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SMX Appoints Mr. V Hariharan as New Chief Executive Officer

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SINGAPORE, Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The Board of Directors of the Singapore Mercantile Exchange (“SMX”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Vaidyalingam Hariharan, currently serving as the interim CEO, as the Chief Executive Officer of SMX with effect from 12 December 2011. His appointment is for an initial term of three years.

“The Board is pleased to appoint Mr. Hariharan as the CEO of SMX. He has steered the exchange to a path of consistent growth through the transitional phase. We are confident that, with his vast experience of new exchange implementation in multiple Greenfield projects, he will be able to expand the reach of SMX into new product categories and markets,” says Mr. Ang Swee Tian, Chairman of SMX.

In his six-month tenure as the interim CEO, Mr. Hariharan has been responsible for stabilising the operations of SMX and demonstrating tangible results both on the business and strategic fronts. He has instilled greater focus in the organisation through re-allocation of resources and responsibilities with a view to driving performance.

“I am happy that the Board has expressed confidence in my leadership and given me a mandate to lead this unique pan-Asian commodity derivatives and currencies exchange. In the short term, we aim to further consolidate our position and also introduce some Asia specific agri contracts which will enable to broaden market participation on SMX,” says Mr. V Hariharan, CEO of SMX on his appointment.

Mr. Hariharan is a qualified technology and management professional with extensive experience in areas of technology development and conceptualization, exchange management, business strategy and international relations. He has immense knowledge in the field of exchanges, with previous stints at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. (NSE) and Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd. (MCX). Mr. Hariharan has been notably involved in MCX (5th largest Commodity Exchange in the world), and Indian Electricity Exchange (IEX – No. 1 Electricity Exchange of India), where he has been involved right from the inception as director on the board to implement these green-field Exchanges.

From December 2000, he has held pivotal roles within the Financial Technologies Group — a leading provider of trading technology solutions and the creator of several exchange and support eco-system ventures across India, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Mr. V Hariharan has been director on the board of various exchanges and support companies including the boards of SMX and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SMX Clearing Corporation from the very beginning.

About Singapore Mercantile Exchange

Singapore Mercantile Exchange is a pan-Asian multi-product commodity and currency derivatives exchange situated in Singapore. It offers a comprehensive platform for trading a diversified basket of commodities including futures and options contracts on precious metals, base metals, agriculture commodities, energy, currencies and indices. SMX offers market participants the benefits of market transparency, time zone convenience, price discovery and benchmarking, price risk management and multiple connectivity options. Counterparty clearing and settlement risk is effectively managed through its clearing house, the Singapore Mercantile Exchange Clearing Corporation. The regulator of Singapore’s financial markets — the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) — has granted SMX “Approved Exchange” status since 2010. SMX is backed by the world’s leading creator of exchanges — Financial Technologies (India) Limited — which has successfully established 10 exchanges across India, Dubai, Singapore, Africa, Mauritius and Bahrain. SMX is a member of leading international derivatives industry associations, such as the Futures Industry Association (FIA), the Swiss Futures and Options Association (SFOA), the Association of Futures Markets (AFM) and the Futures and Options Association (FOA).

More information is available at

For SMX media enquiries, please contact:

Hasmita Rajan
Corporate Communications
Tel: +65-6590-3754

SOURCE Singapore Mercantile Exchange

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December 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm

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InterCall Announces Professional Services and Support for Adobe Connect

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SINGAPORE, Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — InterCall, the world’s largest conferencing and collaboration services provider, announced it will support Adobe’s enterprise web conferencing solution, Adobe(R) Connect(TM). InterCall’s consultation and systems integration services are designed to help companies successfully plan and implement Adobe Connect within their existing environment.

InterCall has completed audio integration within the Adobe Connect platform, providing customers with a fully-integrated audio and web conferencing experience. As a result, customers utilising Adobe Connect will be able to manage their InterCall audio conference from within the web meeting user interface.

“Our philosophy has always been to combine best of breed solutions with our proprietary Reservationless Plus audio platform. With the support of Adobe Connect, we again are able to expand that philosophy. Adobe Connect has impressed us with its focus on clean yet powerful interfaces for customers, allowing them to be as effective as possible and truly engage their participants,” said Rob Bellmar, vice president of product management at InterCall. “Our team of dedicated Solution specialists will be with our customers every step of the way to provide the tools and solutions necessary to successfully integrate Adobe Connect.”

InterCall’s services include:

— Planning – companies interested in implementing Adobe Connect 8 can
work with InterCall to build a business case for deployment with
emphasis on demonstrating the value of the solution and developing a
strategic implementation plan.
— Enablement – InterCall’s Solution specialist teams will help oversee
the deployment process, including migration to Adobe Connect 8 from
legacy versions, detailed service documentation and expert training
and adoption services.
— Operational – once deployment is complete, InterCall offers end user
support services to ensure and maintain client return on investment.

Adobe Connect provides users with a simpler and more user-friendly interface for easier management and navigation, a new optional desktop client for easy access and a software development kit for even greater solution extensibility. It also allows users to more securely support dynamic online meetings and offer engaging training. Users can share presentations and reach media right from their desktops, and receive feedback from hundreds of participants — all using a web browser and Adobe Flash(R) Player software, installed on virtually all Internet-connected personal computers worldwide. The combination of InterCall and Adobe Connect provides users with the ability to transform virtually any web conference into a richer, more collaborative experience.

About InterCall

InterCall, a subsidiary of West Corporation, is the largest conference and collaborations service provider in the world and a leading provider of global cloud-based unified communications services. Founded in 1991, InterCall offers telephony, messaging, conferencing and collaboration tools for businesses of all sizes, from large global enterprises to small or regional companies. With a global footprint and broad service capabilities, InterCall*s flexible models for hosted, managed and on-premises communications services help companies get the most out of their business processes.

InterCall’s strong U.S. presence, including four call centers and 26 sales offices, is bolstered by operations in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, mainland China, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and New Zealand. For more information, please visit .

SOURCE InterCall

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December 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm

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Meritus Hotels & Resorts is Singapore’s Most Popular Heritage Brand

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SINGAPORE, Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Meritus Hotels & Resorts emerged as the Most Popular Heritage Brand at the Singapore Prestige Brand Awards (SPBA) 2011. The distinction comes following a public voting to determine the most popular choice amongst this year’s Heritage Brand Award recipients.

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Both the Heritage Brand and the Most Popular Heritage Brand awards were presented to Meritus CEO Michael Sengol by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Manpower, who was the Guest-of-Honour at the prestigious award ceremony held at Raffles City Convention Centre on 8 December.

“This is an exciting win for Meritus Hotels & Resorts,” said Mr Sengol. “It celebrates our proud 40-year heritage as Singapore’s icon of world-class hospitality, and further enhances the value of our brand as we bring our presence to more locations around the world.”

Now on its 10th year, SPBA continues to recognise and honour Singapore brands that are developed and managed effectively through various branding initiatives. With the increasing number of homegrown brands becoming established household names, achieving this esteemed mark of success is certainly a significant milestone in the branding journey of any local brand. The award also serves as a yardstick for organisations to benchmark their brand equity against their competitors. Having established itself as a prestigious branding award that local brand owners strive to attain, SPBA continues to be an effective platform for companies which aspire to become sterling brand names in Singapore to fuel their expansion plans abroad.

This year, a total of 44 established Singapore brands vied for top awards in the SPBA across five main award categories, namely SPBA – Promising Brands, SPBA – Established Brands, SPBA – Heritage Brands, SPBA – Regional Brands and SPBA – Special Merit.

The Heritage Brand category pays tribute to time-honoured homegrown brands which have embraced exceptional brand practices for more than 30 years. Entrants were judged by an esteemed panel based on brand heritage and identity, brand strategic blueprint, and brand development and performance.

SPBA is supported by SPRING Singapore, International Enterprise Singapore, and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.

Notes to Editors

About Meritus Hotels & Resorts

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is the hospitality division of Singapore Exchange-listed Overseas Union Enterprise Limited (OUE) which is amongst the key property players in Asia, and one of the few integrated developers in Singapore boasting a complete portfolio of prime assets across the retail, commercial, residential, and hospitality sectors.

As an award-winning hospitality brand, Meritus is synonymous with Asian hospitality and heritage, with luxury properties strategically located in key cities and idyllic resort destinations in Singapore, Malaysia, Mainland China, and soon — in all parts of the world. Its current portfolio includes the flagship Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Marina Mandarin Singapore, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi, Shanghai JC Mandarin, Meritus Mandarin Haikou, and Meritus Shantou China.

For more information and to enjoy Best Rates by Meritus, visit .

For further press information, please contact:

Janice Azupardo
Regional Vice President, Branding & Communications
Meritus Hotels & Resorts
Tel: +65-6831-6385

Grace Ho
Branding & Communications Executive
Meritus Hotels & Resorts
Tel: +65-6831-6054

SOURCE Meritus Hotels & Resorts

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December 14, 2011 at 9:29 am

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