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Individuals and businesses that, during April 2003 to December 2008, purchased a new computer with an internal ODD, stand-alone ODD designed for internal use in a computer, or an ODD designed to be attached externally to a computer anywhere in the enumerated states for their own use and not for resale. Purchases made directly from an ODD manufacturer and the purchases of Panasonic-branded computers are not included. A list of manufacturers may be found at  or by calling 1-877-368-9020. WHAT DO THE SETTLEMENTS PROVIDE? The settlements provide for $55.5 million in new recovery for class members. Specifically: These new settlements are in addition to $124.5 million already reached in previous settlements with four defendant families (Panasonic, NEC, Sony and HLDS), which have received final approval by the Court. Class members are still able to make claims on the original $124.5 million in settlements. You can submit a simple online claim form with no proof of purchase required. If final approval is granted to the settlement, Class members who have filed valid and timely claims will receive cash payments distributed electronically.  If you are a Class Member with valid and timely claims and would prefer to receive a physical check, please submit a written request by August 1, 2017 to In re ODD Products Indirect Purchaser Litigation, PO Box 43424, Providence, RI 02940-3424.  IPPs propose to compensate members of the state classes according to a plan of distribution which provides for a pro rata share of the settlement fund based on: (1) the number of ODDs purchased by the class member; and (2) the number of valid claims filed. Any remaining funds may be distributed in a second round to class members, or, depending on the funds remaining, be distributed to the California Attorney General for use in prosecuting consumer and antitrust claims. Under no circumstances will the money go back to the defendants. The settlements release Koninklijke Philips N.V., Lite-On IT Corporation, Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions Corporation, Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions U.S.A., Inc., Pioneer Corporation, Pioneer North America, Inc., Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan Co., Ltd., Pioneer Digital Design and Manufacturing Company, TEAC America, Inc., and TEAC Corporation from claims made in this Litigation. Get a Payment File a claim online or by mail by August 1, 2017. The simple online claim form only takes 3-5 minutes for most individuals. Claims may be submitted online at  or by mail to In re ODD Products Indirect Purchaser Litigation, PO Box 43424, Providence, RI 02940-3424. Exclude Yourself You can choose to exclude yourself from the PLDS, Pioneer, and TEAC settlements and keep your right to sue the defendants on your own. If you exclude yourself, you can't receive any benefits from the settlements. Your written Exclusion Form must be postmarked by July 14, 2017. Please see the full notice at or call 1-877-368-9020 for complete instructions on how to exclude yourself from the settlements . File an Objection You can ask the Court to deny approval by filing an objection. Objections must be in writing and postmarked on or before July 14, 2017. Please see the full notice at or call 1-877-368-9020 for complete instructions on how to object from the settlements, and/or notify the Court of your intent to appear at the Final Approval Hearing . Please note that you cannot ask the Court to order a larger settlement; the Court can only approve or deny the settlement. If the Court denies approval, no settlement payments will be sent out and the lawsuit will continue. Go to a Hearing The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on September 7, 2017, at 1:30 PM at 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA, Courtroom 3- 17th Floor to consider whether to approve or deny the settlements and a request for attorneys' fees up to 25 percent of the settlement funds. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the Hearing at your own expense. The Hearing may be moved to a different date or time without additional notice, so please check the website below for additional information. The Court appointed Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP to represent the Settlement Class. You may hire your own attorney, if you wish, at your own expense. HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION? This notice is a summary only. You may access the settlement agreement and other relevant documents on the docket at the office of the Clerk of the Court for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays, or online through the Court's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system at . For more information, please contact the Settlement Administrator at 1-877-368-9020 , via email at info@opticaldiskdriveantitrust.com, or visit . You may also contact Class Counsel at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro at . PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE COURT OR THE COURT CLERK'S OFFICE TO INQUIRE ABOUT THIS SETTLEMENT OR THE CLAIM PROCESS. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hagens-berman-sobol-shapiro-llp-announces-additional-proposed-settlements-totaling-555-million-in-the-optical-disk-drive-products-antitrust-litigation-300459544.html


Telindus and IntellectEU Have Developed SmartMatch, a Blockchain-Based Solution Enabling the Reconciliation, Matching and Resolution of Transactions Telindus and IntellectEU will make a live demo of the SmartMatch at the Hyperledger Mini Summit during Consensus 2017 in New York on May 22nd-24th 2017. New York, NY, May 18, 2017 --( Dedicated to the Financial sector, SmartMatch Solution renders transactions more effective, faster & cheaper. It does also identify and resolve outstanding transactions in a collaborative, efficient plus auditable manner. This solution allows multiple parties to identify and resolve items that have been posted to a chain but do not match. It is based on Smart Contracts that will solve unmatched items based on predefined rules in a swift, transparent, traceable, and partly automated manner. There are many use cases for this tool in the Financial Sector, including Asset Management, Fund Administration, Depositary, Private Banking / Wealth Management, Lending, Payments, etc. The benefits to the Financial sector encompass improved process efficiency, superior execution quality as well as enhanced user experiences. For more information about Consensus 2017 event: For more information about SmartMatch Solution: Frank Roessig, Head of Digital Finance Solutions, Frank.roessig@telindus.lu Hanna Zubko, IntellectEU, Founder, VP Business Development About Telindus Telindus powered by Tango is one of the leaders in converged ICT and telecom services in Luxembourg and provides global solutions to all businesses and public administrations. Its areas of expertise include fixed and mobile telecommunications, ICT infrastructures, cloud and security. Telindus has become “Telindus powered by Tango” to offer increasingly innovative solutions to its customers and enhance their daily relations, while simplifying them. In support of its customers to assist them in their digital transformation at their own pace, Telindus deploys a broad range of innovative and managed services that meet the specific needs of each of them for a sustainable development of their activities. Telindus generates value-creating solutions and pays particular attention to their return on investment. The Financial Solutions team designs Digital Solutions for the Financial Sector that improve productivity and quality while ensuring compliance with regulatory frameworks and also enhancing the user experience. About IntellectEU IntellectEU is an international technology company with 10+ years of integration and development experience. With core expertise in financial integration and development on top of Distributed Ledger Technology, IntellectEU has built Blockchain-based solutions for insurance claim management, KYC/identity management, document management and authentication, supply chain transparency and provenance tracking, smart correspondent banking and central bank use cases. IntellectEU team is located across the USA, Belgium, Portugal, Mexico and Ukraine, and successfully delivered more than 200 integration projects in more than 20 countries worldwide. In the beginning of 2016, IntellectEU has joined industry leaders as a founding member of Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project to advance Blockchain Technology. Aside from Hyperledger, IntellectEU team has built expertise with Ethereum, Chain Core and R3’s Corda. New York, NY, May 18, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Telindus developed the SmartMatch Solution in collaboration with IntellectEU based on Hyperledger Fabric, an open source blockchain framework and one of the five Hyperledger projects hosted by The Linux Foundation. Frank ROESSIG, Head of Digital Finance Solutions at Telindus and Dirk AVAU, CEO of IntellectEU will make a live demo of the SmartMatch Solution at the Hyperledger Mini Summit during Consensus 2017, the annual blockchain technology summit organized by Coindesk in New York on May 22nd -24th 2017.Dedicated to the Financial sector, SmartMatch Solution renders transactions more effective, faster & cheaper. It does also identify and resolve outstanding transactions in a collaborative, efficient plus auditable manner. This solution allows multiple parties to identify and resolve items that have been posted to a chain but do not match. It is based on Smart Contracts that will solve unmatched items based on predefined rules in a swift, transparent, traceable, and partly automated manner.There are many use cases for this tool in the Financial Sector, including Asset Management, Fund Administration, Depositary, Private Banking / Wealth Management, Lending, Payments, etc.The benefits to the Financial sector encompass improved process efficiency, superior execution quality as well as enhanced user experiences.For more information about Consensus 2017 event: http://www.coindesk.com/events/consensus-2017/ For more information about SmartMatch Solution:Frank Roessig, Head of Digital Finance Solutions, Frank.roessig@telindus.luHanna Zubko, IntellectEU, Founder, VP Business DevelopmentAbout TelindusTelindus powered by Tango is one of the leaders in converged ICT and telecom services in Luxembourg and provides global solutions to all businesses and public administrations. Its areas of expertise include fixed and mobile telecommunications, ICT infrastructures, cloud and security. Telindus has become “Telindus powered by Tango” to offer increasingly innovative solutions to its customers and enhance their daily relations, while simplifying them. In support of its customers to assist them in their digital transformation at their own pace, Telindus deploys a broad range of innovative and managed services that meet the specific needs of each of them for a sustainable development of their activities. Telindus generates value-creating solutions and pays particular attention to their return on investment. The Financial Solutions team designs Digital Solutions for the Financial Sector that improve productivity and quality while ensuring compliance with regulatory frameworks and also enhancing the user experience.About IntellectEUIntellectEU is an international technology company with 10+ years of integration and development experience. With core expertise in financial integration and development on top of Distributed Ledger Technology, IntellectEU has built Blockchain-based solutions for insurance claim management, KYC/identity management, document management and authentication, supply chain transparency and provenance tracking, smart correspondent banking and central bank use cases. IntellectEU team is located across the USA, Belgium, Portugal, Mexico and Ukraine, and successfully delivered more than 200 integration projects in more than 20 countries worldwide. In the beginning of 2016, IntellectEU has joined industry leaders as a founding member of Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project to advance Blockchain Technology. Aside from Hyperledger, IntellectEU team has built expertise with Ethereum, Chain Core and R3’s Corda.


News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Joining the Board of Managers are Joseph Mosele, Vice President, Business Development, AT&T Business Solutions; James Parshall, Director, Software Device Solutions, Eli Lilly and Company; Michael Spedding, Global CEO, Ipsos Healthcare; Jeremy Malecha, Vice President, Global Product Management, Healthcare Informatics, ResMed; and Alex Gao, Head of Digital Health Lab, Samsung Research America. PCHAlliance also welcomed six additional members: Propel Health, Voluntis, Rooi Digital, Ingram Micro, Danish Health Data Authority and HAP Innovations. "Working closely with the Board, PCHAlliance published a refined strategy in 2016. This has encouraged many of the  PCHAlliance members to become more deeply involved through Working Groups, strategic initiatives and events," added Horst Merkle, Chair, PCHAlliance Board of Managers, and Director, Digital Solutions, Roche Diabetes Care. "We are truly becoming a platform that is representative of a highly diverse and growing personal connected health ecosystem. Thank you to the Board for their vision and support, as we reimagined the organization to best suit the needs of our membership and realize the full potential of personal connected health around the world." PCHAlliance's goal is to help people make health and wellness an effortless part of daily life. The Alliance is convening the global personal connected health community -- technology companies, healthcare providers, payers, governments and the public -- to accelerate the technical, business, policy and social initiatives necessary to advance the field. PCHAlliance is developing and promoting technical standards, facilitating collaboration, convening conferences, sharing research and advocating policy to help drive personal connected health forward. The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) aims to make health and wellness an effortless part of daily life. The PCHAlliance, a non-profit organization formed by HIMSS, believes that health is personal and extends beyond healthcare. The Alliance mobilizes a coalition of stakeholders to realize the full potential of personal connected health. PCHAlliance members are a vibrant ecosystem of technology and life sciences industry icons and innovative, early stage companies along with governments, academic institutions, and associations from around the world. To support its vision, PCHAlliance convenes the global personal connected health community at the annual Connected Health Conference, the premier international event for the exchange of research, evidence, ideas, innovations and opportunities in personal connected health. The Alliance publishes and promotes adoption of the Continua Design Guidelines. Continua is recognized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as the international standard for safe, secure, and reliable exchange of data to and from personal health devices. PCHAlliance accelerates technical, business, policy and social strategies necessary to advance personal connected health through its flagship Academy for Healthy Longevity to promote lifelong health and wellness. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/personal-connected-health-alliance-welcomes-a-dozen-new-members-300461399.html


News Article | April 20, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

Customers looking for an exceptional customer management system are now able to purchase responsive web design services by Clear Vision Digital Solutions. Mike Pina, Marketing Director at Clear Vision Digital Solutions has just released more in depth details of responsive web design service’s development. The responsive web design service is designed to appeal specifically to small and self sustaining and includes: Responsive designs that attract a large audience – This was made part of the product, since it is important that visitors can easily access important information that could lead to more business . Customers who buy responsive web design service should enjoy this particular feature because it allows for an easy navigation experience. Attractive content designed and constructed to highlight the best attributes – Clear Vision Digital Solutions made sure to make this part of the customer management system’s development as in order to bring the best quality to the customer it is essential to implement this feature. Customers will likely appreciate this because the customer feels justified in doing business. Search engine optimization – This feature was included because it allows business profiles to be found by a prospective audience looking for relative services . This is great news for the consumer as it creates a more a trustful relationship with consumers. Mike Pina, when asked about responsive web design service said: “The web design services that we’ve developed at Clear Vision are unmatched. Even if you’re not tech savy, our designs and knowledge of expertise are simplified to advocate a better understanding amongst our clients and most of all… the consumer. This is exciting because we’re only getting started with providing the best services the digital marketing industry has to offer.” This is Clear Vision Digital Solutions’s essential release of a product and Mike Pina is particularly excited about this product because it really gives the public an affordable means to establishing a serious and reliable web based operation. Those interested in learning more about the business or product can do so on the business website at https://clearvisionmarketing.net/web-design For more information, please visit http://clearvisionmarketing.net


News Article | May 5, 2017
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HOBOKEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NICE (Nasdaq:NICE) today announced that Algar Tech, a Brazil-based business process outsourcer, has expanded its long-term partnership with NICE to bring the deep performance visibility of NICE Real Time Activity Monitoring (RTAM) and the optimization of NICE Workforce Management (WFM) into its back office operations. As a result, the company has seen rapid and dramatic improvements in employee productivity and process efficiency, significantly increasing cost-effectiveness across its operations. Algar Tech, with nearly 20 years of market experience and 300 clients, employs 8,500 agents in its Brazilian contact centers and 2,350 back office personnel in 73 offices. Having benefited from the control and insight of NICE WFM in its contact center front office operations for more than a decade, the company turned to NICE for performance optimization in the back office when it needed to raise productivity to keep up with growing client demand. NICE and its Brazilian partner Wittel expanded the WFM solution and implemented NICE RTAM, leveraging experience and methodologies already in place in Algar Tech’s front office operations for a rapid back office transformation. Combining the desktop monitoring capabilities of NICE RTAM with WFM in the back office, as well as multi-channel service in five languages, NICE provides detailed, consistent and real-time information on employee activities in a single dashboard. Algar Tech managers are able to identify specifically which employee desktops are active, idle or locked, and for how long, for more accurate performance analytics. This granular activity monitoring generated adherence reports and actionable information to improve planning, assessments, managing and coaching, increasing engagement among the entire back office services team. Algar Tech quickly saw measurable results in workforce efficiency. Back office team employees now spend more time in active use of productive applications and complete more tasks per day, which has increased productivity by up to 31 percent. By providing higher levels of back office service with fewer agents, the company is able to transfer designated employees to other services it provides that might be currently undermanned. These improvements in personnel allocation have increased cost-effectiveness in the Algar Tech workforce by 20 percent. Fernando Polati da Silveira, Algar Tech Director of Customer Management: “With the NICE WFM and RTAM integration, we improved visibility, resource allocation, engagement and productivity in our back office services. The performance metrics the solution made available guided improvements in planning, managing and coaching among our back office teams.” Luiz Camargo, General Manager, NICE Brazil and the Southern Cone: “The project developed for Algar Tech is a good example of how back office optimization is increasingly becoming a priority for many companies, requiring much more accurate performance visibility. We were able to rapidly provide Algar Tech that back office transformation, in part by extending NICE’s technology and processes from their front office operations. Algar Tech saw impressive improvements in productivity, with initial results in just a few weeks, demonstrating how the NICE solutions are helping leading business process outsourcers reinvent customer service.” About Algar Tech Algar Tech has nearly two decades of market experience offering ICT services management and customer management solutions in Latin America. The company´s portfolio of integrated solutions includes Digital Solutions, Analytical Solutions, Customer Experience, Service Desk, Sales, Retention, Back Office, Data Center and Cloud Computing, End User Support and Support to Environments. With an international presence and 300 clients, Algar Tech employs 8,500 agents in its Brazilian contact centers and 2,350 back office personnel in 73 offices in the main cities of Brazil and units in Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Mexico, making a total operational presence in 16 Latin American countries. The contact centers in Uberlândia, São Paulo, Uberaba, Ituiutaba and Campinas provide 24/7 service and have an annual volume of 120 million contacts. About NICE NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) is the worldwide leading provider of both cloud and on-premises enterprise software solutions that empower organizations to make smarter decisions based on advanced analytics of structured and unstructured data. NICE helps organizations of all sizes deliver better customer service, ensure compliance, combat fraud and safeguard citizens. Over 25,000 organizations in more than 150 countries, including over 85 of the Fortune 100 companies, are using NICE solutions. www.nice.com. Trademark Note: NICE and the NICE logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NICE Ltd. All other marks are trademarks of their respective owners. For a full list of NICE’s marks, please see: www.nice.com/nice-trademarks. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, including the statements by Mr. Camargo, are based on the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of NICE Ltd. (the Company). In some cases, such forward-looking statements can be identified by terms such as believe, expect, may, will, intend, project, plan, estimate or similar words. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results or performance of the Company to differ materially from those described herein, including but not limited to the impact of the global economic environment on the Company’s customer base (particularly financial services firms) potentially impacting our business and financial condition; competition; changes in technology and market requirements; decline in demand for the Company's products; inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications; difficulties or delays in absorbing and integrating acquired operations, products, technologies and personnel; loss of market share; an inability to maintain certain marketing and distribution arrangements; and the effect of newly enacted or modified laws, regulation or standards on the Company and our products. For a more detailed description of the risk factors and uncertainties affecting the company, refer to the Company's reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise them, except as required by law.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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RoviSys, a leading independent provider of comprehensive process automation and control solutions and services, announced today that it has joined the Cisco® Digital Solutions Integrator Program. As a member of this new program, RoviSys will leverage state-of-the-art Cisco technologies and provide hardware and software that addresses Industrial IT and Business IT in manufacturing environments. John Cunningham, Director, Business & Industrial IT at RoviSys said, “Our role is to give customers the right solutions for both industrial and business IT demands. The Digital Solutions Integrator partnership enables us to tap into an extensive Cisco eco-partner system to implement solutions that help organizations stay efficient and competitive.” The partnership provides an opportunity for Cisco customers to work with an industry leading integrator, and truly benefit from integrating across the plant floor. Initiatives to provide greater visibility into more aspects of the manufacturing environment, increase throughput, improve quality, improve equipment efficiency, reduce downtime, and maintain security will be common endeavors. The collaboration offers particular value in IoT and Cyber Security, enabling customers to make informed decisions around reliable manufacturing data. About RoviSys The RoviSys Company provides resources, experience and skills to solve and support process control, control automation and integration, and building automation challenges, with over 25 years of real solutions for the Chemical, Petrochemical, Life Science, Consumer Packaged Goods, Glass, Metals, Power & Energy, Water & Wastewater, Paper & Wood, Oil & Gas, Data Centers, and Building Technology industries. For more information, visit http://www.rovisys.com.


Lumata Digital will demonstrate its inventive Artificial Intelligence driven Digital Engagement Solutions at the Mobile World Congress, Feb 27 to March 3, 2017 at Hall No. 6, Booth 6K 15 Feb 27, 2017: Barcelona: The expansive growth of the mobile users & data usage across the world has resulted in a digitally engaged active user base across enterprises. The advent of stagnating ARPU (Average Revenue per User) sets the context right for the Telco’s to capitalise their assets and explore new revenue streams by working closely with Enterprises. With more than half a billion customers being served through its platforms, Lumata Digital aims to demonstrate its inventive Artificial Intelligence driven Digital Engagement Solutions at the Mobile World Congress, Feb 27 to March 3, 2017 at Hall No. 6, Booth 6K 15. Speaking on the occasion, Parag Grover, Chief Executive & Managing Director, Lumata Digital said, “Our Asset Monetisation solutions help Telco’s & Enterprises add new revenue streams through hyper personalised engagement with consumers.” Adding Mr. Grover said, “Through our suite of platform products, we deliver AI driven, omni-channel, contextual engagement solutions. This facilitates Telco’s & Enterprises to emotionally connect with their consumers using multi-dimensional analytical insights.” We are also observing a changing influence on consumers who are moving from traditional engagement channels to more intelligently crafted Digital Solutions such as Chatbots, Interactive Videos, Gamified Engagement, AdTunes™ and others. We are extremely excited to be a part of the Mobile World Congress 2017 and aim to synergize and attune our offerings to cater to more Telco’s and Enterprises worldwide. About Lumata Digital: http://lumatadigital.com/ Headquartered at NCR Delhi, India, Lumata Digital specializes in providing Digital Engagement Solutions and Services. Our suite of platforms – digiEnable™, digiEngage™, and digiEmpower™ – bundled with business and technical services, provide intelligent, real-time business & IoT solutions at an optimum value. We provide end-to-end digital solutions for acquiring, engaging and retaining consumers while generating new revenue streams for Telco’s & Enterprises. Our solutions are enriched by data-driven analytics that aptly gauge the end-user’s behavior. For more information, please write to: marketing@lumatadigital.com


News Article | February 22, 2017
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OTT (over-the-top) and Connected TV have emerged as the fastest growing opportunity to reach and engage consumers with targeted advertising and to understand, develop and leverage an organization’s own capabilities in the space. On Wednesday March 1, omnichannel data provider, V12 Data (http://www.v12data.com) and data management and audience intelligence company, Tru Optik (http://www.truoptik.com), will present a webinar to address this important topic. The webinar will be co-hosted by Ken Zachmann, SVP/GM of Digital Solutions for V12 Data and David Wiesenfeld, Chief Strategist for Tru Optik. The webinar is free but registration is required. Click to register or visit: http://marketing.datamentors-solutions.com/acton/media/12124/v12data-truoptik-ott-webinar?sid=TV2:BB1kPMiia.


News Article | March 1, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

PHILADELPHIA, March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Penn Capital Management Company, Inc. (Penn Capital) is pleased to announce the addition of Heather Nolan and Samantha Lowry. Ms. Nolan joined Penn Capital in October 2016 as Senior Client Service Director focusing on Institutional Client Service. Ms. Nolan has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry including institutional client service and consultant relationship management, investment manager research, and sales support roles.  Prior to joining Penn Capital, Ms. Nolan spent nine years at CBRE Clarion Securities LLC, most recently as Assistant Vice President, Global Marketing and Client Service/Institutional Investor Relations. Ms. Nolan received a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance from the University of Delaware. She holds FINRA Series 6, 7 and 63 securities licenses. Ms. Lowry joined Penn Capital in January 2017 as Director of Institutional Relationship Management focusing on both consultant and client relationships.  She has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry focused on consultant and client service relationship management.  Previously, Ms. Lowry has served as Director of Consultant Relations and Institutional Sales at Philadelphia International Advisors, as well as Senior Relationship Manager and Senior Consultant Relations Manager at Aberdeen Asset Management.  Ms. Lowry received a BA in English Literature from Temple University and an MBA in Management from St. Joseph’s University. Peter J. Moran, Partner, Executive Vice President, Global Distribution, says of Nolan and Lowry’s additions, “We are excited to have added Heather and Samantha to our team. Their combined experience and insights add depth to our institutional client service coverage and will enhance our consulting firm relationships.” Penn Capital, founded in 1987, is an independent investment management firm located in Philadelphia, PA.  Penn Capital maintains a fully integrated credit and equity research process and emphasizes Complete Capital Structure Analysis®  when analyzing investment opportunities.  Penn Capital has approximately $5.5 billion in assets under advisement (as of December 31, 2016) and specializes in high yield fixed income and micro-to-mid capitalization equity portfolios for institutions and individuals.                                                                                                                          All inquiries can be sent to Melissa Currie, Director of Marketing and Digital Solutions at mcurrie@penncapital.com or (215) 302-1539.


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Digital agriculture — a term that’s used increasingly — means something different depending on which agricultural company or employee is asked. Some say it’s all about data. Others say it’s about precision agriculture. At Syngenta, digital agriculture means turning data into meaningful information that farmers use to run their operations more productively and profitably, provide sustainability performance downstream, and protect their resources including soil, water and biodiversity. While Syngenta has built a track record in digital ag for nearly two decades, the company is expanding this capability. Dan Burdett, who has 20+ years industry expertise, has been named head, global digital agriculture and will lead the company’s overall strategy and implementation in this area. Burdett was most recently head of customer marketing, where he was instrumental in the 2015 acquisition of Ag Connections and expanding the footprint of AgriEdge Excelsior®, a whole-farm management program, to 14 million acres in the United States. “At the most basic level, Syngenta’s approach to digital agriculture is driven by growers’ needs and the global needs of ag productivity,” said Burdett. “That’s why we are focusing on technologies and tools that can complement the agronomic and economic depth of a grower’s operation. We are taking a similar approach to bring value to commercial growers, our plant breeders and seed production growers, by aggressively leveraging data analytics. By connecting digital agriculture capabilities to our product lines, our sales teams and our channel partners, we have the opportunity to differentiate ourselves in this active space.” In validating new concepts and bringing viable technologies to the field, Burdett and his team will collaborate globally across multiple business areas, including R&D, Syngenta Ventures, commercial, and production and supply functions. “Dan is a great leader to develop a digital capabilities ecosystem, while supporting our growers every step of the way,” said Alexander Tokarz, head of business development for Syngenta. “He has spent his entire career providing value to growers. He understands their needs. Moreover, the agriculture industry is feeling the impact of technology disruption, and Dan and his team are positioned to judiciously harness new tools and concepts by building capabilities internally, and seeking out strategic partners and opportunities.” In North America, Syngenta’s long history of providing valuable tools for growers to manage their farm operations holistically is now broadening its scope with the newly formed Digital Agriculture Solutions group. Led by Aaron Deardorff, head, Digital Solutions at Syngenta, this team is focused on developing integrated grower offers enabled by AgriEdge Excelsior® and the company’s Sustainable Solutions group strategies and initiatives. “We’re expanding our ability to offer growers more value through the new Digital Agriculture Solutions group. We are piggybacking on the success that both Syngenta and Ag Connections have created with growers for more than 15 years, and taking it to a higher level,” said Deardorff. In 2015, Syngenta acquired farm management software developer Ag Connections as a wholly owned subsidiary following a 14-year relationship. Ag Connections works extensively with Syngenta on its AgriEdge Excelsior program, which delivers leading software, trusted on-farm service and innovative product recommendations to growers. Syngenta has been recognized for its data analytics innovation over the past few years. For instance, in 2015 the company won the Franz Edelman Award from INFORMS for its use of advanced analytics in soybean breeding. The award is known as the Nobel Prize for advanced mathematics, and the company won against the likes of IBM, Ingram Micro, the U.S. Army and three others. Similarly, Syngenta won the 2015 ANA Genius Award for Analytics Innovation, beating out IBM and Adobe for the prize. Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more visit www.syngenta.com and www.goodgrowthplan.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Syngenta and www.twitter.com/SyngentaUS. This document contains forward-looking statements, which can be identified by terminology such as ‘expect’, ‘would’, ‘will’, ‘potential’, ‘plans’, ‘prospects’, ‘estimated’, ‘aiming’, ‘on track’ and similar expressions. Such statements may be subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from these statements. We refer you to Syngenta's publicly available filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks and uncertainties. Syngenta assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changed assumptions or other factors. This document does not constitute, or form part of, any offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer, to purchase or subscribe for any ordinary shares in Syngenta AG, or Syngenta ADSs, nor shall it form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract thereof. ©2017 Syngenta, 9 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. AgriEdge Excelsior® and the Syngenta logo are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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