IHG Announces Appointment of Jayne O’Brien as SVP of Global Brands

26th March 2014, Singapore – InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the appointment of Jayne O’Brien as Senior Vice President of Global Brands, as of today. She will be responsible for overseeing IHG’s brand vision and strategy across the group’s global portfolio of nine brands.

Jayne O'Brien

Jayne brings with her a rich background in the travel industry, including her 18-year career at British Airways in a number of senior brand marketing and commercial roles. Prior to IHG, Jayne was Chief Marketing Officer for Dubai Properties Group and she was also Chief Marketing Officer at the Regus Group, the world’s largest workplace solutions provider.


Fly away on a spiritual and reflective getaway with ZUJI this Easter

Refresh your senses and renew your soul at destinations that come alive over the festive period

Singapore – 25 March, 2014 – Each April in the lead up to and around the Easter break, people increasingly seek spiritual celebration, reflection and renewal. With the upcoming Good Friday long weekend from 18 – 20 April, ZUJI has uncovered the top five destinations that flourish over this festive period.

1.    Lourdes, France


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Home to subterranean caves and grottos, Lourdes provides a serene escape for travellers wanting to recuperate over Easter. Each April, people flock to Grotte de Massabielle to feel spiritually connected, as it is said to be where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old girl, in 1858. Following a visit to the Grotte, travellers can make their way to the nearbySanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes which boasts visually stunning churches and procession areas made in honour of the Virgin Mary.

2.    Bali, Indonesia


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Whether you are inspired by the film Eat, Pray, Love, or if you simply want to be a free spirit and fly away to an idyllic island, Bali is an impressive destination to rejuvenate your senses. Enjoy the lush green hills during the Campuhan Ridge Walk and take a moment to soak in the panoramic views over rice paddies. For temple seekers, one of the more peaceful is Pura Taman Saraswatiin Ubud which houses intricate carvings that honour Dewi Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and the arts. Visitors who remain at the temple until the evening are entertained with unique cultural dance performances, so it’s worth sticking around!

3.    Siem Reap, Cambodia


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Early bird Easter travellers who like to relish in the morning’s peace can be treated to a gorgeous sunrise at Cambodia’s impressive Angkor Wattemple. Climb to the high building peaks or treat yourself to a helicopter ride over the expanse to witness the orange hues drench the vast wonder that was built in the 1100s for King Suryavarman II. After a morning of temple sights, slow down the pace by taking a boat along the Tonle Sap Great Lake which travels through the Kompong Phluk floating village. Floating through the local waterside communities is a humbling, reflective and special cultural experience.

4.    Rome, Italy


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Travellers seeking an Easter experience to remember can find it at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. Be one of the thousands of travellers and locals who flock to the site each year to catch a glimpse of the Pope as he leads the annual mass at St Peter’s Square. To make the most of the experience, stroll around the Vatican grounds or take a tour that guides you through Michelangelo’s famed Creation of Adam, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel, where the holy Papal conclave (process of selecting a new Pope) takes place.

5.    Manila, Philippines


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Not typically known for its serenity and peaceful atmosphere, Manila is a bustling city and a melting pot of cultures that thrives over the Easter period and offers travellers a different type of escape. The Philippines has a strong Catholic heritage which originated from three centuries of Spanish colonisation. Still standing today are many ancient spiritual sites that are worth a visit. San AgustinRoman Catholic Church is a sight to behold that boasts historic Baroque architecture. Built by the Spanish in the sixteenth century, the building is now a National Historical Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travellers keen to organise calm and reflective getaways over the Easter long weekend period can leverage the ZUJI festive promotion which is taking place from now until 30 March. Destinations on sale include Bali, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong and Phuket. Travel must take place by 30 April to enjoy the lowest lead-in fares.  ZUJI is also offering an additional 10% hotel discount coupon code which can be used towards any accommodation booked in the sale destinations via ZUJI. Keep a lookout for more holiday deals around the upcoming May 1 Labour Day holiday by visiting www.zuji.com.sg/hot-deals/long-weekend-alert.

About ZUJI

ZUJI is one of the region’s most reputable online travel agency. Pioneering online travel in Asia Pacific since 2002, ZUJI has enabled over 3.5 million trips around the world for travellers. Users can gain access to over 60 million real-time flight and hotel deals on the ZUJI website, as well as car hire, travel insurance and other inspirational travel offers.

Above all, ZUJI believes in creating a memorable journey for all travellers – starting with the commitment to provide honest travel value. Value offerings include 24/7 customer support and ‘Dynamic Packaging’ that gives travellers the freedom to make bespoke travel arrangements and enjoy additional savings.

Recently acquired by the Webjet Internet-based travel agency group, ZUJI operates travel websites in: Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, as well as many ‘Travel Partner Network’ sites throughout Asia Pacific. For more information, visit ZUJI at www.zuji.com.sg.

DEAL.com.sg Gives Away Up to S$5 Million to Reward Loyal Customers

S$5 to be given to existing customers and every new subscriber until 30 April 2014

SINGAPORE– Media OutReach— March 21, 2014– Leading flash sales site DEAL.com.sg announced today that it will be giving away up to S$5 Million to its customer base as a token of appreciation for their loyalty since the company’s inception in May 2010.

From 21 March, every existing DEAL.com.sg subscriber will be given a S$5 discount code. In addition, this code will also be valid for new subscribers to DEAL.com.sg until the site reaches the milestone of 1 million subscribers, or until 30 April 2014. This discount code can be used to purchase any item on the site, irrespective of the sale price, by 30 April 2014.

Since the company was founded almost four years ago, DEAL.com.sg has grown to become one of the largest flash sale platforms, with the company’s initial public offering in December last year on the Australian Securities Exchange.

In Singapore, DEAL.com.sg has consistently offered the largest collection of flash sale offers, as noted by independent market analysts. According to Alexa’s Traffic ranking, it is one of the top ten most visited Singapore-based sites, averaging over a million unique visitors every month.

Patrick Linden, CEO of iBuy Group Limited, shared “We have decided to give away $5 million to our customers as a token of appreciation for their patronage over the last three and a half years; without them, we wouldn’t have been where we are today. To everyone who made this possible, I’d personally like to say – a big thank you!”

Dealguru Holdings Pte Ltd, the operator of DEAL.com.sg, earlier this year announced its merger with three other leading regional e-commerce players to form iBuy Group Limited. The company went on to raise AUD$37 million in an initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:IBY) on 20 December 2013, making DEAL.com.sg one of the fastest companies to go from startup to IPO in just over three years.

About iBuy Group (www.ibuy-group.com)
Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, iBuy Group Limited (ASX:IBY) owns and operates a network of leading flash sale websites. Headquartered in Singapore with operations in Malaysia and Hong Kong, iBuy Group sells discounted branded consumer products online through websites Beecrazy.hk, Deal.com.sg, MyDeal.com.my and Dealmates.com, and connects over 138 million consumers to retailers by providing ‘best price’ volume discounts on a wide variety of goods.

Reliance Globalcom Rebrands As Global Cloud Xchange

Relaunch of corporate identity establishes new era as company deepens its roots in the infrastructure, data center and managed services space to create a uniquely integrated cloud ecosystem

NEW YORK–Media OutReach–March 18, 2014–Reliance Globalcom today unveiled the company’s new brand and announced that it will begin operating as Global Cloud Xchange effective immediately.  The launch of its new corporate identity aligns with the company’s strategic plan to deliver the world’s first true cloud ecosystem globally. 

“We are living in an era where mobile applications, social media, key technology drivers and applications will exponentially boost the volume of digital information being shared every second,” said Bill Barney, CEO of Global Cloud Xchange. “Our new cloud ecosystem means delivering an interwoven portfolio of infrastructure and data center solutions with sophisticated cloud orchestration capabilities.”


“As innovation continues in the software layer and big data gets even bigger, business requirements become more sophisticated. Our focus will be on further integrating our global assets to serve existing and future requirements of new media companies, carriers and enterprises. We will meet them at the crossroad of where the future Cloud will migrate,” Barney added.


During the coming months, Global Cloud Xchange will continue integrating its key international assets with focus on IP and Cloud services.  Plans are also underway to further build the company’s infrastructure capabilities, as well as data center footprint, especially across key emerging markets in Asia and the Middle East. 


As the company focuses on delivering the world’s first true cloud ecosystem, in addition to network infrastructure and data center capability enhancements, its product portfolio is also being updated to deliver additional value added solutions.

About Global Cloud Xchange
Global Cloud Xchange, formerly Reliance Globalcom, brings together the synergies of Reliance Communications’ Global Business encompassing Capacity Sales, Managed Services and a portfolio of products & services comprising of Internet Solutions and Value Added Services. Global Cloud Xchange owns the world’s largest private undersea cable system spanning 67,000 route kms which, seamlessly integrated with Reliance Communications’ 200,000 route kms of domestic optic fiber backbone, provides a robust Global Service Delivery Platform connecting 40 key business markets worldwide. In addition to providing Managed Services to more than 230 countries/territories, the company also has extensive global VPLS-enabled Ethernet network capabilities. www.globalcloudxchange.com

Epsilon Reorganises International Leadership Team to Expand New Agency Offerings

– Epsilon announced executive changes to accelerate growth in holistic data-driven marketing offerings globally


Hong Kong (13 March, 2014) –
Epsilon, the global leader in delivering direct-to-customer connections that drive business performance, announced a number of leadership changes in APAC and EMEA to support the expansion of new marketing agency offerings. These executive changes include the following leaders: Dominic Powers, Frank Anan, Phil Cottier, Liz Sullivan, Mike Kustreba and Janet Low.

Dominic Powers has been promoted to take charge of Epsilon’s growth strategy in the APAC and EMEA regions, developing new offerings and markets, as the newly appointed Executive Vice President and Managing Director for International. He will join Epsilon’s global senior leadership team and continue to report to Andy Frawley, president of Epsilon.

Powers and his new leadership line-up will be responsible for Epsilon’s continued development of a new breed of marketing agency that empowers global brands to unite data-driven marketing, technology and creative across traditional and digital channels.

“Marketing has been transformed by data, digital and social. Brands can no longer develop meaningful customer relationships in a consumer-driven economy without the smart use of data and technology. It’s clear that traditional agencies have struggled to develop these capabilities. Epsilon is the only company that can nimbly integrate data, technology and creative agency services to drive results,” Powers said.

Frank Anan is now Senior Vice President, Digital for International, relocating to Tokyo from San Francisco. Frank is a founding partner of SolutionSet Digital, part of HMI’s group of agencies which Epsilon acquired in 2012. He will lead the development, planning and technical execution of digital projects and integrated marketing programmes for clients in Asia Pacific and Europe.

Frank Anan said: “I’m very excited to be joining Dominic Powers and his fantastic teams in Asia and Europe. Most exciting is the opportunity to work with Epsilon’s existing International clients and bring fresh ideas to their digital marketing efforts, as well as, helping to extend the reach of current North American clients across the two oceans. I believe leveraging innovative technology, folding in a layer of engaging creative and grounding it in data and strategy is key to developing a brand’s relationship and fueling meaningful conversations with its customers.”

In addition, Phil Cottier will now serve as Managing Director, EMEA, and Mike Kustreba will become Managing Director, APAC. Previously, Cottier was CEO of Acorn, a creative agency which was part of Epsilon’s acquisition of HMI in November 2012. He brings over 25 years of global advertising experience and worked for some of the world’s biggest advertising agencies and brands including Coca-Cola, SAB Miller and 3M. Kustreba was previously Vice President of Client Services, Epsilon, for the APAC region. He has over 13 years of experience in providing brands with relevant, customised digital marketing solutions that deliver high-performance customer experiences across multiple channels. Some of the household brands which Kustreba has worked closely with include Domino’s Pizza and Dell.

Janet Low will take over Kustreba’s previous role to become Vice President of Client Services, Asia Pacific. Additionally, Liz Sullivan has been promoted from Director to Vice President of Strategic Consulting & Advanced Analytics for International. She will lead teams in Europe and APAC to expand Epsilon’s growing consulting and advanced analytics operation.

Frank Anan, Phil Cottier, Mike Kustreba and Liz Sullivan will report to Powers.


About Epsilon
Epsilon is the global leader in delivering direct-to-customer connections that drive business performance. Epsilon’s integrated solutions leverage the power of rich transactional and demographic marketing data, strategic insights, analytics, award-winning creative and robust digital and database marketing technologies to connect brands with consumers both online and offline, increasing engagement to generate measurable marketing outcomes.  Founded in 1969, Epsilon works with over 2,000 global clients and employs over 4,800 associates in more than 60 offices worldwide. Epsilon is an Alliance Data company.

Epsilon International is an operating unit of Epsilon, with local offices in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, U.K., France, Germany and Ireland. For more information, visit epsilon.com, follow us on Twitter @EpsilonAPAC, LinkedIn Group Epsilon Asia Pacific or email to apac-info@epsilon.com.

Bite Promotes Next Generation of General Managers in Australia and Hong Kong

New roles demonstrate management strength in depth

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Hong Kong & Sydney, March 12, 2014 – Bite has announced two key promotions in Asia Pacific. Karen Coleman assumes the role of General Manager for Bite Australia, while Rosemary Merz is appointed General Manager for Hong Kong. Both previously held the role of Group Director in their respective offices.

Karen Coleman joined the company in 2007 as a consultant and has since risen steadily in the organization. In her new role she takes on full P&L and team responsibility for Bite’s award-winning Australia business, which has doubled in revenues and profits over the last four years.

Rosemary Merz takes charge of Bite’s biggest office in the region, comprising dedicated communications and digital marketing teams. As general manager she will lead the further development of Bite’s content-based integrated marketing services offering, ranging from public relations and social media to paid digital marketing, development and search.

Both Karen and Rosemary report to Paul Mottram, EVP Asia Pacific.

Rosemary Merz
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“If you want to know what tomorrow looks like in our industry, spend a day with either Rosemary or Karen,” said Paul Mottram. “At a time of huge change in the marketing communications landscape, Karen and Rosemary have proven themselves to be accomplished client and team leaders. They both combine content and storytelling skills with huge appetites to find new ways to deploy that content for measurable results on behalf of Bite’s clients.”

Bite has been a pioneer in Asia Pacific over the past five years in integrating digital and social marketing services across the traditional PR agency skill set. Its progress has been recognized in the past months by several awards, including Campaign Asia Pacific’s PR Week award for Mid-Size Agency of the Year, the Holmes Report’s Asia Pacific Technology Consultancy of the Year, and most recently a Marketing Interactive Bronze Award for Digital Strategy.

About Bite
With 15 locations around the world, Bite is a global marketing services agency with a proven methodology that helps clients develop differentiated positions, build digital footprints and win in the marketplace.  Our business- and tech-savvy teams work with companies who are innovating in their fields, disrupting markets and changing the world.  We attack every challenge with insight, analytics, methodology and creativity to drive hard-core business results. For more information, visit www.biteglobal.com