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JTI Awarded One of the Top Five Global Employers

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GENEVA /PRNewswire/ — Exceptional Employee Environment Acknowledged in 33 Countries

JTI (Japan Tobacco International) was one of the select five companies in the world to receive the Top Employer Global 2015 certification during an awards ceremony in Amsterdam yesterday. JTI offices in an unprecedented thirty-three[1] countries/regions across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East were recognized by the Top Employers Institute for their exceptional employee environment.

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“This award recognizes the high standards we set ourselves worldwide and our constant dedication to foster a diverse work environment where employees excel,” says Ilona Alonso, Global HQ Human Resources Vice President at JTI. “Recruiting the best candidates and developing employees’ skills and competencies across the organization is in JTI’s DNA. We work hard to invest in tomorrow’s leaders with a solid performance management and succession planning platform.”

“JTI is a perfect example of a company that has harmonized its operations in a way which has not only benefited its employees but also its operational efficiency on a global scale,” comments David Plink, Top Employers Institute’s CEO.

“Experience has shown us that employees with diverse backgrounds make strong leaders,” adds Ms. Alonso. “We recognize that career paths are changing and are not always linear, which is why we encourage employees to build their competencies and skills beyond their core functional areas of expertise.  We take a truly global and flexible approach to help them grow within the company.” Today, approximately 80% of JTI leaders are appointed internally. Over 800 employees are currently on a long-term, short-term or rotational international assignment.


1. Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia,Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland,Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom andTaiwan

About the Top Employers Global Certification

The Top Employers Global Certification is a new program organized by the Top Employers Institute designed to recognize employers that globally create optimal conditions for their employees to develop professionally and personally. Topics examined for the certification include Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, Learning and Development, Performance Management, and Leadership Development.  Only Organisations that can support a global presence on multiple continents are eligible for this prestigious seal. In order to qualify an organisation must have been certified in at least 20 countries, under which the residence of the Global Headquarters.

About JTI

JTI, a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies, is a leading international tobacco manufacturer. It markets world-renowned brands such as Camel, Winston and Mevius (Mild Seven). Other global brands include Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Sobranie, Glamour and LD. With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and about 27,000 employees worldwide, JTI has operations in more than 120 countries. Its core revenue in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, was USD 11.9 billion. For more information, visit

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March 9, 2015 at 12:13 pm

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JNA Awards Announces Categories for 2015

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-Now Accepting Entries until 30 April

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — JNA Awards, the annual industry-wide event that honours innovators, leaders and outstanding enterprises of the international jewellery and gemstone industry with a focus on their contributions inAsia, has 16 award categories for 2015.

(From left) James Courage, Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International; Liu Zheng, Deputy General Manager of GDLAND; Rishi Parikh of Diarough; Rita Maltez, Director of Rio Tinto Diamond's Greater China Representative Office; Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA and Director of Business Development - Jewellery Group of UBM Asia; Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook; Noa Pardo, Managing Director of IDI Asia Pacific; and Helen Molesworth, Managing Director of Gubelin Academy
(From left) James Courage, Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Guild International; Liu Zheng, Deputy General Manager of GDLAND; Rishi Parikh of Diarough; Rita Maltez, Director of Rio Tinto Diamond’s Greater China Representative Office; Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group of UBM Asia; Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook; Noa Pardo, Managing Director of IDI Asia Pacific; and Helen Molesworth, Managing Director of Gubelin Academy

Organised by JNA (Jewellery News Asia), JNA Awards 2015 is led by Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as Headline Partners, with Diarough Group, Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI), Shanghai Diamond Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) as Honoured Partners.

Although the number of categories is kept the same as last year, the JNA Awards has made adjustments to encourage more companies and individuals of high standards to participate in this prestigious and well-recognised awards programme.

The list of categories for 2015 is as follows:

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award
  2. 3 Decades of Excellence
  3. Brand of the Year – Retail
  4. Employer of the Year
  5. Industry Innovation of the Year
  6. Manufacturer of the Year – Coloured Gemstone Cutting & Polishing
  7. Manufacturer of the Year – Diamond Cutting & Polishing
  8. Manufacturer of the Year – Gem-Set Jewellery
  9. Manufacturer of the Year – Precious Metals-Only Jewellery
  10. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – ASEAN Countries
  11. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – India
  12. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Mainland China
  13. Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below)
  14. E-tailer of the Year
  15. Sustainability Initiative of the Year
  16. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)

Individuals or companies may submit their entries or may be nominated by others by completing the online application form available at the Awards’ website: Deadline for submissions will be midnight (Hong Kong time) of 30 April, 2015.

A highly respected international panel will judge the entries starting from May to mid-June.  The Honourees or shortlisted candidates will be announced on 25 June and will be feted together with the Recipients at the JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on Thursday, 17 September, during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2015.

Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, “Entering the fourth year of the JNA Awards, we have broadened the categories to encourage the participation of a wider jewellery community.  Specifically, we have expanded the scope in Innovation of the Year Award to include other business disciplines beyond the manufacturing sector.  We welcome companies that are innovative in areas, including but not limited to, technologies, business models, product developments, marketing initiatives and gemmological research to enter the Awards.”

“We have also reintroduced the 3 Decades of Excellence Award to honour companies with outstanding achievements and a long-term commitment to developing the industry.”

Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia, added, “Since its inception, the JNA Awards has gained strong support from our Partners and industry leaders, driving it to become one of the most highly regarded events in the jewellery and gemstone trade. We look forward to attracting more participants and well-qualified companies to this annual awards programme.”

Rita Maltez, Director of Rio Tinto Diamonds for Greater China, said “Rio Tinto is proud to continue as a Headline Partner of the JNA Awards. Our sponsorship is part of our commitment to the growth of the diamond industry, particularly in the fast-growing market of Greater China. Developing win-win partnerships at all stages of the value chain is integral to the way we work, and having been present in this market for five years now, it has been very gratifying for Rio Tinto Diamonds to see the wonderful results from these collaborations.”

Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, said, “We, as a Headline Partner of the JNA Awards since its launch in 2012, are thrilled to see its continuous success and growing prominence as an industry-wide platform that recognises achievement and excellence, and one that inspires innovation and improvement, and facilitates sharing and learning. Together, with your full support and enthusiastic participation, we expect to see another year of resounding success with many new records and exciting moments at the fourth edition of the Awards in September.”

For more information on the event, please visit  or contact:

JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong)
+852 2516-1683

Notes for Editors:

1. About JNA (
JNA is the flagship magazine of UBM Asia’s Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

2. About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (
Rio Tinto operates a fully integrated diamonds business from exploration through to sales and marketing. It is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 percent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 percent interest in Diavik mine in Canada, 78 percent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe and 100 percent interest in the Bunder project in India.

Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its three operating diamond mines is sold through its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine. Rio Tinto is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, one of the world’s leading jeweller and the largest in terms of sales, was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011. Chow Tai Fook is now a constituent stock of the Hang Seng China 50 Index and the Hang Seng Mainland 100 Index.

The iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for product design, quality and value. The recent acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed luxury jewellery brand, has further underpinned the Group’s stature as a diamond expert in the industry.

The Group has an extensive retail network comprising over 2,250 Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire points of sale spanning nearly 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the United States, as well as a strong and fast growing e-tail network through operating its Chow Tai Fook e-Shop and various e-tail accounts on other online shopping platforms.

The Group’s sophisticated vertically integrated business model provides an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive POS and e-tail channels.

3. About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Diarough Group (
Diarough Group was established in Antwerp in 1975 and owns diamond polishing factories in China, India,Thailand and Botswana, with a network of sales offices around the world. Diarough is known among the most professional and respected names in the international diamond industry.

Diarough believes in building and nurturing long-term business relationships based on mutual trust, finding solutions to business and marketing problems, creating marketable opportunities through innovative products and providing excellent client services.

Its jewellery manufacturing unit Uni-Design has produced many award-winning jewellery pieces, which have been proudly worn by celebrities on the red carpet over the years.

The Group employs over 3,500 people and is engaged in a wide range of diamond business activities like rough trading, cutting, polishing, jewellery manufacturing and marketing to retailers, chain stores, global brands and private labels worldwide. Diarough employs advanced technology and modern work speed with traditional ethical business practices upon which the Company was founded.

3.2 Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (
The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) is a non-profit, public interest company representing all institutions involved in the Israeli Diamond Industry. Israel is one of the world’s leading diamond centres and IDI works to enhance Israel’s position as a major trading and manufacturing hub.

IDI works to benefit Israel’s diamond industry in a variety of areas including:  marketing and PR, technological innovation, encouraging local manufacturing, training, and security consulting. IDI seeks out new markets for Israeli diamonds and develops existing ones.  As part of this effort, IDI organizes industry participation in major trade fairs around the world, establishing Israeli Diamond Pavilions and sponsoring events at these shows.

IDI operates a representative office in Hong Kong, which fosters trade relations with Asian markets.

3.3 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (
Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in Chinaand provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry.

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

3.4 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (
The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province’s largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.

GDLAND’s flagship project, namely the “Buxin Project”, is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district inCentral Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.

4. About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asiaand the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia.  Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing,Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennaiorganise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

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March 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm

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The Role of South America in the Tissue Paper World Production Chain and Its Potential Challenges

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-Tissue World Sao Paulo – Engaging on the Paper World Production Chain

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Set against the South American backdrop, made of countries as diverse as Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru andArgentina, Tissue World Sao Paulo 2015 – held during May 20-22 – will be the first ever meeting point focusing exclusively on the steadily growing tissue paper industry in the region and its factual challenges while providing actionable insight in the current uncertain economic environment.

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Dedicated Conference Sessions Catering to the Entire Value Chain of the Tissue Industry include:

  • A Reading through Key South American Economic Data, Opportunities and Forecasts
  • How to deliver a Sustainable Tissue Pulp Production while Reducing Environmental Impact
  • Creating the market for high end tissue products – an in depth analysis
  • How increasing consumption for AFH Products and other diversified Products contribute to the Fast Growth Rate of Tissue Market in Brazil
  • Engineering simulation projects to solve critical design problems
  • Yankee Dryer Optimization – Design & Technology
  • How to Develop a Maintenance and Reliability Strategy
  • How to Take advantage of suppliers knowledge in a performance based agreement
  • Case studies and results

Come join the discourse!

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Tissue World is the leading global event series serving the tissue industry worldwide since 1993. An integrated and intertwined platform consisting of exhibitions, conferences and a magazine providing an unmatched offline and online meeting place to do business, exchange ideas and learn, all year round.

Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +65-6592-0888

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March 9, 2015 at 11:37 am

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Indonesia International Furniture Expo Biggest Ever

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JAKARTA, Indonesia  /PRNewswire/ – A vast array of the very best ofIndonesia’s export-quality furniture will be on display at the Indonesia International Furniture Expo (IFEX) that will be held 12-15 March 2015 at Jakarta International Expo.


This year’s exhibition will be the biggest ever, completely filling all the available space in Jakarta’s largest exhibition venue. A total of 470 companies are exhibiting with their latest collections of furniture, furnishings and interior design items.

Indonesian furniture exports are showing strong growth as retailers and consumers around the world increasingly recognize the compelling combination of high craftsmanship, exquisite materials and advanced design that the nation’s furniture industry can supply.

A new addition to the fair this year is the Hall of Excellence, where only the very highest quality pieces of furniture will be on display. The organizers have specially selected the companies exhibiting in the hall, and a visit to this hall is an absolute must.

Running in parallel with the exhibition is a program of seminars and conferences that will address issues such as the sourcing of sustainable raw materials and advice on furniture export procedures. There will also be a special focus on design this year, with world-renowned industrial designer Michael Young among the speakers.

The four-day exhibition is expected to attract over 7,000 buyers from around the world.

IFEX is being organized by PT Dyandra UBM International, a joint venture between UBM, organizer of Malaysiaand China furniture exhibitions, and Dyandra, Indonesia’s leading exhibition organizer. The exhibition is hosted by the Indonesia Furniture Association (AMKRI) and is supported by the Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia.

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March 9, 2015 at 11:28 am

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Pembina Pipeline Corporation Announces March 2015 Dividend

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CALGARY, Alberta /PRNewswire/ — The Board of Directors of Pembina Pipeline Corporation (“Pembina” or the “Company”) (TSX: PPL; NYSE: PBA) has declared a common share cash dividend for March 2015 of $0.145 per share to be paid, subject to applicable law, on April 15, 2015 to shareholders of record onMarch 25, 2015. This dividend is designated an “eligible dividend” for Canadian income tax purposes. For non-resident shareholders, Pembina’s common share dividends should be considered “qualified dividends” and are subject to Canadian withholding tax.

For shareholders receiving their common share dividends in U.S. funds, the March 2015 cash dividend is expected to be approximately U.S. $0.1168 per share (before deduction of any applicable Canadian withholding tax) based on a currency exchange rate of 0.8054. The actual U.S. dollar dividend will depend on the Canadian/U.S. dollar exchange rate on the payment date and will be subject to applicable withholding taxes.

Confirmation of Record and Payment Date Policy

Pembina pays cash dividends on its common shares in Canadian dollars on a monthly basis to shareholders of record on the 25th calendar day of each month (except for the December record date, which is December 31st), if, as and when determined by the Board of Directors. Should the record date fall on a weekend or a statutory holiday, the effective record date will be the previous business day. The dividend payment date is the 15th of the month following the record date. Should the payment date fall on a weekend or on a holiday the business day prior to the weekend or holiday becomes the payment date.

About Pembina

Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation is a leading transportation and midstream service provider that has been serving North America’s energy industry for 60 years. Pembina owns and operates pipelines that transport various hydrocarbon liquids including conventional and synthetic crude oil, heavy oil and oil sands products, condensate (diluent) and natural gas liquids produced in western Canada and ethane produced in North Dakota. The Company also owns and operates gas gathering and processing facilities and an oil and natural gas liquids infrastructure and logistics business. With facilities strategically located in western Canada and in natural gas liquids markets in eastern Canada and the U.S., Pembina also offers a full spectrum of midstream and marketing services that spans across its operations. Pembina’s integrated assets and commercial operations enable it to offer services needed by the energy sector along the hydrocarbon value chain.

Investor Relations, Hayley McKenzie, (403) 231-3156, 1-855-880-7404, e-mail:,

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March 9, 2015 at 11:24 am

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Video: What’s Inside A Truly Global Leader?

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— Trending now: Heidrick & Struggles LeadershipTV® provides insights into Global Talent Mobility

CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — Multi-national companies today are seeking—and developing—leaders with a far-reaching set of global experiences and skills. Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII), the premier provider of Executive Search, Leadership Consulting and Culture Shaping worldwide today released a new video thought piece exploring the increasing demand for global diversity of experience.

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In the latest episode of Heidrick & Struggles’ LeadershipTV® three executives provide insights into how companies can compete successfully outside their home market, and what executives need to do to develop a global mindset.

“Being a global company requires global leaders who have lived and worked in another culture. This provides global leaders with the empathy, cultural awareness and flexibility that are at the top of the C-suite checklist,” saidGuy Farrow, Managing Partner, Sydney – Heidrick & Struggles

“Companies need to have an international perspective when it comes to looking for talent. They need to recognize that the best leaders for their offshore growth agenda might not be in their own backyards,” Farrow said.

This video explores why a global skillset is important and how organizations can find and develop executives who can succeed globally. Two executives from (Lenovo and China Light and Power) offer insights for established global executives and future business leaders.

  • Heidrick & Struggles today launches LeadershipTV® Episode Four on exploring how companies are seeking executive talent with a globally diverse and culturally dynamic skillset.
  • Corporate executives and board directors have a new visually engaging resource to help them find solutions to complex issues vexing global companies today.

About Heidrick & Struggles: 

Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII) serves the executive talent and leadership needs of the world’s top organizations as the premier provider of leadership consulting, culture shaping and senior-level executive search services. Heidrick & Struggles pioneered the profession of executive search more than 60 years ago. Today, the firm serves as a trusted advisor, providing integrated leadership solutions and helping its clients change the world, one leadership team at a time. For more information about Heidrick & Struggles, please

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March 9, 2015 at 11:01 am

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