Sunday, January 20, 2019

FLIR Systems Awarded $89 Million Contract from French Armed Forces to Deliver Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System

French Defense Procurement Agency to Incorporate FLIR Nano-UAV Technology for Military Operations

WILSONVILLE, Ore.-Saturday 19 January 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today it has been awarded a contract from the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) in support of the French Operational Pocket Drone (DrOP) program. The contract has a ceiling value of $89 million to provide the FLIR Black Hornet® 3 nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) to support French Armed Forces operations.

The Black Hornet PRS is the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and is currently deployed in more than 30 countries. The Black Hornet enables the warfighter to maintain situational awareness, threat detection, and surveillance no matter where the mission takes them. Equipped with electro-optical/infrared sensors and the ability to fly up to 25 minutes, the Black Hornet bridges the gap between aerial and ground-based sensors, provides the same situational awareness and threat detection capabilities as larger unmanned air and ground vehicles.

“We are honored to support the French Armed Forces’ mission with the delivery of the Black Hornet PRS and related services,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO at FLIR Systems. “This award strengthens our partnership with the French Armed Forces and our focus on unmanned technology, an emerging area that is strategically critical to FLIR’s business.”

This program provides the expanded capability of the Black Hornet 3 for the French Armed Forces. The contract will be managed and executed by FLIR in Hvalstad, Norway.

For more information about Black Hornet VRS, visit www.flir.com/blackhornet.

About FLIR Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1978, FLIR Systems is a world-leading industrial technology company focused on intelligent sensing solutions for defense, industrial and commercial applications. FLIR Systems’ vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense,” creating technologies to help professionals make more informed decisions that save lives and livelihoods. For more information, please visit www.flir.com and follow @flir.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this release by Jim Cannon and the other statements in this release about the contract and order described above are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates, and projections about FLIR's business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including the following: the ability to manufacture and deliver the systems referenced in this release, changes in pricing of FLIR's products, changing demand for FLIR's products, product mix, the impact of competitive products and pricing, constraints on supplies of critical components, excess or shortage of production capacity, the ability of FLIR to manufacture and ship products in a timely manner, FLIR's continuing compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations, and other risks discussed from time to time in FLIR's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. In addition, such statements could be affected by general industry and market conditions and growth rates, and general domestic and international economic conditions. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and FLIR does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release, or for changes made to this document by wire services or Internet service providers.

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Contacts
Media:
Tim McDowd
Phone: 503-498-3146
Email: tim.mcdowd@flir.com

Investor Relations:
Jay Gentzkow
Phone: 503-498-3809
Email: jay.gentzkow@flir.com

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PMI’s Mission Winnow Goes Full Throttle with Ducati Corse for 2019 MotoGP™



LAUSANNE, Switzerland-Saturday 19 January 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE: PM) is pleased to announce that its Mission Winnow initiative is expanding in 2019 to include the Ducati Corse racing team.

Mission Winnow is a PMI-led campaign to raise global awareness of our passion and determination to constantly improve and evolve, as well as highlight the power of science, technology and innovation to build a better future.

PMI has partnered with Ducati Corse since 2002 and has extended the relationship for another three years until the end of 2021. As of the start of this year’s MotoGP season, the team will be officially known as Mission Winnow Ducati.

Mission Winnow was first launched in October 2018 with Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow, which – like Ducati Corse – has a passion for innovation and a relentless drive to improve in the team’s pursuit of victory.

Ducati Corse is one of the most inspiring and resilient teams in MotoGP, with a 70-year history in racing. Ducati fans form a passionate community who appreciate the sophistication of the bike and the unique skills of the riders, who compete in one of the world’s most exhilarating motorsports.

MotoGP and Formula 1 each attract a global audience of approximately 400 million viewers. Mission Winnow provides a window into PMI and our partners, as well as our shared commitment to constant improvement.

Miroslaw Zielinski, PMI’s President Science and Innovation said: “Mission Winnow encapsulates our dedication to strive for better in everything we do. To winnow, or discard old approaches and focus on the good is what we are doing at PMI – we take learnings from past mistakes and use them to continuously improve as we strive to achieve our ambitious vision of a smoke-free future.

“This is not about PMI-branded products. It is about our people and their dedication to leveraging the power of science, innovation and technology to transform not only our company but an entire industry for the benefit of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers and society as a whole.

“Mission Winnow highlights the passion and commitment of individuals and organizations to set a path for constant progress. The Ducati Corse racing team embodies Mission Winnow with its drive to develop, innovate and create new designs and new technology for better motorbikes.”

For more information, see our Mission Winnow website or find @missionwinnow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Philip Morris International
Philip Morris International (PMI) is leading a transformation in the tobacco industry to create a smoke-free future and ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, society, the company and its shareholders. PMI is a leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smoke-free products and associated electronic devices and accessories, and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the U.S.

Contacts

Philip Morris International
Simon Dowding
T: +41 (0)58 242 4500
E: simon.dowding@pmi.com



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The Brightline™ Initiative, led by Project Management Institute, to Support The Economist Davos Panel

 Event will focus on harnessing the power of people to adapt and implement corporate strategies in a world with disruptive technologies



PHILADELPHIA-Saturday 19 January 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Brightline™ Initiative, a coalition dedicated to helping executives bridge the gap between strategy design and delivery, along with Project Management Institute is hosting The Economist Events panel discussion entitled “Humans 2.0: Designing and Implementing a Future Proof Strategy.”

In line with Davos’ overarching theme, “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” panelists will discuss how business leaders can harness the power of people to adapt and implement corporate strategies and grapple with the effects of disruptive technologies. This topic is of particular interest to PMI, the leading member of Brightline, given how this wave of disruption calls for organizations to rely on successful implementation of new strategies at unprecedented scope and speed to meet market demands.

“As a coalition committed to moving from idea to strategy implementation to results, we’re delighted to partner with The Economist Events to bring this discussion to the forefront,” said Brightline™ Initiative Executive Director Ricardo Vargas. “We’re excited by the prospect of helping organizations develop and deliver strategies for the future based on the ideas discussed at Davos.”

“We’re proud to present a platform for these industry leaders to share their expertise on implementing well-constructed strategic plans aimed at leveraging the power of ever-evolving technological advances,” said PMI’s Senior Vice President, Administration and Interim Executive, Joseph Cahill. "This panel is designed to provide critical insights on how leaders are articulating and implementing their strategy to address disruptive technologies.”

The panel will be introduced by PMI’s Senior Vice President, Administration and Interim Executive, Joseph Cahill and moderated by Patrick Foulis, Business Affairs Editor, The Economist. The confirmed panel speakers will bring their perspectives from a variety of backgrounds and industries. They include:

    Ann Cairns, vice chairman, Mastercard
    Rainer Strack, senior partner and managing director, Boston Consulting Group
    Bernadette Wightman, president global resources, manufacturing & logistics, BT
    Christophe Catoir, global executive committee member and CEO of France, The Adecco Group

As civilization, society and technology continue to advance, executives must learn to manage the influence of disruptive technologies. No organization can prepare for every possibility, but they can sharpen their ability to respond to the inevitable challenges that will arise. While organizations may be able to articulate their strategy for dealing with disruptive technologies, it is essential that they are successful in executing against that strategy. To this end, the Brightline Initiative commits itself to developing a holistic knowledge and networking platform that helps organizations bridge the gap between strategy design and strategy delivery, and in so doing bring positive benefits to society.

Those not attending the panel on Tuesday, January 22nd can join via livestream on The Economist Events’ Facebook page or follow @EconomistEvents or @PMInstitute for live tweets using the hashtag #EconBusinessCase from 7:30-8:30am CET.

About The Brightline Initiative

The Brightline™ Initiative is a coalition led by the Project Management Institute together with leading global organizations dedicated to helping executives bridge the expensive and unproductive gap between strategy design and delivery. Learn more at www.brightline.org.

About Project Management Institute (PMI)

Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world's leading association for those who consider project, program or portfolio management their profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than three million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. We advance careers, improve organizational success and further mature the project management profession through globally-recognized standards, certifications, communities, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, ProjectManagement.com creates online global communities that deliver more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives. Visit us at www.PMI.org, www.projectmanagement.com, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

About Boston Consulting Group

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world's leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with offices in more than 90 cities in 50 countries. For more information, please visit bcg.com.

Contacts

Mary Ortega, PMI Public Relations
610-356-4600, ext. 7030
Mary.Ortega@pmi.org


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A Better Way to Earn Interest on Digital Assets

CredEarn enables Uphold customers to earn up to 10% interest when loaning their BTC, XRP, ETH, USD, EUR to Cred
SAN FRANCISCO-Saturday 19 January 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cred, the leading provider of crypto borrowing and lending with over $300 million in credit facilities, today announced the launch of CredEarn* on the Uphold platform. CredEarn allows Uphold customers to lend their crypto and fiat assets to Cred and receive up to 10% of annualized interest.

“We’re thrilled to offer consumers the opportunity to earn interest on their digital assets and fiat currencies,” said Dan Schatt, Co-founder and President of Cred. “In a bear market, customers can benefit from the liquidity they receive when obtaining a fixed amount of interest in USD or Stablecoin. In a bull market, customers also benefit by receiving the full upside on the amount of crypto they originally committed.”

CredEarn customers can commit to a six-month term with the ability to rollover assets for additional periods. No account minimum is needed and interest is paid out in U.S. Dollars or Stablecoin every three months on Uphold. The principal is paid back in the fiat or crypto amounts that were initially received. CredEarn is initially only available to Uphold customers outside the United States. Cred is working to bring this exciting product to the U.S. market soon.

“At Uphold, we are working to build an ecosystem that will revolutionize the personal finance industry for consumers globally, leveraging the best that blockchain, digitization and fractionalization have to offer. Our community is very vocal about their desire to Hodl with the potential to get earnings on digital assets we support like XRP, BTC or ETH,” said JP Thieriot, co-founder and CEO of Uphold.

Cred is backed by some of the largest investors in crypto and tech including 500 Startups, Arrington XRP Capital, Blocktower, FBG Capital, and Binance Labs. Cred is also a founding member of the Universal Protocol Alliance, a board member of the Blockchain Advocacy Coalition and has a joint business relationship with PwC.

Notes:

* CredEarn is a loan arrangement, not a deposit relationship. Interest accrues on amounts actually borrowed by Cred, and is calculated on a simple interest basis based on the number of days and amount of the assets borrowed. Not all customers will be able to participate and not all funds may be borrowed. The CredEarn Program is offered solely by CRED LLC to non-U.S. Persons who affirmatively opt in to the service. Additional terms and conditions will apply. CredEarn loans have not been registered by CRED LLC under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.

About Cred:

Cred is a decentralized global lending platform that facilitates open access to credit anywhere and anytime. Founded by former PayPal financial technology veterans, Cred has secured over $300 million of lending capital with offices in San Francisco and Shanghai. Cred’s mission is to harness the power of blockchain to allow everyone to benefit from low-cost credit products. Cred brings together a diverse team of entrepreneurial leaders, machine learning, and the power of blockchain technology. For more information, visit mycred.io or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, or join our community on Telegram.

About Uphold:

Uphold is a digital money platform providing consumers worldwide with convenient and secure access to traditional currencies, cryptocurrencies, and other investments. Uphold has powered more than $4 billion in transactions across 184 countries, covering over 30 supported currencies and four commodities. The platform has more than 1 million users. Uphold is the only financial platform to publish its reserve holdings in real time. The company has offices in San Francisco, New York, Portugal, London and Mexico City. More information can be found at www.uphold.com, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Not licensed in all jurisdictions.

Contacts
Press Inquiries:
Cred: Meghan Gardler, meghan@mycred.io
Uphold: media@uphold.com

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Migration an Increasingly Decisive Issue for Davos’ Globalization 4.0

LONDON-Monday 14 January 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Migration is the central issue in world affairs and will increasingly shape key matters on the World Economic Forum’s “Globalization 4.0” agenda, according to the 2019 Henley Passport Index and Global Mobility Report, published by global residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners.

The report – which offers cutting-edge analysis by 16 leading scholars and professional experts on current global mobility trends, including the significant divide created by war, climate change, economic inequality, and political instability – is released just a week before Henley & Partners’ attendance at Davos.

Taking part in two key panels at the annual gathering, Dr. Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners says that the impact of migration on geopolitical affairs cannot be overstated. “Migration is both a cause and a consequence of almost every issue of global importance, and it will only become more central, as globalization deepens even further and its effects entrench themselves.”

Henley & Partners will host two multi-stakeholder panels at Davos, bringing together heads and ministers of several governments and leading academics and industry experts, including the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, the Finance Minister of Malta, and the Chairman of the Investment Migration Council. The first discussion will be co-hosted with Ledgerstate, a group of blockchain and decentralizing technology experts. ‘Global Citizenship, Blockchain, and Digital Government’ will explore how digital technologies are transforming governments and citizenship, as well as the need for global citizens and their societies to create a sustainable legacy of greater sovereignty and cooperation.

The second panel will focus on ‘Investment Migration: Sovereign Equity versus Sovereign Debt’ and examine how governments can create economic freedom and security by harnessing investment migration options.

Dr. Kälin says the agenda set for Davos clearly demonstrates the need to overhaul current thinking on globalization, its proliferating effects, and the imbalances it has created. “Our discussion will explore the shared responsibility to define a new world order, break the shackles of systemic debt burdens, and enable new opportunities for growth.”

Download the full Media Release

Download the 2019 Henley Passport Index and Global Mobility Report

View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190114005308/en/

Contacts
Media
Paddy Blewer
paddy.blewer@henleyglobal.com
Mobile: +44 774 190 9957





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Warm welcome for ABB Formula E in Davos

ZURICH-Saturday 19 January 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Just a few days before the start of the World Economic Forum 2019, Davos is celebrating a world premiere: The latest ABB FIA Formula E racing car - dubbed Gen2 – was transported on a train from the iconic Swiss Rhaetian Railway to Europe’s highest city, where it will be an exciting eyecatcher during the coming week at the Davos Platz railway station.

From this Saturday until next Sunday, January 27, the Gen2 will be on display in a special glass case. Interested passersby can learn about the ABB FIA Formula E racing series as well as about the activities of ABB in e-mobility via an information system. With over 8,500 fast charging stations installed in 70 countries around the world, ABB is the global market leader for charging infrastructures.

To watch the video, click here

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com.

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Contacts
ABB Ltd
Affolternstrasse 44
8050 Zurich
Switzerland

Media Relations
Phone: +41 43 317 71 11
Email: media.relations@ch.abb.com




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dunnhumby Launches Media Business, Powered by Customer Data Science, that Connects Retailers and Brands to Customers Along the Entire Customer Journey

dunnhumby media enables retailers to improve customer experience and profits through owned and paid media channels – in-store, offline and online

NEW YORK-Tuesday 15 January 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show – dunnhumby today introduced dunnhumby media, offering a unique combination of cross-channel media, data science and partnerships that connects retailers and brands to customers, from browsing to buying. dunnhumby media activates retailer data assets to engage consumers with personalized communications along the entire customer journey, wherever they are. Powered by dunnhumby’s customer data science, the media solution helps advertisers grow customer loyalty and enables retailers to monetize their owned media for measurable sales growth.

“Data is fueling the new retail media ecosystem and has become one of the most valuable and critical business assets that helps connect in-store and online customer experiences and behaviors,” said Jérôme Cochet, Global Managing Director, Media for dunnhumby. “With dunnhumby media, retailers can leverage their rich data assets and owned media properties. Advertisers gain highly relevant access to consumers based on world-class customer data science. And most importantly, the customer benefits by receiving compelling offers and personalized communications.”

Case Study: Nestle and Tesco

Nestle partnered with dunnhumby media to promote the launch of a new on-pack promotion to Tesco customers across owned and paid channels – in-store, mobile, online and out-of-home. Working closely together with Nestle, Tesco and a range of partners, dunnhumby media created an insight-driven, multi-channel media plan that reached 5.8 million customers and resulted in an 11 percent overall increase in sales. At the store level, stores with point of sale (POS) and JCD digital screens generated 33 percent sales increase versus 15 percent sales increase in stores with POS screens only.

For retailers, key benefits of dunnhumby media include:

Delivers more efficient and effective customer engagement across retailer-owned and paid offsite media channels
Increases the value of the retailer’s owned media by building incremental profit of 30 to 40 percent through in-store media (POS, digital screens, experiential); digital media (eCommerce, mobile app); and direct media (personalized email and coupons, customer magazine)
Monetizes first-party data and activates other data assets to grow sales and profit
For advertisers, key benefits of dunnhumby media include:

Activates personalized, brand-safe campaigns across channels with closed-loop reporting and actionable results
Improves customer engagement and builds loyalty by planning and activating advertising more efficiently across offline and digital media channels, including programmatic media
Increases the return on advertising media investments
“Retailers have been challenged with eroding profit margins from digital disruption and new market entrants, and tough economic times are likely ahead,” said Cochet. “Retail media presents an untapped opportunity for retailers to connect brands with consumers, create meaningful engagements and grow alternative revenue streams for sustainable, profitable growth.”

For more information on dunnhumby media, visit dunnhumby’s booth at NRF 2019 (#2073) or visit https://www.dunnhumby.com/solutions/media. Additional dunnhumby media case studies and other information are available in the first issue of dunnhumby media’s Food Fresh magazine: http://bit.ly/2Ha2qLl.

About dunnhumby

dunnhumby is the global leader in Customer Data Science, empowering businesses everywhere to compete and thrive in the modern data-driven economy. We always put the Customer First.

Our mission: to enable businesses to grow and reimagine themselves by becoming advocates and champions for their Customers. With deep heritage and expertise in retail – one of the world’s most competitive markets, with a deluge of multi-dimensional data – dunnhumby today enables businesses all over the world, across industries, to be Customer First.

The dunnhumby Customer Data Science Platform is our unique mix of technology, software and consulting, enabling businesses to increase revenue and profits by delivering exceptional experiences for their Customers – in-store, offline and online. dunnhumby employs over 2,500 experts in offices throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas working for transformative, iconic brands such as Tesco, Coca-Cola, Meijer, Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal.

Contacts
Theresa Smith
Silicon Valley Story Lab
theresa@siliconvalleystorylab.com
+1-818-681-6456



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