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Newly Appointed Appen CEO and President To Accelerate Next Wave of Enterprise AI Adoption

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KIRKLAND, Wash., Jan. 9, 2023 /CNW/ — Appen Limited (ASX: APX), the trusted global leader in high-quality data for the AI Lifecycle, today announced the official starting of Armughan Ahmad as CEO and President. With over 25 years of experience scaling multi-billion-dollar technology businesses and building strong global teams, Armughan plans to accelerate adoption within the fast-growing enterprise AI market.

“I am thrilled to join Appen as the new CEO and am excited to enable our customers to build mission critical AI applications that deliver new customer experiences. The pace of AI is accelerating with new innovation in generative AI like ChatGPT and DALL.E from Open AI. As a fast-growing AI industry leader generating more than $440M revenue in FY21, Appen is well positioned to evolve with the changing needs of AI, and I believe we have a unique opportunity to deliver an ethical, trusted AI for good. As the leading provider of data for AI, we have a responsibility to set the standard for excellence and integrity in the industry. We will continue to push the boundaries of AI and make a positive and sustainable impact on the world.” 

Prior to joining, Armughan served as the President and Managing Partner of Digital at KPMG, a global leader in delivering innovative digital transformation services across industry sectors, prior to KPMG he served as the Senior Vice President & General Manager at Dell Technologies (NYSE:Dell), where he led the company’s Cloud, HPC and Solutions business. He oversaw product, engineering, sales, marketing, services, and alliances, growing it to multi-billions in revenue. Armughan played a vital role in integrating Dell’s acquisition of EMC data storage, architecting multiple successful multi-cloud platforms, including Microsoft, VMWare, and RedHat.

Appen is a category leader, delivering AI products and services to many of the world’s largest tech companies and Fortune 500 customers globally. Major customers including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Salesforce, Airbus, Bloomberg, Pinterest, Home Depot and Siemens rely on Appen to power their AI applications.

Appen has been at the forefront of innovative AI for over 25 years. Throughout the evolution of the industry, we have remained dedicated to providing high-quality AI training data to our customers. We enabled our customers to develop some of the most advanced AI systems, such as search algorithms, autonomous driving, and voice interface systems.

Generative AI is paving the way for the era of the AI-powered worker by automating our most repetitive tasks. Instead, workers can now free-up time to focus on strategy, creativity, and innovation. 

“AI is here to augment our tasks, not our purpose. They are just tools. We are the magic ingredient. It accelerates human and machine collaboration while keeping our essence and adding some fantastical elements for fun and work, while empowering us to contribute to the rise of a new era for human achievement. There is a significant opportunity for Appen to capture the next wave of growth in AI by leveraging our technology and globally diverse crowd,” shares Armughan.

About Appen

Appen is a global market leader in data for the AI Lifecycle. With over 25 years of experience in data sourcing, data annotation, and model evaluation by humans, we enable organizations to launch the world’s most innovative artificial intelligence systems.

Our expertise includes a global crowd of more than 1 million skilled contractors who speak over 235 languages, in over 70,000 locations and 170 countries, and the industry’s most advanced AI-assisted data annotation platform. Our products and services give leaders in technology, automotive, financial services, retail, healthcare, and governments the confidence to launch world-class AI products.

Founded in 1996, Appen has customers and offices globally.

For more information contact:

Christina Golden
Senior Public Relations Manager, Appen
cgolden@appen.com

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AgentSync Appoints Guidewire CEO Mike Rosenbaum to Board of Directors

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DENVER, Jan. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — AgentSync, the company that’s powering growth and operational efficiency for insurance carriers, agencies and MGAs with world-class producer management and compliance solutions, today announced the appointment of Guidewire Chief Executive Officer Mike Rosenbaum to its Board of Directors. Rosenbaum’s leadership and in-depth corporate experience in insurance and technology will help AgentSync on its mission to revolutionize and modernize insurance compliance.

I look forward to leveraging my capabilities and network in insurance and SaaS to continue driving momentum at AgentSync

“We welcome Mike’s skill set as both an insurance and SaaS leader,” said Niji Sabharwal, Chief Executive Officer of AgentSync. “His experience running the largest insurance core system business on the planet, combined with his 14 years leading product teams at Salesforce, make him a one-of-a-kind fit to help direct the company through this next stage of growth.”

Rosenbaum has been Chief Executive Officer of Guidewire since 2019, where he oversees the company’s position as a top software provider to the global Property and Casualty insurance industry. He also ensures the success of the Guidewire customer community, and directs the advancement of its cloud offerings. Rosenbaum spent 14 years at Salesforce and most recently served as Executive Vice President, with responsibility for customer success and product development.

“AgentSync is a company with a bright future, and I am thrilled to be able to play a role in its success and growth going forward,” said Rosenbaum. “The company’s insurance compliance and producer management solutions unlock significant value for carriers, agencies and MGAs, and I look forward to leveraging my capabilities and network in insurance and SaaS to continue driving momentum for the organization,” he said.

About AgentSync

AgentSync builds modern insurance infrastructure that connects carriers, agencies, MGAs, and producers. The company’s solutions create onboarding, licensing, and appointing processes insurers and producers love while ensuring growth and compliance never compete. Founded in 2018 by Niranjan “Niji” Sabharwal and Jenn Knight, and headquartered in Denver, Colo., AgentSync has been recognized as one of Denver’s Best Places to Work, as a Forbes Magazine Cloud 100 Rising Star, and an Insurtech Insights Future 50 winner.

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Snow Joe® Breaks The Ice For Winter 2023 With Its Innovative Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper

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High-quality steel craftsmanship and spring-loaded, shock-absorbing design make for the most efficient ice chopper to date

HOBOKEN, N.J., Jan. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Snow Joe, America’s #1 brand of snow throwers, debuts its latest ice-breaking innovation: the 7-inch Spring-Loaded Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper with Shock-Absorbing Handle. Engineered to alleviate the painstaking task of chopping hard-packed ice, the Snow Joe Ice Chopper features a unique spring-loaded, durable poly handle with a reinforced, D-ring grip to absorb the shock from ice chopping and reduce the strain on both your wrists and shoulders. Its durable, 7-inch carbon steel chopper blade and heavy-duty, 39.7-inch steel shaft offer control and precision to swiftly scrape, slice, dice and break through layers of tough ice and hard-packed snow on driveways, decks, steps, sidewalks, patios, and more!

“This is no ordinary ice chopper…consumers can break ice smarter, not harder, all winter long.”   –Paul Riley, Jr., COO

“This is no ordinary ice chopper,” says Paul Riley, Jr., Chief Operating Officer at Snow Joe. “With its state-of-the-art steel construction and the significant ease of the spring-loaded, shock-absorbing handle, consumers can break ice smarter, not harder, all winter long.”

Weighing only 3.2 pounds, the Snow Joe Ice Chopper is easy to maneuver and stores compactly.  Plus, it comes with a complete two-year warranty, so consumers can enjoy strain- and pain-free ice removal around their homes, yards, gardens, and garages for seasons to come.

To date, the Snow Joe Chopper has garnered over 3,700 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, earning Amazon’s choice for best ice chopper!  So, when it comes to ice, don’t play nice—Go With Joe® and Get Equipped® with the Snow Joe 7-inch Spring-Loaded Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper with Shock-Absorbing Handle, available while supplies last at snowjoe.com and Amazon.

About Snow Joe

Snow Joe — and its complementary brands Sun Joe®, Aqua Joe®, and Auto Joe® — planted its roots in 2004 as a digitally native, direct-to-consumer company that designs, develops, and distributes high-quality, yet affordable, lawn and garden tools. It has grown to become a leader in electric and cordless snowblowers and electric pressure washers, and now offers a wide range of tools to tackle any outdoor chore, any season. For more information, visit https://snowjoe.com/ or connect on Facebook and Instagram

© 2023 Snow Joe, LLC. All Rights Reserved. AUTO JOE, AQUA JOE, SNOW JOE and SUN JOE are registered trademarks of Snow Joe, LLC.

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CCTV+: China’s top disciplinary body adopts communique to promote full, rigorous Party self-governance

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BEIJING, Jan. 11, 2023 /CNW/ — The Communist Party of China’s (CPC) top disciplinary body on Tuesday pledged in a communique that studying and implementing the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress will be the primary political task now and in the near future, and constantly promoting full, rigorous Party self-governance.

 

The communique was adopted at the second plenary session of the 20th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the CPC, which was held in Beijing from Monday to Tuesday.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended the session and made an important speech.

The speech made by Xi at the session was studied, and it was agreed that it provided fundamental guidance for advancing the great new project of Party building in the new era and the disciplinary inspection and supervision work on China’s new journey in the new era, according to the communique, which called on all Party members to study and implement the spirit of Xi’s speech.

Discipline inspection and supervision organs must take the study and implementation of the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress as a primary political task at the current stage and in the years to come, and turn effective implementation of the guiding principles into a strong driving force to promote high-quality development of the disciplinary inspection and supervision work on the new journey of the new era.

An eight-point requirement was put forward by the session:

To focus on implementation of the strategic decisions of the 20th CPC National Congress to intensify political oversight;To promote improvement of the systems and regulations for the Party’s self-reform;To ensure that political inspections serve as a powerful tool;To implement the central Party leadership’s eight-point decision on improving conduct with perseverance, tackle pointless formalities, bureaucratism, hedonism, and extravagance;To make all-around efforts to tighten Party discipline;To win the tough and protracted battle against corruption;To advance reform of the discipline inspection and supervision system in an in-depth manner;And to develop qualified human resources capable of shouldering responsibilities in discipline inspection and supervision on the new journey in the new era.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUSUK9dwD4s

 

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