Graduate Management Admission Council Appoints Joy Jones as Incoming CEO

Jones to succeed Sangeet Chowfla as head of the global association representing leading graduate business schools

GMAC Incoming CEO Joy Jones

GMAC Incoming CEO Joy Jones

RESTON, Va., Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a global association of leading graduate business schools, today announced the appointment of Joy Jones as the organization’s CEO-Elect. Jones currently serves as GMAC’s chief product officer and general manager of assessments, a role she has held since July 2017. The announcement came after current CEO Sangeet Chowfla announced his intention to step down from the position earlier this year, and an extensive search executed by a global executive recruiting firm. The GMAC board of directors unanimously voted to elect Jones, who will become GMAC’s fourth CEO as of October 1, 2022.

“With more than a hundred interested candidates from around the world, the Board conducted extensive interviews and thorough evaluations over the past months and was thrilled to find the best person to lead the organization from within,” said Jon Erickson, chairman of the GMAC board of directors and former president of education and career services at ACT. “Besides her proven success with growing GMAC products and services and deep understanding of the graduate management education industry we represent, we were especially impressed by Ms. Jones’s vision, intellect, composure, and ability to relate to people.”

Jones joined GMAC five years ago with the responsibility for holistically managing the Council’s assessments and preparation portfolio, which includes the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam—the most widely used assessment by business schools worldwide and relied on by more than 7,500 business school programs, the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, Executive Assessment, and associated assessment preparation materials. She was instrumental in navigating through challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic with a rapid launch of the online delivery of all GMAC assessment solutions. Earlier this year, under her stewardship, GMAC debuted Business Fundamentals Powered by Kaplan, a new GMAC product line of “micro” courses in statistics, accounting, and finance to help prepare business school aspirants and admitted students for success in their graduate programs.

“It is a great honor for me to be chosen to lead a long-standing and highly regarded organization like GMAC, with an outstanding 70-year history of connecting talent with opportunity through higher education,” said Jones. “As the organization enters into a new chapter in an ever-evolving global business environment, focused on innovation and growth as well as diversity and inclusion, I look forward to continuing to work alongside my dedicated colleagues at GMAC and in the business school community to advance graduate management education and ensure that talented people have the opportunity to improve the world we live in.”

Throughout her career, Jones has been a transformational leader in a variety of roles spanning strategy, product, sales, business development, and operations, with expertise in leveraging new technologies to create innovative solutions for global markets. Prior to joining GMAC, Jones had a 13-year tenure at the Associated Press (AP) which culminated as their Vice President of Global Products, overseeing all product portfolio and distribution platform management across the company’s multimedia content licensing, advertising, and content service businesses. Prior to AP, Jones worked at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, where she was an executive with the Strategic Advisory Services and Telecom Media Networks consulting practices. She earned her MBA at Stanford University and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and applied sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she graduated with honors.

Jones will succeed Sangeet Chowfla, who has chosen to step down for a new phase of his life after nearly a decade at the helm of GMAC. Chowfla joined GMAC in 2013 and served as President and CEO since 2014. During his tenure, Chowfla drove an extraordinary period of transformation and diversification for GMAC, including establishing regional offices in China, India, and the U.K., and oversaw three acquisitions of complementary products and services designed to help foster connections with candidates and schools, namely NMAT by GMAC, BusinessBecause, and The MBA Tour. He also helped redefine the GMAC brand in renewing focus on serving member schools and uniting the industry to solve common problems and created additional value for schools through expanding our research programs, conferences, and events. Chowfla will continue as an advisor through the end of the year to be available for a smooth and orderly transition.

“Sangeet Chowfla joined the organization during a period of disruption in the industry that only intensified with the advent of the pandemic and global geopolitical challenges,” said Erickson. “We are grateful for his service and the extraordinary growth and evolution that has enabled us to build long-term strategies and position our association for the future to continue serving schools and candidates.”

“It has been an honor and privilege to lead this great organization in a time of change,” said Chowfla. “GMAC’s mission, its people, and the connections that it fosters are truly unique. I look back with some satisfaction that we have built a stronger and more resilient GMAC that is leaner, more diversified in its service offerings, and more global in its outlook. Joy and I have worked closely over the years, and I leave secure in knowing that she has the vision and capability to lead the organization and take it forward.”

About GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a mission-driven association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. Founded in 1953, GMAC provides world-class research, industry conferences, recruiting tools, and assessments for the graduate management education industry, as well as resources, events, and services that help guide candidates through their higher education journey. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment.

More than 12 million prospective students a year trust GMAC’s websites, including mba.com, to learn about MBA and business master’s programs, connect with schools around the world, prepare and register for exams and get advice on successfully applying to MBA and business master’s programs. BusinessBecause and The MBA Tour are subsidiaries of GMAC, a global organization with offices in China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

To learn more about our work, please visit www.gmac.com

Media Contact:

Teresa Hsu
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thsu@gmac.com

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Winners Announced in the Seventh Annual Stevie® Awards for Great Employers

Top Winners Include IBM and Tata Consultancy Services

2022 Stevie Awards for Great Employers Winners Announced

These awards recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Winners in the 2022 (seventh annual) Stevie® Awards for Great Employers, an international competition, were announced today. The awards recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.

Among the organizations with the most Stevie-winning nominations are IBM, worldwide (27 Gold, Silver, and Bronze wins), Tata Consultancy Services, worldwide (23), Enerjisa Enerji, Turkey (21), Bank of America, USA (18), Cathay United Bank, Taiwan (10), Globe Telecom, Inc., Philippines (10), MİGROS, Turkey (10), Abu Dhabi Customs, United Arab Emirates (8), DHL Global Forwarding, Germany (8), Sabanci Holding, Turkey (8), İGA (İstanbul Grand Airport), Turkey (7), Megaphone, Australia (7), and NEQSOL HOLDING, Azerbaijan (7).

Visit www.StevieAwards.com/HR for a full list of winners by category.

Next week two Grand (“best of show”) Stevie Award winners will be announced. One will go to the nomination that received the highest average score from the judges. The other, for Organization of the Year, will go to the entrant with the most award points earned in the competition.

The Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be celebrated during an awards banquet on September 17 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Tickets for the event are now on sale.

More than 950 nominations from organizations in 26 nations were evaluated in this year’s competition. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 100 professionals worldwide, acting as judges. Winners in the Employer of the Year categories, sponsored by HiBob, were determined by a unique blending of the average scores of the professional judges and more than 80,000 votes by the general public.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  • Employer of the Year
  • HR Achievements
  • HR Individual Awards
  • HR Team Categories
  • Solution Provider Awards
  • COVID-19 Response
  • More than 50 New Product & Service Categories
  • Thought Leadership

The awards are presented by the Stevie Awards, which organizes eight of the world’s leading business awards programs including the prestigious International Business Awards® and American Business Awards®.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

About HiBob
HiBob is a modern HR platform designed for modern business. HiBob’s intuitive and data-driven platform, ‘Bob’, was built for the way people work today: globally, remotely, and collaboratively. Since its launch in late 2015, HiBob has achieved consecutive triple-digit year-over-year revenue growth and become the HR platform of choice for more than 2,500 modern, midsize, and multinational companies who understand that a powerful, agile HR tech suite is mission critical and a key driver of organizational success. Dynamic companies across the globe such as Cazoo, Gong, Hopin, Monzo, Happy Socks, Fiverr, and VaynerMedia rely upon Bob to help HR and managers connect, engage, develop and retain top talent. For more information about HiBob, visit www.hibob.com.

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Nina Moore
Nina@StevieAwards.com
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J.M. Huber Corporation Signs Agreement to Acquire the Biolchim Group From NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital and Management Team

ATLANTA, Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — J.M. Huber Corporation (Huber)—a global, family-owned specialty engineered materials manufacturing company—announced today that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire full control of the Biolchim Group from NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital and the Biolchim Group management team. The Biolchim Group, managed and headed by Galileo Quattro SARL, has its main operating base in Italy and is a leading producer and distributor of a full range of specialty plant nutrition and biostimulants. Closing of the sale, anticipated to occur by the end of 2022, is subject to customary closing conditions including the foreign direct investment approval in Italy.

All the companies in the Biolchim Group—including Biolchim S.p.A, Cifo, Ilsa S.p.A, Matécsa Kft, and West Coast Marine-Bio Processing Corp.—are within the scope of the purchase. The Biolchim Group operates eight production plants globally and its products—biostimulants, trace elements, and water soluble, liquid and foliar fertilizers—are present in over 70 countries worldwide. The Biolchim Group has a rich 50-year history of serving the agricultural industry.

Upon close of the sale, the Biolchim Group will become part of Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a company within the Huber portfolio of businesses. The Biolchim Group will be a key part of the strategic foundation of the Huber AgroSolutions (HAS) business unit of HEM that currently includes Miller Chemical & Fertilizer (Miller).

Leonardo Valenti, CEO of the Biolchim Group since 2008 and a pioneer in the plant nutrition industry, will remain committed to lead the Biolchim Group through the next phase of growth and the integration, leveraging the synergy potential of the strategic combination of both entities.

Huber AgroSolutions’ vision is to become a leading formulator of sustainable, high-performing agricultural products globally. The acquisition of the Biolchim Group, which has achieved impressive growth due to its broad offering of biostimulant and specialty nutritional products, significantly advances this vision by bringing an innovative and entrepreneurial workforce and culture to HAS. Together the companies share a culture that is deeply committed to plant nutrition and the success of its many customers around the globe.

The complementary sales footprint of both companies will enable expanded customer and product access into key agricultural regions globally. In addition to remaining committed to serve the Biolchim Group’s existing customer base, this also ideally positions HAS to advance the sales of the Biolchim Group’s products through its strong relationships with US-based growers and its complementary distribution network in Latin America and select countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Biolchim Group’s sales channels are ideally suited to advance the sales of various Miller products via its strength in Europe and its global subsidiary network.

“I am excited and energized about this opportunity to combine two successful businesses, Miller and the Biolchim Group,” says David Riley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Huber AgroSolutions. “I am also thankful to Mr. Valenti for his leadership and support as we transition the Biolchim Group and Miller to the next phase of growth.”

Leonardo Valenti, CEO of the Biolchim Group, says, “The strategic combination of the Biolchim Group and Huber AgroSolutions will be transformative since the companies have complementary commercial and product offerings, as well as industry-leading technologies and research capacities. We are both eager to collaborate, share knowledge and build on each other’s capabilities. The agreement will open up new growth ambitions and will position us as a leading player in specialty nutrition globally. I am excited about the promising future for the company, and I am grateful to NB Renaissance and Chequers Capital for the continuous support received over the past several years through the implementation of the Biolchim Group’s value creation plan and the key strategic decisions.”

“Miller and the Biolchim Group create a powerful combination of brands, people and specialty products that will bring tremendous value to our respective customers globally,” says Dan Krawczyk, President of HEM. “We’re extremely excited to welcome the Biolchim Group’s employees to Huber given the similarities in our cultures, values and goals. Together we will work to shape the future of the organization and build a leading global business in the agriculture industry.”

Gretchen McClain, President and CEO of J.M. Huber Corporation, adds, “This combination furthers our commitment to provide innovative products and solutions to the global agriculture industry. Enabling food security for people around the world supports Huber’s overall sustainability commitment and strategy.”

Huber is being advised on the purchase by Rabobank and Jefferies, and Jones Day is acting as legal counsel to Huber on the transaction.

About J.M. Huber Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US), operates a diverse portfolio of companies: CP Kelco, Huber Engineered Materials, Huber Engineered Woods and Huber Resources Corp. With locations around the world, our businesses create products used in a broad range of applications including personal care, food and beverage, agricultural nutrients and adjuvants, building materials, flame retardants and smoke suppressants, as well as sustainable forestry services. Founded in 1883, Huber is one of the largest family-owned companies based in the US. For more information, visit www.huber.com.

About Huber Engineered Materials
Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US) is focused on engineered specialty chemical and minerals that enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial, agricultural and consumer applications. HEM’s AgroSolutions strategic business unit also has a portfolio of high value agricultural nutrients and adjuvants that it delivers to customers in the agriculture industry through a global network of distributors. For more information, visit www.hubermaterials.com.

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Director, Corporate Communications
J.M. Huber Corporation
678.247.7128 phone
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J.M. Huber Corporation ลงนามในข้อตกลงเพื่อเข้าซื้อกลุ่ม Biolchim จาก NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital และทีมผู้บริหาร

แอตแลนตา, Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — J.M. Huber Corporation (Huber) ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทผลิตวัสดุทางวิศวกรรมเฉพาะทางระดับโลกที่ดำเนินกิจการโดยครอบครัวได้ประกาศในวันนี้ว่า บริษัทได้ลงนามในข้อตกลงที่มีผลผูกพันเพื่อเข้าควบคุมกลุ่ม Biolchim อย่างเต็มรูปแบบจาก NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital และทีมผู้บริหารของ Biolchim Group กลุ่ม Biolchim Group ได้รับการจัดการและนำโดย Galileo Quattro SARL มีฐานปฏิบัติการหลักในอิตาลี อีกทั้งยังเป็นผู้ผลิตชั้นนำและจัดจำหน่ายสารอาหารพืชชนิดพิเศษและสารกระตุ้นชีวภาพแบบครบวงจร การปิดการขายคาดว่าจะเกิดขึ้นภายในสิ้นปี 2022 ซึ่งจะอยู่ภายใต้เงื่อนไขการปิดการขายตามธรรมเนียมรวมถึงการอนุมัติการลงทุนโดยตรงจากต่างประเทศในอิตาลี

บริษัททั้งหมดในกลุ่ม Biolchim ซึ่งรวมถึง Biolchim S.p.A, Cifo, Ilsa S.p.A, Matécsa Kft และ West Coast Marine-Bio Processing Corp. จะอยู่ในขอบเขตของการซื้อนี้ กลุ่ม Biolchim มีโรงงานผลิตแปดแห่งทั่วโลก และผลิตภัณฑ์ของบริษัท ได้แก่ สารกระตุ้นชีวภาพ จุลธาตุ ปุ๋ยเคมีเหลวและปุ๋ยทางใบที่ละลายน้ำได้นั้นมีให้บริการอยู่กว่า 70 ประเทศทั่วโลก กลุ่ม Biolchim มีประวัติอันยาวนานถึง 50 ปีในการให้บริการในแวดวงอุตสาหกรรมการเกษตร

เมื่อปิดการขายแล้ว กลุ่ม Biolchim จะกลายเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของ Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทที่อยู่ในกลุ่มธุรกิจของ Huber กลุ่ม Biolchim จะเป็นส่วนสำคัญของรากฐานเชิงกลยุทธ์ของหน่วยธุรกิจ Huber AgroSolutions (HAS) ของ HEM ซึ่งปัจจุบันได้รวม Miller Chemical & Fertilizer (Miller) เอาไว้ด้วย

Leonardo Valenti ผู้เป็นซีอีโอของ Biolchim Group ตั้งแต่ปี 2008 และเป็นผู้บุกเบิกในอุตสาหกรรมสารอาหารพืช จะยังคงรับหน้าที่เป็นผู้นำกลุ่ม Biolchim ตลอดระยะของการเติบโตและการรวมกลุ่มต่อไป โดยจะใช้ประโยชน์จากศักยภาพการทำงานร่วมกันของการผสมผสานเชิงกลยุทธ์ของทั้งสองหน่วยงาน

วิสัยทัศน์ของ Huber AgroSolutions คือการเป็นผู้นำด้านผลิตภัณฑ์ทางการเกษตรที่ยั่งยืนและมีประสิทธิภาพสูงทั่วโลก การเข้าซื้อกิจการของกลุ่ม Biolchim ซึ่งประสบความสำเร็จในการเติบโตอย่างน่าประทับใจเนื่องจากการเสนอผลิตภัณฑ์สารกระตุ้นชีวภาพและผลิตภัณฑ์สารอาหารพิเศษที่หลากหลายนั้นได้ทำให้วิสัยทัศน์นี้ก้าวหน้าอย่างมากด้วยการนำแรงงานและวัฒนธรรมที่เป็นนวัตกรรมและมีความเป็นผู้ประกอบการมาสู่ HAS บริษัทต่าง ๆ ร่วมกันแบ่งปันวัฒนธรรมที่มุ่งมั่นอย่างลึกซึ้งในด้านสารอาหารพืชและความสำเร็จของลูกค้าจำนวนมากทั่วโลก

ยอดขายที่เพิ่มขึ้นของทั้งสองบริษัทจะช่วยให้ลูกค้าและตัวผลิตภัณฑ์สามารถเข้าถึงพื้นที่การเกษตรที่สำคัญทั่วโลกได้มากขึ้น นอกเหนือจากความมุ่งมั่นในการให้บริการฐานลูกค้าที่มีอยู่ของกลุ่ม Biolchim แล้ว ทางกลุ่มก็ยังได้วางตำแหน่ง HAS ให้ก้าวหน้าในการขายผลิตภัณฑ์ของกลุ่ม Biolchim ผ่านความสัมพันธ์ที่แน่นแฟ้นกับผู้ปลูกในสหรัฐฯ และเครือข่ายการจัดจำหน่ายเสริมในละตินอเมริกาและบางประเทศในยุโรป อีกทั้งในตะวันออกกลางและแอฟริกาอีกด้วย ช่องทางการขายของกลุ่ม Biolchim นั้นเหมาะสมอย่างยิ่งที่จะเพิ่มยอดขายผลิตภัณฑ์ต่าง ๆ ของ Miller ผ่านจุดแข็งในยุโรปและเครือข่ายสาขาทั่วโลก

David Riley รองประธานอาวุโสและผู้จัดการทั่วไปของ Huber AgroSolutions กล่าวว่า “ผมรู้สึกตื่นเต้นและมุ่งมั่นเกี่ยวกับโอกาสในการรวมธุรกิจสองธุรกิจได้แก่ Miller และ Biolchim Group เข้าด้วยกัน ซึ่งทั้งสองต่างก็เป็นธุรกิจที่ประสบความสำเร็จ” “ผมยังรู้สึกขอบคุณคุณ Valenti ด้วยในเรื่องความเป็นผู้นำและการสนับสนุนของเขาในช่วงเวลาที่เรากำลังเปลี่ยนกลุ่มบริษัท Biolchim และ Miller เพื่อไปสู่การเติบโตในระยะต่อไป”

Leonardo Valenti ซีอีโอของกลุ่ม Biolchim กล่าวว่า “การผสมผสานเชิงกลยุทธ์ของกลุ่ม Biolchim และ Huber AgroSolutions นั้นจะทำให้เกิดการเปลี่ยนแปลง เนื่องจากบริษัทต่างก็มีข้อเสนอเชิงพาณิชย์และผลิตภัณฑ์เสริมกัน อีกทั้งยังมีเทคโนโลยีชั้นนำของอุตสาหกรรมและความสามารถในการวิจัยอีกด้วย เราทั้งคู่ต่างก็กระตือรือร้นที่จะทำงานร่วมกัน แบ่งปันความรู้ และสร้างขีดความสามารถของกันและกัน ข้อตกลงดังกล่าวจะเปิดประตูสู่ความทะเยอทะยานในการเติบโตใหม่และจะทำให้เราเป็นผู้นำด้านสารอาหารพิเศษทั่วโลก ผมรู้สึกตื่นเต้นกับอนาคตที่สดใสของบริษัท และรู้สึกขอบคุณ NB Renaissance และ Chequers Capital สำหรับการสนับสนุนอย่างต่อเนื่องที่ทางเราได้รับในช่วงหลายปีที่ผ่านมาผ่านการดำเนินการตามแผนการสร้างมูลค่าของกลุ่ม Biolchim และการตัดสินใจเชิงกลยุทธ์ที่สำคัญ”

Dan Krawczyk ประธาน HEM กล่าวว่า “Miller และกลุ่ม Biolchim สร้างการผสมผสานที่ทรงพลังของแบรนด์ ผู้คน และผลิตภัณฑ์พิเศษที่จะนำคุณค่ามหาศาลมาสู่ลูกค้าของเราทั่วโลก” “เรารู้สึกตื่นเต้นเป็นอย่างยิ่งที่ได้ต้อนรับพนักงานของกลุ่ม Biolchim มายัง Huber เนื่องจากเราเองต่างก็มีความคล้ายคลึงกันทั้งในด้านของวัฒนธรรม ค่านิยม และเป้าหมาย เราจะทำงานร่วมกันเพื่อกำหนดอนาคตขององค์กรและสร้างธุรกิจชั้นนำระดับโลกในอุตสาหกรรมการเกษตร”

Gretchen McClain ประธานและซีอีโอของ J.M. Huber Corporation กล่าวเสริมว่า “การรวมกันนี้ช่วยส่งเสริมความมุ่งมั่นของเราในการจัดหาผลิตภัณฑ์และโซลูชันที่เป็นนวัตกรรมแก่อุตสาหกรรมการเกษตรทั่วโลก การทำให้เกิดความมั่นคงทางด้านอาหารสำหรับผู้คนทั่วโลกนั้นจะช่วยสนับสนุนความมุ่งมั่นและกลยุทธ์ด้านความยั่งยืนโดยรวมของ Huber”

Huber ได้รับคำแนะนำเกี่ยวกับการซื้อโดย Rabobank และ Jefferies ส่วนทางด้าน Jones Day นั้นทำหน้าที่เป็นที่ปรึกษากฎหมายให้กับ Huber ในการทำธุรกรรม

เกี่ยวกับ J.M. Huber Corporation

J.M. Huber Corporation ซึ่งมีสำนักงานใหญ่ในแอตแลนตา รัฐจอร์เจีย (สหรัฐอเมริกา) ดำเนินธุรกิจหลากหลายบริษัทได้แก่: CP Kelco, Huber Engineered Materials, Huber Engineered Woods และ Huber Resources Corp. โดยมีที่ตั้งอยู่ทั่วโลก ธุรกิจของเราสร้างผลิตภัณฑ์ที่นำไปใช้ในการใช้งานที่หลากหลาย ซึ่งได้แก่ในด้านการดูแลส่วนบุคคล อาหารและเครื่องดื่ม สารอาหารทางการเกษตรและสารเสริม วัสดุก่อสร้าง สารหน่วงไฟและเครื่องระงับควัน ตลอดจนบริการด้านป่าไม้อย่างยั่งยืน Huber ก่อตั้งในปี 1883 เป็นหนึ่งในบริษัทที่ดำเนินกิจการโดยครอบครัวที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในสหรัฐอเมริกา สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม โปรดไปที่ www.huber.com

เกี่ยวกับ Huber Engineered Materials

Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) ซึ่งมีสำนักงานใหญ่ในเมืองแอตแลนตา รัฐจอร์เจีย (สหรัฐอเมริกา) มุ่งเน้นด้านเคมีภัณฑ์และแร่ธาตุพิเศษทางวิศวกรรมที่ช่วยเพิ่มประสิทธิภาพ ความน่าดึงดูด และการดำเนินการของผลิตภัณฑ์หลากหลายประเภทที่ใช้ในอุตสาหกรรม การเกษตร และการใช้งานสำหรับผู้บริโภค หน่วยธุรกิจเชิงกลยุทธ์ของ AgroSolutions ของ HEM ยังมีกลุ่มผลิตภัณฑ์สารอาหารทางการเกษตรที่มีคุณค่าสูงและสารเสริมที่ส่งมอบให้กับลูกค้าในอุตสาหกรรมการเกษตรผ่านเครือข่ายผู้จัดจำหน่ายทั่วโลกอีกด้วย สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม โปรดไปที่ www.hubermaterials.com

ติดต่อด้านสื่อ: Lea Volpe
ผู้อำนวยการฝ่ายสื่อสารองค์กร
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‘Grease’ Star Olivia Newton-John Dies Aged 73

Singer Olivia Newton-John, who gained worldwide fame as the high school sweetheart Sandy in the hit movie “Grease,” died Monday after a 30-year battle with cancer. She was 73.
Newton-John “passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” said a statement from her husband John Easterling posted on her official social media accounts.
The entertainer, whose career spanned more than five decades, devoted much of her time and celebrity to charities after first being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.
The British-born and Australian-raised star dedicated a number of albums and concerts to raise funds for research and early detection of the disease, including the construction of a health center named after her in her adopted home of Melbourne.
“I don’t like to say ‘battled,'” a defiant Newton-John told Australia’s Channel Seven TV in September 2018, after revealing she had been diagnosed with cancer for a third time.
“I like to say ‘win over,’ because ‘battled’ sets up this anger and inflammation that you don’t want.”
‘You’re the one that I want’
Newton-John is best-known for starring in the 1978 musical “Grease” alongside John Travolta, as the-girl-next-door Sandy, who trades her ankle-length skirt and prim and proper hair for skin-tight black pants and a perm.
The high school sweetheart-turned-bad girl resonated with audiences worldwide and continues to capture hearts decades after the movie was released.
“Making it was fun, but you never know with movies if audiences are going to go with it or not, even if you love it,” she said in a Forbes interview in 2018.
“It is incredible that it is still going but it’s not even just that, it’s showing no signs of stopping. You say ‘Sandy and Danny’ and people instantly know what you’re talking about.”
“Grease” remained the highest-grossing musical for three decades, with Newton-John and Travolta maintaining a close relationship long after the film was made.
“She was my favorite thing about doing ‘Grease,'” Travolta said in an interview to mark the film’s 40 anniversary in 2018.
There was no one else “in the universe” who could play Sandy, he said of Newton-John, who turned 29 during the making of Grease and later revealed she had to be convinced by Travolta to take up the role after self-doubts that she was too old to play a teenager.
“If you were a young man in the 70s … if you remember that album cover with Olivia with that blue shirt on, with those big blue eyes staring at you,” Travolta recalled.
“Every boy’s, every man’s dream was: ‘oh, I would love for that girl to be my girlfriend.'”
Her career would span from singer and actor to author and philanthropist in the coming decades, with her passion for cancer research at the forefront, championing natural therapies, including medicinal cannabis in the treatment of cancer.
She performed into her late 60s, until her latest diagnosis, including a two-year residency in Vegas, a 2015 tour with Australian music legend John Farnham and even recording a Club Dance track at 67 with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi.
“I have done everything, and the icing on the cake as well,” she said, reflecting on her career.
“So I feel grateful for anything that happens now.”

Source: Voice Of America

UK Museum Agrees to Return Looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

A London museum agreed Sunday to return a collection of Benin Bronzes looted in the late 19th century from what is now Nigeria as cultural institutions throughout Britain come under pressure to repatriate artifacts acquired during the colonial era.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens in southeast London said that it would transfer a collection of 72 items to the Nigerian government. The decision comes after Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments formally asked for the artifacts to be returned earlier this year and following a consultation with community members, artists and schoolchildren in Nigeria and the U.K., the museum said.
“The evidence is very clear that these objects were acquired through force, and external consultation supported our view that it is both moral and appropriate to return their ownership to Nigeria,” Eve Salomon, chair of the museum’s board of trustees, said in a statement. “The Horniman is pleased to be able to take this step, and we look forward to working with the NCMM to secure longer term care for these precious artifacts.”
The Horniman’s collection is a small part of the 3,000 to 5,000 artifacts taken from the Kingdom of Benin in 1897 when British soldiers attacked and occupied Benin City as Britain expanded its political and commercial influence in West Africa. The British Museum alone holds more than 900 objects from Benin, and National Museums Scotland has another 74. Others were distributed to museums around the world.
The artifacts include plaques, animal and human figures, and items of royal regalia made from brass and bronze by artists working for the royal court of Benin. The general term Benin Bronzes is sometimes applied to items made from ivory, coral, wood and other materials as well as the metal sculptures.
Increasing demand for returns
Countries including Nigeria, Egypt and Greece, as well indigenous peoples from North America to Australia, are increasingly demanding the return of artifacts and human remains amid a global reassessment of colonialism and the exploitation of local populations.
Nigeria and Germany recently signed a deal for the return of hundreds of Benin Bronzes. That followed French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision last year to sign over 26 pieces known as the Abomey Treasures, priceless artworks of the 19th century Dahomey kingdom in present-day Benin, a small country that sits just west of Nigeria.
But British institutions have been slower to respond.
Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture formally asked the British Museum to return its Benin Bronzes in October of last year.
The museum said Sunday that it is working with a number of partners in Nigeria and it is committed to a “thorough and open investigation” of the history of the Benin artifacts and the looting of Benin City.
“The museum is committed to active engagement with Nigerian institutions concerning the Benin Bronzes, including pursuing and supporting new initiatives developed in collaboration with Nigerian partners and colleagues,” the British Museum says on its website.
BLM inspires museum to ‘reset’
The Horniman Museum also traces its roots to the Age of Empire.
The museum opened in 1890, when tea merchant Frederick Horniman opened his collection of artifacts from around the world for public viewing.
Amid the Black Lives Matter movement, the museum embarked on a “reset agenda,” that sought to “address long-standing issues of racism and discrimination within our history and collections, and a determination to set ourselves on a more sustainable course for the future.”
The museum’s website acknowledges that Frederick Horniman’s involvement in the Chinese tea trade meant he benefitted from low prices due to Britain’s sale of opium in China and the use of poorly compensated and sometimes forced labor.
The Horniman also recognizes that it holds items “obtained through colonial violence.”
These include the Horniman’s collection of Benin Bronzes, comprising 12 brass plaques, as well as a brass cockerel altar piece, ivory and brass ceremonial objects, brass bells and a key to the king’s palace. The bronzes are currently displayed along with information acknowledging their forced removal from Benin City and their contested status.
“We recognize that we are at the beginning of a journey to be more inclusive in our stories and our practices, and there is much more we need to do,” the museum says on its website. “This includes reviewing the future of collections that were taken by force or in unequal transactions.”

Source: Voice Of America