Daily Archives: March 26, 2020

HEINEKEN appoints new Regional Presidents for Europe and Asia Pacific

IMAGE Soren Hagh
Soren Hagh
IMAGE Jacco van der Linden
IMAGE Jacco van der Linden

Amsterdam, 26 March 2020 – Heineken N.V. today announces the appointments of Soren Hagh as President of the Europe region and Jacco van der Linden as President of the Asia Pacific region, both per 1 June 2020.  Soren Hagh and Jacco van der Linden will join the HEINEKEN Executive Team per that same date.

Soren Hagh will succeed Stefan Orlowski who is currently Regional President for Europe, and whose decision to leave the company was announced on February 11, 2020. Soren Hagh is at present Managing Director of HEINEKEN Italy and previously was HEINEKEN’s Executive Director Global Marketing. He joined HEINEKEN in 2013 and prior to that, he held a number of senior management positions at Lego, Diageo and L’Oréal, including General Manager EMEA for Lancôme. Soren Hagh will work closely with his successor to help HEINEKEN Italy through the COVID-19 crisis.

Jacco van der Linden will succeed Dolf van den Brink, who is currently Regional President for Asia Pacific. As announced on 11 February 2020, Dolf van den Brink is nominated to be appointed as member of the Executive Board at the upcoming company’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and to succeed Jean-François van Boxmeer as Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO on 1 June 2020.

Jacco van der Linden is currently Managing Director of HEINEKEN Vietnam and previously was Managing Director of HEINEKEN China. He joined HEINEKEN in 1999 and has held a number of senior international leadership roles in Commerce, in the UK, Nigeria, the Netherlands and Ireland.

Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, commented: “Obviously, the key focus for us is on running the company through the current unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. With our first priority the health and well-being of our people. At the same time, we are preparing for the future with these appointments. I am very pleased with Dolf’s choice of Soren Hagh leading our Europe region, and Jacco van der Linden leading our Asia Pacific region, per 1 June 2020. I want to express again my gratitude to Stefan Orlowski for his 22 years of great service to our company. He will leave HEINEKEN with our genuine thanks and best wishes for the future. Soren and Jacco have an outstanding track record delivering strong business results, and they both have great leadership, people and commercial skills. We are confident that Soren and Jacco will be very valuable in our Executive Team, and in leading the business and respective teams in their regions.”

Alexander Koch, currently Commercial Director of HEINEKEN Vietnam, will succeed Jacco van der Linden as Managing Director HEINEKEN Vietnam per 1 June 2020. Prior to Koch’s current position, he was Managing Director HEINEKEN Ivory Coast. Alexander Koch joined HEINEKEN as a Commercial Management Trainee in 1997.

Wietse Mutters, until recently Managing Director of BRANA S.A., HEINEKEN’s operating company in Haiti, will succeed Soren Hagh as Managing Director of HEINEKEN Italy as of May 1 2020. Prior to Mutters’ position in Haiti he worked for HEINEKEN in Macedonia, Nigeria, the Netherlands and DRC. Wietse Mutters joined HEINEKEN in 2008, as Project Manager at Brasseries de Bourbon, Reunion Island.

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HEINEKEN is the world’s most international brewer. It is the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands. Led by the Heineken® brand, the Group has a portfolio of more than 300 international, regional, local and specialty beers and ciders. HEINEKEN is committed to innovation, long-term brand investment, disciplined sales execution and focused cost management. Through “Brewing a Better World”, sustainability is embedded in the business. HEINEKEN has a well-balanced geographic footprint with leadership positions in both developed and developing markets. It employs over 85,000 employees and operates breweries, malteries, cider plants and other production facilities in more than 70 countries. Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. shares trade on the Euronext in Amsterdam. Prices for the ordinary shares may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbols HEIA NA and HEIO NA and on Reuters under HEIN.AS and HEIO.AS. HEINEKEN has two sponsored level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) programmes: Heineken N.V. (OTCQX: HEINY) and Heineken Holding N.V. (OTCQX: HKHHY). Most recent information is available on HEINEKEN’s website: www.theHEINEKENcompany.com and follow us on Twitter via @HEINEKENCorp.


Olympus Announces the 2019 Global Image of the Year Award Winners

Award recognizes the best in light microscopy imaging worldwide

Global winner, Ainara Pintor

Global winner Ainara Pintor, Spain, immunostaining of a mouse brain slice with two fluorophores

Hi-res images available here.

WALTHAM, Mass., March 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Olympus announces the winners of the Global Image of the Year Life Science Light Microscopy Award, a competition recognizing the best in life science imaging worldwide.

Ainara Pintor (Spain) was selected as the global winner for her vibrant image of an immonostained mouse brain slice with two fluorophores. She named her image “Neurogarden,” reflecting the brain’s complexity.

“There are over 70 million neurons in a mouse brain,” Pintor explained. “This shows what we can observe in the hippocampus of a single brain slice, in this case, taken from Thy1 transgenic mice.”

Pintor is thrilled to win Olympus’ first Global Image of the Year Award. “It’s a fantastic feeling that this image will cross borders and be seen all over the world!” said Pintor. For the grand prize, Pintor will choose an Olympus CX43 microscope with a DP27 digital camera or Olympus’ X Line objectives.

Asia-Pacific regional winner, Howard Vindin

Asia-Pacific regional winner Howard Vindin, autofluorescence image of a mouse embryo.

Three regional prizes were awarded to Howard Vindin (Australia) for Asia, Tagide deCarvalho (United States) for the Americas, and Alan Prescott (UK) for EMEA. Each regional winner will receive an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II digital camera. Honorable mentions include Ming-Der Lin, Nat Prunet, Justin Zoll, Tong Zhang, Daniela Malide, Hamed Rajabi, Rudolf Buechi, Martin Hailstone, and Nathan Renfro.

Olympus received over 400 submissions from 65 countries. All entries were evaluated on artistic and visual aspects, scientific impact, and microscope proficiency.

Satoshi Nakamura, Vice President, Scientific Solutions Global Marketing, Olympus Corporation, was thrilled with the quality and diversity of images submitted this year.

Americas regional winner, Tagide deCarvalho

Americas regional winner Tagide deCarvalho, tardigrade.

“I’m so impressed by the amazing response to our first Global Image of the Year Award,” said Nakamura. “The creative image submissions embody our contest’s mission of celebrating art in science. We hope this competition continues to inspire people to find beauty in an unexpected place—right under their microscope.”

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EMEA regional winner, Alan Prescott

EMEA regional winner Alan Prescott, frozen section of a mouse’s head.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., March 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today announced that the Align Foundation, the Company’s donor-advised fund through Fidelity Charitable, has pledged to donate US$1 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts globally. Align will also donate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks and is working with partners to source supplies for any additional PPE to help hospitals and healthcare providers that are treating patients with COVID-19.

“Our goal is to fund and then quickly identify communities and initiatives where contributions will be most impactful,” said Joe Hogan, Align Technology president and CEO. “Our top concern is the health and safety of our employees and their families, our doctor partners, their staff and patients and their families around the world. They are all part of communities that are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and we are committed to help protect them.”

As the world’s largest manufacturer of custom 3D-printed materials, Align is also reaching out to public and private sector organizations to offer its technology expertise and counsel on ways to reduce the scarcity of parts and materials for public health needs. Additionally, Align is exploring options to convert its custom manufacturing and tooling equipment to help meet critical needs.

About Align Technology, Inc.

Align Technology designs and manufactures the Invisalign® system, the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, and iTero® intraoral scanners and services. Align’s products help dental professionals achieve the clinical results they expect and deliver effective, cutting-edge dental options to their patients. Visit www.aligntech.com for more information.

For additional information about the Invisalign system or to find an Invisalign doctor in your area, please visit www.invisalign.com. For additional information about iTero digital scanning system, please visit www.itero.com.

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(408) 470-1180
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(828) 551-4201

Koch Engineered Solutions Acquires Sentient Energy In Initial Step Toward Building An Intelligent Electric Grid Platform

Sentient Energy’s industry leading Grid Analytics System to be foundation for new KES intelligent grid platform

Koch Engineered Solutions

Koch Industries

WICHITA, Kan., March 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Koch Engineered Solutions (KES), a unit of Koch Industries Inc., today announced it has acquired Sentient Energy. Sentient Energy is a leader in distribution grid transformation, providing intelligent line sensors and grid analytics software for fault detection, outage prevention, and safe, reliable power delivery.

“The acquisition of Sentient Energy is an exciting and important first step toward building an intelligent electric grid platform within KES,” said Don Brown, Vice President of Business Development at KES. “We believe the complementary capabilities of Sentient Energy and Koch Industries, such as our mutual expertise in sensors, software, and data analytics, will allow KES to build an important new business that offers solutions to make distribution grids more efficient and sustainable in the years to come. Sentient Energy has recorded exceptional growth over the years, and Koch’s global capabilities will help it scale even faster.”

Due to advances in technology and growing energy usage among businesses and households, the current electric distribution grid system is increasingly under stress. Aging infrastructure combined with rising distributed generation, such as rooftop solar panels, further penetration of electric vehicles, and the advent of microgrids, are making it more challenging for owners and operators of electric distribution grids to safely and reliably operate. The need to have better insights into the grid has never been greater.

Sentient Energy’s capabilities and innovative solutions enable electric utilities to significantly improve grid safety and reliability, lower grid management costs, extend the useful life of existing infrastructure, and prepare the grid for the increasing growth in distributed energy resources. Sentient Energy’s Grid Analytics System is unique in that it covers the entire distribution grid – overhead, lateral, and underground circuits. Their capabilities complement KES’s deep expertise in industrial value chains and will allow both companies to provide greater value for their customers – and ultimately for the end users who rely on electric power in their daily lives.

“The addition of Sentient Energy to KES is a natural step in our vision to become a preferred partner in delivering superior value by developing, integrating, and applying innovative technical and service solutions for industrial, and now electric utility, value chains,” added Dave Dotson, President of KES. “Similar to what we are doing in areas like mass transfer, combustion engineering, and separation, our vision to build an intelligent electric grid platform underscores our commitment to providing solutions that help our partners and customers solve their highest value challenges.”

Over $7 trillion is expected to be invested in electric transmission and distribution infrastructure through 2040, and currently only one percent of North America’s six million miles of power distribution lines are covered by intelligent sensors. Sentient Energy’s leadership in this industry along with KES’s time-tested solutions and capabilities will be crucial in revolutionizing the current distribution grid infrastructure and converting it to an intelligent electric grid that will serve generations to come.

“KES’s drive to create a new intelligent grid platform capable of meeting the distribution grid needs of today and tomorrow is exciting and innovative. Sentient Energy’s Grid Analytics System creates a strong foundation in which to build upon. The Sentient Energy team is excited to work with KES and be part of the journey forward,” said from Jim Keener, CEO of Sentient Energy.

Stephens Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to Koch in the transaction. Bowen Advisors served as exclusive financial advisor to Sentient Energy.

About Koch Engineered Solutions
KES provides uniquely engineered solutions in mass and heat transfer, combustion and emissions controls, filtration, separation, materials applications, automation and actuation. KES is located in Wichita, Kansas and is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, one of the largest private companies in the world. KES delivers superior value in developing, integrating, and applying innovative technical and service solutions for industrial value chains. More information is available at KochEngineeredSolutions.com.

About Sentient Energy
Sentient Energy makes power delivery safe, reliable, and solar-ready — worldwide. The company provides the industry’s only Grid Analytics System that covers the entire distribution network with innovative, quickly deployed intelligent sensors and analytics that identify and analyze potential faults and other grid events. Sentient Energy leads the market with the largest mesh network line sensor deployments in North America, and partnerships with leading utility network providers including Itron, Landis + Gyr, AT&T, Verizon, Telus, and Bell Canada.  For more information visit www.sentient-energy.com.

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Sentient Energy Media Contact                                                                                                                               
Sarah Prinster
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Menyokong komuniti, menyokong individu

  • VistaJet menawarkan penerbangan kembali yang kosong secara percuma untuk Kerajaan dan pengangkutan perubatan;
  • Menggunakan infrastruktur dan kepakaran global dalam membantu untuk membawa produk perubatan kritikal;
  • Bekerjasama dengan pakar dan pemimpin untuk mengenal pasti penyelesaian penerbangan baharu untuk komuniti global.

LONDON, March 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VistaJet, syarikat penerbangan perniagaan global pertama dan tunggal, sedang membantu untuk memastikan mereka dengan keperluan perjalanan kritikal semasa waktu yang tidak tentu ini mampu bergerak.

Memahami keperluan komuniti global semasa dunia berusaha untuk bertindak balas terhadap situasi COVID-19 yang semakin berubah-ubah, VistaJet meneruskan usaha mengenal pasti cara baharu untuk memberikan bantuan menerusi rangkaian dan infrastruktur globalnya. Syarikat juga bekerja secara langsung dengan Kerajaan dan Konsulat di seluruh dunia, membantu mereka menghantar balik rakyat dengan menyediakan penerbangan kembali yang kosong secara percuma. Untuk memastikan lagi bahawa para pegawai mampu melaksanakan rancangan tindakan secepat mungkin, Syarikat sedang membantu untuk mengurus logistik kompleks bagi permit dan kertas kerja yang sewajarnya.

Dengan penerbangan kargo yang menurun secara drastik akibat pembatalan laluan komersial global utama dan diinspirasikan oleh usaha hebat manusia seluruh dunia, VistaJet juga sedang dalam perbincangan dengan organisasi perubatan, pakar dan pengawal atur kesihatan untuk mengenal pasti penyelesaian lain untuk memberikan bantuan, termasuklah dalam pengangkutan bekalan perubatan yang penting. Di samping itu, penerbangan kembali yang kosong sedang ditawarkan secara percuma untuk penerbangan kritikal untuk membawa pakar perubatan ke lokasi sewajarnya untuk membantu dalam membasmi pandemik global ini.

Thomas Flohr, Pengasas dan Pengerusi VistaJet berkata:
“Semua orang di VistaJet menilai cara kita boleh memberikan perkhidmatan lebih baik kepada pelanggan kami dan komuniti global yang lebih besar semasa waktu yang sukar ini secara berterusan. Mendengar nasihat pakar, sama ada tentang keselamatan atau perubatan, kami di sini ingin memastikan bahawa mereka disokong sepenuhnya dengan keperluan penerbangan mereka. Ini merupakan waktu yang luar biasa dan kita mestilah bekerjasama sebaik mungkin untuk melakukan segala yang termampu untuk memberikan bantuan. Kami tahu kami biasanya tidak menawarkan penerbangan penghantaran balik atau pengangkutan alatan perubatan, tetapi secara asasnya, kami merupakan syarikat logistik dan kami di sini untuk membantu komuniti global sebaik mungkin. Kita bersama-sama dalam perjuangan ini.”

Syarikat telah menubuhkan laman web khas untuk menyalurkan semua permintaan daripada Kerajaan dan organisasi perubatan untuk memastikan keutamaan dalam menyelesaikan kes paling kritikal dan mengurus pemeriksaan keselamatan yang relevan.

Di samping itu, dengan ketidaktentuan pasaran yang semakin meningkat, ramai pelanggan telah menghubungi untuk menilai pilihan alternatif untuk memenuhi keperluan penerbangan mereka. Setelah mendengar kebimbangan mereka, VistaJet telah memperkenalkan Dynamic Jet Lease — pajakan jangka pendek selama satu, dua atau tiga bulan, menawarkan pesawat dan anak kapal khas yang ditugaskan di lapangan terbang paling berdekatan dengan anda. Ini merupakan pajakan bulanan unik yang menyediakan fleksibiliti tertinggi apabila perlu dan terutamanya semasa keputusan yang cepat harus diambil. Dynamic Jet Lease meningkatkan keselamatan, membebaskan sumber perniagaan teras pelanggan dan memastikan ketenangan minda dalam landskap global yang sentiasa berubah-ubah.

Untuk maklumat lanjut tentang usaha VistaJet yang dipertingkat untuk membantu dalam menghentikan penularan COVID-19, layari:

Nota kepada Editor:
Pautan tambahan yang disenaraikan dalam siaran ini:

Jennifer Farquhar | VistaJet | T: +44 203 617 3077 | jennifer.farquhar@vistajet.com

Perihal VistaJet
VistaJet ialah syarikat penerbangan global yang pertama dan tunggal. Dengan lebih 70 jet perniagaan perak dan merah, VistaJet telah menerbangkan klien syarikat, kerajaan dan persendirian ke 187 negara yang merangkumi 96% lokasi di dunia. Syarikat yang diasaskan pada 2004 itu merintis model perniagaan inovatif yang memberikan akses kesemua armada kepada pelanggan dengan membayar mengikut jam penerbangan tanpa risiko tanggungjawab dan pemilikan aset penerbangan. Program keahlian istimewa VistaJet menawarkan langganan jam penerbangan tempah khas bagi jet untuk jarak sederhana dan jauh untuk penerbangan pada bila-bila masa dan ke mana-mana sahaja.
VistaJet ialah sebahagian daripada Vista Global Holding, kumpulan peneraju penerbangan perniagaan dunia yang menyepadukan portfolio unik syarikat dengan menawarkan penyelesaian aset sedikit untuk merangkumi kesemua aspek utama penerbangan perniagaan.
Maklumat dan berita lanjut VistaJet di vistajet.com

VistaJet Limited ialah pengangkut udara Eropah yang mengendalikan pesawat 9H yang berdaftar di bawah Pengendali Udara Malta dengan Nombor Sijil MT-17 dan diperbadankan di Malta dengan Nombor Syarikat C 55231. VistaJet dan anak syarikat bukanlah syarikat pesawat pengangkut terus Amerika Syarikat. Pesawat milik VistaJet dan didaftarkan di Amerika Syarikat dikendalikan oleh pengangkut udara A.S. yang berlesen sewajarnya, termasuk XOJET Aviation LLC.

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