The World’s Most Exclusive Watchmaker

Written by James Brown . Posted in Profiles

JS Watch, a collaboration of Master watch maker, collector and high end designer was established in 2005 and its dedication to the highest standards of horology mean it is now recognised as an exceptionally desirable, high end timepiece, combining superb movements, highest quality materials with top design. A small business with a philosophy to create and sell ‘only the very best’ has seen JS watches rise in stature with watch collectors, enthusiasts and connoisseurs all enjoying the finest quality limited edition watches around their wrists.

It is probably the world’s smallest watchmaker, located in a very small shop in one of the world’s smallest countries, Iceland and yet they produce the most exquisitely crafted and sought-after hand made watches. In this era of electronic, battery-powered watches, you might expect that automatic mechanical watches had passed into history. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is a greater demand for high quality timepieces that will outlast the temporary electronic watch phenomenon. You can be defined by your choices.

Tailor Made

Written by Henry Martin . Posted in Profiles

Henry Martin speaks with Gerardo Garcia, CEO. Barents RE

CEO Insight: Can you give us an introduction to Barents Re?

Gerardo Garcia: We established Barents Re in Panama in 1996 and over the past two decades we have built a reputation as a leading specialty and niche reinsurer that has delivered consistently strong financial results.

We are underwriters first and foremost. Our entrepreneurial culture, coupled with an experienced management team, allows us to identify and respond quickly to opportunities. The expertise of our specialty underwriting teams and their knowledge of our markets, products and clients enables us to offer innovative solutions. We offer bespoke products and services individually tailored to our clients’ needs.

Doing it Right

Written by Jamie. Posted in Profiles

 "Social Sustainability Leader-MENA Region Reinsurance Partner of the Year-Americas"

The current global trend to integrate sustainability principles into business processes has gone well beyond the concerns of reputation management. Social, economic and environmental upheavals in the 21st century have led businesses across the world to prioritise sustainability at the heart of their business agendas.  The idea that the social responsibility of a business is limited to contributing a portion of profits to community development initiatives is no longer a sufficient means to tackle the sustainable development agenda. 

As the leading financial services corporation in the MENA region, EFG Hermes is committed to leading by example and communicating the importance of sustainable business practices both internally and externally. Management has clearly articulated that achieving sustainability goals goes hand in hand with achieving our operational targets; thus, we have taken significant steps to establish a business model that can strike a balance between responsible economic growth and sustainability-oriented business practice. 

Private Equity For Your Wallet And Your Heart

Written by Henry Martin. Posted in Profiles

Xeon International focuses on value creation capacities in major International markets. Its focus on business value creation is supported by global experience in a wide range of industries. Xeon looks at early stage emerging markets with good headroom for development, by selecting high-quality investments with strong growth and integration potential. It has a strong focus on socially responsible corporate investment. In the interview below, Yves Duponselle and Giancarlo d’Elia of Xeon describe how they are catering to a new generation of socially responsible investors. 

1 Corporate social responsibility has emerged as a prominent theme in the wake of successive financial crises. What is the next-generation investor calling for? 

YD: We have observed that in today’s market, a third-millennium investor typology has emerged, focusing on investing in projects that benefit society. That caused us to rethink value creation today. We went back to the fundamentals of the value creation process, and the cornerstone of our thinking was to redefine the terms of good investment. We concluded that we needed to expand the profit generation objective to include other considerations.

Interview with Daniele Guidi, CEO of Banca CIS- Credito Industriale Sammarinese

Written by Henry Martin. Posted in Profiles

1. How do you ensure continual product and service improvements for customers?

In line with our long history of Private Banking expertise, Banca CIS attention is focused on continuous improvement of product and service for customer. Today, the Bank boasts 90 collaborators, a major business network in the country and internationally. Its extensive presence in the republic is most definitely highly beneficial for local savers and investors and also results in strong support for cultural, sports and social initiatives widely popular. In the framework of a deep reorganization of Bank structure, the Private and Investment Banking development unit has been reinforced with a few managers, with prestigious curriculum and high-level professional networks.

Treasury Trove

Written by CEO Martin Bellin discuss the company and its tm5 software. Posted in Profiles

Founded in 1998 in Ettenheim, Germany, BELLIN has over 100 employees focused on creating solutions that reflect the pragmatic, efficient nature of German engineering. The company leverages its core strength – its knowledge of treasury – to build solutions that work locally and apply globally. Its solutions are designed to be easy to use by both treasurers and non-treasurers and permit as many users as the treasury has need of, at no extra cost. This increases involvement of subsidiaries with the treasury, automates global data collection, enforces group-wide rules and compliance, and enhances transparency. In the interview below, Bellin founder and CEO Martin Bellin discuss the company and its tm5 software, a modular platform that encourages the distribution of workload so that the central treasury gets better numbers, faster.


Hamburg Metropolitan Region: Northern Germany's trade and industry centre

Written by Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, Chief Executive Officer of HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation. Posted in Profiles

The concept of a strong regional alliance has proven successful, and the economic facts speak for themselves: with its innovative strength and economic expertise. The Hamburg Metropolitan Region does not only excel in Germany, but is also considered to be one of the strongest economic regions in Europe. The region’s economic potential and infrastructure continue to promise a favourable outlook for the future. Forward-looking industries such as aviation, renewable energies, life sciences, logistics and the food industry generate a growing labour market, qualified professionals and global repute.

International top brands such as Airbus, OTTO, Tchibo, Beiersdorf and Olympus characterise the region’s economic landscape and offer attractive jobs. But the Hamburg Metropolitan Region is also a key player in the science sector: the region is home to 36 universities, and its renowned research institutions employ more than 10,000 scientists

All Roads Lead to Hessen

Written by Fergal Hogan. Posted in Profiles

“Given the largest European electronics market exists in Germany, we believe that having a presence in Darmstadt plays a key role in strengthening our market position”, says Oliver Mihm, the Regional President of the EMEA region for Plexus Corp. Plexus is an industry-leading provider of electronics engineering, manufacturing and aftermarket solutions; serving OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers) out of their 26 facilities across the globe. Plexus opened its Darmstadt Design Center in March 2011 by leasing office space in the Europa Arkaden building. Consistent with Plexus’ other global Design Centers, this space hosts engineering offices and laboratory facilities enabling Plexus to provide engineering solutions to customers in higher complexity markets.

Elon Musk - Cosmic Dreamer Come Good

Written by Garrett Brandon. Posted in Profiles

Elon Musk

Few other entrepreneurs have risked so much and taken such gambles as Elon Musk. And few have had such incredible successes. Even more amazing, the real impact of his entrepreneurship - whether in the area of space travel, electric vehicles or solar energy - has yet to be felt by humanity. The best, it could be said, is yet to come from Elon Musk.

What began with a failed attempt in 2001 to purchase an intercontinental ballistic missile on the cheap from a Russian dealer is now a $12 billion, thriving company that builds its own rockets and launches around one every four weeks, carrying satellites and supply capsules into space. It's a story of extraordinary business and engineering brilliance. Even more, it's a story of the resilience, belief and tenacity of its founder Elon Musk.

Barents RE Finds its Niche

Written by the Online Editor. Posted in Profiles

One of the world’s foremost independent reinsurance groups, Barents Re offers a range of services linked to the structuring and execution of reinsurance and other forms of risk transfer. It is one of the world’s premier specialty reinsurance groups, with a particular focus on large products and specialty financial risk structures. Customers include most of the world's major insurance and reinsurance companies as well as financial institutions and global corporations. Here, we interview Barents’ chief underwriting officer Gerardo Garcia, who has over 18 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance market and has been an advisor for several insurance companies and reinsurance brokerage firms.

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