Carolyn Merchant Named Chief Marketing Officer of eXp Realty

Merchant to lead agent-centric marketing and brand evolution at eXp Realty to enable agent and company growth

Carolyn Merchant

Carolyn Merchant Named Chief Marketing Officer at eXp Realty

BELLINGHAM, Wash., April 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eXp Realty®, “the most agent-centric real estate brokerage on the planet™” and the core subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI), today announced it has named Carolyn Merchant as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Merchant will lead the next evolution of brand and marketing efforts for the company, with a core focus on agent enablement and growth.

“The growth opportunity ahead of us is massive and core to that is our continued mission to be the most agent-centric brokerage by constantly innovating our agent value proposition,” said Glenn Sanford, CEO of eXp Realty. “Carolyn brings extensive expertise and since joining eXp Realty, she has elevated our marketing and communications functions. I’m confident that she will continue to build out many new deliverables across the realty ecosystem, from our internal business units to the agent in the field sitting down to take their first listing.”

With a marketing career spanning nearly two decades, Merchant has established herself as a leader with a proven track record of driving business growth through marketing, brand and communications. In her role as VP, Brand & Communications at eXp Realty, Merchant has professionalized the brand and marketing communications functions, driving brand awareness and consistency to deliver agent-centric strategies and experiences. Merchant has also produced real-time value through her leadership in supporting eXp’s biggest events – EXPCON and Shareholder Summit. Her agent-first approach has helped eXp deliver record-breaking attendance and invaluable information to help agents build and grow their businesses.

Prior to joining eXp, Merchant led global brand and communications at Colliers across 86 countries. Earlier in her career, Merchant worked at Aimia, a marketing and loyalty analytics firm, as well as communications marketing agencies including Edelman where she delivered award-winning client campaigns.

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Date: Thursday, April 6, 2023

Time: 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET

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About eXp World Holdings, Inc.

eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI) is the holding company for eXp Realty®, Virbela and SUCCESS® Enterprises.

eXp Realty is the largest independent real estate company in the world with more than 87,000 agents in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, India, Mexico, Portugal, France, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Italy, Hong Kong, Colombia, Spain, Israel, Panama, Germany, Dominican Republic, Greece, New Zealand, Chile, Poland and Dubai and continues to scale internationally. As a publicly traded company, eXp World Holdings provides real estate professionals the unique opportunity to earn equity awards for production goals and contributions to overall company growth. eXp World Holdings and its businesses offer a full suite of brokerage and real estate tech solutions, including its innovative residential and commercial brokerage model, professional services, collaborative tools and personal development. The cloud-based brokerage is powered by Virbela, an immersive 3D platform that is deeply social and collaborative, enabling agents to be more connected and productive. SUCCESS® Enterprises, anchored by SUCCESS® magazine and its related media properties, was established in 1897 and is a leading personal and professional development brand and publication.

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Gorilla Technology Group Secures Significant Smart Government Cybersecurity Project

Large scale project in MENA region focused on Security Convergence solutions

LONDON, April 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gorilla Technology Group Inc. (“Gorilla”) (NASDAQ: GRRR), a global provider of AI-based edge video analytics, IoT technologies, and cybersecurity, today announced that it has won a significant Smart Government project in the MENA region.

“I’m humbled and overjoyed by this win, which represents one of the most substantial projects in Gorilla’s history,” said CEO Jay Chandan. “Our team’s unwavering determination and hard work have led us to this milestone and I’m immensely proud of their achievements. This significant entry into the MENA region brings us closer to our mission of expanding our global footprint and driving innovation that empowers people and organizations around the world.

“At Gorilla we have remained dedicated to creating technological solutions for both public and private sectors for over two decades now. Being awarded the initial project in the MENA back in November was an important win, but now that we’ve secured this additional opportunity in the region, I believe we have established Gorilla as a key player in the market. Governments in the region are investing heavily to transition from legacy systems to disruptive and newer technologies and are experiencing a significant leapfrog event in their digital transformation journey and we are well positioned to help build it.

“We’ve secured the first phase of the project, which is expected to be over $100 million in value, and expect the second phase, which will begin later this year, to be higher in value. This deal is the largest in Gorilla’s history and is a testament to the trust and confidence in our products and solutions.”

“The win demonstrates Gorilla’s abilities as an end-to-end solutions provider and global operator. Our deliverables include building out the infrastructure layer, customizing our software solutions, integrating the entire system and ultimately managing the system through its lifecycle. The bottom line is it cements Gorilla as a platform-as-a-service solution provider,” added Chandan.

About Gorilla Technology Group Inc.
Gorilla, headquartered in London U.K., is a global solution provider in security intelligence, network intelligence, business intelligence and IoT technology. Gorilla develops a wide range of solutions including Smart Cities, Smart Retail, Enterprise Security, and Smart Media. In addition, Gorilla provides a complete Security Convergence Platform to government institutions, telecom companies and private enterprises with network surveillance and cyber security.

Gorilla places an emphasis on offering leading technology, expert service, and precise delivery, and ensuring top-of-the-line, intelligent and strong edge AI solutions that enable clients to improve operational performance and efficiency. With continuous core technology development, Gorilla will deliver edge AI solutions to managed service providers, distributors, system integrators, and hardware manufacturers. For more information, please visit our website:

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Eurora partners with Joom Logistics to streamline cross-border trade with Europe

SINGAPORE, April 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eurora Solutions (Eurora), the leading AI/ML (artificial intelligence/machine learning) backed cross-border trade compliance platform, has partnered with Joom Logistics (Joom), a third-party logistics (3PL) provider for companies looking to trade with Europe from Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Mainland China, Turkey, and other regions. This collaboration enables Joom to leverage Eurora’s advanced technology to simplify customs clearance and enhance cross-border trade efficiency.

Joom works with various clients, including merchants selling on cross-border marketplaces and e-commerce websites built on platforms like Shopify or Shoplazza and delivers more than 5 million parcels per month.

Dmitry Chernyshov, CEO of Joom Logistics, stated: “One of the key issues in cross-border delivery is customs clearance. For our clients from Japan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, South Korea, and other regions, we strive to make this process smooth and easy, as if they were shipping parcels domestically. Our cooperation with Eurora helps us find HS* codes faster, lower our operational costs, and increase our overall logistics performance.”

Allocating the correct HS codes for cross-border shipments can be challenging, especially for companies selling a large variety of products. Incorrect allocation can result in incorrect duties and taxes as well as potential fines and delays from authorities. This acts as a barrier for several merchants expanding their business internationally. Eurora’s partnership with Joom will help address this challenge by leveraging AI and ML to automate the HS code allocation, ensuring accurate and efficient cross-border trade compliance.

Marko Lastik, the founder of Eurora, added: “We’re proud to partner with Joom Logistics and provide their clients with a streamlined solution for customs and import regulations. This collaboration is part of our ongoing efforts to expand our reach and bring our technology to more e-commerce merchants across the globe.

Joom and Eurora are holding an online webinar (25th of April at 15:00 Singapore time) titled “Understanding HS Codes: why they are essential for e-commerce success?”. The webinar features speakers Yulia Borodavkina, Business Development Manager at Joom Logistics, and Laura Breede, HS Code allocation expert at Eurora.

Eurora’s proprietary AI/ML platform boasts a processing capacity of up to 5,000 requests per second with 98% accuracy, making it the most efficient and accurate solution in the market. Developed by leading scientists since 2019, when Eurora’s platform received a research grant from the European Archimedes Fund, over 250 clients use Eurora’s platform to handle millions of parcels daily. With over 220 employees across 18 countries, Eurora is dedicated to providing its clients with seamless cross-border trade compliance.

Eurora’s partnership with Joom follows recent collaboration announcements with SkyNet, one of the world’s biggest independently owned courier companies, a leading global parcel delivery network DPDgroup, and one of the world’s largest mobile e-commerce marketplaces, Wish.

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Eurora Solutions Eurora uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to automatically manage cross-border VAT, duty amounts, and declarations. More than 250 clients already use the company’s platform to send millions of parcels daily. Eurora closed a $40 million Series A round in April 2022.

Joom Logistics is a business that provides logistics, technology and infrastructure services for cross-border eCommerce for merchants from Hong Kong, Mainland China, South Korea, Japan and Europe.

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Constellation Brands Reports Fiscal Year and Fourth Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Fiscal Year 2024 Outlook

VICTOR, N.Y., April 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ), a leading beverage alcohol company, reported today its fiscal year and fourth quarter 2023 financial results and fiscal year 2024 outlook. A conference call to discuss the financial results and outlook will be hosted by President and Chief Executive Officer, Bill Newlands, and Chief Financial Officer, Garth Hankinson, on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Visit to locate information for joining the conference call, or a live, listen-only webcast of the conference call.

Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine, and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, and Italy. Our mission is to build brands that people love because we believe elevating human connections is Worth Reaching For. It’s worth our dedication, hard work, and calculated risks to anticipate market trends and deliver more for our consumers, shareholders, employees, and industry. This dedication is what has driven us to become one of the fastest-growing, large CPG companies in the U.S. at retail, and it drives our pursuit to deliver what’s next.

Every day, people reach for our high-end, iconic imported beer brands such as those in the Corona brand family like the flagship Corona Extra, Modelo Especial and the flavorful lineup of Modelo Cheladas, Pacifico, and Victoria; our fine wine and craft spirits brands including The Prisoner Wine Company, Robert Mondavi Winery, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey; and our premium wine brands such as Kim Crawford and Meiomi.

As an agriculture-based company, we have a long history of operating sustainably and responsibly. Our ESG strategy is embedded into our business and our work focuses on serving as good stewards of the environment, enhancing social equity within our industry and communities, and promoting responsible beverage alcohol consumption. These commitments ground our aspirations beyond driving the bottom line as we work to create a future that is truly Worth Reaching For.

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Learn as an enquirer, act as a leader with Luiss, one of the world’s top-ranked universities, in Rome

Ornella Barra (Chief Operating Officer – International di Walgreens Boots Alliance) e Andrea Prencipe (Rettore Luiss) (2)

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Luiss Guido Carli celebrated in the Aula Magna of the Campus, the inauguration of the 2022-2023 Academic Year. In the presence of its Top Management, it conferred the Doctorate Honoris Causa in Management on Ornella Barra, Chief Operating Officer – International of Walgreens Boots Alliance. It was a seminal year for the University, under the many goals achieved and the international awards obtained, which consolidate its value in teaching, research, sustainability and employment.

During the Ceremony, Ornella Barra gave a Lectio Magistralis entitled “Doing business: the importance of values”. “Be happy with the goals achieved but keep looking around, seize the opportunities that present themselves to you and don’t wait for them to knock on your door, go and look for them! Find new challenges every day to grow and improve, and consider each goal as a starting point for new growth. Look at the world with a positive and creative approach, without being limited by the barriers of the ordinary and the consolidated, work with passion, nurture your curiosity and always be courageous in whatever profession you are going to undertake; be protagonists of your future!”, said Ornella Barra.

“Ornella Barra is an example of a courageous entrepreneur open to international challenges. Such an entrepreneurial and international mindset must increasingly characterize the leaders of the future: at Luiss, male and female students experiment with innovative learning models that enable them to build their toolbox to investigate, interpret and act on the real world, and above all to reinvent or invent professions. A toolbox that has paradoxical characteristics: it must be rich, but at the same time half-empty; protected but open; efficient but also ready to accept new challenges”, said the Rector Andrea Prencipe.

Luiss University’s Rector Andrea Prencipe

Luiss University’s Rector Andrea Prencipe

The General Manager Giovanni Lo Storto commented: “Our daily life, in times that require increasing speeds of adaptation and flexibility, calls for open and inclusive leaders who know how to deal with the complexity of today’s reality. At Luiss we encourage students to question themselves, learning that in life there are no predefined formulas that are valid in every context. Volunteering activities, ESG laboratories, soft skills and sports, these are the transversal experiences of life large learning that enrich the curriculum and profile of our students to prepare them for a constantly evolving job market”.

Luiss Guido Carli recorded a new record in admission applications this year with an 18% increase for Bachelor’s, Single-cycle and Master’s degree courses compared to the previous year. The University continues its growth in teaching and research, increasingly consolidating itself as a reference point for a cosmopolitan community connected to the working world. The employment rate of graduates one year after graduation is confirmed at 94%, with peaks of 97% for the Department of Economics and Finance. Furthermore, the international trajectory is strengthened with a student population comprising 88 nationalities and with a network of 315 partner universities in 64 countries and 58 double degree programs and structured partnerships, involving approximately 2,300 students in outgoing and incoming mobility programs this year from nearly 10,000 subscribers.

“The constant rise of Luiss in national and international rankings testifies to the growth that the University has achieved by consolidating its role at a global level. Our University is at the forefront of creating, through higher education, strategic knowledge networks in the Europe-Mediterranean-Africa axis, thus contributing to strengthening the future ruling class of these countries. It is essential to continue investing in training, to reactivate the social lift, reduce gaps and guarantee the same opportunities to all “, said President Vincenzo Boccia.
During the Ceremony, Ornella Barra was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Management for her extraordinary managerial talent, combining competence, entrepreneurship, international vision, innovative leadership and corporate social responsibility.


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From Mine to Rostrum: Sotheby’s to Auction One of the Greatest Gem Discoveries of the Century

Estrela de Fura
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Estrela de Fura – Gem




Already in its rough state, the Estrela de Fura showed its extraordinary quality traits with a potential to become a one-of-a-kind gemstone.
The cutter was able to realize this potential and created a faceted ruby with an astounding 55.22 ct weight, displaying a saturated and homogeneous red color, combined with a degree of clarity unseen in any other unheated ruby of comparable size.
To see a natural ruby of this size, with such a combination of quality characteristics spared from treatment was considered almost unimaginable.
The natural ruby of 55.22 ct is setting a new record not only for Mozambican rubies, but also for rubies in general.”
The Gübelin Gem Lab

NEW YORK, April 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — When FURA Gems announced its historic uncovering of the world’s largest gem-quality ruby ever discovered in September 2022, the news dominated headlines the world over, prompting tremendous excitement and taking the gemstone market by storm. Unearthed from FURA’s ruby mine in Montepuez, Mozambique in July of 2022, the gemstone – weighing an astonishing 101 carats – was subsequently named Estrela de FURA (Star of FURA in Portuguese), in a nod to its outstanding depth of color and size, and to shine a spotlight on Mozambique as a rich source of premium quality rubies. Even in its rough, untouched state, Estrela de FURA was considered by experts as an exceptional treasure of nature for its fluorescence, outstanding clarity and vivid red hue, known as ‘pigeon’s blood’ – a color traditionally associated only with Burmese rubies.

Estrela de Fura _ Raw gem
Estrela de Fura _ Raw gem

Estrela de Fura _ Raw gem

Now seven months after its initial debut, as the hammer fell on the final lot of The Exceptional Luxury Evening Auction in Hong Kong, speculation on the ruby’s whereabouts were finally put to rest when Sotheby’s auctioneer, Uni Kim, officially unveiled Estrela de FURA 55.22 to the world. Weighing a sizable 55.22 carats, this exceptionally important and rare Mozambique gem is the largest gem-quality ruby to ever appear at auction. Its combination of rich saturation of color, untouched by heat treatment, highly crystalline appearance and incomparable size that – with an estimate in excess of $30 million – places Estrela de FURA 55.22 as the most valuable and important ruby ever to come to market.

Following an initial series of studies of the 101 carat rough crystal to determine cutting options in the beginning of year, Estrela de FURA was masterfully cut and faceted by a team of artisans – with the rough transformed into a beautiful cushion-shaped stone, which according to a report from the Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF), “resulted in vivid red hues due to multiple internal reflections.” The report further states, “a natural ruby from Mozambique of this size and quality can be considered very rare and thus anexceptional treasure of nature.” The aforenamed gem is profoundly rich in chromium which, when exposed to ultraviolet light – as found in sunlight – causes the stone to radiate a fiery red fluorescence, further enhancing the stone’s vibrancy, as though lit from within.

Estrela de Fura _ lifestyle
Estrela de Fura _ lifestyle

Estrela de Fura _ lifestyle

The ruby has become one of the most sought-after colored gemstones at a time when color dominates the world of jewels and rarity drives the market. Rubies of this importance and magnitude are exceedingly rare, with only two examples having ever broken the $15 million barrier at auction, making the appearance of the present gem a landmark event in itself. The Gübelin Gem Lab states further that the ruby “is setting a new record not only for Mozambican rubies, but also for rubies in general.” Estrela de FURA 55.22 is poised to make history as it sets to surpass The Sunrise Ruby, a 25.59 carat ruby of Burmese origin, which sold for $30.3 million ($1,185,451 per carat) at Sotheby’s Geneva in 2015, and still holds the world auction record for a ruby*.

The stone’s new journey commences today at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, where it will then embark on a worldwide tour, with exhibitions scheduled in Taipei, China, Singapore, Geneva and Dubai (full dates will be released in due course) before it stars in Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York on 8 June.


The miraculous discovery last year of the 101 carat Estrela de FURA at the FURA mine in Mozambique was of immense importance, shocking all those in the jewelry world. Now, in its newly transformed state of 55.22 carats, Estrela de FURA 55.22, is a true wonder of nature and sensational stone of perfect color and exceptional clarity, combined with a superb cushion shape. It is undoubtedly positioned to become the standard bearer for African rubies – and gemstones in general, bringing global awareness to their ability to be on par with, and even outshine, those from Burma, which have traditionally been the most desirable and recognizable source for rubies,declares Quig Bruning, Head of Sotheby’s Jewelry, Americas.

We, at FURA, are incredibly proud of the discovery of Estrela de FURA at such an early part of our Mozambican journey. Important gemstones, such as Estrela de FURA, are extremely rare, and a beautifully faceted gem-quality ruby of 55.22 carats is almost unheard of. From the in-depth analysis and study of the stone – through the process of cutting and polishing – we have worked with the utmost care and respect for the Ruby, recognizing its importance and stature. Witnessing the completion of Estrela de FURA 55.22 was a monumental achievement for all of us, and we are excited that a new page in the story of this incredible gem and Mozambican rubies is about to be written with Sotheby’s,declares Dev Shetty, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FURA Gems.



Ruby mining in Mozambique beholds a long, rich history, with the first significant discoveries of ruby deposits in the country dating back to the 1960s. However, it was not until the early 2000s that the mining of rubies in Mozambique gained real momentum, with the discovery of the Montepuez ruby deposit in the northern part of the country, where the Estrela de FURA rough crystal was originally found. The best of these rubies from Mozambique are characterized by an outstanding transparency and rich color, resulting in extraordinary overall quality. The Montepuez ruby deposit is one of the largest ruby deposits in the world, attracting significant interest from international mining companies.



*The current world record for a ruby sold at auction is held by the ‘Sunrise Ruby,’ a 25.59 carat Burmese stone, which was auctioned at Sotheby’s Geneva in May 2015 for $30.3 million. This price also established a new record for any ruby per carat ($1,185,451 per carat), at the time



FURA Gems Inc. is a young coloured gemstone mining and marketing company established in 2017. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, FURA has over 1,200 employees across continents. It is the first truly pioneering, creative and ethical enterprise to cover the entire spectrum of coloured gemstones.

FURA has three mining operating subsidiaries in Colombia, Mozambique, and Australia, that mine emeralds, rubies, and sapphires respectively. It is the fastest growing coloured gemstone mining company with the sole objective of ensuring stability and traceability of ethically mined coloured gemstones from rough to retail.

FURA Gems will allocate a portion of the proceeds of the sale towards setting up the Fura Training Academy to support the community where it operates in Mozambique.

The key objective is to promote access to qualified education and technical training to the local population in different work streams such as mining, carpentry, engineering, and agriculture to provide them with a sustainable income.




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