Johnson Controls Elects Stephen Roell Chief Executive Officer; John Barth to Retire After 38 Years of Service

first_imgMILWAUKEE, WI — Johnson Controls, Inc. has announced that Stephen Roell, executive vice president and vice chairman, has been elected chief executive officer effective Oct.1, 2007. He was also elected chairman of Johnson Controls’ board of directors effective Jan. 1, 2008. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Roell, a 25-year veteran of the company, will succeed John Barth, who will retire Dec. 31, 2007. After retirement, Barth will continue as a member of the company’s board of directors. “John has been a truly exceptional leader and our customers, employees and shareholders have all benefited significantly during his tenure,” Roell said. “In 2002, when he became CEO, Johnson Controls had sales of just over $20 billion. Through his focus on unparalleled customer service, operational excellence, workforce and supplier diversity, and especially the development of strong leaders across the company, we will end 2007 with sales of approximately $34.5 billion and an unbroken track record of 17 consecutive years of earnings increases. Additionally, Johnson Controls market capitalization has increased from $7 billion to over $22 billion since 2002. John has also established a tremendously strong foundation upon which our company will continue to grow and deliver outstanding results to all of our stakeholders.” Barth said, “It’s clear to me that Steve and the management team are extremely well-qualified to further strengthen the leadership position of the company. They have enormous business acumen, solid relationships with our customers around the globe and a strong belief in the importance of our people. I am proud of our company’s achievements, and I am confident that Steve will continue to build Johnson Controls’ excellent reputation as a world-class organization.” Advertisement Roell, who will become the eighth CEO in the company’s 123-history, said that as CEO his priorities will remain aligned with the organization’s current direction to further the success of the company. “We will continue to be a diversified multi-industrial company, dedicated to improving comfort, safety and sustainability with innovative products and services for the places where people live, work and travel,” Roell said. “With a focus on customer satisfaction, technology and global fluency, Johnson Controls is dedicated to helping make its customers more successful. We have substantial opportunities for growth around the world. In particular, we will seek to strengthen our leadership in the emerging markets through support of our global and regional customers.”last_img read more

Don’t write Windies off, warns Brathwaite

first_imgKOLKATA, India, CMC – West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite believes the Caribbean side can spring a few surprises at the upcoming ICC World Cup, once they can reproduce the form they showed against England in the Caribbean recently. “I think our chances are good, but I don’t think we will be the favourites. And I don’t think we will be the underdogs either,” Brathwaite said here ahead of the start of the Indian Premier League where he will be turning out for Kolkata Knight Riders for the first time.“We know what we can do in the back of our minds, especially after the series we just had against England. So it’s a balanced expectation in my opinion.    “If we can replicate the brand of cricket we played in the Caribbean in the World Cup in England, we will go somewhere close to challenging for the title. We have traditionally been a good tournament team, so hopefully we can win the third World Cup.”West Indies twice came from behind in the five-match series to earn a 2-2 draw with the world number one side. They twice posted record ODI totals and also shone twice in the bowling department, especially in the the final match in St Lucia when England were routed for a paltry 113 – their lowest-ever one-day total against the Windies.Brathwaite, the Twenty20 skipper, played all five matches and managed to make his mark especially at the back end of the series with a handful of wickets and a maiden ODI half-century.The 30-year-old has struggled in the IPL over the last three seasons, failing to live up to the massive billing gained when he smashed sixes off the first four deliveries of the 2016 T20 World Cup final, to earn West Indies a dramatic win over England. However, Brathwaite said he was relaxed about his performances, and was simply hoping to contribute to winning KKR performances.“I am not a stats person. Even if I take one or two wickets that helps the team cross the line, that’s more important for me,” he explained.   “For me, it’s not necessary to score a fifty or take a hat-trick to feel that I have contributed. This mindset has helped me in the last couple of years.”last_img read more

StarTimes Secures Broadcasting Rights for La Liga, UEFA Nations League

first_imgFrom September, StarTimes will be the home of Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo as the Digital TV operator has acquired broadcasting rights of LaLiga Santander and the UEFA Nations League.StarTimes secured four-season transmission rights for the Spanish top league, which will be broadcast in French language, from 2020/21 to 2024 season across sub-Saharan Africa.Matches will be aired live and in HD on the StarTimes Sports channels as well as the StarTimes ON streaming application. UEFA Nations League is UEFA’s newest national-team competition and is entering its second edition.This national-team competition replaces friendlies with competitive matches, allowing nations to play against equally ranked teams. The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League starting from the group stage that will begin on September 3.The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League group stage matches will be played between September and November. Starting on September 3rd, matchday 1 will see great games such as Germany vs. Spain, Sweden against France and, titleholder Christian Ronaldo’s Portugal vs. Croatia.“We are delighted to have secured the broadcast rights to LaLiga Santander, one of the most prestigious football competitions in the world,” said Kristen Miao, StarTimes Sports Director. “The acquiring of LaLiga Santander shows our commitment to continuously enrich our bouquets and to provide our subscribers with premium sports content.”“StarTimes has a strong presence in the region and proven expertise in sports in general and football in particular, which will help us all to reach as wide an audience as possible,” said Melcior Soler, director of the LaLiga audiovisual department.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

ESI Digital Summit – A recap of the largest online esports conference yet

first_imgOn May 26-27th, Esports Insider hosted its inaugural online event as a response to the difficult and unfortunate circumstances presented by COVID-19.The ESI Digital Summit (#ESIDIGITAL), acting as the exclusive virtual version of the esports business conferences ESI has become known for, was a resounding success on multiple levels.Not only did it well surpass the expected 500-attendee turnout, it was received incredibly well and is a testament to how adaptable esports is an industry. Hundreds of industry figures, and those aspiring to forge a career in esports, flocked to the online platform over the course of the two days to experience five important content tracks and network with like-minded individuals in a business setting.#ESIDIGITAL 2020 | Día 2 | #Track2: Creación y contenido de una marca única. Cómo destacarse entre la multitud de los #esports. @byadamfitch, @esportsinsider; Jakub Lund Kristensen, @astralisgg; @cstmartin; Tricia Sugita, @FlyQuest.— eSportsIndustr_ (@eSportsIndustr_) May 27, 2020With the absence of business conferences in esports due to the pandemic, the ESI Digital Summit was a welcome alternative. One of the main draws to the event, and something ESI tries to ensure, was that the topics that were put together were relevant and important.From how venues will bounce back from COVID-19, to the state of esports in Japan, to creating a unique brand through compelling content, a lot was covered over the two days.The likes of Tricia Sugita, CEO of FlyQuest, Erik Anderson, Head of Esports at FaZe Clan, Julian Tan, Head of Esports at Formula 1, Moritz Maurer, CEO of GRID, and James Dean, CEO of ESL UK, shared their thoughts and perspectives across brands and sponsorships, investments, the convergence of sports and esports, and betting.Jakob Lund Kristensen, CCO & Founder of Astralis Group, spoke on the event: “As always it was a pleasure to participate even under unusual circumstances. When spending all your time and energy on building your company it’s easy to forget about the outside world, so I always appreciate the opportunity to be inspired by other trailblazers in the industry and their view on the important topics.”You can view the full agenda of the ESI Digital Summit here.#ESIDIGITAL | @Pinnacle & @GRIDesports: Marco Blume, Trading Director de @Pinnacle habla sobre la asociación y las tendencias en la industria de los esports y las [email protected], @GRIDesports. @esportsinsider— eSportsIndustr_ (@eSportsIndustr_) May 27, 2020With employees from adidas, ESL, FaZe Clan, BLAST, WePlay!, Formula 1, Astralis Group, Fnatic, Kia, Rogue, HyperX, Movistar and Coca Cola all in attendance and available for meetings, ESI Digital Summit allowed those in the industry to properly network in a business setting for the first time since COVID-19 became a widespread issue.Well over 500 people attended over two days, and many of them utilised the purpose-built networking functionality in the platform to forge new relationships and be in the same room as those who perhaps inspire them.Herb May, Director of Corporate Partnerships for Houston Outlaws, commented: “I always appreciate the hard work that go into these events. Whether online or in person, the information and networking is invaluable and some of my best relationships in this industry come from Esports Insider. I’m very excited to be back in person for the next one.”GRID, We Are Nations, Ross Video, Esports Global, GamingMalta, Staffordshire University, WePlay! Esports, Hotdrop, Promod Esports, and High Viz Media all helped massively in ensuring that ESI Digital Summit provided a valuable service to the industry and Esports Insider is eternally grateful for such support.As always, thank you to those in attendance and for ESI Digital Summit’s partners for making the event happen – and a success at that. The world is still in a weird state but we’re committed to doing what we can to make things a little better.last_img read more

Rwanda to celebrate the gorilla naming ceremony to attract tourists

first_imgRwanda will host the 12th annual Kwita Izina, the gorilla-naming ceremony inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of naming babies soon after they are born, on September 2.In the 11 years since the event was established, two hundred and sixteen mountain gorilla babies have been named in a celebration of nature together with the communities who protect our majestic mountain gorillas.The event this year is expected to bring together thousands of Rwandans, friends of Rwanda and even celebrities to Kinigi at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park.Launched in 2005 by the then independent ORTPN, the Rwandan Office for Tourism and National Parks which has since become part of RDB, the Rwanda Development Board. Kwita Izina a uniquely Rwandan event which is not only a celebration and naming of newly born mountain gorilla babies, but also serves to raise awareness of the importance of the protection of species and their habitats at community, national, regional and international levels.Kwita Izina 2016 has evolved into a hybrid event on the global calendar, with a series of activities focused on conservation and sustainable tourism. These activities, which will take place from  August 27 to  September 2, include the Naming Ceremony, a ‘Conversation on Conservation’ Conference, a Conservation and Tourism exhibition, community project launches, a fundraising gala dinner and unique to only this event; specially prepared Kwita Izina scientific tours.International, regional and local conservation stakeholders will table and discuss topical issues on the preservation of wildlife and biodiversity through a ‘Conservation on Conservation’ forum while tourism businesses will showcase their products and services to global buyers through the Conservation and Tourism Exhibition and the B2B.last_img read more