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SaaS and Intelligent Automation Industry Veteran Sumit Johar Joins BlackLine as Chief Information Officer

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Digital finance transformation leader expands leadership team, adding former Automation Anywhere CIO to oversee IT and InfoSec, scale internal cloud operations, and lead AI initiatives

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12, 2024 /CNW/ — BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq: BL) announced today that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and intelligent automation industry veteran Sumit Johar has joined the company as chief information officer (CIO), effective Feb. 12th. Reporting to Co-CEO Therese Tucker, Johar will oversee Information Technology and Information Security globally for the digital finance transformation leader.

“Sumit’s extensive SaaS and intelligent automation experience, coupled with his deep knowledge of emerging technology and AI, aligns perfectly with our vision and will prove invaluable in fostering innovation and bringing a competitive edge to our global business operations,” said Tucker. “With Sumit on the executive leadership team, we are poised to advance and accelerate our own digital transformation and scale operations, so we remain best equipped to deliver on our mission as the premier accounting and finance platform for the Office of the CFO.”

Johar comes to BlackLine with more than 20 years of enterprise cloud experience spanning applications, infrastructure, cybersecurity, data governance and engineering, and automation. He most recently served as CIO at Automation Anywhere, a leading provider of AI-powered intelligent automation solutions. Previously he was CIO at enterprise mobile security provider MobileIron where in just his first two years, he significantly reduced operational costs while making room for digital transformation initiatives. Before that, he led Enterprise Applications at TIBCO Software for 10 years and also has held management-level consulting and engineering positions at Wipro and Infosys.

“Generative AI and other emerging technologies have put fuel on the fire for IT innovation, creating endless opportunities for CIOs to transform business operations,” said Johar. “I look forward to taking BlackLine’s IT infrastructure, business intelligence, and business applications to the next level with leading-edge AI and automation technologies that will enable our global workforce to perform at an even higher level, ultimately supporting BlackLine’s leadership in the digital finance transformation market.”

Johar holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra.

About BlackLine
Companies come to BlackLine (Nasdaq: BL) because their traditional manual accounting and finance processes are not sustainable. BlackLine’s market-leading cloud platform and customer service help companies move to modern accounting by unifying their data and processes, automating repetitive work, and driving accountability through visibility. BlackLine provides solutions to manage and automate financial close, intercompany accounting, invoice-to-cash, and consolidation processes – inspiring, powering, and guiding large enterprises and midsize businesses on their digital finance transformation journeys.

More than 4,300 customers trust BlackLine to help them close faster with complete and accurate results. The company is the pioneer of the cloud financial close market and is recognized as the leader by customers at leading end-user review sites including G2 and TrustRadius. BlackLine is a global company with operations in major business centers including Los Angeles, New York, the San Francisco Bay area, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney. For more information, visit blackline.com.

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Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon BlackLine’s current plans, estimates and expectations, and are not a representation that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and/or management’s good faith beliefs and assumptions as of that time with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize or if any assumptions prove incorrect, actual performance or results may differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks related to the Company’s ability to execute on its strategies, attract new customers, enter new geographies and develop, release and sell new features and solutions; and other risks and uncertainties described in the other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including the risks described under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K.  Additional information will also be set forth in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and you should not place undue reliance on such statements. Except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

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The Standard Titled “Technical and Application Requirements for Intelligent Software Engineering Part 1: Large-scale Code Models”, in which Xiao-I (NASDAQ: AIXI) Participated, has been Officially Released

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SHANGHAI, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (“CAICT”) and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (“ICBC”) jointly released a milestone industry standard called “Technical and Application Requirements for Intelligent Software Engineering Part 1: Large-scale Code Models” (Standard Number AIIA/PG 0110-2023). It is worth mentioning that Xiao-I Corporation (NASDAQ: AIXI) (“Xiao-I” or the “Company”), a leading company in the field of artificial intelligence, has actively participated in the development of this standard. The release of this standard marks the birth of the industry’s first large-scale code model standard, providing strong support for the healthy and orderly development of the Artificial Intelligence for Software Engineering (AI4SE) industry.

The new standard provides detailed specifications for the technical capabilities and application requirements of large-scale code models, covering various stages such as research and development, evaluation, and acceptance. Its aim is to provide clear references for enterprises in the construction and improvement process of large-scale code models. The standard covers three main parts: general capabilities, specific scenario capabilities, and application maturity. These include 16 capability items and over 100 specific capability requirements. These requirements establish comprehensive technical capability standards for large-scale code models across multiple dimensions, including input diversity, task diversity, language comprehensiveness, result acceptability, and result accuracy.

The release of this standard is of great significance in promoting the standardization and development of large-scale code model technology. It will not only enhance the overall technical level of the industry but also facilitate cooperation and communication among enterprises, promoting the industry’s development towards a more standardized and professional direction.

Xiao-I has always been at the forefront of innovation in the field of artificial intelligence. In June 2023, the Company released the Huazang General Model, aiming to create an operating system for the new era of artificial intelligence with the core principles of “being controllable, customizable, and deliverable.” By actively participating in the development of industry standards related to large-scale models, Xiao-I has not only demonstrated its forward-thinking layout, but also its determination and responsibility as a leading domestic AI company in promoting the standardization process in the industry.

Looking ahead, Xiao-I will continue to devote itself to the standardization work in the field of artificial intelligence, actively participating in the development and revision of relevant standards, and contributing wisdom and strength to the healthy development of the industry. Meanwhile, the Company will continue to promote technological innovation, improve product performance, provide users with high-quality artificial intelligence services, and contribute to the efficient and rapid development of China’s artificial intelligence industry.

About Xiao-I Corporation

Xiao-I Corporation is a leading cognitive intelligence enterprise in China that offers a diverse range of business solutions and services in artificial intelligence, covering natural language processing,voice and image recognition, machine learning and affective computing. Since its inception in 2001,the Company has developed an extensive portfolio of cognitive intelligence technologies that are highly suitable and have been applied to a wide variety of business cases. Xiao-I powers its cognitive intelligence products and services with its cutting-edge, proprietary AI technologies to enable and promote industrial digitization, intelligent upgrading, and transformation.For more information, please visit: www.xiaoi.com. 

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Certain statements in this announcement are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on the Company’s current expectations and projections about future events that the Company believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. Investors can identify these forward-looking statements by words or phrases such as “approximates,” “assesses,” “believes,” “hopes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “may” or similar expressions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and the Company cautions investors that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results and encourages investors to review other factors that may affect its future results in the Company’s registration statement and other filings with the SEC.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Berry Xia
Email: ir@xiaoi.com 

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Update on shares repurchased during the first quarter 2024: Loomis AB

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STOCKHOLM, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Loomis AB has through the repurchase program that was resolved and communicated on January 30, 2024, and that is still being executed, repurchased 310,898 shares as of February 29, 2024. Loomis AB’s holding of own shares thereby amounts to 4,519,680 shares, corresponding to 6.0% of the outstanding shares in the company. The total number of shares in Loomis AB, including the company’s own shares, amounts to 75,279,829.

The share repurchases may comprise an amount up to a maximum of SEK 200 million and will end no later than on April 5, 2024.

For information about transactions in the repurchase program, please see: www.nasdaqomxnordic.com/news/corporate-actions/repurchase-of-own-shares.

This press release is also available on the company’s website, www.loomis.com.

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Jenny Boström
Head of Sustainability and IR
Mobile: +46 79 006 45 92
Email: jenny.bostrom@loomis.com

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Bitget Wallet now supports the Blast Mainnet, pioneering full ecosystem support as a Web3 wallet

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VICTORIA, Seychelles, March 1, 2024 /CNW/ — The globally leading Web3 trading wallet Bitget Wallet has now integrated support for the Blast Mainnet, making it the first all-in-one Web3 wallet for the Blast ecosystem. Users can effortlessly add and switch mainnets within the wallet with just one click, without the need for manual configuration. This integration enables users to manage, transfer, swap, and interact on one of the largest L2 launches in 2024.

Bitget Wallet has aggregated liquidity from mainstream DEXs within the Blast ecosystem, such as BlasterSwap and MonoSwap, into its Swap feature. This allows for mainnet token Swap transactions, providing users with convenient services for trading assets on the Blast blockchain.

During the Blast testnet phase, Bitget Wallet was among the first to offer support, unveiled a dedicated zone in its DApp page for Blast. This section featured over 40 elite projects from Blast’s Big Bang incentive program, enabling users to easily explore, interact, and potentially receive future airdrops in the Blast ecosystem. Following the launch of the Blast mainnet, Bitget Wallet plans to continue integrating popular projects from the Blast ecosystem, offering users extensive asset management features and a comprehensive ecosystem experience.

Bitget Wallet’s COO, Alvin Kan, highlights Blast as a Layer 2 solution with staking at its core, gaining market attention since launch. He says, “We’re committed to cutting-edge tech, lowering Web3 engagement barriers. Collaborating with quality mainnets like Blast, we aim to drive Web3 ecosystem growth.”

This week, Bitget Wallet engages with popular Blast ecosystem projects, exploring market traction, “Stake Layer 2” narrative, TVL enhancement strategies by staking and earning points, notable projects, and effective ways for users to participate in the Blast ecosystem upon mainnet launch. This provides users with valuable insights for meaningful ecosystem engagement.

Additionally, Bitget Wallet is organizing major events to support the Blast ecosystem, providing users with opportunities for discovering new assets.

About Bitget Wallet

Bitget Wallet stands as Asia’s largest and one of the world’s top non-custodial Web3 wallets, boasting over 19 million users globally. Featuring a comprehensive array of features including asset management, intelligent market data, swap functionality, launchpad, inscribing, DApp browsing, and more, Bitget Wallet promises users an unmatched multi-chain Web3 experience. Currently, Bitget Wallet supports over 100 blockchains, hundreds of EVM-compatible chains, and more than 250,000 cryptocurrencies. By aggregating liquidity across hundreds of leading DEXs and cross-chain bridges, Bitget Wallet is able to facilitate seamless and efficient trades on 40+ blockchains.

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