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Numergy Selects Nuage Networks Software-Defined Networking Solution for its New Cloud Infrastructure

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— French Cloud Provider Implements SDN Solution to Efficiently Deliver Highly Secure Enterprise Class Infrastructure with High Performance and Availability

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nuage Networks, the Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) venture focused on software-defined networking (SDN) solutions, today announced that cloud provider Numergy has selected its SDN platform for deployment within and across its datacenters as they scale to support a total of one million virtual machines.

Numergy is a cloud provider specializing in the construction and operation of cloud computing infrastructure in key European markets. According to Gartner’s Forecast: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2011-2017, 4Q13 Update (December 2013), Cloud System Infrastructure Services (IAAS) end user spending in Western Europe is growing at 32.1% CAGR (2012-2017), and the market size will reach $5.9B by 2017. This year alone, Numergy plans to open two datacenters, with the goal of 10 additional datacenters in operation over the next three years, all with the Nuage Networks solution embedded.

Numergy opted to implement Nuage Networks’ Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) and 7850 Virtualized Services Gateway (VSG) as well as the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router to manage and automate its datacenter networks to be more programmable and operationally efficient. One of Numergy’s primary goals was to build their cloud infrastructure on open technologies, and Nuage Networks’ philosophy of building open cloud environments that avoid lock-in aligned well with their wants and needs.

“We are pleased to implement the Nuage Networks product suite in our cloud infrastructure,” said Numergy CEO, Philippe Tavernier. “The Nuage Networks SDN technology allows us to address key performance and compliance requirements for virtualizing our infrastructure and enabling the range of cloud services that are essential for meeting our enterprise customers’ needs.”

Numergy requires a network whose capabilities can be abstracted in alignment with of the needs of diverse customer applications. The Nuage Networks SDN solution provides datacenter network virtualization and automation that transforms datacenters into reflexive environments that instantaneously establish the network services required to deliver cloud infrastructure across millions of virtual machines.

The Nuage Networks VSP is an SDN solution that fully automates datacenter networks, creating secure “slices” for each user group or tenant while reducing provisioning time from days to seconds. This includes:

Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Controller (VSC): Serves as the robust control plane of the datacenter network, maintaining a full per-tenant view of network and service topologies. Through network APIs using interfaces such as Openflow, the VSC programs the datacenter network agnostic of datacenter networking hardware.
Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Directory (VSD): Serves as a policy, business logic & analytics engine for the abstract definition of network services. Through RESTful APIs to the VSD, administrators can define and refine service designs and incorporate enterprise policies.
Nuage Networks Virtual Routing and Switching (VRS): Serves as a virtual endpoint for network services. Through the VRS, changes in the compute environment are immediately detected, triggering instantaneous policy-based establishment of network connectivity within and across datacenters to ensure that the needs of applications are met.

Also included as part of the implementation is the Nuage Networks 7850 VSG. Working in concert with Nuage Networks VSP, the 7850 VSG extends the benefits of SDN automation to Numergy’s non-virtualized datacenter assets as well.

Teaming with Nuage Networks enables Numergy to implement and scale automated cloud networks across their geo-distributed infrastructure. Additional benefits include:

Service provisioning speed and agility: Setting up networks in an SDN can be as easy and timely as creating virtual machine (VM) instances. Unlike traditional networks that are highly configuration driven and manual, Nuage Networks allows network connectivity to follow seamlessly and instantaneously according to pre-defined policies.
Control: The solution provides a common policy framework through which Numergy maintains full control and visibility of their infrastructure, minimizing manual intervention while ensuring that performance and compliance guidelines are met.
Network flexibility and holistic management: SDNs enable “network experimentation without impact. ” Nuage Networks allows Numergy to bypass traditional datacenter network restrictions and experiment freely with new network configurations that better support customer scenarios.
Lowered expenditures: Through a dramatically more operationally efficient approach, by making optimal use of datacenter assets, and by reducing dependencies on proprietary hardware and dedicated appliances, Numergy expects to realize significant economic benefits.

“We are excited to work with Numergy in support of their cloud initiative, a massive multi-tenant infrastructure that can scale elastically and respond instantaneously through a programmable and automated network infrastructure,” said Sunil Khandekar, Nuage Networks CEO. “Our technology is primed for such a task and will enable their cloud infrastructure to be more agile, secure, and responsive, giving Numergy the ability to deliver innovative and compelling cloud services to enterprises in France and throughout their European footprint.”

Nu-âhj: From French, meaning ‘cloud’. Nuage Networks brings a unique combination of groundbreaking technologies and unmatched networking expertise to the enterprise and telecommunications industries. The Silicon Valley-based start up has applied radically new thinking to the problem of delivering massively scalable and high programmable SDN solutions with the security and availability required by business-critical environments. Nuage Networks, backed by Alcatel-Lucent’s (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) rapidly growing IP division, has the pedigree to serve the needs of the world’s biggest clouds. The cloud has made promises – the mission of Nuage Networks is to help you realize them.

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April 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

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CNH Industrial Chooses Leica Geosystems as Global Strategic Partner for its Construction Equipment Business

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BURR RIDGE, Ill., April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CNH Industrial, a global leader in the capital goods sector, today announced a new strategic partnership with Leica Geosystems, a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, specializing in machine control solutions for construction equipment.

The CNH Industrial – Leica Geosystems strategic long-term partnership will involve several collaboration areas to continuously drive CNH Industrial’s leadership in the construction business.

Under this agreement, Leica Geosystems will initially provide CNH Industrial’s global brands Case and New Holland Construction with machine control solutions for Excavators, Dozers and Graders for both factory fit and aftermarket applications. This will eventually expand to CNH Industrial’s entire construction product line-up. In addition, the engineering departments for both companies will jointly evaluate the development of products, designed to maximize integration and performance of the CNH Industrial Construction Equipment portfolio.

“CNH Industrial is committed to providing its worldwide customers with leading products in the Construction Equipment sector which meet the highest standards in performance and productivity,” said Mario Gasparri, Brand President of CNH Industrial Construction Equipment.

“Our partnership with Leica Geosystems – one of the most respected companies in the machine control solutions industry – shows our intention to continue investing in the Construction Equipment business by introducing forefront technologies and leveraging the most advanced specialist players in the market,” Mario Gasparri added.

“We are very excited about the prospect of leveraging our technological leadership positions for the benefits of our customers and the customers of CNH Industrial Construction brands Case and New Holland Construction,” said Johan Arnberg, President Leica Geosystems Machine Control Division. “Our products will create a powerful innovative solution to meet evolving customer demands.”

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI/MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Group is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Helieuz Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions.
More information can be found on the corporate website:

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right. With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyse, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyse easily, and visualise and present spatial information. Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3,800 employees in 33 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon, Sweden. More information can be found on the corporate website:

For more information contact:

CNH Industrial Corporate Communications
Alessia Domanico
Tel: +44-(0)126-829-2992

Leica Geosystems AG
Agnes Zeiner
Tel: +41-(0)71-727-3408
Source: CNH Industrial

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April 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm

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OANDA Corporation Adds to Senior Management Team in Asia Pacific

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Leading retail forex broker hires industry veterans and confirms commitment to new market growth
SINGAPORE, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — OANDA, a global provider of innovative foreign exchange trading services, is pleased to announce the appointments of Gavin Ward as Head of Greater China, and Louis Cooper as the company’s Managing Director in Australia. The two industry veterans are tasked with growing OANDA’s business and its product offerings in Greater China and Australia and New Zealand, respectively.
“Recent studies show a small decline of forex traders in most of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries, but OANDA is bucking the industry. We have shown strong growth in APAC year-over-year and continue to support our customers in these important markets,” said Rajesh Yohannan, Managing Director and CEO, OANDA Asia Pacific. “Given their expertise and insights, I know both Gavin and Louis will elevate our profile, our forex and CFD offerings, and help to define our fxTrade platform as the best choice for investors in each region.”
With almost two decades of experience in the financial services industry and extensive pan-European and Asian experience, Ward will spearhead OANDA’s growth in the Greater China region from OANDA Asia Pacific’s office in Singapore. He joins OANDA from CMC Markets, where he was the Director of Asia, as well as a member of the global General Executive Committee, defining CMC’s companywide strategy.
“I’m excited by the opportunity of this brand new role with OANDA as we have the tools, resources and the mindset to offer a better and fairer trading experience to clients in the Greater China region than any alternatives available,” said Ward. “I believe the potential for OANDA is huge by offering a product specifically designed to help our clients trade smarter, spearheaded by outstanding educational tools and resources, and the innovative features of fxTrade, fxTrade Mobile and our MT4 solution.”
Cooper also joins OANDA from CMC Markets, where he was the Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand. Under his leadership, Cooper grew the broker’s market share and led it to become one of the top providers for frequent CFD traders in the antipodes. In 2012, Cooper was also voted one of the Top 5 Executives in Australia by CEO Magazine.
“We have a significant existing client base in Australia of active CFD and forex traders enjoying our award-winning platform, with superior execution speed and world class analytics tools,” Cooper said. “With innovative offerings such as auto trading and access to multi asset class execution on MT4, I look forward to officially opening our Sydney office later this year to further support our valued clients and contributing to the company’s continued growth in the region.”
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OANDA transformed the business of foreign exchange through an innovative approach to forex trading. The company’s industry leading online trading platform, fxTrade, introduced a number of firsts to the marketplace, including immediate execution; instant settlement on trades; trades of any size between one unit and 10 million units; and interest calculated by the second. The company’s many awards attest to the power and flexibility of its trading platform. In 2013, OANDA was honoured with nearly a dozen awards, including Best Trade Execution Provider, Best Retail Trading Platform and Best Mobile Trading Platform by International Finance Magazine; as well as Best Value for Money by Investment Trends in each of the U.S., UK, and Asia Pacific markets.
OANDA was also the first online provider of comprehensive currency exchange information, and today the company’s OANDA Rate® data provides benchmark rates for corporations, auditing firms, and global banks.
OANDA has seven offices worldwide, in Toronto, Chicago, New York, Boston, London, Singapore and Tokyo. OANDA is fully regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the U.S. National Futures Association (NFA), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA).
About OANDA Asia Pacific
This information is made available to you by OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd holds a Capital Markets Services Licence issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and is also licensed by the International Enterprise Singapore. Co Reg No. 200704926K. Trading in leveraged over-the-counter contracts for foreign currency, precious metals, and CFDs carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. You should never put at risk any amount that you cannot afford to lose. More details under:
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April 3, 2014 at 3:34 pm

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4 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Microsoft Mobile Technologies to Get Ahead

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REDMOND, Wash., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mobile devices have changed the way we work in ways that would have been inconceivable just a few years ago. As the world changes, these new devices and services enable businesses to compete more effectively, make the most of their resources and keep customers happy. This is why small businesses – particularly those still on Windows XP and Office 2003 – should consider an upgrade to Windows 8.1 and Office 365 today.

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Ten years ago, social media didn’t exist, work happened at your desk, smartphones were not all that “smart,” and it was common for small businesses to use a fax machine for document sharing or rely heavily on paper to keep their businesses running. In addition, meetings were most likely done in-person with colleagues sitting in the same office.

Fast-forward to 2014. An office is no longer one single place – instead, it can be a coffee shop, a seat on the train or even the couch. Through tablets, smartphones and PCs, business can be done from anywhere, and colleagues are meeting virtually and working together across multiple time zones.

In this new world of work, there’s a big gap in performance between small businesses that embrace new technology and those that don’t. Small businesses using outdated technology are actually at risk of being left behind: Research by the Boston Consulting Group found that small businesses that are leaders in technology adoption perform significantly better than their peers. The study showed that tech-savvy small businesses increased annual revenues 15 percent faster and created jobs almost twice as fast, compared with those with lower levels of technology adoption.

The same research showed that 88 percent of small businesses believed that new technologies, such as mobile, would help their businesses. Forty-five percent of respondents are using smartphones for business today, compared with 20 percent in 2010.

“We live in a connected world, and today more than ever, speed and efficiency are top competitive differentiators. Advances in technology like mobility help small businesses compete with large companies without spending an arm and a leg,” said Thomas Hansen, vice president of Worldwide Small and Medium Business, Microsoft Corp. “Small businesses now have access to technology that used to be only available to big enterprises. It’s an exciting time to be a small-business owner.”

By upgrading to more current software and services, such as Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 365, small businesses can tap into the power of mobile technology to connect and collaborate anywhere, gaining an advantage on the competition. Here are four key ways:

Your office is everywhere. Connect face-to-face with colleagues and customers all over the world by using technologies such as Skype and Microsoft Lync.
Go paperless. Sign and approve invoices on-the-go from a smartphone or tablet by opening links with Web-based solutions such as Microsoft Office 365 or SharePoint and using a stylus.
Stay connected. Share calendars with colleagues through tools such as Office 365 to make it easy to connect.
Review documents faster. Use Office 365 in the cloud to edit proposals and other documents remotely while avoiding version control issues.

Beyond the obvious benefits of mobile technologies, small businesses that continue to rely on outdated software, such as Windows XP and Office 2003, risk increased IT costs, unsecured technology environments and more. In fact, after more than a decade, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014, so it’s important that small businesses consider upgrading soon to avoid putting their companies at risk.

How to get started

To get up to speed in the new mobile world of work, small businesses should begin planning their switch to current technology now. Microsoft provides several free resources to help businesses get started -from assessing their technology needs and what solutions will best meet their business needs to finding a partner that can help them make the transition. For more information, visit the XP end of support page.
Source: Microsoft Corp.

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April 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm

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Carlson Reports Stable Performance in 2013 and Global Growth Within Each Business

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SINGAPORE, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today reported a stable sales performance of USD $37.1 billion in 2013 and global growth across its businesses, including strong hotel development momentum in the U.S.
“Last year we celebrated Carlson’s 75th anniversary, and we have many highlights to recognize,” said Trudy Rautio, president and chief executive officer, Carlson. “We have seen development and sales growth in key regions around the globe, critical acclaim for our business units and employees and significant contributions to our communities. As we near the end of our foundational Ambition 2015 strategy, we begin to look ahead toward our new transformational strategy, Vision 20/20.”
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) continues to be the world’s largest travel management company, reporting strong performance for its business travel activities in 2013. Key growth of USD $1.9 billion was recorded in new business sales, and the company’s specialist business divisions including CWT Energy, Resources & Marine; consulting arm CWT Solutions Group also reported significant growth. Overall sales volume decreased by 2.7 percent to USD $26.9 billion compared to USD $27.7 billion[1] in 2012, reflecting the continuing variable global economic climate and sequestration efforts in the U.S. that have led to a reduced demand for Military and Government travel.
CWT grew most in the Asia Pacific region, where transactions increased by 4.5 percent year over year[2], enhanced by operations in China and Japan. CWT’s client satisfaction scores were particularly strong, with a 98 percent retention rate combined with 91 percent satisfaction rate from travel managers, as well as an 88 percent satisfaction rating from travelers themselves.
Last year also saw CWT To Go, CWT’s award-winning app, reach 158,000 downloads.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group reported systemwide sales of USD $7.5 billion, a 4 percent increase over 2012. The company announced a strong increase in new hotel signings, versus the previous year, making 2013 the most successful year for development globally since 2008.
Overall signings increased by 43 percent from 2012, with 66 percent of new hotel signings and 44 percent of all new hotel openings in emerging markets in countries including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Russia. The group continues to expand with openings in new and exciting destinations including Barbados, Grenada, and Zambia.
Radisson® announced that its major property improvement, renovation and investment strategy, as well as overall brand positioning for hotels in the U.S. and Canada, is nearing completion with 75 percent of hotels renovated and the remaining 25 percent on track for completion by the end of 2014.
Radisson Blu® opened the highly anticipated Radisson Blu Mall of America and the Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre Sochi, a host hotel of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The business also unveiled the conversion of Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia to the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia and opened Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait and Radisson Blu Hotel, Maputo / Mozambique.
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson(SM) launched, with great success, a new brand identity and hotel prototype featuring a modern interior and exterior design. The first location opened in Springfield, Ill., in November.
TGI Fridays® has 933 restaurants in operation globally and reported systemwide sales of USD $2.7 billion, which was flat in comparison to 2012.
Worldwide, 39 new restaurants were opened, with continued momentum internationally, specifically in the U.K. and Shanghai. The brand completed 38 restaurant reimages to its U.S. restaurants. The latest prototype features a fresh, contemporary design that elevates the bar experience, making it the center of activity and unleashing the fun and engaging corner bar vibe that retains the brand’s nearly 50-year heritage.
Guest satisfaction scores increased, achieving a record net promoter score in the U.S. throughout 2013. Fridays’ same-store sales also exceeded the U.S. casual dining segment in eight of the twelve months in 2013.
Outlook for 2014 and transition to Vision 20/20
“Carlson’s outlook for 2014 builds on the momentum established in 2013. We are expecting development and sales growth from all of our businesses,” said Rautio.
Rautio added, “Our 2014 activities continue our foundational progress driving us to the goals of Ambition 2015, but they also reflect the shift of our business units to the transformative objectives of Carlson’s Vision 20/20. For Carlson, long-term goals remain the same: to create sustainable businesses, build shareholder wealth and drive growth in our businesses.”
Managed revenues in billions 2012 2013 % Change
Carlson Wagonlit Travel® 1.8 1.7 -2.4%
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group 1.5 1.6 5.8%
TGI Fridays® 1.2 1.1 -2.3%
TOTAL 4.4 4.4 0.4%
Systemwide sales in billions 2012 2013 % Change
Carlson Wagonlit Travel® 27.7 26.9 -2.7%
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group 7.2 7.5 4%
TGI Fridays® 2.7 2.7 Flat
TOTAL 37.6 37.1 -1.3%
[1] Actual sales volume at current exchange rates; includes air, hotel and ground transportation for wholly-owned operations and joint ventures
[2] Includes air, hotel and ground transportation for wholly-owned operations and joint ventures
About Carlson
Carlson is a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,340 hotels in operation and development, including, Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®; Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson(SM); more than 930 TGI Fridays® restaurants; and a majority stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and territories and its brands employ more than 178,000 people.
Joanna Ong, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group I +65-6511-9297 I;
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +1 (763) 212-1418 or +1 (763) 212-8129 |;
Kate O’Shea, AKA Asia | +65-6222-6136 |
Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

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April 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm

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TIAA Henderson Real Estate Launched Yesterday

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— TIAA-CREF & Henderson Global Investors combine European and Asian real estate businesses to form leading real estate venture
— Creates world class, global real estate investment manager
— Provides clients with new investment opportunities and expanded global reach
LONDON, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — TIAA Henderson Real Estate (‘TH Real Estate’) launched yesterday — 1 April 2014. The company has a well-established heritage, born from two successful organisations (TIAA-CREF & Henderson Global Investors) with a combined track record of over 90 years in global real estate. Its focus will be pure real estate with no distractions from other markets, asset classes or business lines.
TH Real Estate consists of TIAA-CREF’s European real estate business and Henderson Global Investor’s (‘Henderson’) European and Asia Pacific-based real estate businesses. It has a dedicated global presence with offices across Asia and Europe, managing c.$22.6bn* of real estate assets across c.50 funds and mandates. TIAA-CREF owns a 60 percent interest in TH Real Estate. The remaining 40% is owned by Henderson.
Simultaneously, TIAA-CREF has completed the acquisition of Henderson’s North American property business. This business (c.$2.6 bn) is being managed as a distinct, yet complementary operation within the existing TIAA-CREF North American real estate platform.
TIAA-CREF will manage and service its existing c. $48.2 billion* real estate platform which invests on behalf of the TIAA General Account, retirement participants, and leading institutional and individual investors worldwide, focusing on the core real estate space.
TH Real Estate intends to build a world class sales, product development and client servicing organization that will ultimately provide global coverage across the global platform.
Together, the TIAA-CREF real estate and TH Real Estate platforms represent one of the largest real estate investment management enterprises in the world, with a combined total of c. $71 bn* in real estate assets under management.
James Darkins
Chief Executive Officer of TH Real Estate said:
TH Real Estate represents a new powerhouse in global real estate with the scale and capital resource to better meet the real estate investing needs of existing and prospective clients. By combining a global perspective with our local expertise, we aim to significantly grow our range of product solutions, while embedding a stable, consistent, risk-aware and sustainable investment approach to our business that places our clients and fund teams right at the heart of the process.
Positioning ourselves for tomorrow’s world, rather than today’s, lies at the heart of TH Real Estate, investigating bigger picture, long term structural trends. This is more important than ever given how much shorter and sharper market cycles are today. It involves taking our multi-layered approach to research to a further dimension still. This innovative approach will enable us to source opportunities across the world’s most competitive investment markets as we extend our existing experience and proven products into adjacent spaces.
The Asia – Pacific region will be a strong focus for TIAA Henderson Real Estate with plans to create a top ten regional business over the next five years.
Andrew Formica
Chief Executive, Henderson Group plc, added:
Henderson has long recognized that its property business would benefit from greater scale and access to capital to accelerate its future growth. The formation of TH Real Estate is a dynamic example of our response to investors’ increasing preference for alignment of interest, which TH Real Estate will be able to better achieve via co-investment and seeded investment opportunities. The result will be superior service on a global scale.
Tom Garbutt
Head of TIAA-CREF Global Real Estate and Chairman of the new company, said:
TH Real Estate enables TIAA-CREF to further expand its capabilities into new markets as we continue to grow our asset management business globally. Real estate has been a key part of our investment platform since 1934. We are pleased to partner with Henderson as we launch this venture, and together seek new opportunities on behalf of our clients.
Chris Reilly
Managing Director, Asia, TH Real Estate, said:
TIAA Henderson Real Estate will be a significant real estate player across the local market. Our clients will continue to benefit from the local expertise of our teams while taking advantage of the opportunities offered by a global platform.
Our team in Asia boasts the full range of essential skills including fund management, investment, development, asset management and finance. We are fully equipped to apply these skills to our existing portfolio, while also scoping the market for new investment opportunities, in line with our ambitious growth plans in the region.
Contact details
Gemma Bradley
Head of Marketing & Communications
T: +44 (0) 203 727 8120
Sophie Hinder-Walbank
Marketing & PR Executive
T: +44 (0) 203 72 78251
About TIAA Henderson Real Estate
TIAA Henderson Real Estate (TH Real Estate) is an established investment management company with specialisation in real estate equity and debt investing worldwide. As one of the largest real estate managers in the world, TH Real Estate has the scale, capital resources and knowledge to provide creative and effective real estate investment solutions for clients. With a focus on the retail, office, logistics, debt and multi-family sectors, TH Real Estate emphasises sustainable practices to protect assets and maximise their value.
Launched in April 2014, the company has a dedicated global presence with offices across Asia and Europe, managing c.$22.6bn of real estate assets across c.50 funds and mandates.
Together, the TIAA-CREF real estate and TH Real Estate platforms represent one of the largest real estate investment management enterprises in the world, with a combined total of c. $71 bn* in real estate assets under management.
The company is jointly owned by TIAA-CREF (60%) and Henderson Global Investors (40%) bringing it a combined track record of over 90 years in global real estate. Its products are managed by specialist teams, which apply their own experience to the management and style of their portfolios. Each team is supported by an experienced senior management team and integrated investment platform, including finance, debt and currency management, performance analytics, client service, fund and transaction structuring, development, sustainability and research.
Issued by Henderson Real Estate Asset Management Limited, 201 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3BN. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
TIAA Henderson Real Estate Limited (TH Real Estate) is a real estate investment management holding company owned by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) and Henderson Global Investors. TH Real Estate securities products distributed in North America are advised by UK-regulated subsidiaries or TIAA-CREF Alternatives Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of TIAA, and distributed by Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., member FINRA.
* All figures as at 31 December 2013
Source: TIAA Henderson Real Estate

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April 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm

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Daiichi Sankyo Initiates Phase 3 ENSURE-AF Study, Investigating Once-Daily Edoxaban in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation Undergoing Cardioversion

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— First patient enrolled in largest planned phase 3 study evaluating a novel oral anticoagulant in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients undergoing electrical cardioversion

PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (hereafter, Daiichi Sankyo) today announced that it has started enrolling patients into the ENSURE-AF multinational phase 3 study, which will evaluate the efficacy and safety of its investigational oral, once-daily direct factor Xa-inhibitor edoxaban compared to enoxaparin/warfarin for the prevention of stroke and other blood clot complications in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) undergoing electrical cardioversion (low-energy shocks to trigger normal heart rhythm).1,2 More than 2,200 patients are expected to be enrolled in ENSURE-AF at approximately 250 clinical sites across North America and Europe.1

“Due to the risk of thromboembolism, clinical guidelines recommend anticoagulation before and after cardioversion in patients with atrial fibrillation,” said Andreas Goette, MD, Chief Physician, St. Vincenz-Hospital Paderborn, Germany, Department of Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine and member of the European Heart Rhythm Association’s International Affairs Committee with responsibility for Japan.3,4 “This trial will provide us with insights on whether edoxaban can be a viable treatment option for non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients undergoing cardioversion.”1

“This is a very exciting study as this will be the largest planned clinical trial to evaluate a novel oral anticoagulant with the current standard of care in patients undergoing cardioversion,” said Gregory YH Lip, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Birmingham, UK. “The novel oral anticoagulants offer the possibility of efficacy, safety and convenience for the peri-cardioversion management of patients with atrial fibrillation.”


ENSURE-AF is a Prospective, Randomized, Open-Label, Blinded Endpont evaluation (PROBE), parallel group study, evaluating the efficacy and safety of once-daily edoxaban for the prevention of stroke, systemic embolic event, myocardial infarction and cardiovascular mortality versus enoxaparin/warfarin in patients with NVAF undergoing electrical cardioversion. More than 2,200 NVAF patients undergoing electrical cardioversion are expected to be enrolled at approximately 250 clinical sites across North America and Europe. Patients will be randomized to receive edoxaban 60 mg (or a patient specific dose of edoxaban 30 mg for patients with renal impairment or low body weight or p-glycoprotein inhibitor use) or enoxaparin/warfarin for 28-49 days.1

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About Atrial Fibrillation and Cardioversion

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition in which the heartbeat is rapid and irregular, and can potentially lead to a stroke. AF is a common condition, affecting approximately 2.3-3.4% of people in developed nations.5 Stroke is the second most common cause of death worldwide, responsible for approximately 6.2 million deaths each year.6 Compared to those without AF, people with the arrhythmia have a 3-5 times higher risk of stroke.5 Strokes due to AF are nearly twice as likely to be fatal than strokes in patients without AF at 30 days7 and have poorer prognosis than non-AF related strokes, with a 50% increased risk of remaining disabled at three months.8 Cardioversion is a procedure that can restore a fast or irregular heartbeat to a normal rhythm, but is associated with a risk of thromboembolic events, including stroke, in patients who do not receive anticoagulation therapy.2,9

About Edoxaban

Edoxaban is an investigational, oral, once-daily anticoagulant that specifically inhibits factor Xa, which is an important factor in the coagulation system that leads to blood clotting.10 The global edoxaban clinical trial program includes two phase 3 clinical studies, Hokusai-VTE and ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 (Effective aNticoaGulation with factor xA next GEneration in Atrial Fibrillation), which included nearly 30,000 patients combined. The results from these trials form the basis of regulatory filings for edoxaban for symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism, and for the prevention of stroke in NVAF, respectively.11,12 Edoxaban is currently under regulatory review in Japan, the U.S. and EU for these indications.

Edoxaban is currently approved only in Japan, since April 2011, for the prevention of VTE after major orthopedic surgery, and was launched in July 2011 under the brand name Lixiana®. Elsewhere, including Europe and the U.S., edoxaban has not been approved in any indication.13

About Daiichi Sankyo

Daiichi Sankyo Group is dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical products to address the diversified, unmet medical needs of patients in both mature and emerging markets. While maintaining its portfolio of marketed pharmaceuticals for hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and bacterial infections, the Group is engaged in the development of treatments for thrombotic disorders and focused on the discovery of novel oncology and cardiovascular-metabolic therapies. Furthermore, the Daiichi Sankyo Group has created a “Hybrid Business Model,” which will respond to market and customer diversity and optimize growth opportunities across the value chain. For more information, please visit:

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements and information about future developments in the sector, and the legal and business conditions of DAIICHI SANKYO, Co., Ltd. Such forward-looking statements are uncertain and are subject at all times to the risks of change, particularly to the usual risks faced by a global pharmaceutical company, including the impact of the prices for products and raw materials, medication safety, changes in exchange rates, government regulations, employee relations, taxes, political instability and terrorism as well as the results of independent demands and governmental inquiries that affect the affairs of the company. All forward-looking statements contained in this release hold true as of the date of publication. They do not represent any guarantee of future performance. Actual events and developments could differ materially from the forward-looking statements that are explicitly expressed or implied in these statements. DAIICHI SANKYO, Co., Ltd. assume no responsibility for the updating of such forward-looking statements about future developments of the sector, legal and business conditions and the company.


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April 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm

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BCI Chemical Corporation Receives Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award for Oil & Gas Biodegradable Degreaser

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— Award recipient of the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award for their achievements in the area of innovative value proposition in the Asia Pacific region

SINGAPORE, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — BCI Chemical Corporation was presented with the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award for their achievements in the area of innovative value proposition in the Asia Pacific region at the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Best Practices Awards held on the 17th of October at the St. Regis Hotel, Singapore.

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With its experience in oilfield chemicals, industrial chemicals and laundry products, BCI Chemical Corporation has managed to leverage its marketing and manufacturing exposure to emerge as one of the leading companies catering to the mass chemical solution needs and providing custom contract blending services.

Through its focus on research and development along the lines of innovation, the company has developed an innovative NanoEmulsion technology that enables development of products that are superior in cleaning, removing, and solubilizing hydrocarbons in grease.

With the subsequent launch of its Adi®E-KLEEN biodegradable degreaser, the company has also demonstrated its capability in providing an efficient degreasing agent that is capable of cleaning light to heavy oil contamination on metal surfaces.

“Through its nanoemulsion technology and biodegradable degreasers, BCI Chemical Corporation has addressed the industry’s need for an effective removal of oil and grease solution from a wide range of components used in both oil and gas applications in the Asia Pacific region,” said Aarthi Janakiraman, Industry Analyst for Frost & Sullivan’s Asia Pacific Chemicals, Materials and Foods practice.

Across the Asia Pacific region, regulations from governmental agencies regarding the preservation of environment have gained importance. The tightening regulatory scenario regarding the use of conventional degreasers has resulted in companies concentrating on the development and use of alternative yet environmentally-friendly solutions.

“With more and more companies preferring to use environmentally friendly degreasers instead of conventional hydrocarbon based products, BCI Chemical Corporation is expected to emerge as one of the leading companies that provide effective, environmentally friendly removal of oil and grease from a wide range of components across various industries in the Asia Pacific region,” Aarthi added.

Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Best Practices Awards recognizes companies across industries, commending their diligence, commitment, and innovative business strategies required to advance in the global marketplace.

The 2013 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Technology Innovation in Oil & Gas Biodegradable Degreaser recognize the innovative value proposition offered by the degreasers for oil and gas industry.

Frost & Sullivan identifies these outstanding companies in the regional and global markets through in-depth interviews, market analysis, performance measurements, and benchmarking of market participants to bring unique best practices to the forefront.

For more information, please visit

Donna Jeremiah
Corporate Communications — Asia Pacific
P: +61-(02)-8247-8927
F: +61-(02)-9252-8066

Carrie Low
Corporate Communications — Asia Pacific
P: +603-6204-5910
F: +603-6201-7402

Melissa Tan
Corporate Communications — Asia Pacific
P: +65-6890-0926
F: +65-6890-0999

About Nanoemulsion Biodegreaser
BCI Chemical Corporation’s patented NanoEmulsion technology has the ability to remove grease, gel-like wax and sludge by reducing the interfacial tension to as low as 10-6mN/m and providing water-wet surfaces. In nanoemulsion, the soluble phase is suspended inside micelle with size 10nm to 100nm. It is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, free from BTX (benzene, toluene, and xylene) solvents, mild (neutral pH) and free from endocrine disruptors such as NPE (nonyl phenol).

The company has also developed a series of products apart from its Adi®E-KLEEN biodegradable degreaser by leveraging its NanoEmulsion technology, which are used in wellbore cleaning, pipe dope cleaning, asphaltene and wax removal, and crude oil production enhancement.For more information on BCI Chemical Corporation’s Nanoemulsion technology:

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

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April 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

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Increasing Demand for IT and Engineering Talent in China amidst Talent Crunch: Spring Professional

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SINGAPORE, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
Spring Professional now fully operational in Beijing and Shanghai, to support the growing demand for IT and engineering professionals in China
Hi-tech multinationals continue to expand investment in China. Manufacturing, Machinery & Equipment sectors growing
Urban unemployment rate for 2013 remained very low at 4.05%
Spring Professional, the wholly-owned professional recruitment arm of the Adecco Group in Asia, has today opened centrally located offices in Beijing and Shanghai to support the increasing demand for IT and Engineering professionals in China. The country continues to be a favoured regional hub for the IT sector, with specific high demand for cloud computing & digital data experts, as well as research & design engineers.
The Spring Professional brand is now fully operational in seven countries across Asia, with the introduction of Spring IT & Spring Engineering in China complementing Spring Property & Construction — which was launched in Shanghai on 12 March (previously known as Judd Farris Recruitment), to support companies hiring property, construction and facilities management professionals.
In Beijing and Shanghai, Spring IT and Spring Engineering are focusing exclusively on the recruitment of middle to senior level management and specialists in the sectors of IT and engineering. With its extensive group networks, Spring Professional China is closely connected to group offices in North America, Europe and other geographies, including Spring Technology in the UK.
China national Lirong Xiao will oversee the company’s Beijing operations, with British national Liam Williams leading the Spring Professional team in Shanghai.
“As the second largest economy in the world, with relatively low urban unemployment (4.05% in 2013) and continuing overseas and local investment in the hi-tech area, the opening of Spring Professional in Beijing and Shanghai is timely, with local companies now competing with their international competitors to attract best in class talent in what continues to be an employee driven market for those with specialty or rare skill-sets. For example, we continue to see research and development professionals in steady demand — especially those with a strong engineering background and with excellent English language skills” commented Liam Williams, Director, Spring Professional, Shanghai.
Lirong Xiao, Director, Spring Professional Beijing, added “With a projected economic growth rate of 7.5% in 2014, China’s continued ability to attract organisations to relocate their Asia Pacific headquarters to either Beijing or Shanghai, is influenced in part by the ease that these organisations are able to quickly and effectively recruit the right talent to lead them forward. While most professionals are driven by a competitive salary and compensation package, many are also motivated by the prospect of working on cutting-edge technologies and for established international brands. In talent squeeze situations, such as in the chemicals and energy sectors, hiring companies in China need to differentiate themselves in the hiring process, and to be armed with strategies to retain top individuals.”
Having launched its regional network of offices in March 2013, Spring Professional Asia now has a presence in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei.
About Spring Professional
Spring Professional is an international firm specialising in information technology and engineering recruitment across the Asia region, with offices in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
Spring Professional is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Adecco Group. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Adecco is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 31,000 full-time employees and a network of over 5100 branches, in over 60 countries and territories around the world, the Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting over 650,000 associates with more than 100,000 clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company.
For further information, please contact:
Imran Johri,
Marketing Director,
Spring Professional, Asia
Tel: +65-6835-3400
Ian Grundy, Head,
Marketing & Communications, Asia
Adecco Group
Tel: +65-6835-3400
Source: Spring Professional Asia

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April 3, 2014 at 2:27 pm

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Thailand Launches Inaugural Event in Disaster Risk Reduction

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BANGKOK, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Thailand will be the proud host of the first ever ASIAN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION EXPO (ADRE) which will be held in Bangkok at the IMPACT exhibition Center, from 4-7 November. ADRE is fully supported by the Bangkok Administration and Bangkok Fire. The exhibition will comprise an Expo, Conference, and Networking Event focused on one of the most important areas in the world today – natural and man-made disasters. The need for such an event is now greater than ever as underlined by recent global catastrophes.

Economic losses from global disasters have now exceeded $100 billion for three consecutive years, from 2010 to 2012 – the first time this has happened, according to the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The financial cost of from disasters is projected to grow, making prevention all the more urgent. By 2100, even without climate change, damage from weather-related hazards may triple to $185 billion annually. Climate change can add another $28-$68 billion from tropical cyclones alone. According to the report, property damage between 1970 and 2008 totaled $2,300 billion with earthquakes and droughts causing most of the losses. As a result Asian governments are currently investing billions of dollars in disaster risk reduction programs.

ADRE will focus on rescue and disaster management products and services in these and other areas. The show will showcase equipment and technology in rescue and disaster management which is now becoming available in today’s market. It will greatly help in Prevention/Mitigation, Detection, Response, and Recovery from man-made and natural disasters including earthquakes, typhoons, major floods, fires and droughts.

General Sumpun Boonyanan (Former Minister of Defence, Kingdom of Thailand & Special Advisor) said, “ADRE’s objective is to diminish risks through technology and systematic efforts to analyze and reduce disaster factors. ADRE 2014 will provide unique networking and business opportunities for manufacturers in the industry and policies & decision makers in rescue and disaster management from Asia Pacific and Thailand.”

ADRE 2014 is projected to host more than 200 exhibitors from 15 countries and will feature national pavilions from mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, and numerous other countries. The exhibition will be trade-only and is set to be internationally recognized as a must- attend event for world leading companies. Over 8,000 quality trade visitors from both public and private agencies are expected to attend the premiere event.

One of the highlights of ADRE 2014 will be an outstanding program of Seminars and Conferences that will be delivered by top international experts. Discussions will cover policy, lessons learned, best practices, along with forward planning, resulting in the mitigation of loss of life and property when catastrophic events occur.

ADRE 2014 is co-located with The International Security, Safety, Expo & Forum 2014 (ISF) – Thailand’s Leading Commercial & Homeland Security Exhibition. ISF will feature both commercial and internal security products that have been specially designed for private companies along with state enterprises including airports, maritime facilities, borders, banks, retailers, schools, hotels, and more. Both events are managed by GML Exhibition, the organizer of Defense & Security.

For more information please contact:
ADRE 2014, 503/23 KSL Tower, 14th Floor Sri Ayuthaya Road, Phayathai Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tel. +662-642-6911 ext 124
Fax. +662-642-6919 – 20

For press enquiries, please contact:
Bantawan Sugan, Senior Marketing Executive
Tel: +662-642-6911 Ext 133
Fax: +662-642-6919-20
Source: GML (Thailand)

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April 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm

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