Duck Creek Technologies Announces New Chief Marketing Officer

Experienced Marketing and Technology Executive Bindu Crandall to Join Duck Creek Technologies

BOSTON, May 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance, announces the appointment of Bindu Crandall as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). As CMO, Bindu is responsible for overseeing Duck Creek’s strategic marketing and branding efforts driving the company’s global expansion and leadership as a provider of P&C insurance software and services.

“Bindu is a seasoned marketer and leader who understands how to connect with SaaS customers and deliver value,” said Mike Jackowski, chief executive officer of Duck Creek Technologies. “She has a wealth of experience building and scaling world-class marketing organizations for cloud-based software companies. I am thrilled to welcome her to the Duck Creek team and look forward to working with her to accelerate our growth and expand our market leadership.”

With more than 20 years of experience at enterprise technology companies, Bindu brings deep expertise in branding, demand generation, thought leadership, and content strategy to her role, backed by a proven track record of successfully launching brands and products through revenue-driven marketing and sales strategies.

“I am honored and excited to join Duck Creek at this pivotal time in the insurance industry,” said Crandall. “Duck Creek is a visionary company that is transforming the way insurers operate and serve their customers. I am impressed by the company’s culture, products, and customer-centric approach. I look forward to collaborating with the talented Duck Creek team and partners to amplify our brand, engage our audiences, and drive business outcomes.”

Prior to joining Duck Creek, Bindu was the CMO of Navisite, part of Accenture, a digital transformation and IT services provider, where she built an award-winning marketing organization that relaunched the company as a leader of managed cloud services in the mid-market. Earlier in her career, she was the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Optima Healthcare Solutions, a SaaS provider for the post-acute care industry, and held senior marketing, product marketing, and strategy roles at companies including Internap, McKesson, and Scientific Atlanta (now Cisco).

About Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand. Visit www.duckcreek.com to learn more. Follow Duck Creek on our social channels for the latest information – LinkedIn and X.

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Duck Creek Technologies Nomeia Nova Diretora de Marketing

Experiente Executiva de Marketing e Tecnologia Bindu Crandall Junta-se à Duck Creek Technologies

BOSTON, May 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hoje, a Duck Creek Technologies, fornecedora de soluções inteligentes que definem o futuro do seguro de propriedade e acidentes (P&C) e geral, anunciou a nomeação de Bindu Crandall como Diretora de Marketing (CMO). Como CMO, Bindu é responsável por supervisionar os esforços estratégicos de marketing e branding da Duck Creek, impulsionando a expansão global e a liderança da empresa como fornecedora de software e serviços de seguros de P&C.

“Bindu é uma profissional de marketing experiente e líder que entende como se conectar com clientes SaaS e agregar valor”, disse Mike Jackowski, diretor executivo da Duck Creek Technologies. “Ela tem uma vasta experiência na criação e dimensionamento de organizações de marketing de classe mundial para empresas de software baseadas em nuvem. Estou muito feliz em recebê-la na equipe da Duck Creek e estou pronto para trabalhar com ela para acelerar nosso crescimento e expandir nossa liderança no mercado.”

Com mais de 20 anos de experiência em empresas de tecnologia empresarial, Bindu traz uma profunda experiência em branding, geração de demanda, liderança de pensamento e estratégia de conteúdo para sua função, apoiada por um histórico comprovado de lançamento bem-sucedido de marcas e produtos por meio de estratégias de marketing e vendas orientadas por receita.

“Estou honrada e animada em me juntar à Duck Creek neste momento crucial no setor de seguros”, disse Crandall. “A Duck Creek é uma empresa visionária que está transformando a maneira como as seguradoras operam e atendem seus clientes. Estou impressionada com a cultura, os produtos e a abordagem centrada no cliente da empresa. Estou pronta para colaborar com a talentosa equipe e parceiros da Duck Creek para ampliar nossa marca, envolver nosso público e gerar resultados de negócios.”

Antes de ingressar na Duck Creek, Bindu foi CMO da Navisite, parte da Accenture, fornecedora de serviços de transformação digital e TI, onde criou uma organização de marketing premiada que relançou a empresa como líder de serviços gerenciados em nuvem no mercado intermediário. No início da sua carreira, ela foi Vice-Presidente Sênior de Marketing da Optima Healthcare Solutions, uma provedora de SaaS para o setor de cuidados pós-agudos, e ocupou cargos seniores de marketing, marketing de produtos e estratégia em empresas como Internap, McKesson e Scientific Atlanta (agora Cisco).

Sobre a Duck Creek Technologies

A Duck Creek Technologies é fornecedora de soluções inteligentes que definem o futuro do setor de seguros de propriedade e acidentes (P&C) e geral. Somos a plataforma utilizadas como base dos sistemas de seguros modernos, permitindo que a indústria capitalize o poder da nuvem para executar operações ágeis, inteligentes e perenes. Autenticidade, propósito e transparência são fundamentais para a Duck Creek, e acreditamos que o seguro deve estar disponível para indivíduos e empresas quando, onde e como eles mais precisarem. Nossas soluções líderes do mercado estão disponíveis de forma independente ou como um pacote completo disponíveis em Duck Creek OnDemand. Visite www.duckcreek.com para obter mais informação. Siga a Duck Creek nos nossos canais sociais para obter as mais recentes informações – LinkedIn e X.

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Une nouvelle directrice marketing pour Duck Creek Technologies

La spécialiste du marketing et de la technologie Bindu Crandall rejoint Duck Creek Technologies

BOSTON, 20 mai 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, le fournisseur de solutions intelligentes qui trace les futurs contours du secteur de l’assurance générale et IARD (incendies, accidents et risques divers), annonce la nomination de Bindu Crandall à la direction marketing. Sa mission est de superviser les stratégies marketing et de marque inhérentes au pilotage du développement de Duck Creek à l’échelle mondiale et à son leadership en matière de logiciels et de services d’assurance IARD.

Mike Jackowski, PDG de Duck Creek Technologies, observe que « Bindu Crandall est une marketeuse et une leadeuse d’expérience qui maîtrise parfaitement les ficelles de la communication client et le principe de valeur dans le domaine des solutions SaaS. Sa vaste expérience réunit la création et la mise à l’échelle d’organisations marketing de classe mondiale pour le compte d’entreprises de développement logiciel en mode cloud. Je me réjouis de l’accueillir au sein de notre équipe et suis impatient de travailler avec elle pour accélérer notre croissance et renforcer notre leadership sur le marché. »

Forte de son expérience de plus de 20 ans au service de grands groupes de la technologie, Madame Crandall apporte à sa nouvelle fonction une profonde expertise en branding, en génération de la demande, en leadership d’opinion et en stratégie contenu. Elle a également à son actif un bilan positif côté lancement de marques et/ou de produits, reposant sur des stratégies marketing et commerciale ciblées sur la croissance.

« C’est un honneur et un plaisir de rejoindre Duck Creek à l’heure où le secteur de l’assurance traverse une phase clé », déclare Madame Crandall, avant de poursuivre : « C’est une société visionnaire qui transforme le mode de fonctionnement et de service au client des assureurs. Je suis impressionnée par leur culture d’entreprise, mais aussi par leurs produits et leur approche centrée sur le client. Je suis impatiente d’entreprendre une collaboration avec ses talentueuses équipes et partenaires pour développer notre marque, impliquer nos utilisateurs et enregistrer des résultats. »

Avant de rejoindre Duck Creek, Bindu Crandall était directrice marketing chez Navisite, une société du groupe Accenture, un fournisseur de services de transformation numérique et de services informatiques. Elle y a bâti une organisation marketing de toute pièce qui a permis de replacer l’entreprise dans une position de leader des services cloud gérés sur le marché intermédiaire. Auparavant, elle était vice-présidente senior du service marketing chez Optima Healthcare Solutions, un fournisseur SaaS pour l’industrie des soins post-hospitalisation, et a occupé des postes de direction dans le marketing, le marketing produit et la stratégie dans des entreprises comme Internap, McKesson ou Scientific Atlanta, aujourd’hui Cisco.

À propos de Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies est le fournisseur de solutions intelligentes qui trace les futurs contours du secteur de l’assurance générale et IARD (incendies, accidents et risques divers). Les systèmes d’assurance modernes se reposent sur nos solutions et capitalisent sur le potentiel du cloud pour mener des opérations agiles, intelligentes et évolutives. Authenticité, détermination et transparence, voilà les maîtres-mots de la philosophie de Duck Creek. Pour nous, l’assurance est au service des particuliers et des entreprises, n’importe quand, où, et comment ils en ressentent le plus le besoin. Nos solutions, leaders du marché, sont commercialisées à l’unité ou sous forme de suite packagée et sont toutes disponibles sur la page : Duck Creek OnDemand. Rendez-vous sur www.duckcreek.com pour en savoir plus. Suivez-nous sur les réseaux pour découvrir nos dernières informations : LinkedIn et X.

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Zhengzhou: Interactive Exhibitions on the International Museum Day


In central China’s Zhengzhou city, visiting museums has become a new trend of urban lifestyle. On May 18, the International Museum Day, museums in Zhengzhou in the Henan Province unveiled new exhibitions such as Treasures of Cultural Heritages from Luxembourg, Xu Hongfei Sculpture World Tour · Zhengzhou and fashion art photography exhibition.

In a bid to attract young visitors, the museums in Zhengzhou created fresh products, ‘bronze-themed coffee’, for instance, and hosted interactive activities related to intangible cultural heritages, including murder mystery games and hands-on artifact restoration.

Zhengzhou, one of China’s eight ancient capitals that boasts a total of 112 museums is dubbed the ‘City of a Hundred Museums’. It accommodates Henan Museum, Zhengzhou Museum, Yellow River Museum and other comprehensive museums. Additionally, there are museums of history and culture and themed museums, such as Henan Natural History Museum.

Zhengzhou has been connecting historical heritages to the public. For
instance, the Zhengzhou Museum, with bronze culture as one highlight, has introduced themed coffee and ice cream with bronze-culture elements.

The Zhengzhou Shang Dynasty Ruins Museum offers an immersive and interactive theater experience titled ‘Memories of the Shang Dynasty’, where visitors can travel through different historical periods via interactive games. The Zhengzhou Dingcang Coin Museum demonstrates ancient coin minting techniques, allowing visitors to try crafting coins themselves.

As a major birthplace of Chinese civilization, Zhengzhou is home to the Peiligang Culture dating back 8,000 years and the Dahecun Culture spanning 6,000 years. Around 5,000 years ago, the legendary Yellow Emperor was born and established his capital here. About 3,600 years ago, the Shang Dynasty also chose this area as their capital. Today, remnants of ancient city walls, stretching seven kilometers, can still be found in the center of Zhengzhou.

Currently, Zhengzhou has two UNESCO World Heritage sites, 83 nationally
protected sites, 147 provincially protected sites, and nearly 10,000 immovable cultural relics, providing a robust foundation for its many museums and exhibitions.

The museums in Zhengzhou have not only enriched the cultural life of the locals, but also appealed to visitors at home and abroad. With innovative events and exhibitions of the city’s historical and cultural heritage, Zhengzhou has presented a vibrant, open, and inclusive urban culture to the world.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Match words with actions to accelerate AfCFTA implementation – Prof Desta


A professor of International Economic Law, Melaku Geboye Desta, has asked African governments to match their words with actions to accelerate the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.

Doing so, he said, required building institutional capacities and creating an enabling environment for more private sector participation, as well as increased sensitisation.

He spoke exclusively with the Ghana News Agency over the weekend, in Accra, on the margins of a two-day conference, which took stock of the five years of coming into force of the AfCFTA.

The conference, which was attended by law students, researchers, and industry players, was on the theme: ‘Taking stock of the implementation of the AfCFTA: continental efforts, State commitment and private sector involvement.’

It was organised by the University of Professional Studies, Accra, UPSA Law School, together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ – German Development Corporation), and other p
artners.

Prof Desta explained that the ratification of the five protocols of the AfCFTA had set a strong foundation for achieving the goals of the tariff free-quota free, cross-border trade among African countries.

The regulations are rules of origin, tariff concessions, online mechanism on monitoring, the Pan African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS), and the African trade observatory.

He said, ‘in many cases on the continent, we have so many good ideas, but we don’t invest in our capacity; the ability of our institutions to translate our promises into realities.’

‘We need to invest in building capacities. When people have the capacity to action, we can make a difference in our lives, and for that action to happen, we need the capacity,’ he noted.

Prof Desta, who is also the Coordinator for the African Trade Policy Centre UN Economic Commission for Africa, stated that in the past five years, governments on the continent had done well with the agreement.

‘The completion of the five protocols is a hu
ge achievement. Now, let’s move to the next level and make the trade happen. Let’s sensitise and support the private sector, because without them the AfCFTA won’t make any meaningful impact,’ he said.

He explained that though physical infrastructure, including roads, railways, sea and airports, were critical, without the requisite legal framework, the implementation of the free trade agreement would be hindered.

‘We need to invest a lot to build infrastructure, which is not going to be easy and cheap, but even if we want to have infrastructure tomorrow, if don’t have the legal infrastructure, that’s not going to bring anything,’ Prof Desta explained.

Mr Wamkele Mene, Secretary General, AfCFTA Secretariat, stated that the legal framework governing the implementation of the AfCFTA, has been made to address disputes regarding design flaws and political issues in similar agreements.

He expressed confidence that the implementation of the agreement would transform intra-African trade system for development thro
ugh a legally binding regulation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

VTF trains female artisans in Enterprise Management Skills


The Vocational Training for Females (VTF) Programme, a Non-Profit Organisation, has trained 138 artisans, mainly fashion designers and tailors, at Mampong and Ejisu in the Ashanti Region, to boost their capacities in Enterprise Management Skills (EMS).

The four-day workshop covered topics such as Customer Service, Time Management, Costing and Pricing, Business Planning, Records Keeping, and the Balanced Entrepreneur to enhance their capabilities in enterprise management.

The EMS are a set of tools or skills needed for the success of running sustainable businesses, which include planning, scheduling, and communication skills.

The VTF Programme is, therefore, committed to promoting skills training and employment for women and the youth, hence the workshop was part of a broad-based training programme to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

The Programme, in strengthening Technical and Vocational Skills training, has observed, over the years, that micro-entrepreneurs and self-employed persons play an
important role in employment creation, particularly for the youth and females, and thus need a tailored intervention and support to thrive.

‘Unfortunately, they lack the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage their businesses and this results in low productivity levels and low sales which hinder such businesses from growing and sustaining their income,’ Mrs Patience Adiekeke Morrison, the lead facilitator at the training, said.

She noted that for the past years, VTF had been very much concerned about supporting such enterprises through training, coaching, and mentoring to better appreciate their work with seriousness.

Mrs Morrisson, the Gender and Entrepreneurship Development Officer of the VTF Programme, said considering the potential of SMEs in socio-economic development, continuous training and consistent support would help such businesses to thrive and expand to enable them to employ others and reduce the unemployment rate in the country.

She, for instance, mentioned customer care as a ke
y component of growth in self-employed enterprises, yet that seemed not a priority for players in the industry and hoped that the training would help change the narrative.

Many such business owners, which the VTF had trained and mentored, were doing well, she said, and urged the participants to embrace the training to enhance their products and improve the economic wellbeing.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC poised to revitalise poultry sector with strategic interventions – Dr. Hanna Bisiw


Dr. Hanna Louisa Bisiw-Kotei, National Women’s Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), says her party will outline strategic interventions to revitalise and strengthen the local poultry sector.

She said this during a seminar with the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers held at the Miklin Hotel in Kumasi.

The seminar was on the theme: ‘Overview of Ghana’s Depressing Poultry Industry and its Impact on Future Food Security.’

Delivering a speech at the seminar, Dr. Hanna Bisiw-Kotei highlighted the NDC’s plans to implement policies that mandate importers to procure 40% of their poultry locally, creating a $110 million market for local producers.

She emphasised the critical need for strategic interventions to reduce Ghana’s reliance on poultry imports and foster economic growth.

Dr. Hanna Bisiw-Kotei stated the need for the establishment of an open and transparent market system to ensure price stability and promote industry growth.

The NDC’s Women Organiser also detailed a roadmap invo
lving four fundamental pillars: securing the poultry value chain, creating jobs, removing entry barriers, and promoting sustainable practices through technology adoption.

Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the NDC’s running mate for the 2024 elections, graced the occasion as the keynote speaker, emphasising her party’s unwavering commitment to foster economic growth.

She highlighted that the NDC’s manifesto included comprehensive plans aimed at fostering growth and

sustainability through the implementation of the 24-hour economy policy and the 60:40 policy for local contractors across various sectors, including agriculture.

The seminar addressed the urgent need for supportive policies to strengthen the local poultry industry, which has been struggling due to a heavy reliance on imported chicken meat.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Lands and Mining Watch Ghana petitions President Akufo-Addo


The Lands and Mining Watch Ghana (LMWG), a civil society organisation dedicated to promoting responsible and sustainable mining practices, has petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to intervene in the Adamus Mining case.

That they believe will install the rule of law in the mining sector.

In a petition signed by Mr Solomon Owusu and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday, the LMWG appealed to the government to assert its authority and fulfill its responsibilities to safeguard the Nation’s interest in the Mining sector.

‘Transparency, accountability, and adherence to the rule of law are essential for the sustainable management of Ghana’s natural resources and the equitable distribution of their benefits among all citizens.

‘Mr. President, LMWG believes strongly that it is high time this issue is addressed to whip up confidence in our justice system, as well as promote proper mining practices in Ghana and protect Ghana’s 10% shares in the Adamus Resources.

‘We urge your prompt intervention to
address the environmental and social concerns surrounding this issue.

Adamus Mining, a company 90% owned by Adamus Australia and 10% owned by the Government of Ghana has been embroiled in a legal tussle after the purported sale of 90% of the company’s stake to Nguvu Mining Limited, a company registered in Mauritius was challenged on account that the person who signed the alleged share transfer agreement was not a Director or officer of the company hence lacked capacity to do so.

This culminated in a series of injunction applications which caused the Accra High Court to institute an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to steer the affairs of the company and manage the accrual of revenue until a final determination of the matter.

‘However, in an act of flagrant disregard for the court’s directives, Nguvu Mines the company purported to have purchased the 90% stake in the Adamus Mines are shipping gold mined by the company without the approval of the duly appointed IMC’.

The statement said the Interim Manageme
nt Committee (IMC) which was formed by the Accra High Court of Justice (Commercial Division 7), on March 1, 2024, to direct the Management of Adamus Resources Limited was continuously being prevented from executing its mandate as per the court ruling.

‘There have been instances of the Ghana police service providing security to the IMC on trips to the company’s headquarters at Airport residential only for the police to withdraw their services at the eleventh hour due to as they put it ‘orders from above’.

There are also several allegations of influential political figures interfering in the work of the IMC and thwarting their efforts.

‘Mr. President, we are appalled by the revelation that Angela List, in collaboration with select individuals from political and security circles are orchestrating a bold and illegal move to export gold valued allegedly at over 7 million USD from Adamus Resources.

‘Owing to these interferences, we deem it imperious to petition the presidency as a civil society organization sin
ce the government of Ghana owes Ghanaians a duty to protect the state’s shares, particularly its substantial 10 percent stake in Adamus Resources’.

Source: Ghana News Agency