PPG Names Giga Vice President, Strategic Planning and Treasurer, Edvardsson Promoted to Assistant Treasurer

first_imgPITTSBURGH — PPG Industries has named Aziz Giga, vice president, strategic planning, to the post of vice president, strategic planning and treasurer, and appointed Kim Edvardsson, director, global treasury, as assistant treasurer reporting to Giga. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Giga adds responsibility for global oversight of the corporate treasury department to his strategic planning leadership. He reports to William Hernandez, senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer, who had been serving as PPG’s treasurer since March 2007. He will continue to serve on the PPG Operating Committee. Giga joined PPG in 1977 as a planning analyst in the Pittsburgh chemicals group and was named director of corporate planning in 1988; assistant treasurer, global finance, in 1992; and controller/director, planning and development, chemicals, in 1995. In 1997, Giga became director, strategic planning, and was elected vice president in 2000. A native of Kenya, Giga is a graduate of Makerere University in Uganda and holds a doctorate in chemistry from Brandeis University as well as a master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago. Edvardsson joined PPG in 2002 as director, financial analysis, in the corporate controller function and was named director, global treasury, in the corporate treasury function in 2005. Prior to joining PPG, she was manager, corporate reporting and financial policy, for CBS (formerly Westinghouse Electric Corp.), and served in domestic and international assignments with KPMG. Edvardsson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Advertisement For more information about PPG, visit: www.ppg.com.last_img read more

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McQuiston: Save Money While Improving Teen’s Driving

first_imgBy ALLEN MCQUISTONThe Jemez AgencyI am about to get my third and youngest child licensed to drive.The fear and worry I have about my teen being behind the wheel is real. Studies indicate 80 percent of all teen drivers will be in a police reported collision during the first three years of driving.Even worse, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) refers to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death for teenagers.As a parent, you want to give your teen the tools he or she needs to be a safe driver, rather than a statistic. One tool I highly recommend is the ADEPT Driver® teenSMART® Driver Safety Program. The program has been proven to reduce the chance of being in a crash by up to 30 percent.  teenSMART is downloadable software you install on your home PC that uses realistic driving simulations, videos, in-car exercises and other parent-teen activities. teenSMART identifies and addresses the six behavioral and social factors that cause more than 90 percent of all teen collisions.New drivers learn to anticipate dangerous situations, develop critical decision-making skills, become aware of their surroundings, and expect the unexpected. teenSMART helps new drivers develop the skills they need to become better drivers now rather than waiting for those skills to improve over time.Your insurance carrier may offer such a program at a reduced cost; check with your insurance agent today to see if your insurance carrier offers teenSMART.  Once your teen completes the program and passes the certification test, their vehicle could be eligible for savings.  My first two kids took this program and I saved about $200 a year on my insurance premiums. It will also provide you with peace of mind knowing you helped provide your teen with extra knowledge on safe driving.last_img read more

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Qatar pledge on Shard

first_imgSpeaking at a media update on progress of the 310-metre office and residential Shard project, Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani said he was excited by the rate of construction and reiterated the state’s confidence in London’s economic future.Sheikh Al-Thani said: ‘The State of Qatar is firmly behind these projects which reflect our belief that the United Kingdom continues to offer an attractive, stable and robust economic environment.’arabianbusiness.comlast_img

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Praxair deny accident findings

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Aqualis ASA Books Several Gigs in Asia

first_imgAqualis ASA has won several new construction supervision, transportation & installation and marine warranty contracts in Asia. Total contract value is approximately USD 11 million.“We have set up offices in nine countries, including Singapore and China, in less than 12 months. Our regional Asian hubs are being well supported by our engineering and marine resources from our global office network around the world. This latest batch of prestigious contracts confirm that our cost- effective ‘local presence – global support’ strategy works for our customers,” says Phil Lenox, the Singapore based Regional Director of Aqualis Offshore.Aqualis Offshore in Singapore has been awarded several construction monitoring projects for jack-up rigs, including one for a KFELS B Class jack-up for Parden Holding S.R.L. at the Keppel FELS yard in Singapore.Aqualis Offshore will also monitor the building of 2+2 JU2000E design jack-ups at the ZPMC shipyard in Nantong, China, for Lovanda Offshore Ltd and Lovansing Offshore Ltd, respectively.The company has also secured recent and new awards for transportation & installation projects for Malaysia Marine & Heavy Engineering, where Aqualis Offshore have been retained as consultants for the loadout and successful floatover installation of the Tapis topside as well as for the forthcoming KBB topside loadout.The company has also secured a deal to provide similar consultancy services for Lundin Malaysia.Within marine warranty services, Aqualis Offshore has secured a contract for the re-installation of the Newfield “LF7-2” topside floatover offshore China.Finally, within marine operations an award for assisting with the positioning of the Inpex Ichthys central processing facility offshore Australia, on behalf of POSH Terasea for Samsung Heavy Industries has been received as well.[mappress]Press Release, May 22, 2014last_img read more

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Fincantieri Cuts Steel for Virgin Voyages’ First Ship

first_imgImage Courtesy: FincantieriItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri held the steel cutting ceremony of the first of three new cruise ships ordered by Virgin Voyages, a part of Virgin Group of companies, at its Sestri Ponente yard in Genoa on March 22.The new cruise ships, which will feature 110,000 gross tons, are expected to join their owner in 2020, 2021 and 2022, respectively.With a length of 278 meters and a width of 38 meters, the vessels will feature over 1,400 guest cabins and will be able to host more than 2,700 passengers, accompanied by 1,150 crew members.Fincantieri said that the ships’ design will include “some highly innovative ideas and design solutions, notably for energy recovery, reducing the overall environmental impact.”The new vessels, which will be equipped with an energy production system of around 1 MW, are a part of EUR 2 billion-worth ship construction contracts signed between the parties in December 2016.The order was first announced in June 2015 when Virgin Cruises entered into a binding letter of intent with Fincantieri for the three mid-size ships.At the time, the company said that PortMiami would be the home port for its first cruise ship that will set sail in 2020.Image Courtesy: Fincantierilast_img read more

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German ports see potential in Russia

first_img“The prospects are especially good for those groups of cargo that are relevant for the ports of Bremen,” commentedMichael Skiba, marketing manager at Bremenports. This applies in particular to the ro-ro and automotive sectors and to project cargo, raw materials and fuels.”In view of the anticipated continuing economic growth and the consequent increase in demand for industrial and consumer goods in Russia and its neighbouring countries, it is extremely important for the ports of Bremen to present their port-related logistics services here,” added Skiba.The two port organisations recently attended to the TransRussia conference and exhibition in Moscow and a delighted Andreas Bullwinkel, director of the Seaports of Niedersachsen said: “We know of specific business transactions that have been made during the fair.”www.bremenports.dewww.seaports-offshore.delast_img read more

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Disgusted

first_imgFidelia Pietersen, Salon Fidelia, Sea PointAs a salon owner in Sea Point, I am disgusted at the way that salon treated their client (“Hair-raising ordeal after bad reaction to dye”, Off My Trolley, April 6). This really makes us look very bad in the eyes of future and present clients.I hope the client sues. We would have made sure everything was done to help the client financially and emotionally to overcome the trauma. It is not impossible for someone to be allergic to a product even if a patch test was done.last_img read more

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Lambeth eyes ABS to save legal spend

first_imgThe London Borough of Lambeth’s in-house legal department is considering forming an alternative business structure to help reduce its £3m annual external legal spend.Lambeth has to slash costs by 45% but cannot cut the size of its already-stretched legal team, said Mark Hynes (pictured), Lambeth director of governance and chair of Lawyers in Local Government. ‘So we are looking for a second job,’ he said.The ABS could be formed with its neighbouring borough Southwark or a private firm, and might take the form of a limited company. Hynes hopes to form a new structure in the next 12 months.‘It would be drawing on a revenue stream that already exists, while reducing external legal spend,’ he said. ‘It is a false economy to rely on external lawyers.’The council is also considering forming a limited company to provide services to charities and voluntary groups.The legal team is currently undergoing a ‘soft merger’ with Southwark. But Hynes said merging two busy teams might not yield cost savings in staff efficiencies.last_img read more

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Vossloh to supply Euro Dual locomotives to South Africa

first_imgSOUTH AFRICA: Swifambo Rail Leasing has awarded Vossloh Group a €250m contract to supply 50 Euro Dual electro-diesel and 20 Euro 4000 diesel locomotives, which are to be leased to Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa for use on Shosholoza Meyl long-distance services.Announcing the contract on October 10, Vossloh said the use of electro-diesel locomotives able to operate on both electrified and non-electrified routes would reduce PRASA’s capital, maintenance and operating costs. The locomotives are to be delivered from the Vossloh España plant in Albuixech, Valencia, between the second quarter of 2014 and the end of 2016. The contract includes local skills development, and there are options for maintenance and additional locomotives.last_img read more

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