Krispy Kreme UK has hit the road to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its signature original glazed doughnut.The doughnut retailer will be giving away 300,000 doughnuts in over 40 UK locations in nine weeks as part of its Summer Road Trip campaign.Lucky doughnut recipients will also receive a buy-one-get-one-free voucher, redeemable at Krispy Kreme stores.Krispy Kreme’s original glazed doughnuts were founded in Winston Salem, USA in 1937, and are currently produced at the retailer’s 10 UK Hotlight stores.
The era of “easy oil” is coming to an end. The growth of gas exploration – both shale and liquefied natural gas – coupled with the increasing number of unconventional wells, are providing new opportunities and challenges for the industry. Today and going forward, improving the efficiency and productivity of wells will define the success of oil and gas companies.Among the many assets and benefits critical to the exploration and production processes, data is emerging as one of the most important. The ability to understand and accurately capture production levels at every well in an operation is critical to managing production and correctly forecasting results. Oil and gas companies that collect and manage data have been able to improve automation in the oilfield, gain process efficiency, identify the skills gap that is emerging in the work force, and make more informed business decisions.“These opportunities and challenges are pushing energy enterprises to transform how they use IT. Oil and gas CIOs are realizing the benefits of a more agile IT infrastructure that can rapidly deliver new applications and services, streamline automation strategies to increase production, and connect oilfield operations with backend IT systems.ShareConverged infrastructure can help expedite the development of enterprise applications and services by increasing operational efficiency and improving production predictability, while maintaining current IT spend levels. It has become a catalyst for consolidating siloed organizations, freeing up critical IT resources to work on higher-value projects and new application deployments.VCE converged infrastructure – Vblock Systems – transition oil and gas companies’ IT infrastructure deployment and operations to a simple, standardized, service-based approach. Adopters have validated Vblock Systems by constructing the next generation of cloud-based and software-defined data centers on the highly reliable platforms. VCE architects and engineers have helped oil and gas customers successfully achieve:Standardized infrastructure platforms with a predictable performance envelope for oilfield and mobility application deployments. This has enabled organizations to centralize operations and remotely manage Vblock Systems with a highly optimized staff.Data center consolidations to gain efficiencies and speed up integrations from merger and acquisition activity, capturing the cost benefits from consolidation.Deployment of highly secure infrastructure as a service capabilities for application development projects and delivery of popular ISV applications in a software as a service (SaaS) delivery model.As a validated infrastructure for SAP environments, VCE is also working with oil and gas customers to architect solutions that use Vblock Systems as highly reliable, scalable platforms for their next-generation SAP applications and databases. A recently published impact assessment by Forrester Research describes the value that customers have identified utilizing Vblock Systems for SAP deployments.All journeys begin with a first step. VCE leads the way for oil and gas enterprises, such as Iqon/Rompetrol and Plains Midstream, as they begin their transformation to a more agile, data-driven enterprise.
Vanguard – Robyn Laidlaw has been appointed as head of institutional business in Europe for the US asset manager. She moves over from its Australian business where she was head of product and marketing. Laidlaw fills a position left after the untimely passing of Simon Vanstone.AXA Investment Managers – Dani Saurymper and is set to join the French investment manager’s healthcare investment team. Saurymper will manage the Axa Framlington Health Fund and the Axa WF Framlington Health. He joins from Barclays Capital where he was an equity research team for European healthcare. He also spent time at Nomura and Goldman Sachs in pharmaceuticals research.State Street Global Markets – Alex Lawton has joined as a senior managing director and head of securities finance in State Street’s global markets division in EMEA. Lawton joins State Street from Barclays where he was head of equity finance and prime services. He will be responsible for developing the securities finance business across EMEA.Mandatum Life – Peter Lindgren has been appointed as head of international sales for wealth management at the Finnish insurer and wealth manager, focusing on the Nordic region. Lindgren joins from Amundi Asset Management here he was general manager for the Nordics. He has previous experience at Credit Suisse and PIMCO. Towers Watson, SCA, MN, Vanguard, AXA Investment Managers, State Street Global Markets, Mandatum LifeTowers Watson – Frans van der Horst has been appointed as a senior consultant at the consultancy. In his new job, he will focus on improving and extending client relations. Van der Horst has been senior manager global pensions, corporate clients and asset management at insurer Aegon.SCA – Carolien Quint has been appointed secretary to the board of the €400m pension fund for the hygiene products firm. She succeeds Ronald van Eldijk, who has stepped down as of 1 April. SCA was one of the three multi-company schemes in the Netherlands before it decided to split into two independent pension funds, after the employer of one of the schemes in was bought by British company DS Smith.MN – René van de Kieft has been appointed as the new executive chairman of the Dutch pensions manager, replacing Ruud Hagendijk who steps down after ten years. Van de Kieft, who will assume his new role 1 May, is currently board member of the €344bn civil service scheme ABP and the €40bn metal scheme PME as well as chairman of the €8bn postal scheme PostNL. Previously, he was CFO and COO of the €188bn asset manager PGGM and CFO at the parking company Q-Park.