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Gaming Companies and DDoS: You can bet on it

July 31, 2016

With DDoS attacks continuing to grow in scale and frequency, and increasingly being used to disguise other forms of cyber-crime, Arbor Networks recommends gaming companies to step up their game and find ways to minimize the damage these attacks cause.

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Tips to effectively market your brand online

July 31, 2016

Sawsan Ghanem, Managing Director at Active (Digital, Marketing, Communications) spoke to Business Pulse recently on the importance and future of digital marketing for businesses as well as debunked a few myths.

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Saudi’s Tadawul opening: How will executive pay be impacted?

July 24, 2016

The opening up of the Saudi stock market to qualified foreign investors presents some potentially interesting challenges to the boards of companies listed on Tadawul.

New overseas investors – qualified foreign investors – are likely to be comprised principally fund managers and pension funds, (institutional investors). The shareholder base is therefore likely to change from one that is currently dominated by individual retail investors to one where large international funds are more common and more active in engaging with company boards.

Although the kingdom has relatively well developed standards on corporate governance and the regulatory and reporting frameworks, international standards and regulations (primarily US, UK and EU), often go much further. International investors, coming from an environment of greater disclosure and transparency may well approach investing in the kingdom with the same mindset. They are likely to want to be assured that those companies seeking injections of capital are well governed, disclose appropriate information and explanation and engage with their major shareholders.

In respect of executive compensation, investors will want boards to be able to demonstrate that the interests of executive management are aligned to the interests of shareholders. After all, why would an investor buy shares in a company if executive management do not have a similar exposure to the risks and benefits of changes to the company share price?


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Tara Smyth becomes the first woman to head the Middle East market for JP Morgan Private Bank

July 17, 2016

J.P. Morgan announced last week that Tara Smyth has been named head of the Private Bank’s Middle East market.

Ms. Smyth will oversee the firm’s Middle East wealth management operations and drive its overall strategy and growth for the market. Ms. Smyth, who succeeds Jonathan Conner, will report to Pablo Garnica, CEO of J.P. Morgan Private Bank’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. She will be based in Geneva. In line with her new position, Ms. Smyth will, subject to appropriate approvals, become a member of the J.P. Morgan (Suisse) Management Committee and in this capacity, will also report to Paolo Moscovici, J.P. Morgan (Suisse) SA’s general manager.

“We are thrilled to leverage Tara’s tenure in the Middle East and deep investments expertise in one of our most important markets within our EMEA region,” said Mr. Garnica. “She understands the complex financial needs of wealthy families and exemplifies the type of advisor that will lead our continuing efforts to deliver sophisticated, innovative advice to our clients in the region.”

Prior to this role, Ms. Smyth was head of the Private Bank’s Middle East Investment Team. Before that, she was a Global Investment Specialist within the U.S. Private Bank.

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Meeting the mobile demands of today’s sports fans

July 10, 2016

The current generation of sports fans is heavily reliant on their mobile smartphones and tablets for the latest up-to-the minute news, updates and replays. Euro 2016 final, currently underway in Paris, is likely the most ‘connected’ football tournament in the sport’s history. Ehab Kanary, head of enterprise, MEA for CommScope talks about the various challenges as well as solutions needed to ensure connectivity at such sporting events.

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