Wood Mackenzie appoints new Chief Financial Officer

Simon Crowe, formerly of ERM, brings sustainability and energy industry experience

Headshot of Simon Crowe

Headshot of Simon Crowe, CFO at Wood Mackenzie.

LONDON and HOUSTON and SINGAPORE, March 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wood Mackenzie, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital, has appointed Simon Crowe to its global executive leadership team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective 27th March.

Simon brings a wealth of experience in private and public companies in the US, Europe and Asia. He joins Wood Mackenzie after nearly five years as CFO of ERM, the world’s largest Sustainability and Environmental Consultancy where he played a key role in their rapid growth, diversification, and successful investment from KKR.

Commenting on Simon’s appointment, Mark Brinin, CEO of Wood Mackenzie said: “Simon is a commercially minded CFO, with a breadth of international experience, having worked with private equity backed ERM and companies listed on New York, London and European stock exchanges. He has strong financial management and strategic leadership skills. Simon’s diverse background in environmental consulting and global energy markets brings deep knowledge of our end markets. His considerable experience will benefit the future success of Wood Mackenzie. We are delighted that he has chosen to join us.”

“He is well qualified to help the team build on its decades of leadership and innovation in the energy industry. It is an exciting time to join Wood Mackenzie as the company is well positioned to expand and enhance the critical insights provided to its growing customer base across the entire energy and renewables value chain,” Brinin added.

Simon Crowe, CFO, commented: “I am really excited about joining the Wood Mackenzie team. The global energy, renewables and commodity markets are in transition to net zero and Wood Mackenzie has a new strategic partner in Veritas Capital. The world will be increasingly reliant on the critical insights, data and knowledge that Wood Mackenzie’s research and consulting teams have developed over the last 50 years. I am looking forward to working with a first-class global team and helping to drive the growth agenda.”

View the full Wood Mackenzie executive leadership team here.
Read the press release announcing Veritas Capital’s acquisition of Wood Mackenzie in February here.

For further information please contact Wood Mackenzie’s media relations team:
Sonia Kerr
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About Wood Mackenzie
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About Veritas Capital 
Veritas is a longstanding technology investor with over $40 billion of assets under management and a focus on companies operating at the intersection of technology and government. The firm invests in companies that provide critical products, software, and services, primarily technology and technology-enabled solutions, to government and commercial customers worldwide. Veritas seeks to create value by strategically transforming the companies in which it invests through organic and inorganic means. Leveraging technology to make a positive impact across vitally important areas, such as healthcare, education, and national security, is core to the firm. Veritas is a proud steward of national assets, improving the quality of healthcare while reducing cost, advancing our educational system, and protecting our nation and allies. For more information, visit www.veritascapital.com.

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Classic Parade announces its incorporation as an LTD company

Classic Parade announces its incorporation as an LTD company

Classic Parade is now an LTD company that has financial backing from Qatari investors.

LONDON, March 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After 20 years under family ownership, Classic Parade, a hypercar hire company in London, will now effective immediately become an LTD company that has financial backing from Qatari investors.

This move comes from a strategic business decision to focus on growth beyond the United Kingdom. Currently, Classic Parade services luxury hypercar hire customers all over the UK, but with the revitalizing investment from its new owners, it aims to become the premium hypercar hire company that services all of Europe. No other luxury supercar for-hire provider serves that large of a geographical location in the area; Classic Parade will be the first.

Its existing portfolio of vehicles is vast, including well-known brands in the luxury vehicle community such as Ferrari, McLaren, Rolls Royce, Porsche, Audi, and more. A hire agreement can be completed in as little as 24 hours, making it possible to get a next-day hypercar hire in the UK. With these same services offered in all of Europe, Classic Parade will expand its fleet to meet the demand of its growing customer base. All of the available vehicles can be found on Classic Parade’s website, but a brief snapshot of the Classic Parade fleet is as follows:

  • Ferrari SF90 Stradale: The Ferrari SF90 Stradale has impressive power with 986 bhp. In a bold red color, this is one of the most sought-after vehicles today.
  • McLaren Speedtail: The sleek body of this vehicle offers aerodynamics and its 1050 bhp is a selling point for many customers.
  • Lamborghini Sian: With a daily rate of £6000, this model sits at the top tier of available Lamborghinis. It features 808 bhp and goes from 0-60 MPH in 2.8 seconds.
  • Porsche 918 Spyder: With a price of £3500 per day, drivers can test out the Porsche 918 Spyder’s ability to get from 0-60 MPH in 2.2 seconds.

Supercar hires have a range of price points, with each agreement requiring a security deposit. When the vehicle is returned to Classic Parade in good condition, the security deposit will be refunded to the customers. Every agreement includes self-drive hire insurance for 2 drivers, though drivers must be at least 25 years of age to drive vehicles hired from Classic Parade.

Expanding with a phased approach, Classic Parade will provide updates when servicing starts for locations around Europe. Once up and running, these locations will be able to access 24-hour service and deliveries any day of the week.

Another service that will be available to customers in all of Europe is the “Try Before You Buy” Program, which connects potential buyers with the vehicles they are interested in before they permanently purchase those vehicles. Prior to investing in an expensive vehicle, Classic Parade’s customers can drive the same luxury vehicle for any length of time. Flexible hire terms and customized pricing packages make this possible.

Those interested in hiring a supercar from Classic Parade in the UK can reach out to rent@classicparade.co.uk or +44 (0) 333 355 3595. There are no hires available in other locations, but as that changes, updates can be found here. The Classic Parade team is available 24 hours, 7 days a week to answer questions or finalize supercar hire details for customers in the UK.

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Acronis Earns 5-Star Rating in 2023 CRN® Partner Program Guide

This exclusive recognition is awarded to successful and committed channel-focused vendors in the IT space

Acronis Partner Program

Acronis Earns 5-Star Rating in 2023 CRN® Partner Program Guide

BURLINGTON, Mass., March 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named the Acronis #CyberFit Partner Program with a prestigious 5-star rating in its 2023 Partner Program Guide.

This annual guide offers essential information to solution providers such as managed service providers (MSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), systems integrators, and strategic service providers as they explore technology manufacturers’ partner programs to find the vendors that will best support their business needs. The 5-star rating is awarded to the companies that go above and beyond in their commitment to nurturing strong, profitable, successful channel partnerships.

“We strive to make the Acronis #CyberFit Partner Program an easy, transparent, and powerful business development tool for our partners,” said Alex Ruslyakov, Channel Chief, Acronis. “As a channel-focused company, we’re proud to be recognized with a 5-star rating by CRN, and will continue to deliver value to our partners and invest in their growth – we want to grow together with our partners!”

For the channel partner community, a critical factor when assessing which IT manufacturers, service providers, and distributors to team within building world-class technology solutions is the breadth and depth of the partner programs those companies offer. Strong elements such as financial incentives, sales and marketing assistance, training and certification, technical support, and more can set a vendor apart and play a key role in boosting partners’ long-term growth.

In the 2023 CRN Partner Program Guide, vendors were evaluated based on program requirements and offerings such as partner training and education, pre- and post-sales support, marketing programs and resources, technical support, and communication.

“In today’s world, the need for innovation is greater than ever,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “Solution providers seek vendors that can keep pace with their developing business and evolving client needs. CRN’s 2023 Partner Program Guide delivers deep insight into the strengths of each program, spotlighting the vendors dedicated to supporting their partner community and pushing positive change throughout the IT channel.”

The 2023 Partner Program Guide will be featured in the April 2023 issue of CRN and online at www.CRN.com/PPG.

To learn about Acronis’ recognition on the CRN Partner Program Guide, check out the latest blog herehttps://www.acronis.com/en-us/blog/posts/crn-partner-program-guide-5-star-award-how-acronis-ensures-the-success-of-its-partners/

About Acronis
Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated, automated cyber protection that solves the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world. With flexible deployment models that fit the demands of service providers and IT professionals, Acronis provides superior cyber protection for data, applications, and systems with innovative next-generation antivirus, backup, disaster recovery, and endpoint protection management solutions powered by AI. With advanced anti-malware powered by cutting-edge machine intelligence and blockchain based data authentication technologies, Acronis protects any environment – from cloud to hybrid to on premises – at a low and predictable cost.

Acronis is a Swiss company, founded in Singapore. Celebrating two decades of innovation, Acronis has more than 2,000 employees in 45 locations. Acronis Cyber Protect solution is available in 26 languages in over 150 countries and is used by 18,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses.

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelcompany.com

Follow The Channel Company: TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook.

© 2023 The Channel Company, LLC. CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Channel Company Contact:
Natalie Lewis
The Channel Company

Acronis Media Contact:
Karl Bateson

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Philips Virtual Care Management offers a comprehensive approach to telehealth for patients, providers and payers

March 27, 2023

New solution demonstrates proven results in improving patient engagement, health outcomes, and lowering cost of care while enabling workflow efficiencies

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced the debut of Philips Virtual Care Management, a comprehensive portfolio of flexible solutions and services to help health systems, providers, payers and employer groups more meaningfully motivate and deeply connect with patients from virtually anywhere. Philips Virtual Care Management can help reduce pressure on hospital staff by decreasing emergency department visits, as well as reducing the cost of care through better management of chronic disease [1][2].

Every year, chronic condition management represents 90% of healthcare expenditures in the USA [3]. Philips Virtual Care Management’s condition-specific protocols now include diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as gestational programs for diabetes and hypertension. These protocols combine with connected devices and engagement tools on a secure, interoperable cloud-based platform to deliver rich data and actionable insights that enable timely intervention and workflow efficiencies. Licensed clinical professionals offer monitoring and personalized health coaching; and Philips’ expert-led professional services round out the all-inclusive offering to help customers plan, customize, implement, activate and sustain each program.

“Virtual care is paving the way to meaningfully reduce the cost of care through fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visits,” said Nick Wilson, General Manager, Ambulatory Virtual Care at Philips. “Care providers and health systems today are often short on time and resources, accelerating the need to find new ways to gain visibility into patients’ health amid an overwhelming variety of options. For patients, the opportunity to understand and take proactive control of their health can potentially lead to improved outcomes.”

Proven results
Philips’ advanced virtual care program goes beyond traditional remote patient management with scalable solutions and services that help to foster strong patient engagement, empower healthier behaviors, expand access to care, improve outcomes, and lower healthcare costs. Recent studies using Philips Virtual Care Management products and services demonstrated impressive results:

  • Patients saw a 38% average reduction in emergency department visits [1][2]
  • Patients experienced an average HbA1c, or blood glucose, reduction of 3.06% [1][4]
  • Results suggest potential savings of USD 3,086 annual claims per patient or member [1][2]
  • Results suggest fewer 30- and 90-day hospitalizations compared to usual care [1][5]

A comprehensive program with a flexible fit
The highly configurable Philips Virtual Care Management solution offers health systems, providers, payers and employer groups the unique ability to customize their program in a way that shapes and scales with their evolving needs. Philips’ legacy of clinical expertise brings a clearly defined, comprehensive approach to an otherwise fragmented virtual care market by working alongside customers to help them centralize and customize their Philips Virtual Care Management program, optimize workflow and improve outcomes.

On Tuesday, March 28 at 12:00 CT, Nick Wilson will showcase Philips Virtual Care Management on the Tech Talks stage at ViVE 2023 in Nashville during a brief session entitled “Unlock the power of human-centered care, virtually anywhere.” To learn more about Philips’ extensive portfolio of ambulatory virtual care solutions, visit Philips booth #1404 at ViVE or philips.com/virtualcaremanagement.

Philips Virtual Care Management is not currently available outside the USA.

[1] Magee MF, Baker KM, Fernandez SJ, et al. Redesigning ambulatory care management for uncontrolled type 2 diabetes: a prospective cohort study of the impact of a Boot Camp model on outcomes. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2019;7(1):e000731. Published 2019 Nov 13. doi:10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-000731.
[2] A Diabetes Care Management Program for uncontrolled type 2 diabetes in a predominantly African American population amortized over the study cohort due to reduced risk of all factors hospitalization after 90 days compared to usual care.
[3] Remote patient monitoring system market size, share and trends analysis report by product (vital sign monitors, specialized monitors), by end use, by application, and segment forecasts, 2022-2030. Grand View Research. Accessed November 16, 2022. https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/remote-patient-monitoring-devices-market.
[4] Following a 90-day diabetes care management program in 366 subjects with type 2 diabetes, average baseline HbA1c: 11.2%.
[5] 30 day incidence risk ratio = Intervention (0.21, 95%CI 0.07 to 0.60; p=0.003) vs control (1.14, 95%CI 0.47 to 2.75; p=0.77); between group (p=0.02). 90 day IIR = intervention (0.23, 95%CI 0.11 to 0.50, p<0.001) vs. control (1.58, 95%CI 0.750 to 3.33; p=0.23); between group (P<0.001).

For further information, please contact:

Meredith Amoroso
Philips Global Press Office
Tel.: +1 724 584 8991
E-mail: meredith.amoroso@philips.com

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and well-being through meaningful innovation. Philips’ patient- and people-centric innovation leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver personal health solutions for consumers and professional health solutions for healthcare providers and their patients in the hospital and the home. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, ultrasound, image-guided therapy, monitoring and enterprise informatics, as well as in personal health. Philips generated 2022 sales of EUR 17.8 billion and employs approximately 77,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.


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Innovative Producer, Filmmaker and Author Mick Ebeling to Join Duck Creek’s Formation ’23 as Keynote Speaker

Ebeling will discuss pushing the bar and making the inconceivable, the unbelievable and the impossible, not impossible

Boston, March 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance, welcomes Mick Ebeling as its Formation ’23 keynote speaker. Formation, Duck Creek’s annual user conference, attracts the world’s leading insurance industry and technology minds and takes place in Orlando, FL, May 8-10, 2023. Ebeling is the founder and CEO of Not Impossible, a critically acclaimed, award-winning social lab and production company that taps into the power of technology and story to change the world.

Formation ’23 will empower the P&C and general insurance community with the insights, technology, and inspiration to build better human experiences. As the industry comes together to collaborate and reimage the future of P&C technology, the conference’s theme, “building together,” is meant to capture the importance of creating meaningful interactions that foster trust, earn loyalty, and create lasting value. The agenda is filled with general and breakout sessions, led by company leaders, customers, partners and analysts, who all share the passion and expertise to bring lasting innovation to the insurance ecosystem.

“Mick Ebeling’s vision, leadership and focus on using technology to change the course of humanity is a perfect fit for Formation. We are thrilled to have him join us as our keynote speaker and to help inspire continued innovation across our industry that will better the world,” said Jeff Winter, Chief Marketing Officer, Duck Creek Technologies.

“I am excited to be joining Duck Creek Technologies in Orlando for Formation,” said Mick Ebeling, keynote speaker at the event. “I know the attendees will be bringing a lot of energy and look forward to how we can leverage the ‘building together’ theme to go out into our world and make an impact. I look forward to seeing you all soon!”


About Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand. Visit www.duckcreek.com to learn more. Follow Duck Creek on our social channels for the latest information – LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Zoom announces the expansion of Zoom IQ, the smart companion that empowers collaboration and unlocks potential

Zoom uses OpenAI technologies to bolster a unique federated approach to AI based on flexibility

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today at Enterprise Connect, Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) announced the expansion of Zoom IQ, a smart companion that empowers collaboration and unlocks people’s potential by summarizing chat threads, organizing ideas, drafting content for chats, emails, and whiteboard sessions, creating meeting agendas, and more. The company also announced it will use OpenAI to bolster its unique federated approach to AI based on flexibility.

Zoom’s federated approach to AI leverages its own proprietary AI models, those from leading AI companies– such as OpenAI –and select customers’ own models. With this flexibility to incorporate multiple types of models, Zoom’s goal is to provide the most value for its customers’ diverse needs. These models can also be customized to perform better for a customer, based on their vocabulary and requirements.

“Zoom has long built AI solutions into our products to empower customers to be more productive,” said Smita Hashim, chief product officer at Zoom. “We are excited to bring many more capabilities with new large language models. Our unique approach to AI will give customers the flexibility they want and help significantly improve collaboration and customer relations.”

In today’s work environment, workers find it increasingly difficult to balance workday priorities between emails, team chats, meetings, and project management tasks. Teams are also looking for ways to better co-create effectively in real-time. To help solve these challenges, Zoom IQ will have a host of new capabilities scheduled to release soon, including:

  • Zoom IQ chat compose: Zoom Team Chat users can soon use the compose feature to help compose messages based on conversational context in addition to changing message tone to customize suggested responses.
  • Zoom IQ email compose: Harnessing the power of Generative AI, users will get email draft suggestions in response to the conversational context from prior Zoom Meetings, Zoom Phone calls, and email threads. Available initially in Zoom IQ for Sales.
  • Zoom IQ meeting summary: Generate a summary, capture next steps, and share via Team Chat, Zoom Calendar, and email without recording the conversation, so those who didn’t attend will no longer have to sit through lengthy recordings.

Additionally at Enterprise Connect, Zoom is showcasing the following innovations to make teamwork more meaningful and strengthen customer relationships:

  • Zoom Huddles (formerly Zoom Spots) is a new video-enabled virtual coworking space designed to foster ad-hoc discussions and relationship building, to replicate the “working alongside” aspect of an open office and encourage free-form video-first conversations. Zoom Huddles is now available globally for customers to request early access by visiting the product page.
  • Intelligent Director uses multiple cameras in a Zoom Room to determine the best angle of the individuals in the room to display within the meeting. With high-quality, reliable video and voice, Intelligent Director also provides a best-in-class experience for remote participants. Available in beta soon.
  • Zoom Scheduler makes it easy to find the perfect time for meetings by sharing the host’s availability so others (even external participants) can conveniently book appointments. Zoom Scheduler reduces the back-and-forth hassle of manual scheduling by placing a meeting on the host’s calendar with a Zoom Meetings link already included, saving both participants time. Zoom Scheduler works seamlessly with Zoom Meetings and Zoom Mail and Calendar, and integrates with Google Calendar and Microsoft 365, so hosts can use their preferred calendar.

Additional Resources:

About Zoom
Zoom is an all-in-one intelligent collaboration platform that makes connecting easier, more immersive, and more dynamic for businesses and individuals. Zoom technology puts people at the center, enabling meaningful connections, facilitating modern collaboration, and driving human innovation through solutions like team chat, phone, meetings, omnichannel cloud contact center, smart recordings, whiteboard, and more, in one offering. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Get more info at zoom.com.

Zoom Public Relations
Beth McLaughlin

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