06 December 2022 10:48

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Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) today announced that its stockholders have approved the previously announced merger agreement for Twitter to be acquired by affiliates of Elon Musk for $54.20 per share in cash.

Based on a preliminary tabulation of the stockholder vote, approximately 98.6% of the votes cast at the Special Meeting approved the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement.

The shareholder approval satisfies the final condition precedent to the closing of the merger under the merger agreement (other than those conditions that by their nature are to be satisfied at closing). Twitter stands ready and willing to complete the merger with affiliates of Mr. Musk immediately, and in any event, no later than on September 15, 2022, the second business day following the satisfaction of all conditions precedent, which is the timeline required by the merger agreement.

As previously announced, affiliates of Mr. Musk have delivered notices purporting to terminate the merger agreement. Twitter continues to believe that Mr. Musk's purported termination of the merger agreement is invalid and without merit, and that the Musk parties continue to be bound by the merger agreement and obligated to complete the merger on the agreed terms and conditions. Twitter has filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery to compel Mr. Musk to complete the acquisition, and Twitter remains committed to doing so on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk.

The final voting results will be reported in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission after certification by Twitter's inspector of elections.

Announces Managing Committee members at Annual General Meeting

Advertising, Marketing and Media industry’s apex body – The Advertising Club today announced the Managing Committee for the current fiscal, i.e., F.Y. 2022-2023, at its 68th Annual General Meeting. Mr. Partha Sinha, President – Response Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., has been re-elected to lead the body.

​Speaking about the appointment Mr. Partha Sinha, President, The Advertising Club said – “I am honoured to be re-elected as the President of The Advertising Club. In spite of being extraordinarily challenging, the last 24 months of the pandemic gave us an opportunity to innovate and deliver some of the most impactful engagement initiatives. From the first-ever online edition of the EFFIE Awards that created a new benchmark for virtual events and the in-person Emvies that was attended by more than 1000 media enthusiasts, to raising the bar on Abby’s Awards by associating with the One Show and collaborating with the United Nations on Unstereotype Alliance – the team exemplified excellence with each activity. I am thankful to the team we’ve worked with and look forward to working closely with them again to take The Advertising Club to newer heights.”

The below members were elected unopposed.

The Office Bearers of The Advertising Club for 2022-2023 are:

Partha Sinha: President
Rana Barua: Vice President
Shashi Sinha: Secretary
Mitrajit Bhattacharya: Jt. Secretary
Dr. Bhaskar Das: Treasurer

Managing Committee Members include the below industry leaders who will play a decisive role in driving synergies and ensuring the success of all The Advertising Club initiatives:

Prasanth Kumar
Vikram Sakhuja
Ajay Kakar
Debabrata Mukherjee
Rahul Johri
Aditya Swamy
Manasi Narasimhan

In addition, given below is the list co-opted industry professionals:

Punitha Arumugam
Sonia Huria
Pradeep Dwivedi

The below list of leaders will continue to bring value to The Advertising Club through their expertise and deep understanding of the respective industry segments:

Avinash Pant
Raj Nayak
Ajay Chandwani
Sapangeet Rajwant
Namrata Tata
Rathi Gangappa
Sidharth Rao
Alok Lall
Vikas Khanchandani
Malcolm Raphael

Partho Dasgupta will continue as a member of the Managing Committee as the Immediate Past President for the ensuing year.

American Express Banking Corp., (AEBC) today announced the appointment of Sanjay Khanna as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Country Manager, AEBC Corp.,India.

Sanjay heads the Country Executive Team and is responsible for driving growth across the organization’s consumer and commercial businesses. In his new role, Sanjay will also spearhead several strategic and business development initiatives for the company while steering smooth collaboration across its diverse businesses in India. His position will be key to advancing and strengthening the company’s strategic focus in India.

Speaking on the appointment, Rob McClean, Executive Vice President, International Card Services, American Express stated, “I am pleased to welcome Sanjay to this new role. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Sanjay has exceptional credentials of delivering strong results coupled with a natural knack for leading from the front. We are confident that his commitment to excel in everything he does, his strong values and work ethics will further the brand’s leadership in the Indian market.”

Detailing his appointment, Sanjay Khanna, said, “India is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing economies of the world, characterized by its ever-expanding consumer base, evolving lifestyle and spending needs. As a premium payment solution brand, American Express has a definitive competitive edge in providing high-quality service. My role will be to further enhance the quality and service culture through premium products, service, and solutions to meet the ever-growing needs of the affluent population in India. I am extremely happy to take on this new role with American Express - one of the world’s most trusted and respected service brand.”

In his previous roles Sanjay has held many leadership positions in the company including Head of Global Financial Operations, India Center Lead for Finance and Chairman of the American Express India Pvt Limited (AEIPL) Legal Entity Board. He has also led large-scale enterprise projects, multiple business transformation initiatives and established a number of centers of excellence.

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

74th Emmy Awards Winners Announced

The Television Academy tonight celebrated the 74th Emmy Awards, recognizing excellence in television programming and individual achievement for the 2021-2022 television season.

A complete list of this year's Emmy Award winners, as compiled by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP, is attached.

The 74th Emmy Awards was broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on the NBC Television Network, hosted by Kenan Thompson and produced by Done+Dusted and Hudlin Entertainment. The telecast featured awards in 25 Emmy categories, plus the Governors Award, presented by top talent from some of television's most acclaimed programs.

Presenters and surprise guests included Amy Poehler, Angela Bassett, Anthony Anderson, Ariana DeBose, Ayo Edebiri, B.J. Novak, Bowen Yang, Chandra Wilson, Chris O'Donnell, Christopher Meloni, Diego Luna, Freddie Highmore, Gael García Bernal, Hannah Einbinder, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Jake Lacy, Jean Smart, Jeremy Allen White, Jimmy Kimmel, Juliette Lewis, Jung Ho-yeon, Kelly Clarkson, Kerry Washington, Kumail Nanjiani, Lee Jung-jae, Lizzo, Mariska Hargitay, Markella Kavenagh, Martin Short, Mindy Kaling, Molly Shannon, Natalie Zea, Paul Walter Hauser, Pete Davidson, Regina Hall, Rosario Dawson, RuPaul Charles, Sarah Paulson, Selena Gomez, Selma Blair, Seth Meyers, Shemar Moore, Shonda Rhimes, Sofía Vergara, Steve Martin, Taron Egerton, Vanessa Bayer and Will Arnett.

EGOT winner John Legend performed "Pieces" off his new album LEGEND for the "in memoriam" segment of the show. Also, GRAMMY Award-winning artist Zedd DJ'd for the evening; and comedian Sam Jay acted as the announcer.

Additionally, Emmys were awarded in 93 other categories at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards during two ceremonies on the weekend of Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4. An edited presentation of the Creative Arts ceremonies can be seen streaming on Hulu Sept. 11-27.

Here's a look at the full list of 2022 Emmy Award winners.

The global organization’s highest honor recognizes individuals and institutions who have made outstanding contributions to typography.

The Type Directors Club, the world’s leading typography organization, announced Akira Kobayashi, creative type director at Monotype, as this year’s recipient of its highest honor, the prestigious TDC Medal.

First awarded to Hermann Zapf in 1967, the TDC Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of typography. The honor represents TDC’s collective gratitude to those who, by their work and talent, have demonstrated the value of typography in communication, community, and culture. The list of past TDC Medalists can be viewed here.

“I was surprised to hear that I had been chosen to receive the TDC Medal, whose past recipients include my heroes in the field of type design. I am deeply honored and humbled to have my nearly 40 years of career recognized in this way,” said Kobayashi. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all my teachers and colleagues, past and present, for their guidance and encouragement, and to my parents and family for their unwavering support. Without them, I would never have achieved this honor.”

Kobayashi is a leading figure in the field, with three decades of experience, an extensive background in Japanese and Latin typeface design, and a deep understanding of calligraphy.

After studying at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, he accepted his first job at phototypesetting manufacturer Sha-Ken Co., where he was involved in the lengthy and intricate process of designing Japanese fonts. He then studied calligraphy at the London College of Printing, and later worked as a freelance type designer.

Kobayashi released Optima Nova – a modernization of Hermann Zapf’s Optima design – in 2002, and seven years later partnered with fellow TDC Medalist Adrian Frutiger to update his eponymous typeface family, Neue Frutiger. In 2017, he directed development of Tazugane Gothic, Monotype’s first original Japanese typeface.

Over the course of his career, Kobayashi has designed more than 50 font families including DIN Next and Akko Pro, and worked with major brands including Sony, UBS, and Panasonic.

One of his latest achievements was the release of Shorai Sans earlier this year, a typeface to expand horizons within the Japanese type landscape. Shorai Sans was designed as a companion typeface to Avenir® Next, built to work harmoniously in global designs while preserving the essence of Japanese handwriting.

Kobayashi is a frequent speaker at type conferences and workshops around the world, has won numerous awards, and has served as a judge in prestigious international type design competitions, including the TDC typography competition in 2004.

“Akira is the epitome of a TDC Medalist: a person who excels in typographic design, and is passionately devoted to fostering creative excellence in the field,” said Carol Wahler, executive director, TDC. “On behalf of the global type community, we are proud to recognize him for his exemplary accomplishments and contributions.”

To honor this special occasion, TDC collaborated with the design tool Readymag on “The Faces Behind Typefaces”, a deep-dive into the impact and legacy of the TDC Medal and past medalists.

Kobayashi will be presented with the TDC Medal as part of The One Club for Creativity’s Creative Hall of Fame black-tie induction ceremony, which is a fundraising gala to support the nonprofit organization’s many global diversity and inclusion programs. The event will take place on the evening of October 27, 2022, at Tisch Skylights at The Shed, Hudson Yards in New York. TDC became part of The One Club for Creativity in 2020.

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