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RCI(R) Unveils Chinese Language Website for Exchange Members

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SINGAPORE, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — RCI®, the global leader in vacation exchange, recently launched a fully-transactional website in simplified Chinese available to its exchange members. RCI.com suits the needs of members and affiliates with 13 language options that include English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, French, Portuguese, Dutch and, now, simplified Chinese.

“At RCI, we are dedicated to serving our subscribing members who reside all over the world and our affiliated resorts found in approximately 100 countries,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “We created this version of our website to better serve our Chinese members, making the vacation exchange process even easier.”

Members who would prefer to view the exchange company’s website in simplified Chinese can log in at RCI.com, where they will be able to view the resort directory, search and book exchange vacations, manage their accounts, book Extra Vacation Getaways(SM), renew and upgrade their memberships and much more.

The enhanced functionality available on the site includes the ability to view recommendations based on past searches, save favorites, and view special offers through the Exchange Search Filter. Members who book their exchange vacation online will also have the opportunity to save on exchange fees.

“With the high adoption of internet usage in China, we understood that making RCI.com available in simplified Chinese would potentially bring great value to our Chinese members,” said Adrian Lee, managing director, RCI Asia. “We believe that both members and resort affiliates will be pleased with the options now available to them online in their preferred language.”

“Chinese members will gain more professional and comprehensive service with this website, which will help improve members’ online exchange experience,” said Zhou Zhong, chairman of Huanmei International Vacation Club, an RCI affiliate. “Together with RCI we will provide the best service possible to members.”

To view the site in your preferred language, visit www.RCI.com and choose from the many language options available in the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI® Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media centerrciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on FacebookYouTube and Twitter.

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December 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

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DHL Supply Chain Sweeps Two Industry Awards

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SINGAPORE, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, announced that it has won two industry awards at the 11th annual Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards held recently in Singapore. The company clinched the “Green Supply Chain Award” and “Supply Chain Visionary of the Year” was awarded to Kerry Mok Senior Vice President, Global Head of Technology and Asia Pacific Service Logistics & Technology DHL Supply Chain.
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The “Green Supply Chain Award” was presented to DHL in recognition of the company’s efforts to fully integrate environmental awareness into all areas of business strategy and operations. Accepting the award on behalf of DHL, Kevin Bennett the Director of DHL’s Sustainable Supply Chain Centre of Asia Pacific said, “We’re delighted to have won this award which recognizes the commitment we have made to not only improve our environmental record, but that of the industry in general.”

DHL was judged on a number of criteria including having a clearly defined environmental policy, outperforming national and global environmental guidelines and a proven track record of directing suppliers and business partners towards better environmental standards. In addition to DHL’s global sustainability program “GoGreen”, the organization undertakes numerous programs to enhance sustainability.

In 2010 DHL established the Sustainable Supply Chain Centre – Asia Pacific in Singapore. The Centre’s most recent initiative is the “Green Freight Asia Network”, a consortium of private companies to increase fuel and CO2 efficiency of road freight transportation in the Asia Pacific region. The network allows for members to share best practices and actively participate in the development of regional green freight policies and programs (1).

In addition to that, Kerry Mok Senior Vice President, Global Head of Technology and Asia Pacific Service Logistics & Technology DHL Supply Chain, was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the Logistics Industry and presented the “Supply Chain Visionary of the Year”. Under his leadership DHL’s Technology Sector has worked closely with key customers and industry and government bodies championing investment in R&D, innovation and greater collaboration. This has seen DHL Supply Chain develop extended solution offerings to help the technology industry create more streamlined and effective supply chains better able to handle the ongoing volatility in their industry.

“I am honoured to be granted this recognition by Supply Chain Asia,” said Kerry Mok, “it has been made possible by the very strong support of my DHL colleagues both here in Asia and around the world. I’m also fortunate to be able to work very closely with many customers which helps us all be more effective and create better solutions to common problems together. Equally importantly the Logistics and Technology Industries are very supportive here in Singapore particularly, embracing new ideas and working positively towards a better future for our businesses and customers.”

The Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards are into their eleventh year and bring recognition to corporations and individuals in the fields of supply chain and logistics.

(1) For more information on GFAN please contact info@ssccap.org( mailto:info@ssccap.org ).

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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 275,000 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 53 billion Euros in 2011.

For the latest news and happenings about DHL in Asia Pacific, visit http://press.ap.dhl.com.

SOURCE﹛DHL

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December 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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GenScript Sponsors and Presents Novel Technologies at 2012 Cold Spring Harbor Asia Synthetic Biology Symposium

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — GenScript recently sponsored the Cold Spring Harbor Asia Synthetic Biology Symposium held in Suzhou, China, from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30. This is the second consecutive year that GenScript sponsored the symposium in which scientists from all over the world convened to exchange the latest and most innovative synthetic biology research results. Synthetic biology entails building novel genetic circuits to re-program cells, and has been touted as having great potential in many industrial applications including biofuel, drug, and vaccine production.

As a gene synthesis expert, GenScript presented technical breakthroughs in synthesizing long (>10 kb), complex genes (having high GC content, highly repetitive sequences, complex secondary structures or unstable structural elements), one of the most challenging tasks in synthetic biology research. GenScript recently demonstrated proficiency in long, complex gene synthesis by synthesizing 17 pre-designed chunk fragments (average size: 10 kb each) of yeast chromosome VI, totaling 170 kb. The synthesis was part of the Johns Hopkins University Synthetic Yeast Genome Project, Sc2.0, which aims to build the first functional synthetic eukaryotic genome, totaling 16 Mb. GenScript delivered the chunk fragments to JHU within a short time, and successfully incorporated several pre-designed DNA elements into the sequence such as telomeric repeats and LoxP sites, which are crucial for gene function studies and subsequent genome manipulation. GenScript is the only purely commercial entity to participate in Sc2.0 thus far.

The symposium is just one of the synthetic biology advancement efforts that GenScript supports. GenScript is a long-time sponsor of iGEM, having supported over 20 teams in the collegiate competition. It is also a founding member of the International Gene Synthesis Consortium (IGSC), which seeks to prevent terrorist abuse of synthetic biology technologies. GenScript believes its support of these efforts along with the continued enhancement of its gene synthesis technologies will increase production speed and decrease production price for long, complex genes. Such technological advancements will allow researchers to realize the full potential of synthetic biology faster.

About GenScript

Founded in 2002, GenScript is the world’s largest gene synthesis supplier, and a leading biology CRO offering customized services to aid biological research, and drug discovery/development. GenScript is headquartered in Piscataway, NJ, with subsidiaries in Europe, Japan, and China.

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December 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

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Formica Unveils First Asian Showroom in Singapore

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SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — Formica®, the original high pressure laminates company, today announced the opening of a new flagship showroom in Singapore, the company’s first in Asia.
The new showroom, located at 504, Sims Avenue, Geylang, close to the Central Business District, gives visitors the chance to expand their knowledge of the latest designs of Formica and its application beyond basic applications. The store features product displays such as cabinets, kitchen fixtures, bedroom and wall panels in a real-life home setting. Customers also have the opportunity to see and feel up-close the textures of different laminates on display.
“The Formica Singapore Showroom is a ‘lifestyle’ store that gives customers inspiration to design their home using high pressure laminates (HPL) in all areas of interior home furnishing,” said Fred Wang, President of Formica Asia. “We believe the Formica Singapore Showroom will work as a bridge to inspire our architects and designers in Asia and has more effective communication with our customers.”
Wang said that the showroom was aimed equally at interior designers and architects but also can provide inspiration to the general public as they seek to improve their lifestyles. “This new flagship showroom is ideally located for visitors to explore options, get inspired, meet with Formica representatives, collaborate with interior designers or architects and demonstrate the latest designs in a real-world application.”
The focal point of the showroom is the unique lifestyle-driven designs, with mix & matched colors applying in a real-life home setting, establishing an updated, modern yet sophisticated tone as guests enter the space and experience beyond the product display areas.
Formica’s intention was to design a space that communicates its quality, innovation and brand spirit. The showroom features a living room that comes with built-in cabinets in warm earth-tone wood grains matching with Formica DecoMetal®, the premium range of Metal Laminates & Solid Metal by Formica Group, hence enlivening the ambience. The built-in kitchen fixtures highlights the strength of Formica® 2mm thick Gloss Compact® Grade Laminate that luxuriate the beauty of a remarkably enhanced flat surface. Stepping into the bedroom area, the wall panels are installed with the new range of Wood Grains from Infinite Creations by Formica Asia, showcasing the brand’s new series of design integrity of transforming the ordinary into something spectacular.
The opening of the showroom also showcases Formica’s commitment in sustainability. Formica® Laminates are GREENGUARD Certified and Singapore Green Label Certified. To support Formica’s commitments for environmental stewardship, sustainability was a driving factor throughout the design and construction process.
Formica® is committed to design, quality, service, integrity and sustainability. The showroom offers interior designers, architects, dealers, home owners and other guests with an easily accessible destination for viewing these design solutions at the following operating hours.
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5:45 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 12: 30 pm
Sunday: Closed
Formica Singapore Showroom Information
Location: 504 Sims Avenue Singapore 387568
Tel: +65 6514 1313 (1-800-FORMICA)
Fax: +65 6846 7030
About Formica® Laminates
Formica® Laminates are made of specially selected kraft and printed papers impregnated with thermosetting synthetic resins and fused together under heat and high-pressure in a controlled environment to form single high-density sheets of laminates used for furniture and interior surfacing such as walls, worktops, kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, doors, office furniture, shelves, and more. All laminates are manufactured in strict accordance with the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 criteria and meet or exceed the performance requirements of ANSI/NEMA Standards, LD3-2000, BS EN 438:1995 and ISO 4586-2 for high pressure decorative laminates. Formica® Laminates have been certified according to the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification Program for Low Emitting Products and the GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certification Program for Low Emitting Products.
About Formica Group
Formica Group globally leads the industry in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative surfacing products for commercial and residential applications. For more information about Formica Group, its products, special programmes and promotions, visit http://www.formica.com.
Formica Group is a global group of companies consisting of Formica Canada, Inc., Formica Corporation, Formica de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Formica IKI Oy, Formica Limited, Formica S.A., Formica S.A.S., Formica Taiwan Corporation, Shanghai Formica Decorative Material Co., Ltd., Formica (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Formica (Asia) Ltd., Formica Korea Corporation, Formica (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Formica (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., among others.
Please Note: Formica and the Formica anvil device are registered trademarks of The Diller Corporation.
© 2012 The Diller Corporation
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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Shirley Chiu
Formica ASEAN
+6012 283 6421
shirley.chiu@formica.com

Janet Fung
Newell Public Relations (Hong Kong)
+852 2572 2100
janetf@newell.com

Emma Zhang
Newell Public Relations (Beijing)
+86 6581 0096
emmaz@newell.com
Source: Formica Group

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December 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

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Far East Energy Provides Additional Information Regarding Extension of Facility Agreement

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HOUSTON, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Far East Energy Corporation (OTCBB:FEEC) today provided additional information regarding the extension of its bridge facility agreement with Standard Chartered Bank. Far East noted that the purpose of the extension announced yesterday, December 19, 2012, is to provide the Company additional time to complete the currently ongoing process of final documentation with an investor for a private placement of senior secured notes.

As announced yesterday, the termination date of the facility agreement was extended to January 15, 2013, subject to an earlier date if the investor and other participants to the currently contemplated private placement of senior secured notes notify Far East or Standard Chartered of an intention not to proceed with such private placement. It is believed that the extension to January 15, 2013, provides sufficient time for the current closing documents to be finalized and executed. If the transaction that is currently in the process of final documentation does not close or fund by January 15, 2013, then Far East intends to seek an extension and/or pursue investment from the other interested investors.

Far East Energy (Bermuda), Ltd. and its management, due to applicable rules and regulations, are at this time prohibited from making further detailed statements related to the potential senior secured notes transaction, which is being conducted as a private placement not registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

This press release is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any of the securities described herein, nor any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state. The securities to be offered have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give Far East Energy Corporation’s current expectations or forecasts of future events based on management’s beliefs and assumptions using currently available information and expectations as of the date hereof, are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, including those contained in Far East Energy Corporation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that our expectations will prove correct. Forward-looking statements in this press release relate to, among other things, the closing of the private placement and the use of proceeds therefrom. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecast in such statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and, other than as required by law, Far East Energy Corporation undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Far East Energy Corporation

Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in Beijing, and Taiyuan City, China, Far East Energy Corporation is focused on coalbed methane exploration and development in China.

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December 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

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Greenheart Signs US$30 Million Credit Facility Agreement with Bank of New Zealand

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Greenheart Group Limited (“Greenheart” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that Greenheart MFV Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Greenheart, has signed an Agreement with the Bank of New Zealand (“BNZ”) in relation to a US$5 million Overdraft Facility, repayable on demand and a US$25 million Cash Advance Facility maturing on the 30th November 2015 (together the “Facility”). The Facility will help fund Greenheart’s working capital growth needs and ensure long-term financing.
Mr. Judson Martin, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Greenheart, commented, “We have proven that Greenheart is capable of building a strong business in a short period of time. In 2011, we acquired our New Zealand assets, commenced harvesting, replanting, and established a growing market share in China, India, South Korea and New Zealand’s domestic market. In 2011, we harvested 350,000m3. In 2012, we are on track to harvest over 550,000m3and we currently expect to increase our harvest to in excess of 600,000 m3in 2013. We have continued to expand our asset base in Suriname ever mindful of our firm commitment to the best practices of sustainable forestry management and we completed the construction of phase one of our world-class wood processing facility permitting the manufacture of higher value added products.”
Mr. Martin continued: “We are therefore very pleased to have signed this agreement with BNZ. The Facility strengthens our capital structure, enhances our liquidity allowing us to continue with our longer-term growth objectives in New Zealand, Suriname and elsewhere. This agreement also demonstrates BNZ’s understanding of our business model and underlines their confidence in our future.”
About Greenheart Group Limited
Greenheart Group Limited is a Hong Kong-based investment holding company. The principal activities of the Company’s subsidiaries consist of responsible and sustainable log harvesting, lumber processing and sales and marketing of logs and lumber products to China and other countries around the world. The Company owns certain rights to manage over 400,000 hectares of hardwood forest concessions in Suriname, South America and owns approximately 13,000 hectares of freehold land with a net harvestable plantation area of approximately 11,000 hectares in New Zealand. Learn more at http://www.greenheartgroup.com.
Please note: This press release contains projections and forward-looking statements regarding future events. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance of the Company and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and company plans and objectives to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but not limited to, changes in China and international economies; changes in currency exchange rates; changes in worldwide demand for the Company’s products; changes in worldwide production and production capacity in the forest products industry; competitive pricing pressures for the Company’s products and changes in wood and timber costs.
MEDIA CONTACT:
David Wu
Vice President of Corporate Development & Investor Relations
Tel: +852-2593-3122
Email: davidwu@greenheartgroup.com
Source: Greenheart Group Limited

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December 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

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Far East Energy Provides Additional Information Regarding Extension of Facility Agreement

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HOUSTON/PRNewswire/ — Far East Energy Corporation (OTCBB:FEEC) today provided additional information regarding the extension of its bridge facility agreement with Standard Chartered Bank. Far East noted that the purpose of the extension announced yesterday, December 19, 2012, is to provide the Company additional time to complete the currently ongoing process of final documentation with an investor for a private placement of senior secured notes.
As announced yesterday, the termination date of the facility agreement was extended to January 15, 2013, subject to an earlier date if the investor and other participants to the currently contemplated private placement of senior secured notes notify Far East or Standard Chartered of an intention not to proceed with such private placement. It is believed that the extension to January 15, 2013, provides sufficient time for the current closing documents to be finalized and executed. If the transaction that is currently in the process of final documentation does not close or fund by January 15, 2013, then Far East intends to seek an extension and/or pursue investment from the other interested investors.
Far East Energy (Bermuda), Ltd. and its management, due to applicable rules and regulations, are at this time prohibited from making further detailed statements related to the potential senior secured notes transaction, which is being conducted as a private placement not registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).
This press release is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any of the securities described herein, nor any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state. The securities to be offered have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give Far East Energy Corporation’s current expectations or forecasts of future events based on management’s beliefs and assumptions using currently available information and expectations as of the date hereof, are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, including those contained in Far East Energy Corporation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that our expectations will prove correct. Forward-looking statements in this press release relate to, among other things, the closing of the private placement and the use of proceeds therefrom. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecast in such statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and, other than as required by law, Far East Energy Corporation undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Far East Energy Corporation
Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in Beijing, and Taiyuan City, China, Far East Energy Corporation is focused on coalbed methane exploration and development in China.
Source: Far East Energy Corporation

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December 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

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Crowe Horwath International Announces Leadership Changes

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NEW YORK/PRNewswire/ — Crowe Horwath International, ranked among the top 10 global accounting networks, announced today that Mark Hildebrand will be retiring after having served on its board since 1999 and as its Chairman since 2007. Crowe Horwath International’s member firms have elected Andrew Pianca to succeed him, effective January 1, 2013.
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Hildebrand also served as Chairman of Crowe Horwath International’s strategic planning committee for 9 years and is widely credited with designing and guiding the strategic plan that moved the network from a loose confederation of firms to a globally competitive integrated network. Under his Chairmanship, Crowe Horwath International saw its global presence extended from 70 to 109 countries and its revenues grow consistently in spite of recent challenges in the globally economy.
Hildebrand is retiring with nearly 40 years in the accounting industry, including 8 years as CEO of Crowe Horwath LLP, the largest member firm of the international organization. “Mark has done a wonderful job building Crowe Horwath International’s reputation worldwide and preparing our network to compete for upmarket international business,” said Andrew Pianca, incoming Chairman of the board of directors of Crowe Horwath International.
“It has been a great experience working with Crowe Horwath International at a key turning point in its development, and I am very grateful for the support that the network’s management and member firms have provided me over the years,” Mark commented. “I am leaving confident that the network is in good hands under the Chairmanship of Andrew Pianca and its new CEO Kevin McGrath.
Andrew Pianca is Chief Executive of Crowe Clark Whitehill and a senior audit partner specializing in the Not for Profit sector. He has written two books on charity management and reporting and is a frequent lecturer on charities and on governance and management issues.
Andrew has been a board member of Crowe Horwath International for the past 6 years and is currently serving as Chairman of the board’s strategic planning task force. His firm, Crowe Clark Whitehill, has been a member of the network since 1994.
About Crowe Horwath International
Crowe Horwath International is ranked among the top 10 global accounting networks with more than 150 independent accounting and advisory services firms in over 100 countries around the world. Crowe Horwath International’s member firms are committed to impeccable quality service, highly integrated service delivery processes and a common set of core values that guide decisions daily. Each firm is well-established as a leader in its national business community and is staffed by nationals, thereby providing a knowledge of local laws and customs which is important to clients undertaking new ventures or expanding into other countries. Crowe Horwath International member firms are known for their personal service to privately and publicly held businesses in all sectors and have built an international reputation in the areas of audit, tax and advisory services.
Source: Crowe Horwath International

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December 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

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