News Article | December 14, 2016
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FOX News has appointed Kevin Lord the Executive Vice President of Human Resources, announced network Co-Presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine. Lord will oversee the entire Human Resources (HR) division for FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN) and each of the corresponding digital operations. He will begin his new role on January 16, 2017. Prior to being named to this position, Lord was the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at TEGNA Inc. (formerly known as Gannett, Co. Inc.) and a member of the company’s leadership team since 2012. While there, he oversaw employee relations, performance management, employee development, total rewards administration, diversity and inclusion for a workforce of more than 10,000. He was also responsible for creating initiatives that attracted and retained essential talent, enabling TEGNA to execute many of their key initiatives. In making the announcement, Abernethy and Shine said in a joint statement, “Kevin is an extremely well-rounded executive who recognizes the essential role that Human Resources plays, having held high profile positions at major media companies and GE. His long and impressive track record in this arena will be a valuable addition to our management team and we look forward to him implementing key programs reflecting his core vision for employees.” Lord added, “I am thrilled to be joining the FOX News. I have always admired the brand and look forward to building on its strong legacy as we attract, develop and retain the best employees in the industry. I am also passionate about employee engagement and am eager to begin initiating strategic HR programs across all FOX News platforms.” Throughout his career, Lord has specialized in HR transformation within new management structures. Before joining TEGNA, he served as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for NBC News and was the HR Integration leader during NBCUniversal’s extensive transition from General Electric (GE) to Comcast ownership. His initial role at NBCUniversal was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for its Integrated Media & International divisions prior to the Comcast ownership. Before moving to NBC, Lord held several HR leadership positions with General Electric, including Chief Human Resources Officer for GE Plastics, GE Corporate HR Leader for Commercial & Communications, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for GE Vendor Financial Services, as well as various HR roles at GE Aviation. Lord began his career in human resources at Burlington Industries, later moving on to similar positions at Hewlett-Packard, Colgate-Palmolive and Roche. A graduate of State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Lord went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Human Resources from the University of South Carolina. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. A top five cable network, FNC has been the most-watched news channel in the country for nearly 15 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most trusted television news source in the country. Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre. On the web at www.foxnews.com FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York—the business capital of the world—FBN launched in October 2007 and is available in more than 80 million homes in major markets across the United States. Owned by 21st Century Fox, the network has bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and London. On the web at www.foxbusiness.com
News Article | October 31, 2016
PARIS, 31-Oct-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Imerys, the leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, announces the appointment of Jean-François Claver and Thierry Materne to the Imerys Group Executive Committee. Jean-François Claver is appointed Chief Industrial Officer. He graduated as Industrial Engineer from Ecole Centrale de Paris and has a Master of Science from Cornell University (New York). He worked for sixteen years at Pechiney before taking industrial management responsibilities at Alcan, Vallourec, Lafarge, Etex. He joined Imerys in 2015 as Mining & Industrial Operations Director. Thierry Materne, Chief Innovation Officer, is in charge of Innovation and Strategic Marketing. He has a PhD in Chemistry and Materials Science. He worked for more than 11 years in research & development at Goodyear Tire & Rubber in Europe and the USA, developing more than 60 patents in a wide range of areas. He then joined Dow Corning, Sabic Innovative Plastics (ex-GE Plastics) and finally Imerys in 2016. The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with €4 billion revenue and 16,000 employees, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods and building products. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, scientific expertise and technological know-how to beneficiate its mineral resources, develop formulations and produce synthetic minerals. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
News Article | November 1, 2016
BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ADT today announced that Jeff Likosar has joined the company as its Chief Financial Officer. Likosar joins ADT from Gardner Denver, a private equity-backed provider of high-quality industrial equipment, technologies and services, where he served as the CFO. Reporting directly to ADT Chief Executive Officer Tim Whall, Likosar will be responsible for leading the company’s financial strategy to help drive profitable business growth, streamline integration efforts, and identify synergies as ADT and Protection 1 continue down the path toward full integration. Previous to Gardner Denver, Jeff held various roles at Dell, including Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, and Vice President of Operations Finance. In his six years there, he improved and streamlined many components of the finance function, helped the company deliver record financial results, integrated more than 20 acquisitions, and managed key elements of a multibillion dollar take-private transaction. Jeff began his career at GE in their Appliances business in Louisville, Kentucky. He soon became a leader in the organization and, throughout his 15-year tenure, he also held leadership roles in GE Plastics and GE Aircraft Engines, with a focus on driving operational execution, creative growth, cost control, cash management, controllership, and business restructurings, including the disposition of GE Plastics. His time at GE included assignments in various geographies including two roles outside the US. “Jeff has a proven track record serving in financial leadership roles at both public and private-equity held companies with a keen focus on financial simplicity, accountability, growth, and controllership,” said Whall. “Under Jeff’s leadership, we will look to drive operational efficiencies and profitability for the organization as we continue to bring ADT and Protection 1 together. We are pleased to have him join our executive team.” “ADT is a globally recognizable brand and clear leader in the industry, and I am honored to be joining the team,” said Likosar. “There is tremendous opportunity as we bring together these two great organizations. The company is financially strong, has a broad lineup of innovative solutions, and a talented management team that is passionate about taking care of the company’s nearly eight million customers daily. I look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the organization and serving its customers.” Likosar holds his degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School. About ADT ADT is a leading provider of security and automation solutions for homes and businesses in the United States and Canada. ADT's broad and pioneering set of products and services, including ADT Pulse® interactive home and business solutions, and health services, meet a range of customer needs for today’s active and increasingly mobile lifestyles. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, ADT, when combined with Protection 1, helps provide peace of mind to nearly eight million customers, and it employs approximately 20,000 people at 300 locations. More information is available at www.adt.com.
News Article | December 21, 2016
COVINGTON, La., Dec. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) announced today that Peter D. Arvan will be joining the company on January 3, 2017 as its Executive Vice President, reporting to the President and CEO, with responsibility for North America line management. Pete most recently was CEO of Roofing Supply Group (RSG), which was acquired by Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (NASDAQ:BECN) in October 2015. RSG was one of the largest roofing distributors in the US, with 83 locations in 24 states. Prior to joining RSG in 2013, Pete served as President of SABIC Polymershapes (formerly GE Plastics - Polymershapes), a position he held since 2004. From 1988-2004, Pete worked at GE Supply where he held a variety of management positions, including General Manager of Global Supply Chain and Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Quality Leader. “Pete has extensive experience in leading distribution businesses,” commented Manuel Perez de la Mesa, President and CEO. “His depth of experience and fresh perspectives will be a great complement to our team. Our customers increasingly rely on us to provide them with the products and services they need to achieve their business objectives, challenging the POOLCORP team to continually innovate and improve. Pete will be a key resource to help us continue to do that.” Pool Corporation is the world’s largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool and related backyard products. As of September 30, 2016, POOLCORP operates 346 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia, through which it distributes more than 160,000 national brand and private label products to roughly 100,000 wholesale customers. For more information about POOLCORP, please visit www.poolcorp.com. This news release may include “forward-looking” statements that involve risk and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially due to a variety of factors, including the sensitivity of the swimming pool supply business to weather conditions and other risks detailed in POOLCORP’s 2015 Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
News Article | October 27, 2015
EWING, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UDC Korea, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Display Corporation (Nasdaq: OLED), enabling energy-efficient displays and lighting with its UniversalPHOLED® technology and materials, announced today the opening of its new headquarters in Pangyo Techno Valley. The new facility will serve as the central point of UDC’s South Korean operations and provide space for customer support teams, technology projects and on-site meetings and events. Additionally, Soo Yung Jung has been appointed Vice President of UDC Korea to oversee business operations in Korea, including development efforts with current and new partners. Jung has an extensive electronics and materials engineering background that spans over two decades, including leadership positions at Lafarge, PIC, GE Plastics and KLT. “As OLED technology continues to rise in popularity, UDC is making ongoing investments in Korea to support customer success and further expand and deepen our service capabilities,” said Steven V. Abramson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Display. “We are excited to continue supporting our partners’ growth and look forward to seeing new paths carved out in the OLED display and lighting product roadmaps.” Abramson continued, “We are pleased that Soo Yung Jung has joined UDC. His significant technical expertise in the Korean electronic materials market will be incredibly valuable as we continue to expand and grow our business.” “I am excited to join such a dynamic and innovative company as we enter this next chapter of the OLED revolution,” said Soo Yung Jung. “I look forward to building upon Universal Display’s strong presence in Korea, and continuing to deliver exceptional service and solutions to our partners.” Universal Display Corporation has been expanding its technical and customer support teams in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan, including the recent appointment of OLED veteran, Toshio Obara, as Senior Advisor of UDC Japan. To see how Universal Display is changing the face of the display and lighting industries with its UniversalPHOLED, white OLED, and flexible OLED technologies, please visit the company's website at http://www.udcoled.com. Universal Display Corporation (Nasdaq: OLED) is a leader in developing and delivering state-of-the-art, organic light emitting diode (OLED) technologies, materials and services to the display and lighting industries. Founded in 1994, the Company currently owns or has exclusive, co-exclusive or sole license rights with respect to more than 3,500 issued and pending patents worldwide. Universal Display licenses its proprietary technologies, including its breakthrough high-efficiency UniversalPHOLED® phosphorescent OLED technology that can enable the development of low power and eco-friendly displays and white lighting. The Company also develops and offers high-quality, state-of-the-art UniversalPHOLED materials that are recognized as key ingredients in the fabrication of OLEDs with peak performance. In addition, Universal Display delivers innovative and customized solutions to its clients and partners through technology transfer, collaborative technology development and on-site training. Based in Ewing, New Jersey, with offices in California, Ireland, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan, Universal Display works and partners with a network of world-class organizations, including Princeton University, the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan, and PPG Industries, Inc. The Company has also established relationships with companies such as AU Optronics Corporation, BOE Technology, DuPont Displays, Inc., Innolux Corporation, Kaneka Corporation, Konica Minolta Technology Center, Inc., LG Chem Ltd., LG Display Co., Ltd., Lumiotec, Inc., OLEDWorks LLC, Philips Technologie GmbH, Pioneer Corporation, Samsung Display Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Chemical Company, Ltd. and Tohoku Pioneer Corporation.. To learn more about Universal Display, please visit http://www.udcoled.com. Universal Display Corporation and the Universal Display logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Universal Display Corporation. All other company, brand or product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks. All statements in this document that are not historical, such as those relating to Universal Display Corporation’s technologies and potential applications of those technologies, the Company’s expected results as well as the growth of the OLED market and the Company’s opportunities in that market, are forward-looking financial statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements in this document, as they reflect Universal Display Corporation’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in greater detail in Universal Display Corporation’s periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, in particular, the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Universal Display Corporation’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014. Universal Display Corporation disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement contained in this document.
News Article | May 19, 2008
As it continues to work on a turnaround, Dell on Monday announced that it has named a former General Electric executive to serve as its new chief financial officer. Brian Gladden, who had nearly 20 years of finance and management experience at GE, will join the computer maker Tuesday as a senior vice president, assuming the role of chief financial officer on June 13. Gladden is coming from Sabic Innovative Plastics, a GE Plastics spin-off where he has been serving as chief executive. Sabic is a unit of Saudi Basic Industries. Prior to joining Sabic, Gladden held such posts as CFO of both GE Plastics and GE Medical Systems Healthcare IT. "We look forward to welcoming Brian as an operationally focused CFO whose skills in running multibillion-dollar enterprises, and substantial experience with an industry leader, make him an ideal fit for the global economies in which we operate," Michael Dell, chief executive of Dell, said in a statement. Carty, who will remain a Dell director, took over the CFO position in January 2007, as the computer maker tried to address a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into its accounting practices. Carty, who was on Dell's board at the time of his CFO appointment, had been serving on the board's audit committee, which initiated its own investigation into the company's . "Don has played a key role in re-establishing transparency and integrity in our financial practices, and we are extremely grateful to have had his leadership," Michael Dell, chief executive, said in a statement.
News Article | September 6, 2011
The Carol Bartz era at Yahoo has ended. Bartz, named Yahoo chief executive in January 2009, is no longer in the job. In a note sent to Yahoo employees this afternoon, Bartz noted that the board fired her. "I am very sad to tell you that I've just been fired over the phone by Yahoo's chairman of the board," Bartz wrote. "It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward." Yahoo said that Chief Financial Officer Tim Morse has been named interim CEO. The news was first reported by AllThingsD. When Bartz took over the CEO role from co-founder Jerry Yang in January 2009, the company was struggling to become more competitive and profitable. One of her first tasks as CEO was a reorganization of Yahoo in an attempt to make the Internet pioneer faster, simpler, and more responsive to those who use its services. But Yahoo has continued to founder under her leadership, never regaining the ground it lost to Web leader Google. Rumors that Yahoo's board was secretly considering replacing Bartz had been circulating for months. Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock declined to address the rumors at the company's annual shareholder meeting in June but did say the board "is very supportive of Carol and the management team." A spokesperson was more adamant, saying at the time, "Rumors suggesting there is or has been any sort of search for a replacement to Carol are categorically untrue." In a statement this afternoon, Bostock did not disclose the board's reasons for removing Bartz, though he noted the "very challenging macro-economic backdrop" in which she led the company. And he, not surprisingly, was bullish on the company's prospects. "The board sees enormous growth opportunities on which Yahoo can capitalize, and our primary objective is to leverage the company's leadership and current business assets and platforms to execute against these opportunities," Bostock said. "We have talented teams and tremendous resources behind them and intend to return the company to a path of robust growth and industry-leading innovation. We are committed to exploring and evaluating possibilities and opportunities that will put Yahoo on a trajectory for growth and innovation and deliver value to shareholders." Bartz spent 14 years as Autodesk's CEO before becoming executive chairman in April 2006. Before Autodesk, she worked at Sun Microsystems, 3M, and Digital Equipment Corp. Morse joined Yahoo in June 2009, a former General Electric executive who came to the company from chipmaker Altera. Before joining Altera in 2007, Morse spent 15 years at General Electric in a variety of senior management positions, including chief financial officer of GE Plastics. Morse has a bachelor's degree in finance and operations and strategic management from the Boston College Carroll School of Management. For his part, Morse said in a statement that he intends to work with the board to "invest in the organization and continue to drive its ongoing growth plans." Yahoo also appointed an Executive Leadership Council that will help Morse manage day-to-day operations until a permanent chief executive is appointed. The group will also oversee "a comprehensive strategic review" to improve growth prospects. That group includes Michael Callahan, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary; Blake Irving, executive vice president and chief product officer; Ross Levinsohn, executive vice president, Americas; Rich Riley, senior vice president, EMEA Region; and Rose Tsou, senior vice president, APAC Region. Bartz joined the embattled company after a rough year that saw Microsoft launch an unsolicited bid for the company but later walk away after a $33-a-share offer was rejected by Yahoo. The stock has lost more than half its value since then, never recovering to the price Microsoft offered. The search pioneer was also the target of a proxy fight by shareholder activist Carl Icahn, who eventually joined Yahoo's board as part of a settlement with the company. He stepped down from the company's board in October 2009, and unloaded much of his Yahoo stake the following February. Yahoo also tried to boost its revenue with an advertising search partnership with Google. But the search giant walked away from the deal when the U.S. Department of Justice notified the companies it would challenge such an arrangement under antitrust grounds. Shortly after the Google deal collapsed, Yang announced he would step down as CEO as soon as a replacement was found. Bartz's tenure was marked by a challenging turnaround effort that saw many operations being merged or shut down. The company announced last December it would shutter its Yahoo Buzz, MyBlogLog, Delicious, AllTheWeb.com, Yahoo Picks, and AltaVista properties. Layoffs, which soared at Yahoo prior to Bartz's arrival, remained a staple during her tenure. The company laid off more than 2,500 employees in 2008, and more than 1,000 while Bartz served as chief executive. Her departure was hailed by at least one former Yahoo executive, Brad Garlinghouse. In 2006, he wrote the widely circulated Peanut Butter Manifesto, complaining that Yahoo was spreading itself too thin, not focusing on important strategy. Upon the news of Bartz's departure, Garlinghouse, now president of applications and commerce at AOL as well as the West Coast lead for its venture capital arm, tweeted: "ding dong the witch is dead." The news of Bartz's firing came after the stock market closed. But the company's stock climbed in after-hours trading by 90 cents, or 6.97 percent, to $13.80. Updated at 5:35 p.m. with details and analysis. CNET sat down with Bartz last year. Here's that interview.
News Article | January 10, 2006
Even minivan passengers may soon be able to feel the sun on their faces. GE Plastics and American Specialty Cars have teamed up to created a sliding panel system to create the new category of “sunvertibles.” The InfiniVu system (as shown here on a Toyota Sienna) brings the sun into both rear and front passengers. According to the company the polycarbonate resin is tough enough to prevent break-ins and also lightens the weight of the roof so that vehicles won’t be as top heavy. An advantage over glass moon roofs is that the plastic is less likely to shatter in the event of a crash. So far the technology has only been used in prototype vehicles and there’s no word on commercialization. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Mr. Scott’s clear aluminum becomes reality.
News Article | February 4, 2013
High atop Weathertop where the Kings of Old Middle Earth once surveyed their kingdoms, the Smorn leers knowingly at the vale below. His hand rubs the grass and sniffs the air – hobbits had been here, for certain. He raises his long snout and begins to howl, the sound echoing off the swart hills and into the darkness below. JK all the way. Actually, the Orp Smart Horn AKA The Smorn is a bike horn built by Tory Orzeck of Portland, a former GE Plastics and Nike designer who, after a run in with a few nasty cars, decided to build a “hearable” horn in a small, rechargeable package. The Smorn can blast trucks as they pass or, using the Wail Tail trigger, you can move the decibels and pitch up and down. The horn blows out a 76 dB tap or you can hit a 96 dB blast to wake sleepy drivers out of their texting stupor. The project has six days to go and is near its $90,000 goal so you’re almost guaranteed product when it funds. $45 gets you a Smorn in white, blue, orange, or “snot green.” $55 gets you a Glorp – a glow-in-the-dark model. The Smorn also has four front LEDs can strobe, and you recharge it via USB. It is also waterproof and you can set a special Pulse mode that will beep regularly as you ride down the street, keeping people aware of your presence. Tory wanted to solve the problem of bikers getting hit by drivers who were oblivious to the cyclists around them. He writes: We live here in Portland, Oregon, considered one of the most bike friendly places in the world. There are bike paths, bike lanes and designated bike friendly roads throughout the city. But no matter what, our rides mean sharing the road with cars. Having said that, bicycle versus vehicle accidents have steadily increased in Portland as more people take to the road on their bikes. Our project was prompted by both this phenomena as well as a few particularly well documented accidents in Portland involving cyclists and commercial trucks. The problem was that the cyclist was neither seen nor heard. While I know that Frodo and Bilbo will never have to fight the evil Smorn in their travels towards Mordor, it is nice to know that Strider would be able to find them if they pulled the Wail Tail in a time of need.