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Host Fun Meetings at Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport and Win an iPad

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BEIJING, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Who says people can’t mix meetings with pleasure? Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport proves people can!  As one of Beijing’s top MICE masters, the hotel brings the best out of a team by combining bright, stylish and thoughtfully-equipped venues with a series of innovative and fun activities.

What’s more, Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport is offering meeting planners an opportunity to win a 32G Wi-Fi Apple iPad when booking events.

COOK LIKE A LOCAL

It takes real technique and skill to handle the heat in the kitchen and create dishes with the wow factor. That’s why Langham Place’s chef can build a team into an army of gourmet stars! From selecting the freshest seasonal ingredients at a Beijing food market to putting the finishing touches to a beautifully-presented dish, their chef’s brigade will teach the team what it takes to be masters of local flavour, as well as the importance of working together to create perfection.

This half-day team-building cooking class program is ideal for groups of between 10 to 40 persons, and is charged at RMB300 per person.

THE AMAZING RACE LANGHAM PLACE

Race around Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport and experience the thrill of the hit reality game show The Amazing Race!  The Amazing Race Langham Place will put teamwork to the test and will surely bring out the competitive spirit in all, not to mention some funny memories.

MEET ME OUTDOORS

The gorgeous lakeside park at the hotel’s doorstep provides a unique venue for meetings in the refreshing outdoors. Whether for welcoming parties, team-building or afternoon picnics, Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport will put participants in the scenic picture to take full advantage of Mother Nature.

HIGH-POWERED TAKE OFF

Meeting planners are spoilt for choice with 22 meeting rooms including the Capital Ballroom offering over 2,700 sq metres of flexible technologically-advanced function space filled with natural light.

Full-day fun-filled-meeting packages are priced at RMB470 per person while half days is just RMB390 per person.

GIVE ME AN IPAD

Meanwhile, until 28 February 2011, meeting planners booking several events and meetings will have a chance to win a 32G Wi-Fi Apple iPad!

For more information visit:
beijingairport.langhamplacehotels.com


SOURCE Langham Hospitality Group

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January 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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PayPal Boosts Chinese Airline Industry’s Reach to Global Customer Base

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Air China, China Southern Airlines, and Hainan Airlines using PayPal as preferred online payment solution on their international websites just in time for Chinese New Year

SHANGHAI, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — PayPal today announced that three out of China’s top four airlines have accepted PayPal on their international websites since the start of 2011.﹛Air China, Southern China Airlines and Hainan Airlines are using PayPal as their preferred online payment solution in the global market just in time for the Chinese New Year period as many overseas Chinese have booked their flights back to mainland China in the past month.﹛ PayPal enables the Chinese airline industry to expand its global reach and overseas business through its safe, convenient online payment solution used by 94 million active PayPal consumers available in 190 markets and 24 currencies.

PayPal is becoming an important component of the Chinese airline industry’s strategy to reach travelers around the world and provide a new source of revenue as the tickets purchased by overseas consumers are typically for higher-priced international flights.﹛For example, Air China (http://www.airchina.com ) is allowing travelers to book and purchase tickets via PayPal on the airline’s websites in the United States, Australia, and Singapore. In addition, China Southern Airlines accepts PayPal for all routes on its international website (http://www.flychinasouthern.com ). Meanwhile, Hainan Airlines is using PayPal on its US website (http://www.hainanair.us ) and will integrate PayPal on its global website soon for travelers around the world.

Zhang Lan, Vice President of Air China said, “Improving our marketing capability in international markets by developing e-commerce is an important strategic measure for Air China. In collaboration with PayPal, Air China will offer more payment options for travelers who purchase tickets directly on Air China’s international websites, thus providing faster and safer online payment method and improving travelers’ ticketing experiences.”

“PayPal’s safe and seamless payment solution is a powerful tool in helping airlines, particularly those based in China, to expand their reach into overseas markets. We have selected PayPal as the preferred checkout option for travelers booking on our worldwide website, as the service enables our international customers to benefit from a safe and easy-to-use online payment platform for purchasing their air tickets online.” — Statement from China Southern Airlines.

“Travelers in our global customer base continually look for more convenient, safer ways to pay for flights online without the need to repeatedly enter sensitive financial information. Hainan Airlines becomes the seventh 5-Star airline in the world and the first airline in mainland China to earn the 5-Star airline certification of Skytrax this year, PayPal enables us to meet the demands of overseas customers, making our cooperation of strategic significance for our ambition to be a globally-recognized airline.” — Statement from Hainan Airlines.

“We are committed to providing our users all over the world with a faster, safer way to pay for online transactions, especially for airline tickets that are easily purchased via the Internet,” said Alan Tien, General Manager of PayPal China.﹛”PayPal’s strategic cooperation with the top Chinese airlines empowers them with opportunities to sell more tickets to travelers all over the world with a globally-accepted payment method as the international demand for Chinese tourism and business travel to China grows every year.”

The three Chinese airlines hope the recent launch of their PayPal service can accommodate the expected surge in flight bookings for the Chinese New Year on Feb 3, 2011. The period preceding and following the Chinese New Year is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year as overseas Chinese take trips back to their hometowns. The PayPal service offers overseas Chinese, especially those in Western countries like the US, UK and Australia, a more convenient way to purchase their flight tickets on the leading Chinese airlines.

About PayPal

PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online. The service allows members to send payments without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, credit cards, and bank accounts where available in various markets. PayPal is an eBay company and enables global e-commerce with more than 94 million active accounts in 190 markets and 24 currencies around the world. The company’s open payment platform, PayPal X, allows developers to build innovative payment applications on multiple platforms and devices. More information about the company can be found at http://www.paypal.com .

PayPal is headquartered in San Jose, California and its international headquarters is located in Singapore.

For more information, please contact:

PayPal China:

David Ye
Head of Marketing
Tel: +86-21-2308 8209
Email: daye@paypal.com

Chen Chen
BlueBay Consulting
Tel: +86-21-3503-1069
Email: chenchen@bluebaypr.com

PayPal Asia Pacific:

Dickson Seow
Director of Corporate Communications
Tel: +65-6510-6463
Email: dseow@paypal.com

SOURCE﹛PayPal

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January 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm

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Air China, China Southern Airlines, and Hainan Airlines using PayPal as preferred online payment solution on their international websites just in time for Chinese New Year

SHANGHAI, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — PayPal today announced that three out of China’s top four airlines have accepted PayPal on their international websites since the start of 2011.﹛Air China, Southern China Airlines and Hainan Airlines are using PayPal as their preferred online payment solution in the global market just in time for the Chinese New Year period as many overseas Chinese have booked their flights back to mainland China in the past month.﹛ PayPal enables the Chinese airline industry to expand its global reach and overseas business through its safe, convenient online payment solution used by 94 million active PayPal consumers available in 190 markets and 24 currencies.

PayPal is becoming an important component of the Chinese airline industry’s strategy to reach travelers around the world and provide a new source of revenue as the tickets purchased by overseas consumers are typically for higher-priced international flights.﹛For example, Air China (http://www.airchina.com ) is allowing travelers to book and purchase tickets via PayPal on the airline’s websites in the United States, Australia, and Singapore. In addition, China Southern Airlines accepts PayPal for all routes on its international website (http://www.flychinasouthern.com ). Meanwhile, Hainan Airlines is using PayPal on its US website (http://www.hainanair.us ) and will integrate PayPal on its global website soon for travelers around the world.

Zhang Lan, Vice President of Air China said, “Improving our marketing capability in international markets by developing e-commerce is an important strategic measure for Air China. In collaboration with PayPal, Air China will offer more payment options for travelers who purchase tickets directly on Air China’s international websites, thus providing faster and safer online payment method and improving travelers’ ticketing experiences.”

“PayPal’s safe and seamless payment solution is a powerful tool in helping airlines, particularly those based in China, to expand their reach into overseas markets. We have selected PayPal as the preferred checkout option for travelers booking on our worldwide website, as the service enables our international customers to benefit from a safe and easy-to-use online payment platform for purchasing their air tickets online.” — Statement from China Southern Airlines.

“Travelers in our global customer base continually look for more convenient, safer ways to pay for flights online without the need to repeatedly enter sensitive financial information. Hainan Airlines becomes the seventh 5-Star airline in the world and the first airline in mainland China to earn the 5-Star airline certification of Skytrax this year, PayPal enables us to meet the demands of overseas customers, making our cooperation of strategic significance for our ambition to be a globally-recognized airline.” — Statement from Hainan Airlines.

“We are committed to providing our users all over the world with a faster, safer way to pay for online transactions, especially for airline tickets that are easily purchased via the Internet,” said Alan Tien, General Manager of PayPal China.﹛”PayPal’s strategic cooperation with the top Chinese airlines empowers them with opportunities to sell more tickets to travelers all over the world with a globally-accepted payment method as the international demand for Chinese tourism and business travel to China grows every year.”

The three Chinese airlines hope the recent launch of their PayPal service can accommodate the expected surge in flight bookings for the Chinese New Year on Feb 3, 2011. The period preceding and following the Chinese New Year is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year as overseas Chinese take trips back to their hometowns. The PayPal service offers overseas Chinese, especially those in Western countries like the US, UK and Australia, a more convenient way to purchase their flight tickets on the leading Chinese airlines.

About PayPal

PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online. The service allows members to send payments without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, credit cards, and bank accounts where available in various markets. PayPal is an eBay company and enables global e-commerce with more than 94 million active accounts in 190 markets and 24 currencies around the world. The company’s open payment platform, PayPal X, allows developers to build innovative payment applications on multiple platforms and devices. More information about the company can be found at http://www.paypal.com .

PayPal is headquartered in San Jose, California and its international headquarters is located in Singapore.

For more information, please contact:

PayPal China:

David Ye
Head of Marketing
Tel: +86-21-2308 8209
Email: daye@paypal.com

Chen Chen
BlueBay Consulting
Tel: +86-21-3503-1069
Email: chenchen@bluebaypr.com

PayPal Asia Pacific:

Dickson Seow
Director of Corporate Communications
Tel: +65-6510-6463
Email: dseow@paypal.com

SOURCE﹛PayPal

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January 31, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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Air China, China Southern Airlines, and Hainan Airlines using PayPal as preferred online payment solution on their international websites just in time for Chinese New Year

SHANGHAI, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — PayPal today announced that three out of China’s top four airlines have accepted PayPal on their international websites since the start of 2011.﹛Air China, Southern China Airlines and Hainan Airlines are using PayPal as their preferred online payment solution in the global market just in time for the Chinese New Year period as many overseas Chinese have booked their flights back to mainland China in the past month.﹛ PayPal enables the Chinese airline industry to expand its global reach and overseas business through its safe, convenient online payment solution used by 94 million active PayPal consumers available in 190 markets and 24 currencies.

PayPal is becoming an important component of the Chinese airline industry’s strategy to reach travelers around the world and provide a new source of revenue as the tickets purchased by overseas consumers are typically for higher-priced international flights.﹛For example, Air China (http://www.airchina.com ) is allowing travelers to book and purchase tickets via PayPal on the airline’s websites in the United States, Australia, and Singapore. In addition, China Southern Airlines accepts PayPal for all routes on its international website (http://www.flychinasouthern.com ). Meanwhile, Hainan Airlines is using PayPal on its US website (http://www.hainanair.us ) and will integrate PayPal on its global website soon for travelers around the world.

Zhang Lan, Vice President of Air China said, “Improving our marketing capability in international markets by developing e-commerce is an important strategic measure for Air China. In collaboration with PayPal, Air China will offer more payment options for travelers who purchase tickets directly on Air China’s international websites, thus providing faster and safer online payment method and improving travelers’ ticketing experiences.”

“PayPal’s safe and seamless payment solution is a powerful tool in helping airlines, particularly those based in China, to expand their reach into overseas markets. We have selected PayPal as the preferred checkout option for travelers booking on our worldwide website, as the service enables our international customers to benefit from a safe and easy-to-use online payment platform for purchasing their air tickets online.” — Statement from China Southern Airlines.

“Travelers in our global customer base continually look for more convenient, safer ways to pay for flights online without the need to repeatedly enter sensitive financial information. Hainan Airlines becomes the seventh 5-Star airline in the world and the first airline in mainland China to earn the 5-Star airline certification of Skytrax this year, PayPal enables us to meet the demands of overseas customers, making our cooperation of strategic significance for our ambition to be a globally-recognized airline.” — Statement from Hainan Airlines.

“We are committed to providing our users all over the world with a faster, safer way to pay for online transactions, especially for airline tickets that are easily purchased via the Internet,” said Alan Tien, General Manager of PayPal China.﹛”PayPal’s strategic cooperation with the top Chinese airlines empowers them with opportunities to sell more tickets to travelers all over the world with a globally-accepted payment method as the international demand for Chinese tourism and business travel to China grows every year.”

The three Chinese airlines hope the recent launch of their PayPal service can accommodate the expected surge in flight bookings for the Chinese New Year on Feb 3, 2011. The period preceding and following the Chinese New Year is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year as overseas Chinese take trips back to their hometowns. The PayPal service offers overseas Chinese, especially those in Western countries like the US, UK and Australia, a more convenient way to purchase their flight tickets on the leading Chinese airlines.

About PayPal

PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online. The service allows members to send payments without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, credit cards, and bank accounts where available in various markets. PayPal is an eBay company and enables global e-commerce with more than 94 million active accounts in 190 markets and 24 currencies around the world. The company’s open payment platform, PayPal X, allows developers to build innovative payment applications on multiple platforms and devices. More information about the company can be found at http://www.paypal.com .

PayPal is headquartered in San Jose, California and its international headquarters is located in Singapore.

For more information, please contact:

PayPal China:

David Ye
Head of Marketing
Tel: +86-21-2308 8209
Email: daye@paypal.com

Chen Chen
BlueBay Consulting
Tel: +86-21-3503-1069
Email: chenchen@bluebaypr.com

PayPal Asia Pacific:

Dickson Seow
Director of Corporate Communications
Tel: +65-6510-6463
Email: dseow@paypal.com

SOURCE﹛PayPal

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January 31, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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Omnicom Group Agencies Awarded by Advertising Age

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NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/– Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) companies BBDO, DDB, LatinWorks, PHD and TBWA were recognized in the Advertising Age 2010 Agency of the Year and Agency A-List awards this week.

In recognition of an impressive transformation “to a truly integrated and digital-led offering,” DDB Group China was named Ad Age China’s Agency of the Year.

At the same time, LatinWorks was named to the Ad Age A-List in recognition of its “creative work that is meticulously planned and strategically grounded, helping marketers win over increasingly diverse Hispanic consumers while avoiding stereotypes.”

BBDO and TBWA were named Standouts for proving they were among the best in the business at delivering the best work of the year to some of America’s top brands.

TBWA/Chiat/Day, Los Angeles, and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners also were voted to the Creativity A-List for groundbreaking product introductions and highly awarded creative work, while media planning and buying agency PHD was named to The Ones to Watch for a year of innovation and growth.

TBWA and Colenso BBDO were also runners up for International Agency of the Year.

The magazine’s A-List AOY awards honor top agencies that have improved client results and have proven innovation and enhanced results in their own businesses.

About Omnicom Group Inc.

Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

Contact:

Pat Sloan
Tel: +1-212-415-2109
SOURCE Omnicom Group Inc.

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January 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

Posted in Business & Finance

The Hong Kong Business High-Flyers Award 2010

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2011-01-26 17:47
HONG KONG, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — HONG KONG BUSINESS HIGH-FLYERS gives formal recognition to outstanding enterprises and business leaders, who have an industry-leading product, service or idea. It is an annual recognition event of Hong Kong Business Magazine in celebration of Hong Kong’s most successful companies. Enterprises and businesses with a strong capacity for innovation or brand leadership or marketing are also recognized.

Winners will receive a crystal trophy with prestigious gifts during the Award Presentation Ceremony and also get a 2-page editorial coverage in the 2011 Hong Kong Business Annual Special Edition.

Launched in 2004, Hong Kong Business High-Flyers continuously seeks out business achievers in different industries from banking to aviation.

This year’s High-Flyer Awardees are

• ABN AMRO Private Banking – Private Banking

• AIA Pension & Trustee Co. Ltd. – Most Outstanding Enterprise.

• Altruist Financial Group – Multi Channels Financial Consultancy

• Atradius – Credit Insurance

• Crystallize.Me – Crystal Lighting

• Canadian International School of Hong Kong – Leading International School

• Cathay Pacific Airway – Airlines

• Chiram Strategic Group – Leading Hospitality and Trading Company

• Decor House – Innovative Furniture & Custom Made Furniture

• Dentro – Luxury Furniture

• Ageas Insurance Company (Asia) Ltd – Financial Planning

• Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) Ltd – Environmental Performance

• Galaxy Starworld Hotel & Casino – Leading Hotel & Casino

• Godiva Chocolatier – Premium Chocolatier

• Henderson Real Estate Agency Ltd – Property Developer

• Hong Kong Matchmakers – Matchmaking Services

• HSBC Insurance – Life Insurance

• JIA International Ltd – Kitchen Designer

• Kadriden Interior Design/Architecture – Interior Designer

• Lan Kwai Fong Hotel @ Kau U Fong – Boutique Hotel

• Luxury Living – Luxury Living

• Sa Sa International Holdings Ltd – Retail Chain

• Sound Concepts Ltd – Professional AV Consultant

• OneMBA, Global Executive MBA Program – The Chinese University of Hong Kong – MBA Program

• Thomas, Mayer & Associes – Law Firm

• Ultra Active Technology Ltd – Innovative Technology

• Zung Fu Company Ltd – Car Dealer

“The Hong Kong High-Flyers recognizes the best companies in Hong Kong and the ones who have produced excellent results during the year. The recognition as one of our leading companies in Hong Kong is a testament to the success of the organization, and we congratulate them on their achievement.”

– Tim Charlton, Publisher of Hong Kong Business Magazine

The event was held on the 25th of January, 2011 at 6:30PM in Duetto.

Contact:

Louis Shek
Charlton Media Hong Kong Ltd
Office: +852 3972 7166
Fax: +852 3972 7266
Email: louis@hongkongbusiness.hk

SOURCE Hong Kong Business Magazine

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January 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

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DHL Enhances LCL Connectivity from India to South Africa

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2011-01-20 14:00 


 

Direct LCL service from Nhava Sheva to Durban will provide fast, reliable and cost efficient service

MUMBAI, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, today announced the launch of a new direct Less than Container Load(1)(LCL) service from Nhava Sheva, Mumbai in India to Durban, South Africa. Operated by Danmar Lines, DHL’s in-house carrier, the new service will facilitate trade between India and South Africa and offer customers reliable, quick and cost-effective services between the two ports.

With trade between India and Africa having risen almost four-fold in the last five years, from US$9.9 billion in 2004-05 to US$39 billion in 2008-09(2), DHL Global Forwarding sees vast potential in the India-Africa trade lane.

Christoph Remund, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Global Forwarding India,said, “The launch of our direct India to Durban LCL service reflects our commitment to customers who have increasing business activities in both markets. The company has allocated significant resources to facilitate growth in the India-Africa trade lane by setting up dedicated India Desks in ten African countries to help businesses there, with plans to establish additional Desks this year.”

Africa is emerging as a key market, with freight volumes between India and Africa expected to grow significantly in the coming years. “With expertise in several key sectors, including oil and gas, telecommunications and IT, we are well-positioned to leverage our capabilities in Africa and further increase our LCL volumes this year,” said Clas Thorell, Head of LCL Management Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding.

Sanjay Tejwani, Director – Ocean Freight, DHL Global Forwarding India, said, “This new service will benefit customers with direct connectivity between Africa and India, especially the small and medium enterprises which are increasingly turning to ocean freight for greater cost efficiencies. We are optimistic about the growth potential of this business supported by the strong intermodal network across Africa.”

To reinforce focus on this important sector, DHL Global Forwarding has recently appointed Joseph Oguta as Head of LCL for Africa, based in Kenya. Mr. Oguta’s appointment will provide a strong thrust to enhance the company’s competitive edge in the fast-changing global business environment.

DHL operates the world’s largest LCL network with close to 2,000,000 cubic meters of LCL freight handled annually via 45,000 point pairs within the DHL in-house system. As a global leader in LCL, DHL offers unrivalled coverage with more than 400 weekly point pairs from 11 South Asia Terminals sailing to 38 destination terminals in Emerging Markets.

DHL – The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 300,000 employees’ worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 46 billion euros in 2009.

(1) Less than Container Load (LCL) refers to smaller amounts of ocean freight cargo that are insufficient to fill a Full Container Load (FCL) on its own. The service is widely used by customers across many industries as it offers greater flexibility in the management of supply chains by being able to ship smaller quantities on a timelier basis.
(2) Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics, Ministry of Commerce & Industry

 

SOURCE DHL

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January 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

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Column5 Consulting Expands Its Consulting Services in Support of SAP(R) BusinessObjects(TM) Enterprise Performance Management to Asia

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Firm Hires Gary Hawton as Practice Lead for Asia-Pacific-Japan Region; Co-sponsoring SAP’s 2011 Field Kickoff Meeting in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Column5 Consulting, a global leader in enterprise performance management (EPM) professional services, today announced that it is expanding its practice to Asia with the hiring of Gary Hawton as Practice Lead for the Asia-Pacific-Japan (APJ) region. Column5’s first major event in the region will be co-sponsorship of and participation in SAP’s 2011 Field Kickoff Meeting (FKOM) in Singapore, being held January 17-18.

SAP’s 2011 FKOM, being held in Singapore, is one of the largest conferences dedicated to SAP field employees and partners.  It provides the opportunity for partners to learn about SAP product developments and directions, understand SAP’s strategy and visions for the region, and network with SAP field employees and other partners to develop avenues for business growth. This strategic event provides an ideal platform to acquaint SAP executives with Column5’s history of success with the SAP® BusinessObjects™ enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions.

“Column5 has a proven track record of successful implementations of SAP BusinessObjects EPM solutions, including the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation application, in the U.S., so we are excited that they have selected Southeast Asia to make their initial entry into the region,” said Judd Sanchez, regional director, Ecosystem and Channels Group, SAP Southeast Asia. “In 2011, Column5 has committed to investing in their Asia-Pacific-Japan business and to becoming the leading sales and delivery partner for SAP in the region. Making this investment as a gold sponsor at SAP’s 2011 FKOM in Singapore is evidence of their dedication to this goal.”

Prior to joining Column5,Gary Hawton was director of Business User Practice at HCL AXON , a leading implementations provider and SAP services partner, where he was responsible for the successful delivery and implementation of SAP software, including SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation,  at numerous client sites.  While at HCL AXON, Hawton hired and trained staff in Malaysia, Singapore and China in order to develop a practice in support of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation within the region. He successfully closed the first project within the APJ region within two months of starting the practice.  He also was instrumental in starting a practice in Australia, also in support of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation.  Prior to HCL AXON, Hawton was a practice manager at SAP and OutlookSoft, responsible for managing implementations of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation at Fortune 1000 clients throughout North America.

“Our expansion into Asia opens up a new market for Column5,” added David Den Boer, CEO of Column5. “But even more importantly, it enables us to provide truly global support to our multinational clients, while bringing top performance management expertise to the ecosystem for SAP customers in Asia.  We’re fortunate to have recruited a talented executive with the ideal background to lead this effort in Gary Hawton, who has a proven track record in delivering successful projects in support of SAP solutions in Asia.”

Based in Singapore, Column5 Consulting SEA Pte. Ltd. is now offering consulting, training, sales and technical support to customers throughout Asia. Column5 has plans to open additional offices in the region during 2011, including in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and China.

“I am very pleased to lead Column5’s continued global expansion efforts,” said Gary Hawton.  “In my decade of international business experience, nothing has excited me more than leveraging Column5’s reputation for success and commitment to the EPM space. I look forward to success throughout the Asian and Australian markets.”

Column5 Consulting is a leading provider of EPM consulting services, helping finance and operational managers plan and manage their businesses. Using SAP’s market leading suite of products, Column5 develops planning, budgeting, reporting, consolidation, analytics and other management applications for its clients. For more information about business analytics solutions included on the SAP EcoHub marketplace – from SAP and its partners, including Column5 – visit http://www.sap.com/about/newsroom/press.epx?pressid=14491.

About Column5 Consulting

Column5 is an SAP channel and services partner supporting SAP BusinessObjects enterprise performance management solutions, including SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, SAP BusinessObjects Profitability and Cost Management and SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management applications, as well as SAP business intelligence solutions. Column5 has helped many organizations worldwide leverage these solutions to improve how they plan and manage their businesses. More information is available at www.column5.com or email info@column5.com.

SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries.

Business Objects, BusinessObjects and the Business Objects logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Business Objects in the United States and/or other countries. Business Objects is an SAP company.

All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.

Contact:

David Den Boer, CEO
Column 5 Consulting, LLC
14500 N Northsight Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: 800-360-7839
Website: www.column5.com
Email: info@column5.com
SOURCE Column5 Consulting

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January 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Posted in Business & Finance

EQT Greater China II Acquires Classic Fine Foods Group

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HONG KONG, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

﹛﹛– EQT Greater China acquires Classic Fine Foods Group, a leading multinational importer and distributor of fine foods to high-end hotels and restaurants
﹛﹛– EQT Greater China to focus on growth and geographic expansion

EQT Greater China II (“EQT Greater China”) has acquired Classic Fine Foods Group (“CFF” or the “Company”) from UK-based Vestey Group Ltd. EQT Greater China now owns 96% of CFF while management holds the remaining 4%.

(Logo: http://www.prnasia.com/sa/2010/12/20/20101220389728.png )

CFF is the leading multinational importer and distributor of fine foods, serving the vast majority of five-star hotels and high-end restaurants in Asia. The Company is involved in sourcing and procurement, import and export, storage and handling, marketing and distribution of high-end fine foods products such as dairy, meat, pastry, gastronomies, seafood, high quality perishables, condiments, pasta and dry products.

CFF was incorporated in 1999 and has since been built through a combination of acquisitions and greenfield initiatives. Today, the Company has operations in 11 markets, including Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, UK, the Philippines, and Vietnam and is the market leader in the majority of the countries where the Company is active. Asian markets together represent more than 80% of CFF’s total sales. Sales in 2010 are expected to reach approximately EUR 94 million. The Company has grown approximately 15% annually over the last 3 years.

CFF has a very strong sourcing network of suppliers, mainly Europe-based, offering the customers leading brands on an exclusive basis. The Company has excellent customer relationships not only with five-star hotels and high-end restaurants but also with customers such as airlines, social clubs, cruise lines, supermarket chains, department and delicatessen stores.

“EQT Greater China was attracted by CFF’s strong market position, its track record and entrepreneurial spirit among management and country managers. The Company also has outstanding relations with both suppliers and customers. CFF is a well run business with numerous opportunities to develop and grow. We believe that EQT’s experience from the sector and history of developing similarly international, premium businesses will make EQT Greater China a good owner. We will focus on expanding the product offering but also look into the possibilities of entering new markets, for instance China,” says Massimo Rossi, new Chairman of the Board of Directors of CFF and Industrial Advisor of the EQT Industrial Network.

In addition to the Chairman Massimo Rossi, the Board of Directors will consist of Dennis Malamatinas (previously CEO of Burger King and currently Board Member of EQT IV-owned SSP) and John Lim (previously CEO of Cold Storage and currently Deputy Chairman of Fairprice, Singapore). The new Board of Directors holds vast food and distribution experience and will contribute with industry knowledge from both the Asian and European markets. Simon Griffiths from EQT Partners Singapore will also join the Board of Directors of CFF.

The Asian fine foods market has shown robust growth and this is expected to continue as a result of economic growth and an increased consumer taste and interest for Western fine cuisine. New premium hotels and high-end restaurants are thriving in the Asian Pacific region, creating exciting opportunities for CFF and its comprehensive offering of fine foods. EQT Greater China will, together with the management of CFF, work intensively to capture these opportunities and to develop and grow CFF even further. Initially, the strategic initiatives will include geographic expansion and expanding the product range.

About EQT

EQT is the leading private equity group in Northern Europe with around EUR 13 billion in raised capital and multiple investment strategies. Together with a superior network of Industrial Advisors, EQT implements its business concept by acquiring or financing good medium-sized to large companies in Northern and Eastern Europe, Asia and the United States, developing them into leading companies. Development is achieved by applying an industrial strategy with focus on growth. Since inception, EQT has invested EUR 8.9 billion in more than 80 companies and exited around 40. EQT-owned companies have more than 500,000 employees.

EQT Greater China makes control or co-control investments in high-quality market leading, medium-sized companies in attractive industries in Asia with a potential for top-line growth.

EQT Partners, acting as investment advisor to the managers of each EQT fund, has more than 100 investment professionals with an extensive industrial and financial competence. EQT Partners has offices in Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Oslo, London, Munich, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Warsaw and Zurich.

More information can be found on http://www.eqt.se

Contacts:

Simon Griffiths, Senior Partner Singapore, +65-6595-1834
Johan Hahnel, Communications & PR, +46-8-506-55-334

SOURCE﹛EQT Greater China II

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January 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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China Telecom Voted the “Best Managed Company in Asia” For Two Consecutive Years

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HONG KONG, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — China Telecom Corporation Limited (“China Telecom” or “the Company”; HKEx: 00728; NYSE: CHA) has not only been voted again by leading equity analysts the “No. 1 Best Managed Company in China”, but also again the “No. 1 Best Managed Company in Asia” across all industries in the latest “Best Managed Companies in Asia Poll” (“the Poll”) by Euromoney, an international reputable financial magazine. China Telecom is the first company receiving such grand honour two years in a row. In the individual categories, China Telecom has also been ranked as the “Best Corporate Governance in Asia”, the “Most Convincing and Coherent Strategy in Asia” and the “Most Accessible Senior Management in Asia”.

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Euromoney noted that China Telecom has again swept the Poll benefiting from its clear vision and convincing long-term strategy.﹛Analyst also praised the Company for its leading role in promoting transparent external communication.

“Being voted as the ‘Best Managed Company in Asia’ for two years in a row is really a great encouragement to our company and our staff,” said Mr. Wang Xiaochu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Telecom.﹛”I sincerely thank our investors for their kind support and trust.﹛I would also like to thank all our staff for their dedication and passion for excellence.﹛We shall continue to do our best to achieve scale development and to enhance value to our customers and shareholders, leveraging innovation breakthrough and win-win co-operation.”

Euromoney’s “Best Managed Companies in Asia Poll” is one of the most reputable awards in Asia.﹛This is the 10th year of the event and is highly recognized by capital market participants.﹛This year the ranking is based on a survey of 287 leading analysts at investment banks and research institutes in Asia who were asked to name which companies were the most impressive across a number of factors including quality of management, market strength, profitability, growth potential, management accessibility, accounting transparency and corporate governance amongst others.﹛Honoured with these highly regarded awards, it demonstrates that investment managers, analysts and capital market participants affirm China Telecom’s excellent management performance and corporate governance with high recognition for the leading standard of its execution capability and transparency in Asia.

Company Website: http://www.chinatelecom-h.com



SOURCE﹛China Telecom Corporation Limited

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January 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

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