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BD and A*STAR’s Singapore Immunology Network Enter Research Partnership to Advance Cell Analysis Technologies

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Becton Dickinson Holdings Pte Ltd (BD), a global leader in life science technologies, and the Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) a research institute under Singapore’sAgency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), with expertise in immunology and flow cytometry, today announced a research partnership aimed at improving existing cell analysis technologies in order to advance immunology research and bring forth discoveries that can be translated into positive healthcare outcomes.

Under the collaboration, BD will provide SIgN with their novel Horizon Brilliant™ reagents which, combined with BD’s state-of-the-art flow cytometer, the FACSymphony™, will enable more identification and detailed analysis of cell populations than before. The flow cytometer and reagents will be employed by SIgN in their ongoing research on age-related loss of immunity, or immunosenescence, through deep immune phenotyping of a cohort of elderly who suffer from various acute and chronic conditions.

The BD FACSymphoy™ system can simultaneously detect up to 30 different markers at the single cell level, and offers high-speed analysis with detection rates of up to 40,000 events per second. SIgN is the first in Asia to employ the BD FACSymphony™ system. This game-changing technology will greatly increase the number of parameters that can be investigated simultaneously in a single cell, thereby enabling SIgN researchers to rapidly identify the components of the immune system that are most affected by aging, and accelerate the development of solutions to immunosenescence.

Dr. Anis Larbi, Principal Investigator of SIgN and the scientist leading this collaboration, said, “To stay at the forefront of research excellence, SIgN is looking forward to uncover profound insights in the biology of aging and disease progression through the use of cutting-edge technologies. We are certain that the FACSymphony™ will yield invaluable information on cell phenotypes and functionality in the field of fluorescence cytometry.”

“The FACSymphony™ is a stateoftheart instrument which enables researchers to take cell analysis to the next level, leading to greater understanding of cellular processes, including age-related loss of immunity, and facilitating the discovery of novel biomarkers for translational research that can lead to new diagnostics and therapies for patients,” said Mr. YJ Kim, Vice President of BD Biosciences.

About BD

BD is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. BD leads in patient and health care worker safety and the technologies that enable medical research and clinical laboratories. The company provides innovative solutions that help advance medical research and genomics, enhance the diagnosis of infectious disease and cancer, improve medication management, promote infection prevention, equip surgical and interventional procedures, optimize respiratory care and support the management of diabetes. The company partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. BD has more than 45,000 associates across 50 countries who work in close collaboration with customers and partners to help enhance outcomes, lower health care delivery costs, increase efficiencies, improve health care safety and expand access to health. For more information on BD, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Chris Colwell
Public Affairs, Greater Asia
Becton Dickinson Holdings Pte Ltd
DID: (65) 6664 2740

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June 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm

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OUE Unveils OUE Skyspace LA and First-of-its-kind Skyslide at U.S. Bank Tower

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SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ — Singapore Exchange Mainboard-listed integrated property developer OUE Limited (“OUE” or the “Group”) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the much-anticipated OUE Skyspace LA at the iconic U.S. Bank Tower.

LA Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan and OUE Executive Chairman Stephen Riady lead OUE Skyspace LA's ceremonial ribbon-cutting as OUE Deputy Chairman Christopher Williams looks on
LA Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan and OUE Executive Chairman Stephen Riady lead OUE Skyspace LA’s ceremonial ribbon-cutting as OUE Deputy Chairman Christopher Williams looks on
LA's newest attraction is US Bank Tower's outdoor glass Skyslide
LA’s newest attraction is US Bank Tower’s outdoor glass Skyslide

The all-new OUE Skyspace LA is California’s tallest open-air observation deck at almost 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles, and the premiere destination for 360-degree views of the city, stretching from the Hollywood Hills to the Pacific Ocean.

The OUE Skyspace LA experience includes a variety of interactive visitor touch points on floors 2, 54, 69 and 70. Besides taking in the spectacular panoramas from the two-storey observation deck on the upper floors, visitors can view the city like never before on the thrilling Skyslide attraction. Made entirely of clear glass, 1 1/4 inches thick, the Skyslide is a first-of-its-kind outdoor glass slide affixed to the exterior of U.S. Bank Tower, extending 45 feet long from floor 70 to floor 69, offering visitors a truly unparalleled experience.

OUE Skyspace LA is part of the comprehensive asset enhancement works spearheaded by OUE to transform theU.S. Bank Tower, which it acquired in 2013, from a commercial building into a vibrant business, social and tourist destination. Works on the observation deck and Skyslide began in December 2014, which cost approximatelyUS$ 31 million.

Also completed is the over US$ 26 million makeover of the office lobby, which now features one of the country’s largest high-resolution video art walls in an office building.

“We are pleased to be celebrating the completion of the asset enhancement at U.S. Bank Tower. Representing the pinnacle of the building’s transformation, OUE Skyspace is poised to become a prominent tourist attraction and firmly positions U.S. Bank Tower as the undisputed icon on the Los Angeles skyline,” said Dr Stephen Riady, OUE’s Executive Chairman.

Echoing this sentiment, Lucy Rumantir, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Americas, OUE said, “The opening of OUE Skyspace LA will breathe new life into LA’s tallest landmark. Its unique offerings will provide local residents as well as tourists an opportunity to experience the city from an exciting new perspective.”

Press contact:

John Gamboa
Tel: +1-213-337-3952

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June 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm

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NUS Study: Intrusive Parents May Lead Children to Be Overly Self-critical

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — In a five-year study on primary school children in Singapore, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) found that children with intrusive parents had a higher tendency to be overly critical of themselves and this tendency increased over the years. Children in the study who demonstrated high or increased level of self-criticalness also reported to have elevated depression or anxiety symptoms.

“When parents become intrusive in their children’s lives, it may signal to the children that what they do is never good enough. The child may become afraid of making the slightest mistake and will blame himself or herself for not being ‘perfect’. Over time, such behaviour, known as maladaptive perfectionism, may be detrimental to the child’s well-being as it increases the risk of the child developing symptoms of depression, anxiety and even suicide in very serious cases,” said Assistant Professor Ryan Hong, who led the study which was conducted by a team of researchers from the Department of Psychology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The study looked at two aspects of maladaptive perfectionism: self-criticalness, and socially prescribed perfectionism, and examined how they develop in primary school children.

In the study, children who were seven years old were recruited from 10 primary schools in Singapore, and for each family, the parent more familiar with the child was involved in the study. The research was conducted from 2010 to 2014.

Parental intrusiveness was assessed in the first year of the study using a game played by the child, who was then seven years old, with the parent accompanying the child. In the game, the child had to solve puzzles within a time limit, and the parent was told that he or she could help the child whenever necessary. The purpose of this task was to observe whether the parent interfered with the child’s problem-solving attempts, regardless of the child’s actual needs.

The NUS research team observed the participants’ behaviours, and coded intrusive behaviours exhibited by the parents in the context of the game. Subsequent assessments on the children were carried out at ages eight, nine and 11. Children’s maladaptive perfectionism and symptom levels were obtained from the child and parent reports.

Analysis of the data collected from 263 children showed that about 60 per cent of them were classified as high and/or increasing in self-criticalness, while 78 per cent of the children was classified as high in socially prescribed perfectionism. Both aspects of maladaptive perfectionism tend to co-occur, with 59 per cent of the children having both self-criticalness and socially prescribed perfectionism.

“Our findings indicate that in a society that emphasises academic excellence, which is the situation in Singapore, parents may set unrealistically high expectations on their children. As a result, a sizable segment of children may become fearful of making mistakes. Also, because they are supposed to be ‘perfect’, they can become disinclined to admit failures and inadequacies and seek help when needed, further exacerbating their risk for emotional problems,” explained Asst Prof Hong.

Asst Prof Hong advised parents to be mindful of not pushing their children over the edge. “Children should be given a conducive environment to learn, and part of learning always involves making mistakes and learning from them. When parents become intrusive, they may take away this conducive learning environment,” he said.

The findings of study were published online in the Journal of Personality in March 2016.

More information about the study:

Carolyn FONG
National University of Singapore
DID: +65-6516-5399

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Source: National University of Singapore

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June 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm

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MediaTek Launches Helio X20 Development Board for Advanced Product Creation Across Markets

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-Compatible with Linaro’s 96Boards, MediaTek Helio X20 Development Board is the industry’s first using Tri-Cluster deca-core architecture and ARM® Cortex®-A72 technology
HSINCHU, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today launched its Helio X20 Development Board, based on MediaTek’s high-end Helio X20 mobile processor, making it the first development board in the industry to use Tri-Cluster, deca-core and ARM® Cortex®-A72 technology.

The Helio X20 Development Board, compatible with Linaro’s 96Boards specification, broadens MediaTek’s Internet of Things (IoT) reach and is designed to meet the needs of the Android developer community. Developers can use the advanced board to build solutions for existing and emerging markets including virtual reality, advanced driver assisted systems (ADAS), mobile point-of-sale, smart signage, vending machines and more.

“With our new development board we give developers amazing computing performance and unmatched power efficiency of the MediaTek Helio X20 that our customers use for commercial products. This goes to MediaTek’s core of finding new ways to bring technology to the masses,” said Jeffrey Ju, Executive Vice President and co-Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to innovative MediaTek-powered products and applications the Android community will produce, reflecting our spirit of Everyday Genius.”

The developer community increasingly chooses to build products based on Android, due to the operating system’s mass adoption. One challenge in the development board market, however, is the lack of software standardization among boards from different manufacturers. To solve this, MediaTek joined Linaro, an open-source organization, to support the 96Boards platform, which is an open hardware standard.

The MediaTek Helio X20 Development Board is designed with the Linaro 96Boards specification, so it is compatible with other 96Boards products for other solutions. That means developers can easily incorporate their work into the Helio X20 Development Board and enjoy all the flexibility and creativity the board has to offer.

“The Helio X20 Development Board sets a new performance benchmark among 96Boards products with its deca-core, Tri-Cluster combination of the ARM Cortex-A53 and A72 along with the ARM Mali-T880 MP4 graphics chip,” said David Rusling, Linaro CTO. “The Helio X20 Development board will enhance the range of 96Boards development platforms, enabling commercial and hobbyist developers working on the next generation of products and software. We look forward to developers taking advantage of the new performance levels that MediaTek is providing.”

MediaTek’s Helio X20 Development Board leverages the Tri-Cluster deca-core structure to more efficiently handle different types of workloads. It can delegate simple tasks to one cluster of cores, while directing more complex and more power-hungry tasks to the other clusters for smoother performance and extended battery life. It is an ideal platform for Android developers working on innovations for today’s existing and emerging markets.

The Helio X20 Development Board will be available in Asia soon and can be purchased from ArcherMind Technology. For more information, please visit:

About MediaTek

Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is also building a developer hub that will support device creation, application development, and services for the Internet of Things era. By building technologies that help connect individuals to the world around them, MediaTek is enabling people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals. We believe anyone can achieve something amazing. And, we believe they can do it every single day. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit for more information.

MediaTek Press Office:

Kevin Keating, MediaTek
+1- 206-321-7295
10188 Telesis Ct #500, San Diego, CA 92121, USA

Joey Lee, MediaTek
+886 3-567-0766 # 31602
No. 1, Dusing 1st Rd., Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu City 30078, Taiwan

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June 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

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New Pro Series from OKI Takes Graphic Arts Printing to New Levels

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— OKI launches in Singapore a new range of professional A4 to A3+ digital graphic arts printers
— Offering commercial print quality for proofing, short-run production, on-demand printing and so much more

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — OKI, a Japanese electronics manufacturer which supplies printers to businesses globally, has taken a huge leap in the printing industry with the launch of its Pro Series graphic arts printers inSingapore. Developed to meet the needs of the professionals, this newest line of commercial-standard multimedia platforms is bound to be good news for businesses in the graphic arts, creative and production industries.

Pro9542dn - New Pro Series printer uses unique five-toner printing technology
Pro9542dn – New Pro Series printer uses unique five-toner printing technology


OKI will showcase the new Pro Series printers at PrintPack+Sign 2016 – Singapore’s printing, packaging and signage business exhibition – from June 29 to July 10. The venue is the Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The OKI booth will be located at level one, hall B, booth number BB28.

Against a backdrop of technological R&D and printer manufacturing for over 50 years, OKI has typically ensured that the Pro Series printers are based on innovative technology that challenges traditional printing processes. With this latest introduction of specialised printing technology, OKI is aiming to bring new opportunities and on-demand revenue streams for creative businesses and print houses.

Four new printer models line-up the Pro Series range, each one created to target specific printing needs within the marketplace. Collectively, these printers are expected to create new opportunities for businesses because of their ability to produce stunning results on a complete range of media, but what makes the Pro Series printers truly unique is that they make it now possible to print solid white, clear gloss and even neon colours, inexpensively and in-house.

The new Pro Series printers are ideal for light production and graphic arts use. By utilising unique digital LED technology, vibrant four and five-colour technology with innovative printing processes, the Pro Series printers deliver outstanding print quality, faster time to market and low running costs. Moreover, upfront cost is expected to be extremely reasonable and not prohibitive for businesses looking for new opportunities.

For businesses that want to produce custom-designed printed clothing, mugs, packaging labels, security cards, point-of-sale displays and much more, the Pro Series line-up improves business performance by combining fast, efficient short run production capabilities with outstanding, commercial quality, digital colour-print output. Businesses in Singapore looking to offer more to their customers thus should choose the OKI Pro Series.

OKI Pro Series printers will be available from selected authorised OKI partners. Interested parties can also contact the OKI Singapore office through the following – email: / mainline: +65 6221 3722.

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About the OKI Pro Series

  • Pro6410 Neon Color – A4 neon colour printer that produces bright fluorescent colours that are beyond the standard CMY colour spectrum, making garment decoration, design products and point-of-sales materials a whole lot more exciting.
  • Pro7411WT – A4 white toner printer that offers users the ability to extend their use of A4 coloured media with dark backgrounds, clear film and transfer media.
  • Pro9420WT – A3+ white toner printer within the white toner (WT) portfolio which also includes the Pro7411WT, but with this machine users enjoy even greater media flexibility thanks to its bigger platform
  • Pro9542 – A3+ graphic arts multimedia platform that is compatible with advanced colour management software, making it possible to produce brilliant materials with CMYK colours plus a fifth spot colour in White, which is fantastic when printing on darker media.

About OKI Data Corporation

OKI DATA is part of the OKI Electric group of companies operating as an independent company since 1994 and has operations across 100 countries around the world, including manufacturing sites in Fukushima, Japan,Thailand, UK and China.

OKI Data is a manufacturer and provider of a wide range of award winning printers and printing solutions, from high-performance, high definition colour printers for desktop publishing and creative industries to printers and multifunction printers for general office use. OKI Data prides itself in developing innovative printing technology that addresses the specific challenges of a business customer, saving time and money, improving their customer satisfaction and delivering value to their business all through cutting-edge printing technology.

About OKI Data Singapore

OKI Data Singapore is a division of OKI Data Corporation, the global printer business unit of the OKI group and subsidiary of OKI Electric Industry Co. Ltd. in Japan. OKI Data Singapore manages operations within Southeast Asia and has local offices in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, operations in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippinesand Vietnam, plus manufacturing facilities in Thailand. OKI was established in Singapore in 1981 and 35 years later, remains committed towards serving customers based in this region.

For further information, please contact:

Oscar Tan,
Marketing and Communications Manager, Southeast Asia & Hong Kong
OKI Data (Singapore) Pte Ltd

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June 28, 2016 at 12:11 pm

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Deloitte Recognized as No. 1 in Global Business Consulting, Ranked #1 in Consulting Service Providers, and Named a Leader in Global Business Consulting

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-Deloitte Recognized as No. 1 in Global Business Consulting by ALM Intelligence, Ranked #1 in Consulting Service Providers by Market Share, Worldwide 2015 by Gartner, and Named a Leader by IDC MarketScape

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — For the sixth consecutive year, top analyst and research firms have recognized Deloitte with prominent accolades for its depth and breadth with Consulting services. In recently released reports, ALM Intelligence ranked Deloitte #1 in Global Business Consulting, the IDC MarketScape named Deloitte a leader in Global Business Consulting, and Gartner ranked Deloitte #1 in consulting service providers by market share, worldwide. Deloitte’s capabilities were examined across a multitude of businesses, including consulting, risk, advisory, tax and audit.

“We believe these recognitions serve as a testament to Deloitte’s commitment of helping companies solve their most complex problems — while transforming the way our network serves clients, develops our people and leads our industry,” said Jim Moffatt, Deloitte Global Consulting Leader. “Additionally, we feel that earning this leadership distinction from top industry analysts year after year speaks to Deloitte’s deep specialization and ability to provide valuable insights and execution at scale.”

Among its recognitions, Deloitte ranked No. 1, based on revenue, in global consulting by ALM in its Global Consulting Index 2015. Deloitte is listed by Gartner as No.1, based on revenue, in global consulting in its 22 April 2015 report entitled Market Share Analysis: Consulting Services Worldwide, 2015.  Additionally, the organization was named a Leader globally and across all regions based on capabilities for Business Consulting in IDC’s report,MarketScape for Business Consulting 2016 Vendor Analysis — Worldwide1, Americas2, EMEA3, and Asia Pacific4.

As noted in the IDC MarketScape report, “clients worldwide consider Deloitte to be the most capable firm at challenging corporate culture and delivering value-creating innovation.” The IDC MarketScape also named Deloitte as a Leader across multiple markets including the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific based on strategy and capability.

In addition to ALM Intelligence ranking Deloitte No.1 in Global Consulting, Deloitte was also ranked #1 in Global Strategy and Operations Consulting for the second consecutive year, #2 in Global HR Consulting and #3 in Global IT Consulting.

“Looking ahead, Deloitte remains focused on making innovation, digital, talent and bold leadership our top priorities as we deepen and broaden our global capabilities,” continued Moffatt. “Growth, amidst market forces like the rapid pace of technology, remains the biggest issue on the minds of the CEOs our organization serves. Deloitte will continue to deliver the trusted insights and broad capabilities clients and the industry rely on to meet these changes, and look forward to remaining a global leader in professional services.”

About the Reports

The Global Consulting Index 2015 is ALM Intelligence’s flagship report, providing “both insights on provider capabilities and engagements, as well as quantitative market data for consulting providers to assess growth opportunities — the Global report provides an outlook of the market dynamics, history and recent events in the consulting industry and how they relate to the overall economy and adjacent markets.”

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360 degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

Gartner annually publishes its market share and rankings for the previous calendar year across all Technology related capability. The Market Share Analysis: Consulting Services Worldwide, 2015 assess the market based on revenue derived from Business Consulting (consulting leading to IT solutions), IT Consulting, Outsourcing, Software Services and Hardware Services. It also assesses the market by industry segment, regions and countries.  This report is part of their market share series.


Source: IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Business Consulting Services 2016 Vendor Assessment by Cushing Anderson, March 2016, IDC #US40634416e


Source: IDC MarketScape: Americas Business Consulting Services 2016 Vendor Assessment by Cushing Anderson and Jim Westcott, March 2016, IDC #US40634116


Source: IDC MarketScape: EMEA Business Consulting Services 2016 Vendor Assessment by Mette Ahorlu, Cushing Anderson, March 2016, IDC #EMEA40414216


Source: IDC MarketScape: AP Business Consulting Services 2016 Vendor Assessment by Cushing Anderson, Cathy Huang, Takuya Uemura, March 2016, IDC #AP40634316

About Deloitte Global

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee (“DTTL”), its network of member firms, and their related entities.  DTTL and each of its member firms are legally separate and independent entities.  DTTL (also referred to as “Deloitte Global”) does not provide services to clients.  Please see for a more detailed description of DTTL and its member firms.

Deloitte provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. Deloitte serves four out of five Fortune Global 500® companies through a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries bringing world-class capabilities, insights, and high-quality service to address clients’ most complex business challenges.  To learn more about how Deloitte’s approximately 225,000 professionals make an impact that matters, please connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

About Deloitte in Greater China

We are one of the leading professional services providers with 24 offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei,Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hsinchu, Jinan, Kaohsiung, Macau,Nanjing, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Taichung, Tainan, Tianjin, Wuhan and Xiamen in Greater China. We have nearly 13,500 people working on a collaborative basis to serve clients, subject to local applicable laws.

About Deloitte China

The Deloitte brand first came to China in 1917 when a Deloitte office was opened in Shanghai. Now the Deloitte China network of firms, backed by the global Deloitte network, deliver a full range of audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services to local, multinational and growth enterprise clients in China. We have considerable experience in China and have been a significant contributor to the development of China’s accounting standards, taxation system and local professional accountants. To learn more about how Deloitte makes an impact that matters in the China marketplace, please connect with our Deloitte China social media platforms

This communication contains general information only, and none of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, its member firms, or their related entities (collectively the “Deloitte Network”) is by means of this communication, rendering professional advice or services. None of the Deloitte Network shall be responsible for any loss whatsoever sustained by any person who relies on this communication.

© 2016 For information, contact Deloitte China.

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June 28, 2016 at 11:52 am

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Senior Executives in Asia More Likely to Favor a Team-focused Leadership Style than are Executives in Other Regions

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— Heidrick & Struggles study identifies two leadership styles significantly more likely to be found in Asia-based executives — both geared toward involving others and maximizing team performance
— Male and female executives in Asia are similar in distribution of leadership styles

TIANJIN, China /PRNewswire/ — Research by Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII), a premier provider of executive search, leadership consulting and culture-shaping services, indicates that senior business leaders based in Asia demonstrate team-focused leadership styles to a greater extent than their peers globally.

Analyzing data from the firm’s proprietary assessment tool, Leadership Signature®, researchers at Heidrick & Struggles found that significantly greater percentages of senior executives based in Asia favor the “Energizer” and “Harmonizer” leadership styles than did senior executives as a whole globally.

The leadership advisory firm announced the findings of its research at the World Economic Forum (WEF) “Annual Meeting of the New Champions” in Tianjin. Heidrick & Struggles is a strategic partner of WEF.

“Over the past few years, globalization and disruptive technologies have changed the skills required to be an effective leader. At Heidrick & Struggles, we have moved beyond assessing leaders by their personality type and past achievements. We also look at their leadership styles, cultural fit and agility, using a data-driven, scientific approach,” said Steve Mullinjer, Regional Leader of Heidrick & Struggles Asia Pacific.

“At the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is essential for leaders to understand their leadership blind spots, while further improving their leadership flexibility and agility, in order to operate effectively in a highly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world,” Mullinjer said.

For more on Leadership Signature®, see:

The Energizer and Harmonizer leadership styles are two of the most team-centered among eight primary styles identified in the firm’s proprietary Leadership Signature® methodology:

  • Energizer — Executives demonstrating this leadership style energize others through their personality and clear articulation of strategic vision and meaning.  They inspire performance in others, bring people together toward a common purpose.
  • Harmonizer — Executives demonstrating this pattern of leadership create positive environments and recognize the efforts of others. They tap into the areas of knowledge and expertise in those around them in ways that enable efficient execution.

For this study 1,440 executives currently based in Asia were compared with more than 5,900 executives globally in the Leadership Signature® database.

Notably, among leaders currently based in Asia, Heidrick & Struggles found that those executives who grew up in the region showed a significantly higher tendency toward the Energizer and Harmonizer styles than those who grew up elsewhere. Executives born on other continents who are now based in Asia have a similar distribution of leadership styles as executives as a whole globally.

“Our research supports the idea that country of origin predicts, to a certain extent, how people lead,” said Karen West, Partner, Global Leadership Consulting Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. “Those who were raised in Asia and currently work there are much more likely to tend toward the Harmonizer and Energizer leadership styles. To a large extent, their style of leadership reflects cultures that focus on the good of the group as opposed to individual performance.”

Gender does not appear to be a significant factor in predicting leadership style among executives in Asia. Heidrick & Struggles found no significant difference in the distribution of leadership styles of senior executives who are male compared to their female counterparts.

“It’s important to note that there is no such thing as a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ leadership style, and in fact individuals are likely to be able to access every style to a varying degree,” West said.

In addition to the analysis within the Leadership Signature® database, Heidrick & struggles surveyed 311 senior executives in Asia, including 215 at Senior Vice President level or above. Among the findings from that study:

  • More than three-quarters (76%) of the Asian-based executives have expanded the scope or complexity of their jobs twice or more over the past five years, underscoring the region’s highly dynamic business landscape.
  • More than one third (37%) of senior executives in Asia have moved to a different country to start a new role at least three times during their career.

About Heidrick & Struggles:
Heidrick & Struggles serves the executive talent and leadership needs of the world’s top organizations as a 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

About Leadership Signature® and the study:
Leadership Signature® is Heidrick & Struggles’ proprietary assessment tool illuminating the primary leadership styles executives use and the degree to which they are able to flex to other styles.

The eight archetypes of leadership at a glance:

  • Collaborator: Empathetic, team-building, talent-spotting, coaching oriented
  • Energizer: Charismatic, inspiring, connects emotionally, provides meaning
  • Pilot: Strategic, visionary, adroit at managing complexity, open to input, team oriented
  • Provider: Action-oriented, confident in their path or methodology, loyal to colleagues, driven to provide for others
  • Harmonizer: Reliable, quality-driven, execution-focused, creates positive and stable environments, inspires loyalty
  • Forecaster: Learning oriented, deeply knowledgeable, visionary, cautious in decision making
  • Producer: Task focused, results oriented, linear thinker, loyal to tradition
  • Composer: Independent, creative, problem solving, decisive, self-reliant

H&S Media Contacts:

Karen Lau, +852 2103 9329,
Lia Randazzo, + 312.731.4003,


Source: Heidrick & Struggles

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June 28, 2016 at 11:44 am

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G2A.COM Limited Wins Outstanding Customer Service Team from Global Business Excellence Awards 2016

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RZESZOW, Poland, LONDON and HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ —

Happy customers created the G2A Marketplace’

G2A.COM Limited was named winner of the Outstanding Customer Service Team at the 2016 Global Business Excellence Awards. This brings to six the number of International awards won in 2016 during a time of rapid innovation and growth for G2A.

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Commenting on G2A.COM as the winner in the Outstanding Customer Service Team category, the chairman of the judges said: “Digital gaming marketplace company, manages the expectations of its 6.4 million customers worldwide by investing heavily in a high performing, multi-lingual customer service team. The team must be congratulated for providing a 24/7 service in 8 languages. On top of this, they send out a phenomenal 200,000 emails a day and have achieved a response time of 10 minutes for emails and five minutes for ‘live’ chat, which is quite amazing. By supporting its customer service staff with a healthy lifestyle programme and continuous training, has created a winning team with a reputation for excellence.”

G2A.COM is a multi-award winning transformational company that is the world’s fastest growing digital gaming marketplace, offering 30+ thousand digital gaming products on one website: http://www.g2a.com G2A employs 580+ professionals from 30 different countries, speaking 24 languages. G2A serves 10 million customers and welcomes 250 thousand new customers monthly. G2A developed 100 global payment method options with G2A Pay and offers a 100% guarantee with G2A Shield. G2A.COM offers 24/7 support with native speakers and a multi-cultural customer experience available 24/7., Because of this innovation and focus on customers, G2A won a Global Excellence Award for Outstanding Fast Growing Business in 2016.

The Global Business Excellence Awards pride themselves on having a large panel of independent expert judges who select winners according to strict criteria for each category and sector; focussing on financial results, innovation, customer, employee, investor and community benefits.

Upon receiving the Award, G2A.COM CEO, Bartosz Skwarczek said: “It’s a great honour for G2A. We are so pleased that international judges noticed our constant hard work to deliver the best customer service in the world. It’s awesome news. Happy customers created the G2A Marketplace

G2A.COM Head of Global Support, Jacek Chmielecki, explained: We are doing everything possible to make our customers happy and to provide them with outstanding experiences. This award motivates us to work even harder to develop ourselves and our services to an even higher level.”

The Global Business Excellence Awards are one of the world’s highest profile awards and winning this accolade speaks volumes about the quality of your work. Due to their high profile, the Awards attract a wide range of entries from across the world, from large international PLCs and public sector organisations to dynamic and innovative SMEs. The winners all have one thing in common – they are truly outstanding at what they do and Limited have proved this by winning the Global Business Excellence Award 2016.


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June 28, 2016 at 11:36 am

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Game Changer! Inauguration Of Expanded Panama Canal Ushers In New Era Of Global Trade

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-Sentiment High as 170 Reservations Received, Including First LNG Transit; Panama, Maritime Shipping, Retailers, Ports and Consumers to Benefit

PANAMA CITY /PRNewswire/ — The Expanded Panama Canal is now officially open for business.

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During today’s official inauguration ceremony, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano spoke to a crowd of more than 25,000 jubilant Panamanians, Canal employees, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world, Canal customers, shipping and trade executives, and nearly 1,000 journalists. This is the first expansion of the waterway since its original construction.

“More than 100 years ago, the Panama Canal connected two oceans. Today, we connect the present and the future,” said Mr. Quijano speaking to the people of Panama. “It is an honor to announce that what we did it together: providing this great connection to the world. This is the beginning of a new era.”

“Canal users can be assured that we’ll continue to support the Panama Canal Authority and our port operators to provide them a world class service and strengthen our logistics system by creating the necessary incentives and conditions to give added value to our inter-oceanic route,” said Panamanian President Varela.

The inaugural transit began with the passage of Neopanamax vessel COSCO Shipping Panama through the Agua Clara Locks on the Atlantic side of the country and concluded with its transit through the Cocoli Locks on the Pacific side. The ship is en route to Asia.

Considered and analyzed with more than 100 studies, the Expansion will provide greater economies of scale to global commerce. It will introduce new routes, liner services, and segments such as liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“We are thrilled that we currently have 170 reservations for Neopanamax ships, commitments of two new liner services to the Expanded Canal, and a reservation for the first LNG vessel, which will transit in late July,” Mr. Quijano added. “Our customers care that their supply chain is reliable and that they have a diversity of shipping options. And the Canal has always been reliable; today, we offer the world new shipping options and trade routes.”

The Expansion Program is the Canal’s largest enhancement project. In 2006, more than 75 percent of Panamanians approved the project in a nation-wide referendum, and, in 2007, construction of the $5.25 billion project began. It included the construction of a new set of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the waterway and the excavation of more than 150 million cubic meters of material, creating a second lane of traffic and doubling the cargo capacity of the waterway.

In 2015, the original Canal set a tonnage record, transiting 340.8 million PC/UMS. It will continue to operate, transiting Panamax-sized vessels or smaller. While the Expansion’s locks are 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper than those in the original Canal, they use less water due to water-savings basins that recycle 60 percent of the water used per transit.

COSCO Shipping Panama set sail June 11 from the Greek Port of Piraeus carrying 9,472 TEUs and measuring 299.98 meters in length and 48.25 meters in beam. Originally named Andronikos, the vessel was renamed to honor and pay respect to the country of Panama and the Canal.

In line with its commitment to customer service, the Panama Canal will continue to provide the world with value for another century and beyond.

For live updates, please follow us @thepanamacanal

About the Panama Canal Authority

The Panama Canal is run by an autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal. The operation of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is based on its organic law and the regulations approved by its Board of Directors. For more information, please refer to the ACP’s website: or follow us on Twitter @thepanamacanal.

About the Panama Canal Expansion Program

The Expansion Program is the largest enhancement project since the Canal’s opening in 1914. Considered and analyzed for a decade with more than 100 studies, the Expansion provides the world’s shippers, retailers, manufacturers and consumers with greater shipping options, better maritime service, enhanced logistics and supply-chain reliability. The Expansion included the construction of a new set of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the waterway and the excavation of more than 150 million cubic meters of material, creating a second lane of traffic and doubling the cargo capacity of the waterway. While the Expanded locks are 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper than those in the original Canal, they use less water due to water-savings basins that recycle 60 percent of the water used per transit. In line with its commitment to customer service, the Panama Canal will continue to provide the world with value for another century and beyond.

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June 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

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1World Online Continues Global Expansion with Presence in Singapore

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-Singapore Press Holdings Chooses 1World for its Publications

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — 1World Online has entered the Singapore and South East Asiamarkets through its new marquee client, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

1World provides Web and mobile-based engagement applications, online advertising venues, and analytics for publishers and brands. As part of its global expansion strategy, 1World has been investing in the Asia region and sees this SPH relationship and 1World’s new Singapore office as a gateway to all of South East Asia.

Singapore Press Holdings is Asia’s leading media organization with a history of over 30 years. The English/Malay/Tamil Media group holds print and digital operations for top leading publications such as The Straits Times and The Business Times. SPH publishes newspaper titles in four different languages and receives an average of 2.8 million readers per day, with digital properties reaching 27 million monthly uniques.

Prior to signing on as a 1World client, 1World and SPH worked together during the recent Singapore Jazz Festival, an annual international music festival that holds performances by a variety of artists that come from all around the world. In an effort to gain traction with Millennials, 1World provided interactive polls and quizzes to engage the audience and promote the event. 1World’s unique platform perfectly fit Internet usage trends of this specific target audience. The final result was 550,000 impressions, 270 additional ticket purchases – a 244% return on investment – and a new channel of advertising.

SPH has since actively used 1World tools for greater reader insight and content discovery on sites like AsiaOne andStomp. With over 6 million impressions, reaching impressive reader engagement rates up to 16% on editorial polls and quizzes deployed, SPH has realized tangible results with minimal effort.

Recent successful deployments include client campaigns where tools by 1World were used by SPH’s content marketing hub, BrandInsider.

“Through this agreement we have enabled our editorial teams and advertisers alike to use the 1World tools in order to increase reader engagement and deepen the understanding of our readers,” says Huishan Lim, Head of Product Development at SPH Digital.

“SPH is using 1World tools in its publications, with advertising natively integrated to gain additional revenue. This partnership is strategically very important for 1World in our effort to expand our business in this region. SPH holds a very high standard on their publications and is very well regarded in the region, making them a perfect partner for us,” says Mikael van der Sluis, General Manager of 1World South East Asia.

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About 1World Online
1World provides for brands and publishers simple but effective engagement applications, unique engaging content, ongoing market research, online advertising and promotion capabilities, and insightful end-user analytics. 1World is headquartered in Silicon Valley and has offices in San Jose, CA, on the USA East Coast, Europe, India, Japan,Ukraine and now Singapore. Please visit us at

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June 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

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