David McDonald: Expanding OSI Group’s International Presence

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David McDonald is the current president and chief executive officer of the OSI Group. One of his main goals is to transform the OSI Group into a multinational company, operating in every corner for the world and supplying the population with processed protein products. However, international companies face a lot of challenges when they start to operate overseas. Among these problems are government regulations, cultural and traditional aspects, and the availability of employment. Companies within the food industry face an additional challenge, which is the taste factor, since every culture differs in their taste preference. David McDonald managed to address these issues by employing management teams from the local population that would manage and oversee the operation of the satellite offices under the OSI Group.

OSI Group has been in the business for several decades. The company is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, and they are the leading supplier of meat and protein products. The company has also forged one of the longest lasting partnerships with McDonald’s restaurant, providing beef patties for the fast food giant. Under the leadership of David McDonald, the OSI Group has started to expand overseas, slowly fulfilling his goal of transforming the company into a multinational company. The OSI Group bought properties across every continent, and built more than 50 facilities for growing livestock and processing meat products. The OSI Group’s facilities in China are considered by David McDonald as the company’s gem, because it can process thousands of meats products in a day. This facility in China is also the reason why the OSI Group is considered as the largest poultry producer in the country.

David McDonald urged the satellite offices working under the OSI Group to continue practicing the sustainability within each facility. The OSI Group does not depend on any third party companies to supply the facilities with livestock needs, because the OSI Group is already creating each need internally. David McDonald, aside from his goal of creating a multinational company, also wanted to acquire small players in the international food processing scene. He recently acquired Baho Food to become one of the newest arms of OSI Group. Baho Food is a Dutch food processing company, and the reason why the OSI Group acquired a small Dutch company is because David McDonald wanted to expand the OSI Group’s presence in Europe. The OSI Group is optimistic that by acquiring small players, they can easily conquer the world.

The Journey to Privatization of Infrastructure in Brazil as Narrated by Felipe Montoro Jens

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A study done by the National Confederation of Industry reveals that private sector participation in infrastructural development in Brazil is significant. Felipe Montoro, a specialist in the infrastructural development, lists the strides made to integrate private partnership in such projects.

Institutional modernization in the 1930’s created chances for privatization of infrastructure. Over the subsequent fifty years, state intervention increased, and more state-owned businesses introduced. The inaugural privatization process was in the late 1980’s, as a consequence of the external debt crisis. By 1990, the government proposed privatization as one of its economic reforms through the National Privatization Program. As a result, several companies in sectors such as steel and petrochemical became privatized. The 1995 Concession law prioritized Energy, transportation, telecommunication, and sanitation sectors. In 2004 the Public Private Partnership Act was implemented. Telecommunication was the inaugural infrastructural field run by private agents.

The General Telecommunication law of 1997, indicates that the state is a regulator and not a provider of services. Telebras split into twelve holding companies, and each holding was sold to different buyers at an auction in 1998. The National Telecommunication Agency is the body tasked with overseeing the sector. The creation of the regulatory arm contributed to the success of the process and provided a basis for similar transactions. The 2008 General Concession plan and the 2011 General Plan for the Universalization of Fixed Telephone service significantly enable development and privatization in the sector.

Felipe Montoro is the current Chief Executive Officer, and the Chairman of Concessionaria do Centro Administrativo, S.A. Montoro is also a senior executive at Energipar Captacao. Previously, he was a director at Braskem, S.A, Santo Antonio Energia, and Concessionaria Trasvase.

Felipe Montoro Jens is an alumnus of Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Getulio Vargas Foundation. He has contributed to the knowledge of finance, privatization and infrastructure in Brazil through articles, blogs, and other publications.


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Anthony Petrello who is fondly referred to as “Tony” by those who know him is the Chief Executive Officer of Nabors Industries Limited which is the holding company of Nabors Exchangeco Canada (Inc). He has held the position of Chief Executive Officer since 28th October 2011. Anthony Petrello has also served in various other capacities in Nabors Industries Limited as President, the Chairman of the Board, the Vice Chairman of the Board and as the Chief Operating Officer. His contribution has been invaluable at Nabors Industries Limited. He has over the years become indispensable to the company.

Prior to his career as Nabors Industries Limited, he was the Managing Partner at a law firm called Baker and McKenzie from 1986 to 1991 in its New York City Office. As the Managing Partner at the law firm, he had both managerial roles and business roles to play a role that he executed very well. Other capacities in which Mr. Anthony Petrello serves are: Director of Stewart and Stevenson, LLC since 28th February 2011 and Director of Texas Children’s Hospital.

With regards to his academic qualifications, Mr. Anthony Petrello holds a J.D Degree from Harvard University and M.S and B.S Degrees in Mathematics from the Yale University. He has always been exceptional academically.He excels at everything that he puts his mind on or every task that he takes on. He has been described as a self-driven and innovative person.

Anthony Petrello is not only a successful professional but he is also a humanitarian. His daughter Carena ails from a neurological illness called Periventricular Leukomalacia which has impeded her growth. Anthony and his wife Cynthia turned their tragedy into an avenue to do good. They are actively involved in the activities of Texas Children Hospital so as to ensure that research is conducted into such neurological conditions so as to get more information.



5AM Ventures Embraces Sustainable Life Science

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Scott Rocklage is presently 5AM Ventures’ Managing Partner. He is known to be a strategic leader with a keen eye for operational detail and creativity. His three-decade experience in the healthcare sector has seen him be part of development teams for new FDA-approved drugs like Teslascan and Cubicin.


Rocklage joined the 5AM Venture Management team in 2003. He eventually rose to become a managing partner at the company that invests early in potentially profitable companies. He has helped the company in its endeavors to build successful, next-generation science companies. It mainly deals with healthcare industry companies looking to solve problems in the sector using cutting edge breakthroughs in research and development.


Scott Rocklage holds a Chemistry degree from the University of California, and a Doctorate in Chemistry from MIT. To date, he has helped develop over 30 patents and boasts of at least 100 peer-reviewed publications. He has held executive management positions in numerous companies including Nycomed Salutar, Inc.; Cidara Therapeutics; Novira Therapeutics; Rennovia Inc.; Achaogen, Inc.; EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.; Pulmatrix, Inc.; and Semprus.


5AM Venture Management LLC


5AM’s investment specialists have resilient scientific and medical zeal as well as operational, financial, and legal proficiency. The venture’s experiences provide a distinct platform to seek and modify life science portfolio firms. It has team members who incorporate reliable and hands-on tactics to company building processes. The venture is a primary investor that offers a direct contribution in setting firms’ strategies in business expansion and fundraising efforts.


Portfolio Companies of 5AM Ventures


5AM Ventures works with Achaogen firm, which is committed to discovering, improving, and financing new antibacterials to treat multi-drug resistant and gram-negative contagions. It also works with Bellerophon Therapeutics; a clinical company focused on developing new drugs and devices to treat cardiopulmonary diseases. Moreover, 5AM has partnered with Ceterix Orthopedics Company that focuses on meniscal preservation and offers patients a chance to maintain their natural knee health and firmness.


5AM’s portfolio companies are extensive in the healthcare industry’s medical technology, biopharmaceutical, and research equipment areas. Further, the venture evaluates new podium techniques, corporate derivatives, and products with short-cycles. It invests across many therapeutic regions within each segment.

Chris Burch Reviews the Transformation which Occurs When Fashion and Technology are Mixed:

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Chris Burch continually invests money, time and thought in way of investments. He reviews, within the following text, how important it is to recognize that fashion and technology, work side-by-side, in order to produce products that greatly assist in the functionality of everyday living. One thought that Chris offers (and not verbatim) is: the fashion industry and tech sector are both continually changing. The change is very apparent, when reviewing a history of each industry. The industries are married from the standpoint one allows the other to grow freely and the other—returns the favor. The best way to understand fashion’s future and the future of technology is to review the history of technology and fashion; as well as the current theme of both.


The Seventies era gave the general public the technology of the Boom Box. This mobile device brought the general public, a great amount of excitement. The musical enthusiast, could play his favorite musical selections and listen to various radio stations. There were two cassette decks, on the Boom Box. One cassette deck played music, and the other deck was used for recording. The Boom Box was still a mobile device used in the eighties. The listener was now able to listen to the audio of movies. This additional feature made the Boom Box all the more popular. The nineties was the era, when the musical enthusiast, made use of the Walkman. The Walkman was a great deal smaller than the Boom Box. The next decade, the consumer is listening to his favorite tunes, by way of the iPod. Technology, then, is pertinent to its current popularity.


The coupling of technology and fashion is currently occurring. Many designers of fashion, enjoy creating the type of products that work well or are deliverable to the general public. The great designer, sees a wealth of possibility, when making use of the element of technology. The innovation, in combining fashion and technology is obvious.


Anouk Wipprecht is a well-known fashion designer. She “couples” technology with fashion. She mentions that when putting fashion together with technology: she is allowed to experiment with many different design ideas. This coupling, of these two elements, allows Ms. Wipprecht to experiment with, much intensity, in way of designing a product. She is well-known for her design of a drink making dress, known, in prominent fashion circles, as the ‘DareDroid’. She also created, the self-painting dress, named: ‘Pseudomorphs’.


Many fashions evolve; by way of technology, becoming products used as a means of protection. Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin are the creators of neckwear for bikers. The ‘Airbag for Cyclists’ is a unique system that provides airbag protection, should a biker begin to fall off of his bike. The product is designed, in order that the biker does not hurt his head, when he hits the pavement. The neckwear, too, provides more visibility, than a standard bike helmet–that is, when it is closed.


Another worthy protective product is referred to as: ‘Frontline Gloves’. The product is the creation of Ashwin Rajan and Kevin Cannon. The gloves make it possible for fire-fighters to make use of built-in signals, to assure the safety of entering a site, where devastation has occurred.


Another form of technology and fashion, uniting, is by way of a designer creating apparel, out of recycled materials. SegraSegra recycled inner-tubes, from that of bicycles, in order to create T-shirts and jackets. Emma Whiteside created a gown out of recycled copper, from that of a radiator.


Energy creation is useful, in producing a popular product. Wearing apparel is able to capture energy to power up a watch or mp3. Soledad Martin is busy working on a prototype for shoes, which charges the wearer’s cellular phone, when he or she is taking a jog.


Glasses were not considered popular in former decades. Diane Von Furstenberg changed the attitude of the public. She allowed her runway models to wear Google Glass, during one of her fashion shows. The general public woke up, to the fact, that the models, wearing the glasses, made a nice bold fashion statement.


It is evidenced, from the above text, that when used together, the elements of fashion and technology provide many deliverable products. The products provide safety, functionality, and style.


Notes Regarding Chris Burch and Burch Creative Capital:


The investment philosophy of Burch Creative Capital is to invest in true visionary ideas of entrepreneurs, and to assure those ideas come into focus, within the marketplace. The products or services, chosen, for means of investments, also must offer the general public with true value. The company makes certain its financial practices, as to investment, remain reliable.


Chris Burch has been in the business of investing for thirty years. He has participated in the success of more than fifty recognized brands. He is intuitive, and understands, all too well, the relative behavior of the consumer. Some of Mr. Burch’s primary investments, within his portfolio, include: ED by Ellen DeGeneres, Cocoon9, Nihiwatu, Poppin and TRADEMARK, and more. Mr. Burch is currently supporting several lifestyle brands. He addresses all types of brands, with respect to apparel lines, home furnishing products, hospitality-related products and services; technological innovation, and food items grown—organically. Other interesting and significant investments include: The Faena Hotel + Universe, Jawbone, Voss Water and, once again, many more.