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Renault-Nissan Alliance Accelerates Gender Diversity

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— Percentage of women in manager-level positions globally continues to increase year over year
— Renault remains auto industry benchmark for women at the senior executive level; Nissan Japan more than doubles national average for manufacturers
— Renault and Nissan are taking creative approaches to new products, working teams and services to attract buyers

DEAUVILLE, France /PRNewswire/ — The Renault-Nissan Alliance, the world’s fourth-largest automotive group, continues to make progress in its commitment to closing the gender gap, with both companies reporting a rise in the percentage of women in manager-level positions globally in 2013 compared with the previous year.

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At Renault, women accounted for 18.4% of manager-level positions globally in 2013, up from 17% in the previous year. Women also accounted for 19.3% of the company’s 2,000 global key positions, up from 17% in 2012.

Globally, Renault remains a leader in the auto industry in terms of women at the senior executive management level. Two out of its ten-member executive committee are women: Mouna Sepehri, Executive Vice President of the Office of the CEO; and Marie-Francoise Damesin, Executive Vice President for Human Resources. Damesin is also Renault-Nissan Alliance Executive Vice President for Human Resources.

At Nissan, women accounted for 10.6% of manager-level positions globally in fiscal year 2013*, up from 10.3% in fiscal year 2012. In Japan, women at Nissan accounted for 7.1% of such positions, up from 6.8% in the previous year and more than quadruple from 1.6% in fiscal year 2004. By 2017, Nissan aims to raise that figure to 10% inJapan and to 14% globally.

Nissan remains an industry benchmark in its home market of Japan, with the percentage of its women managers more than double the national average for large manufacturers. In March, Nissan was recognized as a “Nadeshiko Brand” by the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) for the second year in a row for its support and promotion of women in the workplace.

“The Renault-Nissan Alliance remains committed to fully leveraging our global talent pool and closing the gender gap, and we are seeing incremental progress toward that goal every year,” said Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “Hiring and promoting women is the right thing to do for society — and for our business, because women decide or influence the overwhelming majority of car purchases globally.”

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Mia Nielsen
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+33 (0)6 10 83 31 33

Source: Renault-Nissan Alliance

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October 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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IMD Business School to Kick-off Second Orchestrating Winning Performance in Singapore

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ —

Head executives from Acer, Nissan and the Indonesian Port Corporation to give keynote presentations

IMD, a top-ranked business school and worldwide expert in executive education, plans to welcome more than 100 executives for its leadership program Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) in Singapore taking placeNovember 17 – 22 on the AXA University campus.

The lessons given at OWP will be unique to business opportunities and challenges seen in Asia and the program will welcome Pak Lino, President Director of the Indonesian Port Corporation; Stan Shih, Co-Founder and Chairman of Acer Inc., and Toshiyuki Shiga, Vice Chairman of Nissan Motor Corporation.

Designed to develop leadership capabilities, OWP will explore various topics including Asian mergers and acquisitions, brand building, emerging market trends, human resources practices, internet growth, innovation, and world competitiveness.

IMD delivers programs and services from key locations around the world and, since 2013, Singapore has become an important hub for IMD’s executive education offering.

“Because business is global, there is a need to educate and build skillsets across cultures,” explains Margaret Cording, IMD’s Regional Director in South East Asia and Oceania. “In running OWP in Singapore, as well as executive education programs for select companies, IMD aims to transcend the boundaries of East meets West in order to develop true global leaders.”

Hear from participants from last year’s OWP Singapore on YouTube and learn more about OWP in Singapore.

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IMD is a top-ranked business school. We are the experts in developing global leaders through high-impact executive education. We are 100% focused on real-world executive development; we offer Swiss excellence with a global perspective; and we have a flexible, customized, and effective approach. (

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Source: IMD International

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October 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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Smartwatches Face Challenges as Payment System

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NUREMBERG, Germany  /PRNewswire/ — A recent GfK survey in China, Germany, South Korea, the UK and the US indicates that people in these countries see potential in using smartwatches to ‘carry’ tickets for passenger transport or as security keys to their computers and online accounts. The ability to transmit healthcare data via a smartwatch is also of particular interest to the majority of people. In America and China, there is openness for using smartwatches as identity cards and payment systems, although Europeans are much more hesitant about these functions.

These are findings from an international study in which GfK asked 1,000 smartphone owners in each market if they would be interested in being able to carry out specific functions via a smartwatch, assuming they could save and send their data securely.

The survey reveals that smartwatches have the potential for a wide range of uses. Gathering sports activities, navigation, phone calls and apps are the main applications that surveyed consumers are interested in at present. Due to the nature of a smartwatch being worn on the wrist, it could also serve as proof of identity, a travel ticket holder or a method of making payments at the checkout.

Smartwatches could carry healthcare data

Nearly half of everyone surveyed across the five countries say they would be interested in using a smartwatch to provide doctors or hospitals with their personal healthcare data – for example, during a doctor’s appointment or in a medical emergency situation. However, people in different countries differ widely in how far they are ready to entrust sensitive health information to a smartwatch; 69 percent of those surveyed in China said they are interested in this compared with just 50 percent in the US and 43 percent in South Korea. European consumers are more hesitant, with around one third of respondents in the UK expressing an interest and just one quarter in Germany. Men are rather more open to this idea than women and the difference between age groups is even more marked, with interest in using a smartwatch for their health data increasing with age.

Asians and Americans see potential for smartwatches as travel tickets

GfK’s findings also show that smartwatches have clear potential as travel tickets. Just less than half those surveyed across all five countries say they would be happy to use a smartwatch for this purpose. The Chinese (63 percent), Koreans (54 percent) and US citizens (41 percent) were the most interested. European consumers were again more reticent with only 32 percent of respondents in the UK and 31 percent in Germany saying they would use a smartwatch as a travel ticket.

Older generations open to using smartwatches for online identification

Faced with rising cybercrime levels, there is a general desire for ways to improve security and this is reflected in GfK’s findings. Overall, 45 percent of respondents say they would be interested in using a smartwatch as secure identification to log on to personal computers or access online accounts. Interest in this function increases with age, starting at 42 percent of those aged 16-29, and rising to 46 percent of 30-49 year-olds and 48 percent of the over-50s. On a country by country basis, China shows most interest in this function, with over two thirds (68 percent) saying they would be happy to use a smartwatch as secure identification on their computers. They are followed by the US with just under a half (49 percent), South Korea with 37 percent and the UK with 33 percent. Germany again shows more hesitation, with just one quarter of all Germans surveyed saying they would be happy to use a smartwatch as secure identification on their computers.

Chinese happy to use smartwatches as identity cards

Across all five countries, 38 percent of those asked say they would be interested in using a smartwatch as an ID card when going abroad or visiting the authorities. Once again, China and the US are out in front in being open to this idea, with 57 and 41 percent respectively, followed by South Korea and the UK, with 33 and 28 percent. The Germans are again the most critical; just one fifth say would use a smartwatch as an ID card.

Paying by smartwatch? Only the US and China are interested to date

Mobile payment, i.e. using a smartphone to pay at the checkout with near field communication (NFC) technology, hasn’t proved very popular so far. In theory, using a smartwatch at the checkout would be even more convenient than getting out a smartphone; but only 35 percent of respondents across the five countries surveyed are interested in this facility at present. The real potential for this is in China, where interest increases to 54 percent of those surveyed, compared with 40 percent in the US and only 28 percent in South Korea and 27 percent in the UK. InGermany, just 20 percent of those asked say they would use a smartwatch to make payments.

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About the study

The data was collected in a study of smartphone owners in China, Germany, South Korea, the UK and the USAwhich was conducted in August 2014. In each country, 1,000 respondents were surveyed online.

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October 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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Critical Need for Optimised Performance in the Oil & Gas Industry Spurs Demand for Industrial Automation Solutions

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Analysts have forecast that the global Industrial Automation Control market to grow at a CAGR of almost seven per cent from 2013 to 2018, with increasing demand for automation control systems from the oil and gas industry being one of the key contributing factors. As oil and gas become more challenging to extract and store, companies, in a bid to maintain business sustainability, are seeking new ways to boost work flow and performance,  lower energy wastage, and better manage overall operational costs.

OSEA2014 caught up with Alf Kare Adnanes, ABB’s Vice President, Technology Manager – Marine & Cranes,to gather his insights into the developments in industrial automation for the Oil & Gas industry. ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, is participating at OSEA2014 in a big way, with an exhibition booth and Mr. Adnanes will be presenting at the OSEA2014 International Conference‘s Stakeholders Panel on 4 December.

Oil & Gas sector what lies ahead for industrial automation players

AKA: The rapid development in communication and IT, as well as the feasibility of integrating field operations with onshore operational centres, will see new solutions for integrating automation and information systems.  This development has already begun, and is expected to have significant growth potential.

For the marine/shipping side of the offshore oil and gas industries, adoption of these technologies is lagging other industries. There is a vast opportunity in utilising modern automation in terms of optimising the performance of vessels, reducing fuel consumption, and to have a much better monitoring of the performance as well as technical conditions of the plant. We see opportunities to be utilised first in the higher end segments where the daily values in charters and costs can justify the return of such investments.

The need to adapt for challenging environments

AKA: In general, the automation solution is changing from being loop-oriented to be process- and plant- oriented. Optimising loops are being extended to optimise the overall process and plant control systems. As a consequence of this, the requirements for reporting performance have increased. Safety and availability becomes more important as operations are moved to more challenging environments and less accessible areas; which means that automation systems become more advanced in terms of monitoring and predicting performance and technical conditions. Remote connectivity towards shore-based operational centres with the operators and/or suppliers also gains more importance.

End-users’ reluctance to migrate to the latest technology

AKA: Such reluctance is not necessarily unhealthy, as one should always consider the benefits of upgrading the plant to the costs of upgrade and potential disturbances in the system.

My thoughts about this are, that when making a major investment in a new plant, or upgrade, the decision should not only be based on what you get today, but to also consider the long term strategy for the technology being selected. The technology is moving fast, and it is impossible to always have the latest technology installed in all plants; but it is still possible to plan for the years to come by designing a system that has the ability to extend in structure and functionality without replacing all of it. There might be additional costs to a system that is designed for long term operation and compatibility to future technologies, but this allows for a much more continuous and gradual implementation of new technologies that will provide a steady improvement in the performance and efficiency of the plant.

Showcasing top-notch industrial automation solutions at OSEA2014

OSEA2014 is set to unveil a lineup of industrial automation system solutions that enable manufacturers, processors and even transporters in the oil and gas industry to manage their assets and costs effectively across the value chain. Visitors will be able to get in-depth information on how they can build on existing software or systems to enhance workflow processes, improve plant or process efficiency and even enhance output and safety through controls or instruments that can accurately pinpoint the location to drill for oil or gas.

Aside from ABB, companies such as 3R Software Solutions, D’Mark Technologies, Endress + Hauser (S.E.A), Honeywell, Imtech Marine, International Metal Engineering, Masstron, MIE Industrial, Mitsubishi Electric Asia, PRÜFTECHNIK S.E.A., Rockwell Automation, Seal Control, Siemens, Vega Instruments (SEA), Wyeco Auto Valves and Yokogawa will be highlighting their industrial automation solutions at the event.

OGmTech2014  Manufacturing solutions for oil and gas

OGmTech, the International Exhibition on Manufacturing Technology for Oil & Gas, will make its debut at OSEA2014. Focusing on definitive manufacturing solutions, OGmTech2014 represents a value-added platform that brings forth an array of formidable, high-end precision engineering technologies and capabilities for the Oil & Gas industry.

OSEA2014 International Conference Prominent platform for in-depth discussions

Held concurrently with OSEA2014, the conference provides an invaluable ground for in-depth discussions that tackles the needs of Asia’s oil and gas industry.

Featuring a new theme “Unlocking the Full Potential of Offshore Reserves with Innovative Solutions“, the Conference has 10 tracks to address pertinent topics such as the future outlook for oil and gas supply and exploration, resource management through oilfield recovery, latest developments and technologies in unconventional and deepwater environments, specialised panel sessions as well as two workshops focusing on best practices in drilling & well design and asset integrity management.

For show updates, please visit the OSEA website, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Click for Mr. Adnanes’ bio & photo and OSEA2012 exhibition & conference photos.

Events at a Glance:

OSEA2014 Exhibition


2 – 5 December 2014, Tuesday – Friday


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Basement 2, Level 1 and 3

Opening hours:

10.30am – 6:00pm daily


Business and trade professionals


Visitor registration:

Media registration:  

OSEA2014 International Conference


2 – 5 December 2014, Tuesday – Friday


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Level 3


Registered delegates only


Delegate registration:  

About Singapore Exhibition Services Pte Ltd

Singapore Exhibitions Services organises a portfolio of international tradeshows serving the Communications, Engineering, Machinery and Lifestyle industries.  SES events consistently attract a high level of overseas participation with foreign exhibitors accounting for almost 80% of the show floor. SES is a member of Allworld Exhibitions Alliance, a global network with over 50 offices worldwide. For more information, please

Singapore Exhibition Services is the organiser of OSEA2014

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October 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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Thales Inaugurates Innovation Hub In Singapore

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— Thales inaugurates the Singapore Innovation Hub, a multidisciplinary establishment inspired by Asian concepts, Asian innovation and Asian thinking.
— The Hub will engage customers and utilize new concepts and practices such as Design Thinking to identify needs and jointly develop solutions.
— The innovation team benefits from government support and partnerships with Singapore’s institutions as well as a global network of Thales innovation teams.

SINGAPORE, Oct. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Thales, a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security, today officially inaugurated the Thales Innovation Hub Singapore, which represents the Group’s first multidisciplinary innovation centre outside of Europe.

The concept behind this Hub is to seek inspiration from Asian concepts, Asian innovation and Asian thinking, to arrive at a deeper understanding of the operational needs of clients in the region, and design new products and services that address these specific requirements.

The Thales team will engage customers in usercentered innovation, co-designing, prototyping and testing new ideas and concepts across domains ranging from defense, maritime security to aerospace, air traffic management and smart cities.

The innovation team has been trained by the Design Thinking and Innovation Academy from the DesignSingapore Council in order to apply the concept of Design Thinking innovation[1], a new, goal-oriented, problem solving approach developed to look at all potential alternatives of a particular design problem.

Thales has world class credentials in research and technology, and invests an average 20% of its annual turnover in Research & Development. The Singapore team will therefore draw from considerable global support, including access to the internal network of design practitioners, a global group of experts from across all Thales’s domains, which fosters cross-collaboration in order to fine-tune design and innovation. The team will be further strengthened by the partnership forged with the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)[2], through collaboration and internship agreements.

“We are pleased that Thales has chosen Singapore to open its first multidisciplinary innovation hub outside ofEurope. The decision to locate the Thales Innovation Hub in Singapore signifies the growing importance of Thales’s Asian customer base, as well as Thales’s continued confidence in Singapore as an innovation leader in the region,”said Mr Quek Swee Kuan, Deputy Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board.

“Innovation is in our DNA. Thales invests more in research and technology than most other industrial groups and with this inauguration we reaffirm this commitment to innovation. By leveraging the multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary Thales teams in Asia and across the world, the entire technology and research portfolio of the Group can be accessed by local clients to meet their needs in each of our strategic countries like Singapore,said Jean-Bernard Levy, Chairman and CEO, Thales Group.

Notes To Editors

1. About Singapore’s Innovation Hub team and Design Thinking

The Thales team is trained by the Design Thinking and Innovation Academy from the DesignSingapore Council equipped with “The Tools and Methods for Implementing Design Thinking” — a workshop covering the process of design thinking and innovation, as well as topics such as user empathy, rapid prototyping and user testing.

Design thinking is a formal solution-based method for practical, creative resolution of problems. This approach differs from the analytical scientific method, which begins with thoroughly defining all the parameters of the problem in order to create a solution. Design Thinking identifies and investigates both known and ambiguous aspects of the current situation in order to discover hidden parameters and open alternative paths to a solution. Because Design Thinking is iterative, intermediate “solutions” are also potential starting points of alternative paths, including redefining of the initial problem.

2. About the partnerships forged with Singapore Universities

To strengthen the Innovation Hub in Singapore, Thales is forging a strong partnership with the Singapore Universityof Technology & Design (SUTD). SUTD, established in close partnership with MIT in the U.S., has incorporated into its curriculum inputs from the industry to meet the needs of the world. By hosting interns from SUTD and participating in SUTD’s Capstone Programme (an integrated design project for senior year undergraduate students), Thales hopes to inject fresh perspectives into our innovation challenges and grow the pool of Design-aware engineering talents in Singapore.

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets. In 2013, the company generated revenues of EUR14.2 billion with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.

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Thales Group
Thales Innovation

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Thales Media Relations

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October 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Viettel in Timor-Leste Wins International Business Award

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PARIS, Oct. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Telemor – Viettel Group’s subsidiary in Timor-Leste is the winner of “Startup of the year” Award in International Business Awards 2014, being the first company of Viettel making profit after launching only six months.

Today at the Gala event of The 11th Annual International Business Awards held at the Westin Vendome Hotel inParis, France, Telemor – subsidiary of Viettel Group in Timor-Leste is presented to be the Siver Winner of “Startup of the year” Award.


Telemor ( – a young telecom operator in Timor-Leste has made a strong impression on the Judges because of its significant achievements just within the first year of business operating since its launching onJuly 2013. Telemor has covered mobile services to 96% of Timor-Leste population. Its subscribers has grown dramatically catching up with the number of subscribers that its competitor developed in more than 10 monopolized years, increasing the mobile penetration of Timor-Leste from 33% to 75% population. The appearance of Telemor has brought up a remarkable change to the telecommunications of Timor-Leste, as The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmao said: “Telemor has quickly created remarkable differences and changes”. Telecom services (mobile 2G and 3G, internet) are now accessible to every population thanks to Telemor’s good price, wide coverage and strong supplying chain to each village, even the remote areas.

Telemor had to compete with more than 3,500 nominations from organizations and individuals in more than 60 nations to be presented “Startup of the Year” award, an encouraging recognition of Telemor’s effort and success as leading innovative operator in the market. Among others, this is the first project of Viettel to make profit after only 6 months running business.

Viettel ( has been granted telecommunications in 9 countries with total population of over 160 millions, total investment value of USD 1.5 billions. 5 subsidiary companies in Cambodia, Laos, Haiti,Mozambique and Timor have provided services. 2 companies in Peru and Cameroon is going having official launching on October 2014. The other 2 in Burundi and Tanzania are under infrastructure deployment of their networks.

Total revenue from overseas business of Viettel reached USD 1 billion in 2013 with around 11.5 million subscribers, bringing in more than USD 180.5 million accumulated profits.

Media Contact:
Bui Thi Phuong Thao (Ms)
Communications Executive
Email: /
Tel: +84-979438100

Source: Viettel

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October 14, 2014 at 11:34 am

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