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The Retail Industry Customer Experience Market Will Reach $10.9 Billion in Revenue by 2026, According to Dash Research

Dash Network

The COVID-19 pandemic and its related recovery trajectory have impacted a wide range of industries, but perhaps none as visible as retail and e-tail. Disruptions to both customer-facing processes (shopping, purchasing, and returns), as well as operational processes (distribution, shipping, and employee/customer safety procedures) forced retailers to deploy new procedures and tools to ensure customers’ needs were met, or accelerate existing plans to place more attention on a customer’s total experience with the retailer. According to a recent report from Dash Research, the global market for retail industry customer experience (CX) and customer engagement (CE) software and services continues to experience robust growth amidst the pandemic recovery. The market intelligence firm forecasts that the global retail CX/CE market will reach $10.9 billion by 2026, up from $5.9 billion in 2019, reflecting a 2019-2026 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.1%. North America, with its large concentration of software vendors and huge base of large, multinational retailers, will lead the forecast, generating $6.3 billion in 2026 revenue, up from $2.5 billion in 2019. North America’s leadership position is also due to the relatively less restrictive privacy and data sharing laws that are currently in place in the region, compared with Europe, and the willingness of North American customers to trade access to data for both perceived and real shopping benefits. “While CX improvements are largely driven by organizational change management, software is increasingly being used to support these initiatives by managing and making available the plethora of customer data that is captured and aggregated from a variety of sources,” says principal analyst Keith Kirkpatrick. “Whether taking a platform approach or using disparate applications, the goal is to enable a 360-degree view of the customer’s interactions with the retailer, while simultaneously removing the friction points and barriers that can interfere with promptly and intelligently responding to sales queries, service requests, or complaints.” Kirkpatrick adds that the key market drivers spurring the growth of CX software and services in the retail industry include the following: The operational and behavioral shifts that were the results of the rapid onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent reopening process Increasing customer expectations for consistent and seamless omnichannel experiences The growing use of CX to improve sales channel effectiveness An increasing use of zero-party and first-party data to support omnichannel experiences Dash Research’s report, “CX in the Retail Industry”, looks at the current and future market issues, market drivers and barriers, and case studies within the retail CX/CE industry. Market forecasts include segmentations by geography, functional area, product offering, and visibility to the customer. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the changes in the retail segment that were driven by a staggered reopening, are also discussed. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website. Dash Research, the market intelligence arm of Dash Network, provides in-depth research and insights on the worldwide CX market including a comprehensive assessment of technology solutions, business issues, market drivers, and end-user dynamics across industry sectors. Dash Research’s global market coverage combines qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to provide a complete view of emerging business opportunities surrounding contact center technologies, customer data & analytics, customer data platforms, customer insights & feedback, customer relationship management, personalization & optimization, and employee experience. For more information, visit www.dashresearch.com or call +1.720.603.1700. Contact Details Dash Research Clint Wheelock +1 720-603-1700 press@dashnetwork.com Company Website http://www.dashnetwork.com

January 25, 2022 06:05 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Treliant Appoints Compliance Professionals Larry Candido and Lynne Johnston as Senior Directors

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Larry Candido and Lynne Johnston have been named Senior Directors at Treliant, expanding the firm’s team of compliance and risk management professionals. Each has decades of U.S. and international leadership experience at major banks and consultancies serving the financial services sector. Larry has been a Director at Treliant since 2020 advising financial services clients on complex compliance and risk management initiatives. His career spans over 25 years, including roles as Chief Compliance Officer at Rabobank North America Wholesale; Compliance Director, U.S. & Global Compliance Strategy and Administration at Citibank; Managing Director, Head of Legal and Compliance at Eurohypo AG, New York Branch; and General Counsel at the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp. (HSBC) U.S. Group. He was previously a practice leader at Guidehouse (formerly Navigant Consulting) and RGP Consulting, and he has played key roles in managing the legal, compliance, and finance functions at technology startups. Prior to joining Treliant, Lynne’s 30-year career has included legal and compliance roles at global banks and broker-dealers, including Deputy Head of Compliance for Bank of China USA; Regional Head of Compliance for Commerzbank AG; Head of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance for RBC Capital Markets USA; and Regulatory Counsel and Global Head of Money Laundering Prevention for Lehman Brothers. Previously, she has worked in consulting roles supporting U.S. and international banks on a wide-range of compliance and regulatory matters, and served in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. “As former in-house industry practitioners, Treliant’s advisors bring practical compliance experience and leadership qualities to bear in their engagements with financial services clients,” said Treliant Senior Managing Director Grace Brasington. “Larry and Lynne embody this approach, having spent their careers leading compliance and risk management for some of the most prominent financial institutions.” “Financial services companies compete on a continually changing landscape of banking laws and regulations,” Larry said. “I look forward to driving business success for our clients in this fast-paced and demanding environment.” “The list of compliance challenges is long and growing, as companies must mount and sustain programs to control money laundering, manage third-party risk, and handle regulatory risk reporting—to name only a few,” Lynne said. “I’m excited to be joining Treliant’s team of experts across so many disciplines of compliance, risk management, and business strategy. Treliant is a multi-industry consulting firm that serves organizations around the globe. Our firm serves financial institutions, consumer-oriented businesses, other corporations, and law firms. As a firm of leading professionals from industry and government, we assist our clients in navigating regulatory requirements and on best practices, while meeting strategic and operational objectives. We partner with clients as trusted advisors and via managed services including through secondments, interim resources, and other outsourcing strategies. Our advisory and assurance services and specialized, high-quality business solutions strengthen our clients’ corporate and regulatory compliance programs, risk management, and business performance. We also provide comprehensive support for corporate and regulatory investigations, litigation, and as government agency monitors and independent consultants. We serve companies from Main Street to Wall Street and across the globe. Contact Details Melissa Pazornik +1 202-249-7932 mpazornik@treliant.com Company Website https://www.treliant.com

January 24, 2022 01:19 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Jason Carris Buys Independent Print Shop and Converts Business to Minuteman Press Franchise in Red Bank, NJ

Minuteman Press International Inc

Jason Carris is the new owner of Minuteman Press in Red Bank, NJ, which is part of the Middletown Township. Utilizing the Minuteman Press Franchise Conversion Program, Jason purchased independent print shop All American Print & Copy Center, which was in business for 40 years, and took over the location in September 2021. Jason says, “ The biggest advantage of buying this business was having an established clientele. We did our research and made sure the owners were respected by their clients. There was also 40 years of history and track record as well.” What is it like for Jason to be a new local business owner in Red Bank? He says, “Once you make that leap, it’s a very exciting experience to own your own business. We have a vibrant community here and I see the long-term growth potential. I am looking forward to making Minuteman Press a real pillar and trusted business partner in Red Bank / Middletown Township.” Jason further explains, “I think we have a tremendous opportunity to expand our wide format printing business with banners, posters, and signage remaining in high demand for our clients. I am also looking forward to bolstering our in-house mailing and direct mail services to help other local businesses reach their target audiences.” Prior to franchising, Jason worked in medical publishing and digital marketing. He also ran a number of small consulting businesses in his career. He says, “A combination of things – including the pandemic and economic forces – made me decide to go fully into business ownership. My wife Renee has an entrepreneurial spirt as well.” He adds, “ Minuteman Press International and our Regional Vice President Jim Galasso guided us through the purchase of the business step by step. Jim made the process easier to manage and I couldn’t have done this on my own without the help from the team at Minuteman Press.” Why Minuteman Press? Jason answers, “We did a lot of research and Minuteman Press jumped out to us on a number of levels. They were on a lot of top franchise lists, they appealed to people who hadn’t owned a business, and the business seemed easy to learn. In addition to being a highly respected franchise, Minuteman Press had a reasonable cost of entry and I appreciate their cap on royalties.” He continues, “The support has been wonderful. Because there is a 40-year history of the independent print shop we purchased, we have been transitioning the business. It’s great to have the training and support especially since I had not run a business of this scope before.” When asked about the keys to making that leap and becoming a business owner, Jason shares, “I think the two biggest keys to owning a business are to really make sure you feel 100% comfortable with the business model, and to believe in your products and services. Also, it is important to be proactive but also have patience after buying the business. Think about growth potential, and understand there is a learning curve. That’s normal for everyone.” Minuteman Press in Red Bank is located at 518 Route 35, Red Bank, NJ 07701. For more information, call 732-758-6200 or visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/nj/red-bank. Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. For more information on the Minuteman Press Franchise Conversion Program, visit https://bit.ly/minutemanpressconversions. Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

January 24, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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NICOLAS JIMENEZ NAMED DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS FOR COMCAST HOUSTON

Comcast Houston

Nicolas Jimenez has been named director of Government Affairs for Comcast’s Houston Region. In this role, Jimenez will be responsible for overseeing regulatory, franchising, and public policy matters across the entire region. “I’m so excited to join the terrific Comcast team in our Houston region and continue to build on the excellent relationships we have with our government and community partners,” Jimenez said. “My family and I are thrilled to now be part of America’s most diverse city and to a region known for growth, hospitality, and innovation.” Before joining the Houston team, Jimenez led Comcast’s government affairs efforts in South Metro Denver and Southern Colorado. He also worked at Comcast’s Philadelphia headquarters, where he served as national partnerships lead for Internet Essentials, Comcast’s signature community impact initiative aimed at helping income-constrained households get online. Jimenez is a passionate lifelong learner and community-oriented leader, who has a long history of development and paying it forward. “We are excited to have Nicolas join our Comcast Houston team,” said Toni Beck, vice president of External Affairs, Comcast Houston. “His expertise and background in government affairs, passion for digital equity and meaningful stakeholder engagement will be an invaluable asset as we deepen our connection with communities and customers, remain laser-focused on closing the digital divide and grow Comcast’s business in the Houston area.” Jimenez replaces Melinda Little who was promoted to a government affairs role in the Company’s central division. Jimenez is a graduate of Temple University, Fox School of Business. He is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, who enjoys volunteering and spending time with his wife and kids. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. Contact Details Foti Kallergis +1 832-986-0196 Foti_Kallergis@comcast.com Company Website https://houston.comcast.com/

January 24, 2022 05:00 AM Central Standard Time

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NYPA and SIGA Explore Using Level-0 Monitoring Technology To Overcome Cybersecurity Gaps in the Energy Sector

SIGA OT Solutions

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), America's largest state power organization and SIGA OT Solutions, a leading OT cybersecurity company, formed a collaboration in 2019 as part of a New York State economic development partnership, and have published a white paper based on their findings, called Overcoming Cybersecurity Gaps in the Energy Sector: How to Address Stuxnet-Type Scenarios Using Level-0 Monitoring. NYPA identified cyberattacks as a major threat to its operations in the coming years. NYPA’s cyber division—together with the AGILe team—aimed to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks on its facilities. The main objective of the collaboration is to reveal otherwise undetectable cyber threats—such as unique Stuxnet-type scenarios—using SigaGuard, an advanced electrical signal conditioning and analysis solution. SigaGuard is the leading process-oriented detection (POD) solution based on Level 0 information which cannot be tampered with or masked. Cybersecurity gaps in OT environments need to be addressed taking a multi-level approach, with ongoing threat analysis to minimize the attack surface of potential hackers. When considering adversary tactics and threat models, there is an apparent gap in the field level of the process and sensors, Level 0. This gap was exploited in several cases in recent years and can cause dangerous situations—which can impact the OT process and endanger lives. The recently published white paper describes how NYPA and SIGA collaborated in a simulated attack environment to test these scenarios. The sequence of attacks was carefully designed and executed by NYPA’s AGILe lab team and cyber experts, focusing on the main cyber scenarios which affect the real operation of a sub-station with either false or no reporting to the control level. The test outcome validates the significance of Level 0 monitoring as a holistic approach towards OT cybersecurity, clearly demonstrating the unique advantages of combining POD and Level 0 data. Focusing on electric signals—before they are converted into data packets and filtered by the PLC—is probably the most effective technique for accurately identifying an operation anomaly, regardless of the cause. It can bring the highest possible level of visibility into process equipment and sensor functioning, closing an intractable gap against determined adversaries. Link to white paper: https://sigasec.com/resources/overcoming-cybersecurity-gaps-in-the-energy-sector-how-to-address-stuxnet-type-scenarios-using-level-0-monitoring/ Alan Ettlinger, Sr. Director, Research, Technology Development and Innovation at New York Power Authority, noted: “NYPA places a priority on preventing any downtime, failure or malfunctions of its mission-critical infrastructure, and we invest a great deal of effort and resources to ensure resilience and security. SigaGuard’s monitoring system that detects anomalous behavior and provides real-time validation of process data was demonstrated in a substation environment, which is one of our critical assets, and conforms with NYPA’s innovative deployment plan in the areas of process resilience and security.” Amir Samoiloff, co-founder and CEO of SIGA, added: “SIGA’s cooperation with NYPA has demonstrated a strong and strategic bond with a major utility in the U.S., with the highest professional conduct. This collaboration became possible due to the excellent expertise and motivation of the NYPA team. SIGA is looking forward to deepening its partnership with NYPA’s elite cyber protection team by further integrating SIGA’s cyber security solution, SigaGuard, into additional NYPA critical infrastructure centers.” About NYPA NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the US, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 80 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information visit www.nypa.gov SIGA OT Solutions Developer of SigaGuard, a technology platform that providesincipient failure detection for infrastructure operators to improve the reliability, safety, and cybersecurity of their assets. SIGA’s technology is US patented and ISO / IEC 27001 certified providing OT monitoring, anomaly detection and cybersecurity solutions for commercial, industrial, critical infrastructure, ICS and SCADA systems. SIGA Data Security and SIGA OT Solutions Inc., a Delaware corporation, boasts satisfied customers in the United States, Europe, Singapore, Japan, and Israel, and were named a Gartner "Cool Vendor" for Industrial IoT and OT Security, and is a recipient of the EU Research and Innovation program - Horizon 2020. For more information visit www.sigasec.com Contact Details SIGA OT Solutions Ilan Sosnovitch +972 50-327-3092 ilan.s@sigasec.com Company Website https://sigasec.com/

January 20, 2022 09:03 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Tackling Debt while Living Life Mentally, Physically and Financially Well

YourUpdateTV

January is financial wellness month, and with increased spending during the holiday season and inflation driving up costs, now is the perfect time to learn more about personal finances and how to manage debt. Recently, Chief Client Operations Officer at National Debt Relief, Natalia Brown, conducted a satellite media tour to discuss how to rethink and take action on our financial well-being. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/dXoT0jOqpmc National Debt Relief announced, “The Hidden Cost of Debt,” a multi-phase initiative that aims to destigmatize debt and bring awareness to the mental and physical health implications that often come along with the burden of debt. Kicking off the platform this Financial Wellness Month, the debt relief brand has reimagined their mission and company commitment to taking a human-first approach to personal finances and debt relief. National Debt Relief issued a national survey among 2,000 Americans struggling with debt, which revealed a hunger for debtors to have a game plan in place so they feel confident in their ability to tackle debt while living their life mentally, physically and financially well. National Debt Relief has helped over 400,000 clients resolve unsecured debt by working with creditors and banks to negotiate down the total amount owed in as little as 24-48 months. What’s more, 95% of clients are in a better financial situation, and they are 4x more likely to reach their financial goals and save after one month of completing National Debt Relief’s program. The multi-phased initiative rolling out throughout the first quarter will uniquely position the brand to positively impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of people on their journey to become debt-free and address some of the brand’s survey findings: The average American loses more than 200 hours of sleep per year due to debt worries and has three “debt nightmares” a week 3 in 5 Americans have considered putting off marriage to avoid inheriting their partner’s debt while 54% believe having a partner who is in debt is a major reason to get a divorce Respondents reported an increase in anxiety, stress, and moodiness because of their debt problems To get started on the path to financial stability, visit nationaldebtrelief.com or call 800-930-1484 for a free consultation. About Natalia Brown: Natalia Brown joined National Debt Relief (NDR) in 2010 and has served as Chief Client Operations Officer since 2019. Natalia plays a vital role in NDR's client journey, overseeing all client-facing operations of the business that sets the foundation to ensure clients’ success. She manages a team of more than 400 representatives and is responsible for creating a collaborative and efficient environment that allows her team to provide an unmatched level of support and guidance to clients on their path to financial stability. About National Debt Relief: National Debt Relief (NDR), a BBB A Accredited business that helps consumers get out of debt and is committed to empowering people on their financial journey, bringing them back to living their lives and away from focusing on debt. NDR offers a successful alternative to bankruptcy, credit counseling or taking on new loans. As a top-rated debt relief company in the U.S., NDR is proud to have positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people on their journey to become debt-free. NDR wants to make sure clients succeed and have the best chance to regain control of their finances. Founded in 2009, NDR is values-centric; built on integrity, growth and connection. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

January 19, 2022 06:58 PM Eastern Standard Time

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AmeriLife Announces Leadership Expansion for Life & Health Brokerage Division

AmeriLife

AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing annuity, life, and health insurance solutions, today announced an expansion to its Life & Health Brokerage Division leadership amidst record-pacing growth and increased strategic integration between AmeriLife and its nationwide distribution. The appointments, as follows, were announced by Scotty Elliott, president of AmeriLife’s Life & Health Brokerage Division: Matt Graham, most recently Vice President, Managed Care Solutions, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Life & Health Operations & Managed Care Solutions. In this newly created role, Graham will provide operational leadership to help the division achieve its overarching productivity and financial goals. He will also work closely with the heads of all product lines to construct and deliver a value-laden platform for agents and advisors to grow their businesses. Graham joined AmeriLife in 2005 and has enjoyed an accomplished career with the organization. He started as a marketer with Medicare Advantage Services and has held a number of other roles with the company, including overseeing operations at Midwestern Marketing, an AmeriLife affiliate. Graham has been a champion for the company’s Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) initiatives and direct-to-consumer projects. Graham graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Edith Cowan University. Eric Brennan and Bryan Keevan have both been named Vice President, Life & Health. In these roles, they will each oversee a portfolio of division affiliates and provide strategic direction to help them achieve top- and bottom-line financial objectives. Additionally, they will help their portfolio firms develop and optimize synergies between them and AmeriLife; build and cultivate an operational foundation for a multisolutions approach for their advisors; and assist with long-term integration and succession planning. Prior to AmeriLife, Brennan was president and CEO of AmeriLife affiliate Equita Health Care and an owner and board member of The Equita Group, a leading national Field Marketing Organization (FMO) in the life and health insurance distribution market with more than 10,000 agents serving over 30,000 clients. Brennan began his career in business consulting with Accenture before joining The Equita Group in 2003 and has since served in increasingly senior leadership roles, including launching Equita Financial Expense Services in 2005. Brennan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Information Systems from the University of Texas, Dallas. Keeven, who has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance and Medicare industry, most recently served as Vice President, Managed Care Sales, overseeing the online agent and marketer platform YourMedicare.com. Prior to AmeriLife, he was National Vice President of Sales for Medicare & Marketplace for Molina Healthcare. Previous to that role, served in senior leadership roles with Bloom Insurance Agency, Aetna and Coventry Health Care. Keeven is a licensed insurance agent and holds a bachelor’s degree in Health/Health Care Administration/Management from Southeast Missouri State University and an MBA from Lindenwood University. "To say I’m thrilled for these appointments is an understatement,” said Elliott. “Matt and Bryan’s promotions and Eric’s hiring are a testament to the incredible growth — and opportunities that lie ahead — for AmeriLife’s Life & Health Brokerage Division. I know I speak for our partners across our distribution when I say that we’re excited to get down to work with our new leadership bench and build on the tremendous momentum we achieved in 2021.” ### About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide financial solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a national distribution network of over 300,000 agents and advisors, more than 40 marketing organizations, and 50 agency locations. For more information, visit AmeriLife.com, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details AmeriLife Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 jmaldonado@amerilife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

January 19, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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FROM THE STOCK ROOM TO THE BOARD ROOM: HIGHER PAY ON THE WAY

Total Compensation Solutions

As a result of projected inflation, increasing interest rates, and a COVID-19 Pandemic economy, compensation shifts are happening up and down the corporate ladder as well as in The Board Room. And, the insurance and energy industries are leading the way. According to the 2022 Total Compensation Solutions (TCS)' Board of Directors Compensation Report, payment methods are also shifting towards a combination of both stock and annual retainers, with Board Chair and Lead Director, among other Board positions, seeing dramatic increases. The 16 th annual edition of the TCS Board of Directors Compensation Report, provides in-depth analytics on compensation, incorporating proxy data from 2,283 public companies across 12 industry sectors, representing revenue groups from $50 million to over $1 Billion. The report also provides industry breakdowns (i.e., insurance, energy, health care, media, telecommunications, banking, etc.) and geographical breakdowns to reflect regional economies. Board of Directors’ pay elements include annual retainer, meeting fees, stock awards, stock options, committee retainers and meeting fees. Findings reveal: Most companies (74%) in this report pay some form of stock compensation to their Board members. Seventeen percent (17%) of the companies in this report give initial stock grants to new Board members. Seventy-seven percent (77%) use annual retainers to compensate Board members. Only three percent (3%) of companies in the report use per meeting fees exclusively. Fifty-six percent (56%) of companies reported having stock ownership guidelines for Board members. Chairman, Lead Director Regular Board Member Positions Highest Paid Sectors: Insurance, Energy and Tech Overall, compensation for Regular Board Members increased by 8.1% over the last three years. The Insurance Industry has the highest total cash compensation and equity pay for Board Chair with an increase of 18.1% over the last three years. The Insurance industry has the highest average annual retainer for Regular Board members with an increase of 10.1% over the last three years. The Energy industry has the highest average retainer for Lead Directors with compensation increasing 47.7% over the last three years. The Technology industry has the highest average total cash compensation and equity for Regular Board Members with an increase of 19.0% over the past three years. The members of the Audit Committee have the highest total cash compensation of any committee. With Projected Growth, Comes Projected Scrutiny” – Proxy Advisory Firms Play Larger Role “Our data validates what we expected to see given the inflationary environment and economic variables resulting from a Pandemic economy. What surprised us was the major shifts in the three leading sectors, insurance, energy, and tech.” says Paul Gavejian, Managing Director of TCS. “We’ve been tracking Board data for over 20 years now, and the years of flat payments seem to be over”. Tom Bailey, Principal Consultant on Board advisory matters point out. “With these increases come the need for caution. When those in the Board Room get paid more, there should be an expectation of increased scrutiny.” Governance surrounding Board compensation will become even more critical in the future and, he notes ”proxy advisory firms started to address excessive compensation paid to non-employee directors in 2020. One of these watchdogs instituted a policy to identify boards that pay members at the top 2% of their index and sector and identified these payers as outliers and potentially problematic.” The 2022 Board of Directors Compensation Report, a leading source of Board compensation trends, and it also reveals data on other Board room issues, including board governance and function, sustainability and societal shifts (ESG), and Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI), among over 2,200 public companies in diverse industry sectors, geographical regions, and revenue size groups. For more information on these trends, or to purchase a copy of the study please contact Tom Bailey at tbailey@total-comp.com. For more information on TCS visit the web site at www.total-comp.com. Total Compensation Solutions is a compensation consulting firm specializing in Executive Compensation and Board of Directors Compensation. Contact Details Total Compensation Solutions Tom Bailey +1 914-255-8725 Tbailey@total-comp.com Company Website http://www.total-comp.com/

January 18, 2022 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Velocity Global Named Official Global Work Platform of the LPGA and LET

Velocity Global

The LPGA announced today that Velocity Global, the leading provider of global expansion solutions, has been named the Official Global Work Platform of the LPGA and Ladies European Tour (LET) in a multi-year agreement. Velocity Global will work with the LPGA Tour and LET to highlight the global impact of their players, representing more than 60 countries, through enhanced storytelling opportunities and player recognition. “This partnership highlights that global talent pushes greater competition,” said Rob Wellner, Velocity Global Chief Revenue Officer. “Golf is truly a global sport and to achieve success, you must perform against anyone, anywhere. We’re proud to partner with the LPGA and LET to support the game’s global players just as our Global Work Platform supports talent and businesses around the world.” The partnership introduces the Velocity Global Impact Award, celebrating players who have helped to grow the sport of golf and inspire the next generation of athletes through their actions. More details on the Velocity Global Impact Award, including the structure of the 2022 nominations, will be shared in the coming months. “We’re excited to welcome Velocity Global to the LPGA Partner family and create this Impact Award to showcase our players outside the ropes,” said the LPGA’s Chief Sales Officer Kelly Hyne. “As a like-minded global business, Velocity Global will help illustrate the impact our players make in the game of golf and in their home countries. We look forward to many years of collaboration.” The LET will utilize the Global Work Platform from Velocity Global to simplify compliance, benefits and payroll for their talent to deliver tour events in 25 countries across multiple continents this year. “We are delighted to partner with Velocity Global to utilize their world-class expansion and talent solutions to help accelerate the growth of our business and international footprint,” said LET CEO Alexandra Armas. “We fully embrace this opportunity to best service our players and continue growing the game globally.” Additionally, as an Official Partner of the LPGA’s Women’s Network, Velocity Global will utilize the LPGA platform to highlight those initiatives internally focused around women’s leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion through additional programming. Velocity Global furthered its support of the women’s game with the recent announcement that LPGA Tour players Lexi Thompson and Albane Valenzuela joined six-time PGA TOUR champion Billy Horschel and four-time APGA Tour champion Kevin Hall as its global golf brand ambassadors. About Velocity Global Velocity Global accelerates the future of work beyond borders. Its global work platform simplifies the employer and employee experience to employ any talent anywhere with just a click through its proprietary cloud-based workforce management technology, backed by personalized expertise and unmatched global scale. As the largest global Employer of Record (also known as International PEO) in 185 countries and all 50 United States, more than 1,000 brands rely on Velocity Global to build global teams without the cost or complexity of setting up foreign legal entities or state registrations. The company offers additional services including Independent Contractor Compliance to assess a workforce, and Agent of Record (AoR) to streamline payments to contractors. Velocity Global was named a “Leader” in Global Employer of Record services by prominent analyst firm NelsonHall. Founded in 2014, the company has hundreds of employees across six continents. For more information visit velocityglobal.com. About the LPGA The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women, with a goal to change the face of golf by making the sport more accessible and inclusive. Created in 1950 by 13 Founders, the Association celebrates a diverse and storied history. The LPGA Tour competes across the globe, reaching television audiences in more than 220 countries. The Symetra Tour, the LPGA’s official qualifying tour, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA also holds a joint-venture collaboration with the Ladies European Tour (LET), increasing playing opportunities for female golfers in Europe. Across the three Tours, the LPGA represents players in more than 60 countries. Additionally, the LPGA Foundation has empowered and supported girls and women since 1991, most notably through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the only national program of its kind, which annually engages with nearly 100,000 girls. The LPGA Amateur Golf Association and LPGA Women’s Network provide virtual and in-person connections to female golfers around the world, while LPGA Professionals are educators, business leaders and gamechangers dedicated to growing the game of golf for everyone. Follow the LPGA on its U.S. television home, Golf Channel, online at www.LPGA.com and on its mobile apps. Join the social conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. About the LET The LET inspires women and girls to pursue their passion and realise their potential through the game of golf. At our core, we aim to build and deliver an extensive competitive schedule of events to enable our strong, energetic, proud, and confident players to compete at the highest level, pursue their dreams and lead by example. Our diverse and multicultural membership of 316 professional golfers represents as many as 36 countries. We are a global tour with roots in Europe. We aim to entertain and excite, but also to enhance health and quality of life, as a responsible, committed and respectful partner. Inspiring – our players are inspiring role models to follow and encourage others to pursue their own dreams. Passionate – we are driven by a passion to perform to our full potential and get better every day. It’s not just about the money or the glory, but a true love for the game. Committed – we are fiercely committed to continuous improvement and recognise the grit that it takes to achieve long-term goals. 2022 marks the 44th season of golf tournaments since the professional tour was founded in 1978 and the third edition of the Race to Costa Del Sol. This year’s schedule includes 31 events in 21 different countries and a record-breaking prize fund of €24.5 million. The LET Access Series is the official development tour of the LET, formed to give players an opportunity to compete and progress onto the LET and achieve their dreams in professional golf. Ladieseuropeantour.com #RaiseOurGame Contact Details Velocity Global John Hall +1 720-650-4348 news@velocityglobal.com LPGA Christina Lance christina.lance@lpga.com LET Bethan Jones bethan.jones@ladieseuropeantour.com Company Website https://velocityglobal.com/

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