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Analyst Craig Burton: On Prescience And Innovation

By Cheryl Conner, Contributor

I’ve mentioned Craig Burton before. (He’s the “Lord Craig Burton” to those of us who know him well.) In addition to being someone with a “sixth-sense” ability to see the potential of technology right down to its core, he is a personal friend and a professional mentor. He was also the founder and SVP of Novell who was responsible along with SVP and co-founder Judith Clarke Burton (who passed away in January of last year) for giving me my professional start in the Communications department of Novell some 27 years ago. Look what they started. On a global scale, Burton was responsible for the strategy of hardware independence in the early days of PCs. His role in creating the network computing industry’s foundation via Novell made it possible for the equipment from disparate providers to combine and connect. It’s a concept we take for granted today, but the technology world we know would be a much different place without that foundation. Without hardware independence, the Internet we take for granted as a ubiquitous resource, available to all, would have been constrained for a far longer time (and potentially even forever) to private silos with much more limited power. So he’s a revolutionary, of sorts. He’s also a “brilliant mind” kind of guy who doesn’t see the world as it is, but seems to be equipped with a perpetual lens into the technology future that becomes progressively more honed over time. “Prescience” is the word I use to describe his innate gift. “Clairvoyence, insight, prophesy, prediction,” the thesaurus says about my definition of choice. Yes, it fits. This weekend I had the chance to share several hours with Burton, reminiscing, laughing, sharing Novell stories, and getting his thoughts on the ways to turn a prescient idea into a strategy and business that can change the course of the world. But first I wanted to hear exactly how he came upon the idea of hardware independence that rocked the network technology world. “It was the beginning of PC networking,” he recalls. “We had this Novell operating system and there were some 200 internet adapter choices. Ray Noorda [Novell CEO] even owned stock in one of them. There was ArcNet, GNet, Ethernet, ‘Ad Infinitim’ Net. He asked me which one we should choose.” This, in a day when the most popular network adapter cost $900. “Do you know how much they cost now?” he asked me. I did. They are free. “Every product has an 802.x interface build into it these days,” he tells me. “Without it, they’d never be able to sell.” Back to the Novell decision: “I remembered the words of my dad,” Burton said. “I guess he was ‘prescient’ as well. He told me the story of a guy with a little shoe store in Manhattan.  There he was, next to Macys, Bloomingdale, all these high-end stores. How would he ever compete? Then he had a brilliant idea. He put a sign above his door that said simply ‘Main Entrance’.” …read more

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Forbes Media Promotes Mark Howard To Chief Revenue Officer

By Forbes PR, Forbes Staff Forbes Media today announced the promotion, effective immediately, of the company’s SVP of Digital Advertising Strategy Mark Howard to Chief Revenue Officer.  In his new role, Mr. Howard will be responsible for the U.S. and European digital and print sales organization, marketing and advertising solutions.  Forbes Media Chief Revenue Officer Meredith Levien has decided to leave Forbes to assume the role of EVP of Advertising at The New York Times. …read more

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RadioShack's Turnaround Plan Has a Glimmer of Hope

By Blake Bos, The Motley Fool

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RadioShack‘s  most recent earnings report could be likened to a stay in base camp before an ascent of Mount Everest. Many details emerged of the company’s near-term plans for its journey upward toward profitability. That journey will be a treacherous one, but I believe one item from the many it discussed in its earnings release gives RadioShack and its shareholders a glimmer of hope for the future.

The plan
On this quarter’s conference call, Joseph Magnacca gave investors the rundown on what the company plans to focus on over the coming months, and it boiled down to three areas: senior management, in-store experience, and brand awareness. The new CEO spoke with poise on the call and appears to be quite comfortable at the helm. In my opinion, he’s well aware of what challenges RadioShack faces. 

Source: RadioShack Press Center.

Management
The company brought in two more outsiders to the senior leadership team over the quarter, with Jennifer Warren as chief marketing officer position and Michael Defazio as SVP of store concepts. These two hires appear to be great additons: Warren comes from renowned ad agencies Razorfish and GSD&M, and Defazio brings with him 36 years of retail experience and has also worked with Magnacca at Walgreen. The search is still on for a chief merchandising officer, and then the management team will be complete. It appears Magnacca has been diligent about bringing in executives with turnaround experience, but only time will tell whether his new roster will score big.

Brand awareness
Do you get warm fuzzy feelings when I say, “Let’s go to RadioShack”? Probably not. The Shack brand of my youth has long since passed, and the company has struggled to find its identity as of late. To tackle this problem, the company is going to focus on a campaign called “Let’s Play,” whose purpose is to change the company’s perception from that of a current nondescript brand to a place where consumers go to have fun with technology. Investors will want to keep an eye on this rollout to see how the public reacts. While the company doesn’t need to be immediately successful with raising a tremendous amount of awareness, it will be important to gain some traction in the short term. 

In-store experience
If you had to use one word to sum up the experience at most electronics retailers today, it would invariably be “bad.” This is the one area of the plan I was most interested in, and the most telling in my opinion. It was music to investors’ ears when management said the company was going to give employees incentives to sell across the whole store instead of just mobile. This could be a huge win from a customer satisfaction and margin perspective.The company changed these incentives in April, and investors should keep an eye on the next quarter’s results to see whether the non-mobile sales have started to pick up

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MOL Group and Wood Group Executives Join AspenTech OPTIMIZE™ 2013 Keynote Lineup

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MOL Group and Wood Group Executives Join AspenTech OPTIMIZE™ 2013 Keynote Lineup

Dr. Béla Kelemen, SVP, MOL Group Supply Chain Management, and John Kearney, Technical Director, Wood Group to Share Industry Perspectives for Global Process Manufacturing and Engineering Companies

BURLINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Aspen Technology, Inc. (NAS: AZPN) , a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced the addition of Dr. Béla Kelemen, Senior Vice President of MOL Group Supply Chain Management (SCM), and John Kearney, Technical Director of Wood Group, to address AspenTech’s global audience at OPTIMIZE 2013. Kelemen and Kearney join Professor George Stephanopoulos of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and AspenTech’s President and CEO Mark Fusco and Executive Vice President, Manolis Kotzabasakis, as headline speakers at OPTIMIZE 2013‘s opening plenary session.

Dr. Kelemen is Senior Vice President of MOL Group Supply Chain Management. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of MOL Group Refining and Marketing and Vice President of MOL Group Refining. Before joining MOL Group, Kelemen held various senior-level sales and trading roles, including Director of Refinery & Marketing at Slovnaft, where he now serves as a board member.

John Kearney, Technical Director, Wood Group, has more than 30 years of industry experience, holding senior leadership positions in engineering, construction, and operations and maintenance. He has worked with the world’s leading Exploration & Production companies including Shell, BP and ExxonMobil.

Professor George Stephanopoulos is the Arthur D. Little Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT, and a Principal Investigator in the Process Systems Engineering Lab. He has received numerous honors and awards over the years, and is the author of Intelligent Systems in Process Engineering: Paradigms for Product and Process Design and Chemical Process Control: An Introduction to Theory and Practice.

About the AspenTech OPTIMIZE Conference

AspenTech’s OPTIMIZE is the only conference dedicated to the exchange of engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain best practices for the process industries. OPTIMIZE brings together thought leaders, influencers, and experts from the top process manufacturers and engineering firms worldwide to share insight to reduce costs, improve margins, and increase profit using aspenONE® software.

Featuring nearly 100 real-world cases presented by AspenTech customers, OPTIMIZE 2013 will take place in Boston from May 6-8. Sponsors and media partners include Microsoft, AIChE, Applied Control

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/11/mol-group-and-wood-group-executives-join-aspentech/

GE and Quirky Partner to Inspire Invention

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GE and Quirky Partner to Inspire Invention

  • GE to Make Thousands of Patents Available to Global Community of Inventors
  • Companies to Develop and Bring to Market Co-Branded Line of App-Enabled Products

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– GE (NYS: GE) and Quirky, the company that makes invention accessible, today announced a new partnership that will allow everyone to participate in the development of new products with two global leaders in invention and innovation.

The partnership will consist of two parts: a groundbreaking new platform where GE will open thousands of its most promising patents and new technologies to the Quirky community for the development of new consumer products; and a co-branded product development initiative to build a full line of app-enabled connected devices for the home in areas such as health, security, water, or air that will be developed using advanced manufacturing tools and technologies. This new line of products will be co-branded Wink: Instantly Connected.

Combining GE‘s technology and scale with Quirky’s collaborative process and speed provides a platform that will truly unlock the power of GE‘s lab-proven technologies and the potential of the app-enabled product category. The partnership represents a marriage between what GE has dubbed the “Industrial Internet,” or the internet of really big things — with the internet of everyday things. Consumers and businesses will not buy more things they’ll need to think about, but rather be surrounded by things that think about them.

Beth Comstock, SVP and chief marketing officer, GE, said, “We admire Quirky’s speed, collaboration and inventiveness and by opening up lab-proven technology and patents to everyday inventors we can help inspire new ideas and accelerate advanced manufacturing innovation. At GE we are passionate about innovation at market speed, working with entrepreneurs and finding new models of business, and this partnership is just another way we can help inspire invention and help scale it. We are excited to see how the Quirky community uses tools from our scientists and technologists around the world to develop products in an entirely different way.”

GE Patents & the Quirky Community

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AOL Canada is Recognized as a Great Place to Work

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AOL Canada is Recognized as a Great Place to Work


AOL Canada ranks fourth on list of 2013 Best Workplaces in Canada

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– AOL Canada has been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada, ranking fourth on this year’s list. The full list, and related stories, will appear in a special national report today, Wednesday April 10th, in TheGlobe and Mail.

AOL Canada is a brand company invested in premium online properties for consumers and focuses on providing advertising agencies, direct brand marketers, online publishers and digital media buyers with digital advertising and marketing solutions. The company has grown its business and its people significantly over the past three years, with offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. AOL premium properties now reach over 10.3 million monthly unique visitors in Canada, and AOL‘s network, Advertising.com, reaches 23.5 million monthly unique visitors in Canada*.

AOL Canada is dedicated to encouraging a positive and creative work environment influenced by the culture embedded in our values, mission and people. With initiatives such as work benefits, health and fitness programs and memberships, charity work, most notably with AOL Canada‘s charity of choice, Free the Children, and educational opportunities, the work environment is an incubator for productive and positive activity. With a dedicated leadership team led by Graham Moysey, general manager of AOL Canada and SVP of AOL Global O&O, the company embraces a transparent strategy that includes all employees as thought leaders and contributors.

“We are very excited to be recognized on this esteemed list of companies as we continue to grow AOL in Canada. With incredible growth of our team since 2010, we have put a large emphasis on the people we hire and the culture that we embody. We hire people who love what they do and empower them to develop and grow their careers accordingly, as we are only as great as the sum of our parts it is important that our employees believe in the company’s core values and, ultimately, in our success,” said Graham Moysey, general manager of AOL Canada & SVP of AOL Global O&O.

This list of “Best Workplaces in Canada” is compiled by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from a 58-statement survey completed by a random selection …read more

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Henri Richard Named SanDisk's Senior Vice President of Worldwide OEM & Enterprise Sales

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Henri Richard Named SanDisk’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide OEM & Enterprise Sales

MILPITAS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced it has appointed Henri Richard as senior vice president (SVP) of worldwide OEM & enterprise sales. Reporting to Sanjay Mehrotra, SanDisk’s president and CEO, Richard brings 25 years of experience as a senior sales and marketing executive in the high technology industry, with significant experience in the semiconductor market. Richard will be responsible for global sales, service and support for SanDisk’s growing customer base in the OEM, B2B and enterprise channels. These include smartphone and tablet manufacturers, enterprise storage companies, PC manufacturers, value-added resellers, distributors and direct enterprise customers.

SanDisk appoints Henri Richard as senior vice president of worldwide OEM & enterprise sales. (Photo: Business Wire)

Mehrotra commented, “Henri’s proven track record and deep experience in the storage, semiconductor, systems and software industries will build upon our strong OEM and enterprise sales organizations. His addition bolsters the executive team, further enabling our long-term growth strategies and leadership in the flash memory industry.”

Prior to joining SanDisk, Richard served as SVP and chief sales and marketing officer for Freescale since 2007, leading an organization of over 1,000 people with functional responsibilities that included sales, technical support, and corporate, field and segment marketing. Prior to Freescale, Richard held various senior executive sales and marketing positions at companies including AMD, WebGain, IBM and Seagate. Richard has worked in both the U.S. and Europe, and his experience includes entrepreneurial roles in addition to senior corporate positions.

Richard holds a Baccalaureate E Science & Technology degree from Ecole Nationale Radiotechnique Electronique Appliquee in France; he also attended the Université Paris Jussieu, the Ville d’Avray Institute of Technology and completed numerous executive development programs at the CRC Jouy en Josas.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NAS: SNDK) is a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, from research and development, product design and manufacturing to branding and distribution for commercial and retail channels. Since 1988, SanDisk’s innovations in flash memory and storage system technologies have provided customers with new and transformational digital experiences. SanDisk’s diverse product portfolio includes flash memory cards and embedded solutions used in smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, camcorders, digital media players and other consumer electronic devices, as well …read more

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Groupon Announces Sri Viswanath as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations

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Groupon Announces Sri Viswanath as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Groupon (NAS: GRPN) (http://www.groupon.com) today announced Sri Viswanath as its Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations. He will report to interim CEO Eric Lefkofsky.

“We are extremely excited to add someone of Sri’s reputation, talent and vision,” Lefkofsky said. “Technology is at the center of our mission to surprise and delight consumers every day with unbeatable deals when they are out and about. Sri’s addition will help us further cement Groupon as a daily destination for consumers across the world.”

Viswanath joins Groupon from VMWare, where he served as vice president of research and development for mobile computing. Prior to VMWare, he was senior vice president of Engineering at Glam Media and general manager of its publisher products group. He was also the SVP of Engineering at Ning, Inc., and was instrumental in that company’s acquisition by Glam. Before that, he worked at Sun Microsystems where he led development of a number of very successful open-source and business-to-business products.

“Groupon has a tremendous business opportunity and a huge potential for further innovation,” Viswanath said. “I look forward to working with a very talented team as we continue building an engineering organization that delivers business results and a world-class customer and merchant experience.”


About Groupon

Groupon (NAS: GRPN) is a global leader in local commerce, making it easy for people around the world to search and discover great businesses at unbeatable prices. Groupon is reinventing the traditional small business world by providing merchants with a suite of products and services, including customizable deals, payments processing capabilities and point-of-sale solutions to help them attract more customers and run their operations more effectively. By leveraging the company’s global relationships and scale, Groupon offers consumers incredible deals on the best stuff to eat, see, do, and buy in 48 countries. With Groupon, shoppers discover the best a city has to offer with Groupon Local, enjoy vacations with Groupon Getaways, and find a curated selection of electronics, fashion, home furnishings and more with Groupon Goods. To subscribe to Groupon emails, visit www.Groupon.com. To learn more about the company’s <a target=_blank …read more

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Behind the Scenes at QVC: Lights, Camera, Customers

By Julia Pimsleur, Contributor

I recently went on QVC to sell my language learning product for kids, Little Pim and got a peek behind the curtain of the most successful 24-hour shopping network in the world ($7.8 billion in annual sales). While I admit to never having watched QVC before my SVP of Customer Acquisition, Alyson, cooked up the idea of turning me into the Vanna White of language teaching for kids, I now feel a bit like I have been admitted to a private club of Immediate Gratification and I don’t ever want to go back to holding meetings at Starbucks. …read more

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Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts Appoints New Leader of Europe, Africa &amp; Middle East Region

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Appoints New Leader of Europe, Africa & Middle East Region

President Roeland Vos Steps Down; Longtime Starwood Executive Michael Wale Named as Successor

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYS: HOT) today announced that Roeland Vos, long-time President of Starwood’s Europe, Africa, & Middle East (“EAME“) region, will step down and be succeeded by Michael Wale, a 35-year Starwood veteran who most recently served as Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for Western Europe. Mr. Vos will transition into a consulting role with the company, effective June 1, 2013.

Frits van Paasschen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood, stated, “We are grateful to Roeland for his many outstanding contributions to Starwood during his more than 30 years with the company. One of the most respected operators in the industry, Roeland has overseen Starwood’s growth across a diverse region, and during his 12-year tenure leading EAME we’ve nearly doubled our hotel footprint in the region and accelerated our business in key fast-growing markets. We are delighted that Roeland will continue to work with Starwood in a consulting role to support development and the growth of our brands across the EAME region.”

Mr. van Paasschen continued, “At the same time, Starwood is fortunate to have a deep bench of global talent, and we continue our legacy of promoting from within, appointing one of our proven leaders to a position of expanded responsibility. Michael has been instrumental in strengthening the profile of Starwood’s brands across Europe, including launching new brands in select markets, and restoring marquee and luxury properties in others. With his combination of strategic vision, management experience, relationships with associates and customers, and a global sensibility, Michael is perfectly positioned to oversee Starwood’s continued growth as our new President of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.”

Mr. Vos joined Starwood in 1982 and has held progressive management positions throughout his career, including President, Europe and SVP, Area Director of Italy & Malta. In 2001, he was appointed President, EAME, and under his leadership Starwood grew from 127 properties in the region to 243 hotels and resorts in 60 countries with an additional 64 hotels in the pipeline today.

Mr. Wale began his career with Starwood as a graduate trainee in 1978 at what was then ITT Sheraton. In his most recent role, he was responsible for managing Starwood’s operations in Western Europe, leading 54 hotels across eight brands in 13 countries. Previously, Mr. Wale …read more

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Genzyme's Once-daily, Oral AUBAGIO® (teriflunomide) Approved in Argentina for the Treatment of Relap

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Genzyme’s Once-daily, Oral AUBAGIO ® (teriflunomide) Approved in Argentina for the Treatment of Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

Approval Expands Footprint of AUBAGIO Across Three Continents and Further Advances Genzyme’s Global MS Franchise

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Genzyme, a Sanofi company (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY), announced today Argentina‘s National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) has approved once-daily, oral AUBAGIO® 14 mg as a new treatment indicated for patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).

“Studied in one of the largest clinical trial programs of any MS treatment, AUBAGIO has had consistent effects across all the important measures of MS disease activity including slowing the progression of disability, reducing the number of brain lesions as detected by MRI and reducing relapses. The clinical data supporting AUBAGIO confirm its importance as a new treatment option for MS patients,” said Dr. Jorge Correale, Head of Neuroimmunology and Demyelinating Diseases, Raul Carrea Institute for Neurological Research FLENI, Argentina.

The decision by ANMAT represents the first approval for once-daily, oral AUBAGIO in Latin America. AUBAGIO is also approved in both the United States and Australia, with additional marketing applications under review by regulatory authorities around the world.

“The approval in Argentina of once-daily, oral AUBAGIO represents another important advancement for the Genzyme MS Franchise,” said Bill Sibold, SVP, Head of MS Business, Genzyme. “Genzyme is committed to becoming leaders in MS and developing differentiated treatments that can address the diverse needs of the MS community. Now approved on three continents, AUBAGIO‘s established efficacy and convenient dosing can provide many patients with an attractive alternative to frequent and potentially burdensome injections.”

The ANMAT approval of AUBAGIO was based on safety and efficacy data from the TEMSO (TEriflunomide Multiple Sclerosis Oral) trial. The ongoing AUBAGIO clinical development program, involving more than 5,000 patients in 36 countries, is amongst the largest of any MS therapy. Some patients in extension trials have been treated for up to 10 years.

AUBAGIO, in its clinical studies, has shown favorable efficacy and a well-characterized safety profile. With its once-daily oral administration and tolerability, AUBAGIO should contribute positively to the care of patients with Multiple Sclerosis,” said Dr. Edgardo Cristiano, Head of the Neurology Department of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

About AUBAGIO ®

AUBAGIO is an immunomodulator with anti-inflammatory properties. Although the exact mechanism of action for AUBAGIO …read more

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Dow Spotlight Stock of the Week: Hewlett-Packard

By Matt Thalman, The Motley Fool

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In 2013, Hewlett-Packard has been the best-performing component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average . Shares are up more than 54%, while the Dow itself has risen by only 11.15%, and its second best-performing component, Travelers , has climbed by just 17.53% in comparison. But this past week gave us HP‘s worst performance so far this year, with a 7.84% drop — its first decline since the week of Feb. 11.

So what happened?
On Monday, one of the company’s top executives, Senior Vice President Ajei Gopal, announced that he’s leaving the company to join Silver Lake Partners — the private-equity group that’s attempting to take Dell private. Gopal will probably play a large role in helping Silver Lake turn Dell around, considering he’s helped in the same capacity at HP. But HP‘s turnaround is far from complete, so this isn’t a move HP shareholders wanted to see.

On Tuesday, Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope lowered HP stock from a “neutral” to a “sell,” saying he could see shares falling 31% from Monday’s closing price of $23.31. That means Shope believes that HP shares, which currently sit at $21.97, will drop to $16.09 sometime in the future.  

Wednesday brought little news, but shares fell again, probably in reaction to the downgrade. Then Thursday arrived with more drama, as the company announced that Ray Lane will step down as chairman of the board but will retain a seat. Board members John Hammergren and G. Kennedy Thompson also announced that they’ve chosen to resign from their positions.

Shares closed the day up 1.78%, but they resumed their tumble on Friday, falling another 1.48% during the trading session. The seesawing performance of the stock following the announcements indicates to me that shareholders have mixed feelings on the board members’ moves.

During the most recent shareholder meeting, when board members were re-elected, Hammergren and Thompson received only 54% and 55% of the vote, respectively. Lane didn’t do much better at 58%. Typically, board members receive more than 90% of the vote, so it was clear that a large portion of shareholders weren’t happy with the job these members had been doing. Most analysts cite the $11 billion Autonomy purchase, and the subsequent $8 billion writedown, as the source of shareholder discontent.

What now?
The loss of an SVP during a turnaround is definitely a negative. He probably knows what H-P has planned for the future, and now that he’s going to work on behalf of a competitor, he could use that knowledge against HP in some fashion.

The downgrade is also a negative, but much less of one. It’s just one person’s opinion and should be viewed that way. In the short term, the downgrade has already affected the share price and may put further downward pressure on the stock in the coming weeks, but it will ultimately have only short-term effects. A downgrade in no way has any impact on the overall health of …read more

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The AOL On Network and The Publishing Group of America to Form Strategic Partnership

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The AOL On Network and The Publishing Group of America to Form Strategic Partnership

Dual-Syndication Agreement Gives Publishing Group of America Access to The AOL On Network’s Massive Video Library and Distributes Original PGOA to New Audiences Around the Web

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– AOL Inc. (NYS: AOL) today announced a strategic partnership with the leading multimedia publisher Publishing Group of America (PGOA). The dual-syndication agreement brings video content from PGOA‘s digital properties Relish.com, Moneyliving.com, Spryliving.com and Americanprofile.com to sites on The AOL On Network. It also gives PGOA access to content from The AOL On Network which will be displayed on its various digital properties through the AOL On video player.

The AOL On Network will benefit from new and engaging video content closely aligned with topics that matter most to its audience, including recipe and how-to cooking videos, tips on how to make better financial decisions, diet- and fitness-related videos, and inspirational American history and travel-related stories. The partnership allows PGOA to attract new and relevant audiences online through exposure to The AOL On Network’s audience of 35 million unique visitors per month,* and bolsters the existing video libraries on Relish.com, Moneyliving.com, Spryliving.com and Americanprofile.com with carefully curated, short-form videos from The AOL On Network.

“Over the last decade at Publishing Group of America, we’ve strived to really understand our audience’s needs and provide them with relevant and engaging content, and we attribute much of our success and fast growth to this upheld commitment,” said Matt Arceneaux, Vice President of Digital at Publishing Group of America. “Partnering with The AOL On Network allows us to build upon our success by complementing our current offering with even more high quality content, while also giving us the opportunity to further grow our viewer base.”

“It’s no secret that Publishing Group of America is a true pioneer in the publishing industry, as evidenced through their rapid growth and innovation,” said Ran Harnevo, SVP of Video, The AOL On Network. “And, now over the last year, we’ve seen them shift to the digital media and video space and make a strong mark there as well. Given the synergies between our two brands and our deep expertise in the video space, we’re confident we can help bring their video strategy to the next level with our premium content and exposure to a vast audience online.”

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Nielsen Online Campaign RatingsTM Expands to Four New Markets Around the Globe

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Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings TM Expands to Four New Markets Around the Globe


Australia, Canada, Germany and Italy to Join U.S. and U.K. in Offering Innovative Online Advertising Measurement Solution

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, today announced it will expand the global footprint of its online advertising measurement solution, Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings. Currently available in the United States and United Kingdom, Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings is slated to launch in Australia, Canada, Germany and Italy in the coming weeks.

Quickly emerging as the standard for online campaign measurement, Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings measures the audience of online advertising, providing reach, frequency and gross rating point (GRP) metrics as well as demographics such as age and gender. The solution uses a patent-pending process combining traditional Nielsen TV and online panel data with aggregated, anonymous demographic information from participating online data providers, including Facebook.

“Bringing consistent, quality standard metrics to the industry will help advertisers prove the ROI for each dollar spent online and improve ROI for future campaigns,” said Brad Smallwood, VP, Measurement and Insights at Facebook. “Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings has helped drive marketers toward an audience-centric buying and selling approach in the U.S. and promises to similarly transform other markets by bringing that same standardization and accountability.”

“Having confidence that a brand is reaching the consumers it actually wants in paid digital media has greatly increased in the past couple years with the launch of Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings,” said Mark Kaline, Global Media Director, Kimberly-Clark Corporation. “Using Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings, we’re optimizing our brands’ reach based on the audiences that make sense for each commercial program—whether it’s a banner ad or a video commercial. Having that ability in more and more markets will go a long way in helping us drive higher paid digital ROIs around the globe.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Nielsen in piloting this important advancement in digital media measurement as it expands to new markets,” said Stacey Deziel, SVP, Director, Digital Strategy & Activation for Carat. “It is a very exciting time for us to be at the forefront of improving campaign delivery and effectiveness. We’re anxious to see how the Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings tool evolves and the impact using this data will have on our programs.”

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A Roomful Of Female Marketing Leaders Didn't Mention This Word

By Lisa Arthur, Contributor

Last month, I was honored to be named by Direct Marketing News to its “Marketing Hall of Femme.” Derived from DMN’s Spotlight interviews, which highlight the success strategies of senior marketing executives, the 2013 Marketing Hall of Femme recognized a total of 15 prominent female marketers, including: Rebecca Baker, CMO, Alvarez & Marsal Emma Carrasco, CMO, NPR Joan Chow, EVP, CMO, ConAgra Foods Beth Comstock, SVP & CMO, GE Lauren Crampsie, CMO, Ogilvy & Mather Vicky Free, CMO, BET Networks Anne Globe, CMO, Dreamworks Animation Leontyne Green Sykes, CMO, IKEA Denise Incandela, President, Saks Direct, CMO, Saks Mariann McDonagh, CMO, inContact Richelle Parham, CMO, eBay   Martine Reardon, CMO, Macy’s Susan Thronson, SVP, Global Marketing, Marriott Trish Wheaton, CMO, Wunderman Eight honorees attended the Hall of Femme awards ceremony and panel discussion in New York City, and I was thrilled to spend the afternoon in the company of these influential business leaders. …read more
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Higher Prices at JCPenney Means Lower Prices at jcp

By Robert Passikoff, Contributor There’s a wonderful Yiddish reflection that goes, “the difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits,” which may explain the difference between Apple stores and JCPenney/jcp. What’s interesting is the strategies for both retailers were set by the same person – Ron Johnson, formerly SVP of Retail Operations for Apple, currently CEO of jcp. It was JCPenney when he joined and announced his long and short-term strategies. …read more
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Smart Manufacturing Coalition-led Project Wins DOE Clean Energy Manufacturing Contract

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$10 Million Project to Launch Development of the Nation’s First Open Smart Manufacturing Technology Platform for Collaborative Networked Information Industrial Applications

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) today announced that it won a 2013 Clean Energy Manufacturing contract to start developing the nation’s first open smart manufacturing technology platform for collaborative industrial networked information applications. The innovative $10 million project, led by the SMLC, will receive $7.8 million in funding from the U.S. Dept. of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Program.

“Together, we intend to transform industrial productivity and energize a new era of innovation by empowering manufacturers with real-time, plant-wide workflow intelligence needed to deliver higher levels of game-changing competitiveness,” said Dean Bartles, SMLC Chairman and SVP, General Dynamics. “Smart Manufacturing infrastructures and approaches will also let operators make real-time use of ‘big data’ flows from fully-instrumented plants to improve safety, environmental impact and energy, water and materials use.”

The overall objectives of the initial SMLC project are to design and demonstrate this common platform that enables data modeling and simulation technologies to actively manage energy use in conjunction with plant production systems. The platform will show how real-time management of energy use as a key driver in business decisions can be applied across many small, medium and large U.S. manufacturing companies.

“For the past two decades, most U.S. manufacturers have managed energy efficiency in their factories and plants passively instead of actively as part of their production systems,” said R. Neal Elliott, Director of Research at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and a coalition board member. His research estimates that “We can reduce U.S. manufacturing energy intensity by more than half in the next 20 years as we begin to integrate smart technologies that actively manage energy use across entire manufacturing systems, plants and ultimately supply chains.”

The SMLC‘s Platform development approach uses industrial test beds with actual manufacturing data and applications to ensure it is driven by industry needs. The first two test beds funded by the DOE Clean Energy Manufacturing contract will be at a General Dynamics Army Munitions plant to optimize heat treating furnaces and at a Praxair Hydrogen Processing plant to optimize steam methane reforming furnaces. The test bed project technologies could demonstrate how …read more
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Newell Rubbermaid Strengthens Marketing Leadership With Key External Appointments

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Newell Rubbermaid Strengthens Marketing Leadership With Key External Appointments

Accelerates marketing transformation, development of bigger global brand ideas

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Newell Rubbermaid (NYS: NWL) today announced the appointment of two key marketing leaders to drive the company’s Growth Game Plan into action on its writing brands.

Hiroko Koide joins Newell Rubbermaid as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Fine Writing globally (Photo: Business Wire)

Hiroko Koide joins the company as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Fine Writing globally. Koide was previously the President and Representative Director of Parfums Christian Dior Japon K.K. and is currently on the external Board of Directors of Kirin Co. Ltd. She also has held key roles in marketing and brand development at Mars Japan Ltd. and Unilever Japan. With significant leadership experience in Japan and Asia, Koide will be based in Tokyo to be nearer the key markets in the region and where the company’s Parker® and Waterman® brands have significant growth opportunities.

Hisao “Victor” Misawa joins the company as Vice President of Marketing for the Writing & Creative Expression brands globally. Most recently, he was a Vice President of Marketing for Unilever North East Asia and has more than 20 years of global marketing leadership experience in both emerging and developed countries. Misawa’s proven track record in marketing and brand development in Asia makes him the ideal leader to expand the iconic Sharpie® and Paper Mate® brands into the rapidly growing markets of China and Southeast Asia. He will be based in Chicago with the company’s Writing & Creative Expression business.

“Hiroko and Victor are proven leaders with extensive experience in both developed and emerging markets,” said Richard Davies, Newell Rubbermaid‘s Chief Global Marketing and Insights Officer. “These new hires, combined with the increased marketing investment available from our organizational transformation, will further strengthen our capability to deliver bigger brand ideas and breakthrough marketing that will grow our categories at home and in markets around the world.”

Koide and Misawa join Newell Rubbermaid‘s new Marketing leadership team consisting of Rich Mathews, SVP of Marketing for Tools; Todd Huston, VP of Marketing for Commercial Products; Kristine Sickels, VP of Marketing for Home Solutions brands Calphalon®, Goody® and Levolor®; and Laurel Hurd, VP of Global Development for Baby & Parenting.

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HARMAN Names Ralph Santana as Chief Marketing Officer

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HARMAN Names Ralph Santana as Chief Marketing Officer

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, the leading global audio and infotainment group (NYS: HAR) today announced that Mr. Ralph Santana will be joining Harman as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective April 1, 2013. He will report directly to Dinesh C. Paliwal, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.

As Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Santana will assume responsibility for leading the global marketing organization and driving HARMAN‘s worldwide marketing strategy – creating dynamic marketing programs that drive profitable growth across HARMAN‘s lines of business.

Mr. Santana joins HARMAN from Samsung Electronics America, where he was SVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung North America. His responsibilities included accountability for Samsung’s brand communications, digital marketing, market intelligence, and product innovation team in North America. Previously, he spent 16 years at PepsiCo where he held a variety of executive marketing and senior product management roles that spanned North America and international business units.

He holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a B.A. in English Literature from Dartmouth College. He has also served as a Board member for the Association of National Advertisers and the National Sports Marketing Network. Mr. Santana will be based in Stamford, Connecticut.

“Ralph’s experience with global brands across many critical verticals makes him a perfect fit as HARMAN‘s new Chief Marketing Officer,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of HARMAN. “He has been recognized by his peers as a leader amongst marketers and we expect him to carry his insights and approach to our marketing organization and strengthen our brand programs going forward. We look forward to having him on our Executive Team at HARMAN.”

About HARMAN

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the year ended June 30, 2012. The Company’s shares are traded …read more
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William C. Phillips Joins California United Bank as SVP, Senior Relationship Manager

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William C. Phillips Joins California United Bank as SVP, Senior Relationship Manager

ENCINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– CU Bancorp (Nasdaq: CUNB), the parent company of wholly owned California United Bank, today announced that William C. Phillips has joined the bank as SVP, Senior Relationship Manager focusing on the Greater Los Angeles area. Mr. Phillips will be based out of California United Bank‘s South Bay office and focus on serving small- and middle-market businesses and business owners. Mr. Phillips has 20 years of banking experience and joins California United Bank from East West Bank, where he led a banking team focused on structured finance and C&I lending for middle-market companies in Southern California.

David I. Rainer, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of California United Bank and CU Bancorp, said, “We are very excited to add another highly experienced and accomplished banking executive to our relationship management team. I have known Bill for more than 15 years, and his knowledge of the Los Angeles market and thoughtful approach to developing highly customized financing and treasury solutions have helped him build an outstanding track record of finding, keeping and growing comprehensive banking relationships. He will be a great addition to our team and will play an integral part in the continued growth of the California United Bank franchise.”

Prior to serving as a Senior Vice President at East West Bank, Mr. Phillips was a Senior Vice President at Comerica Bank, where he worked for more than a decade, developing a significant loan and deposit portfolio in his office leadership role. Prior to Comerica, Mr. Phillips was a Vice President at California United Bank prior to its sale to Pacific Century Financial Corporation, the parent of Bank of Hawaii.

Mr. Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chapman University. He currently serves as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach.

About CU Bancorp and California United Bank

CU Bancorp is the parent of California United Bank. Founded in 2005, California United Bank provides a full range of financial services, including credit and deposit products, cash management, and internet banking to businesses, non-profits, entrepreneurs, professionals and high net worth individuals throughout Southern California from offices in the San Fernando Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley, the Conejo Valley, Simi Valley, Los Angeles, South Bay, and Orange County. To view CU Bancorp’s most recent financial information, please visit the Investor Relations section of the Company’s Web site. Information on …read more
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