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Shell Global Solutions Wins New Contract to Work with Three Indian Refineries

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2011-03-25 16:15
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 25 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Shell Global Solutions (GS) signed an agreement with the Centre for High Technology, India (CHT) to improve operational efficiency and business performance of three Indian refineries.

The contract, a Refinery Performance Improvement Program (RPIP), will be implemented over three years at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. at their Mumbai refineries and at Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd in Mangalore — and aims to help the three coastal refineries achieve margin improvements of US$ 25 cents/bbl over their total refining capacity of about 32 million metric tons per annum.

Secured via an open global tender initiated by CHT, the Shell Global Solutions’ program will focus on Process Optimization, Energy and Loss Management, Plant Availability and Reliability including Maintenance / Inspection Best Practices, and Refinery Margin Improvements.

“We are pleased to continue working closely with CHT in the execution of the RPIP program for these three refineries. We believe Shell Global Solutions’ owner and operator experience makes us well-placed to support the implementation of practical technology solutions to suit refiners’ short, medium and long term priorities,” said Bart van de Ven, Head of Business Development for Shell Global Solutions in India.

“We invest in technology and innovation to develop more efficient ways to improve and maximize the performance of Indian refineries. Shell Global Solutions has wide operational experience, an established reputation for technological excellence and highly skilled specialists. We look forward to a continued and productive exchange of business and technological expertise,” said B D Ghosh, Executive Director of CHT.

Shell Global Solutions has in the past worked with CHT in successfully implementing the Integrated Refineries Business Improvement Program at Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd’s Manali refinery, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd’s Kochi refinery, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd’s Mathura refinery and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd’s Visakhapatnam refinery.

About Shell Global Solutions

Shell Global Solutions is a network of independent technology companies in the Shell Group which provide technical consultancy and licensed technologies for both the Shell Group and third party customers within the energy industry. In response to the significant challenges facing the industry today, Shell Global Solutions strives to deliver innovative technical solutions and effective technology to support its customers in their day-to-day operations and delivery of strategic plans. This enables customers to improve the capacity and performance of existing units; integrate new process units into existing refineries and petrochemical complexes; incorporate advanced catalyst systems and reactor internals; through to the design of grassroots refineries. More information on Shell Global Solutions is available at

Shell Global Solutions is affiliated with Shell’s catalyst companies which innovate and sell catalysts through a network that includes Criterion Catalysts & Technologies, Zeolyst International, CRI Catalyst Company and CRI KataLeuna. More information on the CRI/Criterion Catalysts and Technologies group is available at and

SOURCE Shell Global Solutions (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

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March 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

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Singapore Boardroom Still Mostly Off-limit for HR, Says Aon Hewitt and USC

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2011-03-24 16:29
SINGAPORE, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Singapore boards have been slow to seek professional HR expertise to solve executive compensation issues compared to their U.S. counterparts, according to Aon Hewitt, the global human resource consulting and outsourcing business of Aon Corporation (NYSE: AON), and the University of Southern California.


The survey – Pay at the Top: A comparative Study of When HR Make a Difference – polled 78 HR professionals at 66 companies, and found that while 83 per cent of U.S. respondents in the survey said they call on their HR for help to resolve executive compensation matters, only 50 per cent of the Singapore respondents were found to do the same. The survey also found 19 per cent of Singapore boards look to HR in matters relating to board compensation, compared to 44 per cent of U.S. respondents. Further, 40 per cent of Singapore boards seek HR’s guidance when making decisions on executive succession planning, versus 65 per cent of boards in the U.S.

“The difference between the U.S. and Singapore data could be due to Singapore’s relative youth in the development of its corporate governance framework relating to human capital issues,” says Na Boon Chong, Managing Director, Executive Compensation and Performance, SEA at Aon Hewitt who was a joint author of the survey. “As these increasingly complex issues gain more attention at the board level, we would expect boards turn more to their HR and/or external advisors,” he added.

Edward E. Lawler III, Director of the Center of Effective Organization (CEO) in the Marshall School of Business at USC says: “It is worth mentioning that our study indicates HR in Singapore can get into the boardroom by gaining competence in executive compensation and business understanding.”

Professor Lawler says there is a likelihood that Singapore will catch up in due time with U.S. practice as more companies come under the pressure of more stringent legislations governing executive compensation.

Other highlights of the survey are:

HR professionals are more likely to be invited to contribute to strategic decision making based on how sophisticated their business leaders are on wider HR management issues.
HR professionals tend to have a stronger presence in the boardroom once they have demonstrated success implementing organization-wide human capital programs.
The Singapore data shows a significant statistical relationship between a board’s request for help and how much technical knowledge HR has on executive compensation.
There is, however, no such significant finding in the U.S. data correlating request for help with technical knowledge of HR.
About the survey

The joint survey was done by Aon Hewitt and the Center for Effective Organization (COE)) at the University of Southern California (USC). Singapore Institute of Directors helped Aon Hewitt conduct the survey among companies listed on the stock exchange. The survey sets out to explore how HR can contribute to strategic decision making at corporate boards. Results were compiled in 2010 and the report’s findings are released in 2011.

The survey was managed by a contributing team comprising Professor Edward E. Lawler III, Ph.D., Director of the Center of Effective Organization (CEO) in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC); Professor John, W. Boudreau, Ph.D., Professor and Research Director, USC’s Marshall School of Business and CEO; Na Boon Chong, Managing Director, Executive Compensation and Performance, SEA, Aon Hewitt; and Alan Pang, Director of Global Research Center, Aon Hewitt.

About Aon Hewitt

Aon Hewitt is the global leader in human resource consulting and outsourcing solutions. The company partners with organizations to solve their most complex benefits, talent and related financial challenges, and improve business performance. Aon Hewitt designs, implements, communicates and administers a wide range of human capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and talent management strategies. With more than 29,000 professionals in 90 countries, Aon Hewitt makes the world a better place to work for clients and their employees. For more information on Aon Hewitt, please visit

About CEO (Center for Effective Organizations)

Founded in 1979, the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), at USC Marshall School of Business, has been at the forefront of research on a broad range of organizational effectiveness issues. CEO works with companies to research and develop new knowledge on organizational effectiveness issues including organizational development and learning, leadership development, corporate governance and human capital management issues. For more information on CEO, please visit

Media Contact:

Elisa Bakri
Tel: +65-9769-6491

SOURCE Aon Hewitt

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March 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm

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ad:tech Brings Asia’s Digital Advertising Community Together

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ad:tech Brings Asia’s Digital Advertising Community Together for the 4th Annual Interactive Advertising and Digital Marketing Exhibition and Conference

– June 2011 event expected to draw a record number of attendees by offering valuable networking opportunities and insight from experts through 7 keynotes and over 24 breakout sessions covering social media, mobile marketing, metrics, augmented reality and lots more in the form of case studies, panel discussions and workshops –

SINGAPORE, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — After welcoming over 1,500 attendees to last year’s third annual conference for Singapore’s interactive marketing community, dmg :: events, the leading conferences and exhibitions organizer for the global digital marketing community, today announced its fourth annual regional event( ) to be held on June 16 and 17 at the Suntec Convention Centre.

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This year, ad:tech Singapore is expected to see a 20 percent increase in exhibitors with a strong interest from companies around the Asia region including KasKus, Media X Asia and Adstars, to name a few. A number of new initiatives will be part of this year’s event including:

— Start-up Pavilion: An area of the show floor dedicated to propelling the growth of new companies at the marketplace.
— Online Business Matching: Dedicated business matching program which is exclusive only to attendees of ad:tech Singapore to ensure they meet with the right people before or at the show.

The adoption rate of digital marketing among Asia companies has been growing rapidly over the past year as businesses recognize that they must go beyond the boundaries of traditional media in order to reach their audience. As use of social media tools and platforms becomes increasingly influential on consumers purchasing decisions and brand perception, marketers need to adapt their models to more flexible frameworks through the use of digital platforms and tools.

Bringing together a broad scope of industry players from brand advertisers, traditional & interactive agencies, and portals, to on-line publishers and technology providers, ad:tech Singapore 2011 will be the epicenter for online advertising and digital marketing experts to exchange best practices and discuss key global trends and phenomenon that are transforming the digital marketing landscape.

“Our goal with ad:tech Singapore is to create a highly engaging two-day conference and exhibition where the who’s who in digital marketing come together to discuss key learnings and explore the next big thing in digital,” said Paul Beckley, Vice President, ad:tech Singapore. “We were pleased to receive incredibly positive feedback from last year’s attendees and exhibitors, sharing what they gained from the event like new client relationships, knowledge sharing, and increased brand awareness, that type of ROI is invaluable for any business and what we are known to deliver.”

ad:tech Singapore 2011 is quickly becoming the marquee digital marketing event in Singapore where attendees can expect an impressive line-up of speakers and advisory board members from sought-after brands and companies. Keynote speakers at this year’s conference include Deb Henretta, Group President Asia, Procter and Gamble; Chris Thomas, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Asia, BBDO/ Proximity; Phang Shueh Chyan, Marketing Director, Zuji; James Miner, Senior Vice President Digital Media, ESPN STAR Sports, and many other industry gurus.

This year’s advisory board is comprised of some of the industry’s most reputable thought leaders including: Hel豕ne Blanchette, Go-to-Market Strategy Manager, International Business Group, Fuji Xerox; Jarek Ziebinski, President, Leo Burnett Asia Pacific; Maria Victoria P. Villareal, Marketing Director, Walt Disney Studios; Derek Callow, Head of Marketing, Southeast Asia Google Inc.; among others ( ).

Key ad:tech Singapore 2011 partners:

Media Partners: ADAsia, AdLIB, ADOI, Asian e-Marketing, Bvents, Campaign Asia-Pacific, Malaysia SME, Media Buzz, Singapore Business Review, Design TAXI, The Creative Finder, The Green Book, Visibility, and Warc.

Association Partners: Asia Digital Marketing Association, Association of Small and Medium Enterprise, Direct Marketing Association of Singapore, Ecommerce Association of Singapore , Hong Kong Direct Marketing Association, Marketing Institute of Singapore, Mobile Marketing Association, Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization, Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation , The Society of Publishers in Asia and Vietnam Marcom .

Key Exhibitors and Sponsors: KasKus, Media X Asia, Financial Times, InMobi, Innity, Media Contacts, Sitecore, Nielsen, The Wall Street Journal and many more.

Newswire Partners: ACN Newswire, PR Newswire Asia and Web Newswire

Ad Network Partner: Admax Network

Official PR Agency: Bite Communications

For more information, please visit

About ad:tech

ad:tech expositions, LLC is the leading organizer of conferences and exhibitions for the interactive marketing community worldwide. ad:tech produces the world’s largest interactive marketing events held in New York, San Francisco, London, Singapore, Tokyo, New Delhi, Melbourne and Sydney. ad:tech is produced by dmg :: events, based out of the company’s headquarters in Larkspur, California. For listings of exhibitors, speakers, events and upcoming conference offerings, visit

About dmg :: events

dmg :: events is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT,, one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom. dmg :: events was founded in 1989 and in more than 20 years has managed Exhibitions, Conferences and online platforms for many industries in up to 25 countries. Additional information on dmg::events( ) can be found at As a member of the FTSE 250, DMGT is ranked as one of Britain’s largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.

SOURCE ad:tech

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March 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm

G2E Asia 2011 Links Exhibitors With World’s Fastest Growing Markets

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Products and Services Showcasing Opportunities Amongst Asia’s Booming Gaming Industry Leaders

MACAU, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Building on its record of success in recent years, Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E Asia) 2011 will be held June 7-9 at the Cotai Stip CotaiExpo at the Venetian Macao. The region’s top gaming event, G2E Asia combines leading-edge exhibitions, trend-setting conference programs, and an unmatched group of industry leaders and offers exceptional business platforms and networking opportunities for equipment suppliers, service providers and operators to tap the booming Asian gaming market.

G2E Asia 2011 features a revamped exhibit floor and multi-faceted promotional support to connect exhibitors with customers and new buyers. The Security and Surveillance Pavilion and the Green/Lighting Pavilion showcase these leading product categories in response to growing regional demand. The newly developed My G2E Asia Show Planner helps buyers customize exhibit floor visits for maximum efficiency, including contacting exhibitors to set up appointments during the show and submitting requests for product information. This year’s enhanced exhibitor promotion offerings also include outreach to potential customers through social networking and exhibitor highlights in industry e-newsletters and other online publications — all designed to ensure exhibitors comprehensive exposure to the dramatic growth opportunities in Asia.

“Asia is increasingly where the growth is in global gaming, and research indicates the trend has only just begun,” said Brian Thomas, vice president gaming of Reed Exhibitions. “G2E Asia 2011 gathers the gaming industry together at the epicenter of new opportunities at the time when major projects in Macau and beyond are moving rapidly toward completion phase. It’s the right event, in the right place, at the right time to benefit from the growth sweeping the gaming industry in Asia.”

In close proximity of the G2E Asia 2011 venue, Sands China and Galaxy Entertainment Group are enhancing their footprint in Cotai – Macau’s new gaming hub. Every other Macau gaming concessionaire also is planning new projects in Cotai. The city’s gaming revenue growth has been remarkable, reaching $22.4 billion last year, an increase of 58 percent, and confirming its place as the world’s top gaming market with more than twice the gaming revenue of the entire state of Nevada.

Beyond Macau, multi-billion dollar gaming projects are due for completion within the next two years across Asia. The openings of the first phase of Bagong Nayong Pilipino Manila Bay Entertainment City in the Philippines and the MGM Grand Ho Tram in Vietnam will put those countries on the world’s travel map as global gaming destinations and drive further development in both markets. In Cambodia and Laos, gaming is expanding to record levels, while legalization will be implemented next year in Sri Lanka, tipped by The New York Times as the latest trendy tourism spot.

Leading accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers forecasts a compound annual growth of 23.6 percent for Asia-Pacific gaming markets in the five years to 2014. G2E Asia 2011 puts exhibitors in prime position to share in this surge of expansion across the region.

About Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E Asia)

Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E Asia), formerly Asian Gaming Expo, is the international gaming exhibition and conference dedicated to the Asian gaming market. Organized by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions, G2E Asia made its debut in June 2007, defining itself as the leading event for the gaming entertainment industry in Asia. For more information, please visit

The AGA represents the commercial casino-entertainment industry by addressing federal legislative and regulatory issues. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for information, develops educational and advocacy programs, and provides leadership on industry-related issues of public concern.

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 460 events in 36 countries. In 2010 Reed brought together over seven million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 34 fully staffed offices.

SOURCE American Gaming Association (AGA); Reed Exhibitions

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March 25, 2011 at 11:45 am

Posted in Business & Finance