Friday, January 31, 2020

nCipher Introduces Cloud-first Architecture, Bringing Security and Control to Public and Private Clouds

New web services APIs and container technology streamline integration of nShield® HSMs with cloud environments, bringing high assurance security to enterprise cloud migration

CAMBRIDGE, England & SUNRISE, Fla.-Friday 31 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- nCipher Security, an Entrust Datacard company and provider of trust, integrity and control for business critical information and applications, announces two new additions to its nShield® hardware security module (HSM) portfolio – nShield Web Services Option Pack and nShield Container Option Pack – that make it simpler to deploy applications in the cloud and bring greater security and control to public and private clouds.

nShield Web Services Option Pack simplifies deployment for cloud-first data centres. nShield Web Services Option Pack provides a REST API between applications requiring cryptographic key and data protection services and nShield HSMs, enabling seamless application deployment underpinned by high-assurance nShield HSMs, which can dynamically scale to meet the needs of cloud-ready data centers. Customers can also use their own load balancing appliances to handle the HSM workload, simplifying the HSM deployment and configuration, and ensuring the best utilization of their HSM pools.

nShield Container Option Pack enables nShield HSMs to operate seamlessly within a containerized environment. Containerization has become the model of choice in forward-thinking cloud and enterprise deployments, offering scaling, flexibility and orchestration. The nShield Container Option Pack allows developers to leverage the advantages of container platforms while accessing a high-assurance nShield HSM. The nShield HSM processes sensitive data and key material, reducing the time required to develop and deploy secure containerized applications. nShield HSMs offer a uniquely seamless integration with application containers, making it easy to build HSM support into containerized solutions. The nShield Container Option Pack provides a template deployment model that allows customers to focus on the containerized application without having to worry about HSM integration.

“One of the biggest drivers of digital transformation is the widespread enterprise adoption of cloud-- IDC predicts that 70% of new enterprises applications will be developed cloud native by 2021,” says Peter Galvin, chief strategy officer for nCipher Security. “As organizations increasingly adopt cloud -first strategies and operate in multi-cloud environments, security concerns remain – from visibility into the data protection architecture to managing complex security policies and encryption keys that secure applications and data.”

“The new nShield Web Services Option Pack and nShield Container Option Pack help cut development times and budgets, allowing customer to harness cloud platforms without losing control of their keys or their data,” said Galvin.

nCipher’s nShield HSM portfolio also includes the following solutions for customers pursuing a cloud first strategy:

nShield as a Service

A subscription-based service which provides development and deployment teams with streamlined access to dedicated cloud-based nShield Connect HSMs, allowing organizations to migrate to cloud-centric strategies while also maintaining strict security controls required for business-critical applications. This supports changing business preferences for operational instead of capital expenses, aligns with modern development workflows and decreases the time spent by security personnel on maintenance and monitoring tasks.

Bring Your Own Key

Used in conjunction with nShield HSMs you can Bring Your Own Keys (BYOK) to your cloud applications, whether you are using Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Microsoft Azure.

nShield high-assurance HSMs enable customers to continue to benefit from the flexibility and economy of cloud services, while strengthening the security of their key management practices and gaining greater control over their keys. To find out more about our solutions click here.

nCipher Security and Entrust Datacard will be exhibiting at RSA Conference 2020 on booth #S-2139. Drop by to learn how our cryptographic solutions guard against today’s threats and attacks, enable compliance and protect your business applications.

About nCipher Security

nCipher Security, an Entrust Datacard company, is a leader in the general-purpose hardware security module (HSM) market, empowering world-leading organizations by delivering trust, integrity and control to their business-critical information and applications. Today’s fast-moving digital environment enhances customer satisfaction, gives competitive advantage and improves operational efficiency – it also multiplies the security risks. Our cryptographic solutions secure emerging technologies such as cloud, IoT, blockchain, and digital payments and help meet new compliance mandates. We do this using our same proven technology that global organizations depend on today to protect against threats to their sensitive data, network communications and enterprise infrastructure. We deliver trust for your business-critical applications, ensure the integrity of your data and put you in complete control – today, tomorrow, always.

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NTT Group to Launch Asia's First Smart City Proof of Concept Collaborating with Cyberview and Allo in Malaysia

- Implementation of Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ FY 2019 Project "Research on Smart City Model for Solving Social Problems in Malaysia" in Cyberjaya, Malaysia -

TOKYO.-Friday 31 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As part of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ FY 2019 project "Research on Smart City Model for Solving Social Problems in Malaysia", based on the smart city initiatives which has been started with the City of Las Vegas, United States, NTT Group (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (Hereinafter, NTT), NTT Communications Corporation, NTT Ltd., InfoCom Research, Inc., NTT DATA Corporation, NTT COMWARE Corporation) will conduct Asia's one of the first Smart City Proof of Concept (PoC) in the Cyberjaya area of Malaysia from February 2020, in cooperation with local stakeholders. Through this PoC, NTT Group aims to establish a sustainable business model while verifying the possibility of solving social issues in Asia, utilizing the technologies and know-how accumulated in the smart city field in the United States.

1. Background

In Asian countries where stable economic growth continues, various social issues associated with economic growth such as traffic jams and environmental problems have become apparent, and the expectations for ICT-based solutions to these issues are growing. Among Asian countries, Malaysia, a country that built up friendly and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship with Japan through the (Look East) policy advocated by the Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad in 1981, is no exception. There are high expectations that Japanese companies will utilize technologies and know-how cultivated globally, to contribute to the resolution of social issues and the economic development of Malaysia.

Cyberjaya is a neighboring city of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and has attracted many ICT companies as the nucleus of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) which has been proposed during the administration of the 4th Prime Minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad (1990 - 1995). In addition, the 5G network, which was put into trial operation with nation’s first OpenLab being hosted there, has positioned Cyberjaya as a pioneer test area for the smart city concept in Malaysia.
Since the establishment of a group company (NTT MSC Sdn Bhd) in 1997, NTT Group has been active with investments and business development to contribute to the technological development of the country, and has built a strong relationship with local stakeholders over many years. At this time, the collaboration has been focused on solving social issues with ICT.

2. Overview of the PoC

Through field tests using the technology and know-how of smart city solutions which NTT Group has deployed with the City of Las Vegas, U.S.A. since 2018 (*), NTT Group aims to improve the living conditions of citizens and the sustainability of cities through smart cities using ICT, by studying the possibility of solving social problems in Malaysia and building sustainable business models, together with local stakeholders.

*(press release) About the smart city solutions available in Las Vegas, USA

(1) Features of Solutions Delivered During the Field Test

Malaysia is a motorized society with road congestion, automobile accidents and dangerous driving occurring on daily basis. This is one of the emerging social problems that a smart city can resolve by conducting data collection and utilization of vehicle information.
During the field test, based on the vehicle monitoring solution that has been provided in the City of Las Vegas since February 2019, NTT Group will customize and provide similar solution to support the needs of local stakeholders. Specifically, by installing cameras at the intersection with the highest traffic volume in Cyberjaya, and analyzing traffic volume and vehicle information, NTT Group aims to reduce traffic congestion, detect stolen vehicles, and support the creation of businesses in the neighborhood.

(2) Points to be verified through PoC

Based on the results of the field test above, the following will be verified through discussions with stakeholders.

1) Challenges and feasibility of smart city solutions deployed in Coty of Las Vegas in terms of system construction and operational aspects in Malaysia
2) Possibility of business model development using the technology (Application Examples: Public Safety, Smart Infrastructure, Commercial Use)
3) Possibility of deployment to ASEAN countries (Reflecting market trends, legal systems, and local stakeholders' needs)

(3) Period and Location of PoC

- Implementation period: February to March 2020
- Implementation location: Cyberjaya, Malaysia

(4) Role of each entity




Overall supervision and coordination among group companies

NTT Communications

Supervision of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ research projects, support for installation of Multi-Orchestrator


Stakeholders coordination, implementation of PoC and proposal to stakeholders

InfoCom Research

Implementation of surveys, preparing reports, and support of proposal to stakeholders


Support for deployment and technical of smart city solutions in Las Vegas


Multi-Orchestrator delivery and technical assistance




(Tech Hub Developer)

Support for implementation of field test, stakeholder coordination, and business model development


(Infrastructure provider)

Provision of infrastructure for field test (optical fiber)

3. Future Deployment

Based on the results of the PoC, NTT Group will promote the deployment of smart city solutions to Cyberjaya and other cities in Malaysia, as well as to ASEAN countries, with the aim of improving people's living conditions, improving urban sustainability, and realizing a smart society.

About NTT

NTT is a Global Technology and Business Solutions Provider. We help clients accelerate growth and innovate new digital business models of the future. We provide business consulting and technology services for global networks, cybersecurity, managed IT and applications, workplace, datacenter and cloud services all supported by our deep industry expertise and innovation.

As a top five Global IT Services provider, our globally diverse and inclusive workforce supports clients in 80+ countries and regions. This includes 85% of the Fortune Global 100 companies and thousands of other clients and communities. With a 120-year heritage of service, innovation and social responsibility, we always advocate and act for our clients and a sustainable future. For more information on NTT, visit

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Ucell and P.I. Works Teamed Up to Turn Business and Network Data into Actionable Insights

ISTANBUL-Friday 31 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ucell, one of the leading operators in Central Asia, and P.I. Works teamed up for implementing an integrated network and business performance management platform as part of digital transformation. The solution will provide visibility across radio, transport and core networks for 2G, 3G and 4G as well as information from various other data sources such as marketing, finance and sales. As a key part of the project, P.I. Works will implement executive dashboards to provide real time network and business performance insights for c-level executives of Ucell.

The solution provides powerful data processing and visualization capabilities powered by AI-based recommendations to ensure that both technical and business users can quickly receive actionable insights. This empowers Ucell team to understand the factors with the greatest impact on the customers’ quality of experience and their relation to the business performance. Variety of business and network metrics that derive from the best practices of top mobile network operators are displayed based on the needs of the Ucell business units.

Farhod Nurmuhamedov, Deputy General Director of Marketing and Business Development at Ucell, said:

– Ucell has always aimed to deliver the highest quality and the most innovative services to its customers. P.I. Works’ solution provides a granular view of the mission critical insights by aggregating network and business data into a single pane of glass dashboard. Such information enables us to make sound business and technology decisions in an agile manner, as part of the overall digital transformation strategy of Ucell. We would like to thank P.I. Works team for their commitment to delivering a high-quality solution that meets the requirements of Ucell’s different business units. P.I. Works proved to be a strategic partner for us.

Bülent Koca, Sales Director at P.I. Works, said:

– P.I. Works’ Performance Management and Service Quality Assurance solution is an interactive and highly-scalable business intelligence solution. It empowers different Ucell business units to gain access to insights needed to drive quality and efficiency, while aligning both technical and business units around the same goals. The solution is available for all technologies, including 5G, and deployed across Tier 1 operators around the world. We are ready to expand our partnership with Ucell and provide advanced automation capabilities to accelerate Ucell’s 5G and digital transformation.


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Denenchofufutaba Gakuen, NTT Group Start a Joint Study to Create Smart Campus Solutions

TOKYO.-Friday 31 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NTT Group (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (Hereinafter, NTT), NTT DATA Corporation, NTT COMWARE Corporation, NTT Communications Corporation, NTT Ltd., Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation (Hereinafter, NTT East)) will begin a joint study with Denenchofufutaba Gakuen in order to develop smart campus solutions that will provide safety and security at schools. NTT Group implements technology of public safety solution that will draw on the proven implementation for the City of Las Vegas.

1. Background

In recent years, there have been several crimes and incidents involving students in school facilities, and resulting in requests to improve safety measures in addition to crime prevention activities by national and local governments. Furthermore, with the introduction of new educational guidelines, the workload of teachers is increasing, and there is a growing need for efficient and effective safety measures according to those in the field of school education. In order to respond to such needs, NTT Group aims to develop smart campus solutions that contribute to the strengthening of school safety with Denenchofufutaba Gakuen. This will leverage ICT solutions based on the system integration and application development capabilities of the public safety experience gained by providing smart city solutions*1 to the City of Las Vegas, in the United States.

2. Outline of the Joint Study

This joint study aims to build a data aggregation infrastructure that enables situational awareness of danger in the school by using high-resolution video cameras, audio sensors and IoT devices, analyze and predict dangerous events for students, and verify the solutions that contribute to strengthening school safety measures.

(1) Solution Features

The first step starts with the implementation of a system to monitor and report the traffic of vehicles and establish a system to ensure the safety of students when they move between school buildings. Through the operation of this system, the future needs of safety measures and solutions are studied to create new solutions that enables situation analysis uses AI, machine learning technology and 5G related technology.

The data aggregation infrastructure is built on the architecture of NTT's innovative Cognitive Foundation ®*2, which enables the remote creation, management, and operation of ICT resources, from devices and networks to the cloud.

(2) Points to be verified through Joint Study

Based on the operation of the above solution, the following will be developed with Denenchofufutaba Gakuen.

1) Identification of safety measures in school facilities
2) Identification of technical issues in system integration and operations
3) Creation of solutions using ICT technology
4) Feasibility study as a repeatable campus solution

(3) Period and location of implementation

- Period: Start from February 2020
- Location: Denenchofufutaba Gakuen Campus

(4) Role of each company

NTT Group


Overall supervision and coordination among group companies


Joint planning, environment set-up and solution implementation
Support for deployment and technical support of smart city solutions as per the City of Las Vegas implementation


Multi-Orchestrator delivery and technical support

NTT Communications

Provision of cloud environment and technical support, Support for Multi-Orchestrator installation


Support for deployment and technical support of smart city solutions as per the City of Las Vegas implementation

NTT East

Provision of access network, support for network related technologies

Denenchofu Futaba Gakuen

Joint study planning support (Providing issues and needs)

3. For the Future

In the future, with the learning from this joint study with Denenchofufutaba Gakuen, NTT Group will contribute to the enhancement of school safety by creating new smart campus solutions in the second quarter of 2020.

*1 (press release) About the smart city solutions available in Las Vegas, USA
*2 "Cognitive Foundation" is a registered trademark of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation in Japan.

About NTT

NTT is a Global Technology and Business Solutions Provider. We help clients accelerate growth and innovate new digital business models of the future. We provide business consulting and technology services for global networks, cybersecurity, managed IT and applications, workplace, datacenter and cloud services all supported by our deep industry expertise and innovation.

As a top five Global IT Services provider, our globally diverse and inclusive workforce supports clients in 80+ countries and regions. This includes 85% of the Fortune Global 100 companies and thousands of other clients and communities. With a 120-year heritage of service, innovation and social responsibility, we always advocate and act for our clients and a sustainable future. For more information on NTT, visit

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Dole Receives Social Responsibility Award from Costa Rican-North American Chamber of Commerce

 Company’s innovative landscape management model for banana production receives accolades for positive environmental impact

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.-Thursday 30 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Dole Food Company announced that on November 22, The Standard Fruit Company of Costa Rica S.A., a subsidiary of Dole Food Company, received the “Social Responsibility in Action” award from The Costa Rican-North American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in connection to the company’s Green Star Initiative.

The Green Star Initiative program began in 2016 as an integrated approach to landscape management in Valle La Estrella, incorporating environmental education, ecological restoration, energy and agriculture, biodiversity and carbon neutrality, in a production model for the banana industry.

One of the main components of the project was carbon neutrality, which included implementation of field practices to reduce and mitigate the carbon footprint, the measurement of both emissions and carbon capture in existing forest assets, and determining the carbon balance for the operations in Estrella Valley. The banana operations turned out to be carbon positive and the information that was developed in this program can be used towards realizing official carbon neutrality status for the farm.

“Environmental sustainability is critical to our growing operations and to our business throughout the company,” stated Renato Acuña, President of Dole Tropical Products Latin America. “The Green Star Initiative illustrates that conservation of biodiversity does not have to conflict with business decisions. All of us at Standard Fruit and Dole deeply believe in what we are trying to do to reduce our carbon footprint and we are honored to be recognized by AmCham for our efforts.”

AmCham’s “Social Responsibility in Action” award seeks to promote and recognize the companies that have a responsible and integral business management, unifying the economic, social and environmental fields for the development of the country. Thirty companies were nominated in 2019 for a total of 37 programs grouped into 5 categories: Public-Private Partnerships, Community, Collaborators, Environment and Value Chain.

The Green Star Initiative project was the winner among the eighteen entrants in the Environment category.

The awards event gathered together many special guests such as the Minister of Coordination with the private sector, André Garnier; the Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce, Victoria Hernández; the US ambassador to Costa Rica, Sharon Day; and more than 200 executives and representatives of the business sector.

About Dole Food Company

Dole Food Company, Inc., is one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole is an industry leader in many of the products it sells, as well as in nutrition education. For more information, please visit


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Panasonic Develops High-Power Blue WBC Technology to Revolutionize DDL Applications on Microfabrication

 This technology enables high-power, short WL laser for microfabrication at a high beam quality

OSAKA, Japan-Thursday 30 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- On January 29, 2020, Panasonic Corporation announced it has succeeded in demonstrating the world's highest brightness blue laser. This has been achieved by using the wavelength beam combining (WBC) technology [1] on a direct diode laser (DDL) to produce a high quality output beam [2]. With this technology, power scaling is enabled while maintaining the beam quality by simply increasing the number of laser sources. This demonstration opens the door to laser intensities that could be two orders of magnitude higher than conventional blue laser systems. This technology will contribute to the emerging microfabrication processes, whose demand is expected to grow in industrial applications, such as in the automotive industry.

The automotive industry is moving towards “electrification” and “miniaturization” while requiring “high rigidity,” “design flexibility” and “productivity.” Against this background, the anticipation for the microfabrication lasers that can process various kinds of materials such as copper, gold and plastic is building up. Especially, blue laser with a high optical absorption efficiency has a high demand in the field of copper fabrication for the automotive motors and batteries. Highly-productive processing requires a laser beam source that has both high output power and high beam quality.

In order to attain such a beam source, Panasonic started collaboration with TeraDiode, Inc. (TDI), a Massachusetts, U.S.-based company, in 2013, and since has been developing WBC technology which can combine multiple and different wavelengths into one combined beam. In 2014, Panasonic released LAPRISS; the world’s first laser welding robot system equipped with an infrared DDL using WBC technology*1. In 2017, the company acquired TDI as a wholly owned subsidiary*2 and started developing on the output-power optimization on WBC as well as shortening the wavelength.

The output power optimization of the high-beam-quality blue laser (wavelength band = 400 – 450nm) was realized by combining more than 100 emitters from multiple diode bars [3] with WBC technology.

This WBC technology combines the beams from multiple emitters at different wavelengths that are incident on the diffraction grating at angles corresponding to each wavelength. The resonator is then formed in between the shared partially-transparent mirror and each edge face of the emitters. As a result, the output beam has achieved a output of 135 W with a high beam quality of BPP [4] 1.5mm・mrad.

Going forward, Panasonic will develop a processing system that is equipped with this laser beam source, as well as the process optimization in laser processing.

Panasonic will hold exhibits and lecture sessions on our technical achievement at PHOTONICS WEST 2020 in San Francisco from February 1 to 6, 2020.*3

A part of this research and development includes the data obtained from a project – “Development of advanced laser processing with intelligence based on high-brightness and high-efficiency laser technologies (TACMI project)” – commissioned by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan.

[Applications] Laser processing (welding, cutting, etc.)

[Patents] Total of 571 patents both domestic and international (including pending applications)

*1: Panasonic Corporation Topics
April 15th, 2014: Panasonic has Released a Laser Welding Robot System "LAPRISS"-Equipped with the world's first high-power direct diode laser (In Japanese)
*2: Panasonic Corporation News Release
January 6th, 2017: Panasonic Acquires All Shares of U.S.-Based Industrial Laser Start-up TeraDiode, Inc.
*3: PHOTONICS WEST 2020, San Francisco, 1-6 February 2020

[1] Wavelength Beam Combining (WBC) technology: The technology that combines the beams with different wavelengths that are emitted from the multiple DDLs (direct diode lasers) on a diffraction grating.

[2] Beam quality: An index indicates how easy it is to combine the beam. Higher beam quality has smaller diameter and highly collimate feature.

[3] Diode bar: A laser bar that has multiple emittance stripes (emitters) in an array configuration on a single semiconductor chip.

[4] BPP (Beam Parameter Products): This is defined as the product of the radius r0 of the beam waist at the focusing position multiplied by the half-value half-width θ of the beam divergence angle; BPP = r0xθ. The unit is expressed in [mm・mrad]. The smaller BPP is, the higher the beam quality becomes.

About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. The company, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, has expanded globally and now operates 582 subsidiaries and 87 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 8.003 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2019. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic:


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Kioxia Appoints Masaki Momodomi as Chief Technology Officer

TOKYO-Thursday 30 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kioxia Holdings Corporation today announced the appointment of Masaki Momodomi as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Kioxia, effective immediately. Mr. Momodomi fills the role of Former CTO Nobuo Hayasaka, who has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kioxia.

Mr. Momodomi has an accomplished background in the memory industry, bringing over 40 years of experience across roles at Kioxia, Toshiba Memory and Toshiba Corporation. Following Toshiba Memory’s separation from Toshiba Corporation, Mr. Momodomi was named director of Toshiba Memory, now Kioxia’s Institute of Memory Technology Research and Development. Previously, he served as director of Toshiba Corporation’s Center of Semiconductor Research and Development.

A pioneer in the memory field, in 1987, Mr. Momodomi co-authored a dissertation on Toshiba’s invention of NAND Flash memory, playing a vital role in the exponential growth of the now ubiquitous technology. Mr. Momodomi graduated from Kyushu University’s Faculty of Engineering in Fukuoka, Japan.

“I have the utmost confidence in Mr. Momodomi’s ability, insight and innovative mindset to lead Kioxia’s technological advancement,” said Nobuo Hayasaka, President and CEO of Kioxia. “His vast experience and expertise will help drive Kioxia’s legacy as an industry leader continuously at the forefront of memory innovation.”

“I am honored to take on this leadership role, especially at such a pivotal time in the memory industry,” said Mr. Momodomi. “With guidance from Dr. Hayasaka, I plan to lead Kioxia forward to achieve our goal of growing our solid state drive business and of capitalizing on new markets, such as next-generation memory.”

About Kioxia

Kioxia is a world leader in memory solutions, dedicated to the development, production and sale of flash memory and solid state drives (SSDs). In April 2017, its predecessor Toshiba Memory was spun off from Toshiba Corporation, the company that invented NAND flash memory in 1987. Kioxia is committed to uplifting the world with memory by offering products, services and systems that create choice for customers and memory-based value for society. Kioxia's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH™, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive and data centers.

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Andersen Global Announces Collaboration with Lipa Meir & Co.

SAN FRANCISCO-Thursday 30 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Andersen Global entered into a collaboration with Lipa Meir & Co., one of the most established and reputable law firms in Israel, adding dimension to the organization’s existing presence in the Middle East.

Led by Office Managing Partner Alon Pomeranc, Lipa Meir & Co., founded in 1987, is comprised of more than 80 legal professionals that specialize in a variety of legal services including corporate law, M&A, litigation & dispute resolution, antitrust & competition, banking & finance, energy & infrastructure, capital markets & securities, project finance, cleantech & clean energy, healthcare & life sciences, high-tech & technology, and real estate. The firm has also been consistently recognized by global legal directories, including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, IFLR1000 and WTR.

“Lipa Meir & Co. is committed to and routinely delivers legal services of the highest caliber, and we constantly strive to expand our service offerings,” Alon said. “Our goal is to act as a one-stop shop for our clients, and the opportunity to collaborate with Andersen Global allows us to do so by giving our clients the resources of a global firm while maintaining the highest of professional standards.”

“Lipa Meir has an outstanding reputation in Israel and the Middle East, and Alon has had terrific vision for the firm since becoming Managing Partner,” said Mark Vorsatz Andersen Global Chairman and Andersen CEO. “He and his team provide clients with the best-in-class solutions and prioritize stewardship, independence and transparency. Combined with our existing team in Israel, we will have a very formidable presence in this market.”

Andersen Global is an international association of legally separate, independent member firms comprised of tax and legal professionals around the world. Established in 2013 by U.S. member firm Andersen Tax LLC, Andersen Global now has nearly 5,000 professionals worldwide and a presence in over 167 locations through its member firms and collaborating firms.

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Kioxia Appoints Nobuo Hayasaka as President and CEO

TOKYO-Thursday 30 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kioxia Holdings Corporation today announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Nobuo Hayasaka as President and CEO of Kioxia, effective immediately. Dr. Hayasaka has served as Acting President and CEO since July 12, 2019, during Former President and CEO Yasuo Naruke’s medical leave of absence.

Dr. Naruke notified the company’s Board of Directors of his desire to step down as President, CEO and member of the board as he continues to focus on his health.

“Dr. Naruke has been an outstanding leader for our company over many years, and we thank him for the invaluable contribution he has made to shaping us into the company we are today.” said Stacy J. Smith, Executive Chairman of Kioxia. “This year presents an exciting opportunity for Kioxia, and President Hayasaka has the skills, experience and the full backing of our Board of Directors, management and employees as we move toward a new era of memory. I look forward to working closely with President Hayasaka and the rest of the executive team to ensure Kioxia’s ongoing success and value creation.”

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as President and CEO of Kioxia. I am aware of the tremendous responsibility and look forward to continuing to work closely with our senior leadership team and employees to grow the company,” said Nobuo Hayasaka. “In order to maintain our position as a market leader in the new era of memory, we will continue to develop our core memory technology, while also investing in new ideas and innovations. We are committed to creating “value” through “memory,” which is what our company name implies, and developing new ways to contribute to the betterment of society.”

Dr. Hayasaka first joined Toshiba Corporation in 1984 after receiving a Ph.D in Electronic Engineering from Tohoku University. He was promoted to the position of Chief Technology Executive of Semiconductor and Storage Company in 2013 and held the role of Executive Officer, Corporate Vice President in 2014. Following Toshiba Memory’s separation from Toshiba Corporation, he was appointed as Executive Vice President, Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer. He was appointed Acting President and CEO in July 2019.

About Kioxia

Kioxia is a world leader in memory solutions, dedicated to the development, production and sale of flash memory and solid state drives (SSDs). In April 2017, its predecessor Toshiba Memory was spun off from Toshiba Corporation, the company that invented NAND flash memory in 1987. Kioxia is committed to uplifting the world with memory by offering products, services and systems that create choice for customers and memory-based value for society. Kioxia's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH™, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive and data centers.

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Milliken & Company Finalizes Acquisition of Borchers

 Invests in sustainable coating additives platform for growth as acquisition closes

SPARTANBURG, S.C.-Thursday 30 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Milliken & Company (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials science expertise, has formally acquired Borchers Group Limited (“Borchers”), a global specialty chemicals company known for its innovative high-performance coating additives and specialty catalyst solutions from The Jordan Company, L.P. (“TJC”). The transaction officially closed on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

“When great teams come together, big things happen,” stated Halsey Cook, Milliken & Company president and CEO on closing the deal. “I’m excited to combine Borchers’ capabilities with Milliken’s long-term view and focus on innovation and sustainability.”

“Borchers brings expertise, products and customer knowledge in the paint and coatings industry,” commented Russ Rudolph, senior vice president, Milliken’s Coating Additives Business. “Combined with Milliken’s commitment to investment in long-term sustainable innovation and specialty chemicals global reach, this acquisition will accelerate solutions for the markets and customers we serve.”

As Borchers integrates into Milliken, daily operations will continue without interruption, including relationships with existing suppliers and customers.

Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Borchers carries a respected portfolio of additives for the coatings, inks and adhesives markets with a comprehensive range of cobalt-free driers, dispersants, rheology modifiers, wetting agents, polymerization catalysts and adhesion promoters.

Jones Day represented Milliken in the transaction. Moelis & Company LLC acted as financial advisor, and Mayer Brown LLP acted as legal advisor to Borchers and TJC.

About Milliken & Company

Milliken has been solving everyday problems with innovative solutions for more than 150 years. Our research, design and manufacturing expertise reaches across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemicals, floor covering, healthcare and performance and protective textiles. An unwavering commitment to ethics guides our work to redefine how we add strength and protection to products, how we infuse vibrancy and color into our surroundings, and how we care for the environment. For us, success is when discoveries made within Milliken help us all have more meaningful connections with the world. Discover Milliken at, and join us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Borchers Group Limited

Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Borchers is a global coating technologies platform providing value-added products that are critical components of overall formulations. The company’s products are often specified into customers’ formulations, which results in high retention rates and long-term relationships. Borchers sells a broad set of products to approximately 1,000 customers in a wide variety of applications and end markets. With manufacturing facilities in the United States and France along with technology and business development centers in the United States, Germany, China and India, Borchers is able to support both regional and multinational customers around the world. To learn more about Borchers, please visit

About The Jordan Company, L.P.

TJC, founded in 1982, is a middle-market private equity firm that manages funds with original capital commitments in excess of $11 billion. TJC has a 38-year track record of investing in and contributing to the growth of many businesses across a wide range of industries, including Industrials, Transportation & Logistics, Healthcare & Consumer, and Telecom, Technology & Utility. The senior investment team has been investing together for over 20 years and is supported by its Operations Management Group, established in 1988 to initiate and support operational improvements in portfolio companies. Headquartered in New York, TJC also has an office in Chicago. For more information, please visit

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Philip Morris International Inc. Announces Agreement with KT&G to Accelerate the Achievement of a Smoke-Free Future

by offering adult smokers a broader choice of smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes

LAUSANNE, Switzerland-Wednesday 29 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE:PM) today announces a global collaboration agreement with the leading tobacco and nicotine company in South Korea, KT&G, to commercialize KT&G’s smoke-free products outside of the country.

“To achieve PMI’s vision of a smoke-free future we must grow the smoke-free category worldwide which requires multiple players providing a wide array of better choices for adult smokers. While IQOS continues to be the leading product in the smoke-free category, and we plan to broaden our portfolio by launching IQOS MESH in the coming months, we believe that increased collaboration will benefit adult smokers by providing greater choice and drive accelerated adoption of smoke-free products worldwide,” said André Calantzopoulos, PMI’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Our objective is that all adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke switch as soon as possible to better alternatives and abandon cigarettes to the benefit of their health, public health and society at large. Further to our ongoing efforts to develop, assess, and commercialize our pipeline of science-based smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes, we are always open to collaboration with third parties on products that complement our already strong portfolio and that we can further enhance. We are delighted that KT&G has chosen PMI to expand the sales of its smoke-free products outside of South Korea. We look forward to working together to provide adult smokers around the world more options to leave cigarettes behind, by offering a portfolio that provides them an ever-broader range of taste, price, and technology choices.”

The agreement will run for an initial period of three years. The two companies plan for global collaboration with the intention to actively expand to cover many markets, based on commercial success. The agreement allows PMI to distribute current KT&G smoke-free products, and their evolutions, on an exclusive basis, and does not restrict PMI from distributing its own or third-party products. KT&G’s smoke-free products include heat-not-burn tobacco systems (e.g., Lil Mini and Lil Plus), hybrid technologies that combine heat-not-burn tobacco and e-vapor technologies (e.g., Lil Hybrid), and e-vapor products (e.g., Lil Vapor).

Products sold under the agreement will be subject to careful assessment to ensure they meet the regulatory requirements in the markets where they are launched, as well as PMI’s high standards of quality and scientific substantiation of their harm reduction potential. PMI and KT&G will seek any necessary regulatory approvals that may be required on a market-by-market basis.

“We are excited to enter into this agreement with KT&G,” added Mr. Calantzopoulos. “We are able to bring PMI’s resources, knowledge and infrastructure as we launch KT&G’s smoke-free products outside South Korea. Products sold under this agreement will give consumers across multiple international markets access to KT&G's smoke free products for the first time; accelerating the achievement of PMI's vision of a smoke-free future while enabling KT&G to benefit from PMI's technical, scientific and international expertise in helping adult smokers switch to better alternatives.”

PMI will be responsible for the commercialization of smoke-free products supplied under the agreement. The agreement does not pertain to the South Korean market or combustible products. There are no current plans to commercialize KT&G products in the U.S.

Philip Morris International: Delivering a Smoke-Free Future

Philip Morris International (PMI) is leading a transformation in the tobacco industry to create a smoke-free future and ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, society, the company and its shareholders. PMI is a leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, as well as smoke-free products and associated electronic devices and accessories, and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the United States. In addition, PMI ships a version of its IQOS Platform 1 device and its consumables authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to Altria Group, Inc. for sale in the United States under license. PMI is building a future on a new category of smoke-free products that, while not risk-free, are a much better choice than continuing to smoke. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities and scientific substantiation, PMI aims to ensure that its smoke-free products meet adult consumer preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. PMI's smoke-free IQOS product portfolio includes heat-not-burn and nicotine-containing vapor products. As of September 30, 2019, PMI estimates that approximately 8.8 million adult smokers around the world have already stopped smoking and switched to PMI's heat-not-burn product, available for sale in 51 markets in key cities or nationwide under the IQOS brand. For more information, please visit and

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Hilton Delivers Record-Breaking Growth and Positive Impact in 100th Year of Hospitality

 Company opened more than a hotel a day, achieved 6.6 percent net unit growth, and reached 6,110 properties in 119 countries and territories

MCLEAN, Va.-Wednesday 29 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced that its centennial year featured record-breaking growth, awards for its inclusive workplace culture, and continued recognition of positive community impact.

 “Throughout the last 100 years, Hilton has had a tremendous positive impact on billions of lives across the globe,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president & chief executive officer, Hilton. “As we look toward the future, we will continue to prioritize sustainable and inclusive growth, enabling us to further strengthen the collective impact we have on the people and communities we serve.”

In 2019, Hilton achieved 6.6 percent net unit growth by adding nearly 470 hotels and reaching 6,110 properties globally with more than 971,000 rooms in 119 countries and territories. The company also grew its development pipeline to more than 387,000 rooms across 15 of its brands, supported by more than 116,000 rooms approved in 72 countries and territories. In addition, Hilton achieved a new construction start record of nearly 87,000 rooms.

“Hilton’s growth and performance are a testament to our resilient business model,” said Kevin Jacobs, chief financial officer, Hilton. “In addition to our record-breaking growth across approvals, construction starts and net units, we are delivering on our commitment to serve any guest, anywhere in the world, for any travel need.”

Record Growth: Effect on Economies

    Opened more luxury properties than in any previous year in its 100-year history, adding 11 hotels across Hilton’s luxury brands Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts
    Unveiled Signia by Hilton, a dynamic meetings-and-events-focused brand that will transform the industry for meeting professionals and sophisticated business travelers, located in top urban and resort destinations including Orlando, Atlanta and Indianapolis
    Expanded presence in Africa to more than 100 hotels trading or under development, including bringing two new brands to Africa with the Hampton by Hilton Sandton Grayson and the Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof
    Opened the 2,500th Hampton by Hilton and grew the brand pipeline to the largest ever; Tru by Hilton also continued its rapid growth, reaching more than 115 open hotels since its 2016 launch
    LXR Hotels & Resorts debuted in Europe and the Americas with The Biltmore Mayfair, LXR Hotels & Resorts and Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa – LXR Hotels & Resorts respectively; Motto by Hilton reached 10 hotels under development
    Homewood Suites by Hilton celebrated its 500th property opening, first hotel in the Caribbean and 30th anniversary of the brand; Home2 Suites by Hilton opened its 300th property; Embassy Suites by Hilton marked its 35th anniversary

Travel with Purpose: Effect on Communities

    Launched The Hilton Effect Foundation, dedicated to creating a better world to travel
    Named the global industry leader in sustainability on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), the most prestigious ranking for corporate responsibility
    Recognized as the only hospitality company on Fortune’s Change the World list for the second year in a row
    Named to climate change “A-List” by the environmental impact nonprofit CDP
    Expanded decade-long soap recycling program, already the largest in the hospitality industry, to more than 5,300 properties in 70 countries and territories
    Exceeded Open Doors pledge to connect, prepare or employ one million young people by 2019
    Invested in local communities by contributing nearly 550,000 volunteering hours at nearly 10,500 events and expanding food donation initiative to all Hilton managed hotels in the U.S. and Canada

Customer Innovations: Effect on Guests

    Welcomed 178 million guests at its properties worldwide and the 100 millionth Hilton Honors member, growing the award-winning loyalty program by 21 percent to more than 103 million members at year-end
    Launched a first-of-its-kind travel and hospitality partnership with Lyft, allowing Hilton Honors members to earn and redeem Hilton Honors Points when they ride with Lyft
    Achieved record numbers of package redemptions through the Hilton Honors Experiences Platform, and hosted intimate music events via an expanded partnership with Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company
    Partnered with iHeartRadio to allow guests to stream live radio stations, thousands of music playlists and podcasts directly from their TVs through Hilton’s high-tech Connected Room guest technology platform
    Became the first hospitality company to participate in research aboard the International Space Station, when the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie became the first food baked in space inside a prototype oven as part of a landmark microgravity experiment

World’s Best Workplace: Effect on Team Members

    Named #1 Best Company to Work for in the U.S. by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work®
    Ranked #2 World’s Best Workplace, appearing on Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work’s® annual list of the 25 World’s Best Workplaces for the fourth consecutive year
    Recognized by Great Place to Work® in 17 countries and 3 regions including: Argentina #1, Italy #1, Peru #1, Saudi Arabia #1, Turkey #1, United States #1, China #2, Asia #3, United Arab Emirates #3, United Kingdom #3, Australia #3, Mexico #4, Colombia #4, Netherlands #7, Europe #10, Latin America #11, Germany #12, Brazil #14, India #16, Canada #29
    Named #1 workplace in the U.S. for Parents and Women; #2 workplace for Millennials by Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine
    Named #4 Top 50 Company for Diversity by DiversityInc and received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the seventh consecutive year
    Celebrated 100th anniversary with more than 420,000 Team Members** and created more than 25,000 new jobs worldwide***
    Achieved Operation: Opportunity five-year target of hiring 30,000 veterans, military spouses and caregivers, and expanded military-friendly commitment by pledging to make 25,000 additional hires by 2025, while also enhancing training and development opportunities
    Expanded family-friendly benefits including an extension to parental leave and an industry-first partnership with Milk Stork to enable Team Members to easily ship or carry breast milk home to their babies while traveling for work

To learn more about Hilton, please visit

*Industry data from STR
** Corporate, owned, managed and franchised employees globally
***As a result of opening properties across Hilton’s portfolio

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,100 properties with more than 971,000 rooms, in 119 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2019 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 103 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

I Squared Capital to Combine American Intermodal Management With FlexiVan to Become a Leader in Marine Chassis Leasing Across the U.S.

MIAMI-Tuesday 28 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- American Intermodal Management (AIM), a U.S.-based marine chassis lessor and a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, has signed an agreement to merge with FlexiVan Leasing, the third largest marine chassis provider in the U.S., owned by Castle & Cooke. I Squared Capital will assume a controlling interest in FlexiVan with Castle & Cooke maintaining a minority interest in the combined business. FlexiVan is one of the three leading companies in the sector with over 60 years of operating history, 300 employees, over 120,000 chassis and an expansive nationwide footprint that will open AIM’s technology-enabled products to new customers across the U.S.

“I Squared Capital is expanding its global presence across the transportation and logistics value chain with approximately $2.2 billion of equity capital committed across North America, Europe and Asia. We are now a leader in trailer and chassis leasing across Europe, Canada and the U.S. as well as the largest private owner of highways in India,” said Adil Rahmathulla, Chairman of the AIM Board and Managing Partner of I Squared Capital. “This is our fifth acquisition in the transport and logistics sector in the last six months and a key milestone as we expand our presence in the U.S. market.”

Formed as a logistics platform by I Squared Capital in 2016, AIM has grown into a leading chassis lessor providing GPS-enabled services to retailers, logistics companies and shipping lines in the U.S. intermodal supply chain. AIM’s innovative technology solutions complement the deep experience and relationships that FlexiVan has established over many years. The combination will allow AIM to deploy its innovative, technology-enabled model on a national scale while maintaining FlexiVan’s established offerings and levels of service.

Evercore served as the financial advisor and White & Case served as legal counsel to I Squared Capital. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and MUFG Union Bank, N.A. are providing financing.

About FlexiVan Leasing, Inc.

FlexiVan has been a leader in intermodal chassis leasing services in North America since mid-1960s. It manages over 120,000 units in over 100 active locations across the country and has nine owned and operated service centers providing easy access to chassis maintenance services. Leasing options range from chassis pool user agreements and managed fleets, to short- and long-term contracts with motor carriers, logistics providers, ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners. Meanwhile, to facilitate the daily leasing and dispatching process, FlexiVan per diem rentals are supported by FlexiVan’s streamlined booking system. Professional, reliable and cost-effective transportation solutions - Experience Delivered.

About American Intermodal Management, LLC.

AIM is a chassis leasing platform that owns and leases marine chassis to customers that transport marine containers between ports, rail ramps, and distribution centers in the United States. AIM was formed in June 2016 in response to strong industry demand desiring alternatives for chassis provisioning, and asset management across the U.S. The AIM business model combines integrity, proactive-disciplined management processes, high quality assets, innovative technology application, and a passion for excellence to achieve maximum value creation. AIM has experienced significant growth since inception with a fleet of more than 12,000 new chassis equipped with GPS and led by industry veterans.

About I Squared Capital:

I Squared Capital is an independent global infrastructure investment manager focusing on energy, utilities, telecom, transport and social infrastructure in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm has offices in Hong Kong, London, Miami, New Delhi, New York and Singapore.

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Appalachian State University Delegation Visits AURAK

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates-Tuesday 28 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

A delegation from Appalachian State University (ASU) in the United States visited the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) for a campus tour and discussions with the leadership on deepening their cooperation.

Sheri Everts, the Chancellor of Appalachian State University, led the ASU delegation. Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim headed the AURAK contingent.

One of AURAK’s goals is to enter into partnerships with premier U.S. and international universities in order to foster academic exchange of students and faculty and research opportunities for AURAK.

AURAK and Appalachian State University have been cooperating since 2015. AURAK and Appalachian State University recently agreed to establish a 3+1 Student Transfer Program (TSP). The agreement is due to be valid for a period of five years.

“AURAK is delighted to deepen its cooperation with Appalachian State University. This program will help our students deepen their education, broaden their experience and enable them to pick up important life skills. Spending an extended period abroad will also help students learn about other cultures and how to work with people from different backgrounds,” Prof. Hassan said at the time.

Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment and energetic campus life. Known for its affordability, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community. Appalachian, located in Boone, North Carolina, is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.

AURAK is a nonprofit, government-owned institution of higher education which provides the local, regional and international communities with a North American-style education integrated with Arab customs and traditions. AURAK is licensed by the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates and has been accredited in the United States of America by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since December 2018. AURAK offers a total of 22 accredited undergraduate and graduate programs across a wide range of disciplines.


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Mary Kay Inc. Celebrates Milestone Anniversaries Around the World

DALLAS-Thursday 23 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Blow out the pink candles and make a wish—in 2020, Mary Kay Inc. will celebrate milestone anniversaries in some of its most important markets around the globe. The iconic Mary Kay Ash, with humble roots in small town, Texas, founded her namesake brand in 1963. The brand quickly developed into a worldwide phenomenon with millions of independent beauty consultants in nearly 40 countries. While beauty trends come and go, Mary Kay owes its staying power to something that never goes out of style: female empowerment and a greater purpose to do good.

“While our innovative skin care, on-trend color cosmetics, fragrances and body care products have been loved for more than 56 years by millions of consumers around the world, our company was founded with much more than lipstick in mind,” said Deborah Gibbins, Chief Operating Officer at Mary Kay. “Our founder, Mary Kay Ash, built her dream company with two goals: create economic independence for women through entrepreneurship, and make the world a better place.”

Like a freshly waxed pink Cadillac, Mary Kay Ash’s original vision continues to shine. Her proven business model has helped countless women develop or refine their entrepreneurship acumen through a values-based company with staying power. And Mary Kay is committed to supporting women and their families by partnering with organizations from around the world, focusing on supporting cancer research, protecting survivors from domestic abuse, beautifying our communities, encouraging children to follow their dreams and much more.

In 2020, the below markets will celebrate their milestone anniversaries with festivities, volunteer opportunities and special events with their employees and independent sales force:

5 Years


10 Years


15 Years


20 Years





25 Years



40 Years


About Mary Kay

One of the original glass ceiling breakers, Mary Kay Ash founded her beauty company more than 56 years ago with three goals: develop rewarding opportunities for women, offer irresistible products, and make the world a better place. That dream has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar company with millions of independent sales force members in nearly 40 countries. Mary Kay is dedicated to investing in the science behind beauty and manufacturing cutting-edge skin care, color cosmetics, nutritional supplements and fragrances. Mary Kay is committed to empowering women and their families by partnering with organizations from around the world, focusing on supporting cancer research, protecting survivors from domestic abuse, beautifying our communities, and encouraging children to follow their dreams. Mary Kay Ash’s original vision continues to shine—one lipstick at a time. Learn more at

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SD & microSD Memory Cards - the World’s First Choice in Memory Cards - 20 Years of Innovation

SD Association launched January 2000 to lead the industry

SAN RAMON, Calif.-Thursday 23 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The SD Association (SDA) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary after launching 20 years ago with a mission to reinvent the memory card and make life easier for consumers and businesses everywhere. Throughout the years, SD memory cards evolved, expanded capabilities and became the number one card of choice. Today, these cards play a critical role in a variety of devices and uses unimagined 20 years ago.

The trusted family of SD memory cards give consumers and business users a choice, increase the usefulness, value and longevity of numerous consumer electronics by offering unprecedented portability, upgradeability and interoperability. SD memory cards have become the de facto storage device for billions of products in this mobility era when more storage is required. By 2023 and beyond, enterprises, machines, industries, consumers, science, and more will be generating 103 zettabytes per year, according to IDC. Data generated by consumers and businesses, whether it is from smartphones, tablets, laptops, drones, surveillance cameras, or automobiles, rely on SD memory cards to keep their music, movies, TV shows, games and photos safe and always accessible.

Twenty years ago, the memory card marketplace was a confusing mix of about a half-dozen, mostly proprietary card options incompatible with each other and lacked interoperability across different devices. SD was created to become a technology standard to meet growing consumer electronic demand and continue to foster a robust ecosystem for collaborations and growth among all device manufacturers. The founders of the SDA were Matsushita, now Panasonic, SanDisk Corporation, now owned by Western Digital, and Toshiba Corporation, whose memory division was spun off as KIOXIA Corporation.

“When the SD Association was launched 20 years ago, the three founding companies were truly visionary when they saw how the amazingly small SD memory card could make a significant impact on the way we store digital data in the 21st century – ultimately creating a de facto standard for the next generation of digital media,” said Yosi Pinto, SD Association Chairman. “The SD specifications have not only driven the standardization of memory cards for the benefit of the consumers but have also continued to evolve and expand capabilities to meet industry demands, positioning SD as the most recognized and trusted brand for removable storage.”

Highlights of the last 20 years of SDA innovations include (see infographic):

Created 15 major physical and mechanical specifications and dozens of associated publications, related addendums, test guidelines and application specifications
Designed the specification of the minuscule form factor microSD, now the most popular memory card trusted by both businesses and consumers
Supersized card capacities with SDHC, SDXC, and SDUC specifications that reach up to 128 terabytes
Boosted card speeds nearly 100 times from 12 MB/sec to 985 MB/sec with the latest SD Express specification
Maintained backward compatibility support with plug-and-play convenience
Accumulated 1,700+ members focused on creating and using SD standards
The first SD card sold 20 years ago provided just 8 megabytes of storage capacity. Thanks to the huge advances in memory technology, today SDXC or microSDXC cards are available at 1 terabyte, a ~125,000 times capacity increase over the first SD memory cards.

“By creating SD technology, the SDA helped established a standard to further commercial and consumer businesses into a robust ecosystem that continues to grow,” said Hiroyuki Sakamoto, president of the SD Association. “With the recent SD Express, microSD Express, and SDUC standards, the SDA has developed a roadmap that will serve everyone for years to come.”

The SDA has unmatched expertise in memory card standardization for consumer and business applications. It has robust technical specification development processes and test guidelines backed with compliance activities to test new products for interoperability and conformance to specifications. Plus, its global marketing and communication teams standardize and manage the usage of its trademarks logos and symbols, educate users and promote the adoption, advancement and use of SD standards.

SD Association

The SD Association is a global ecosystem of nearly 850 technology companies charged with setting interoperable SD standards. The Association encourages the development of consumer electronics, wireless communication, digital imaging and networking products that utilize market-leading SD technology. The SD standard is the number one choice for consumers and has earned more than 90 percent of the memory card market with its reliable interoperability and its easy-to-use format. Today, smartphones, tablets, drones, IoT devices, HDTVs, audio players, automotive systems, computers, digital cameras and digital video cameras feature SD interoperability. For more information about SDA or to join, please visit the Association’s website,

SD Logos are trademarks licensed by SD-3C LLC.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

GSMA Recognizes Turkcell and P.I. Works for the Value of AI Based Network Automation

ISTANBUL-Monday 27 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Turkcell and P.I. Works have been recognized by GSMA Future Networks Programme for achieving exceptional efficiency gains in network operations and ensuring superior customer experience. P.I. Works and Turkcell have successfully shown that the AI based, service aware network automation delivered stronger improvements as compared to conventional automation solutions. The details of the deployed solutions and their benefits are provided in a joint white paper authored by GSMA, Turkcell and P.I. Works under GSMA’s Future Networks Programme. To read the white paper please visit:

GSMA Future Networks Programme intends to help operators share best practices and discover new opportunities that will enable them to reduce operational and capital expenditures. Given the success of the project, GSMA invited Turkcell and P.I. Works to join the program and provide insights for the AI-based, Service Aware Automated Network Management solutions.

The use cases outlined in the white paper include Predictive Energy Saving, Customer Centric Coverage Optimization and Predictive Load Balancing. P.I. Works’ AI-based automation solutions provided 3.5% reduction in power consumption, 16% higher streaming performance and 2.4% savings in CapEx.

Elif Yenihan Kaya, Access Network Director at Turkcell, said: “Mobile users demand reliable and faster internet access to enjoy their favorite applications and services. Our commitment to driving Zero-Touch evolution of Turkcell’s network is an important enabler of delivering exceptional customer experiences. By using P.I. Works’ advanced automation solutions, a continuously growing, sophisticated network can be managed with the same resources more effectively. We would like to thank P.I. Works for being a trusted, long-term partner and sharing our vision.”

Tarık Kranda, Head of Applied Research for AI & Automation at P.I. Works, said: “The success behind the partnership with Turkcell arises from our long-term vision of enabling a customer aware, zero-touch network. P.I. Works’ solution combines the CEM (Customer Experience Management) and network data and empowers Turkcell to take customer aware optimization actions. By using advanced AI algorithms, a fast-growing, sophisticated network can be managed more efficiently with the existing resources. The benefits outlined in the white paper proves that the promise of AI is becoming a reality and lays the foundation of Zero Touch, Digital Networks.”

To learn more about P.I. Works’ network management, optimization and planning portfolio, please contact us at


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Emirates Hospital Group participates in Arab Health 2020

Discover the future of advanced high-tech and precision healthcare that’s changing the landscape in the UAE.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates-Monday 27 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

Emirates Hospital Group, an Emirates Healthcare company, participates in the Arab Health 2020, scheduled to take place from January 27-30 at the Dubai World Trade Center where it offers a patient-centric continuum of care by owning and operating an extensive portfolio of full-service hospitals, specialty clinics, urgent care centers, med-spas and pharmacies. Each entity focuses on the patients’ well-being.

Dr Michael Fakih, CEO, Emirates Hospital Group said, “It’s our commitment to address the healthcare concerns and improve the everyday lives of our patients and communities, which is why EH provides a range of services spread across the country. Patients will have access to state-of-the-art technologies and facilities that’s the very best in the healthcare industry.”

At the four-day event, all brands under the group including Emirates Hospital-Jumeirah, Emirates Hospital Clinic, Emirates Hospital Clinic - One-day surgery (Abu Dhabi & Motorcity), EMIRATES SPORTSMED, Emirates Rehab & Mobilis, Emirates Genetics, Emirates Pharmacy and iCare, provides attendees an insight to the medical and scientific community in the Middle East, displays our contribution and commitment to the bourgeoning GCC healthcare landscape and shows the important role EH are playing in the evolution of the region’s healthcare industry.

Dr Fakih added: “The event also presents us with a good opportunity to reveal all new technologies introduced at our centers that have helped us successfully treat even the most complex of cases, and improve the quality of life of our patients.”

Emirates Hospital’s core values are Integrity, Excellence, Collaboration, and Compassion. The passionate team of renowned experts are constantly working towards cultivating innovative new ideas and long-term strategies that have a positive impact on the community in the region.

Emirates Hospital believes that as per the UAE’s annual theme, for 2020 – EH is committed to an agenda that builds on the nation’s half-century of innovative and technological achievements, by leading the way in advanced high-tech and precision healthcare, which will most certainly be at the forefront of the UAE’s overall success – Towards the Next 50.

About Emirates Healthcare:

Founded in 2007, Emirates Healthcare, provides integrated healthcare solutions in the UAE and MENA region.

Emirates Healthcare owns an extensive portfolio of full-service hospitals, specialty clinics, urgent care centres, and pharmacies. Its healthcare assets include Emirates Hospital in Jumeirah; Emirates Specialty Hospital; Emirates Rehabilitation and Homecare Center; Emirates Hospital- Day Surgery Center, Motorcity; Emirates Hospital Clinics; and Integra – as well as joint ventures Alameda Healthcare and Elixir Clinic. The hospitals, clinics and centres deliver world-class healthcare founded on evidence-based medicine.

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WorldRemit Partners with Wizall Money to Launch its First Mobile Money Transfer Service to Senegal

 Using the WorldRemit app, customers in over 50 countries can now send money instantly to over 60 000 Wizall Money mobile accounts in Senegal

LONDON & DAKAR, Senegal-Monday 27 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Leading online money transfer company WorldRemit has joined forces with Wizall Money to launch its first mobile money transfer service to Senegal.

WorldRemit saves the Senegalese community living abroad time and money as they do not have to visit a traditional money transfer agent and pay expensive fees to send money home. Instead, using the WorldRemit app or website, they can send funds online 24/7.

The new partnership with Wizall Money enables WorldRemit customers in over 50 countries, including France, Spain and the USA, to send money home instantly to over 60 000 mobile money accounts in Senegal. Recipients can then store their funds, pay for bills or pay for goods in shops directly from their Wizall Money account.

In addition to the new mobile money service, WorldRemit also offers bank transfer, cash pickup and mobile airtime top-up services to Senegal, so customers can choose the pay-out option that suits their receiver best.

Estimates suggest that the Senegalese diaspora community is almost 560,000-people strong, and the money they send home makes a huge difference to the lives of thousands of families. Senegal is estimated to have received almost $2.5bn in remittances in 2019, accounting for 10% of the country’s GDP.

Mamadou Wilane, Business Development Manager for West Africa at WorldRemit, said: “We are delighted to partner with Wizall Money to launch our first mobile money transfer service to Senegal.

“According to the World Bank, nearly 60% of adults in Senegal remain unbanked. Our new service will enable families across urban and rural areas of the country to receive money from abroad straight to their mobile phone, without the need for an internet connection or bank account.”

Ramatoulaye Fall cisse, Sales Director at Wizall Money Senegal, added:

“The partnership with WorldRemit makes it easy for people abroad to send money to their families. They don’t have to wait hours in the agency anymore because the transfer is made instantly in the wallet. The Wizall Money model allows these families to pay their bills, buy credit or withdraw from our large network of agents, all for free.”

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About WorldRemit

WorldRemit has disrupted an industry previously dominated by offline legacy players by taking international money transfers online - making them safer, faster and lower-cost. We currently send from 50 to 150 countries, operate in 6,500 money transfer corridors worldwide and employ over 800 people worldwide.

On the sending side WorldRemit is 100% digital (cashless), increasing convenience and enhancing security. For those receiving money, the company offers a wide range of options including bank deposit, cash collection, mobile airtime top-up and mobile money.

Backed by Accel, TCV and Leapfrog – WorldRemit’s headquarters are in London, UK with a global presence in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.

About Wizall

Founded in Senegal in 2015 by Sebastien VETTER and Ken KAKENA, Wizall Money, a subsidiary of the Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP), has developed in 4 years a model of rapid growth and innovations in the Mobile Money sector. In response to the growing needs for banking services and access to local financial services, the innovative vision of Wizall Money first seduced the Total Group, leader in the distribution of petroleum products, marked by the acquisition of equity interests in the start-up and an investment of several billion FCFA on the solution in 2015.

Wizall Money then launched a fundraiser with the Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP) group, owner of Banque Atlantique establishments, which in December 2018 became its main shareholder following a majority stake in the capital of the start-up.

Wizall Money has already reached major success in Senegal with 100,000 transfers per month, 60,000 customer accounts, 3 billion CFA monthly in circulation on the platform. After Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, the deployment of the Wizall Money solution continues in Mali and other countries of West Africa in 2020.

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Zayed Sustainability Prize Opens Submissions for 2021 Edition

Global organisations and high schools invited to submit entries before May 21 deadline

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates-Monday 27 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

Following the recent celebration of the 10 winners of the 2020 awards during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Zayed Sustainability Prize has officially announced that its submissions process for the 2021 edition is now open.

Accepting entries from today until May 21st, 2020, via its online portal, the UAE’s pioneering global award for rewarding impact, innovation, and inspiration – across five sustainability categories – saw a record-breaking number of submissions last year, with 2,373 entries received from 129 countries.

H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said: “With a 12-year record of recognizing and rewarding excellent solutions, we are confident the Prize will continue to attract more of the world’s most dedicated innovators to submit their entries, in support of resolving the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.”

 “Inspired by Sheikh Zayed’s legacy of commitment to global sustainability and humanitarianism, the Prize aligns with the emphasis our leadership has given this year to planning, preparing and finding solutions for the next 50 years.”

Now entering its 13th submissions cycle, the Prize already rewarded a total of 86 winners whose solutions or school projects have, directly and indirectly, positively transformed the lives of 335 million people, around the world.

The Prize’s US$3 million annual fund rewards winners US$600,000 in each category; the Global High Schools category is split into six world region winners, with each school able to claim up to US$100,000 to start or augment their project in their local communities. The Global High Schools category was introduced in 2012, in recognition that to empower and enhance communities of the future, the next generation of sustainability leaders need to be engaged at the school level – today.

While the scope of submissions vary, core elements of each entry lie in the innovative ways in which technology, applications and solutions are driving positive transformation of people’s lives. For the Health, Food, Energy, and Water categories, organisations should demonstrate that they are improving access to essential products or services with a long-term vision for improved living and working conditions. Many technological-based solutions often integrate with impactful long-term programmes and mechanisms like practical skills training, social entrepreneurialism, and gender empowerment.

The Zayed Sustainability Prize has a three-stage evaluation process, beginning with the due diligence conducted by an independent research and analysis consultancy. This identifies the qualified entries and results in the selection of shortlisted candidates. Evaluations are then undertaken by a Selection Committee consisting of category-specific panels of independent international experts. From this shortlist of candidates, finalists are chosen and then sent to the Prize Jury who select the winners, across all five categories.

The evaluation for the Health, Food, Energy and Water categories focus on three core criteria: Impact, Innovation, and Inspiration.

For ‘Impact’, submissions must demonstrate improved quality of human lives in a social, economic, technological, infrastructural, or environmental capacity. For ‘Innovation’, candidates should show a clear and unique value proposition, be disruptive or transformative, technically and commercially viable, and have been adopted in at least one market.

The ‘Inspiration’ criterion requires organisations to demonstrate shared values with Sheikh Zayed’s sustainability approach, have the potential to influence behaviour and actions in the wider community, and encourage others to develop complementary solutions for advancing sustainable and human development.

For the Global High Schools category, projects should be designed to be student–led, with emphasis placed on the students active involvement in planning, implementation, and monitoring processes. Projects should demonstrate innovative approaches that will also be impactful and inspirational to others. The six world regions of the Global High Schools category are: The Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, Europe & Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia & Pacific.

Winners of the 2021 Prize  will be announced at the annual awards ceremony held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, in January 2021.

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About Zayed Sustainability Prize

Established by the UAE leadership, in 2008, to honour the legacy of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Zayed Sustainability Prize is the UAE’s pioneering global award for recognising sustainability and humanitarian solutions, around the world.

With an annual awards ceremony, held each year during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Zayed Sustainability Prize acknowledges and rewards pioneers and innovators who are committed to developing and accelerating impactful solutions that serve disadvantaged communities and people – building a lasting legacy, today, for the future generations to come.

Zayed Sustainability Prize categories are: Health, Food, Energy, Water, Global High Schools.

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HCL to Explore Technology-Powered Future of Digital Enterprises at the World Economic Forum 2020

HCL and Fast Company hosting dialogues to set the agenda on critical issues of the next decade

DAVOS, Switzerland & NOIDA, India-Wednesday 22 January 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company, today announced its participation in the upcoming World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos for the second consecutive year. As part of its HCL 2030 platform, the company will host a series of thought leadership discussions, meetings and networking receptions at its pavilion throughout the three-day event.

Building upon their successful partnership at WEF in 2019, HCL and Fast Company will facilitate discussions on the convergence of technology innovation, human ingenuity, and critical thinking. HCL’s Davos Dialogues will see business leaders discuss the future of digital innovations related to the demographic, societal and technological trends shaping today’s interdependent, complex world.

The program schedule includes powerful sessions – including “CEOs: Disrupt Thyself,” “Banking Without Borders: Shaping an Open Financial Ecosystem,” “Defining Moments of Technology by 2030,” and “Building Trust: Reinventing Culture in a Digital World” – that will feature executives from the most innovative global organizations.

The HCL Pavilion will also showcase the engineering, product innovation and technology aspects of Digital Enterprise 4.0, demonstrating how these building blocks shape the future of new age business models, with practical application today. The Tech Showcase Zone will display game-changing solutions in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Automation, Blockchain, IoT, Quantum Computing and Consumer-Engagement technologies, in sectors such as financial services, retail, healthcare, transportation, and farming.

“As a Strategic Partner of the World Economic Forum, HCL is proud to collaborate with global leaders to develop innovative solutions to help solve emerging challenges for businesses and society at large,” said C. Vijayakumar, President & CEO, HCL Technologies. “HCL’s mission is to power individuals and digital enterprises with breakthrough technology to create a cohesive and sustainable future. We look forward to working with the global ecosystem in Davos to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, by making tomorrow’s technology a reality today.”

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About Fast Company

Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies and thinkers toward the future. Since 2011, Fast Company has received some of the most prestigious editorial and design accolades, including the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) National Magazine Award for “Magazine Of The Year,” Adweek’s Hot List for “Hottest Business Publication,” and six gold medals and 10 silver medals from the Society of Publication Designers. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta and the publisher is Amanda Smith. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at

About HCL Technologies

HCL Technologies (HCL) empowers global enterprises with technology for the next decade today. HCL’s Mode 1-2-3 strategy, through its deep-domain industry expertise, customer-centricity and entrepreneurial culture of ideapreneurship™ enables businesses to transform into next-gen enterprises.

HCL offers its services and products through three business units - IT and Business Services (ITBS), Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) and Products & Platforms (P&P). ITBS enables global enterprises to transform their businesses through offerings in areas of Applications, Infrastructure, Digital Process Operations and next generational digital transformation solutions. ERS offers engineering services and solutions in all aspects of product development and platform engineering. Under P&P, HCL provides modernized software products to global clients for their technology and industry-specific requirements. Through its cutting-edge co-innovation labs, global delivery capabilities and broad global network, HCL delivers holistic services in various industry verticals, categorized under Financial Services, Manufacturing, Technology & Services, Telecom & Media, Retail & CPG, Life Sciences & Healthcare and Public Services.

As a leading global technology company, HCL takes pride in its diversity, social responsibility, sustainability and education initiatives. As of 12 months ended December 31, 2019, HCL has a consolidated revenue of US$ 9.7 billion and its 149,000 ideapreneurs operate out of 45 countries. For more information, visit

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