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Trump taps Alex Azar, fmr. Eli Lilly exec., as new HHS chief: Who is he?

“Azar served as a partner at one of the largest law firms in Washington, D.C., Wiley Rein, for five years” reports foxbusiness.com. Azar served as Health and Human Services general counsel and deputy secretary during George W. Bush’s administration.When he stepped down from his executive position at Lilly USA in January, he founded a health care consulting firm called Seraphim Strategies. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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Altice CEO Combes resigns amid exec reshuffle

“Altice NV (ATC.AE) on Friday announced a number of management changes, including the resignation of Chief Executive Michel Combes, as it seeks clearer accountability among management and an improvement in the operational and financial performance of the business” writes Ian Walker for marketwatch.com. The Netherlands-based multinational telecoms company, founded and headed by the French billionaire Patrick Drahi, has made Dexter Goei chief executive in addition to his current role of U.S. CEO and Chairman of Altice USA. Other new appointments include Dennis Okhuijsen as Europe CEO, Armando Pereira as Altice…

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AT&T exec says ‘uncertain’ when Time Warner deal will close

“AT&T and Time Warner are still waiting for a decision from the Justice Department, which can approve the deal, with or without conditions, or sue to block it” reports foxbusiness.com. AT&T now says it’s “uncertain” when its $85 billion Time Warner purchase will close, making investors worry that regulators may try to block it or require significant changes to the deal for approval.Even if the Justice Department does sue, a court is likely to strike down the suit, the analysts said. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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ICO market ‘very young’ and we are still the best place to raise cash, Nasdaq exec says

“The ICO market is still tiny compared to the IPO market” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. “It’s very young and early stage and Nasdaq has always been at the forefront of helping companies raise capital, whether it be in the Nasdaq private market or through the Nasdaq public markets.An ICO is when a company issues a digital coin or token in exchange for a cryptocurrency in order to raise cash.So we believe that we are the market for companies to raise capital.”. Nasdaq markets are still the best place for…

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Nine players, one exec on Baseball Hall of Fame’s Modern Era ballot

“Nine former MLB players and one players union executive make up the 10-member Modern Baseball Era ballot to be reviewed and voted on Dec. 10 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced Monday afternoon” reports sportingnews.com. The Modern Baseball Era committee is one of four era committees, each of which provide an avenue for Hall of Fame consideration to managers, umpires and executives, as well as players retired for more than 15 seasons. Source: sportingnews.com Share This:

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AP employees ask about any complaints against former exec

“Since the initial Washington Post story about the accusations, two female NPR employees’ complaints have come to light about times when he had made them feel uncomfortable” reports foxbusiness.com. The union asked Buzbee and AP management to publicize the hotline, encourage employees to come forward with information about harassers and provide training at all AP offices.”We need assurance that the company has our backs, and if it received complaints, that the company did something about them,” she said.Meanwhile, NPR’s president and CEO, Jarl Mohn, held a meeting with the radio…

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Digital propaganda and misinformation isn’t just a US problem, says Google exec

“But the spread of propaganda and misinformation online is a global problem that has yet to be fully solved, according to a Google executive” writes Saheli Roy Choudhury for cnbc.com. Schmidt added he was worried that the next U.S. presidential election in 2020 will see the Russians having “a lot more powerful tools.”. Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google appeared before members of the U.S. Congress this week to testify about the extent of foreign influence on their platforms during the 2016 presidential election.They were criticized for what the politicians…

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$5 billion Slack hires away a key Google shopping exec to reinforce a crucial weapon against Microsoft

“So far, high-profile developers like Salesforce, IBM, and Google have all signed on with the Slack platform, with over 1,000 apps available in the Slack App Directory” writes Matt Weinberger for businessinsider.com. Elliott is the first-ever Slack exec to hold the title General Manager of Platform, but not the first exec with a similar mandate to help grow the platform.Slack, the $5 billion work chat startup, has hired Google exec Brian Elliott to spearhead an important expansion effort and help it keep a leg up amid growing competition from Microsoft…

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PayPal exec Bill Ready sees big opportunity in Pay with Venmo

“Ready: The way pay with Venmo works is that Venmo becomes a payment button on a merchant site” writes Tech Reporter for marketwatch.com. Earlier this week the company announced that two million merchants would be accepting Venmo as a payment option called Pay with Venmo.Ready was the chief executive of PayPal acquisition Braintree, a payment processing technology, and has overseen Venmo amid its rise. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Amazon Studios exec Roy Price resigns after sexual harassment claim

“Deadline is reporting that Amazon Studios executive Roy Price has resigned, in response to sexual harassment claims leveled online by The Man in the High Castle executive producer Isa Hackett” writes Oct Edt for theverge.com. But the company also clearly wants to avoid the public-relations disaster that’s hit the Weinstein Company. Amazon Studios quickly broke off plans for a prestige TV drama it was producing with the Weinsteins, and has reportedly severed its connection with the company. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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