new products and services for mobile computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Human-machine Interfaces. There are many different possible scenarios, and three trends play a major role in determining AI’s future as a game changer: AI-driven analytics In the era of digital transformation, decisions are made based on data with the help of predictive analytics. Companies in diverse industries use AI-as-a-service solutions from established providers or start-ups and increas

GSMA Announces Nominees for 2019 GLOMO Awards23.1.2019 12:00 | Tiedote

The GSMA today announced the nominees for the Global Mobile Awards 2019 (GLOMO Awards). Winners of the awards will be presented throughout MWC19 Barcelona, which takes place 25 - 28 February. The full list of nominees can be found at www.mwcbarcelona.com/conference-programmes/global-mobile-awards/global-mobile-awards-2019-nominee-shortlist/. “The GLOMOs provide a world stage on which to celebrate the most inspirational and innovative developments across our industry, recognising the companies and individuals leading the way in everything from 5G, to emerging markets, to intelligent connectivity,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “The awards attract a significant level of high-quality entries, so being nominated today is a great achievement. We wish everyone the very best of luck and we look forward to some exciting announcements at MWC19 Barcelona.” The GLOMO Awards feature an afternoon ceremony at 16:30 CET on Tuesday, 26 February in Auditorium 5, Hall 4, and will include the present

Y Analytics Launches to Bring Together Capital and Research for Good23.1.2019 11:58 | Tiedote

Today marks the launch of Y Analytics, a new, independent organization established to drive increased and more effective investment in creating social and environmental good by equipping capital allocators with the research basis to effectively understand the impact of their decisions. The organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. and led by Maryanne Hancock, will help bridge the divide between the research community and capital allocators. Ultimately, this will ensure that capital directed at addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is used most efficiently, and more broadly, that we advance our abilities to direct capitalism towards solutions that have the potential to create real, tangible impact. From Maryanne Hancock, CEO of Y Analytics: “We are building on the extensive effort of others, who have worked for decades to advance the world’s understanding of what creates impact. Y Analytics is built on the premise of learning from their work, utilizing resear

SpeeDx Increase European Distribution Network23.1.2019 11:00 | Tiedote

SpeeDx have announced signing two new distribution partners, creating comprehensive access for customers to market-leading SpeeDx ResistancePlus ® and PlexPCR ® tests across Europe. AB ANALITICA will distribute throughout Italy and Immuno Diagnostic Oy will cover Finland. “Our new distribution partners have strong sales presence in their regions and close working relationships with the key customers that are interested in our solutions,” says Colin Denver, SpeeDx CEO. “Antibiotic resistance in sexually transmitted diseases is a top concern for authorities and testing bodies across Europe, and now more laboratories can access our ResistancePlus tests for Mycoplasma genitalium and gonorrhoea to help address the real need for Resistance Guided Therapy.” The SpeeDx ResistancePlus portfolio includes ResistancePlus GC* (CE-IVD) - the first commercially available test that combines Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC) detection with markers for ciprofloxacin susceptibility. ResistancePlus GC enables st

Nikon, ASML And Carl Zeiss Sign Agreement to Settle All Litigation23.1.2019 10:02 | Tiedote

Nikon Corporation (“Nikon”) (TYO: 7731), ASML Holding N.V. (“ASML”) (NASDAQ: ASML) and Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH (“Zeiss”) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding relating to a comprehensive settlement of all legal proceedings over patents for lithography equipment and digital cameras. The Memorandum of Understanding is a binding agreement that concerns all pending disputes between Nikon, ASML and Zeiss in Europe, Japan and the United States, including at the U. S. International Trade Commission. The three companies expect to execute a definitive settlement and cross-license agreement and dismiss all legal proceedings between the parties in February 2019. The terms of the Memorandum include a payment to Nikon by ASML and Zeiss of a total of EUR 150 million (approximately 19.0 billion Japanese Yen*). Furthermore, the cross-license agreement contemplated by the Memorandum includes mutual royalty payments of 0.8% over the sales of immersion lithography systems for 10 years from the signature

PMI Explores Global Public Health Issues in New White Paper23.1.2019 10:00 | Tiedote

In a new White Paper, “Public Health—Much Harder than Rocket Science,” Philip Morris International (PMI) (NYSE:PM) looks at the dynamics between consumers, corporations and authorities across a range of global public health issues. It is based on a recent global survey conducted by IPSOS. Consumers all over the world want their governments to do better at solving major public health issues, according to the IPSOS survey of 31,000 respondents across 31 countries commissioned by PMI. In the survey, respondents were asked how important they believed it is for governments to dedicate time and resources to nine global health issues: air pollution, mental health, STDs, healthier food products, opioid abuse, smoking and alcohol abuse, unwanted pregnancies and obesity. When asked about the role of technology and innovation in addressing these issues, 91 per cent of respondents believed technology and innovation had an important role to play. However, respondents did not evaluate government per

Corsair Infrastructure Partners Announces Transaction Involving DP World Australia23.1.2019 07:35 | Tiedote

Corsair Infrastructure Partners (“CIP”), the global infrastructure investment business of Corsair Capital (“Corsair”), today announced that Gateway Infrastructure Investments (“Gateway”), an investment fund managed by CIP, as well as several other financial investors, have entered into agreements to sell their entire stakes in DP World Australia (Holding) Pty Ltd (“DPWA”) to DP World and new investment funds managed by CIP. The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. As a result of this transaction, DP World, the original corporate parent of DPWA, will hold a majority stake in the company, alongside a substantial minority investment by CIP-managed funds. Hari R. Rajan, Managing Director of Corsair and Head of CIP, said, “We are pleased to have achieved the exit of Gateway’s investment in DPWA, while maintaining our strong relationship with DP World through our continued management of a large investment in the company. We believe this new shareholder structure wil

Yokogawa Joins Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index23.1.2019 07:00 | Tiedote

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6841) announces that it has been included in the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index (Global 100). This is Yokogawa’s first time on the Global 100, one of the world's leading sustainability indices. Now in its 15th year, the 2019 Global 100 was disclosed in Davos on January 22nd by Corporate Knights, a Canadian media and research company focused on clean capitalism, to coincide with the World Economic Forum. To determine the 2019 ranking, Corporate Knights undertook a rigorous analysis of more than 7,500 companies with US$1B+ in revenues against global industry peers on a suite of up to 21 quantitative key performance indicators, weighted to reflect each industry’s impact profile. Yokogawa was ranked in the top 25% in both the clean revenues* and innovation capacity categories. In its core industrial automation and control business, Yokogawa works with customers in the energy, chemical, iron and steel, water, and other i

V-CAT to Begin a New Type of Crowdfunding, Using Digital Currency23.1.2019 03:00 | Tiedote

V-CAT Vietnam will develop a new type of crowdfunding services that uses digital currency. A platform that uses the JC-coin digital currency will be built, and all data involved in transactions will be safely protected with leading-edge blockchain technology. Any user with JC-coins can exchange any physical or digital assets they might own on the platform for more JC-coins. This will provide the funding needed to develop revolutionary new products and services, together with users worldwide, and will enable new investments in all kinds of different businesses. V-CAT is proceeding with development of the MALLLESS platform in advance of an April 2019 launch of services. The goal is to host 10 million users worldwide by 2020. What makes MALLLESS unique is that businesses and individuals can take advantage of the point-transfer transaction model website and the proprietary wallet mechanism, both of which enable any selling of new or used goods, or of intangibles. There is also conversions

Prominent Trade Consulting Firm in South Korea Switches to Rimini Street Support for Its Oracle Database23.1.2019 02:00 | Tiedote

Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that EC21, a leading export marketing and trade consulting firm in Korea, has switched to Rimini Street support for its Oracle Database software. By switching to Rimini Street, EC21 is able to dramatically reduce the total cost of maintenance of its Oracle Database by approximately 75 percent, and improved productivity within its IT department as resources can be reallocated to more strategic projects across the organization. EC21 can also maintain its robust, stable database platform for a minimum of 15 years from the time the company moved to Rimini Street, avoiding any unnecessary upgrades just to retain full support from the vendor. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190122005104/en/ Prominent Trade Consulting Fir

IFF to Release Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results February 1323.1.2019 00:15 | Tiedote

Regulatory News: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF) (Euronext Paris: IFF) (TASE: IFF), a leading innovator of scent, taste, and nutrition, announced that it will release its fourth quarter and full year 2018 earnings results following the market close on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The management team will host a live webcast on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss results and outlook with the investor community. Investors may access the live webcast and accompanying slide presentation on the Company's website at ir.iff.com. For those unable to listen to the live webcast, a recorded version will be made available for replay. Meet IFF International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF) (Euronext Paris: IFF) (TASE: IFF) is a leading innovator of scent, taste, and nutrition, with over 110 manufacturing facilities, 100 R&D centers, and 33,000 customers globally. At the heart of our company, we are fueled by a sense of discovery, constantly asking “what i

Gilead Sciences to Release Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results on Monday, February 4, 201923.1.2019 00:05 | Tiedote

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) announced today that its fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results will be released on Monday, February 4, after the market closes. At 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Gilead’s management will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 and provide a business update. The live webcast of the call can be accessed at the company’s Investors page at http://investors.gilead.com/. Please connect to the company’s website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be required to listen to the webcast. Alternatively, please call 877-359-9508 (U.S.) or 224-357-2393 (international) and dial the conference ID 3826138 to access the call. Telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call through 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, February 6, 2019. To access the replay, please call 855-859-2056 (U.S.) or 404-537-3406 (int

Oxford Nanopore Prevails in Patent Ruling against Pacific Biosciences22.1.2019 20:04 | Tiedote

Today the European Patent Office revoked Pacific Biosciences patent EP3045542 with claims to a single molecule sequencing process wherein two strands of DNA are linked by a connecting nucleic acid. The validity of the patent had been challenged by Oxford Nanopore. The EPO ruled that the claims to a single molecule sequencing process were unsupported in the application and that the application only supported a template-directed synthesis sequencing method. As Pacific Biosciences were unwilling to accept this change, the patent was revoked. The decision by the EPO is consistent with a recent decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) to limit the claims of a related Pacific Biosciences US patent to template-directed synthesis. View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190122005733/en/ Contact information Oxford Nanopore Zoe McDougall media@nanoporetech.com Website: https://nanoporetech.com/

Värde Partners Names New Partners, Additional Deputy CIO22.1.2019 20:00 | Tiedote

Värde Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Elena Lieskovska and Haseeb Malik to Partner, and the promotion of Brad Bauer to Deputy Chief Investment Officer. “It gives me great pleasure to announce the promotions of three individuals who have been instrumental in the success of our firm through their investing expertise, leadership and integrity,” said George Hicks, Co-Founder and CEO of Värde Partners. “Brad, Elena and Haseeb have all made significant contributions to Värde’s culture, global presence, and, most importantly, delivering returns to our investors.” Based in London, Elena is Head of European Financial Services, responsible for Värde’s private equity investments in specialty finance companies and related businesses in Europe. She joined the firm in 2008 and over the past decade has helped establish the firm as a leader in the consumer finance space, building large credit platforms. Haseeb is Head of Asia Corporate and Traded Credit. Based in Singapore since the
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