Tuesday, August 16, 2022

PUMA ambassador Naomi Schiff empowers girls into car racing

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Racing Driver, Presenter and Stunt Driver Naomi Schiff spoke about the sacrifices and hardships of being a female professional racing driver in a “She Moves Us” video conversation for Sports company PUMA: ”I’ve had a lot of experiences in this short lifetime of mine."

Swedish SaaS firm Turnpike hires Henrik Widman as Head of Sales

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Henrik Widman is the new person in charge of sales for the growing Swedish SaaS-company on the mission to empowering frontline staff. With extensive expertise in building international sales firms he's now joining Turnpike to scale the offering in Sweden and rest of Europe.

LTI and Mindtree announce merger to create a colossal IT services player

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The Boards of Directors of LTI and Mindtree approved a composite scheme of amalgamation of both these independently listed IT services companies under the Larsen & Toubro Group. The integration will see LTI and Mindtree join strengths to create a scaled-up IT services provider exceeding $3.5bn. The deal is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals. Both firms have delivered market leading financial performance and created value for shareholders. Given that recent industry shifts (e.g., prominence of large deals, preference for end-to-end offerings) are benefitting at-scale players, the two firms have decided that the time is appropriate to combine the strengths of both companies to better serve the clients.

Covetrus launches innovative practice management software for veterinaries

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Covetrus®, a global player in animal-health technology and services, introduced Ascend—a powerful, cloud-based Practice Management software (PMS) built to enable veterinary practices across the UK, EMEA and APAC. Ascend improves efficiency, streamlines internal communication and collaboration, and creates a better experience for staff and clients. The introduction of Ascend addresses a clear and spoken technological need amongst the veterinary community. In a recent joint Covetrus and Vet Times survey, 76 percent of respondents expressed a desire for a better PMS that is easier-to-use and saves time.

Onapsis appoints Simon Naylor as VP APAC to further Asia Pacific growth

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Onapsis, a cybersecurity and compliance firm, announced the appointment of Simon Naylor as Vice President, APAC. Naylor will be responsible for driving business growth in Asia Pacific. Naylor has more than 30 years’ experience leading sales for high tech solutions in Asia Pacific and a strong track record for rapidly growing revenues. Most recently he served as Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan at Brightcove, and before that he helped build the organizations in the Asia Pacific region for Extreme Networks and Riverbed Technology.

Clari jumpstarts global expansion with new investments in the APAC region

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Clari announced new investments to expand international growth to the APAC with the hire of Abdul Javed as Clari’s Vice President of Sales in APAC. Based in Sydney, Javed is tasked with growing Clari’s team in Australia as a stepping stone for further expansion in the APAC region. In January, Clari closed on its Blackstone-led $225m Series F investment round, raising the firm’s valuation to over $2.6bn. This follows Clari’s $150m Series E round in March 2021, bringing total funding in less than twelve months to $375m while more than quadrupling the firm’s valuation in two years. Clari more than doubled its team to over 600 since the start of 2021 and plans to add 300 employees in 2022, with an emphasis on international expansion.

Swedish B2B payments firm Payer appoints new Chairman of the Board

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Payer announced that Dominik Belloin, one of its board members, has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Board. Dominik Belloin succeeds Annika Javestad, who served in the role during the development phase. The appointment now awaits the approval of the FSA. Payer is a Swedish B2B payments company serving the European market. It provides end-to-end payment solutions for enterprise companies within verticals such as Industry, Bank & Finance and Digital Commerce. Payer’s modular API platform is designed to solve complex payment processes for B2B merchants while enabling a ‘consumer grade’ user experience.

YGG SEA announces the $SEA token IDO public sale on Copper launchpad

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Yield Guild Games Southeast Asia (YGG SEA), a sub-decentralized autonomous company of the Philippines-based blockchain gaming startup Yield Guild Games (YGG), announced the upcoming Initial DEX Offering (IDO) of its $SEA token on the Copper launchpad. The $SEA Token Launch Auction will begin on the Copper platform on May 9th at 15:00 UTC to the May 14th. About 75 million $SEA tokens have been allocated to the IDO public sale, representing 7.5% of the total supply of one billion tokens. The starting price is set at $0.50.

GPS appoints industry veteran Simon Stanford as its CRO amidst expansion

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Global Processing Services (GPS), a payment technology platform, has announced the hire of Simon Stanford as CRO. Based in London, Stanford sits on GPS’ global executive committee and leads the company’s global commercial, partnerships and customer relationship management, and marketing teams with a focus on developing GPS’ global partnerships ecosystem, marketing and brand strategy, and driving revenue growth worldwide.

Bank payment solution GoCardless hires Paul Stoddart as its President

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GoCardless, a bank payment solutions, announced the hire of Paul Stoddart as President. Stoddart joins from Mastercard where he was President of its New Payment Platforms, Executive Chairman of Vocalink and Member of the Mastercard Management Committee. In his role at GoCardless he will have global responsibility for the go-to-market firm including the Strategy, Sales, Product, Marketing and Customer teams, with a view to accelerating growth and achieving the firm’s ambition to become the world’s bank payment network.