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Huntsman Announces Appointment of Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific

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2011-02-17 22:54
New Role Created to Accelerate Business Growth in the Region

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-Aisa/ — Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced the appointment of Anthony P. Hankins, President of the Company’s Polyurethanes division, to the new role of Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific.

The role has been created to provide leadership and co-ordination of Huntsman’s rapidly expanding presence in the region and will be based in new regional headquarters in Hong Kong. Mr. Hankins will facilitate the corporate and cross-divisional activities required to deliver growth, including investments and partnerships, strengthening the Company’s asset base, developing people capability and building relationships with governmental organizations and other key stakeholders.

Commenting on the appointment, Peter R. Huntsman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Huntsman Corporation said, “I am delighted that Tony Hankins is taking on this important challenge. Asia Pacific already accounts for a quarter of our global sales, but we have recognized that we need to accelerate our investment in people and physical assets to strengthen our long-term position in this exciting market. Tony has extensive experience of working and living in the region, he has a deep understanding of the Huntsman business and culture and so is perfectly suited to guide this next stage development of our Company in Asia.”

Mr. Hankins will continue as President of the Polyurethanes division, which will relocate its global headquarters from The Woodlands, Texas to Hong Kong during the course of 2011.

About Huntsman:

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has more than 11,000 employees and operates from multiple locations worldwide. The Company had 2009 revenues of approximately $8 billion. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the Company’s website at

Forward-Looking Statements:

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company’s operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed in the Huntsman companies’ filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. In addition, the completion of any transactions described in this release is subject to a number of uncertainties and closing will be subject to approvals and other customary conditions. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that such transactions will be completed or that the company’s expectations will be realized. The company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by applicable laws.

SOURCE Huntsman

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February 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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Latest Technologies Straining Cyber Security Staffs, Study Warns

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Critical Skills Gap Also Found in (ISC)2-Sponsored, Frost & Sullivan Study of More than 10,000 Information Security Professionals Worldwide

HONG KONG, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ –﹛A study based on a survey of more than 10,000 information security professionals worldwide finds that a growing number of technologies being widely adopted by businesses are challenging information security executives and their staffs, potentially endangering the security of government agencies, corporations and consumers worldwide over the next several years.

Conducted by Frost & Sullivan, the 2011 (ISC)2(R) Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS) says new threats stemming from mobile devices, the cloud, social networking and insecure applications, as well as added responsibilities such as addressing the security concerns of customers, have led to “information security professionals being stretched thin, and like a series of small leaks in a dam, the current overworked workforce may be showing signs of strain.”

Conducted on behalf of (ISC)2, the not-for-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers, the study also shows a severe gap in skills needed industry-wide.﹛Information security professionals admitted they needed better training yet reported in significant numbers that many of these technologies are already being deployed without security in mind.

“In the modern organization, end-users are dictating IT priorities by bringing technology to the enterprise rather than the other way around,” said Robert Ayoub, global program director – network security for Frost & Sullivan.﹛”Pressure to secure too much and the resulting skills gap are creating risk for organizations worldwide.

“We can reduce the risks, however, if we invest now in attracting high-quality entrants to the field and make concurrent investments in professional development for emerging skills. As the study finds, these solutions are underway, but the question remains whether enough new professionals and training will come soon enough to keep global critical infrastructures in the private and public sectors protected.”

“The good news from this study is that information security professionals finally have management support and are being relied upon and compensated for the security of the most mission-critical data and systems within an organization,” added Ayoub. “The bad news is that they are being asked to do too much, with little time left to enhance their skills to meet the latest security threats and business demands.”

Other key findings from the study include:

— As of 2010, Frost & Sullivan estimates that there are 2.28 million﹛
﹛ information security professionals worldwide, while there are around
﹛ 750,000 in Asia-Pacific (A-P). Demand for professionals in A-P is expected
﹛ to increase to over 1.3 million by 2015, with a compound annual growth rate
﹛ (CAGR) of 11.9 percent, creating career opportunities for those with the
﹛ right skills.

— Secure software development is a significant new area of focus for
﹛ information security professionals worldwide.﹛Application vulnerabilities
﹛ ranked as the No. 1 threat to organizations by 72 percent of respondents,
﹛ while 20 percent said they are involved in secure software development.

— Nearly 70 percent of respondents reported having policies and technology in
﹛ place to meet the security challenges of mobile devices, yet mobile devices
﹛ were still ranked second on the list of highest concerns by respondents.﹛
﹛ The study concludes that mobile security could be the single most dangerous
﹛ threat to organizations for the foreseeable future.

— Cloud computing illustrates a serious gap between technology implementation
﹛ and the skills necessary to provide security. More than 50 percent of
﹛ respondents reported having private clouds in place, while more than 70
﹛ percent reported the need for new skills to properly secure cloud-based
﹛ technologies.

— Professionals aren’t ready for social media threats. Respondents reported
﹛ inconsistent policies and protection for end-users visiting social media
﹛ sites, and just less than 30 percent had no social media security policies
﹛ whatsoever.

— Viruses and worms, hackers and internal employees all fell in significance
﹛ as top threats from 2008, the most recent year of the study.

— The main drivers for the continued growth of the profession are regulatory
﹛ compliance demands, greater potential for data loss via mobile devices and
﹛ mobile workforce, and the potential loss of control as organizations shift
﹛ data to cloud-based services.

— Nearly two-thirds of respondents don’t expect to see any increase in budget
﹛ for information security personnel and training in 2011.

— Salaries showed healthy growth despite a global recession, with three out
﹛ of five respondents reported receiving a salary increase in 2010. Overall,
﹛ salaries for information security professionals increased, with the A-P
﹛ region showing the highest growth at 18 percent since the 2007 study.

“With the increasing demand for information security professional due to security threats, we need to change our approach to global cyber security to address the skills gaps revealed by the study,” said Dr Lee Jae-woo, co-chair for the (ISC)2 Asian Advisory Board and Fellow of (ISC)2. “Especially in Asia, we see the career opportunities are growing. In order to fill the gap of professional demands, we urge industry, government, academia and the profession to collaborate to attract a new generation of highly qualified information security talent while supporting current professionals to help them address the latest threats.”

Likely the largest study of the information security profession ever conducted, 10,413 information security professionals from companies and public sector organizations from around the world were surveyed in the fall of 2010, including 61 percent in the Americas, 22.5 percent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and 16.5 percent in Asia Pacific.﹛Forty-five percent were from organizations with over 10,000 employees.

The average experience of respondents worldwide was more than nine years, while five percent of respondents held executive titles such as Chief Information Security Officer. Additionally, Frost & Sullivan supplemented the analysis with its other primary data sources and methods.

The objective of the GISWS, the fifth study sponsored by (ISC)2 since 2004, is to provide meaningful research about the information security profession to industry stakeholders, including professionals, corporations, government agencies, academia, and hiring managers.

The full study can be found here:﹛

About (ISC)2
(ISC)2 is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals worldwide, with nearly 75,000 members in more than 135 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)2 issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP(R)) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP(R)), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP(R)), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP(R)) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)2’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)2 also offers education programs and services based on its CBK(R), a compendium of information security topics. More information is available at .

(C) 2011, (ISC)2 Inc.﹛(ISC)2, CISSP, CSSLP, ISSAP, ISSMP, ISSEP, CAP, SSCP and CBK are registered marks of (ISC)2, Inc.


Kitty Chung
(ISC)2 Asia-Pacific
Tel: +852-3520-4001


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February 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

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M2B Announces Technology Development Partnership with Panasonic

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2011-02-18 09:00 


SINGAPORE, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — M2B World Asia Pacific Pte Ltd announced a technology partnership with Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte Ltd that allows both companies to develop local content for media exposure to the Asia Pacific market through Connected TV.

M2B World Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Amaru Inc, USA, and Asia’s leading Broadband content provider has signed an agreement with Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte Ltd to provide content for Panasonic 2010/2011 VIERA Connect.

Panasonic is committed to provide the highest quality home entertainment experience and viewing options to the consumer. Panasonic’s proprietary IPTV functionality is expanded and enhanced for 2011, with a new identifying name, VIERA Connect™, reflecting the transition from the walled garden approach of VIERA Cast to the interactive and inter-connected philosophy behind the new Internet enabled platform.

Speaking of the partnership, M2B’s CEO Percy Chua said, “Connected TV is the way of future television. This opens up great business opportunities by tapping onto the growing internet connectivity in the Asia Pacific region. With Panasonic’s planned roll out every quarter of 2011 in populous countries like Indonesia and India, M2B sees profitability in bundled contents. Furthermore, M2B with its worldwide content rights is able to expand together with Panasonic in the European markets.”

About M2B World Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

M2B is a leader in the Broadband Media Entertainment business, and a major provider of interactive entertainment-on-demand streaming over Broadband channels, Internet portals, and 3G devices. Its unique portfolio of content links Hollywood with Asia appeal to a wide variety of consumers as well as advertisers.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.42 trillion yen (US$79.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2010. The company’s shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company’s website at

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Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, growth and demand for broadband services, the unproven nature of the subscriber model, consumer adaptation of set-up boxes, the ability to manage rapid growth, disruptions to networks, competitors and new entrants, changes in product mix, our efforts to establish independent broadband sites in countries where conditions are suitable, our ability to expand our offerings of content in entertainment and education, and various other factors beyond the Company’s control.


Cheyenne Sin
M2B World Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Tel: +65-6332-9123 (117)


SOURCE M2B World Asia Pacific Pte Ltd


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February 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

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Media Monitors Acquires Majority Stake in Region’s Leading Online and Social Media Intelligence Company

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SINGAPORE, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Asia-Pacific’s leading media intelligence company, Media Monitors( ), today announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Brandtology( ), a global leader in online and social media intelligence. The acquisition further strengthens Media Monitors’ ability to provide the highest quality and most comprehensive suite of media intelligence services across our region and beyond.

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Media Monitors CEO John Croll said, “This is Media Monitors first acquisition since being acquired by Quadrant on 1 July 2010 and it reaffirms our growth strategy. This will create significant opportunities for cross-selling across all markets, and Brandtology’s strong presence in China in particular supports our strategic growth story in that market. As a group we now have over 1,000 employees servicing 5,000 clients across 17 countries globally.”

“Brandtology’s business model reflects Media Monitors focus on accuracy, timeliness and deeper insight – all rare commodities in the current world of social media monitoring and analysis. We believe it’s a great step forward for these two strong brands with a consistent focus on quality and client service to grow together as part of the Media Monitors Group.”

View a video outlining Brandtology’s unique service here( )

Brandtology, launched in 2008 and headquartered in Singapore, has grown exponentially, with staff in 15 countries across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America processing over 100 million online conversations per month, with more than 170 analysts spending over 20,000 hours a month analysing social media conversations for many of the world’s leading brands across finance, technology, healthcare and FMCG.

Brandtology founder and CEO, Eddie Chau said, “This is the logical and exciting next step for Brandtology, allowing us to continue our rapid growth across existing and new markets and maintain our focus on research and development with the financial strength and broad APAC sales network of the region’s leading media intelligence company behind us.”

Using a highly effective combination of proprietary technology, processes and trained professionals Brandtology’s world leading methodology involves extensive data mining, influence and sentiment defining technology overlaid by extensive quality control and deeper content analysis from expert social media analysts. As with Media Monitors, Brandtology provides a multilingual service, covering the 12 languages spoken by over 90% of the world’s population, again ensuring that clients’ specific requirements can be met at all times across all global markets.

Brandtology will remain as a distinct brand within the Media Monitors Group, the acquisition significantly expanding the brand’s sales network in Australia and New Zealand, while providing a solid base allowing for continued rapid growth across the Asia-Pacific region. Mr Croll said “I look forward to working with Eddie Chau and his team at Brandtology to continue providing the best possible media intelligence across all forms of media, tailored to our clients’ needs.”

About Media Monitors

Media Monitors is the leading media intelligence company in Asia-Pacific, with offices in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China. We deliver solutions to clients in: multilingual media monitoring across print, TV, radio, and online; media analysis and consulting; and media contact database and campaign release management. With over 900 employees across the region, Media Monitors offers the innovative solutions and robust media intelligence needed to confidently navigate today’s sophisticated and complex media landscape

About Brandtology

Brandtology’s business and brand online intelligence services enable global brands to manage and extract invaluable insights from consumers’ conversations. Using proprietary technology, processes and trained professionals, Brandtology is able to provide a high degree of accuracy and relevancy in multilingual analysis. Astute global organisations utilize Brandtology’s intelligence in multiple functional areas such as sales, marketing, public relations, insight and research, customer service and product development. Launched in 2008 and headquartered in Singapore, Brandtology has 170 analysts across 15 countries in the Asia Pacific, North America and Europe, processing over 100 million online conversations per month. Its multilingual service covers 12 languages spoken by over 90% of the world’s population.

Media contacts:

Media Monitors
Patrick Baume
Tel: +612-9318-4012
Tw: @mm_group

Kesavan (Kay) Nair
Tel: +65-6593-9888
Tw: @Brandtology


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