AMSTERDAM, 26 November 2020 /PRNewswire/ — VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a leading global provider of connectivity and internet services, has promoted Joop Brakenhoff to the newly established position of Group Chief Internal Audit & Compliance Officer, reporting directly to VEON's co-CEOs, Kaan Terzioğlu and Sergi Herrero, and to the Audit Committee Chairman. Prior to this, and since January 2019, Mr. Brakenhoff was the company's Head of Internal Audit.
In this new role, Joop joins VEON's executive team and leads both the Internal Audit and Compliance functions. These provide important oversight on Group-wide matters related to risk management, compliance, governance and assurance.
Commenting on his appointment, Sergi Herrero and Kaan Terzioğlu said: “Joop is a strong addition to our team, bringing great experience and judgement to areas which remain a priority across our Group. We are committed to the highest standards of governance, transparency and ethics and Joop is a welcome addition to the executive team.”
Joop Brakenhoff joined VEON in January 2019 from Heineken International, where he was the head of Global Audit. Joop has also held senior Audit roles at Royal Ahold, prior to which he was Chief Financial Officer of Burg Industries B.V. Joop started his career at KPMG in 1985 where he worked for nine years in a variety of audit roles.
VEON is a NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam-listed global provider of connectivity and internet services, headquartered in Amsterdam. Our vision is to empower customer ambitions through technology, acting as a digital concierge to guide their choices and connect them with resources that match their needs.
For more information visit: http://www.veon.com.
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Suncity Group Announces 2021 Outlook
Striding Towards a Bright Future
MACAU – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – Under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a very difficult year for the world. In the face of the severe challenges, Suncity Group has been working hard to achieve its vision of sustainable development in all areas. With its philosophy of “Innovating With Diversity, Striving For Success”, the Group strives to develop its business in the fields of VIP services, entertainment, global tourism, food and beverage, luxury fashion, etc., and is committed to becoming a leading integrated resort operator, with the expansion of its global hotel and resort management business as its core focus. At the same time, as an enterprise rooted in Macao and backed by our motherland, it is one of Suncity Group’s priorities to promote Macao as the “Creative City of Gastronomy”. With this in mind, the Group has actively and successfully expanded its food and beverage business to the Mainland, promoting cooperation between enterprises of Macao and of the Mainland. Also, HOIANA, the Group’s feature project in Vietnam, will serve as a bridge to introduce Vietnam’s culture of gastronomy to the Mainland, in response to national policies of “going global” and “bringing in”.
HOIANA, Suncity Group’s first integrated resort set to open its doors in 2021
Tigre de Cristal will focus on developing local Russian clientele, Japanese and Korean travellers as the target source market
Suncity Group prepares to further expand its food and beverage business in the Mainland
Suncity Group is committed to bringing in the finest food culture to the Mainland
Leveraging on its experience in resort and hotel management, Suncity Group has been actively expanding its global hotel and resort management business and marching towards the goal of becoming an internationally renowned integrated resort operator. Year 2021 will see the grand opening of the Group’s first integrated resort HOIANA, with all facilities set to open their doors at the same time. Among the wide array of facilities included the entertainment facilities of Hoiana Suncity, the golf course of Hoiana Shores designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., and the 4 luxury hotels managed and operated by Rosewood Hotel Group – Hoiana Hotel & Suites, New World Hoiana Hotel & Residences, KHOS Hoiana and Rosewood Hoi An, offering over 1,000 guest rooms.
Located in central Vietnam, the integrated resort HOIANA is only 40 km away from the Da Nang International Airport, with its 3-km coastline and a stunning sea view. The first phase of HOIANA covers an area of over 165 hectares, with the second phase project commencing in 2021. Utilizing its unique coastline, the next phase of the resort will focus on increasing the number of guest rooms as well as the expansion of retail areas, including beach resorts and a Vietnamese Village. Future developments also include facilities such as water and adrenaline park, observation deck, etc., all with the aim to create the finest entertainment hub of Southeast Asia. At the same time, taking advantage of its geographical location, HOIANA will target at bringing in tourists from Southeast Asia as its main source markets in the future. Suncity Group believes that HOIANA will bring significant revenue and sustainable development prospects, and is a demonstration of its determination to gradually evolve into an integrated resort operator and actively expand its resort management business.
In addition, through Suncity Group Holdings Limited (1383.HK), Suncity Group is now the single largest shareholder of Summit Ascent Holdings Limited (102.HK), and participates in both operations of Tigre de Cristal Resort Phase I in Vladivostok, Russia and the development of the resort’s second phase. Currently, Tigre de Cristal Phase I is the largest integrated resort in Russia, with a positive trend in business and revenue growth driven by the local Russian clientele. Set to open for preview in late 2022 and grandly open in 2023, the Phase II development project will also commence in 2021, doubling the number of entertainment facilities as well as tripling the number of guest rooms. The project will also add to the resort 4 new restaurants and bars, premium outlet and duty free shopping, multi-functional area, and a beach club and spa. Thanks to its prime location in Northeast Asia, Tigre de Cristal will be well suited for Japanese and Korean travellers. In the future, the Group will focus on developing local Russian clientele, while introducing Japanese and Korean travellers to the resort as the target source market.
Through the acquisition of Suntrust Home Developers, Inc. (Stock Code: SUN:PM), Suncity Group is also actively engaging in the development of the Westside City Integrated Resort in the heart of Entertainment City in Manila, Philippines. The project covers an area of over 20 hectares and is set to open its doors before 2023, creating the hub of entertainment of Philippines together with our local partners.
Moreover, Suncity Group is expanding into East Asia to further target at Japanese and Korean travellers, with plans to develop resorts in Miyako Island of Okinawa and Niseko of Hokkaido in Japan, with construction to begin in 2021. The Group plans to build a resort hotel in the Yonaha Maehama Beach Area, which is known as “the most beautiful beach in the East”, in Miyako Island of Okinawa, Japan and is expected to complete in 2023. The resort will provide 100 hotel rooms and 40 private villas with their own pools, as well as a variety of special water sports, including stand-up paddling, snorkelling and deep diving. In addition, the Group plans to build a luxury resort in Niseko of Hokkaido, Japan, which owns the reputation as one of the “Top 10 Ski Resorts in the World”. With development plans in the works in 2021, the project will cover an area of approximately 20 hectares, combining the natural beauty of Niseko and convenient leisure amenities. The completion of these new integrated resorts will serve as a testament to Suncity Group’s determination to become Asia’s leading integrated resort operator and an enterprise rooted in Macao that is actively responding to the national policy of “going global”.
Adhering to the spirit of patriotism, Suncity Group has been actively supporting the policy of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, placing the development of the Motherland as our top priority. Through the business expansion of Sun Food and Beverage in the Mainland, Suncity Group aims to bring in the best of foreign cultures and contribute to the country’s prosperity. Since last year, Sun Food and Beverage established 8 restaurants in Chengdu and Chongqing, including “Danang Vietnamese Cuisine”, “Pho Thuy”, “Bangkok Cock” and “Đồ ăn vỉa hè Hoi An Danang”. Together with HOIANA, invested by Suncity Group Holdings Limited in Central Vietnam, the Group strives to introduce Vietnam’s culture of gastronomy to the Mainland.
In order to further expand its footprint in the Mainland, Sun Food and Beverage is preparing to open more quality branded restaurants in 2021. In the meantime, Sun Food and Beverage has successfully created new cooperation opportunities for the catering industry in Macao and the Mainland by taking initiative to organise investment visits to the Mainland. Currently, Sun Food and Beverage is actively supporting the “Luzu Temple District Renovation Project” of Chongqing as the company plans to open at the site more branded restaurants presenting Vietnamese cuisine, not just to increase company revenue, but also to help reinvigorate the old district. In addition, Sun Food and Beverage is preparing to set up a joint venture with Macao’s catering industry and open 3 restaurants in the area, bringing Macao-style hot pot, Portuguese cuisine and local desserts to Chongqing. This move not only enriches Mainland’s catering market, but is also a way to support the Macao Special Administrative Region Government’s core effort to promote Macao as “Creative City of Gastronomy”.
In the entertainment sector, Sun Entertainment Culture Limited has been actively expanding its entertainment-related businesses, covering film productions, online films, concerts and other commercial performing arts. In 2021, Sun Entertainment Culture Limited will expand its footprint in Southeast Asia through its subsidiaries in Japan and Malaysia, and is also enthusiastically preparing for the full recovery of the film industry this year. Currently, productions of film and TV drama invested by the Group from last year have been completed and are scheduled to be released in 2021, including “Limbo” starring Gordon Lam, which is scheduled to participate in international film festivals, “Dust to Dust” starring Gordon Lam and Da Peng, “Mom, Don’t Do That” produced by and starring Alyssa Chia. In addition, Sun Entertainment Culture Limited will be producing Macao’s first action and car racing film this year, with Han Han as producer of the film. For the acclaimed films “SPL: Sha Po Lang” and “Paradox”, production of the sequels “SPL III: War Needs Lord” and “Paradox II” will also begin in 2021.
As Alvin Chau, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Suncity Group stated, the tough year 2020 is now in the past. With the new COVID-19 vaccines being distributed worldwide, the global economy is expected to soon recover, which will be conducive to a strong growth of the motherland and Macao’s social, economic and tourism sectors in 2021. At the same time, staying true to the core values of patriotism, he understands that the prosperity of Macao and the country are inextricably linked. In the future, Suncity Group will continue to look forward to a prosperous future together with the country and Macao by vigorously upholding and following the long-term direction of the country in all aspects.
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About Suncity Group
Suncity Group was founded in 2007. Since establishment, Suncity Group has been striving to provide the extraordinary VIP entertainment service for our guests, and we then opened a number of VIP Clubs in various 6-star hotels and resorts throughout Macau with the rapid growth of our business. Meanwhile, we successively set up exclusive VIP Clubs in Manila, Seoul, Incheon, Phnom Penh and Da Nang, etc.
Adhering to the spirit of “Innovating With Diversity, Striving For Success”, Suncity Group spared no effort to develop high-end entertainment services and products as well as roll out global VIP loyalty program for the selected members to enjoy entertainment, travel, catering services, luxury shopping and motion picture. Today, the scope of our business covers most sectors, especially in the fields of global travel, film production, concert and event planning, catering and luxury goods.
As a Macau born and bred enterprise, Suncity Group is not only devoted to develop the Asian market, but also oriented to expand the global network. In the future, we will surely continue to diversify our VIP entertainment services, attract more exclusive members and make every effort to promote our business in every corner of the world.
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Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) facilitates upskilling & reskilling with online MBAs & courses
SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – As we to move into Phase 3 of Covid-19 towards the end of 2020, flexibility and adaptability remains an indefinite priority for Singaporeans as the labour market adjusts to the new normal. This renders upskilling and reskilling a necessity for professionals to remain employable. Riding in tandem, the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) delivers a series of online MBAs and short courses to equip the workforce with ample opportunities to ride the wave.
Career Resilience in Times Of Change
Armed with a vision for lifelong learning, MDIS strengthens its resolve to offer educational experiences that are fresh and industry-relevant. This fully maximises the future readiness of employees and jobseekers for local and international career success.
Organisations seeking to invest in resources to upskill and enhance the leadership potential of future managers can consider among MDIS’ online MBAs that cover five specialised areas: events management, health management, leadership and innovation, hospitality & tourism management, and marketing. With a flexible postgraduate curriculum tailored for the dynamic global business environment, employees can look forward to building career resilience and accelerate professional pursuits as they step into the new albeit volatile economic conditions. Likewise, jobseekers can perform better in a competitive job market with sharpened managerial efficacies – a trait that’s never been more necessary than today.
In addition, MDIS is also offering industry-based short courses to allow employees and jobseekers to reinvent and acquire new skills to keep pace with evolving business needs and market trends. With 10 disciplines to choose from, prospective students can consider taking up a single-day course or one of up to three months.
Carving the Way Forward
While the pandemic may have accelerated the need for skills expansion and upgrading, this should not be viewed as a by-product of economic crises but a strategy to face unknown challenges that lie ahead. Being ready for the unforeseen is pertinent to career success, a value that MDIS inculcates in its students as it carves generations of lifelong learners of tomorrow.
Founded in 1956, MDIS is Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. It offers internationally-accredited courses in Business and Management, Education, Engineering, Fashion and Design, Health and Nursing, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Languages and Education, Media and Communications, Psychology, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Safety and Environment Management. These are offered in partnership with renowned universities in the United Kingdom.
For more information, visit our website here.
Burkhard Eling takes up role of CEO at Dachser
The next generation has arrived: A new Executive Board team for the new year
KEMPTEN / HONG KONG – Media OutReach – 6 January 2021 – On January 1, Burkhard Eling became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Spokesperson of the Executive Board of logistics provider Dachser. He heads the Corporate Strategy, Human Resources, Marketing executive unit, which also includes Corporate Key Account Management and the Corporate Governance & Compliance division. Eling succeeds Bernhard Simon, who will take over as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the family-owned company in mid-2021.
Burkhard Eling (CEO)
The new Executive Board: (from left to right) Robert Erni (CFO), Alexander Tonn (COO Road Logistics), Burkhard Eling (CEO), Edoardo Podestà (COO Air & Sea Logistics) and Stefan Hohm (CDO).
Also moving to the Supervisory Board with Simon is the former Chief Operations Officer (COO) Road Logistics, Michael Schilling. In response, Dachser has made further changes to the Executive Board as of January 1, 2021. Two Dachser managers of many years’ standing have been promoted to the logistics provider’s operational management body: Stefan Hohm as Chief Development Officer (CDO) and Alexander Tonn as COO Road Logistics. They are joined on the Executive Board by Robert Erni, who left DSV Panalpina to join Dachser on September 1, 2020 and has taken up the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The five-man Executive Board team is completed by Edoardo Podestà, who has been COO Air & Sea Logistics since October 2019.
Career as CFO with focus on innovation
Eling, 49, joined Dachser in 2012 as deputy head of the Finance, Legal and Tax executive unit. He joined the Executive Board as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) the following year, since when he has been responsible for the logistics provider’s group-wide strategic idea and innovation management program. With a degree in industrial engineering, Eling joined Dachser from the engineering and service group Bilfinger SE, where he was Head of the controlling and internal audit departments, CFO of a US subsidiary and of an international facility management service provider. Eling started his career with the construction companies Hochtief AG and Philipp Holzmann AG.
With sound judgment and agility
“My fellow board members and I are taking over an extremely robust and fast-growing company that even the challenges of the coronavirus crisis haven’t managed to throw off course. With their tremendous know-how and commitment, the people at Dachser have succeeded in maintaining the supply chains of our global customers even under adverse conditions,” says Burkhard Eling, CEO of Dachser. “With the trust and support of the founding family, we as an Executive Board team, will preserve the unique, people-oriented culture of Dachser as a family-owned company. At the same time, we will continue to develop the company with sound judgment and agility on its way to becoming the world’s most integrated logistics provider,” Eling continues.
New Executive Board team with a wealth of experience
Alexander Tonn is a new member of Dachser’s Executive Board as of January 1, 2021. As COO Road Logistics, he will be responsible for the European overland transport networks for industrial goods and food. In addition, he will continue to lead the European Logistics Germany business unit. Tonn, 47, has been with the company for over 20 years, having held managerial positions including at Dachser’s Allgäu logistics center in Memmingen and at company headquarters, where he was responsible for the logistics provider’s global contract logistics business for several years.
Stefan Hohm, 48, will head the newly created IT & Development executive unit as Chief Development Officer (CDO). Hohm has been working for Dachser for 27 years, during which time he has managed, among other things, the branches in Erfurt (Thuringia) and Hof (Upper Franconia). Most recently, he was Corporate Director for the logistics provider’s research and development work as well as its Corporate Solutions business. Besides the further development of IT, he is now also responsible for worldwide contract logistics.
Burkhard Eling’s successor as CFO is Robert Erni, an internationally experienced logistics finance manager, who took over as CFO on January 1, 2021 after a four-month induction and transition phase. Before joining Dachser, the 54-year-old Swiss national was Group CFO at logistics provider Panalpina for nearly seven years.
There are no changes to Dachser’s air and sea freight business, which has been led by Edoardo Podestà, COO Air & Sea Logistics, since October 2019. The 58-year-old Italian, based in Hong Kong, became Managing Director of Dachser’s air and sea freight business in the Asia Pacific business unit in 2014. Podestà is also a highly experienced Dachser manager. He joined the company in 2003 when it acquired the joint venture Züst Ambrosetti Far East Ltd.
Headquartered in Germany, Dachser is one of the world’s leading logistics providers. Using its own in-house developed IT-systems, Dachser incorporates transport, warehousing, and value-added services to provide comprehensive supply chain solutions. Thanks to some 31,000 employees based in 393 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated a consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.7 billion in 2019. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 80.6 million shipments weighing 41.0 million metric tons. Country organizations represent Dachser in 44 countries.
In Asia, Dachser employs more than 1,696 people in 48 locations in 12 Business Areas. Its Asia Pacific Regional Head Office is located in Hong Kong.
For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.hk
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