Daily Archives: July 12, 2018

MSL opens office in Turkey

Mehin Öner, CEO, will lead collaboration with other Publicis agencies in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MSL has brought its brand to Turkey, formally naming an existing Publicis-developed PR capability in Istanbul as MSL.  The new office is MSL’s 107th.  The MSL Istanbul unit, with 12 people, will be part of a strong integrated offering in Turkey that will feature the capabilities and expertise from Publicis İstanbul, Publicis Healthcare, Arc, Voden, Leo Burnett, Publicis Emil, Saatchi & Saatchi, Starcom, Spark Foundry, Zenith, DataWise and Performics all under the Publicis Groupe Türkiye umbrella.  Mehin Öner will lead the unit as its CEO, making Istanbul the 34th office in the MSL network led by a woman.

Mehin Oner, CEO, MSL Istanbul

Sebastian Hejnowski, Central and Eastern Europe CEO of MSL, said, “With Turkey’s anticipated economic growth and strong expectations for our business here, the time is right to put a stake in the ground in Istanbul.  In Turkey’s dynamic market, we expect to see success from the unwavering focus we place on clients and the strong value they gain from integrated 360-degree solutions anchored in Publicis Groupe’s ‘Power of One’ approach.”

Öner said, “The move links the PR capabilities in the Turkey to the MSL’s global practice and sectors as well as best-in-class strategic counsel and creative services and best practices that MSL provides around the world.  By working as part of the MSL global network, and closely with our local Publicis sister agencies, we offer our clients a distinct strategic, data-driven and holistic solution that meets their broadest communication and business needs.”

Guillaume Herbette, Global CEO of MSL explained, “The addition of Istanbul is strategically important to our global network as it is situated at crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Asia, all where the MSL network is exceptionally strong.  We have been eager to move into the Turkey market for some time now.  Clients across our global network will benefit from our presence in Turkey where we now have a solid on-the-ground team with deep understanding of the local marketplace and strong relationships, community ties and social connections.”

In the last two years, MSL has converted existing operations around the world from Arc Worldwide and Leo Burnett to the MSL brand.  These include Sri Lanka (Jan. 2016), the Philippines (June 2016), Thailand (Dec. 2016), Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE in the Middle East (September 2016), the Czech Republic (Nov. 2017), and Malaysia and Indonesia (both Apr. 2018).

About Mehin Öner, CEO, MSL in Turkey

Prior to taking on the role of CEO of MSL in Turkey, Mehin Öner served as reporter, editor, senior healthcare editor and news head at some of Turkey’s most influential publications — Hurriyet Daily and Forbes.  She served in strategic communication roles at global PR firms, Grayling and Weber Shandwick Turkey.  Before joining MSL, Mehin directed global media for more than 20 markets at Arcelik A.Ş., Europe’s third largest home appliances company.  She also managed global communications of Beko’s “Eat like a Pro” and Grundig’s “Respect Food” CSR projects globally.

About MSL

MSL is Publicis Groupe’s public relations and integrated communications network, one of the world’s largest. It provides strategic counsel and creative thinking while championing its clients’ interests through fearless and insightful campaigns that engage multiple perspectives and holistic thinking to build influence and deliver impact. With more than 3,100 people across more than 107 offices worldwide, MSL is also one of the largest PR network in Europe, and the fastest growing in China and India.
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PhosAgro and Growthpoint Properties Among Big Winners on Institutional Investor’s Inaugural Emerging EMEA Executive Team Ranking

NEW YORK, July 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PhosAgro and Growthpoint Properties are among several notable firms that took home leading positions across their respective sectors in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of the region’s best chief executives, top CFOs, investor relations professionals, and investor relations companies.

More than 500 buy-side analysts, asset managers, and sell-side researchers at nearly 300 firms, managing an estimated $272 billion in equities in Emerging EMEA named the best chief executives, top CFOs, investor relations professionals, and investor relations companies across 12 business sectors.

Buy-side analysts, money managers and sell-side researchers at securities firms and financial institutions that cover the region identified up to four companies that excel in up to ten investor relations attributes including:

  • Senior executives are accessible
  • IR team is well informed and empowered to speak authoritatively on the company’s behalf
  • Timely and appropriate level of financial disclosure
  • Responds quickly and thoroughly to requests
  • Most constructive conference calls
  • Highest quality of meetings through road shows/reversed road shows/conferences
  • Highest quality of corporate documents and investor kit materials
  • Best commitment to corporate governance
  • Delivers insight and useful reports on ESG/SRI metrics
  • Best website

“Investing in Emerging EMEA is not for the fainthearted, with economic and geopolitical uncertainties amongst some of the many challenges,” said Amani Korayeim, Director Sales and Product Development All-EMEA. “But in Institutional Investor’s inaugural survey of the global investment community, a strong phalanx of companies and leaders emerge who are excelling at cutting through the challenges, and sharing their companies’ vision and strategy with investors.” She adds, “Perhaps most encouraging, is the array of sectors and countries represented, from Russia to Egypt, Oil and Gas to Constructions & Real Estate all featuring strongly, suggesting that it really is the excellence of the teams in place to navigate through the uncertainty and engage investors. And lastly, in the absence of an objective quality measure of IR but an increasingly institutionalized IR function in the region, the Emerging EMEA Executive Team Survey results of Institutional Investor, will provide an independent vehicle to inform and benchmark companies’ IR strategy and continue to help optimize their outreach.”

Top Performing Companies and their Sectors Include:

PhosAgro (Russia) Chemicals
Growthpoint Properties (South Africa) Construction & Real Estate
Lenta (Russia) Consumer
Sberbank of Russia (Russia) Financials
NMC Health (United Arab Emirates) Health Care & Pharmaceuticals
El Sewedy Electric Co. (Egypt) Industrials
Severstal (Russia) Metals & Mining
Novatek (Russia) Oil & Gas
Mondi (South Africa) Paper & Forestry
Yandex (Russia) Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Aeroflot (Russia) Transportation
CEZ (Czech Republic) Utilities

Top Performing CEOs and their Sectors Include:

Christopher Griffith Anglo American Platinum (South Africa)
Mohamed Shameel Aziz-Joosub Vodacom Group (South Africa)
Mustafa Sani Şener TAV Havalimanlari Holding (Turkey)
Carlo Palasciano Villamagna Enel Russia (Russia)

Top Performing CFOs and their Sectors Include:

Paul Victor Sasol (South Africa)
Khaled Hassan Cleopatra Hospital Co. (Egypt)
Mustafa Gorkem Elverici Turkiye Sise ve Cam Fabrikalari (Turkey)
Mikhail Stiskin Polyus (Russia)
Alexey Kornya Mobile TeleSystems (Russia)

For the full list of published winners, please visit www.institutionalinvestor.com.

A total of 473 companies were nominated in this year’s Emerging EMEA Executive Team rankings. Of those companies, 36 scored high enough to earn the distinction of Most Honored Company in the full sector rankings and 64 earned the Honored Company distinction.

For more information, please contact Amani Korayeim at amani.korayeim@institutionalinvestor.com  or + 44 207 779 8535.

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ABUJA, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has declared that the killing of Nigerians and other foreign nationals in his country are acts of criminality and not of xenophobia targeted specifically at Nigerians.

He gave the explanation while addressing sthe media here Wednesday after a closed-door meeting with President Muammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

Ramaphosa, who was making a working visit to Nigeria, said the killings were caused by a high level of unemployment among the youth as well as other social factors emanating from long apartheid misrule. He added that his government was doing everything possible to bring it down.

These are acts of criminality. When we were involved in our struggle we said the South Africa that we are fighting for is the South Africa which will regard everyone who lives in South Africa on the basis of equality, respect for human rights,” he said.

And we said that South Africa belongs to all the people who live in it; so the Nigerians who are in South Africa are also part of our community. They can never be targeted on intentional basis as people who must either be attacked or killed.

When that happens I would like us to see that as acts of criminality which in the main affects many South Africans in various parts of our country. So see it in that regard and I would like that you should never think that it is being done against Nigerians intentionally.

It is an act of criminality and our government is determined to bring down the levels of criminality and also to go after those who perpetrate these acts of criminality so that anyone who attacks any person in South Africa will be pursued with the might of the law to make sure that they are brought to justice and to book.”

The President acknowledged that there were quite a lot of incidents in his country where foreign nationals, some of whom are Nigerians had lost their lives and had been attacked. And I will like to say here and now that that has been as a result of criminal activity amongst our own people, which we are focusing on from a criminal element point of view,” he said.

I want to say it here right now that South Africans do not have any form of negative disposition or hatred toward Nigerians and the main, Nigerians and South Africans in a number of places of our country live side by side. They co-operate very well and some are in the corporate structures of our various countries and some are traders and some do a whole number of things.

So I want to dispel this notion that when a Nigerian loses his or her live in South Africa it is as a result of an intentional sort of action by South Africans against Nigerians. That is simply not true.”



NAIROBI, A new report showcasing evidence to guide African governments in successfully mechanizing Africa’s agribusiness value chains has been launched here by the Malabo Montpellier Panel, a group of 17 African and international experts, projecting that the African food and beverage market to reach 1.0 trillion US dollars by 2030.

Thanks to advances in renewable energy and digital technology, Africa can leapfrog the stages of technological development other regions have had to undertake, making its mechanization process both swift and extremely lucrative, according to the report, which addresses concerns that the mechanization of African agriculture may diminish employment opportunities.

Currently, urban labour markets are breaking under the pressures of young people migrating from rural areas to cities. By 2030, it is projected that the number of youth in Africa will have increased by 42 per cent. An estimated 30 million young people will join the employment market every year.

Our report busts the myth that mechanization of African agriculture will be labour replacing. When done right, it can be employment-enhancing, said Ousmane Badiane, co-chair of the Malabo Montpellier Panel. Rural employment is critical for reducing poverty, migration and political instability, making mechanization a smart investment for peace and security goals as well.

The launch of the report, entitled Mechanized: Transforming Africa’s Agriculture Value Chains, took place at the Malabo Montpellier Forum in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, on Tuesday.

African policymakers are eager to deliver on mechanization suitable for their farming communities, commented Saulos Klaus Chilima, the Vice-President of Malawi and co-chair of the Malabo Montpellier Forum. This report provides us with the evidence we need to shape the strategies that will make Africa a place where agribusiness, and those who invest in it can thrive.



NAIROBI, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta received here Wednesday General Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of the United States Africa Command, based in Stuttgart, Germany, and discussed with him regional security issues, including the situation in Somalia and South Sudan.

During the meeting, President Kenyatta, who has been at the forefront of efforts to restore peace and stability in the two Horn of Africa countries told General Waldhauser that Kenya was firmly committed to the cause of finding peace in Somalia, an aspiration which had in the past been negated by lack of adequate capacity, and proper military commands.

Meanwhile, political turmoil in South Sudan, said President Kenyatta, had been made worse by unwarranted fear and mistrust between supporters of President Salva Kiir and recently restored First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar.

President Kenyatta said hope to restore stability in both countries was, however, not lost and partner-states working towards peace in the sub-region wiould remain committed to the cause. We shall give it everything we can. But it is not going to be easy, President Kenyatta said in reference to South Sudan.

President Kenyatta said Somalia faced further challenges of mistrust and internal politics between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the country’s regional governments. The deteriorating relationships between the TFG and the regional governments is of major concern to us, said President Kenyatta, adding that the conflict is a major security threat to Kenya and the region.

The President counselled that for peace and stability to be restored in Somalia, its leadership needs to refocus its attention and energies into addressing issues that cause national divisions and avoid being drawn into partisan distractions.

Gen Waldhauser underlined the need for Somalia to strengthen its leadership structures adding that the instability is partly due to indirect interference from certain Gulf countries.

We are ready to continue assisting the country so long as the federal government is willing to accept our support, said Gen Waldhauser, who called for neutrality from the Gulf countries that are extending their differences to the Horn of Africa nation. The differences and clashes in these Arabian countries are playing out in Somalia. We call for their neutrality.”

The General said the US will continue its training programmes for the Somalia National Army (SNA) with the expectation that the Federal Government will work on the requisite structures for the trained personnel to operate effectively.

Gen Waldhauser said the US was committed to its continued partnership with Kenya and lauded President Kenyatta’s upbeat economic agenda. He was accompanied to the meeting t State House Nairobi by Brigadier General James Craig, the US Horn of Africa Commander, and US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec.