Hitachi Energy to appoint Andreas Schierenbeck as new Chief Executive Officer, Claudio Facchin to step down on June 30, 2024

Zurich, March 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy today announced that Andreas Schierenbeck will be appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2024. Claudio Facchin, Hitachi Energy CEO, will step down at the end of June 2024. Andreas will engage with the Hitachi Energy Board, Executive Team and Claudio to ensure a smooth transition prior to the handover on July 1, 2024.

Andreas joins Hitachi Energy from HH2E, a new green-hydrogen production company, where he is currently co-founder and board member. He previously worked as CEO of Uniper from 2019 to 2021, where he launched the company’s decarbonization strategy. Prior to that he was the CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator, where he led the transformation of the company into a global leader leveraging digital technology from 2013 to 2018. Between 1992 and 2012, Andreas held various management positions within Siemens, including President and CEO of Siemens Building Technologies in the US between 2010 and 2012 and Senior Vice President in the Siemens electric utility sector in Switzerland. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the TU Dresden and an Advanced Management Certificate from Harvard University in the US. Andreas is a German citizen.

“I would like to welcome Andreas to Hitachi Energy to lead the next phase of exciting growth for the business. I would also like to express my appreciation to Claudio for his great leadership transitioning and transforming the company over the last four years from the carve-out of ABB’s Power Grids business through the Hitachi ABB Power Grids Joint Venture (JV) into Hitachi Energy, a fully-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Group”, said Keiji Kojima, Representative Executive Officer, President & CEO of Hitachi, Ltd. “I look forward to continuing to support Hitachi Energy’s growth plan under the leadership of Andreas, and I wish Claudio all the best for the journey ahead.”

“Following a planned transition and a thorough selection process, we have appointed Andreas Schierenbeck as the successor to Claudio Facchin”, said Alistair Dormer, Chair of Hitachi Energy and Executive Vice President, Executive Officer and General Manager of Green Energy & Mobility Strategy Planning Division, Hitachi Ltd. “Claudio can be proud of his four years as CEO, and it has been a pleasure working with him during the past two years, supporting him and the Executive Team to deliver the transformation into Hitachi Energy, the leading power grids technology and solution provider. The Hitachi Energy 2030 growth plan centered around the commitment to continuously invest in innovation and partnerships to serve our customers is a solid foundation to build on, and I look forward to working with Andreas and the entire Hitachi Energy leadership team as we accelerate the delivery of the Hitachi Energy growth plan. Andreas’ experience of delivering transformational growth across sectors will help Hitachi Energy to scale growth and synergies with Hitachi.”

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to lead the transition to Hitachi Energy, working alongside the Executive Team and the entire Hitachi Energy organization across the globe”, said Claudio Facchin, CEO of Hitachi Energy. “The authentic passion and unwavering ownership of this team has been a limitless source of energy and motivation for me personally. Together with Hitachi teams, we have worked with customers and partners to advance the world’s energy system to be more sustainable, flexible and secure. The extraordinary achievements of Hitachi Energy would not have been possible without the continuous support from Hitachi Group. I look forward to onboarding Andreas, together with the Executive Team and the Board of Hitachi Energy, until the handover on July 1, 2024.”

“I am thrilled to embark on this journey as the new CEO of Hitachi Energy, steering the company towards new horizons in an era of transformation, where the demand for electricity is surging due to the rapid electrification of transport, buildings, and industries”, said Andreas Schierenbeck. “It is a profound honor to lead an experienced team so deeply committed to quality, innovation and sustainability as we help our customers and society accelerate towards a greener future. Together, we will continue to expand Hitachi Energy’s profitable business, ensuring that our collective efforts contribute significantly to a sustainable and electrified future.”

Hitachi Energy to appoint Andreas Schierenbeck as new Chief Executive Officer

About Hitachi Energy
Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. We integrate more than 150 GW of HVDC links into the power system, helping our customers enable more wind and solar. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ more than 40,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of over $10 billion USD.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under the business structure of “Digital Systems & Services” – supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” – contributing to a decarbonized society through energy and railway systems, and “Connective Industries” – connecting products through digital technology to provide solutions in various industries. Driven by Digital, Green, and Innovation, we aim for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2022 (ended March 31, 2023) totaled 10,881.1 billion yen, with 696 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at


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Dentsu Appoints Shirli Zelcer to Chief Data and Technology Officer

Steve Simpson joins as President, Data, Audiences and Technology; Shiva Vannavada appointed as President, Data and Technology Solutions

Shirli Zelcer

Chief Data & Technology Officer, dentsu

TOKYO, March 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dentsu (brand: dentsu; Head Office: Dentsu Group Inc.; Location: Tokyo; Representative: President and Global CEO Hiroshi Igarashi) today announced the appointment of Shirli Zelcer as Chief Data and Technology Officer (CDTO), sitting on dentsu’s Group Management Team. In this role, Zelcer will be responsible for all of dentsu’s client-facing data-driven, analytics and technology-enabled products and platforms, driving innovation and sustainable growth for clients.

Dentsu also announced today that Steve Simpson has been appointed as President, Data, Audiences and Technology, dentsu and Shiva Vannavada as President, Data and Technology Solutions, dentsu. Simpson will join the Global Media Practice leadership team to support the development of a winning Media Practice community that delivers continued excellence in its offering to clients, driving client growth and transformation. In his newly created role, Simpson will be responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of a globally-scaled, data-driven and technology-enabled audience platform that drives growth for clients, while Vannavada will focus on creating synergies across product and platforms, AI innovation, analytics and across Dentsu Global Services (DGS).

Zelcer brings over 20 years of experience in analytics and insights, business advisory and organizational design, AI and data science, and cloud and marketing technologies. She was most recently the Global Head of Analytics and Technology at Merkle, where she led a global division of over 5,600 practitioners across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. In her new role at dentsu, Zelcer will be responsible to innovate the vision, roadmap, development and commercial impact of dentsu’s data and tech strategy across our three core practice areas: Media, CXM and Creative, working closer with Practice leads and Jean Lin, Global President – Global Practices, dentsu. The role will lead a newly formed team brought together from these Practice areas to drive consistency, interoperability and ultimately to deliver growth to dentsu’s clients through more unified capabilities.

Joining from Publicis, in his new role, Simpson will lead a global team of experts from across data management, identity, personalization, media activation and dynamic creative production, and partner with dentsu’s global products and platforms team to integrate and scale the platform across dentsu’s Global Practices.

Simpson will also be accountable for evolving dentsu’s global media delivery platform. Enabled by programmatic media delivery, enriched with 1st, 2nd and 3rd party data, it will leverage dentsu’s leading Merkury products suite to drive client competitiveness.

Having previously served as Global Chief Product and Technology Officer, dentsu Solutions, Vannavada’s expanded responsibilities as President, Data and Technology Solutions will include driving cross-practice and product collaboration, nurturing dentsu’s AI Connective community and leading his team to contribute to tech-enabled solutions and strategy.

“Innovation across data and technology are two of dentsu’s most critical points of differentiation, having led the market for many years in the development, adoption and application of proprietary platforms which give our clients the edge,” said Hiroshi Igarashi, President and Global CEO, dentsu. “We are very proud to appoint Shirli, Steve and Shiva into these new strategic roles which bring together our efforts across the organization, honing our capabilities and ensuring that dentsu and our clients remain at the forefront of innovation.”

The leadership of the broader Data and Tech organization at dentsu includes: Head of Product, Matt Seeley, and Sunil Rao leading Analytics, and Peter Rogers leading Data Platforms. DGS will also now report into Zelcer’s Data and Technology structure and in turn, Zelcer will report into Michael Komasinski, CEO, dentsu Americas & Global President – Data & Technology, dentsu.


“During her time at Merkle, Shirli brought together teams from around the world to collaborate on vital programs, ranging from data infrastructure implementation to advanced media mix modeling, personalization strategies and the development of bespoke AI solutions,” commented Michael Komasinski, CEO, dentsu Americas & Global President – Data & Technology, dentsu. “With her vast experience of successfully partnering with clients, alongside a proven ability to solve business challenges with cutting-edge technology solutions, I’m truly excited to see the impact that Shirli will have in her new expanded global role at dentsu.”

“It is a very exciting prospect to move into this new role at a time when not only is dentsu at a pivotal moment in its history, but data and technology have never evolved at a faster pace,” remarked Shirli Zelcer, Chief Data and Technology Officer, dentsu. “As a group, we have already made some big moves into AI over the last few years, but I truly see the combination of AI with dentsu proprietary and partner technologies as a major differentiator for our clients. I’m looking forward to broadening the impact I can have across dentsu and working closely with the talented leaders and teams across our tech community.”

Steve Simpson, President, Data, Audiences and Technology, dentsu, said: “I am thrilled to join dentsu at this exciting time of transformation and innovation. Data and technology are at the heart of the media industry and the integrated opportunity across Practices at dentsu in vast. I look forward to working with the talented teams throughout dentsu to build a world-class platform that will deliver value and innovation for our clients, helping them achieve their business goals.”

Shiva Vannavada, President, Data and Technology Solutions, dentsu, commented: “Since I began my journey at dentsu, we have been actively planning our future with AI and I am excited to take on this new expanded remit as we enter into what will undoubtedly be a transformational year for AI and the products and solutions we build using it. At dentsu, we don’t consider AI as a standalone technology, it is part of the fabric of our data, technology and product capabilities, ingrained into every practice and present in every agency brand. This makes us naturally more collaborative, more integrated and faster to market for our clients, and I look forward to working with teams across dentsu to break new ground in what is possible across data and tech for our clients.”

About dentsu

Dentsu is the network designed for what’s next, helping clients predict and plan for disruptive future opportunities and create new paths to growth in the sustainable economy. Taking a people-centered approach to business transformation, we use insights to connect brand, content, commerce and experience, underpinned by modern creativity. As part of Dentsu Group Inc. (Tokyo: 4324; ISIN: JP3551520004), we are headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and our 71,000-strong employee base of dedicated professionals work across four regions (Japan, Americas, EMEA and APAC). Dentsu combines Japanese innovation with a diverse, global perspective to drive client growth and to shape society.


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Zenas BioPharma Nomeia Patricia Allen para o Conselho Diretor

WALTHAM, Mass., March 06, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Zenas BioPharma, uma empresa biofarmacêutica global comprometida em se tornar líder no desenvolvimento e comercialização de terapias voltadas para inflamações e imunologia, divulgou hoje a nomeação de Patricia Allen para o Conselho Diretor, onde atuará também como Presidente do Comitê de Auditoria. A Sra. Allen ingressa no Conselho Diretor da Zenas com mais de 20 anos de experiência liderando finanças, relações com investidores, desenvolvimento de negócios, recursos humanos, operações e TI em empresas globais públicas e privadas de biotecnologia.

“Estamos muito contentes com a vinda de Patty para o nosso Conselho Diretor”, disse Lonnie Moulder, Fundador e Diretor Executivo da Zenas BioPharma. “Ela liderou com sucesso funções interorganizacionais e atuou no conselho diretor de empresas privadas e públicas de biotecnologia global. Estamos prontos para as contribuições de Patty para a próxima fase do crescimento da Zenas, à medida que avançamos na nossa missão de desenvolver e comercializar terapias transformadoras baseadas em imunologia para pacientes necessitados.”

“Estou pronta para colaborar com a experiente equipe da Zenas e o Conselho Diretor, que estão ampliando uma empresa biofarmacêutica global líder em inflamação e imunologia por meio da execução disciplinada de pipeline e desenvolvimento de negócios”, disse a Sra. Allen. “A Zenas está muito empolgada com o progresso dos seus múltiplos programas clínicos que irão aprimorar as vidas das pessoas que sofrem de doenças autoimunes.”

Recentemente, a Sra. Allen atuou como Diretora Financeira da Vividion Therapeutics, de onde se aposentou recentemente. Na Vividion, ela co liderou a captação de recursos e a aquisição da empresa pela Bayer AG, durante o crescimento e avanço da empresa com vários programas em direção à clínica. Ela atua no conselho diretor e como presidente do comitê de auditoria da Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, SwanBio Therapeutics e Anokion, além de ser ex-membro do conselho e presidente do comitê de auditoria da Inversago Pharma e Yumanity Therapeutics.

Antes de ingressar na Zenas, a Sra. Allen atuou como Diretora Financeira da Zafgen, Inc. (atual Larimer Therapeutics). Anteriormente, ela foi Vice-Presidente de Finanças e Tesoureira, Diretora Financeira Principal da Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Diretora de Finanças da Alkermes, Inc.; e Auditora da Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Ela é formada em Administração de Empresas pelo Bryant College.

Sobre a Zenas BioPharma

A Zenas BioPharma é uma empresa biofarmacêutica mundial comprometida em se tornar líder global no desenvolvimento e comercialização de terapias voltadas para inflamações e imunologia para pacientes necessitados em todo o mundo. Com desenvolvimento clínico e operações globais, a Zenas está avançando um portfólio de terapêuticas autoimunes potencialmente diferenciadas em áreas de alta necessidade médica. Aproveitamos a experiência e a capacidade da nossa equipe de gestão executiva a das nossas existentes na indústria biofarmacêutica em busca do desenvolvimento de terapias que possam melhorar as vidas das pessoas com doenças autoimunes e raras. Para mais informação sobre a Zenas BioPharma, visite e siga-nos no (ex Twitter ) em @ZenasBioPharma e LinkedIn.

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Patricia Allen rejoint le Conseil d’administration de Zenas BioPharma

WALTHAM, Massachusetts, 07 mars 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zenas BioPharma, un laboratoire biopharmaceutique d’envergure mondiale déterminé à rejoindre les leaders du développement et de la commercialisation de thérapies orientées sur l’inflammation et l’immunologie, annonce la nomination de Patricia Allen à son Conseil d’administration et à la Présidence de son comité d’audit. Mme Allen rejoint le Conseil d’administration de Zenas après avoir dirigé pendant plus de 20 ans différentes divisions pour le compte de sociétés biotechnologiques internationales publiques et privées, notamment les départements des finances, relations avec les investisseurs, développement commercial, ressources humaines, opérations et informatique.

À propos de cette nomination, Lonnie Moulder, fondateur et PDG de Zenas BioPharma a déclaré : « Nous sommes ravis d’accueillir Patty au sein de notre Conseil d’administration. Elle a piloté avec succès des divisions transverses pour différentes entreprises, et a siégé au Conseil d’administration de sociétés biotechnologiques d’envergure mondiale des secteurs public et privé. Nous attendons avec impatience sa participation à la prochaine phase de croissance de Zenas, à l’heure où notre mission visant à développer et distribuer des immunothérapies modératrices du changement pour les patients qui en ont besoin prend de l’ampleur. ».

« J’ai hâte de travailler avec le concours des équipes expérimentées de Zenas et son Conseil d’administration, qui bâtissent ensemble une société biopharmaceutique internationale de premier plan axée sur des stratégies thérapeutiques orientées sur l’inflammation et l’immunologie au prix d’une exécution rigoureuse de leur pipeline et du développement commercial » observe Mme Allen, avant de poursuivre : « Le laboratoire Zenas traverse une période exaltante à l’heure où il s’efforce d’atteindre la phase clinique pour plusieurs de ses programmes dans l’objectif d’améliorer la vie des patients atteints de maladies auto-immunes ».

Actuellement retraitée, Mme Allen occupait encore très récemment la Direction des affaires financières de Vividion Therapeutics, dont elle a codirigé la levée de fonds et l’acquisition de Bayer AG, au moment où la société était en pleine croissance et faisait progresser plusieurs de ses programmes vers la phase clinique. Elle figure actuellement parmi les membres du Conseil d’administration de Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, SwanBio Therapeutics et Anokion, dont elle préside les comités d’audit, après avoir siégé aux Conseils d’administration des sociétés Inversago Pharma et Yumanity Therapeutics et en avoir également présidé les comités d’audit.

Avant son passage chez Vividion, Mme Allen pilotait la Direction financière de Zafgen, Inc., aujourd’hui Larimer Therapeutics. Avant cela, elle était vice-présidente des affaires financières, ainsi que trésorière et responsable financière principale chez Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., directrice des finances chez Alkermes, Inc., et auditrice chez Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Elle est titulaire d’une licence en gestion d’entreprises sanctionné par l’université privée américaine Bryant.

À propos de Zenas BioPharma

Zenas BioPharma est un laboratoire biopharmaceutique d’envergure mondiale déterminé à rejoindre les leaders du développement et de la commercialisation de thérapies orientées sur l’inflammation et l’immunologie pour répondre aux besoins des patients concernés partout dans le monde. À l’appui de ses capacités de développement et de ses installations de recherche clinique implantées aux quatre coins de la planète, Zenas fait progresser un ensemble de thérapies potentiellement différenciatrices ciblées sur les maladies auto-immunes dans des domaines thérapeutiques où les besoins médicaux restent insatisfaits. Son équipe de direction chevronnée et son réseau de partenaires commerciaux stimulent l’excellence opérationnelle visant à concevoir des traitements potentiellement révolutionnaires aux fins d’améliorer la qualité de vie des patients atteints de maladies auto-immunes rares. Pour en savoir plus sur Zenas BioPharma, rendez-vous sur et suivez-nous sur X (anciennement Twitter) @ZenasBioPharma et LinkedIn.

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Stevie® Awards Anuncia Finalistas do 18th Annual Stevie® Awards de Vendas e Atendimento ao Cliente

FAIRFAX, Va., March 06, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  Nomes dos finalistas do 18th annual Stevie® Awards de Vendas e Atendimento ao Cliente, uma competição internacional que homenageia a excelência em serviço ao cliente, contact centers, desenvolvimento de negócios, e vendas, foram anunciados hoje.

Um grupo diversificado de organizações e indivíduos de todo o mundo foi homenageado nos prêmios de categorias de executivos de vendas, provedores de soluções, contact centers, novos produtos e serviços, e muito mais.

As organizações Finalistas com cinco ou mais nomeações são: Allianz Services Pvt Ltd (Trivandrum, Kerala, Índia), Avetta (Lehi, UT EUA), Blackhawk Network (Pleasanton, CA, EUA), Capital Rx (Nova York, NY, EUA), CivicPlus (Manhattan, KS, EUA), Datasite (Minneapolis, MN, EUA), DHL Express Vietnam (Cidade de Ho Chi Minh, Vietnã), DHL Express (mundial), Element Electronics (Winnsboro, SC, EUA), IBM (Armonk, NY, EUA), Inspiro (Cidade de Makati, Filipinas), Intuit (Toronto, ON, Canadá), Loveholidays (Londres, Reino Unido), OpenGov (São Francisco, CA, EUA), Purpol Marketing Limited (Chippenham, Reino Unido), QNB Finansbank (Istambul, Turquia), Qualitest Group (Bridgewater, NJ, EUA), Sales Partnerships, Inc. (Broomfield, CO, EUA), SAP ( (mundial), Support Services Group, Inc. (Waco, TX, EUA), Toco Warranty (Los Angeles, CA, EUA), TransPerfect Translations (Nova York, NY, EUA), UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, PA, EUA), ValueSelling Associates Inc. (Carlsbad, CA, EUA), VIZIO Inc. (Irvine, CA, EUA), VMware (Broadcom) (Palo Alto, CA, EUA), e Voya Financial (Nova York, NY, EUA).

Para uma lista completa dos Finalistas por categoria, visite

Os Finalistas serão escolhidos os vencedores dos Stevie Awards Ouro, Prata e Bronze. Os rankings serão revelados durante um banquete de gala na sexta-feira, 12 de abril, no The Bellagio, em Las Vegas, Nevada. Os ingressos já estão à venda.

Os prêmios são apresentados pelo Stevie Awards, que organiza muitas das principais premiações de negócios do mundo, incluindo os prestigiados International Business Awards® e The American Business Awards®.

Mais de 2.300 indicações de organizações de cada indústria foram avaliadas na competição deste ano. Os finalistas foram escolhidos pelas pontuações médias por mais de 200 profissionais em todo o mundo em sete comissões julgadoras especializadas. As inscrições foram consideradas em mais de 60 categorias de conquistas em atendimento ao cliente e contact center, incluindo Contact Center do Ano, Prêmio de Inovação de Atendimento ao Cliente e Departamento de Atendimento ao Cliente do Ano; 60 categorias de conquistas em vendas e desenvolvimento de negócios, variando de Diretor de Vendas do Ano a Treinamento de Vendas do Ano, e Conquistas em Automação de Vendas; e categorias de reconhecimento de novos produtos e serviços, e provedores de soluções, dentre outros.

Todos os departamentos de atendimento ao cliente finalistas nomeados serão incluídos na votação do People’s Choice Stevie® Awards de Favorito em Atendimento ao Cliente. A partir de hoje até 29 de março, o público pode votar nos seus provedores favoritos de atendimento ao cliente no People’s Choice Stevie Awards de Favorito em Atendimento ao Cliente. A votação está aberta em O indicado com mais votos em cada categoria receberá um prêmio de cristal especial People’s Choice Stevie Award. Os nomes dos vencedores do People’s Choice Stevie Awards de vários setores serão homenageados na cerimônia de premiação de gala em Las Vegas no dia 12 de abril.

As nomeações para o prêmio especial, o Prêmio Ética em Vendas das Parcerias de Vendas, também continuam em aberto até o dia 15 de março. Não há taxa de inscrição para envio de nomeações para este prêmio, que irá homenagear exemplos excepcionais de práticas éticas de vendas a partir do início de julho de 2022. Os vencedores serão anunciados e homenageado na cerimônia de 12 de abril.

Sobre os Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards são concedidos em nove programas: Stevie Awards Ásia-Pacífico, Stevie Awards Alemão, Stevie Awards Oriente Médio e África do Norte, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, Stevie Awards para Grandes Empregadoras, Stevie Awards para Mulheres Empresariais e Stevie Awards para Vendas e Atendimento ao Cliente, e os novos Stevie Awards de Excelência em Tecnologia. Os concursos Stevie Awards recebem mais de 12.000 nomeações todos os anos de empresas de mais de 70 países. Honrando empresas de todos os tipos e tamanhos, e as pessoas por trás delas, os Stevies reconhecem excelente desempenho no local de trabalho em todo o mundo. Saiba mais sobre os Stevie Awards em

Patrocinadores do 18º Stevie Awards de Vendas e Atendimento ao Cliente incluem Sales Partnerships, Inc. Support Services Group, Inc., e ValueSelling Associates, Inc.

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Les Stevie® Awards annoncent les finalistes de la 18e édition annuelle des Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service

FAIRFAX, Virginie, 06 mars 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  Les finalistes de la 18e édition annuelle des Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service, un concours international qui récompense l’excellence en matière de service client, de centres de contact, de développement commercial et de ventes, ont été dévoilés aujourd’hui.

Un groupe diversifié d’organisations et de personnes à travers le monde a été récompensé dans des catégories de prix incluant les responsables commerciaux, les prestataires de solutions, les centres de contact, les nouveaux produits et services, et bien plus encore.

Les organisations avec au moins cinq finalistes nominés comprennent Allianz Services Pvt Ltd (Trivandrum, Kerala, Inde), Avetta (Lehi, UT États-Unis), Blackhawk Network (Pleasanton, CA, États-Unis), Capital Rx (New York, NY, États-Unis), CivicPlus (Manhattan, KS, États-Unis), Datasite (Minneapolis, MN, États-Unis), DHL Express Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh-Ville, Vietnam), DHL Express (international), Element Electronics (Winnsboro, SC, États-Unis), IBM (Armonk, NY, États-Unis), Inspiro (Makati City, Philippines), Intuit (Toronto, ON, Canada), Loveholidays (Londres, Royaume-Uni), OpenGov (San Francisco, CA, États-Unis), Purpol Marketing Limited (Chippenham, Royaume-Uni), QNB Finansbank (Istanbul, Turquie), Qualitest Group (Bridgewater, NJ, États-Unis), Sales Partnerships, Inc. (Broomfield, CO, États-Unis), SAP (international), Support Services Group, Inc. (Waco, TX, États-Unis), Toco Warranty (Los Angeles, CA, États-Unis), TransPerfect Translations (New York, NY, États-Unis), UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, PA, États-Unis), ValueSelling Associates Inc. (Carlsbad, CA, États-Unis), VIZIO Inc. (Irvine, CA, États-Unis), VMware (Broadcom) (Palo Alto, CA, États-Unis), et Voya Financial (New York, NY, États-Unis).

Pour obtenir la liste complète des finalistes par catégorie, rendez-vous sur :

Tous les finalistes nominés recevront à l’issue de l’évènement un Stevie Award d’or, d’argent ou de bronze. Les classements seront dévoilés lors d’un banquet de gala qui se tiendra le vendredi 12 avril à l’hôtel Bellagio à Las Vegas, Nevada. Les tickets sont déjà en vente.

Les prix seront décernés par les Stevie Awards, qui organisent certains des plus grands évènements de remises de récompenses commerciales au monde, y compris les prestigieux International Business Awards® et American Business Awards®.

Plus de 2 300 candidatures provenant d’organisations de toutes tailles et de représentant presque tous les secteurs ont été évaluées lors du concours de cette année. Les finalistes ont été déterminés par des notes moyennes données par plus de 200 professionnels à travers le monde au sein de sept comités de décision spécialisés. Les candidatures ont été prises en compte pour plus de 60 catégories listant les réalisations en matière de service client et de centre de contact, notamment les prix de Centre de contact de l’année, d’Innovation en matière de service client et Service client de l’année. 60 catégories sont également consacrées aux réalisations en matière de ventes et de développement commercial, notamment les prix de Directeur des ventes de l’année, Formation commerciale de l’année, ou encore Réalisation en matière d’automatisation des ventes. D’autres catégories encore récompenseront les nouveaux produits et services et les prestataires de solutions, entre autres.

Tous les départements consacrés au service client finalistes seront inclus dans le vote pour les People’s Choice Stevie® Awards dans la catégorie Service client préféré. À partir d’aujourd’hui et jusqu’au 29 mars, le public peut voter pour ses prestataires de service client préférés dans le cadre des People’s Choice Stevie Awards, catégorie Service client préféré. Les votes sont ouverts à cette adresse : Le candidat qui obtiendra le plus de votes dans chaque catégorie recevra un People’s Choice Stevie Award cristal spécial. Les lauréats des People’s Choice Stevie Awards dans divers secteurs seront honorés lors du gala de remise des prix qui se tiendra à Las Vegas, le 12 avril prochain.

Les candidatures pour le prix spécial d’Éthique en matière de partenariats commerciaux restent ouvertes jusqu’au 15 mars. La soumission de candidatures est gratuite pour ce prix, qui récompensera des exemples exceptionnels en matière de pratiques de vente éthiques depuis début juillet 2022. Les lauréats seront également dévoilés et honorés lors de la cérémonie du 12 avril.

À propos des Stevie Awards
Les Stevie Awards sont décernés dans le cadre de neuf programmes : les Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, les German Stevie Awards, les Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, les American Business Awards®, les International Business Awards®, les Stevie Awards for Great Employers, les Stevie Awards for Women in Business, les Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service et le nouveau Stevie Awards for Technology Excellence. Le comité de concours des Stevie Awards reçoit tous les ans plus de 12 000 candidatures d’organisations de plus de 70 pays. En mettant à l’honneur des organisations de tous types et de toutes tailles, ainsi que les personnes qui les animent, les Stevie Awards récompensent des performances exceptionnelles sur le lieu de travail dans le monde entier. Pour en savoir plus sur les Stevie Awards, consultez le site :

Les sponsors de la 18e édition annuelle des Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service incluent Sales Partnerships, Inc. Support Services Group, Inc. et ValueSelling Associates, Inc.

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Kandjii-Murangi announces bio economy strategy implementation

WINDHOEK: Minister of higher education, technology and innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi-Murangi on Wednesday announced the implementation of the Bioeconomy strategy, which was approved by Cabinet in November 2019.

The strategy will run from 2024 to 2029. The acceleration of biotechnology to national development can contribute to poverty alleviation, and catalyze sustainable economic development, Kandjii-Murangi said.

Kandjii-Murangi was speaking during the inauguration of a space council launched by the National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST), where she stressed that from 2019, her ministry, in cooperation with the NCRST and with the financial and technical assistance of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Bioeconomy Multisectoral working group, coordinated the development of the National Bioeconomy Strategy.

The production, utilization, conservation and regeneration of biological resources, including related knowledge, science, technology, and i
nnovation form part of the strategy.

‘The bioeconomy strategy is anchored in key stakeholder-identified sectors of the country that immensely contribute to economic growth, namely; health, agriculture, and natural resource/environment. In line with the Revised Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 2020, the bioeconomy strategy implementation will ensure the promotion of research and development in biotechnology and bio-based industries,’ Kandjii-Murangi-Murangi added.

According to her, the strategic initiatives set out in the strategy are aimed at promoting opportunities for smallholder farmers, rural communities, and marginalised groups to participate in and benefit from bioeconomic activities in improving climate-affected agricultural production.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Namibia inaugurates space science council

WINDHOEK: Minister of Higher Education, Education, Technology, and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, on Wednesday inaugurated the national space science council, consisting of six members, a first for Namibia.

The council’s primary role, according to Kandjii-Murangi, is to advise the government on matters pertaining to space science and technology policy as well as regional and international instruments.

The newly appointed members are Peter Ndemuweda from the Namibia Defense Force, Riaan Steenkamp, an academic, Laban Hiwilepo, a telecommunications and electronics engineer, Eliakim Hamunyela, an environmental scientist, Loide Shaparara, a lawyer, and Victoria Munenge, an IT specialist. The members will serve for a period of three years.

‘The main functions of the council are to advise the commission on the development and implementation of a National Space Science and Technologies Agenda in all relevant sectors. Their functions include but are not limited to the review and implementation of National Space
Science Policy and Strategy, Ethics in Space Science research, identification of space science activities relevant to Namibia, as well as the promotion and development of space science research,’ Kandjii-Murangi said.

The council will further serve as a nexus for collaboration between academia, industry and government agencies.

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Aging infrastructure limits UNAM’s transformed curriculum: Bock

WINDHOEK: Aging, inadequate infrastructure, technology and facilities at the University of Namibia (UNAM) limits the implementation of the university’s newly transformed curriculum, UNAM Foundation Executive Director Bernadette Bock, has said.

Speaking at the launch of the UNAM Foundation Brand and Fundraising Project here on Wednesday, Bock said there is a need to enable hybrid learning and teaching classrooms of the future to efficiently implement the new curriculum which adopted a blended learning approach as its overarching pedagogical model of delivery.

UNAM has transformed all their undergraduate programmes in response to the needs of the fourth and fifth Industrial Revolutions.

These programmes were implemented in 2023 in a variety of disciplines including agriculture, engineering, natural sciences, commerce, management, law, education, human sciences, health sciences and veterinary medicine.

She noted that some of the foundation’s projects include finding solutions geared towards learning, teachin
g facilities and technologies responding to both the fourth and fifth Industrial Revolutions, and to align to industry needs.

‘With this we hope to impact student performance and completion rates, we hope to enhance lecturers’ productivity… We are targeting increased graduate employability and increasing inclusion of students with disabilities and varying learning abilities,’ she said.

Amongst other challenges, Bock highlighted that not all phases of UNAM’s veterinary hospital are completed. This negatively impacts teaching, practical learning and animal health services to the public. Bock said the foundation will amongst others aims to ensure a fully equipped and functional animal hospital by developing the final phases of the construction.

Equally, she noted, practical teaching training in vocational education at the school of education is compromised due to the lack of adequate vocational equipment.

‘The challenge here is that teachers are being trained to teach vocational subjects in secondary schools
but they don’s have the equipment… So the teachers being trained need the equipment to test their skills and their knowledge to be able to transfer that knowledge to the students once they go into the labour market and start teaching,’ she stressed.

Bock further said starting with the Khomasdal campus in Windhoek, the foundation project aims to equip the campus workshop with the required vocational equipment to renew and optimise outdated spaces and prime them for the development of a Bachelor of Education programme focused on vocational education.

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UNAM Foundation prioritising construction of academic hospital

WINDHOEK: The University of Namibia (UNAM) Foundation is prioritising the construction of an academic hospital for the training of medical practitioners and for enhanced access to quality care for Namibians.

The construction will cost an estimated N.dollars 1.9 billion, the UNAM Foundation Brand and Fundraising Project’s Executive Director, Bernadette Bock, said during the launch of the project here on Wednesday.

Bock said Namibia is challenged by limited specialised care, healthcare workforce shortages, gaps in training and research, and unequal access to quality medical care, which warrants the construction of an academic hospital.

‘I think it is a well-known fact that unfortunately we still experience unequal access to quality medical care, so the solution the university proposed for this is to pioneer state-of-the-art medical infrastructure,’ she said.

Bock explained that the university hospital will conduct applied and basic scientific research based on Namibia’s health challenges and will use cuttin
g-edge technology and therapies.

She noted that the expected impact is improving healthcare standards, skills development and employment creation, as well as increased community health services through outreach programmes and advanced medical research technology, innovation and medical services specialisation.

According to the strategic development projects booklet issued the total estimated cost for the construction of the academic hospital is N.dollars 1 972 065 233 (USD 105 065 420).

At the same event, UNAM’s Vice Chancellor Kenneth Matengu said the foundation aims to promote and facilitate the development and achievement of higher education objectives as a non-profit organisation.

‘To achieve this, we need support which includes investing in UNAM through the foundation… No support is ever too little; every donation has the potential to make an immense impact,’ he said.

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Kantema-Goamas leads youth delegation at World Youth Festival in Russia

WINDHOEK: A delegation comprising 90 young Namibians led by Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Emma Kantema-Gaomas participated in the 2024 World Youth Festival (WYF) from 01-07 March 2024 in Sochi, Russia.

The WYF is the largest youth event in the world held by decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The festival hosted 20 000 young Russian and foreign leaders and serves as a platform for youth empowerment, cultural exchange and discussions on pressing global issues.

On 03 March the deputy minister participated in the Global Forum of Young Diplomats, a side event of the WYF 2024, where she said: ‘Namibia is committed to turning the youth bulge into an opportunity, by intensifying efforts in implementing the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which envisions an Africa where development is people-driven, relying particularly on the potential offered by its youth.’

She also said that harnessing demographic dividend is not without its challenges, adding that it requires strategic investment in
education, employment and empowerment, particularly of young women and men.

She further said that, as the world discusses the democratic dividend in Africa, they should consider that Africa is the youngest continent. By 2050, it is projected that Africa’s youth population (aged 15-24) will be more than double the 2015 total of 226 million.

‘Namibia is fostering environments where innovation can thrive by promoting an entrepreneurial atmosphere, and providing platforms for skills development. The aim is to ensure that every young person in Namibia can contribute meaningfully to our nation’s prosperity,’ Kantema-Gaomas added.

She also said that to this end, the Russia-Africa partnership plays a critical role in this developmental journey, adding that the collaborative efforts in education, technical training, and cultural exchange programmes have been invaluable in enhancing the capacity of young people.

The festival covered different fields such as business, media, international cooperation, culture, scien
ce, education, volunteering and charity, sports and various areas of public life.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Development in education the cornerstone to economic transformation: Kandjii-Murangi

Higher Education, Training and Innovation Minister, Itah Kandjii-Murangi has said the development of professional and technical human resources, research, science, technology and innovation infrastructure is the cornerstone of the transformation of the Namibian economy.

Kandjii-Murangi made the remarks during a high-level tertiary education funding budget review dinner held in the capital on Thursday.

She said while almost half of the world’s population is made up of young people it is also evident in Namibia, where the youth constitute 60 per cent of the population, adding that it is for this reason that special attention has to be paid to engaging and imparting the requisite skills to the youth.

‘Young people are the future leaders, in a globalised and interconnected world, modern development theories tell us that innovative human capital is our competitive leverage, thus they are valuable assets and trustees of our posterity. They are, like everybody else, custodians of sustainable development, a role f
or which they should and must be prepared,’ she said.

The minister noted that in the last few years, access to higher education and the diversity of programme offerings at universities have expanded significantly, citing that due to the increase in student numbers, it is imperative to increase the provision of state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities.

However, one of the strategies that institutions of higher learning can adopt to cater for large numbers of students from ordinary and advanced subsidy school level is to consider introducing bridging programmes, she suggested.

Kandjii-Murangi said her ministry is cognisant of the fact that Namibia has gone through a challenging period characterised by droughts, economic difficulties and the COVID-19 pandemic.

This has impacted Namibians’ ability to enrol their children at higher education institutions and in turn put pressure on the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) in terms of demand for financial support.

In the year 2022, the numbe
r of students receiving financial assistance from NSFAF stood at nearly 15 000 at a cost of N.dollars 1.6 billion, while in 2023 that number grew to approximately 22 000 at a cost of N.dollars 2.1 billion.

The current budget allocation to NSFAF is N.dollars 2.3 billion which represents an increase of N.dollars 200 million from the 2022/2023 budget, she concluded.

The review was held under the theme ‘Funding modalities in the Age of AI, Emerging Sectors, 4IR and 5IR’.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Omaheke revives regional gender task force committee

Leaders from various backgrounds in the Omaheke Region gathered at the Epako Women’s Centre at Gobabis on Wednesday to revive the regional gender task force committee.

The one-day workshop, attended mainly by traditional leaders and other stakeholders in the region, aimed to re-establish the permanent task force and raise awareness about national gender implementation tools.

Omaheke Governor and chairperson of the task force committee, Pijoo Nganate, highlighted the need for more action to combat gender-based violence in the communities and the nation as a whole, emphasising that this can be achieved through unity. Nganate further emphasised that discussions on this topic should involve not only those who are literate, but also those willing to enact change within themselves and their communities.

‘This has become a topical issue now, and it should be taboo for someone to abuse another person in any way,’ he noted.

‘We have many children roaming our streets, and the majority of them are boys. These are th
e future frustrated fathers who will commit more of these crimes. Let us consider how we can support the boy child in our society.’

‘We have discontented individuals in our society because some of them do not know where their next meal will come from, or where they will sleep. These are serious social issues affecting us all, and this committee should ensure that we avoid division and promote stable households among our people,’ Nganate expressed.

Chief Hendrick Martin of the !Xoo Traditional Authority from Aminuis voiced his concerns about laws and policies that, according to him, have caused division in households.

‘Even if we aim to promote coexistence among our people, men now feel like they are not respected, even in their own homes, as children and women are no longer submissive and respectful towards them. This creates problems in our households,’ he said.

The regional committee, established in 2014, became dormant for the last five years due to a lack of funding.

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All eligible Namibians required to register to vote: Nghikembua

WINDHOEK: All eligible Namibian voters will have to register to vote once the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) starts with the general registration of voters in June 2024.

This is according to ECN chairperson Elsie Nghikembua, who said on Thursday that the current voter cards have reached their life cycle.

‘The year 2024 marks the end of the life cycle of the current national voters’ register. Hence, the upcoming elections will be preceded by a general registration of voters, during which all eligible Namibian citizens will be expected to register afresh to cast their votes in the forthcoming elections,’ Nghikembua said during the launch of the ECN electoral calendar and democracy awareness campaign.

As per the Electoral Act of 2014, as amended, she said the ECN is required to conduct the general registration of voters every 10 years and compile a new voter register.

‘The last general registration of voters was conducted in 2014, when the commission deployed a biometric voter registration system for
the first time,’ she said.

The general registration of voters will be conducted both inside the country and at all Namibian diplomatic missions, as required by law.

Nghikembua said the general voter registration process that will start from 03 June to August 2024 will be conducted under the current Electoral Act, No. 5 of 2014.

In preparation for the registration of voters and the national elections, ECN conducted a comprehensive electoral review of the previous elections, which culminated in the Integrated Mobile Voter Registration System.

‘The Integrated Mobile Voter Registration System leverages technology to make voter registration more responsive and efficient, marking a significant milestone in our efforts to modernise and improve our electoral processes. The system incorporates advanced security and verification measures to ensure the integrity of the electoral processes,’ she said.

Nghikembua noted that the system was piloted in November 2023 and February 2024 through a mock registration process
to ascertain its functionality and readiness.

‘I am pleased to inform you that the system meets all the requirements to carry out the registration of voters and subsequent electoral processes,’ she said.

Meanwhile, the ECN chairperson revealed that the electoral body will use manual ballot voting methods during this year’s elections and for the regional and local authority elections in 2025.

The ECN has set 27 November as the day for the national elections.

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Namibians going to the polls in November

WINDHOEK: The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has designated 27 November 2024 as the day for the presidential and national assembly elections.

The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, made this announcement on Thursday.

He also said that Namibians living abroad, as well as those working at sea and members of the armed forces, will cast ballots on 13 November 2024.

ECN launched the electoral calendar and democracy awareness campaign in preparation for the upcoming elections.

Namibia is among several SADC countries holding presidential and parliamentary elections this year, along with South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, and Mozambique.

Uutoni said both the general registration of voters and the democracy awareness strategy form part of the ECN’s electoral calendar.

‘The campaign will focus on raising awareness about the significance of participating in elections and voting, as well as fostering a sense of civic duty and engagement among citizens.

‘It will ensure sensitising under
standing about the importance of voter registration among eligible citizens, and encourage individuals who meet the voting eligibility requirements to register and participate in the electoral process,’ he said.

The minister said he has full confidence that the adoption of the Electoral Calendar represents a significant step towards the success of the electoral processes scheduled to take place this year.

As per the electoral calendar, ECN will conduct the general registration of voters from 03 June to August 2024. In the meantime, 14 October is set aside for independent candidate nominations, and 16 October is reserved for political party nominations.

Chief Electoral Officer Petrus Shaama noted that the electoral calendar is aligned with international practices and provides a way to plan and prepare for the conducting of any election, including by-elections or scheduled elections.

He said the calendar is premised on three phases, namely the pre-election phase, the election phase, and the post-election ph

‘The electoral calendar outlines all key milestones and activities to be carried out under each of these phases, as well as timelines leading up to, during, and after elections,’ Shaama said.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency