Graduate Management Admission Council Appoints Joy Jones as Incoming CEO

Jones to succeed Sangeet Chowfla as head of the global association representing leading graduate business schools

GMAC Incoming CEO Joy Jones

GMAC Incoming CEO Joy Jones

RESTON, Va., Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a global association of leading graduate business schools, today announced the appointment of Joy Jones as the organization’s CEO-Elect. Jones currently serves as GMAC’s chief product officer and general manager of assessments, a role she has held since July 2017. The announcement came after current CEO Sangeet Chowfla announced his intention to step down from the position earlier this year, and an extensive search executed by a global executive recruiting firm. The GMAC board of directors unanimously voted to elect Jones, who will become GMAC’s fourth CEO as of October 1, 2022.

“With more than a hundred interested candidates from around the world, the Board conducted extensive interviews and thorough evaluations over the past months and was thrilled to find the best person to lead the organization from within,” said Jon Erickson, chairman of the GMAC board of directors and former president of education and career services at ACT. “Besides her proven success with growing GMAC products and services and deep understanding of the graduate management education industry we represent, we were especially impressed by Ms. Jones’s vision, intellect, composure, and ability to relate to people.”

Jones joined GMAC five years ago with the responsibility for holistically managing the Council’s assessments and preparation portfolio, which includes the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam—the most widely used assessment by business schools worldwide and relied on by more than 7,500 business school programs, the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, Executive Assessment, and associated assessment preparation materials. She was instrumental in navigating through challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic with a rapid launch of the online delivery of all GMAC assessment solutions. Earlier this year, under her stewardship, GMAC debuted Business Fundamentals Powered by Kaplan, a new GMAC product line of “micro” courses in statistics, accounting, and finance to help prepare business school aspirants and admitted students for success in their graduate programs.

“It is a great honor for me to be chosen to lead a long-standing and highly regarded organization like GMAC, with an outstanding 70-year history of connecting talent with opportunity through higher education,” said Jones. “As the organization enters into a new chapter in an ever-evolving global business environment, focused on innovation and growth as well as diversity and inclusion, I look forward to continuing to work alongside my dedicated colleagues at GMAC and in the business school community to advance graduate management education and ensure that talented people have the opportunity to improve the world we live in.”

Throughout her career, Jones has been a transformational leader in a variety of roles spanning strategy, product, sales, business development, and operations, with expertise in leveraging new technologies to create innovative solutions for global markets. Prior to joining GMAC, Jones had a 13-year tenure at the Associated Press (AP) which culminated as their Vice President of Global Products, overseeing all product portfolio and distribution platform management across the company’s multimedia content licensing, advertising, and content service businesses. Prior to AP, Jones worked at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, where she was an executive with the Strategic Advisory Services and Telecom Media Networks consulting practices. She earned her MBA at Stanford University and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and applied sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she graduated with honors.

Jones will succeed Sangeet Chowfla, who has chosen to step down for a new phase of his life after nearly a decade at the helm of GMAC. Chowfla joined GMAC in 2013 and served as President and CEO since 2014. During his tenure, Chowfla drove an extraordinary period of transformation and diversification for GMAC, including establishing regional offices in China, India, and the U.K., and oversaw three acquisitions of complementary products and services designed to help foster connections with candidates and schools, namely NMAT by GMAC, BusinessBecause, and The MBA Tour. He also helped redefine the GMAC brand in renewing focus on serving member schools and uniting the industry to solve common problems and created additional value for schools through expanding our research programs, conferences, and events. Chowfla will continue as an advisor through the end of the year to be available for a smooth and orderly transition.

“Sangeet Chowfla joined the organization during a period of disruption in the industry that only intensified with the advent of the pandemic and global geopolitical challenges,” said Erickson. “We are grateful for his service and the extraordinary growth and evolution that has enabled us to build long-term strategies and position our association for the future to continue serving schools and candidates.”

“It has been an honor and privilege to lead this great organization in a time of change,” said Chowfla. “GMAC’s mission, its people, and the connections that it fosters are truly unique. I look back with some satisfaction that we have built a stronger and more resilient GMAC that is leaner, more diversified in its service offerings, and more global in its outlook. Joy and I have worked closely over the years, and I leave secure in knowing that she has the vision and capability to lead the organization and take it forward.”

About GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a mission-driven association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. Founded in 1953, GMAC provides world-class research, industry conferences, recruiting tools, and assessments for the graduate management education industry, as well as resources, events, and services that help guide candidates through their higher education journey. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment.

More than 12 million prospective students a year trust GMAC’s websites, including, to learn about MBA and business master’s programs, connect with schools around the world, prepare and register for exams and get advice on successfully applying to MBA and business master’s programs. BusinessBecause and The MBA Tour are subsidiaries of GMAC, a global organization with offices in China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Winners Announced in the Seventh Annual Stevie® Awards for Great Employers

Top Winners Include IBM and Tata Consultancy Services

2022 Stevie Awards for Great Employers Winners Announced

These awards recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Winners in the 2022 (seventh annual) Stevie® Awards for Great Employers, an international competition, were announced today. The awards recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.

Among the organizations with the most Stevie-winning nominations are IBM, worldwide (27 Gold, Silver, and Bronze wins), Tata Consultancy Services, worldwide (23), Enerjisa Enerji, Turkey (21), Bank of America, USA (18), Cathay United Bank, Taiwan (10), Globe Telecom, Inc., Philippines (10), MİGROS, Turkey (10), Abu Dhabi Customs, United Arab Emirates (8), DHL Global Forwarding, Germany (8), Sabanci Holding, Turkey (8), İGA (İstanbul Grand Airport), Turkey (7), Megaphone, Australia (7), and NEQSOL HOLDING, Azerbaijan (7).

Visit for a full list of winners by category.

Next week two Grand (“best of show”) Stevie Award winners will be announced. One will go to the nomination that received the highest average score from the judges. The other, for Organization of the Year, will go to the entrant with the most award points earned in the competition.

The Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be celebrated during an awards banquet on September 17 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Tickets for the event are now on sale.

More than 950 nominations from organizations in 26 nations were evaluated in this year’s competition. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 100 professionals worldwide, acting as judges. Winners in the Employer of the Year categories, sponsored by HiBob, were determined by a unique blending of the average scores of the professional judges and more than 80,000 votes by the general public.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  • Employer of the Year
  • HR Achievements
  • HR Individual Awards
  • HR Team Categories
  • Solution Provider Awards
  • COVID-19 Response
  • More than 50 New Product & Service Categories
  • Thought Leadership

The awards are presented by the Stevie Awards, which organizes eight of the world’s leading business awards programs including the prestigious International Business Awards® and American Business Awards®.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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J.M. Huber Corporation Signs Agreement to Acquire the Biolchim Group From NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital and Management Team

ATLANTA, Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — J.M. Huber Corporation (Huber)—a global, family-owned specialty engineered materials manufacturing company—announced today that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire full control of the Biolchim Group from NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital and the Biolchim Group management team. The Biolchim Group, managed and headed by Galileo Quattro SARL, has its main operating base in Italy and is a leading producer and distributor of a full range of specialty plant nutrition and biostimulants. Closing of the sale, anticipated to occur by the end of 2022, is subject to customary closing conditions including the foreign direct investment approval in Italy.

All the companies in the Biolchim Group—including Biolchim S.p.A, Cifo, Ilsa S.p.A, Matécsa Kft, and West Coast Marine-Bio Processing Corp.—are within the scope of the purchase. The Biolchim Group operates eight production plants globally and its products—biostimulants, trace elements, and water soluble, liquid and foliar fertilizers—are present in over 70 countries worldwide. The Biolchim Group has a rich 50-year history of serving the agricultural industry.

Upon close of the sale, the Biolchim Group will become part of Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a company within the Huber portfolio of businesses. The Biolchim Group will be a key part of the strategic foundation of the Huber AgroSolutions (HAS) business unit of HEM that currently includes Miller Chemical & Fertilizer (Miller).

Leonardo Valenti, CEO of the Biolchim Group since 2008 and a pioneer in the plant nutrition industry, will remain committed to lead the Biolchim Group through the next phase of growth and the integration, leveraging the synergy potential of the strategic combination of both entities.

Huber AgroSolutions’ vision is to become a leading formulator of sustainable, high-performing agricultural products globally. The acquisition of the Biolchim Group, which has achieved impressive growth due to its broad offering of biostimulant and specialty nutritional products, significantly advances this vision by bringing an innovative and entrepreneurial workforce and culture to HAS. Together the companies share a culture that is deeply committed to plant nutrition and the success of its many customers around the globe.

The complementary sales footprint of both companies will enable expanded customer and product access into key agricultural regions globally. In addition to remaining committed to serve the Biolchim Group’s existing customer base, this also ideally positions HAS to advance the sales of the Biolchim Group’s products through its strong relationships with US-based growers and its complementary distribution network in Latin America and select countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Biolchim Group’s sales channels are ideally suited to advance the sales of various Miller products via its strength in Europe and its global subsidiary network.

“I am excited and energized about this opportunity to combine two successful businesses, Miller and the Biolchim Group,” says David Riley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Huber AgroSolutions. “I am also thankful to Mr. Valenti for his leadership and support as we transition the Biolchim Group and Miller to the next phase of growth.”

Leonardo Valenti, CEO of the Biolchim Group, says, “The strategic combination of the Biolchim Group and Huber AgroSolutions will be transformative since the companies have complementary commercial and product offerings, as well as industry-leading technologies and research capacities. We are both eager to collaborate, share knowledge and build on each other’s capabilities. The agreement will open up new growth ambitions and will position us as a leading player in specialty nutrition globally. I am excited about the promising future for the company, and I am grateful to NB Renaissance and Chequers Capital for the continuous support received over the past several years through the implementation of the Biolchim Group’s value creation plan and the key strategic decisions.”

“Miller and the Biolchim Group create a powerful combination of brands, people and specialty products that will bring tremendous value to our respective customers globally,” says Dan Krawczyk, President of HEM. “We’re extremely excited to welcome the Biolchim Group’s employees to Huber given the similarities in our cultures, values and goals. Together we will work to shape the future of the organization and build a leading global business in the agriculture industry.”

Gretchen McClain, President and CEO of J.M. Huber Corporation, adds, “This combination furthers our commitment to provide innovative products and solutions to the global agriculture industry. Enabling food security for people around the world supports Huber’s overall sustainability commitment and strategy.”

Huber is being advised on the purchase by Rabobank and Jefferies, and Jones Day is acting as legal counsel to Huber on the transaction.

About J.M. Huber Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US), operates a diverse portfolio of companies: CP Kelco, Huber Engineered Materials, Huber Engineered Woods and Huber Resources Corp. With locations around the world, our businesses create products used in a broad range of applications including personal care, food and beverage, agricultural nutrients and adjuvants, building materials, flame retardants and smoke suppressants, as well as sustainable forestry services. Founded in 1883, Huber is one of the largest family-owned companies based in the US. For more information, visit

About Huber Engineered Materials
Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US) is focused on engineered specialty chemical and minerals that enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial, agricultural and consumer applications. HEM’s AgroSolutions strategic business unit also has a portfolio of high value agricultural nutrients and adjuvants that it delivers to customers in the agriculture industry through a global network of distributors. For more information, visit

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J.M. Huber Corporation signe un accord pour l’acquisition de Biolchim Group auprès de NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital et de l’équipe de direction

ATLANTA, 08 août 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — J.M. Huber Corporation (Huber), une entreprise familiale mondiale de fabrication de matériaux d’ingénierie spécialisés, a annoncé aujourd’hui la signature d’un accord contraignant visant à acquérir le contrôle total de Biolchim Group auprès de NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital et de l’équipe de direction de Biolchim Group. Biolchim Group, géré et dirigé par Galileo Quattro SARL, possède sa principale base d’exploitation en Italie et est un producteur et distributeur de premier plan d’une gamme complète de biostimulants et de nutrition des plantes spécialisées. La clôture de la vente, prévue pour la fin de l’année 2022, est soumise aux conditions habituelles de clôture, y compris l’approbation des investissements étrangers directs en Italie.

Toutes les sociétés de Biolchim Group, y compris Biolchim S.p.A, Cifo, Ilsa S.p.A, Matécsa Kft et West Coast Marine-Bio Processing Corp., sont concernées par l’achat. Biolchim Group exploite huit usines de production dans le monde et ses produits (biostimulants, éléments de traçabilité et engrais solubles dans l’eau, liquides et foliaires) sont présents dans plus de 70 pays à travers le monde. Biolchim Group est fort d’une riche histoire de 50 ans au service de l’industrie agricole.

À la clôture de la vente, Biolchim Group fera partie de Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), une société du portefeuille d’activités de Huber. Biolchim Group sera un élément clé de la fondation stratégique de l’unité commerciale Huber AgroSolutions (HAS) de HEM qui comprend actuellement Miller Chemical & Fertilizer (Miller).

Leonardo Valenti, PDG de Biolchim Group depuis 2008 et pionnier dans le secteur de la nutrition végétale, restera engagé à diriger Biolchim Group au cours de la prochaine phase de croissance et d’intégration, en tirant parti du potentiel de synergie de la combinaison stratégique des deux entités.

La vision de Huber AgroSolutions est de devenir l’un des principaux formulateurs de produits agricoles durables et performants à l’échelle mondiale. L’acquisition de Biolchim Group, qui a connu une croissance impressionnante grâce à sa large offre de biostimulants et de produits nutritionnels spécialisés, fait progresser considérablement cette vision en apportant à HAS une main-d’œuvre et une culture innovantes et entrepreneuriales. Ensemble, les entreprises partagent une culture profondément engagée dans la nutrition des plantes et dans le succès de ses nombreux clients à travers le monde.

L’empreinte commerciale complémentaire des deux sociétés permettra d’élargir l’accès des clients et des produits dans des régions agricoles clés à l’échelle mondiale. En plus de rester engagée à servir la clientèle existante de Biolchim Group, cela positionne également idéalement HAS pour faire progresser les ventes des produits de Biolchim Group grâce à ses relations solides avec les producteurs américains et son réseau de distribution complémentaire en Amérique latine et dans certains pays d’Europe, du Moyen-Orient et d’Afrique. Les canaux de vente de Biolchim Group sont idéalement adaptés pour faire progresser les ventes de divers produits Miller grâce à sa force en Europe et son réseau de filiales mondial.

« Je suis ravi et stimulé par cette opportunité de combiner deux entreprises prospères, Miller et Biolchim Group », a déclaré David Riley, vice-président principal et directeur général de Huber AgroSolutions. « Je suis également reconnaissant envers M. Valenti pour son leadership et son soutien alors que nous faisons passer Biolchim Group et Miller à leur prochaine phase de croissance. »

Leonardo Valenti, PDG de Biolchim Group, a commenté : « La combinaison stratégique de Biolchim Group et de Huber AgroSolutions sera transformatrice puisque les entreprises disposent d’offres commerciales et de produits complémentaires, ainsi que de technologies et de capacités de recherche de pointe. Nous sommes tous deux impatients de collaborer, de partager nos connaissances et de nous appuyer sur les capacités de chacun. Cet accord ouvrira de nouvelles ambitions de croissance et nous positionnera comme un acteur de premier plan dans le domaine de la nutrition spécialisée à l’échelle mondiale. Je suis enthousiasmé par l’avenir prometteur de l’entreprise et reconnaissant envers NB Renaissance et Chequers Capital pour le soutien continu reçu au cours des dernières années grâce à la mise en œuvre du plan de création de valeur de Biolchim Group et des décisions stratégiques clés. »

« Miller et Biolchim Group créent une combinaison puissante de marques, de personnes et de produits spécialisés qui apporteront une valeur considérable à nos clients respectifs dans le monde entier », a déclaré Dan Krawczyk, président de HEM. « Nous sommes extrêmement ravis d’accueillir les employés de Biolchim Group chez Huber, compte tenu des similitudes dans nos cultures, nos valeurs et nos objectifs. Ensemble, nous travaillerons à façonner l’avenir de l’organisation et à bâtir une entreprise mondiale de premier plan dans l’industrie agricole. »

Gretchen McClain, PDG de J.M. Huber Corporation, a ajouté : « Cette combinaison renforce notre engagement à fournir des produits et des solutions innovants à l’industrie agricole mondiale. Permettre la sécurité alimentaire pour les personnes du monde entier soutient l’engagement et la stratégie de durabilité globale de Huber. »

Huber est conseillée sur l’achat par Rabobank et Jefferies, et Jones Day agit en tant que conseiller juridique pour Huber dans le cadre de la transaction.

À propos de J.M. Huber Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, dont le siège social est situé à Atlanta, en Géorgie (États-Unis), exploite un portefeuille diversifié de sociétés : CP Kelco, Huber Engineered Materials, Huber Engineered Woods et Huber Resources Corp. Avec des sites dans le monde entier, nos entreprises créent des produits utilisés dans une large gamme d’applications, notamment les soins personnels, les aliments et les boissons, les nutriments et les adjuvants agricoles, les matériaux de construction, les retardateurs de flamme et les suppresseurs de fumée, ainsi que les services de foresterie durable. Fondée en 1883, Huber est l’une des plus grandes sociétés familiales basées aux États-Unis. Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez vous rendre sur le site

À propos de Huber Engineered Materials
Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), dont le siège social est situé à Atlanta, en Géorgie (États-Unis), se concentre sur la conception de produits chimiques et minéraux spécialisés qui améliorent la performance, l’attrait et le traitement d’une large gamme de produits utilisés dans des applications industrielles, agricoles et grand public. L’unité commerciale stratégique AgroSolutions d’HEM dispose également d’un portefeuille de nutriments et d’adjuvants agricoles de haute valeur qu’elle fournit aux clients de l’industrie agricole par le biais d’un réseau mondial de distributeurs. Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez vous rendre sur le site

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J.M. Huber Corporation Assina Acordo de Aquisição do Biolchim Group da NB Renaissance, Chequers Capital e Equipe de Gestão

ATLANTA, Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A J.M. Huber Corporation (Huber) – empresa global de engenharia de materiais especializados de propriedade de uma família – anunciou hoje que assinou um contrato vinculativo de aquisição do controle total do Biolchim Group da NB Renaissance, da Chequers Capital e da equipe de gestão do Grupo Biolchim. O Biolchim Group, administrado e dirigido pela Galileo Quattro SARL, tem a sua principal base operacional na Itália e é um dos principais produtores e distribuidores de uma gama completa de nutrição e bioestimulantes especializados para plantas. O fechamento da venda, previsto para ocorrer até o final de 2022, está sujeito às condições habituais de fechamento, incluindo a aprovação de investimento direto estrangeiro na Itália.

Todas as empresas do Biolchim Group – incluindo Biolchim S.p.A, Cifo, Ilsa S.p.A, Matécsa Kft e West Coast Marine-Bio Processing Corp. – estão dentro do escopo da compra. O Biolchim Group opera oito plantas de produção em todo o mundo e seus produtos – bioestimulantes, oligoelementos e fertilizantes solúveis em água, líquidos e foliares – estão presentes em mais de 70 países. O Biolchim Group tem um vasto histórico de 50 anos de serviço à indústria agrícola.

Após o fechamento da venda, o Biolchim Group passará a fazer parte da Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), uma empresa do portfólio de empresas da Huber. O Biolchim Group será parte fundamental da fundação estratégica da unidade de negócios Huber AgroSolutions (HAS) da HEM que atualmente inclui a Miller Chemical & Fertilizer (Miller).

Leonardo Valenti, CEO do Biolchim Group desde 2008 e pioneiro na indústria de nutrição vegetal, continuará empenhado em liderar o Biolchim Group na próxima fase de crescimento e integração, aproveitando o potencial de sinergia da combinação estratégica de ambas as entidades.

A Huber AgroSolutions tem o objetivo de se tornar uma formuladora líder global de produtos agrícolas sustentáveis e de alto desempenho. A aquisição do Biolchim Group, que alcançou um crescimento impressionante devido à sua ampla oferta de produtos bioestimulantes e nutricionais especiais, promove significativamente esse objetivo ao trazer uma força de trabalho e cultura inovadoras e empreendedoras para a HAS. Juntas, as empresas compartilham uma cultura profundamente comprometida com a nutrição das plantas e com o sucesso dos seus muitos clientes em todo o mundo.

As estruturas de vendas complementares de ambas as empresas permitirão o acesso expandido do cliente e do produto nas principais regiões agrícolas de todo o mundo. Além de dar continuidade ao atendimento da base de clientes do Biolchim Group, esta união também viabiliza que a HAS aumente as vendas dos produtos do Biolchim Group por meio dos seus fortes relacionamentos com produtores dos EUA e sua rede de distribuição complementar na América Latina e determinados países da Europa, Oriente Médio e África. Os canais de vendas do Biolchim Group são ideais para a promoção das vendas de vários produtos Miller com a sua forte presença na Europa e sua rede de subsidiárias globais.

“Estou muito empolgado com esta oportunidade de unir duas empresas de sucesso, a Miller e o Biolchim Group”, disse David Riley, Vice-Presidente Sênior e Gerente Geral da Huber AgroSolutions. “Também sou grato ao Sr. Valenti por sua liderança e apoio durante a transição do Biolchim Group e da Miller para a próxima fase de crescimento.”

Leonardo Valenti, CEO do Biolchim Group, disse: “A união estratégica do Biolchim Group com a Huber AgroSolutions será transformadora, pois as empresas têm ofertas comerciais e de produtos complementares, bem como tecnologias e capacidades de pesquisa líderes do setor. Estamos prontos para colaborar, compartilhar conhecimentos e desenvolver nossas capacidades mútuas. O acordo abrirá novas portas para o crescimento e nos posicionará como protagonistas globais na área de nutrição especializada. Estou empolgado com o futuro promissor da empresa e agradeço à NB Renaissance e à Chequers Capital pelo apoio contínuo recebido nos últimos anos durante a implementação do plano de criação de valor do Biolchim Group e das principais decisões estratégicas.”

“Juntos, a Miller e o Biolchim Group irão criar potentes marcas, pessoal e produtos especializados que trarão um tremendo valor para nossos clientes em todo o mundo”, disse Dan Krawczyk, Presidente da HEM. “Estamos extremamente entusiasmados em receber os funcionários do Biolchim Group na Huber, dadas as semelhanças das nossas culturas, valores e objetivos. Juntos, trabalharemos para moldar o futuro da organização e criar uma empresa global líder do setor agrícola.”

Gretchen McClain, Presidente e CEO da J.M. Huber Corporation acrescentou: “Esta união irá solidificar ainda mais o nosso compromisso de fornecer produtos e soluções inovadoras para a indústria agrícola global. O compromisso e a estratégia de sustentabilidade geral da Huber estão centrados na segurança alimentar das pessoas em todo o mundo.”

A Rabobank and Jefferies está atuando como consultora da compra, e a Jones Day está atuando como consultora jurídica da Huber para a transação.

Sobre a J.M. Huber Corporation
A J.M. Huber Corporation, com sede em Atlanta, Geórgia (EUA), opera um portfólio diversificado de empresas: CP Kelco, Huber Engineered Materials, Huber Engineered Woods e Huber Resources Corp. Com locais em todo o mundo, nossas empresas criam produtos usados em uma ampla gama de aplicações, incluindo cuidados pessoais, alimentos e bebidas, nutrientes e adjuvantes agrícolas, materiais de construção, retardadores de chama e supressores de fumaça, bem como serviços florestais sustentáveis. Fundada em 1883, a Huber é uma das maiores empresas familiares com sede nos EUA. Para mais informação, visite

Sobre a Huber Engineered Materials
A Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), com sede em Atlanta, Geórgia (EUA), está focada em produtos químicos e minerais especializados projetados que melhoram o desempenho, o apelo e o processamento de uma ampla gama de produtos utilizados em aplicações industriais, agrícolas e de consumo. A unidade de negócios estratégicos AgroSolutions da HEM também tem um portfólio de nutrientes e adjuvantes agrícolas de alto valor que são fornecidos aos clientes do setor agrícola por meio de uma rede global de distribuidores. Para mais informação, visite

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“Commitment by Seychelles to lead” – SIDS in AU to set up fisheries platform

Seychelles and other small island nations in the African Union (AU) are looking to set up a fisheries platform that will allow them to join forces in discussions at the international level, said a top fisheries officer on Monday. 

The principal secretary for fisheries, Roy Clarisse, said that “the platform will allow us to discuss common strategies we have, that we may then take onto the international scene.”

Representatives from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the AU are attending a meeting at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay hotel on Mahe to discuss the way forward in establishing a network aimed at benefitting them in the sector.

“As a leader in the domain, we can bring forward how we can negotiate bilateral and regional agreements and we will give our support to other SIDS,” said Clarisse.

The workshop is being organised by the Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-BAR) – an organisation in the African Union that supports and coordinates the use of livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and wildlife resources on the continent.

Since 2014, AU-IBAR has run a fisheries governance project that the European Union is funding. The project has two components and the first one was strengthening institutional capacity to enhance governance of the fisheries sector in Africa, which ended in 2018.

Establishing the platform needed to proceed is the second part of the project which is to enhance sustainable fisheries management and aquaculture development in Africa.

Over the coming three days, the participants will discuss the various ways to establish the platform to deal with their specific needs. They will also develop strategic positions to ensure increased contributions to food and nutritional security, poverty alleviation and economic growth.

Meanwhile, in his opening address for the event, the Minister for Fisheries and the Blue Economy, Jean-Francois Ferrari, said that the two sectors were very important to the island state.

Fisheries is the second most important contributor to the Seychelles’ economy after tourism.

He announced that Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, has plans to bid for a leading role for SIDS on the continent.

“There is a commitment by Seychelles to lead,” he said and invited the representatives to either vote for the archipelago or challenge it.

“With some forethought and planning, Seychelles has established a Blue Economy and is now seen as a pioneer. This has been done with the ocean-based sustainable management concept,” added the Minister.

He said that the platform will allow Seychelles to learn how to properly manage its vast marine protected areas.

Attending the workshop alongside the Seychellois representatives are participants from Mauritius, Comoros, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and Madagascar. The participants are expected to present their recommendations on Friday.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

‘Grease’ Star Olivia Newton-John Dies Aged 73

Singer Olivia Newton-John, who gained worldwide fame as the high school sweetheart Sandy in the hit movie “Grease,” died Monday after a 30-year battle with cancer. She was 73.

Newton-John “passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” said a statement from her husband John Easterling posted on her official social media accounts.

The entertainer, whose career spanned more than five decades, devoted much of her time and celebrity to charities after first being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.

The British-born and Australian-raised star dedicated a number of albums and concerts to raise funds for research and early detection of the disease, including the construction of a health center named after her in her adopted home of Melbourne.

“I don’t like to say ‘battled,'” a defiant Newton-John told Australia’s Channel Seven TV in September 2018, after revealing she had been diagnosed with cancer for a third time.

“I like to say ‘win over,’ because ‘battled’ sets up this anger and inflammation that you don’t want.”

‘You’re the one that I want’

Newton-John is best-known for starring in the 1978 musical “Grease” alongside John Travolta, as the-girl-next-door Sandy, who trades her ankle-length skirt and prim and proper hair for skin-tight black pants and a perm.

The high school sweetheart-turned-bad girl resonated with audiences worldwide and continues to capture hearts decades after the movie was released.

“Making it was fun, but you never know with movies if audiences are going to go with it or not, even if you love it,” she said in a Forbes interview in 2018.

“It is incredible that it is still going but it’s not even just that, it’s showing no signs of stopping. You say ‘Sandy and Danny’ and people instantly know what you’re talking about.”

“Grease” remained the highest-grossing musical for three decades, with Newton-John and Travolta maintaining a close relationship long after the film was made.

“She was my favorite thing about doing ‘Grease,'” Travolta said in an interview to mark the film’s 40 anniversary in 2018.

There was no one else “in the universe” who could play Sandy, he said of Newton-John, who turned 29 during the making of Grease and later revealed she had to be convinced by Travolta to take up the role after self-doubts that she was too old to play a teenager.

“If you were a young man in the 70s … if you remember that album cover with Olivia with that blue shirt on, with those big blue eyes staring at you,” Travolta recalled.

“Every boy’s, every man’s dream was: ‘oh, I would love for that girl to be my girlfriend.'”

Her career would span from singer and actor to author and philanthropist in the coming decades, with her passion for cancer research at the forefront, championing natural therapies, including medicinal cannabis in the treatment of cancer.

She performed into her late 60s, until her latest diagnosis, including a two-year residency in Vegas, a 2015 tour with Australian music legend John Farnham and even recording a Club Dance track at 67 with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi.

“I have done everything, and the icing on the cake as well,” she said, reflecting on her career.

“So I feel grateful for anything that happens now.”

Source: Voice Of America

UK Museum Agrees to Return Looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

A London museum agreed Sunday to return a collection of Benin Bronzes looted in the late 19th century from what is now Nigeria as cultural institutions throughout Britain come under pressure to repatriate artifacts acquired during the colonial era.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in southeast London said that it would transfer a collection of 72 items to the Nigerian government. The decision comes after Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments formally asked for the artifacts to be returned earlier this year and following a consultation with community members, artists and schoolchildren in Nigeria and the U.K., the museum said.

“The evidence is very clear that these objects were acquired through force, and external consultation supported our view that it is both moral and appropriate to return their ownership to Nigeria,” Eve Salomon, chair of the museum’s board of trustees, said in a statement. “The Horniman is pleased to be able to take this step, and we look forward to working with the NCMM to secure longer term care for these precious artifacts.”

The Horniman’s collection is a small part of the 3,000 to 5,000 artifacts taken from the Kingdom of Benin in 1897 when British soldiers attacked and occupied Benin City as Britain expanded its political and commercial influence in West Africa. The British Museum alone holds more than 900 objects from Benin, and National Museums Scotland has another 74. Others were distributed to museums around the world.

The artifacts include plaques, animal and human figures, and items of royal regalia made from brass and bronze by artists working for the royal court of Benin. The general term Benin Bronzes is sometimes applied to items made from ivory, coral, wood and other materials as well as the metal sculptures.

Increasing demand for returns

Countries including Nigeria, Egypt and Greece, as well indigenous peoples from North America to Australia, are increasingly demanding the return of artifacts and human remains amid a global reassessment of colonialism and the exploitation of local populations.

Nigeria and Germany recently signed a deal for the return of hundreds of Benin Bronzes. That followed French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision last year to sign over 26 pieces known as the Abomey Treasures, priceless artworks of the 19th century Dahomey kingdom in present-day Benin, a small country that sits just west of Nigeria.

But British institutions have been slower to respond.

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture formally asked the British Museum to return its Benin Bronzes in October of last year.

The museum said Sunday that it is working with a number of partners in Nigeria and it is committed to a “thorough and open investigation” of the history of the Benin artifacts and the looting of Benin City.

“The museum is committed to active engagement with Nigerian institutions concerning the Benin Bronzes, including pursuing and supporting new initiatives developed in collaboration with Nigerian partners and colleagues,” the British Museum says on its website.

BLM inspires museum to ‘reset’

The Horniman Museum also traces its roots to the Age of Empire.

The museum opened in 1890, when tea merchant Frederick Horniman opened his collection of artifacts from around the world for public viewing.

Amid the Black Lives Matter movement, the museum embarked on a “reset agenda,” that sought to “address long-standing issues of racism and discrimination within our history and collections, and a determination to set ourselves on a more sustainable course for the future.”

The museum’s website acknowledges that Frederick Horniman’s involvement in the Chinese tea trade meant he benefitted from low prices due to Britain’s sale of opium in China and the use of poorly compensated and sometimes forced labor.

The Horniman also recognizes that it holds items “obtained through colonial violence.”

These include the Horniman’s collection of Benin Bronzes, comprising 12 brass plaques, as well as a brass cockerel altar piece, ivory and brass ceremonial objects, brass bells and a key to the king’s palace. The bronzes are currently displayed along with information acknowledging their forced removal from Benin City and their contested status.

“We recognize that we are at the beginning of a journey to be more inclusive in our stories and our practices, and there is much more we need to do,” the museum says on its website. “This includes reviewing the future of collections that were taken by force or in unequal transactions.”

Source: Voice Of America