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The AGM approved the annual accounts and the consolidated accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 and resolved to distribute a dividend amount of USD 2.64 per share to shareholders/SDR. Payment of the dividends is planned for around 12 May 2017. On a parent company basis, Millicom generated a profit of USD 43,826,410, which was resolved to be carried forward. The AGM re-elected Mr. Tom Boardman, Mr. Odilon Almeida, Ms. Janet Davidson, Mr. Simon Duffy, Mr. Tomas Eliasson and Mr. Alejandro Santo Domingo as Directors and elected Mr. Anders Jensen, Mr. José Antonio Ríos García and Mr. Roger Solé Rafols as new Directors for a term ending on the day of the next AGM to take place in 2018 (the "2018 AGM"). Mr. Tom Boardman was re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for a term ending on the day of the 2018 AGM. The AGM approved the re-election of Ernst & Young S.à.r.l., Luxembourg as the external auditor of Millicom for a term ending on the day of the 2018 AGM. The AGM resolved to discharge all the Directors of Millicom for the performance of their mandates during the financial year ended 31 December 2016. The AGM also resolved to: Approve remuneration to the Board and auditor and procedures for the Nomination Committee. Approve the guidelines for the remuneration of senior management and the share-based incentive plans for Millicom employees. The EGM resolved to approve the possibility for the Company's Directors to approve unanimously circular resolutions either (i) by executing such resolutions directly manually or electronically by means of an electronic signature which is valid under Luxembourg law or (ii) via a consent in writing by e-mail to which an electronic signature (which is valid under Luxembourg law) is affixed and to amend article 8, paragraph 8, of the Company's articles of association (the "Articles") accordingly. The EGM also resolved to delete the requirement that annual general shareholders' meetings must be held at a time and at a venue specified in the Articles and to amend article 19 of the Articles accordingly. Further, the EGM resolved to authorize electronic vote at any general shareholders' meetings of the Company and to amend article 21 of the Articles accordingly. Furthermore, the EGM resolved to approve the amendment to the threshold at which Millicom's Board should be notified of any acquisition / disposal of Millicom's shares from 3% to 5% and to amend article 6, last paragraph, of the Articles accordingly. All other resolutions proposed to Millicom's AGM and EGM as set out in the convening notice published by way of a press release on 31 March 2017, as well as the revised agenda published by way of a press release on 11 April 2017 were duly passed. Further details can be found in the convening notice as well as the revised agenda for the AGM/EGM. Biographical details of the new Directors are as follows: Anders Jensen is Executive Vice President, CEO Sweden and Chairman of Nordic Entertainment at Modern Times Group MTG. Between 2011 and 2014, Anders was Head of Consumer and Group Chief Marketing Officer at Danish telecommunications company TDC Group. Between 2005 and 2011, Anders held various leadership positions at Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor Group, including CEO of Telenor Hungary, CEO of Grameenphone in Bangladesh, and Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Consumer at Telenor Sweden. Prior to joining Telenor Group, Anders spent six years at Vodafone, holding various marketing and consumer focused leadership positions. José Antonio Ríos García is currently the Chairman and CEO of Celistics Holdings, a leading provider of distribution and intelligent logistics solutions for the consumer technology industry in Latin America. Prior to joining Celistics in 2012, José was the International President of Global Crossing, the telecommunications company later acquired by Level 3 Communications. Between 1999 and 2001, José served as member of the Global Management Committee of Telefónica and President and CEO of Telefónica Media, and prior to joining Telefónica José served as Vice President of Hughes Electronics Corporation, was the founding President and CEO of Galaxy Latin America (DirecTV Latin America), and served as Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Vice President at the Cisneros Group of Companies for 14 years. José holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. Roger Solé Rafols is the Chief Marketing Officer of Sprint Corporation, the leading American telecommunications company. Prior to joining Sprint in 2015, Roger spent seven years at TIM Brasil (owned by Telecom Italia) as Chief Marketing Officer and previously as Marketing Director. Between 2002 and 2008, Roger served as Managing Director of Internet and Value Added Services and Marketing Director of Vivo, Telefónica's and Portugal Telecom's Brazilian joint venture. Prior to joining Vivo, Roger was a management consultant focusing on the communications and Internet sectors at DiamondCluster (now part of Oliver Wyman), mainly involved in mobile start-ups and turnarounds in Europe and Latin America. Roger holds a BA and MBA in Business Administration from ESADE Business & Law School in Barcelona. For further information, please contact This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com The following files are available for download: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/millicom-annual-general-meeting-and-the-subsequent-extraordinary-general-meeting-of-shareholders-300451447.html


The AGM approved the annual accounts and the consolidated accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 and resolved to distribute a dividend amount of USD 2.64 per share to shareholders/SDR. Payment of the dividends is planned for around 12 May 2017. On a parent company basis, Millicom generated a profit of USD 43,826,410, which was resolved to be carried forward. The AGM re-elected Mr. Tom Boardman, Mr. Odilon Almeida, Ms. Janet Davidson, Mr. Simon Duffy, Mr. Tomas Eliasson and Mr. Alejandro Santo Domingo as Directors and elected Mr. Anders Jensen, Mr. José Antonio Ríos García and Mr. Roger Solé Rafols as new Directors for a term ending on the day of the next AGM to take place in 2018 (the "2018 AGM"). Mr. Tom Boardman was re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for a term ending on the day of the 2018 AGM. The AGM approved the re-election of Ernst & Young S.à.r.l., Luxembourg as the external auditor of Millicom for a term ending on the day of the 2018 AGM. The AGM resolved to discharge all the Directors of Millicom for the performance of their mandates during the financial year ended 31 December 2016. The AGM also resolved to: Approve remuneration to the Board and auditor and procedures for the Nomination Committee. Approve the guidelines for the remuneration of senior management and the share-based incentive plans for Millicom employees. The EGM resolved to approve the possibility for the Company's Directors to approve unanimously circular resolutions either (i) by executing such resolutions directly manually or electronically by means of an electronic signature which is valid under Luxembourg law or (ii) via a consent in writing by e-mail to which an electronic signature (which is valid under Luxembourg law) is affixed and to amend article 8, paragraph 8, of the Company's articles of association (the "Articles") accordingly. The EGM also resolved to delete the requirement that annual general shareholders' meetings must be held at a time and at a venue specified in the Articles and to amend article 19 of the Articles accordingly. Further, the EGM resolved to authorize electronic vote at any general shareholders' meetings of the Company and to amend article 21 of the Articles accordingly. Furthermore, the EGM resolved to approve the amendment to the threshold at which Millicom's Board should be notified of any acquisition / disposal of Millicom's shares from 3% to 5% and to amend article 6, last paragraph, of the Articles accordingly. All other resolutions proposed to Millicom's AGM and EGM as set out in the convening notice published by way of a press release on 31 March 2017, as well as the revised agenda published by way of a press release on 11 April 2017 were duly passed. Further details can be found in the convening notice as well as the revised agenda for the AGM/EGM. Biographical details of the new Directors are as follows: Anders Jensen is Executive Vice President, CEO Sweden and Chairman of Nordic Entertainment at Modern Times Group MTG. Between 2011 and 2014, Anders was Head of Consumer and Group Chief Marketing Officer at Danish telecommunications company TDC Group. Between 2005 and 2011, Anders held various leadership positions at Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor Group, including CEO of Telenor Hungary, CEO of Grameenphone in Bangladesh, and Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Consumer at Telenor Sweden. Prior to joining Telenor Group, Anders spent six years at Vodafone, holding various marketing and consumer focused leadership positions. José Antonio Ríos García is currently the Chairman and CEO of Celistics Holdings, a leading provider of distribution and intelligent logistics solutions for the consumer technology industry in Latin America. Prior to joining Celistics in 2012, José was the International President of Global Crossing, the telecommunications company later acquired by Level 3 Communications. Between 1999 and 2001, José served as member of the Global Management Committee of Telefónica and President and CEO of Telefónica Media, and prior to joining Telefónica José served as Vice President of Hughes Electronics Corporation, was the founding President and CEO of Galaxy Latin America (DirecTV Latin America), and served as Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Vice President at the Cisneros Group of Companies for 14 years. José holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. Roger Solé Rafols is the Chief Marketing Officer of Sprint Corporation, the leading American telecommunications company. Prior to joining Sprint in 2015, Roger spent seven years at TIM Brasil (owned by Telecom Italia) as Chief Marketing Officer and previously as Marketing Director. Between 2002 and 2008, Roger served as Managing Director of Internet and Value Added Services and Marketing Director of Vivo, Telefónica's and Portugal Telecom's Brazilian joint venture. Prior to joining Vivo, Roger was a management consultant focusing on the communications and Internet sectors at DiamondCluster (now part of Oliver Wyman), mainly involved in mobile start-ups and turnarounds in Europe and Latin America. Roger holds a BA and MBA in Business Administration from ESADE Business & Law School in Barcelona. For further information, please contact This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com The following files are available for download:


The official opening ceremony, will be celebrated today 23rd of May at 16:30 and will be chaired by Manuela Carmena, mayor of Madrid. The institutional agenda set for the first day of the congress will end with the Leadership Summit, an event specifically aimed at CEOs which will include a discussion panel with representatives of several IBEX-35 companies under the headline "Digital Horizons, Adapting the Industries to the Digital Age", featuring: The second edition of DES2017 will include noteworthy presentations of such well-known bestsellers and speakers as: Besides, every day, starting at 16:00, a discussion panel will be held featuring top executives from leading international tech firms. 23 May: Digital Chaos and Related Challenges. Enrique Verdeguer, Director of ESADE Madrid; Eduvigis Ortíz, Global Alliances & Innovation Director Cybersecurity at PROSEGUR; Javier Casado, Head of Digital at EVERIS; Miguel Ángel Diaz, Business Developer Manager, Appdev & Middleware at REDHAT; Sunil Kanchi, from UST GLOBAL, and Santiago Cordero, from T-SYSTEMS, will discuss the challenges to digital transformation like, for instance, the complexity of tracking accountability, the lack of understanding of the actual digital impact on businesses, security and cybersecurity threats, the implementation of effective communications, attracting and retaining talent, customer connection points, etc. 24 May: Digitalization and compliance. Francisco Costas, partner at DELOITTE; Javier Cremades, from CREMADES CALVO SOTELO; and Ola Bergström, from the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, will take part in a discussion panel at DES2017 on the impact of regulations on the capacity of organizations to adapt at the right pace. On this panel, technology providers, consulting firms and lawyers will share their insights on how to take advantage of these uncertainties while generating new business opportunities. 25 May: The age of analytics: competing in the data-driven world. The last of DES2017 major discussion panels will feature Diego Segre (IBM), Fritz Lehman (SAS), Jaume Clotet (KPMG ESPAÑA) and Silvano Andreu Hernández (MINSAIT). This panel will give inspiration to participants on new ways of doing business by utilizing data to better understand their customers, improve efficiency and make good decisions. DES2017 has also been the venue chosen by over 300 companies to carry out presentations, product launches and events. Sweden, guest country partner: its pavilion will host the AReality exhibition, brought to us by The Swedish Institute, with examples of pioneering innovations and industrial designs through Augmented Reality and HoloLens technology. ABB will be introducing "ABB Ability" and the YuMi robot, which includes flexible hands, parts feeding systems, camera-based part location capabilities and state-of-the-art robot control systems. YuMi is a vision of the future and will change the way we think about industrial assembly automation. IBM will give several practical demonstrations in some of the strategic areas associated with the digital transformation process, like cognitive cloud, cybersecurity, commerce, analytics, mobile business technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain or machine learning. Esri and MINSAIT will both host a dedicated event for their partners and customers within DES2017. Esri will show participants how to use geolocation technology to improve service provision and MINSAIT will present a digital agenda for any CEO who wants to lead the digital transformation process of their company. KPMG will be introducing KPMG Impulsa, a new line of business aimed at SMEs and start-ups which allows for a comprehensive online business management by combining the latest technology with a personal adviser. On the other hand, the firm will also offer its portfolio of consulting services focused on the digital transformation of companies. T-Systems will also introduce its IoT (Roambee), Cloud (Open Telekom Cloud - OTC) and connectivity (International Branch Connect) solutions to attendees. Fujitsu will be announcing the global rollout of its Cloud Service K5, the ideal platform to accelerate the digital transformation process. SAS will be introducing its business intelligence and data analysis solutions: Visual Analytics and Viya. Arsys will present to participants its Cloud Computing solutions: Cloudbuilder Next and Cloud Hosting Gestionado, which allow to deploy IT services on a secure, flexible, efficient and easy-to-manage infrastructure. BeRepublic will be offering training capsules to participants, every morning at 11:00 and 13:00 and every afternoon at 16:00 and 18:00, on such diverse topics as Digital Marketing for Businesses in the Mass-Market and Travel industries, Digital CRM & Loyalty Marketing, Brand Experience, and the analysis of success stories like Wallapop's or SEAT's. Cabify, DES2017 official transport partner, will also take part in two discussion panels: sustainable and efficient mobility and the use of Big Data to provide offers that are customized for the user. Sapenta will be introducing its smart working platform, offering interconnected digital tools to manage digital and flexible work environments, allowing employees to combine their work and personal life while remaining productive. Qlik will be introducing Qlik SENSE, an advanced data visualization app that empowers everyone to easily create flexible, interactive data visualizations that drive exploration and discovery through intuition. Konica Minolta will present a comprehensive portfolio of solutions and technologies for Industry 4.0. RedHat will present its storage and IT management solutions. for every executive and business area CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, CDOs, Marketing and HR managers will gather, along with political leaders, to discuss and determine the challenges that will be faced by businesses and public administrations in the digital era. All in all, over 18,000 participants will get to know the keys to join the digital economy. The IFEMA exhibition center will host the presentations and new launches of more than 300 companies, such as: Accenture, Amazon Web Services, Deloite Digital, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, KPMG, Everis, HPE, Minsait, RedHat, SaS, Seidor, Siemens, T-Systems, USTGlobal, BeRepublic, Altran, Arsys, Ericsson, Esri, Fhios, Improove, Intercom, Konica Minolta, Qlik, Sapenta, VMware, Cabify, Ferrovial, Iberdrola, Iberia Express, NH and Prosegur.


The official opening ceremony, will be celebrated today 23rd of May at 16:30 and will be chaired by Manuela Carmena, mayor of Madrid. The institutional agenda set for the first day of the congress will end with the Leadership Summit, an event specifically aimed at CEOs which will include a discussion panel with representatives of several IBEX-35 companies under the headline "Digital Horizons, Adapting the Industries to the Digital Age", featuring: The second edition of DES2017 will include noteworthy presentations of such well-known bestsellers and speakers as: Besides, every day, starting at 16:00, a discussion panel will be held featuring top executives from leading international tech firms. 23 May: Digital Chaos and Related Challenges. Enrique Verdeguer, Director of ESADE Madrid; Eduvigis Ortíz, Global Alliances & Innovation Director Cybersecurity at PROSEGUR; Javier Casado, Head of Digital at EVERIS; Miguel Ángel Diaz, Business Developer Manager, Appdev & Middleware at REDHAT; Sunil Kanchi, from UST GLOBAL, and Santiago Cordero, from T-SYSTEMS, will discuss the challenges to digital transformation like, for instance, the complexity of tracking accountability, the lack of understanding of the actual digital impact on businesses, security and cybersecurity threats, the implementation of effective communications, attracting and retaining talent, customer connection points, etc. 24 May: Digitalization and compliance. Francisco Costas, partner at DELOITTE; Javier Cremades, from CREMADES CALVO SOTELO; and Ola Bergström, from the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, will take part in a discussion panel at DES2017 on the impact of regulations on the capacity of organizations to adapt at the right pace. On this panel, technology providers, consulting firms and lawyers will share their insights on how to take advantage of these uncertainties while generating new business opportunities. 25 May: The age of analytics: competing in the data-driven world. The last of DES2017 major discussion panels will feature Diego Segre (IBM), Fritz Lehman (SAS), Jaume Clotet (KPMG ESPAÑA) and Silvano Andreu Hernández (MINSAIT). This panel will give inspiration to participants on new ways of doing business by utilizing data to better understand their customers, improve efficiency and make good decisions. DES2017 has also been the venue chosen by over 300 companies to carry out presentations, product launches and events. Sweden, guest country partner: its pavilion will host the AReality exhibition, brought to us by The Swedish Institute, with examples of pioneering innovations and industrial designs through Augmented Reality and HoloLens technology. ABB will be introducing "ABB Ability" and the YuMi robot, which includes flexible hands, parts feeding systems, camera-based part location capabilities and state-of-the-art robot control systems. YuMi is a vision of the future and will change the way we think about industrial assembly automation. IBM will give several practical demonstrations in some of the strategic areas associated with the digital transformation process, like cognitive cloud, cybersecurity, commerce, analytics, mobile business technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain or machine learning. Esri and MINSAIT will both host a dedicated event for their partners and customers within DES2017. Esri will show participants how to use geolocation technology to improve service provision and MINSAIT will present a digital agenda for any CEO who wants to lead the digital transformation process of their company. KPMG will be introducing KPMG Impulsa, a new line of business aimed at SMEs and start-ups which allows for a comprehensive online business management by combining the latest technology with a personal adviser. On the other hand, the firm will also offer its portfolio of consulting services focused on the digital transformation of companies. T-Systems will also introduce its IoT (Roambee), Cloud (Open Telekom Cloud - OTC) and connectivity (International Branch Connect) solutions to attendees. Fujitsu will be announcing the global rollout of its Cloud Service K5, the ideal platform to accelerate the digital transformation process. SAS will be introducing its business intelligence and data analysis solutions: Visual Analytics and Viya. Arsys will present to participants its Cloud Computing solutions: Cloudbuilder Next and Cloud Hosting Gestionado, which allow to deploy IT services on a secure, flexible, efficient and easy-to-manage infrastructure. BeRepublic will be offering training capsules to participants, every morning at 11:00 and 13:00 and every afternoon at 16:00 and 18:00, on such diverse topics as Digital Marketing for Businesses in the Mass-Market and Travel industries, Digital CRM & Loyalty Marketing, Brand Experience, and the analysis of success stories like Wallapop's or SEAT's. Cabify, DES2017 official transport partner, will also take part in two discussion panels: sustainable and efficient mobility and the use of Big Data to provide offers that are customized for the user. Sapenta will be introducing its smart working platform, offering interconnected digital tools to manage digital and flexible work environments, allowing employees to combine their work and personal life while remaining productive. Qlik will be introducing Qlik SENSE, an advanced data visualization app that empowers everyone to easily create flexible, interactive data visualizations that drive exploration and discovery through intuition. Konica Minolta will present a comprehensive portfolio of solutions and technologies for Industry 4.0. RedHat will present its storage and IT management solutions. for every executive and business area CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, CDOs, Marketing and HR managers will gather, along with political leaders, to discuss and determine the challenges that will be faced by businesses and public administrations in the digital era. All in all, over 18,000 participants will get to know the keys to join the digital economy. The IFEMA exhibition center will host the presentations and new launches of more than 300 companies, such as: Accenture, Amazon Web Services, Deloite Digital, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, KPMG, Everis, HPE, Minsait, RedHat, SaS, Seidor, Siemens, T-Systems, USTGlobal, BeRepublic, Altran, Arsys, Ericsson, Esri, Fhios, Improove, Intercom, Konica Minolta, Qlik, Sapenta, VMware, Cabify, Ferrovial, Iberdrola, Iberia Express, NH and Prosegur.


Cummins S.,Queen Mary, University of London | Smith D.M.,Queen Mary, University of London | Aitken Z.,Queen Mary, University of London | Dawson J.,ESADE | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics | Year: 2010

Background: Previous research has suggested that fruits and vegetables are more expensive and less readily available in more deprived communities. However, this evidence is mainly based on small samples drawn from specific communities often located in urban settings and thus is not generalisable to national contexts. The present study explores the influence of neighbourhood deprivation and local retail structure on the price and availability of fruit and vegetables in a sample of areas representing the diversity of urban-rural environments across Scotland, UK. Methods: A sample of 310 stores located in 10 diverse areas of Scotland was surveyed and data on the price and availability of a basket of 15 fruit and vegetable items were collected. The data were analysed to identify the influence of store type and neighbourhood deprivation on the price and availability of fruits and vegetables. Results: Neighbourhood deprivation and store type did not significantly predict the price of a basket of fruit and vegetables within the sample, although baskets did decrease in price as store size increased. The highest prices were found in the smallest stores located in the most deprived areas. Availability of fruit and vegetables is lower in small shops located within deprived neighbourhoods compared to similar shops in affluent areas. Overall, availability increases with increasing store size. Conclusions: Availability of fruit and vegetables significantly varies by neighbourhood deprivation in small stores. Policies aimed at promoting sales of fruit and vegetable in these outlets may benefit residents in deprived areas. © 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 The British Dietetic Association Ltd.


News Article | February 14, 2017
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Created in 2012, it has trained over 1,500 individuals worldwide Milan, 14 February 2017 – Prysmian Group Academy — the corporate university of the world leader in the energy and telecom cable industry — is now in its fifth year of operation. Created in 2012, also thanks to a partnership with the SDA Bocconi School of Management, it has allowed over 1,500 individuals of various nationalities to receive training from 50 SDA Bocconi faculty members, an equally important group of professors from some of the world’s foremost business schools and over 180 senior employees who, as teachers, decided to make their knowledge and experience available to the company. The Academy is divided into two main areas. The first, the School of Management, aims at strengthening leadership and management skills. Created in partnership with SDA Bocconi, it currently also benefits from the collaboration of a solid international network of business schools that contribute to the development of the training programmes launched in the Group’s various regions: SMU (Singapore), Fudan University (China), University of South Carolina (USA), FGV EAESP (Brazil), Steinbeis University (Germany), Corvinus University (Hungary), ESADE (Spain), ESSEC (France), and Stockholm Business School (Sweden). The second is the Professional School, a technical school whose nine Academies by function and 35 courses are aimed at developing and strengthening skills through their transfer from the most senior staff to their younger counterparts. The School also draws on several of the Group’s centres of excellence, such as the Manufacturing Academy inaugurated at the plant in Mudanya (Turkey) in 2016. Prysmian was one of the first large Italian companies to found its own school dedicated to managerial and professional training, thus positioning itself as a major innovator in the field of company training. The Academy is a concrete tool for sharing managerial and technical best practices. Due to its international nature, it fosters an innovative, entrepreneurial approach to business and a shared spirit of diversity and integration. In addition, the spread of a common long-term strategic outlook encourages employee engagement from a sustainable perspective of talent growth within the organisation. With this in mind, a research project focusing on company dynamics by SDA Bocconi was added to the over 350 days of training. Seven case studies were conducted of the Group’s main strategic challenges in its various branches throughout the world, in addition to didactic tools, simulations and various studies of strategic innovation and M&A issues. “Above all with regard to our managerial training initiatives, we are highly satisfied with our partnership with SDA Bocconi and the results achieved in these first five years of the Prysmian Group Academy,” commented Fabrizio Rutschmann, SVP Human Resources & Organisation. “What sets a company apart are the individuals of which it is composed. This is why for us human capital is a strategic asset on which to base our present and build our future.” “For SDA Bocconi, Prysmian is a complete partner,” explained Markus Venzin, Senior Lecturer in Strategy at SDA Bocconi and Director of the Prysmian Group Academy. “Through our collaboration with the Group, we have developed new ways of increasing the impact of advanced training on learning at companies. However, our collaboration with Prysmian is very extensive, moving beyond the training process, and is based on a desire for deep mutual understanding.” Prysmian Group Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. With almost 140 years of experience, sales of about €7.5 billion in 2015, over 19,000 employees across 50 countries and 88 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.


Mayer-Haug K.,WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management | Read S.,IMD | Brinckmann J.,ESADE | Dew N.,Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey | Grichnik D.,University of St. Gallen
Research Policy | Year: 2013

As the broad link between small and medium-sized firm activity and key policy goals such as employment or economic growth has become generally accepted, the conversation has focused on a more nuanced understanding of the entrepreneurial engines of economic activity. A significant body of research looking at antecedents to venture performance has identified that entrepreneurial talent variables account for meaningful differences in venture performance and that significant heterogeneity exists across performance measures. These are important issues for institutions and policy makers seeking to achieve specific economic goals (e.g.; survival or growth of ventures, employment or revenue). Using meta-analysis, we integrate this work to view connections between aspects of entrepreneurial talent and different performance outcomes. Our investigation includes 50,045 firms (K of 183 studies) and summarizes 1002 observations of small and medium-sized firms. Analysis of these data yields an unexpectedly weak connection between education and performance. Furthermore, growth, scale (number of employees) and sales outcomes are significantly related to planning skills, while profit and other financial and qualitative measures are strongly connected with the network surrounding the firm founders. Moreover, we observe that entrepreneurial talent is more relevant in developing economies. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Parmi les 20 000 entreprises qui bénéficient chaque année du CIR, les plus nombreuses opèrent dans le secteur des technologies de l'information, et déclarent dans l'assiette de leur CIR une partie des coûts salariaux relatifs à leur personnel technique ou scientifique, c'est-à-dire à leurs ingénieurs et informaticiens. Il n'en demeure pas moins que le cadre législatif du Crédit Impôt Recherche vise à encourager l'ensemble des dépenses de Recherche et Développement, y compris celles liées à des personnels non-techniques qui concourent de manière active aux projets de R & D.  Malgré ce contexte législatif sans ambigüité, l'Administration fiscale a longtemps cherché à reprendre aux entreprises, au fil de ses contrôles, ce que le législateur leur accordait pourtant. Ce n'est que fin 2013 qu'un important Arrêt de la Cour Administrative d'Appel (CAA), a jugé que tous les personnels qui concourent de manière indispensable à la réalisation d'un projet de R & D, y compris en l'espèce les commerciaux, peuvent être valorisés dans l'assiette de calcul du Crédit Impôt Recherche à hauteur du temps qu'ils consacrent au projet, à charge bien entendu pour l'entreprise de pouvoir justifier de leur participation active et indispensable au projet. Le statut des Jeunes Entreprises Innovantes (JEI) s'appuyant directement sur l'éligibilité au CIR, on aurait pu imaginer logiquement que l'URSSAF calque sa position sur celle que cette jurisprudence de la CAA impose à l'Administration fiscale, et que les exonérations de charges sociales liées au statut JEI s'appliquent à tous les personnels valorisés dans l'assiette du Crédit d'impôt Recherche, et en particulier aux personnels non-techniques visés par cet Arrêt. Malheureusement, jusqu'à l'Arrêt du 9 juin 2016 de la Cour d'Appel de Paris, objet de cette chronique, l'URSSAF refusait de s'inspirer de la jurisprudence Administrative de 2013, et s'obstinait à exclure des exonérations de charges sociales les personnels non-techniques ou non-scientifiques. C'est ainsi que GYMGLISH, une Jeune Entreprise Innovante spécialisée dans l'élaboration de logiciels de e-learning, cliente du cabinet NÉVA, s'était vue refuser le bénéfice des exonérations de charges auxquelles elle avait droit au titre de son personnel non-technique, en particulier ses didacticiens, ses commerciaux et son Webmaster, qui avaient pourtant activement participé à son programme de R & D. Défendue par les avocats de son prestataire CIR NÉVA, qui l'accompagne depuis l'origine, GYMGLISH vient d'obtenir un Arrêt favorable de la Cour d'Appel de Paris (Arrêt du 9 juin 2016), qui lui permet enfin de faire valoir ses droits, mettant fin à une incohérence et une injustice qui perdurait depuis des années. Cet Arrêt historique, qui fera jurisprudence, aligne définitivement les règles de droit en matière fiscale (assiette du CIR) et sociale (exonérations Urssaf au titre des JEI) pour les personnels non-techniques ou non-scientifiques qui concourent à un projet de R & D. Après un contentieux qu'a dû endurer GYMGLISH pendant des années, la cour a en effet enfin confirmé que les didacticiens, commerciaux et webmaster concernés par le litige, avaient bien concouru au développement d'un produit innovant et que le redressement infligé à l'entreprise n'était pas justifié. GYMGLISH, qui a su documenter avec précision la contribution de chacun de ses salariés concernés grâce au concours de NÉVA, a emporté l'avis de la cour. Preuve qu'un dossier solidement charpenté finit heureusement par emporter la décision des juges. Ce jugement fera jurisprudence et permettra désormais aux JEI de faire valoir leurs droits sans avoir à batailler avec l'Urssaf devant la justice. À propos de Gymglish Fondée en février 2004, Gymglish est une société indépendante proposant une nouvelle approche de l'auto-apprentissage à distance : des efforts d'apprentissage concis, réguliers et inscrits dans la durée, avec l'objectif de stimuler la motivation et l'assiduité grâce à des contenus personnalisés et ludiques et grâce à une démarche d'ancrage des connaissances sur le long terme. Les formations dispensées comptabilisent à ce jour deux millions et demi d'utilisateurs à travers le monde, et sont déployés dans plus de 6000 entreprises, 110 universités et écoles de langues. L'équipe Gymglish est composée de 25 personnes (9 nationalités) passionnées par les langues et les nouvelles technologies, réparties sur 3 bureaux : Paris (siège), Tel Aviv Israël et Florianopolis Brésil. Pour en savoir plus : http://www.gymglish.com - Gymglish, 16A, Boulevard de Reuilly, 75012 Paris, France. L'auteur : Larry PERLADE, Directeur associé et fondateur de NÉVA Larry PERLADE a créé NÉVA en 1995 pour accompagner les PME dans leurs recherches de financements publics et la mise en oeuvre de leurs CIR. Depuis 21 ans, c'est un expert reconnu du financement de l'innovation et des aides R & D. Auparavant, il a été Vice-Président Directeur Général de FRED Joaillier USA et Secrétaire Général du groupe FRED Joaillier, avant de diriger le Centre d'Art Contemporain ARTCURIAL pour L'ORÉAL. Il a démarré son activité professionnelle chez Elf Aquitaine au Royaume-Uni. Larry PERLADE est diplômé d'HEC (1982), de l'Université de Berkeley (Californie) et de ESADE Business School (Barcelone). A propos de NÉVA Fondé en 1995, NÉVA est l'un des plus anciens cabinets de conseil dédiés à la mise en oeuvre du Crédit Impôt Recherche (CIR) et du statut des Jeunes Entreprises Innovantes (JEI). NÉVA réalise chaque année une cinquantaine de missions, tous secteurs d'activité confondus : à ce jour, après 21 ans d'activité, tous ses dossiers ont été validés in fine par l'Administration. NÉVA est le cabinet de référence auprès de la communauté des Dirigeants diplômés de HEC, du groupement professionnel EUROCLOUD et de PARIS & CO. C'est aussi le partenaire CIR de l'agence gouvernementale AFII (Agence Française pour les Investissements Internationaux), chargée de promouvoir l'attractivité de la France et l'implantation de sociétés étrangères sur notre territoire, en particulier au travers des dispositifs d'aide à l'innovation.  Parmi les entreprises qui ont fait confiance à NÉVA : Empruntis, Findus, MeilleursAgents, Millemercis, Mozilla Firefox, Nextedia, PriceMinister, Stratorg, Synertrade, The Phone House, Virgin Mobile.  Pour en savoir plus : www.neva-net.com

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