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Singapore – Manulife (Singapore) Pte Ltd. has announced new appointments to its senior leadership team to support its strategic growth plans and align leadership responsibilities with key areas of focus for the company.

Carlos Vazquez has been appointed Chief Product Officer of Manulife Singapore. In his role, Carlos will oversee product management and pricing.

Carlos has 20 years of global experience, having lived and worked in six different countries, and is a 10-year veteran of Manulife. He has held senior roles in the fields of product development, pricing and risk management. Prior to joining Manulife Singapore, Carlos was the Chief Product Officer for Manulife Indonesia, where he led the launch of many product innovations for the market.

Carlos is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Wendy Walker will serve as Chief Marketing Officer and oversee marketing, branding, customer centricity, communications and analytics at Manulife Singapore. With a focus on driving brand recognition and customer engagement, she will work to consistently reinforce Manulife‟s position as a leading provider of protection, retirement and wealth management solutions. She is also responsible for leading the development and implementation of digital and data analytics strategies for the business.

Wendy is a seasoned marketing professional with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries, including telecommunications, healthcare and travel. Prior to joining Manulife Singapore, she was the Chief Growth Officer – Asia Pacific at Mindshare, with overall responsibility for all marketing communications and new business development across the Asia Pacific region. She has also been a Board member of the Cancer Council – Western Australia since July 2013.

“We have ambitious plans ahead and assembling a world-class team with the right skills to take our business forward is essential,” said Mr. Naveed Irshad, President and CEO of Manulife Singapore. “It is my pleasure to welcome Carlos and Wendy to our senior leadership team. With their valuable expertise and global experience, I am confident that they will play instrumental roles in supporting and accelerating our growth, helping us to achieve our ultimate goal of fulfilling the protection, retirement and wealth management needs of our customers in Singapore."

NYF TV & Film Awards Unveils New Categories: Climate Change & Sustainability, Music, Crime Drama and Online Music Program

New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards  2016 competition is now open for entries. Since 1957, New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films℠ competition has honored content in all lengths and forms and continues to celebrate exceptional and innovative programs being created today on all continents.

“Many awards competitions are national in scope or are by invitation-only or have other restrictions limiting eligibility,” said Rose Anderson, Executive Director of New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards. “Our rules make it clear: one world, one competition, one show.”

New York Festivals responsiveness to world-wide programming trends as well as monitoring creative/technological advancements within the television & film industry prompted Ms. Anderson to unveil the following new categories for the 2016 competition: Climate Change & Sustainability and Music were added to Documentary/Information Program, and Crime Drama was added to Regularly Scheduled Entertainment Program.

New York Festivals continues to expand their Online Programming category roster. Online Music Program was unveiled this year and Online Drama and Online Comedy Program, both launched in 2015, added to the robust number of online categories launched to showcase programming that satisfies the consumer’s appetite for easy access to content online.

Last year’s competition revealed a powerhouse of categories to recognize creativity from media content creators around the globe including: Mini-Series, Movie Trailer, Culinary Program, Sound Design, and Video Art & Experimental Film and Lifestyle Program.

“New York Festivals is sensitive to the continually evolving programming trends, adding Lifestyle Program and Culinary Program categories showcases content created for this ever-expanding viewership and the Reality TV Drama (Structured and Unstructured) category addresses the explosion of content in the reality TV genre,”  said Ms. Anderson. “NYF’s TV & Film Awards categories mirror the wide spectrum of programming being created across all continents and New York Festivals celebrates and encourages the world’s storytellers.”

The 2016 Television & Film Awards gala will take place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 19th, 2016. This official partnership with NAB Show, now in its sixth year, showcases the competition to more than 103,000 media and entertainment professionals from 164 countries, including 1,614 industry press representatives, and over 1,700 exhibiting companies.

The 2015 Television & Film Awards Grand Trophy winners: “Outside the Lines Special Report: The "N" Word” ESPN USA; “Houdini” History Channel USA; and “Years of Living Dangerously” SHOWTIME Presents, A Roaring Fork Films Production. Gold Medal winners included: “FIFA World Cup Final” ESPN; “Sochi 2014 Olympics Opening Ceremony” Channel One Russia; “Whitey” Radical Media, CNNFilms ; “iHeartRadio Music Awards 2015”Done+Dusted; “Cilla”  ITV; “Vikings” History Channel ; “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Get Packing” CNN; and “Journey to the South Pacific” MacGillivray Freeman Films.

2015’s Specialty Awards: CNN USA earned the Broadcaster of the Year Award, The Edge Picture Company UK was awarded Production Company of the Year, Ken Aagaard Executive Vice President, Operations, Engineering & Production Services, CBS Sports, was honored with the New York Festivals Lifetime Achievement Award.

The deadline to

All Entries in the 2016 competition will be judged online and screened by New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Grand Jury of 200 plus producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe. Award-winning entries will be showcased on the NYF Television & Film Awards website.

FCB Ulka Digital, the digital arm of FCB Ulka, has appointed Gerard Jayaranjan as Creative Head - Digital.

Prior to this, Gerard was with iContract, the digital division of Contract Advertising where he worked as the Senior Creative Director. He will report to Satbir Singh, CCO, FCB Ulka.

Gerard has done stints with Havas Worldwide, TBWA, DDB Mudra and Mcann Erickson. With a blend of Mainline and Digital Advertising, he has a strong understanding of brands and creative solutions irrespective of the medium used.

Commenting on the appointment, Satish Ramachandran, Senior Vice-President, FCB Ulka Digital, says, "We have been growing way ahead of industry, this has been possible due to fact that we have been consistently investing in talent and technology. Gerry is a perfect addition to the team with his passion and experience in the space."

Satbir Singh, Chief Creative Officer, FCB Ulka, says, "Gerry is one of those handful of creative guys out there who can think compelling ideas and have a firm grasp on the role of technology. He just had to be in our team."

On his new role, Gerard Jayaranjan says, “It was actually a no-brainer when Satbir called me for this role. Having worked with him for 5 years, we both are very comfortable with how we work and we know what to expect from each other. The learning has been immense during my earlier stints with him and I hope to continue that while working with him again. He has always been one of the creative leaders who I have looked up to in the country. The other thing that convinced me completely was the growth and the profile of FCB Ulka Digital. I was blown away by the numbers, the clients and the awards that the agency has been quietly accumulating over the years under Satish. I am excited to be a part of this organization and do my bit to get the agency its deserved place”.

Zee Variasi teamed up with Agenda Suria and Praan to organise an exclusive Meet & Greet event at the 7th Penang International Indian Shopping festival for Malaysian fans of the popular TV series Satrangi Sasural.

The Penang International shopping festival is a phenomenal event as it sees about 200,000 shoppers annually! This year, the 7th Penang International Indian Shopping festival was held on this beautiful island from 14 – 19 July 2015.

Excited fans of Mugdha Chapekar and Ravish Desai, or better known here as Aarushi & Vihaan in the show, thronged to meet them close and personal, shaking hands, wishing them, taking pictures, selfies and getting autographs.

The two artistes were warmly greeted by their fans who were simply ecstatic to see them in person for the first time! The crowd was amazing, the air electrifying, and the reception perfect - way beyond expectations!

“This was first initiative of its kind by the team to build awareness for the drama slots among the local viewers in Malaysia, and in turn, we hope to see the viewership number grow. Zee Variasi would like to collaborate with clients and sponsors in future for many such events, with the objective to make Zee Variasi a name to reckon with in Malaysia”, says Kiren Gill, Head of Programming and Marketing, Zee Variasi.

Zee Variasi also ran an on-air contest where the winners were treated to an exclusive dinner date with the beautiful couple at The Indian Palace, Penang. They were joined by the Malaysian Minister of External Affairs YB Datuk Kohilan and his wife Datin Rajee, who is a huge fan of the show. Incidentally, Datuk Kohilan also happily posted pictures on his facebook!

92.7 BIG FM’s ‘The Breakfast Show’ jock, RJ Siddharth, was pronounced as Mumbai’s No. 1 Radio Jockey last year according to reports by Radio Audience Measurement (RAM).

Providing fascinating trivia and never-heard-before stories to movie enthusiasts in Mumbai, RJ Siddharth through the unique content of his show took listeners back to the timeless era of Indian cinema.

Following its success, the undisputed No. 1 radio show in Mumbai kicked-off in Delhi on April 6th 2015 mesmerising listeners in the capital every day from Monday to Saturday, 7AM - 10AM. Between this time, RJ Siddharth, a credible voice and a treasure trove of Bollywood’s most fascinating trivia, will join celebrity RJ Richa Anirudh who with her vast journalism expertise will be addressing Delhi city issues to find a solution and create impact in the capital of India.

As RJ Siddharth talks about the retro age of Hindi Cinema, he also seamlessly synchronizes the gap between legendary artists from the golden era and the Gen Y contemporaries who continue to make waves in Bollywood today. For instance, as a countdown to the birth anniversary of one of the most seminal music composers in the Indian Film Industry, R.D. Burman, spoke to artists like Vishal Dadlani, Amit Trivedi and more about their views on music and what makes Pancham Da a hit amongst music enthusiasts and artists alike.

The epitome of grace and beauty, superstar Rekha once said, “I don’t listen to radio but RJ Siddharth is the only name I remember!”

Having marked its niche in Delhi, RJ Siddharth has continued to offer the listeners there some unheard and inspirational stories of our very own retro stars thus offering them with a genuine, well-researched and evocative perspective on films, artistes and musicians of Hindi cinema in keeping with the brand proposition – Hit Thhe, Hit Rahenge.

Catapulting to No. 1 position within 6 short months of its commencement, The Breakfast Show garnered not only the highest market share of 20% but also the highest Time Spent Listening (TSL) amongst shows across the country and time-bands.   An avid film buff, RJ Siddharth with his impressive baritone voice won innumerable accolades as the voice of Mumbai at renowned radio awards including the New York Radio Awards 2014 and is now available to listeners in Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ashwin Padmanabhan, Executive Vice-President and National Business Head, Reliance Broadcast Network Limited, said, "We are happy to announce that Delhi too will start its day to the voice of RJ Siddharth. The popularity of the show has reached its peak and Delhi being a very important market for us in terms of the spoken language and the stationality appeal, it felt like the right time to bring the show to the ardent fans of 92.7 BIG FM in Delhi. We have received tremendous response for the show in the capital and we are certain that the show will top the charts in the city soon."

Not just Rekha, listeners, celebrities and corporate bigwigs alike have shown their love and appreciation for the show.

Ace Director, Vidhu Vinod Chopra was also so impressed with the kind of knowledge RJ Siddharth possesses that he asked him to watch his movie ‘Broken Horses’, share his comments with him and then interview him again.

Noted music composer Pyarelalji, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, music director Anandji, Mega Star Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Kakar – CEO, BSLI, Arijit Basu, CEO – SBI Life Insurance, Malay Dikshit – CEO, Tata Sky have all expressed their praise and adulation for his show.

Veteran Actor, Director and Producer, Amol Palekar also expressed his delight, “The way RJ Siddharth sheds light on issues in Mumbai and the way he talks to listeners, I am simply amazed. It is with so much love yet with firmness that he finds in his point of view that he talk to listeners about what happens and what needs to be done. I am truly impressed. I am a huge fan of the show and the man.”

A companion and a friend to most Mumbaikars, RJ Siddharth consistently shares issues faced by commoners in Mumbai. But that is not the only reason why his fans love him so much. His desire to help people in whichever way he can has earned him considerable fame and popularity among listeners. Such was his involvement during the auto-rickshaw strike, a crusade he spearheaded to ensure that stranded Mumbaikars across the city can safely reach the destination of their choice by coordinating with BIG FM vehicles. For this, RJ Siddharth ensured thorough support for citizens by roping in authorities – Mr. A.K. Jain - Central Railways PRO, Mr. V.K. Rajiv – Director, MET department and Mr. Sanjay Deshmukh – Additional Municipal Commissioner, BMC during heavy rains and Mr. Uday Varunjaykar – Mumbai Grahak Panchayat during the auto strike in Mumbai.

The show that has topped charts all year, enjoys immense popularity and love by listeners from all over Mumbai and is all geared up to create new waves across Delhi. Apart from Delhi, The Breakfast Show with RJ Siddharth also aired in Bhopal and Indore which started on May 25th, 2015 and airs every day from Monday to Saturday at 7AM – 9AM.

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