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Revolutionary Free Call App nanu on a Mission to End Phone Bills

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— nanu provides billions of people in cities, rural areas and developing markets with access to free calls on any network, even on 2G.

SINGAPORE, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The world’s first completely free and truly mobile call app – nanu – launched today, with the aim of revolutionizing the telecom industry by offering free quality calls to everyone, everywhere.

Unlike conventional voice apps such as Skype and Viber that only work in high bandwidth 3G/4G/Wifi environments,nanu can be used on any network including 2G thus allowing it to provide quality calls where other apps cannot. As the majority of the world’s mobile phones still use 2G, this means billions of people in rural areas and developing markets will have access to free calls for the first time.

Furthermore, unlike conventional voice apps, nanu provides all calls completely for free, including calls to non nanuusers such as landlines. To do this, nanu inserts an unintrusive short advert to play over the ringtone while you are waiting for the call to be picked up. The revenue from the advert allows nanu to subsidize the cost of the call so you can make calls completely for free, even to landlines or mobile phones that don’t use nanu.

nanu believes that everyone around the world has the right to make free phone calls and is on a mission to end phone bills once and for all.

To join the mission, you just need to download nanu. Once installed, you can make unlimited calls to friends, family and anyone you want to call anywhere in the world who have also installed the app. You will also be given a limited number of free minutes to call non – nanu users and share the app with them.

The more people use nanu, the more free calls nanu can give away so that eventually, nanu aims to offer unlimited free calls anywhere, including to non – nanu users.

To kick-start the mission, from today, nanu is offering the first one million users, free unlimited nanu-to-nanu calls and also 15 free minutes of nanu to non – nanu calls across 73 global destinations.

nanu launches on Android, with the iPhone and other devices to follow very shortly. nanu will also be available for Mac and Windows.

To download nanu, go to: http://bit.ly/downloadnanu

For information on nanuwww.hellonanu.com

https://www.facebook.com/nanusocial

https://twitter.com/nanusocial

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Media Contacts

lars@hellonanu.com +65 – 3151 4760

deborah@hellonanu.com +65 – 6500 3024

heidi@hellonanu.com +65 – 6500 3074

About nanu

nanu is a revolutionary mobile call app that utilizes proprietary ultra low bandwidth VoIP technology and an advert sponsored free call business model to provide high quality free calls to everyone, everywhere, even on 2G.

www.hellonanu.com

About Gentay Communications

Gentay Communications is a mobile technology company based in Singapore.

Its founders Martin Nygate (CEO) and Daniel Nygate (CTO) are a father — son team who have a successful track record of providing technical solutions to the maritime industry, including low bandwidth VoIP.

Gentay Communications is passionate about its mission of providing free quality calls to everyone, everywhere.

www.gentaycom.com

Source: Gentay Communications

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August 7, 2014 at 5:39 pm

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RS Components announces appointment of Alex Tsui as Country Manager for Greater China and Korea

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BEIJING, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand ofElectrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced the key appointment of Alex Tsui as the Country Manager for Greater Chinaand Korea that supports the company’s ongoing strategy to become the distributor of choice to the engineering community in Greater China and Korea.

In his new role as Country Manager for Greater China and Korea, Alex’s focus will be on expanding the customer base, fuelling growth in eCommerce, as well as acquiring and developing corporate accounts in the Greater China and Korea markets. Prior to this, Alex was the Country/RegionManager for Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea since April 2012. Under his leadership, these markets exceeded sales targets and continue to experience healthy growth.

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About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of GBP 1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at http://china.rs-online.com.

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components  
http://www.rs-online.com

DesignSpark
www.designspark.com

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Source: RS Components

Related stocks: LSE:ECM OTC-PINK:EENEY

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August 7, 2014 at 11:58 am

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NetComm Wireless Wins Multiple Awards for Innovation

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SYDNEY, 30 July, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) has again been named ABA100 Winner of three categories in the Australian Business Awards 2014: Business Innovation; Product Innovation and Best Industrial Product. This is the third consecutive year that NetComm Wireless has won the Business Innovation and Product Innovation categories, and the second that it has won the award for Best Industrial Product.

The Business Innovation award recognises NetComm Wireless’ culture of innovation and outstanding commitment to pioneering wireless communication technologies for the global Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market. The Product Innovation award reflects the success of NetComm Wireless’ ‘Light Industrial’ product series in providing diverse industry sectors with simple and economical remote management capabilities; and the 3G Smart Meter Module was named Best Industrial Product for its unmatched adaptability, functionality and demonstrated success as the intelligence component of one of the world’s largest smart meter rollouts.

“It is a tremendous honour to have won three categories of the Australian Business Awards,” said David Stewart, CEO and Managing Director of NetComm Wireless.  “Our local R&D engineering team have delivered innovative wireless Machine-to-Machine products that are recognised globally, and we are thrilled to have received such highly regarded accolades for our commitment to innovation in the business, product and industrial categories.”

The Australian Business Awards are a national, all-encompassing awards program honouring Australia’sbusiness, innovation and technology leaders through the recognition of their ground-breaking vision, innovative products and exemplary execution of projects, technologies, service, programs, systems and other initiatives. The program engages with leading corporate, government and non-government organisations providing regional recognition with a global significance through an established set of business and product award categories.

Ms Tara Johnston, Program Director, says, “With a modernised economy we are experiencing notable change in business with new market and social needs expanding rapidly. The ABA100 Winners are reflective of a nation-wide commitment to innovation and improvement, with the award honouring their evident traction within their respective industries.

“As markets become more informed, organisations are required to be responsive and dynamic in order to create functional, sustainable processes and future-proof products. The program places value on a proactive approach to instigating long-term solutions and generating positive outcomes to ensure a bright economic future for Australians, through the recognition of demonstrated commitment to putting bold ideas into motion and creating products that matter,” Ms Johnston adds.

About The Australian Business Awards

Conducted annually, The Australian Business Awards are now in their ninth year with one hundred winners (“The ABA100”) announced in a variety of established categories across all industries. Working continuously to develop a robust and dynamic framework of assessment, organisations are able to review their business and product performance, identify their strengths in a growing knowledge economy and ultimately provide a platform for reputation enhancement and brand exposure by publicly acknowledging organisations for their valuable contributions and innovative products. The business award categories are open to the corporate, government and non-government sectors. The product awards open to tangible or intangible products ranging from manufactured goods, devices, equipment, services, programs, projects, activities, information, knowledge, software, platforms and systems. For more information on The Australian Business Awards (ABA100) go towww.businessawards.com.au.

About NetComm Wireless Limited

NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of innovative broadband products sold globally to telecommunications carriers, core network providers and system integrators. For 32 years NetComm has developed a portfolio of world first data communication products, and is a respected global provider of 3G and 4G wireless devices servicing the major telecommunications carrier, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Rural Broadband markets. NetComm’s products are designed to meet the growing needs of today’s diverse home, business and industrial broadband applications and designed to optimise the performance of global network advancements. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, NetComm has offices in the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand, the Middle Eastand Japan. For more information about NetComm visit: www.netcommwireless.com

Source: Netcomm Wireless

Related stocks: Australia:NTC

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July 31, 2014 at 4:40 pm

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Advanced First Aid Research Announces N95 Partnership with SilverACE Senior Activity Centres and Lions Befrienders to Help Elderly Combat Haze

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Singaporean First Aid Company to launch one-for-one donation of advanced N95 class masks

SINGAPORE, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Singapore healthcare company, Advanced First Aid Research, an innovator in first aid and burn relief solutions, today reinforced its commitment to supporting the health, wellbeing and preparedness of Singaporeans with the announcement of a sponsorship initiative in partnership with NTUC Health Co-operative’s SilverACE Senior Activity Centres and Lions Befrienders, designed to support the Nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

Goh Boon Han (left) from Lions Befrienders with Allen Loh (right), CEO of Advanced First Aid Research with the Aluminaid N95 masks.
Goh Boon Han (left) from Lions Befrienders with Allen Loh (right), CEO of Advanced First Aid Research with the Aluminaid N95 masks.

Ahead of the anticipated haze, Advanced First Aid Research has announced it will donate one N95 mask for each one sold through Unity Pharmacies nationwide. The donated masks will be supplied to vulnerable elderly, specifically those who are members of the SilverACE Senior Activity Centres (SACs). SACs are a government initiative to support the lower income elderly with weak family support.

Donated masks will similarly be distributed to elderly citizens by the Lions Befrienders support network which reaches over 5,000 seniors through the social and community programmes.

Advanced First Aid Research’s innovative N95 mask design features an electrostatic filter that delivers better ventilation, easier breathing and speaking due to its 99 per cent filtration efficiency against micron particles. The mask also offers longer, more lasting protection against the haze and other harmful gases in a way not catered for by standard masks.

Advanced First Aid Research CEO, Allen Loh, says: “While we sincerely hope that the projected haze does not adversely impact the health of Singaporeans, it’s important we ensure that those most in need of support are prepared well in advance, and don’t miss out during times of high demand. The mask with its high filtration efficiency is ideally suited for those most susceptible to haze conditions.

“This initiative in partnership with SilverACE Senior Activity Centres and Lions Befrienders complements the good work of other government agencies and organisations who are equally committed to protecting our nation’s health during the haze season as well as the Nation’s first aid preparedness overall.”

“As a Singaporean company, we understand the local challenges on the ground and have all experienced the limitations of the current products in the market. We are delighted to extend this partnership with SilverACE Senior Activity Centres and Lions Befrienders in a way that reinforces our overall commitment to improve the health and safety of Singaporeans,” Mr Loh added.

During the haze season, the number of patients admitted into hospital for respiratory problems increases by 20 per cent.[1] In general, the elderly, children and people with chronic lung disease and heart disease are more sensitive to the health effects of haze.[2]

Goh Boo Han, Executive Director, Lions Befrienders, says: “We are delighted to be a part of this initiative at a time when N95 masks are in demand due to the anticipated haze. We see this as a positive and proactive measure undertaken by a local company to help the needy and vulnerable elderly.”

Leon Luai, Head Clinical Services and Wellness for NTUC Health, who oversees the SilverACE SACs, says: “We work to empower the elderly to take charge of their health and avoid many of the common health problems they face today. For instance, we have self-help health check stations at our six SACs and we regularly conduct health checks for the seniors. We are happy to partner with Advanced First Aid Research to enable seniors from lower-income families to access quality N95 masks and to ensure that they can be protected during the haze.”

“We are pleased to be part of this meaningful initiative to do more to care for the health of our community. For every mask purchased, Unity customers can equip themselves and their families and also contribute to support needy elderly in Singapore during the haze,” said Bernard Lee, MD and Head, Pharmacy and Health food NTUC Health, who also oversees Unity pharmacies.

Unity pharmacies were among the first to bring in fresh supply of N95 masks during the peak of the haze last year, and they also brought the prices of the masks down to ensure that more working families would be able to obtain the item.

Advanced First Aid Research’s N95 masks are available now in Unity Pharmacies across Singapore in packs of 10 and 20 masks. A 10-piece pack retails for $18.80 while a 20-piece pack retails for $37.80. Advanced First Aid Research will donate a N95 mask to SilverACE Senior Activity Centres and Lions Befrienders for each one sold for the duration of the haze period.

1. Fiona Low, Asthma and Allergy cases up as haze worsens: Docs, The Straits Times. Available fromhttps://www.healthxchange.com.sg/News/Pages/Asthma-and-allergy-cases-up-as-haze-worsens.aspx

2. Health Promotion Board, Impact of Haze on Health. Available from http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/health-article/HPB051226

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For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Dickson Tan

Gerald Leong

Edelman Public Relations

Edelman Public Relations

Dickson.Tan@edelman.com

Gerald.Leong@edelman.com

+6563472352

+6564941596

Source: Advanced First Aid Research

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July 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm

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OANDA Revolutionizes Mobile Trading with fxTrade Mobile 4.0

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Global forex broker redefines retail mobile trading and maintains leadership position with industry-first features

SINGAPORE, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — OANDA, a global provider of innovative foreign exchange and CFD trading services, is pleased to announce the first phase of its next-generation fxTrade Mobile trading application. Beginning with new, industry-first features to its proprietary application for the Apple iPad, OANDA is moving away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach to mobile trading.

Available now for free download in the App Store, OANDA’s fxTrade Mobile 4.0 for iPad features unlimited charts, the ability for individual traders to arrange charts however they wish, and the ability to view charts in full-screen mode.

“We’re redefining the way investors are trading on mobile, moving toward customization based on each trader’s experience and trading strategies. We started with the iPad, as it’s the tablet with the highest market penetration and the most screen real estate,” said Reuben Piryatinsky, Mobile Product Manager, OANDA Corporation. “We’re confident this new approach to trading will help us maintain our industry-leading position in the mobile space.”

OANDA’s mobile team will continue to release more customizable features, specific to individual trading styles, in the coming months. New elements in fxTrade Mobile will add to its existing advanced charting functionality with multiple chart types and more than 40 technical analysis indicators, overlays, and drawing capabilities, streaming news feeds, and push notifications for limit orders, stop-loss and take-profit actions, margin notifications, and price alerts.

“We were the first broker to release a tablet trading app and so much has changed in four years. At the time, our goal was to match the desktop feature set but we’ve already eclipsed that and have more rich features available for mobile,” said Trevor Young, Vice President of Product Management, OANDA Corporation. “We are also seeing increased volumes coming through mobile: in 2010, it accounted for two or three percent of total volume and today it is closer to 20 percent.”

Today, more than 50 percent of OANDA’s clients log-in to their accounts daily via fxTrade Mobile. Like OANDA’s MetaTrader 4 mobile applications for iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets, and OANDA’s Currency Converter for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices, fxTrade Mobile is available to download for free.

For more information, please visit http://www.oanda.sg. You can follow OANDA on Twitter, Facebook, orYouTube.

For more information, please contact:

The Hoffman Agency for OANDA Asia Pacific
Adele Soh
Direct: +65-6361-0250
Email: OANDASG@hoffman.com
www.hoffman.com

About OANDA

OANDA transformed the business of foreign exchange through an innovative approach to forex trading. The company’s industry leading online trading platform, fxTrade, introduced a number of firsts to the marketplace, including immediate execution; instant settlement on trades; trades of any size between one unit and 10 million units; and interest calculated by the second. The company’s many awards attest to the power and flexibility of its trading platform. In 2013, OANDA was honoured with nearly a dozen awards, including Best Trade Execution Provider, Best Retail Trading Platform and Best Mobile Trading Platform by International Finance Magazine; as well as Best Value for Money by Investment Trends in each of the U.S., UK, and Asia Pacific markets.

OANDA was also amongst the first online providers of comprehensive currency exchange information, and today the company’s OANDA Rate® data provides benchmark rates for corporations, auditing firms, and global banks.

OANDA has eight offices worldwide, in Toronto, Chicago, New York, Boston, London, Singapore, Tokyo, andSydney. OANDA is fully regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the U.S. National Futures Association (NFA), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA), and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

About OANDA Asia Pacific

This information is made available to you by OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd holds a Capital Markets Services Licence issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and is also licensed by the International Enterprise Singapore. Co Reg No. 200704926K. Trading in leveraged over-the-counter contracts for foreign currency, precious metals, and CFDs carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. You should never put at risk any amount that you cannot afford to lose. More details under:http://www.oanda.sg/legal/risk-warning .

© 1996 – 2014 OANDA Corporation. All rights reserved. All Registered Trade Marks used in this set of material, whether marked as Trade Marks or not marked, are declared to belong to their respective owner(s). OANDA Corporation owns Trade Marks of all its “FX” products.

The information on this material is not directed at residents of the United States, nor is it intended for distribution to, or use by, any person in any jurisdiction, where such distribution or use is contrary to local laws or regulations.

Source: OANDA

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July 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

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RS Components and Allied Electronics Expand Semiconductor Offering Through Global Distribution Deal with ROHM

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Global agreement with RS and Allied guarantees fast, easy online access to expanded ROHM Semiconductor product range

SINGAPORE, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components(RS) and Allied Electronics (Allied), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, have signed an agreement with ROHM Semiconductor that positions RS and Allied as an authorised global distribution partner of the electronic component vendor.

RS Components Logo

RS and Allied hold a sizeable inventory of several hundred ROHM components, which includes discrete semiconductors, power management ICs, LEDs, display drivers, optical switches, video and audio processor circuits, and sensor devices. These devices are extensively deployed in a wide array of automotive, telecommunication, computer and consumer applications.

RS and Allied’s new authorised distributor status bolsters the company’s alliance with ROHM, and provides a platform from which to substantially broaden the selection of ROHM parts available direct from stock at the distributor’s global warehouses.

Jonathan Boxall, Global Head of Semiconductors at RS Components, commented, “Consolidating relationships with suppliers such as ROHM is an increasingly important consideration in our endeavour to sustain high levels of product availability for our customers, and to anticipate their future needs. The global demand for semiconductors continues to rise, so it is important that our offer reflects this, and meets the needs of design engineers and buyers to source parts quickly and easily in this highly competitive market.”

“Sourcing and purchasing ICs for complex designs is a time-consuming task for engineers and buyers due to the vast range of devices we now take to market,” said Masaki Sakai, Director of Euro-American Sales at ROHM. “Bringing RS and Allied on board as an authorised distribution partner will ease and accelerate this process, giving customers online access to more and more of our devices, and allowing us to respond more efficiently to growing demand.”

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About ROHM

ROHM Co., Ltd. is an industry leader in system LSI, discrete components and module products, utilising the latest in semiconductor technology. ROHM’s proprietary production system, which includes some of the most advanced automation technology, is a major factor in keeping it at the forefront of the electronic component manufacturing industry. In addition to its development of electronic components, ROHM has also developed its own production system so that it can focus on specific aspects of customised product development. ROHM employs highly skilled engineers with expertise in all aspects of design, development and production. This allows ROHM the flexibility to take on a wide range of applications and projects and the capability to serve valuable clients in the automotive, telecommunication and computer sectors as well as consumer OEMs. www.rohm.com

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-online.com.

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
www.rs-online.com/

DesignSpark
www.designspark.com

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Source: RS Components

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July 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

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Global Innovation Index 2014: Switzerland, UK and Sweden Lead Rankings with Encouraging Signs from Sub-Saharan Africa; Human Factor Powers Innovation

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SYDNEY, July 18, 2014/PRNewswire/ — Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Sweden topped this year’s Global Innovation Index, while Sub-Saharan Africa posted significant regional improvement in the annual rankings published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Amid a newly documented slowdown in the growth of global research and development, the theme of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2014 is “The Human Factor in Innovation,” exploring the role of human capital in the innovation process and underlining the growing interest that firms and governments have shown in identifying and energizing creative individuals and teams.

For this year’s GII launch, Australia’s Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane joined authors of the report and its partners in Sydney at a gathering of international business leaders (known as B20) which is part of Australia’s preparations to host the annual Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders Summit on November 15-16, 2014.

“Launching the GII in the run-up to the G20 hosted by the Australian Government and as its first launch in the Asia-Pacific region reflects the uniqueness of the GII as tool for measuring and improving innovation performance,” said Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He added: “It recognizes the centrality of innovation for a job-rich, strong, sustainable and balanced growth path – as envisioned by the G20 leadership.”

“I’m honored to launch the GII in Sydney today and am very proud to see Australia leading the way in trade and competition. Australia is an investment destination offering a highly skilled workforce. We understand that efforts to increase prosperity depend on innovation, creativity and a focus on new global markets, as well as a strong intellectual property system – a central part of the growth agenda being discussed by the G20,” said Mr. Macfarlane.

The GII 2014 surveys 143 economies around the world, using 81 indicators–to gauge both their innovation capabilities and measurable results. Published annually since 2007, the GII is now a leading benchmarking tool for business executives, policy makers and others seeking insight into the state of innovation around the world. This year’s study benefits from the experience of its Knowledge Partners: the Confederation of Indian Industry, du and Huawei, as well as of an Advisory Board of 14 international experts.

Top Rankings

For the GII 2014, Switzerland remains the leader for the fourth consecutive year. The United Kingdom moves up a rank to second place, followed by Sweden. A new entry into the top 10 this year is Luxembourg (9th).

Top Ten 2014 ranking

1

Switzerland (Number 1 in 2013)

6

United States of America (5)

2

United Kingdom (3)

7

Singapore (8)

3

Sweden (2)

8

Denmark (9)

4

Finland (6)

9

Luxembourg (12)

5

Netherlands (4)

10

Hong Kong (China) (7)

 

These GII leaders have created well-linked innovation ecosystems, where investments in human capital combined with strong innovation infrastructures contribute to high levels of creativity. In particular, the top 25 countries in the GII consistently score high in most indicators and have strengths in areas such as innovation infrastructure, including information and communication technologies; business sophistication such as knowledge workers, innovation linkages, and knowledge absorption; and innovation outputs such as creative goods and services and online creativity.

The quality of innovation is assessed as well. In terms of innovation quality – as measured by university performance, the reach of scholarly articles and the international dimension of patent applications – the United States of America (USA) holds the top place within the high-income group, followed by Japan, Germany and Switzerland.  Top-scoring middle-income economies are narrowing the gap on innovation quality with China in the lead, followed by Brazil and India.

Soumitra Dutta, Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University and co-author of the report, points out that “When reviewing the GII quality indicators, top performing middle-income economies are closing the gap with high-income economies. China significantly outperforms the average score of high-income economies across the combined quality indicators. To close the gap even further, middle-income economies must continue to invest in strengthening their innovation ecosystems and closely monitor the quality of their innovation indicators.”

The GII 2014 confirms the persistence of global innovation divides. Among the top 10 and top 25, rankings have changed but the list of economies remains unaltered. A difficult-to-bridge divide exists where less-innovative economies have difficulty keeping up with the rate of progress of higher-ranking economies, even when making notable gains themselves. This can be partially explained by their difficulties to grow and retain the human resources necessary for sustained innovation, which is the focus of this year’s report.

Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices at INSEAD, and co-author of the report, stresses that “As innovation becomes a global game, a growing number of emerging economies are confronted with complex issues whereby ‘brain gain’ can only be generated through a delicate balance between talents outflows (e.g. citizens seeking an education abroad) and inflows (whereby high performers return home to innovate and create local jobs, and diasporas contribute to national competitiveness). Around the world, we see encouraging signs that this is happening.”

Various Groups Score Differently on Innovation

Viewing economies among their regional or income-group peers can illustrate important relative competitive advantages and help decision-makers glean important lessons for improved performance that are applicable on the ground.

Innovation by Region

Rank in Region

GII 2013 Overall Rank

Country Name
Central and Southern Asia
1 76 India
2 79 Kazakhstan
3 86 Bhutan
Sub-Saharan Africa
1 40 Mauritius
2 51 Seychelles
3 53 South Africa
Southeast Asia and Oceania
1 7 Singapore
2 10 Hong Kong (China)
3 16 Korea, Rep.
Latin America and the Caribbean
1 41 Barbados
2 46 Chile
3 52 Panama
Northern Africa and Western Asia
1 15 Israel
2 30 Cyprus
3 36 United Arab Emirates
Europe
1 1 Switzerland
2 2 United Kingdom
3 3 Sweden
Northern America
1 6 United States of America
2 12 Canada

 

How “Innovation Learners” Can Leverage Their Strengths

Economies that perform at least 10 percent higher than their peers for their level of gross domestic product are called “Innovation Learners.”

The 12 high- and middle-income countries outperforming other countries in their respective income groups – in order of performance – are the Republic of Moldova, China, Mongolia, Viet Nam, India, Jordan, Armenia, Senegal, Malaysia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Georgia, and among low-income countries Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Rwanda, Malawi, Gambia, and Burkina Faso. These “innovation learners” demonstrate rising levels of innovation results because of improvements made to institutional frameworks, a skilled labor force with expanded tertiary education, better innovation infrastructures, a deeper integration with global credit investment and trade markets, and a sophisticated business community—even if progress on these dimensions is not uniform across their economies.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Becoming a Region of “Innovation Learners”

Among low-income countries displaying above par-performance, the Sub-Saharan African region now makes up nearly 50 percent of the so-called “innovation learner” economies. Sub-Saharan Africa now has more “innovation learner” economies than any other region, with five African economies joining that status in 2014: Burkina Faso, Gambia, Malawi, Mozambique, and Rwanda.

These five economies demonstrate rising levels of innovation, particularly in the areas of human capital and research (collectively improving in their ranking on this pillar by 71 places) and market sophistication (collectively improving by 148 places).

Overall, Sub-Saharan Africa has seen the most significant improvement of all regions in the GII rankings, with Côte d’Ivoire showing the biggest improvement (20 places) and Mauritius taking the leading regional position (40th, an improvement of 13 places from 53rd in 2013). Of the 33 African countries surveyed in the GII 2014, 17 saw an improvement in ranking.

The BRICS Economies

Among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), four improved their positions (Brazil by 3 places to reach the 61st rank, the Russian Federation by 13 places to reach 49th, and China by 6 places to reach 29th, and South Africa by 5 places to reach 53rd). The progress of China and the Russian Federation in the rankings is among the most notable of all countries; China’s ranking is now comparable to that of many high-income economies. India, however slips 10 places to 76th position this year.

“To become a country qualified as “innovation learner” in the GII, policy makers need to identify and focus on areas which help propel their performance on innovation inputs and outputs relative to their peers and to excel beyond what is expected from them considering their level of development,” said ChandrajitBanerjee, Director General of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), noting “ The chapter on India in the GII 2014 analyses one such important parameter like human capital, and showcases how policies for nurturing human capital affect the performance of an innovation learner like India.”

du CEO Osman Sultan, commented: “Innovation and sustainable growth go hand in hand. In a boundary-less world such as ours, connected innovation is increasingly gaining prominence. This is being fuelled by a more collaborative approach, challenging conventional methodologies and freeing-up efficiencies thereby benefitting everybody. The UAE leadership’s vision is a great example of this as it fosters a connected innovation ecosystem from the ground up. As a telecommunications service provider in the UAE, we are uniquely positioned in strengthening the ‘Human Factor’ in this evolving innovation ecosystem, by facilitating the global exchange of intellectual capital and collaborative empowerment.”

“These findings underline the importance of human capital in fostering innovation,” said Ken Hu, CEO of Huawei. “We believe that the 2014 GII report will act as a catalyst for countries to learn from one another and jointly create an open and effective innovation environment. At Huawei, we are committed to innovation by investing in our most important resource: our people.”

Innovation Per Income Bracket

Group rank

GII rank

Country/economy Income group
1 1 Switzerland High income
2 2 United Kingdom High income
3 3 Sweden High income
1 29 China Upper-middle income
2 33 Malaysia Upper-middle income
3 35 Hungary Upper-middle income
1 43 Moldova, Rep. Lower-middle income
2 56 Mongolia Lower-middle income
3 63 Ukraine Lower-middle income
1 85 Kenya Low income
2 91 Uganda Low income
3 102 Rwanda Low income

The Human Factor: The Essential Spark to Innovation

This year’s report, both through its sub-indicators and through the chapters provided by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the OECD and reports on India, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Morocco highlights how the human factor of innovation partly explains which innovation champions remain at the top, and why some of the large emerging economies offer divergent innovation performances.

In terms of education as a subset of human capital formation the top performers within the high income group are the Republic of Korea, Finland and the UK. China, Argentina and Hungary take the top positions among the middle-income countries. All of these countries have made visible efforts to maintain or enhance the quality of their human resources through education and life-long learning.

The GII shows that better educated citizens are more successful in higher-income economies in leveraging the favorable contexts for driving innovation. As countries move up the scale of innovation sophistication, the quality of its talents in science, engineering, but also in business and management for example become even more critical.

Global R&D Spending: Strong Post-Crisis Recovery; Growth Slowing Since

A fall in the growth of public R&D support coupled with the continued hesitancy of company R&D expenditures seems to be leading to slower overall growth of total R&D expenditures worldwide; this is the case especially in high-income countries. In many advanced countries, fiscal consolidation also seems to have negatively affected public spending on education since 2010.

Second, although governments have effectively included a significant number of future innovation-related growth projects in stimulus packages in 2009, support for such efforts seems to have lost momentum in some countries. To be sure, the majority of countries for which data are available continue to show positive R&D expenditure growth in 2013 and 2014. Yet strong R&D spending growth in 2013 and 2014 is expected to take place mostly in Asia, in particular in China, the Republic of Korea, and India.

About the Global Innovation Index

The Global Innovation Index 2014 (GII), in its 7th edition this year, is co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO, a specialized agency of the United Nations).

The core of the GII Report consists of a ranking of world economies’ innovation capabilities and results. Recognizing the key role of innovation as a driver of economic growth and prosperity, and the need for a broad horizontal vision of innovation applicable to developed and emerging economies, the GII includes indicators that go beyond the traditional measures of innovation such as the level of research and development.

In just 7 years, the GII has established itself as the premier reference among innovation indices, and has evolved into a valuable benchmarking tool to facilitate public-private dialogue, whereby policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders can evaluate progress on a continual basis.
To support the global innovation debate, to guide polices and to highlight good practices, metrics are required to assess innovation and related policy performance. The Global Innovation Index (GII) creates an environment in which innovation factors are under continual evaluation, including the following features:

* 143 country profiles, including data, ranks and strengths and weaknesses on 81 indicators

* 81 data tables for indicators from over 30 international public and private sources, of which 56 are hard data, 20 composite indicators, and 5 survey questions

* A transparent and replicable computation methodology including 90% confidence interval for each index ranking (GII, output and input sub-indices) and an analysis of factors affecting year-on-year changes in rankings

The GII 2014 is calculated as the average of two sub-indices. The Innovation Input Sub-Index gauges elements of the national economy which embody innovative activities grouped in five pillars: (1) Institutions, (2) Human capital and research, (3) Infrastructure, (4) Market sophistication, and (5) Business sophistication. The Innovation Output Sub-Index captures actual evidence of innovation results, divided in two pillars: (6) Knowledge and technology outputs and (7) Creative outputs.

The index is submitted to an independent statistical audit by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. To download the full report visit:www.globalinnovationindex.org.

Knowledge Partners

The Confederation of Indian Industry, du, and Huawei collaborate as Knowledge Partners in 2014.
Knowledge Partners believe in the role of innovation in increasing the competitiveness of nations, enabling economic growth, driving societal changes and building the foundation of a country’s future.

They are committed to producing a valuable and non-partisan resource. Knowledge Partners support the elaboration of the GII; contribute analytical chapters or case studies to the GII Report; and participate in the discussion and dissemination of the GII results.

About Cornell University

Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, we have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University is a leader in innovative business education for the connected world. Consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the world, Johnson offers six MBA programs, spanning the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Mexico, and China. Our two most recent innovations in MBA education are the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA in New York City, and a dual-degree MBA/FBA with Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Johnson is home to the renowned academic journal Administrative Science Quarterly; its 59 full-time, tenure-track faculty members conduct award-winning research and educate some 650 MBA and PhD students each year.

About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of our research and teaching.

With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and Abu Dhabi, INSEAD’s business education and research spans three continents. Our 146 renowned Faculty members from 34 countries inspire more than 1,300 degree participants annually in our MBAExecutive MBA, Specialised Master’s degrees (Master in FinanceExecutive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change) and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 12,000 executives participate in INSEAD’s Executive Education programmes each year.

In addition to INSEAD’s programmes on our three campuses, INSEAD participates in academic partnerships with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & San Francisco); the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago, and Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington DC. In Asia, INSEAD partners with Tsinghua University in Beijing and with CEIBS. INSEAD is a founding member in the multidisciplinary Sorbonne University created in 2012, and also partners with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

INSEAD became a pioneer of international business education with the graduation of the first MBA class on the Fontainebleau campus in Europe in 1960. In 2000, INSEAD opened its Asia campus in Singapore. And in 2007 the school began an association in the Middle East, officially opening the Abu Dhabi campus in 2010.

Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to conduct cutting edge research and to innovate across all our programmes to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled us to become truly “The Business School for the World.”

More information about INSEAD can be found at www.insead.edu.

About WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the leading global forum for the promotion of intellectual property as a force for innovation and creativity to achieve positive change. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 187 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it provides free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

 

SOURCE: World Intellectual Property Organization

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July 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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Intralinks Survey Shows Deal Valuation Is Biggest Challenge in APAC M&A

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Results combine with Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator to provide unique insight into global M&A

SYDNEY, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A new survey from Intralinks® Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: IL) has confirmed that APAC M&A professionals feel asset valuation will be the greatest pain point on successfully completing deals over the coming 12 months.

The results were published as part of the Intralinks Global Sentiment Survey, a poll of more than 1,000 M&A professionals worldwide conducted in June 2014 that gauges dealmakers sentiments and views on the current state of the M&A market. Respondents said they believe deal valuation represents a greater challenge to the deal process than other factors such as shareholder activism against underperforming companies, or political interference.

“If we look at the varying valuations impacting current deals in APAC, the challenge around deal valuation for dealmakers is evident. A few prime examples include Singaporean agribusiness firm Wilmar’s current bid to takeover Australian food processor Goodman Fielder, and the recent takeover bids for premium Australian department store David Jones,” said Matt Porzio, vice president of M&A strategy and product marketing at Intralinks.

The survey also revealed that on a global level, 67 per cent of dealmakers indicated they are optimistic about the current deal environment in comparison to the previous six months, while for APAC in particular a slightly lower 65 per cent of dealmakers claimed they are positive about the current deal landscape. Interestingly, the Intralinks Global Sentiment Survey also uncovered that 80 per cent of dealmakers in APAC predict that deal volume will increase over the next six months (compared with 77 per cent globally), and 68 per cent said they do not expect a change in political interference in M&A activity over the next 12 months.

“The global M&A market is continuing to exhibit higher levels of activity than in 2013, maintaining optimism among dealmakers,” added Mr. Porzio.
Furthermore, Global Sentiment Survey results for APAC show:

* 63 per cent of dealmakers expect to participate in more M&A deals than six months ago;

* 56 per cent expect shareholder activism will continue to increase;

* Industry with the most M&A activity according to dealmakers is energy and power.

In addition, Intralinks today released the latest Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator TM (DFI), a unique predictor of future mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity. Combined with the Global Sentiment Survey, the research provides unparalleled insight into global M&A deal volumes and market trends through Q4 2014.

The Intralinks DFI forecasts changes in the volume of global M&A deals that are expected to be announced in the next six months. The latest data, compiled through the end of June 2014, shows 16 per cent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and 12 per cent year-on-year (YoY) increases in early-stage global M&A activity, with particularly strong performances in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and North America.

Overall, this quarter’s results point to sustained momentum in M&A activity through the end of 2014, building on the strong levels of M&A activity seen in the last year. Based on the results of the Intralinks DFI so far this year and its strong correlation to the volume of future announced deals, Intralinks is predicting that global announced M&A volumes for 2014 as a whole will, for the first time since 2010, show an annual increase of between six and 10 per cent compared to 2013.

Deal activity levels in the APAC region however remain volatile, down 15 per cent YoY and QoQ. While Japan is quite strong, China, one of the largest investors in the region, continues its economic realignment which is decelerating overseas acquisitions, and is having a notable affect in Australia and beyond.

“A good lending environment with high quality assets and companies for sale are driving this growth. Deal volume continues to go up and we expect to see a good number of high profile deal announcements through the end of 2014, especially in sectors like manufacturing and telecommunications, media and entertainment,” said Mr. Porzio.

Intralinks DFI Highlights — Outlook for Q4 2014
The Intralinks DFI tracks global M&A sell-side mandates and deals reaching due diligence prior to public announcement, providing a predictor of future global M&A activity levels. The Intralinks DFI is based on Intralinks’ insight into a significant percentage of early-stage M&A transactions. Independent researchshows that the Intralinks DFI is a reliable predictor of future changes in the number of announced M&A transactions, with percentage changes in the Intralinks DFI typically being reflected in announced deal volumes approximately six months later. Highlights from the latest Intralinks DFI include:

North America
The level of North American early-stage M&A activity grew 17 percent YoY, sustaining the momentum in this market from 2013. Deal volume was up 22 percent QoQ, reflecting some seasonal variation, and the fact that some companies worked to complete deals while interest rates remain low and confidence in an economic recovery in the United States continues to increase.

EMEA
Europe continues to perform very strongly and consistently, with a 17 percent YoY increase, paired with a 17 percent increase QoQ. Even countries that were written off recently as poor environments for investments, such as Spain, Portugal and France, are making a comeback. Germany continues to be especially strong and is seen as a safe haven for investments. For the last four quarters EMEA has shown strong performance, and we anticipate this will continue through 2014.

Latin America
Latin America remains weaker than North America and EMEA, but is poised for growth. Although early stage M&A activity was down seven percent YoY, there was a healthy increase of 20 per cent QoQ. This surge was led by Brazil, which alone saw a 26 per cent increase QoQ, which we expect will be reflected in deal announcements later this year. Contrary to these findings, however, Intralinks’ Global Sentiment Survey showed that dealmakers in Latin America continue to express reduced optimism about prospects for the region, including for Brazil, for the remainder of 2014.

 

About Intralinks Dealspace™
Intralinks is a leading supplier of solutions for managing strategic transactions. Intralinks Dealspace, the market leading virtual data room (VDR), gives M&A professionals a complete solution to manage the full lifecycle of a deal. Intralinks Dealspace supports every step of the deal process, enabling deal teams to securely exchange data with buyers, sellers and advisors, helping speed strategic transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital raises and corporate restructurings.

For more information about the Intralinks DFI, please visithttp://www.intralinks.com/knowledge/intralinks-deal-flow-indicator.

About the Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator
The Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator provides Intralinks’ perspective on the level of M&A due diligence activity taking place during any given period of time. The statistics contained in the Intralinks DFI represent the volume of VDRs opened, or proposed to be opened, through Intralinks or other providers for the purpose of conducting due diligence on proposed transactions including asset sales, divestitures, private placements, financings, capital raises, joint ventures and partnerships. These statistics are not adjusted for changes in Intralinks’ share of the VDR market or changes in market demand for VDR services. These statistics may not correlate to the volume of completed transactions that may be reported by market data providers and should not be construed to represent the volume of transactions that will ultimately be consummated during any period of time. Indications of future completed deal activity derived from the DFI are based on assumed rates of deals going from due diligence stage to completion. In addition, the statistics provided by market data providers may be compiled with a different set of transaction types than those set forth above.

THIS PRESS RELEASE AND THE INTRALINKS DFI (COLLECTIVELY THE “MATERIALS”) ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. INTRALINKS MAKES NO GUARANTEE, REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE TIMELINESS, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT OF THE MATERIALS. THESE MATERIALS ARE BASED ON INTRALINKS’ OBSERVATIONS AND SUBJECTIVE INTERPRETATIONS OF DUE DILIGENCE ACTIVITY TAKING PLACE, OR PROPOSED TO TAKE PLACE, ON INTRALINKS’ OR OTHER PROVIDERS’ VDR PLATFORMS FOR A LIMITED SET OF TRANSACTION TYPES. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE AN INDICATOR OF INTRALINKS’ BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OR OPERATING RESULTS FOR ANY PRIOR, CURRENT OR FUTURE PERIOD, NOR ARE THESE MATERIALS INTENDED TO PROMISE, GUARANTEE OR ASSURE FUTURE LEVELS OF COMPLETED DEAL ACTIVITY. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO CONVEY INVESTMENT ADVICE OR SOLICIT INVESTMENTS OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER.

THE INTRALINKS DFI MAY BE USED SOLELY FOR PERSONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL USE. THE CONTENTS OF THE INTRALINKS DFI MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED, DISTRIBUTED OR PUBLISHED WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF INTRALINKS. FOR PERMISSION TO REPUBLISH DEAL FLOW INDICATOR CONTENT, PLEASE CONTACT info@intralinks.com.

Forward Looking Statements
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are express or implied statements that are not based on historical information and include, among other things, statements concerning Intralinks’ plans, intentions, expectations, projections, hopes, beliefs, objectives, goals and strategies.  These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the results or commitments expressed, projected or implied by any forward-looking statements will be achieved, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date hereof.  As such, Intralinks undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For a detailed list of the factors and risks that could affect Intralinks’ financial results, please refer to Intralinks public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year-ended December 31, 2013 and subsequent quarterly reports.  Intralinks undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

Trademarks and Copyright
“Intralinks” and Intralinks’ stylized logo are the registered trademarks of Intralinks, Inc. “Intralinks Dealspace” is a trademark of Intralinks, Inc. © 2014 Intralinks, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Source: Intralinks

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July 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Tackling Asia’s Customer Experience Management Challenges

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SINGAPOREJuly 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In a world of rising customer expectations, greater customer choice and increased transparency, businesses are facing fiercer competition.

According to a recent study, 95% of business managers in Asia said customer experience management will be important to their organisation in 2014. 59% of organisations already have a comprehensive CEM programmes in place. Being able to differentiate your company and gain business advantage through CEM has become a truly urgent priority for many businesses.

IQPC is proud to announce the return of the region’s most anticipated event on CEM – 2nd annual Customer Experience Management Asia Summit (www.customerexperienceasia.com).

Returning from an incredibly successful launch last year, the summit has been carefully designed to help senior CEM professionals navigate the rapidly evolving Asian customer landscape to build a customer-centric culture, unlock customer insights and new revenue streams with social media and big data, and enhance customer advocacy via integrated omni-channel.

This year, in order to ensure a fruitful discussion, we have included an unprecedented C-level conversation panel, designated B2B/B2C streams, five different themed workshops and interactive roundtable discussions. In addition, you will hear first-hand insights from New York Times bestselling author, Ron Kaufman, and more than 30 global and regional CEM pioneers, such as Donna Peeples, Chief Customer Officer at AIG, Amy Shi-Nash, Chief of Data Scientist

R&D Lab at Singtel, Rimzie Ismail, Head of Customer Affairs & Service Initiatives at Dubai Airport, Anna-Karin Birnik, Head Brand Experience, Standard Chartered Bank and many more.

The technology underpinning the CEM space is another huge area for learning. At the summit, you can update yourself on the latest innovations and benchmark your practices with you regional counterparts.

Do not miss this opportunity to network with international and regional experts, forge new relationships and equip yourself with knowledge and skills to drive CEM and foster long-term success for your organisation.

Registration for Customer Experience Management Asia Summit is now open atwww.customerexperienceasia.com. The full programme is also available for download. In addition, visitors can access the full speaker list. For further information, contact enquiry@iqpc.com.sg.

Event: 2nd annual Customer Experience Management Asia Summit
Dates: 13-16 October 2014
Venue: Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Singapore
Website: www.customerexperienceasia.com

Contact:
Abi Yogarajah
IQPC Worldwide Pte., Ltd.
Tel: +65 6722 9388
abi.yogarajah@iqpc.com.sg

 

 

Source: IQPC Worldwide

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July 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

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Sun Life Financial introduces Roland Driscoll as Head of International Sales, SLF International

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TORONTOJuly 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sun Life Financial is pleased to introduce Roland Driscoll as the new Global Head of International Sales (Investments) for its Bermuda-based SLF International business unit (“SLF International”).

Through our SLF International business unit, Sun Life Financial provides offshore financial solutions specifically designed to meet the objectives and concerns of affluent and high-net-worth individuals residing outside of the United StatesCanada or Bermuda. The SLF International investments sales teams and field offices in Dubai,Panama and Singapore will report to Roland.

“Under Roland’s leadership, the sales team will continue to represent and position our investment solutions for affluent and high-net-worth clients to the international financial advisor community with commitment, enthusiasm and certainty,” said Mark Rogers, Vice-President, International Investments Distribution, SLF International.

Andrew Darfoor, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, SLF International added: “We believe our integrated customer proposition, encompassing investment and intergenerational wealth transfer solutions, has huge potential for growth in all our markets. Roland brings a vast array of experience with him and will form an important part of the senior distribution team responsible for seeking out new growth opportunities and ensuring we are delivering a first class proposition to advisers and customers.”

With over 25 years of sales, distribution and offshore experience, Roland joins Sun Life from Old Mutual (Bermuda) Ltd., where he spent the last six years as Senior Vice-President, Global Distribution. Prior to Old Mutual, Roland was at JP Morgan Chase & Co. for over 20 years where he was involved in international sales management in a number of senior roles. Roland holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance fromHofstra University and an MBA from Pace University.

Media Relations Contact:

 

Derek Yarnell
Manager
Corporate Communications
Sun Life Financial
Tel: 1-416-979-6046
derek.yarnell@sunlife.com

About Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial and its partners have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canadathe United States, the United Kingdom,IrelandHong Kongthe PhilippinesJapanIndonesiaIndiaChinaAustraliaSingaporeVietnamMalaysia andBermuda. As of March 31, 2014 the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $671 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.

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Source: Sun Life Financial Inc.

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July 11, 2014 at 10:35 am