So we've invested in new staff and expertise to seize this opportunity." Kenwood's rebrand is indeed substantial. The agency has built a highly capable executive team and brought in new talent across a range of disciplines. Brand strategist Nico van Praag is now Chief Strategy Officer. Nico's resume includes notable branding work at agencies such as Sterling Brands, Venables Bell, Goodby Silverstein & Partners and AKQA, developing strategy for marquee clients including Audi, Xbox, Nike and Visa. "You can't create impactful creative experiences without laying the strategic foundation," says van Praag. "If you're not advancing a clear, relevant brand message, you're just throwing money away." Jim Samalis, Executive Creative Director, brings wide-ranging experience including creative leadership assignments for advertising and communication agencies as well as an ECD role for the Robin Hood Foundation in New York. "My goal has been to build a creative team of talented individuals with incredibly diverse creative backgrounds.
FOREX-Dollar down for 2nd day; Swiss franc hits 2-year high vs euro - Yahoo Finance
Sodexo benefited from the initial favorable impact of this program in Fiscal 2014, when 100 million euro of cost savings were achieved. The program is expected to generate annual savings of 160million euro in Fiscal 2015, representing a 100% payback. As part of the plan, Sodexo decided to terminate under-performing contracts and activities representing annual revenues of around 450 million euro. Reported operating profit amounted to 939 million euro, an increase of +13.8% at current currency exchange rates and +25.9% excluding currency effects.  Costs recognized in Fiscal 2013 and Fiscal 2014 in connection with the program to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs.  Rest of the World includes Sodexo`s activities in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East as well as Remote Sites management worldwide. Group net income Group net income was 490 million euro compared to 439 million euro in Fiscal 2013, an increase of +11.6% or +20.1% excluding currency effects. During Fiscal 2014, the Brazilian real declined (-12.4%) against the euro.
Sodexo: Solid results for Fiscal 2014 - Yahoo Finance
DS-Concept Factoring is a global commercial finance company specializing in international non-recourse factoring . "Our newest client joins us at a critical time in its growth -- large enough to get the attention of some major global buyers, but still with somewhat limited capital support," states John Stillwaggon, Vice President of Sales, DS-Concept Factoring. "Our financing will of course provide the means for this company to fulfill its potential within the US and European markets. Equally important however, DS-Concept Factoring will be acting as an extension of our client's back-office: providing local trade credit advice, collections, and bookkeeping services in the countries that our client is selling to. This is an almost invaluable offering to an entrepreneurial company that needs to focus its full attention on sales and production, not worrying about its cash cycle," explains John Stillwaggon from DS-Concept Factoring. The DS-Concept Group maintains a network of offices and affiliates all over the world , including USA, Bulgaria, Hungary, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Spain, UK, China and the United Arab Emirates as well as the headquarters in Germany. Combining credit protection, collections, and financing into a single suite of trade finance products, DS-Concept Factoring brings streamlined, flexible and best-in-class services to the world's small and mid-sized exporters.
DS-Concept Factoring Provides $1 Million Export Factoring Facility to Indian Textiles Manufacturer - Yahoo Finance
nonfarm payrolls report fuelled selling in the dollar last Friday which spilled over to Monday's session but the overall number continues to reinforce the view of a U.S. labor market recovery. The fundamental picture remains in favour of further gains for the dollar, with Japan again easing monetary policy and a grim euro zone economic picture making a strong case for similar action from the European Central Bank. In mid-morning trading in New York, the dollar was down 0.2 percent against a basket of currencies, reflecting a 0.2 percent weakening against the yen to 114.39 yen, and a roughly 0.2 percent decline versus the euro, which was last at $1.2472. Preliminary euro zone economic growth figures for the third quarter on Friday will offer more evidence on the scale of the currency bloc's problems with delivering the growth needed to rescue it from years of debt-fuelled deflation. In other currencies, the Australian dollar was up 0.2 percent at US$0.8660, while the New Zealand dollar rose 0.6 percent to US$0.7791. FRANC CAP The euro was flat against the Swiss franc at 1.2030 .