Graduate Management Admission Council Appoints Joy Jones as Incoming CEO

Jones to succeed Sangeet Chowfla as head of the global association representing leading graduate business schools

GMAC Incoming CEO Joy Jones

GMAC Incoming CEO Joy Jones

RESTON, Va., Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a global association of leading graduate business schools, today announced the appointment of Joy Jones as the organization’s CEO-Elect. Jones currently serves as GMAC’s chief product officer and general manager of assessments, a role she has held since July 2017. The announcement came after current CEO Sangeet Chowfla announced his intention to step down from the position earlier this year, and an extensive search executed by a global executive recruiting firm. The GMAC board of directors unanimously voted to elect Jones, who will become GMAC’s fourth CEO as of October 1, 2022.

“With more than a hundred interested candidates from around the world, the Board conducted extensive interviews and thorough evaluations over the past months and was thrilled to find the best person to lead the organization from within,” said Jon Erickson, chairman of the GMAC board of directors and former president of education and career services at ACT. “Besides her proven success with growing GMAC products and services and deep understanding of the graduate management education industry we represent, we were especially impressed by Ms. Jones’s vision, intellect, composure, and ability to relate to people.”

Jones joined GMAC five years ago with the responsibility for holistically managing the Council’s assessments and preparation portfolio, which includes the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam—the most widely used assessment by business schools worldwide and relied on by more than 7,500 business school programs, the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, Executive Assessment, and associated assessment preparation materials. She was instrumental in navigating through challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic with a rapid launch of the online delivery of all GMAC assessment solutions. Earlier this year, under her stewardship, GMAC debuted Business Fundamentals Powered by Kaplan, a new GMAC product line of “micro” courses in statistics, accounting, and finance to help prepare business school aspirants and admitted students for success in their graduate programs.

“It is a great honor for me to be chosen to lead a long-standing and highly regarded organization like GMAC, with an outstanding 70-year history of connecting talent with opportunity through higher education,” said Jones. “As the organization enters into a new chapter in an ever-evolving global business environment, focused on innovation and growth as well as diversity and inclusion, I look forward to continuing to work alongside my dedicated colleagues at GMAC and in the business school community to advance graduate management education and ensure that talented people have the opportunity to improve the world we live in.”

Throughout her career, Jones has been a transformational leader in a variety of roles spanning strategy, product, sales, business development, and operations, with expertise in leveraging new technologies to create innovative solutions for global markets. Prior to joining GMAC, Jones had a 13-year tenure at the Associated Press (AP) which culminated as their Vice President of Global Products, overseeing all product portfolio and distribution platform management across the company’s multimedia content licensing, advertising, and content service businesses. Prior to AP, Jones worked at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, where she was an executive with the Strategic Advisory Services and Telecom Media Networks consulting practices. She earned her MBA at Stanford University and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and applied sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she graduated with honors.

Jones will succeed Sangeet Chowfla, who has chosen to step down for a new phase of his life after nearly a decade at the helm of GMAC. Chowfla joined GMAC in 2013 and served as President and CEO since 2014. During his tenure, Chowfla drove an extraordinary period of transformation and diversification for GMAC, including establishing regional offices in China, India, and the U.K., and oversaw three acquisitions of complementary products and services designed to help foster connections with candidates and schools, namely NMAT by GMAC, BusinessBecause, and The MBA Tour. He also helped redefine the GMAC brand in renewing focus on serving member schools and uniting the industry to solve common problems and created additional value for schools through expanding our research programs, conferences, and events. Chowfla will continue as an advisor through the end of the year to be available for a smooth and orderly transition.

“Sangeet Chowfla joined the organization during a period of disruption in the industry that only intensified with the advent of the pandemic and global geopolitical challenges,” said Erickson. “We are grateful for his service and the extraordinary growth and evolution that has enabled us to build long-term strategies and position our association for the future to continue serving schools and candidates.”

“It has been an honor and privilege to lead this great organization in a time of change,” said Chowfla. “GMAC’s mission, its people, and the connections that it fosters are truly unique. I look back with some satisfaction that we have built a stronger and more resilient GMAC that is leaner, more diversified in its service offerings, and more global in its outlook. Joy and I have worked closely over the years, and I leave secure in knowing that she has the vision and capability to lead the organization and take it forward.”

About GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a mission-driven association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. Founded in 1953, GMAC provides world-class research, industry conferences, recruiting tools, and assessments for the graduate management education industry, as well as resources, events, and services that help guide candidates through their higher education journey. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment.

More than 12 million prospective students a year trust GMAC’s websites, including mba.com, to learn about MBA and business master’s programs, connect with schools around the world, prepare and register for exams and get advice on successfully applying to MBA and business master’s programs. BusinessBecause and The MBA Tour are subsidiaries of GMAC, a global organization with offices in China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

To learn more about our work, please visit www.gmac.com

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Winners Announced in the Seventh Annual Stevie® Awards for Great Employers

Top Winners Include IBM and Tata Consultancy Services

2022 Stevie Awards for Great Employers Winners Announced

These awards recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Winners in the 2022 (seventh annual) Stevie® Awards for Great Employers, an international competition, were announced today. The awards recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.

Among the organizations with the most Stevie-winning nominations are IBM, worldwide (27 Gold, Silver, and Bronze wins), Tata Consultancy Services, worldwide (23), Enerjisa Enerji, Turkey (21), Bank of America, USA (18), Cathay United Bank, Taiwan (10), Globe Telecom, Inc., Philippines (10), MİGROS, Turkey (10), Abu Dhabi Customs, United Arab Emirates (8), DHL Global Forwarding, Germany (8), Sabanci Holding, Turkey (8), İGA (İstanbul Grand Airport), Turkey (7), Megaphone, Australia (7), and NEQSOL HOLDING, Azerbaijan (7).

Visit www.StevieAwards.com/HR for a full list of winners by category.

Next week two Grand (“best of show”) Stevie Award winners will be announced. One will go to the nomination that received the highest average score from the judges. The other, for Organization of the Year, will go to the entrant with the most award points earned in the competition.

The Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be celebrated during an awards banquet on September 17 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Tickets for the event are now on sale.

More than 950 nominations from organizations in 26 nations were evaluated in this year’s competition. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 100 professionals worldwide, acting as judges. Winners in the Employer of the Year categories, sponsored by HiBob, were determined by a unique blending of the average scores of the professional judges and more than 80,000 votes by the general public.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  • Employer of the Year
  • HR Achievements
  • HR Individual Awards
  • HR Team Categories
  • Solution Provider Awards
  • COVID-19 Response
  • More than 50 New Product & Service Categories
  • Thought Leadership

The awards are presented by the Stevie Awards, which organizes eight of the world’s leading business awards programs including the prestigious International Business Awards® and American Business Awards®.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

About HiBob
HiBob is a modern HR platform designed for modern business. HiBob’s intuitive and data-driven platform, ‘Bob’, was built for the way people work today: globally, remotely, and collaboratively. Since its launch in late 2015, HiBob has achieved consecutive triple-digit year-over-year revenue growth and become the HR platform of choice for more than 2,500 modern, midsize, and multinational companies who understand that a powerful, agile HR tech suite is mission critical and a key driver of organizational success. Dynamic companies across the globe such as Cazoo, Gong, Hopin, Monzo, Happy Socks, Fiverr, and VaynerMedia rely upon Bob to help HR and managers connect, engage, develop and retain top talent. For more information about HiBob, visit www.hibob.com.

Contact:
Nina Moore
Nina@StevieAwards.com
+1 (703) 547-8389

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J.M. Huber Corporation Signs Agreement to Acquire the Biolchim Group From NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital and Management Team

ATLANTA, Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — J.M. Huber Corporation (Huber)—a global, family-owned specialty engineered materials manufacturing company—announced today that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire full control of the Biolchim Group from NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital and the Biolchim Group management team. The Biolchim Group, managed and headed by Galileo Quattro SARL, has its main operating base in Italy and is a leading producer and distributor of a full range of specialty plant nutrition and biostimulants. Closing of the sale, anticipated to occur by the end of 2022, is subject to customary closing conditions including the foreign direct investment approval in Italy.

All the companies in the Biolchim Group—including Biolchim S.p.A, Cifo, Ilsa S.p.A, Matécsa Kft, and West Coast Marine-Bio Processing Corp.—are within the scope of the purchase. The Biolchim Group operates eight production plants globally and its products—biostimulants, trace elements, and water soluble, liquid and foliar fertilizers—are present in over 70 countries worldwide. The Biolchim Group has a rich 50-year history of serving the agricultural industry.

Upon close of the sale, the Biolchim Group will become part of Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a company within the Huber portfolio of businesses. The Biolchim Group will be a key part of the strategic foundation of the Huber AgroSolutions (HAS) business unit of HEM that currently includes Miller Chemical & Fertilizer (Miller).

Leonardo Valenti, CEO of the Biolchim Group since 2008 and a pioneer in the plant nutrition industry, will remain committed to lead the Biolchim Group through the next phase of growth and the integration, leveraging the synergy potential of the strategic combination of both entities.

Huber AgroSolutions’ vision is to become a leading formulator of sustainable, high-performing agricultural products globally. The acquisition of the Biolchim Group, which has achieved impressive growth due to its broad offering of biostimulant and specialty nutritional products, significantly advances this vision by bringing an innovative and entrepreneurial workforce and culture to HAS. Together the companies share a culture that is deeply committed to plant nutrition and the success of its many customers around the globe.

The complementary sales footprint of both companies will enable expanded customer and product access into key agricultural regions globally. In addition to remaining committed to serve the Biolchim Group’s existing customer base, this also ideally positions HAS to advance the sales of the Biolchim Group’s products through its strong relationships with US-based growers and its complementary distribution network in Latin America and select countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Biolchim Group’s sales channels are ideally suited to advance the sales of various Miller products via its strength in Europe and its global subsidiary network.

“I am excited and energized about this opportunity to combine two successful businesses, Miller and the Biolchim Group,” says David Riley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Huber AgroSolutions. “I am also thankful to Mr. Valenti for his leadership and support as we transition the Biolchim Group and Miller to the next phase of growth.”

Leonardo Valenti, CEO of the Biolchim Group, says, “The strategic combination of the Biolchim Group and Huber AgroSolutions will be transformative since the companies have complementary commercial and product offerings, as well as industry-leading technologies and research capacities. We are both eager to collaborate, share knowledge and build on each other’s capabilities. The agreement will open up new growth ambitions and will position us as a leading player in specialty nutrition globally. I am excited about the promising future for the company, and I am grateful to NB Renaissance and Chequers Capital for the continuous support received over the past several years through the implementation of the Biolchim Group’s value creation plan and the key strategic decisions.”

“Miller and the Biolchim Group create a powerful combination of brands, people and specialty products that will bring tremendous value to our respective customers globally,” says Dan Krawczyk, President of HEM. “We’re extremely excited to welcome the Biolchim Group’s employees to Huber given the similarities in our cultures, values and goals. Together we will work to shape the future of the organization and build a leading global business in the agriculture industry.”

Gretchen McClain, President and CEO of J.M. Huber Corporation, adds, “This combination furthers our commitment to provide innovative products and solutions to the global agriculture industry. Enabling food security for people around the world supports Huber’s overall sustainability commitment and strategy.”

Huber is being advised on the purchase by Rabobank and Jefferies, and Jones Day is acting as legal counsel to Huber on the transaction.

About J.M. Huber Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US), operates a diverse portfolio of companies: CP Kelco, Huber Engineered Materials, Huber Engineered Woods and Huber Resources Corp. With locations around the world, our businesses create products used in a broad range of applications including personal care, food and beverage, agricultural nutrients and adjuvants, building materials, flame retardants and smoke suppressants, as well as sustainable forestry services. Founded in 1883, Huber is one of the largest family-owned companies based in the US. For more information, visit www.huber.com.

About Huber Engineered Materials
Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US) is focused on engineered specialty chemical and minerals that enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial, agricultural and consumer applications. HEM’s AgroSolutions strategic business unit also has a portfolio of high value agricultural nutrients and adjuvants that it delivers to customers in the agriculture industry through a global network of distributors. For more information, visit www.hubermaterials.com.

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Director, Corporate Communications
J.M. Huber Corporation
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J.M. Huber Corporation signe un accord pour l’acquisition de Biolchim Group auprès de NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital et de l’équipe de direction

ATLANTA, 08 août 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — J.M. Huber Corporation (Huber), une entreprise familiale mondiale de fabrication de matériaux d’ingénierie spécialisés, a annoncé aujourd’hui la signature d’un accord contraignant visant à acquérir le contrôle total de Biolchim Group auprès de NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital et de l’équipe de direction de Biolchim Group. Biolchim Group, géré et dirigé par Galileo Quattro SARL, possède sa principale base d’exploitation en Italie et est un producteur et distributeur de premier plan d’une gamme complète de biostimulants et de nutrition des plantes spécialisées. La clôture de la vente, prévue pour la fin de l’année 2022, est soumise aux conditions habituelles de clôture, y compris l’approbation des investissements étrangers directs en Italie.

Toutes les sociétés de Biolchim Group, y compris Biolchim S.p.A, Cifo, Ilsa S.p.A, Matécsa Kft et West Coast Marine-Bio Processing Corp., sont concernées par l’achat. Biolchim Group exploite huit usines de production dans le monde et ses produits (biostimulants, éléments de traçabilité et engrais solubles dans l’eau, liquides et foliaires) sont présents dans plus de 70 pays à travers le monde. Biolchim Group est fort d’une riche histoire de 50 ans au service de l’industrie agricole.

À la clôture de la vente, Biolchim Group fera partie de Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), une société du portefeuille d’activités de Huber. Biolchim Group sera un élément clé de la fondation stratégique de l’unité commerciale Huber AgroSolutions (HAS) de HEM qui comprend actuellement Miller Chemical & Fertilizer (Miller).

Leonardo Valenti, PDG de Biolchim Group depuis 2008 et pionnier dans le secteur de la nutrition végétale, restera engagé à diriger Biolchim Group au cours de la prochaine phase de croissance et d’intégration, en tirant parti du potentiel de synergie de la combinaison stratégique des deux entités.

La vision de Huber AgroSolutions est de devenir l’un des principaux formulateurs de produits agricoles durables et performants à l’échelle mondiale. L’acquisition de Biolchim Group, qui a connu une croissance impressionnante grâce à sa large offre de biostimulants et de produits nutritionnels spécialisés, fait progresser considérablement cette vision en apportant à HAS une main-d’œuvre et une culture innovantes et entrepreneuriales. Ensemble, les entreprises partagent une culture profondément engagée dans la nutrition des plantes et dans le succès de ses nombreux clients à travers le monde.

L’empreinte commerciale complémentaire des deux sociétés permettra d’élargir l’accès des clients et des produits dans des régions agricoles clés à l’échelle mondiale. En plus de rester engagée à servir la clientèle existante de Biolchim Group, cela positionne également idéalement HAS pour faire progresser les ventes des produits de Biolchim Group grâce à ses relations solides avec les producteurs américains et son réseau de distribution complémentaire en Amérique latine et dans certains pays d’Europe, du Moyen-Orient et d’Afrique. Les canaux de vente de Biolchim Group sont idéalement adaptés pour faire progresser les ventes de divers produits Miller grâce à sa force en Europe et son réseau de filiales mondial.

« Je suis ravi et stimulé par cette opportunité de combiner deux entreprises prospères, Miller et Biolchim Group », a déclaré David Riley, vice-président principal et directeur général de Huber AgroSolutions. « Je suis également reconnaissant envers M. Valenti pour son leadership et son soutien alors que nous faisons passer Biolchim Group et Miller à leur prochaine phase de croissance. »

Leonardo Valenti, PDG de Biolchim Group, a commenté : « La combinaison stratégique de Biolchim Group et de Huber AgroSolutions sera transformatrice puisque les entreprises disposent d’offres commerciales et de produits complémentaires, ainsi que de technologies et de capacités de recherche de pointe. Nous sommes tous deux impatients de collaborer, de partager nos connaissances et de nous appuyer sur les capacités de chacun. Cet accord ouvrira de nouvelles ambitions de croissance et nous positionnera comme un acteur de premier plan dans le domaine de la nutrition spécialisée à l’échelle mondiale. Je suis enthousiasmé par l’avenir prometteur de l’entreprise et reconnaissant envers NB Renaissance et Chequers Capital pour le soutien continu reçu au cours des dernières années grâce à la mise en œuvre du plan de création de valeur de Biolchim Group et des décisions stratégiques clés. »

« Miller et Biolchim Group créent une combinaison puissante de marques, de personnes et de produits spécialisés qui apporteront une valeur considérable à nos clients respectifs dans le monde entier », a déclaré Dan Krawczyk, président de HEM. « Nous sommes extrêmement ravis d’accueillir les employés de Biolchim Group chez Huber, compte tenu des similitudes dans nos cultures, nos valeurs et nos objectifs. Ensemble, nous travaillerons à façonner l’avenir de l’organisation et à bâtir une entreprise mondiale de premier plan dans l’industrie agricole. »

Gretchen McClain, PDG de J.M. Huber Corporation, a ajouté : « Cette combinaison renforce notre engagement à fournir des produits et des solutions innovants à l’industrie agricole mondiale. Permettre la sécurité alimentaire pour les personnes du monde entier soutient l’engagement et la stratégie de durabilité globale de Huber. »

Huber est conseillée sur l’achat par Rabobank et Jefferies, et Jones Day agit en tant que conseiller juridique pour Huber dans le cadre de la transaction.

À propos de J.M. Huber Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, dont le siège social est situé à Atlanta, en Géorgie (États-Unis), exploite un portefeuille diversifié de sociétés : CP Kelco, Huber Engineered Materials, Huber Engineered Woods et Huber Resources Corp. Avec des sites dans le monde entier, nos entreprises créent des produits utilisés dans une large gamme d’applications, notamment les soins personnels, les aliments et les boissons, les nutriments et les adjuvants agricoles, les matériaux de construction, les retardateurs de flamme et les suppresseurs de fumée, ainsi que les services de foresterie durable. Fondée en 1883, Huber est l’une des plus grandes sociétés familiales basées aux États-Unis. Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez vous rendre sur le site www.huber.com.

À propos de Huber Engineered Materials
Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), dont le siège social est situé à Atlanta, en Géorgie (États-Unis), se concentre sur la conception de produits chimiques et minéraux spécialisés qui améliorent la performance, l’attrait et le traitement d’une large gamme de produits utilisés dans des applications industrielles, agricoles et grand public. L’unité commerciale stratégique AgroSolutions d’HEM dispose également d’un portefeuille de nutriments et d’adjuvants agricoles de haute valeur qu’elle fournit aux clients de l’industrie agricole par le biais d’un réseau mondial de distributeurs. Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez vous rendre sur le site www.hubermaterials.com.

Contact auprès des médias :
Lea Volpe
Directrice des communications d’entreprise
J.M. Huber Corporation
tél. 678.247.7128
lea.volpe@huber.com

J.M. Huber Corporation Assina Acordo de Aquisição do Biolchim Group da NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital e Equipe de Gestão

ATLANTA, Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A J.M. Huber Corporation (Huber) – empresa global de engenharia de materiais especializados de propriedade de uma família – anunciou hoje que assinou um contrato vinculativo de aquisição do controle total do Biolchim Group da NB Renaissance, da Chequers Capital e da equipe de gestão do Grupo Biolchim. O Biolchim Group, administrado e dirigido pela Galileo Quattro SARL, tem a sua principal base operacional na Itália e é um dos principais produtores e distribuidores de uma gama completa de nutrição e bioestimulantes especializados para plantas. O fechamento da venda, previsto para ocorrer até o final de 2022, está sujeito às condições habituais de fechamento, incluindo a aprovação de investimento direto estrangeiro na Itália.

Todas as empresas do Biolchim Group – incluindo Biolchim S.p.A, Cifo, Ilsa S.p.A, Matécsa Kft e West Coast Marine-Bio Processing Corp. – estão dentro do escopo da compra. O Biolchim Group opera oito plantas de produção em todo o mundo e seus produtos – bioestimulantes, oligoelementos e fertilizantes solúveis em água, líquidos e foliares – estão presentes em mais de 70 países. O Biolchim Group tem um vasto histórico de 50 anos de serviço à indústria agrícola.

Após o fechamento da venda, o Biolchim Group passará a fazer parte da Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), uma empresa do portfólio de empresas da Huber. O Biolchim Group será parte fundamental da fundação estratégica da unidade de negócios Huber AgroSolutions (HAS) da HEM que atualmente inclui a Miller Chemical & Fertilizer (Miller).

Leonardo Valenti, CEO do Biolchim Group desde 2008 e pioneiro na indústria de nutrição vegetal, continuará empenhado em liderar o Biolchim Group na próxima fase de crescimento e integração, aproveitando o potencial de sinergia da combinação estratégica de ambas as entidades.

A Huber AgroSolutions tem o objetivo de se tornar uma formuladora líder global de produtos agrícolas sustentáveis e de alto desempenho. A aquisição do Biolchim Group, que alcançou um crescimento impressionante devido à sua ampla oferta de produtos bioestimulantes e nutricionais especiais, promove significativamente esse objetivo ao trazer uma força de trabalho e cultura inovadoras e empreendedoras para a HAS. Juntas, as empresas compartilham uma cultura profundamente comprometida com a nutrição das plantas e com o sucesso dos seus muitos clientes em todo o mundo.

As estruturas de vendas complementares de ambas as empresas permitirão o acesso expandido do cliente e do produto nas principais regiões agrícolas de todo o mundo. Além de dar continuidade ao atendimento da base de clientes do Biolchim Group, esta união também viabiliza que a HAS aumente as vendas dos produtos do Biolchim Group por meio dos seus fortes relacionamentos com produtores dos EUA e sua rede de distribuição complementar na América Latina e determinados países da Europa, Oriente Médio e África. Os canais de vendas do Biolchim Group são ideais para a promoção das vendas de vários produtos Miller com a sua forte presença na Europa e sua rede de subsidiárias globais.

“Estou muito empolgado com esta oportunidade de unir duas empresas de sucesso, a Miller e o Biolchim Group”, disse David Riley, Vice-Presidente Sênior e Gerente Geral da Huber AgroSolutions. “Também sou grato ao Sr. Valenti por sua liderança e apoio durante a transição do Biolchim Group e da Miller para a próxima fase de crescimento.”

Leonardo Valenti, CEO do Biolchim Group, disse: “A união estratégica do Biolchim Group com a Huber AgroSolutions será transformadora, pois as empresas têm ofertas comerciais e de produtos complementares, bem como tecnologias e capacidades de pesquisa líderes do setor. Estamos prontos para colaborar, compartilhar conhecimentos e desenvolver nossas capacidades mútuas. O acordo abrirá novas portas para o crescimento e nos posicionará como protagonistas globais na área de nutrição especializada. Estou empolgado com o futuro promissor da empresa e agradeço à NB Renaissance e à Chequers Capital pelo apoio contínuo recebido nos últimos anos durante a implementação do plano de criação de valor do Biolchim Group e das principais decisões estratégicas.”

“Juntos, a Miller e o Biolchim Group irão criar potentes marcas, pessoal e produtos especializados que trarão um tremendo valor para nossos clientes em todo o mundo”, disse Dan Krawczyk, Presidente da HEM. “Estamos extremamente entusiasmados em receber os funcionários do Biolchim Group na Huber, dadas as semelhanças das nossas culturas, valores e objetivos. Juntos, trabalharemos para moldar o futuro da organização e criar uma empresa global líder do setor agrícola.”

Gretchen McClain, Presidente e CEO da J.M. Huber Corporation acrescentou: “Esta união irá solidificar ainda mais o nosso compromisso de fornecer produtos e soluções inovadoras para a indústria agrícola global. O compromisso e a estratégia de sustentabilidade geral da Huber estão centrados na segurança alimentar das pessoas em todo o mundo.”

A Rabobank and Jefferies está atuando como consultora da compra, e a Jones Day está atuando como consultora jurídica da Huber para a transação.

Sobre a J.M. Huber Corporation
A J.M. Huber Corporation, com sede em Atlanta, Geórgia (EUA), opera um portfólio diversificado de empresas: CP Kelco, Huber Engineered Materials, Huber Engineered Woods e Huber Resources Corp. Com locais em todo o mundo, nossas empresas criam produtos usados em uma ampla gama de aplicações, incluindo cuidados pessoais, alimentos e bebidas, nutrientes e adjuvantes agrícolas, materiais de construção, retardadores de chama e supressores de fumaça, bem como serviços florestais sustentáveis. Fundada em 1883, a Huber é uma das maiores empresas familiares com sede nos EUA. Para mais informação, visite www.huber.com.

Sobre a Huber Engineered Materials
A Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), com sede em Atlanta, Geórgia (EUA), está focada em produtos químicos e minerais especializados projetados que melhoram o desempenho, o apelo e o processamento de uma ampla gama de produtos utilizados em aplicações industriais, agrícolas e de consumo. A unidade de negócios estratégicos AgroSolutions da HEM também tem um portfólio de nutrientes e adjuvantes agrícolas de alto valor que são fornecidos aos clientes do setor agrícola por meio de uma rede global de distribuidores. Para mais informação, visite www.hubermaterials.com.

CONTATO COM A MÍDIA:
Lea Volpe
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Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has said the resolution on the completion of 891 houses under the government’s Mass Housing Project remains in the hands of the courts.

Responding to Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader, McHenry Venaani’s letter regarding the unoccupied mass housing and occupation thereof on Monday, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the completion of 891 houses of which 505 are in Swakopmund, 362 in Windhoek and 24 in Opuwo, is hindered by legal disputes in which the court is issuing a lien to subcontractors over several houses.

The Mass Housing Development Programme (MHDP) was launched and implemented by government in 2013 and was aimed at increasing investment in the affordable housing sector and significantly increasing the supply towards meeting the demand for housing in Namibia.

On 24 July 2022, in an open letter while addressing members of PDM’s central committee held in Okahandja, Venaani gave the Prime Minister 25 days to give people the unoccupied houses under the mass housing programme, stressing that close to 1 000 houses have been vacant for the past seven years while thousands of Namibians are homeless.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Looser misses out on road race medal

Vera Looser Namibia’s elite female cyclist missed out on a medal on Sunday morning after finishing fourth in the women’s road race cycling, held in the town of Warwick.

The Namibian cyclist finished fourth with a time of two hours, 44 minutes and 46 seconds (02:44:46) which saw 24 women going for a sprint after 160 kilometres of riding through the streets of Warwick.

Australia’s Georgia Baker won gold in the women’s road race while Scotland’s Neah Evans, won the silver and Australia’s Sarah Roy took the podium’s bottom place winning a bronze. All the 24 women out of the 56 who went for the sprint clocked 02:44:46.

In an interview with Nampa after the race Looser said she was looking forward to being on the podium but her legs couldn’t allow her to give more in the sprint.

“The course suited me very well and I gave it my all today. It’s tough luck that I did not make it on the podium probably it’s a sign for me to still come back again for these games,” she said.

She added that her fourth-place finish is a combination of several years of hard work and she hopes it’s an inspiration for upcoming women cyclists in Namibia.

“This is my third Commonwealth Games and I would like to tell every Namibian who has dreams of representing their country to never give up as I had to compete at several international games which helped in improving my performance,” Looser said.

The Namibia rider also added that she is now going back to change her tyres from thin to thick tyres so she can compete in the Swiss Epic as this Commonwealth Games event was her road race for this year and she was happy to end it on the high.

Another Namibian female cyclist who also competed in the road event was Anri Krugel who found the going tough in her maiden road race at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games as she formed part of the 13 women who did not finish the race because they were lapped.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Other parties lack the emotional intelligence to rule: Venaani

Popular Democratic Movement leader McHenry Venaani has said PDM is the only political party in Namibia with the political maturity and emotional intelligence to handle power.

Venaani, who was speaking at the party’s star rally for the Swakopmund by-elections on Sunday, questioned other parties’ abilities to lead the country and said they lack the emotional intelligence to rule the country.

“We are having these by-elections because the opposition party that won here fired their leader because they cannot manage power and I dare say it, out of all these parties, none of them have the emotional intelligence to handle political power,” he stated.

“Parties are fighting one another over power. There is no development because instead of leading, people are fighting. This tells you they do not have the political maturity to deal with power,” he continued.

Venaani also accused the ruling party, Swapo, of failing to diversify and to add value to commodities that leave the country in raw form.

“Our bread and butter issues are that we have uranium as a resource, but we have a government that has a paralysis of thinking and is doing nothing to engineer the revolution of value addition on our commodities.”

According to Venaani, PDM is the country’s only solution towards political tranquillity as he said the party is “capable of transcending disagreements.”

“We must give power to leaders and parties who can handle it. Any person can become a leader, but not everyone can handle leadership. How you manage that power once given to you is important,” he noted.

Meanwhile, the party’s candidate for the by-elections, Lelanie Pascheka, said she wants to hear from the community themselves about their needs as opposed to speaking for them, once elected as constituency councillor.

“This has been the problem in Namibia for so long, nobody is allowed to voice their opinions, talk about what they need or express what they feel is wrong. All these ideas I would like to implement is for the development of the town, but I need your support,” she stressed.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

KNVC, Kudos lead volleyball logs

The Khomas NamPol Volleyball Club (KNVC) and Kudos male and female teams are the current log leaders of their respective logs in the Central Volleyball Association 2022 season following the weekend matches.

In the men’s division, KNVC amassed 52 points after winning their last two fixtures by three sets to nil (3-0) against Afrocat on 05 August and the University of Namibia (UNAM) on 08 August.

They are closely followed by the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) A team, who have 46 points following their two victories over Kings (3-0) and City of Windhoek (CoW) via a 3-1 set success.

Third place belongs to Kudos, who have 42 points despite sitting out the last two rounds.

They are followed in fourth place by Afrocat C on 37 points, with fifth place occupied by NDF B on 36 points.

In the sixth spot is CoW, whose one loss to NDF A and one victory against the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) by 3-0 over the weekend sees them on 33 points.

Following their loss to KNVC and 3-0 set win over Kings, UNAM are seventh with 27 points, and Afrocat D eighth with 15 points.

NUST are in position nine with 17 points followed by Kings at 10th, with Heritage anchoring the log on six points.

In the ladies’ section, Kudos lead the log with 37 points following their 3-1 set victory over UNAM on Wednesday.

They are followed by Revival, who have 34 points in the second position while KNVC is third with 28 points.

In the fourth position is NDF (27 points) who won against Afrocat and UNAM by a 3-0 scoreline respectively, while fifth is Afrocat with 14 points.

NamPol Otjozondjupa found sixth place with 13 points, with UNAM seventh on the log with 12 points following their 3-0 defeat to NDF.

NUST are bottom of the log with three points.

The penultimate league fixtures will take place Wednesday and Thursday, 10 and 11 August respectively, with the CoW male team facing UNAM on Wednesday. The following day, NDF A will play NDF B while KNVC will face Afrocat C.

The league finale will take place on Saturday, 13 August, at UNAM.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Namibia Open Squash tournament set for September

The BDO Namibian Open Squash Championship will this year take place from 15 to 17 September at the Wanderers Squash Club in Windhoek, the Namibia Squash Association (NSA) has announced.

According to NSA President, Rudi Koekemoer, in a media statement here Monday, this will be the first Namibian Squash Open Tournament since 2017. The 2017 tournament was won by South Africans Kelvin Ndlovu and Milnay Louw for the men’s and women’s titles respectively.

“This much-awaited tournament promises to deliver top-class match-ups with a strong contingent of South African players that have already indicated to travel to Namibia to challenge our best players for the coveted titles. The African Squash Federation is also promoting the tournament on its social media platforms and hence entries are also anticipated from other African countries,” he said.

Koekemoer noted that countries that are expected to send participants to the tournament include South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe where there will be a 32 Men’s A-division, 32 Men’s- B-division, and 16 Ladies A-division and 16 Ladies B-division draw.

A total of 100 squash players are expected to converge at the Wanderers Squash Club for the competition, expected to be an action-packed event.

“Registration for the tournament is already open and we expect the who-is-who of Namibian squash players to enter this year’s competition.

Namibia’s top-ranked male player, Max Endjala, said he has already started preparations for the tournament and was looking forward to challenging South Africans.

‘I played in South Africa two months ago and most of the guys over there indicated that they will be coming for the open. As the country’s number one ranked player, I will definitely participate. I have already registered for this tournament,’ Endjala said.

Top-ranked female player, Judy Savage, however will not be able to participate in this tournament due to personal reasons.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

MHDP awaiting court resolution: Kuugongelwa-Amadhila

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has said the resolution on the completion of 891 houses under the government’s Mass Housing Project remains in the hands of the courts.

Responding to Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader, McHenry Venaani’s letter regarding the unoccupied mass housing and occupation thereof on Monday, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the completion of 891 houses of which 505 are in Swakopmund, 362 in Windhoek and 24 in Opuwo, is hindered by legal disputes in which the court is issuing a lien to subcontractors over several houses.

The Mass Housing Development Programme (MHDP) was launched and implemented by

government in 2013 and was aimed at increasing investment in the affordable housing sector and significantly increasing the supply towards meeting the demand for housing in Namibia.

On 24 July 2022, in an open letter while addressing members of PDM’s central committee held in Okahandja, Venaani gave the Prime Minister 25 days to give people the unoccupied houses under the mass housing programme, stressing that close to 1 000 houses have been vacant for the past seven years while thousands of Namibians are homeless.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila indicated that 4 130 housing units have been completed under the MHDP and handed over to beneficiaries in the various local authorities since the inception of programme, noting that there are no completed houses that are unallocated.

“Given the separation of powers the resolution of these disputes are in court, which, in terms of the Constitution are to operate autonomously from the executive. The government is, however, making all-round efforts to get these disputes resolved between involved parties in order to clear the way for these houses to be urgently completed and allocated to needy beneficiaries,” she noted.

She noted that the government has adopted and is in the process of implementing a comprehensive programme to resolve the housing problem to promote access to housing, especially for the low income segment.

Venaani, in his letter, had taken exception to government’s response to Namibia’s housing problem.

“Today the image of homelessness in Namibia consists of far more than simply people sleeping on the streets. Research about housing disparity in the country suggests that many individuals now live in informal, self-constructed houses,” he stressed.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Uutoni urges regional councils not to sit on funds meant for development projects

Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni on Monday told the leadership of all regional councils in the country to stop sitting on funds meant for rural development by keeping them in council’s bank accounts.

Uutoni was speaking during the five-day 2022 Annual Rural Development Planning and Review Workshop which started at Rundu.

The workshop ends on Friday.

‘I have come across some regional councils with money in their accounts for the purpose of rural development from the previous financial year and never utilised it. Yet, the same regional council will still demand more money from the ministry for certain projects,’ he said.

The minister questioned why regional councils keep money when development is needed in rural areas, saying at times these funds could also be utilised by other institutions in need such as town councils facing water closures or faced with other challenges.

“It is disheartening to hear that funds allocated for poverty eradication and employment creation projects in rural areas are either misused or unutilized in bank accounts while the target rural communities are languishing in poverty,” he said.

He called on the responsible persons in the ministry as well as the political leadership to do everything possible in order to accelerate and ensure timely execution and implementation of the rural development budget and projects.

He further urged regional councils to adhere to the guidelines that have been laid down regarding the selection of beneficiaries and promptly submit accountability reports.

The five-day workshop will discuss the implementation of rural development initiatives by regional councils and rural sanitation.

Various heads of regional councils will also give presentations on ongoing projects, challenges, remedial measures and future plans.

On his part Governor of the Kavango East Region, Bonny Wakudumo, said rural areas are highly distinctive from one another and for this reason there is a need to consider a variety of rural development approaches in order for it to be successful.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency