Sabre’s technology empowers Royal Jordanian to drive new insights into improved network planning

AMMAN, Jordan and SOUTHLAKE, Texas, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, has signed a new agreement with Royal Jordanian to provide the carrier with a suite of technology to help plan its network of flights.

Airline network planning departments face several challenges, such as proactively and accurately informing network planners about which markets to serve and determining the right markets in which to codeshare.  Under the new multi-year agreement, Royal Jordanian will benefit from the Sabre Network Planning suite of technology, which will help it address these challenges.

Through the suite – which includes Schedule Manager, Slot Manager, Profit Manager, and Fleet Manager – Royal Jordanian will be able to optimize its network of flights based on a number of market conditions.  The airline will also enjoy more accurate forecasting and analysis of its network, enabling it to deploy its aircraft more effectively.

„Royal Jordanian already has a strong brand and a history of great success in the Middle Eastern region,” said Dino Gelmetti, vice president EMEA, Airline Solutions at Sabre. „The market conditions of the region are now rapidly evolving; larger carriers are facing increased competition from low-cost carriers, so airlines like Royal Jordanian are adopting industry-leading data and technology to be more responsive to sudden market and competitor changes.”

Royal Jordanian operates more than 500 flights per week to 44 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

„We are among the most successful carriers in the Levant region and have an opportunity to keep on growing,” said President and CEO of Royal Jordanian Captain Suleiman Obeidat.  „In order to maintain our strong reputation and performance, we need to adapt ourselves to the needs of the regional market we serve and make sure we are using our resources efficiently.  Sabre’s technology will give us a new level of insight, enabling us to make better network planning decisions that will improve our profitability and enable us to invest more in enhancing the experience for our passengers.”

Sabre provides technology and consultancy services to more than 225 airlines, including most of the world’s largest carriers. Sabre’s broad suite of flexible and scalable software solutions allows airlines to operate how they want to and adapt their business to changing needs and requirements.  Most of the world’s largest carriers already use Sabre’s technology to address their biggest challenges – increasing revenue, minimizing costs and providing an enhanced travel experience.

About Sabre
Sabre Corporation is a leading technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of estimated travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre operates offices in approximately 160 countries around the world.

About Royal Jordanian
Being the national carrier of Jordan and a leading carrier in the region, Royal Jordanian’s vision is to connect Jordan and the Levant with the world.

From its hub at Queen Alia International Airport, RJ operates a fleet of 25 comfortable aircraft to reach 44 direct destinations and some of 1,000 cities in more than 150 countries through our airline partners in the oneworld airline alliance. The fleet comprises of Boeing 787s, A320s, A321s, A319s and Embraer regional jets. 

Royal Jordanian also offers a wide range of complimentary services and amenities for travelers, including ample leg room and generous food and beverage offerings. Our aircraft provide state-of-the art in-flight entertainment with audio-video on demand, giving passengers a great choice of viewing material.

We are focused on providing an extensive travel network for our passengers via Amman to Europe, the US and Canada, North Africa and the Far East.

For further information, please visit www.rj.com. Follow us at www.facebook.com/RoyalJordanian, Twitter: @RoyalJordanian, Instagram: royaljordanianairlines

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Poor pharma digital marketing damages credibility with physicians, Manhattan Research study finds

BURLINGTON, Mass., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Physicians value useful content from pharma that helps them do their jobs and manage care better, such as quality scientific information, patient education and diagnosis tools. However, physicians say that most of what they get from drug companies online is just advertising and they feel few pharmas are doing a good job at providing quality digital content, according to the Manhattan Research Taking the Pulse® U.S. 2017 study. As a result, just 27% of physicians say they find pharma websites to be a credible source of professional information.

The findings are based on a survey of 2,784 U.S. physicians across 25+ specialties, exploring their use of emerging technology, how they find information and make decisions, and what they want from pharma companies.

Key physician findings from the Taking the Pulse® U.S. 2017 study:

  • Poor-quality digital scientific content: Quality scientific content is essential to earning physician trust – 70% of U.S. physicians agree „it is crucial that pharma companies provide education resources rooted in science to gain my trust.” However, half of all U.S. physicians say that no pharma company is providing quality scientific content online.
  • Physicians feeling ad overload: 62% of physicians agree that the info pharma companies provide on third-party websites for healthcare professionals „are always ads” for their products, and only one in three (34%) trust the information pharmas provide on these websites. Physicians want more from pharma on these websites – for example, 54% of cardiologists want pharma-sponsored continuing medical education on non-pharma websites for providers, and 46% of urologists want disease diagnosis tools.
  • Lackluster videos: 49% of physicians who watch professional online video agree it influences their clinical decisions, yet 52% of physicians don’t think that any pharma company is doing a good job at providing quality physician video content.
  • Mobile missteps: 86% of physicians use a smartphone to access digital resources for professional purposes, but 41% of smartphone users don’t visit pharma websites more often because it takes too long to find the information they need.

Comments from Decision Resources Group analysts:

  • „Pharmas are doing a better job of providing a variety of digital content to physicians than they have in the past,” said Kelly Pinola, Senior Analyst, Physician Research. „However, physicians are telling us that pharma brands continue to disappoint when it comes to delivering the basic information they need to support their practices. Pharma needs to dial down the promotional messaging and lead with valuable educational resources in order to regain physician trust. The good news for pharmas is that there’s an opportunity here for them to differentiate themselves as truly user-centered organizations.”
  • „What this study tells us is that pharma marketers need to stop chasing tech trends and refocus on what their customers really need to make better medical decisions and improve patient care,” said Pinola. „Somewhere on the road to digital innovation, pharma lost sight of its core mission to serve physicians as partners in care. Instead of implementing new technologies just for the sake of it, pharma marketers should think about the needs of their customers and deliver solutions that address those needs.”

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Senior Analyst Kelly Pinola will be sharing findings from the Taking the Pulse® study to help pharma brands create more effective physician marketing campaigns by understanding what their physicians want, how they want to interact with brands, and what drives prescriptions.

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  • Understand your physicians’ challenges and needs and how to create content and campaigns that will resonate with them
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  • Focus on the channels, media and content that are most influential on Rx decisions
  • Identify best practices for portals/websites, search, publisher partnerships, mobile, video, tablet reps, scientific content, and more
  • Based on Manhattan Research’s Taking the Pulse® and ePharma Physician® studies, 25+ physician specialty groups available

Contact digital@teamdrg.com to learn more.

Additional Resources:

  • An infographic summarizing additional Taking the Pulse® key findings can be found here.

About Decision Resources Group
DRG, a subsidiary of Piramal Enterprises Ltd., is the premier source for global healthcare data and market intelligence. A trusted partner for over 20 years, DRG helps companies competing in the global healthcare industry make informed business decisions. Organizations committed to the developing and delivering life-changing therapies to patients rely on DRG’s in-house team of expert healthcare analysts, data scientists, and consultants for critical guidance. DRG products and services, built on extensive data assets and delivered by experts, empower organizations to succeed in complex healthcare markets.

To learn more, visit www.decisionresourcesgroup.com.

About DRG Digital
DRG Digital, a part of DRG, is the life science industry’s decision support partner for data-driven customer engagement and marketing. DRG Digital’s Manhattan Research studies have been the industry’s go-to source for physician, patient and payer multichannel behavior and attitudes and digital best practices for more than 15 years. Brands, marketers and digital teams at 40+ leading life sciences companies rely on our experts, research and analytics to understand their customers and engage them with the right channels, content and messaging.

Visit www.DRGDigital.com or follow @DRGDigital to keep up to date on our analysts’ thinking and access eBooks, infographics, webinars and other resources.

All company, brand, or product names contained in this document may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

For more information, contact:

Decision Resources Group
Maureen Malloy
(610) 724-2589
mmalloy@teamdrg.com

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Tech Data Executives Recognized on CRN’s 2017 Women of the Channel List

CLEARWATER, Fla., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq: TECD) today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named five of its U.S.-based executives to its prestigious 2017 Women of the Channel list. The Tech Data executives honored on this list are Christy Anderson, vice president, Sales Operations; Trisha Cooke, vice president, Supplier Technology Solutions; Michelle Curtis, senior manager, Smart IoT Solutions practice, Americas; Deena Piquion, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Latin America Export; and Andrea Short, director, Supplier Solutions, HPE.

The executives who comprise this annual list span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Each is recognized for her outstanding leadership, vision and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation. CRN editors select the Women of the Channel honorees based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.

During a year in which Tech Data announced its transformative acquisition of Avnet’s Technology Solutions business, specific accomplishments for the Tech Data executives recognized as CRN Women of the Channel for 2017 include:

  • Christy Anderson and her team set the foundation for incremental success by soliciting feedback from customers and suppliers to enable appropriate changes. This initiative, which involved a thorough skills assessment of the Inside Sales team, a detailed evaluation of partner expectations, and alignment and role changes, helped drive process improvements and increased collaboration. Anderson was also named to CRN‚s „Power 100” list, a subset of the Women of the Channel honoring an exemplary record of success and level of influence in the channel, for the third straight year.
  • Trisha Cooke worked to combine the Pre-Sales Technical Support and Integrated Solutions teams into a single organization, making major strides in helping customers grow their businesses in the third platform. The Technical Field Sales team engaged with more than 600 partners around technical support on supplier products and services designed to support high-growth second- and third-platform solutions specializing in the converged and hyper-converged market, delivering over 1,000 one-on-one partner certification mappings to enable the company’s partner base. This year marks Cooke’s second straight selection to CRN‚s Women of the Channel list.
  • Michelle Curtis was instrumental in the launch and growth of Tech Data’s Smart IoT Solutions practice in the Americas, working with vendor partners, customers, and end users across the region to drive solutions, foster partner relationships and develop proof of concepts. Curtis was also named to CRN‚s „Up & Comers” list, a subset the Women of the Channel list that identifies rising stars whose initiative and creative thinking have positioned their companies for success and are helping to shape the future of the IT channel.
  • Deena Piquion successfully structured the joint Sales and Product Marketing organizations for Tech Data’s Latin America Export business, better aligning them with customer needs by solution and providing increased value to channel partners.
  • Andrea Short led the creation and expansion of partnerships with tiered resellers and suppliers, collaborating with her internal peer groups to produce thousands of leads for the company’s channel partners through innovative closed-loop marketing programs.

„Christy, Trisha, Michelle, Deena and Andrea epitomize our organization’s dedication and commitment to collaborating closely with our customers and vendor partners to profitably grow their businesses,” said Joe Quaglia, president, the Americas at Tech Data. „All five of these talented leaders helped our channel community capitalize on high-growth opportunities and navigate the rapidly evolving technology market. We are proud of their well-deserved industry recognition from CRN and the positive impact they have had in positioning Tech Data and our partners for long-term success.”

„These extraordinary executives support every aspect of the channel ecosystem, from technical innovation to marketing to business development, working tirelessly to keep the channel moving into the future,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. „They are creating and elevating channel partner programs, developing fresh go-to-market strategies, strengthening the channel’s network of partnerships and building creative new IT solutions, among many other contributions. We congratulate all the 2017 Women of the Channel on their stellar accomplishments and look forward to their future success.”

The 2017 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/wotc.

Click to tweet: @TheChannelCo names @Tech_Data’s Anderson, Cooke, Curtis, Piquion, Short @CRN 2017 Women of the Channel list #WOTC17 www.CRN.com/wotc.

About Tech Data

Tech Data Corporation is one of the world’s largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value-added services enable 115,000 resellers to efficiently and cost-effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users in more than 100 countries. Tech Data generated $26.2 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017. It is ranked No. 108 on the Fortune 500® and one of Fortune’s „World’s Most Admired Companies.” To learn more, visit www.techdata.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

©2017. The Channel Company, LLC. CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Public Relations Manager, Americas 
Tech Data Corporation 
480.794.7426 
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Billaway Partners with Mobolize to Increase Customer Lifetime Value for Mobile Network Operators

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and NEW YORK, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Mobolize and Billaway announced a partnership to increase long-term customer retention and stimulate data usage for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). The white-labeled solution can be integrated quickly and at no cost, providing MNOs and MVNOs a new source of revenue.

Mobilize provides its patented, on-device software used by mobile operators globally to see, control and monetize data. Billaway’s turn-key integration connects mobile operators with advertisers and brands, ultimately providing mobile subscribers with the ability to earn free mobile airtime and data by participating in activities. Together, the companies are enabling a powerful way to deliver alternative data monetization solutions – leading this new industry trend.

Gone are the days when consuming more data always meant spending more money. The companies’ Mobile Rewards Program enables users to earn data in exchange for participation in marketing initiatives like surveys, sweepstakes and downloading games – shifting payment for data usage to advertisers. This offers users a free and easy way to top-up their plans, while brands build awareness and get deeper insights into consumer needs and interests.

Mobolize helps mobile operators become consumer champions with its MOBOLIZE | Optimize and MOBOLIZE | Secure solutions. Users get as much as four times more from their existing data plan, letting the operator stand out in competitive markets. And also can ensure their data is protected when on unprotected Wi-Fi hotspots.

„With our focus on providing mobile operators the ability to increase customer lifetime value (CLV) through customer-first solutions such as enabling subscribers to get more from their data plans, it was a natural fit for us to partner with Billaway,” said Philip Mustain, Chairman and CEO of Mobolize. „Now we also can provide mobile operators an easy way to offer mobile rewards to their subscribers.”

Billaway improves and differentiates the value proposition of loyalty programs for mobile operators, connecting them with brands and offers that deliver strong customer engagement. Its programs help mobile operators reduce churn and assist at bettering the overall customer experience.

„By adding Mobolize’s data orchestration capabilities into our mobile app, we give mobile operators more reasons for their subscribers to download the Mobile Rewards app,” said Paul Harkins, Chairman and CEO of Billaway. „This extends the capabilities of our industry-leading solutions and we’re excited to be working with such great clients.”

Earning Mobile Rewards is a new and more flexible approach to sponsored data, where an advertiser pays for some of a user’s mobile data. But with Mobile Rewards, the user can use that data for any of their mobile use, not just a single, sponsored app. It’s also better for the advertiser because the users’ feedback gives them valuable insight into user needs.

About Mobolize
Mobolize’s software enables telecommunications operators to See, Control and Monetize all the data on users’ mobile devices on any cellular or Wi-Fi network. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) and third-party developers use Mobolize’s Secure Wi-Fi, Real-time Alerts and Content Control solutions to enhance customer experience and increase revenue. Mobolize is based in Santa Monica, Calif. USA. To learn more about Mobolize, visit http://www.mobolize.com.

About Billaway
Billaway is a cloud-based marketing technology platform that seamlessly enables the conversion of global currencies, earned by consumers through their everyday activities, directly into free mobile airtime. Billaway’s turn-key integration connects mobile operators with advertisers and brands. This creates a more meaningful relationship with their customers. The company is based in New York City and operates in multiple countries including the United Kingdom and South Africa.  For more information, go to www.billawayglobal.com

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Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Grew 2.6 Percent in 2016, According to Final Results by Gartner

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Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $343.5 billion in 2016, a 2.6 percent increase from 2015 revenue of $334.9 billion, according to final results by Gartner, Inc. The top 25 semiconductor vendors’ combined revenue increased 10.5 percent, a significantly better performance than the overall industry’s growth; however, most of this growth resulted from merger and acquisition (M&A) activity.

The semiconductor industry rebounded in 2016, with a weak start to the year, characterized by inventory correction, giving way to strengthening demand and an improving pricing environment in the second half,” said James Hines research director at Gartner. „Worldwide semiconductor revenue growth was supported by increasing production in many electronic equipment segments, improving NAND flash memory pricing and relatively benign currency movements.”

Intel retained its No. 1 position as the largest semiconductor manufacturer and grew its semiconductor revenue 4.6 percent in 2016 (see Table 1). Samsung Electronics continued to maintain the No. 2 spot with 11.7 percent market share.

Table 1. Top 10 Semiconductor Vendors by Revenue, Worldwide, 2016 (Millions of Dollars)

2015 Rank

2016 Rank

Vendor

2016 Revenue

2016
Market Share (%)

2015 Revenue

2015-2016 Growth (%)

1

1

Intel

54,091

15.7

51,690

4.6

2

2

Samsung Electronics

40,104

11.7

37,852

5.9

4

3

Qualcomm

15,415

4.5

16,079

-4.1

3

4

SK hynix

14,700

4.3

16,374

-10.2

17

5

Broadcom Ltd. (formerly Avago)

13,223

3.8

4,543

191.1

5

6

Micron Technology

12,950

3.8

13,816

-6.3

6

7

Texas Instruments

11,901

3.5

11,635

2.3

7

8

Toshiba

9,918

2.9

9,162

8.3

12

9

NXP Semiconductors

9,306

2.7

6,517

42.8

10

10

Media Tek

8,725

2.5

6,704

30.1

Others

153,181

44.6

160,562

-4.6

Total Market

343,514

100.0

334,934

2.6

Source: Gartner (May 2017)

Consolidation continued to play a major role in the market share rankings, with several large companies growing through acquisitions. Merger and acquisition activity among the major vendors in 2016 included Avago Technologies’ acquisition of Broadcom Corp. to become Broadcom Ltd., On Semiconductor’s acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor, and Western Digital’s acquisition of SanDisk. The largest mover in the top 25 was Broadcom Ltd., which moved up 12 places in the market share ranking.

„The combined revenue of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased by 10.5 percent during 2016 and accounted for a 74.9 percent share, outperforming the rest of the market, which saw a 15.6 percent revenue decline,” said Mr. Hines. „However, these results are skewed by the large amount of M&A activity during 2015 and 2016. If we adjust for this M&A activity by adding the revenue of each acquired company to the revenue of the acquirer for both 2015 and 2016 where necessary, then the top 25 vendors would have experienced a 1.9 percent revenue increase, and the rest of the market would have increased by 4.6 percent.”

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Auto Lease Credit Approvals Rate Drops Heading Into Late Spring

Auto Lease Credit Approvals Rate Drops Heading Into Late Spring

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Monthly Lease Credit Approval Rates Decease by 20.0% in April

CINCINNATI, OH–(Marketwired – May 15, 2017) – Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports car lease credit applicants registered only a 60.0% approval rate for April, a 20.0% decrease from March (75.0%). A year ago, the approvals rate was 69.9% during the same month.

April’s lease credit approval rate took a dip compared to last month (75.5%). Last year’s number for the same month was slightly higher, registering at 69.9%. Following the trend of previous years, it is likely that next month’s numbers will remain at or below this level. Historically, late summer months like July, August and September tend to be the time of year when car lease credit approval rates increase again.

„It’s not uncommon that the lease credit approval rates drop slightly as we head into the summer months,” said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of Swapalease.com. „We have seen this trend over the past three years and typically the rates pick back up closer to July. Perhaps this is an indication of more people out shopping for a lease and thus applying, and an influx of applicants usually brings a more diverse range of credit histories.”

Swapalease.com matches a person wanting out of their existing vehicle lease contract with a car shopper looking to take over a short-term vehicle lease. The marketplace has several thousands of cars and trucks available for transfer to anywhere in the continental U.S.

About Swapalease.com:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Swapalease.com is the world’s largest automotive lease marketplace and the pioneer in facilitating lease transfers online. More specifically Swapalease.com matches individuals who want to get out of their lease with people who are looking for short-term lease agreements. Prospective buyers can search the listings for the exact vehicle they want, and then register for a nominal fee, allowing them to use Swapalease.com’s safe online system to contact the prospective seller and close the deal. For more information about Swapalease.com or how to exit your lease early, call 866-SWAPNOW or visit www.swapalease.com.

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Facilities Show and Autonomous FM Add Another Phenomenal Inspirational Speaker to the 2017 June Keynote Programme

LONDON, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Following the announcement last month of Facilities Show’s best ever keynotes; rock star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE; double Olympic gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes; and Falklands War veteran, Simon Weston OBE, Facilities Show and Autonomous FMS are thrilled to reveal a fourth inspirational speaker for this year’s event. Nigel Owens MBE, acknowledged as the best referee in rugby union, will join these phenomenal speakers on stage to discuss operating at peak performance and making tough decisions.

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Taking place as part of the Protection and Management Series 2017, Europe’s leading events for security, fire, safety, workwear, facilities and service management, at London’s ExCeL from 20-22 June 2017, these four keynotes will support over 30 hours of dedicated facilities seminars.

This Inspirational Speaker Series gives visitors the opportunity to hear from leaders outside of the facilities profession, whose achievements are world-class and incredibly inspiring. Taking place in the Keynote Theatre, sponsored by Honeywell, these four keynotes will captain the 2017 speaker programme.
About the inspirational keynotes:

Nigel Owens MBE, presenting 21 June, 13.30 14.00, on Peak performance and tough decisions: a personal story from ‚the best referee in rugby union’ will give an insight into remaining firm and impartial under huge pressure. The World Cup Final referee is widely considered to be the best official in rugby union. He implements rules fairly but allows the game to flow; he imposes his authority – but he isn’t afraid to show a sense of humour on the pitch. He’s also the only openly gay official in what’s seen as an especially macho sport. In speeches Nigel talks about the hurdles he had to overcome, and the skills you require to make tough decisions with tough characters. Following his keynote speech, Nigel will be around for questions, photos and autographs at the Autonomous FMS Ltd’s stand, T840, in the Facilities Show.

Dame Kelly Holmes, presenting 20th June, 11.30 12.30 and joining a panel debate 12.30 – 13.15 is best known for her success in the 2004 Olympics, where she won two golds and became only the second woman in history to claim the 800m and 1500m titles for British athletics. Prior to her success on the track she served almost 10 years in the military and was awarded an MBE for her services to the British Army. What many people may not know is that she has also battled with depression, and at Safety & Health Expo, following her keynote speech, Dame Kelly has agreed to share her struggles on the show’s mental health panel discussion. This will immediately follow her speech on ‚having the passion, compassion and courage to succeed’ on 20th June.

Professor Brian Cox OBE, presenting 21st June, 11.30 12.30 is one of UKs most famous (and dare say favourite) physicists, having made the world of science so engaging and accessible to the masses. He has played a key part in the ATLAS and CERN Large Hadron Collider projects, whilst still finding time to take part in TV programmes such as ‚Wonders of the Universe’ and ‚Wonders of the Solar System’, which have been viewed around the world by millions. Many will also know him from his keyboard-playing days in ‚D:Ream, the pop band behind the 90’s hit single, ‚Things Can Only Get Better’. Professor Cox will be ‚Exploring the Universe’ with us on 21st June.

Simon Weston CBE, presenting 22nd June, 11.30 12.30 was aboard HMS Sir Galahad with the Welsh guard regiment when it was bombed by Argentinean planes during the Falklands War. The horrific burns he suffered required a series of operations that continue to this day. Despite his injuries and the physical and mental suffering, Simon’s life is an example of great personal triumph and courage. He is a true role model for positive mental attitude and overcoming hardship. Simon will share his very personal story about ‚turning adversity into opportunity’ on 22nd June.

Brand Director for the OSH portfolio Chris Edwards commented „Since we launched the inspirational speaker programme at Protection & Management in 2015 we’ve seen a phenomenal amount of interest from visitors, so the keynote scheme is something that we continue to invest heavily in. I think it’s fair to say that for most events any one of this year’s speakers would be a marquee signing so to have all four appear is quite a coup. I look forward to seeing a packed auditorium at ExCeL in June.”

Facilities Show is part of UBM EMEA’s Protection & Management Series, the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. The series incorporates major events Safety & Health Expo, Professional Clothing Show, IFSEC International, FIREX International, Facilities Show and Service Management Expo, which attract more than 45,000 attendees annually over three days to ExCeL London, with 1,600 suppliers showcasing their latest products, and 150 hours of seminars, workshops and keynote speeches.

To register to attend Facilities Show and hear from these incredible speakers, plus much more, please click here.

About UBM EMEA:
UBM EMEA connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, Ecobuild, Seatrade, and many others, UBM EMEA exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across seven industry sectors.

Notes to editor: 
For further information, comment or to arrange an interview please contact:
Ricky Abate | Content Marketing Executive | UBM 
t: +33-(0)20-7921-8192 | twitter: @Ricky_UBM1

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Phillips Distilling Company Joins Mezcal Movement With The Addition Of Award-Winning Marca Negra

MINNEAPOLIS, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Phillips Distilling Co., established in 1912, announced today the addition of Double Gold award-winning Marca Negra Mezcal to its portfolio. The brand joins the Phillip’s Distilling Co.’s growing family of premium and ultra-premium spirits which includes Prairie Organic Vodkas, Prairie Organic Gin, UV Premium Vodkas, Casa Centinela Tequilas, Tomatin Scotch Whisky, La Hechicera Aged Rum, and Revel Stoke Whisky, among others.

„For a while now, we have been hearing from mixologists across the country about their increased interest in mezcal, we have been searching for the perfect opportunity to join this leading edge category,” said Mike Duggan, CEO of Phillips Distilling Co. „In Marca Negra we found the ideal ultra-premium partner to complement brands like Prairie Organic Spirits, Tomatin Scotch, Casa Centinela Tequilas, La Hechicera Aged Rum, to balance our ultra-premium portfolio. We couldn’t be more honored to welcome Marca Negra to our family.”

Marca Negra currently offers six different ultra-premium expressions – Espadín, Dobadan, Tobalá, Ensamble, San Martin, and Tepeztate – made in different locations and styles, rendering each with complex, sophisticated flavors and elegant finishes. With over 30 different varieties of agave that can be used to make mezcal, Marca Negra’s expressions are each uniquely distilled with different varietals and conventions that result in very distinct tasting notes. Each of the expressions are made following a fully organic process and adjusted to the distiller’s taste profile, typically resulting in proofs that range from 95 to 105. 

During this year’s prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Marca Negra set a standard of quality and excellence earning a Double Gold Medal for its Tobalá Mezcal.

„Mezcal Marca Negra is poised for growth in the North American market,” said Pedro Quintanilla, co-founder and managing partner, Marca Negra. „Given the interest in mezcal among U.S. consumers, it was important for us to partner with a company that not only understands the intricacies of artisanal spirits, but also has the resources to amplify our reach.  We were very impressed with Phillips Distilling Co.’s proven track record and could not have asked for a better partner to help us grow our brands.”   

Marca Negra is currently launching across the country.  Depending on the expression, a 750 ml bottle of Mezcal Marca Negra will retail between $54.99-$199.99.  

About Phillips Distilling Company

Phillips Distilling Company (Phillips) is one of the most innovative and enduring distilled spirits companies in the North America. Over 105 years in the making, Phillips Distilling Co. continues to produce high-quality products using only the finest ingredients, sourced from around the globe. From America’s first schnapps in the 1930s to flavored vodka in the 1950s to flavored whiskey in the 1990s, Phillips is consistently a pioneer in the spirits industry. The Phillips portfolio includes UV Vodka flavored vodkas, Prairie Organic SpiritsRevel Stoke WhiskiesCasa Centinela Tequilas, La Hechicera Aged Rum, Tomatin Scotch Whiskies, Trader Vic’s Rum, and Phillips Spirits. As always, Phillips Distilling Co. reminds you to enjoy all of its products in moderation. The company is based in Minneapolis. www.phillipsdistilling.com

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Mizuho Americas to Host Global SMID-Cap Opportunities Conference

BOSTON, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Mizuho Americas today announced that it will host its Global SMID-Cap Opportunities Conference on May 18 at the Langham Hotel in Boston. The conference will provide an exclusive opportunity for investors to engage in one-on-one meetings with C-suite level executives from fifteen participating small and mid-cap companies across multiple sectors.

Participating companies expected to attend span the healthcare, pharmaceutical, real estate, software, automotive, energy, manufacturing and industrial sectors.

The event will also feature a keynote lunch conversation between Mizuho Chief US Economist Steven Ricchiuto and Rick Telesco, Managing Director, US Equity Trading. The discussion topic, „Temper Expectations!” will explore Ricchiuto’s muted growth forecast for equity markets, as well as the impact of GDP on SMID-Cap stocks.

„We take great pride in our service-oriented approach to delivering actionable insights and business opportunities for clients on both the investment and corporate sides of our equity business,” said Matt DeSalvo, Head of Equities, Mizuho Americas.

Mizuho Americas is dedicated to helping the world’s best companies stand out through global events and tailored conferences. The inaugural Global Mizuho Investor Conference (MIC) NY was held in November 2016 and will take place again this December. The MIC brings Mizuho’s clients together with key decision-makers and executives across the energy, financials, healthcare, industrials, REITs, TMT, consumer and utilities sectors in a one-on-one setting.

For more information, please contact Mizuho Americas Corporate Access at corporate.access@us.mizuho-sc.com.

About Mizuho Americas

Mizuho Americas is a leading financial institution comprising several legal entities, which together offer clients corporate and investment banking, financing, securities, treasury services, asset management, research and more. With professionals in offices throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Chile, Mizuho’s operations in the Americas connect a broad client base of major corporations, financial institutions and public sector groups to local markets and a vast global network. Learn more at mizuhoamericas.com

Mizuho Americas is an integral part of the Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: MFG). Mizuho Financial Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, offering comprehensive financial and strategic services including private banking and venture capital through its subsidiaries. The group has over 900 offices and 56,000 employees worldwide in nearly 40 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA, and Asia. At the end of 2016, its total assets were $1.8 trillion. Learn more about Mizuho Financial Group at mizuho-fg.co.jp/english

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Affordable Dentures & Implants® Opens Harrisonburg, Va. Practice

HARRISONBURG, Va., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Michael Doe, DMD has announced the grand opening of the newest affiliated Affordable Dentures & Implants® practice in Harrisonburg, Va., set to open Thursday, May 18. The dental practice is located at 1790 E. Market St., Suite 82, Harrisonburg, in the Spotswood Valley Square shopping center. The Harrisonburg opening marks the twelfth Virginia practice in the Affordable Dentures & Implants® affiliated network.

As part of the Harrisonburg practice’s grand opening, patients can print and redeem an online coupon to enjoy 10% off all dentures as part of a promotion beginning Thursday, May 18 and ending Thursday, June 29. The coupon and full promotional details can be found on the practice’s website.

The new dental practice aims to increase access to critically-needed tooth replacement services in Harrisonburg by offering free consultations and x-rays for new patients. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and more than 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth on one or both arches.

Dr. Doe’s affiliated practice providing Affordable Dentures & Implants® delivers tooth replacement care – including dentures, extractions and dental implants – at affordable fees. The practice features its own on-site dental lab, which adds convenience and value for patients. The practice opens at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, or to make an appointment, patients may call the practice at 1-800-DENTURE (1-800-336-8873).

About Affordable Dentures & Implants®

Founded in 1975, Affordable Dentures & Implants® today is the largest network of providers concentrating on denture and implant services in the U.S., with more than 230 affiliated practices in 39 states. Each affiliated practice is individually owned and operated by a licensed, general dentist to provide dentures and implants crafted to each patient’s treatment needs, delivered with the highest levels of professionalism and care. More than six million patients have received services from an Affordable Dentures & Implants®-affiliated practice.

Affordable Dentures & Implants® practices provide dentures, partial dentures, dental implants and tooth extractions. Every practice has its own on-site dental lab, which adds convenience and value for patients.

For more information about Affordable Dentures & Implants®, visit www.affordabledentures.com. To learn more about dental practice ownership and career opportunities, visit careers.affordabledentures.com.

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