Tags Steve Costello Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 APR 2018 Home Zain chief talks up money progress Zain Zain focuses on networks to pull through pandemic Related Zain laments Covid-19 impact Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Zain makes play into e-sports Previous ArticleLiberty Global again seeks EU nod to 2014 dealNext ArticleMTN to expand Zambia money merchant network INTERVIEW: Scott Gegenheimer (pictured) said Zain Cash, Kuwait-based operator Zain’s mobile wallet business, is “going quite well”, with availability in markets including Iraq and Jordan, while conceding there have been obstacles which have slowed its progress.In an interview with Mobile World Live, the company’s CEO of operations said: “There were a lot of challenges in the past, because of central bank regulation and telecom rules, so I’m very happy that we’re starting to move forward in getting mobile banking licences to be able to roll out these services.”Zain operates in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa.“The unbanking is pretty high in the Middle East and credit cards, the percentage of people who have them is quite low, so it gives us an opportunity,” he said.Earlier this year, the operator said it was planning to launch an education campaign to boost financial inclusion in Iraq. The market was described as “special and unique” due to its long period of instability.Zain also partnered with Mastercard in Jordan, a move which offer prepaid cards linked to Zain Cash wallets.Gegenheimer also noted Zain has “a lot of data” in its network, which could be used to support mobile financial services. Prepaid top-up information could be used to assess suitability for microloans, for example.The full interview, which also covers Zain’s digital transformation work, is here.
With development booming at City Center, some city leaders are hoping to find ways to revitalize Old Town.Earlier this month, we asked our readers to submit suggestions for questions they’d like to hear the candidates running for seats on the Lenexa governing body address.Based on the (ample) input we received, we’ve developed the five-item questionnaire below and sent it out to the candidates competing in the Ward 4 race that will be on the August primary ballot.We’ll be running the candidates’ responses to these items starting Monday, July 15.Question 1In recent years, developers have become increasingly likely to seek public finance incentives like tax increment financing and community improvement district sales taxes to pay for parts of their private projects. What’s your stance on the use of such incentives? When, if ever, is it appropriate to commit public finances to private real estate projects?Question 2The city recently completed an extensive planning process in Vision 2040. When you consider the Vision 2040 document, what sticks out to you as the top priority for the Lenexa city council to try to address in the coming decades?Question 3Lenexa has thus far declined to take up a non-discrimination ordinance providing legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals, with leaders saying they want to see whether rulings in a series of federal lawsuits provide any clarity on the issue. Do you support this “wait and see” approach? Do you believe the city council should formally consider a city level NDO?Question 4The city has recently started looking at way to revitalize Old Town. Are there steps city government should be taking to bring new energy and life to the city’s historic center? If so, what?Question 5Lenexa has a lot of annual events — from the Spinach Festival to the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle to the Chili Cookoff to the Fourth of July Freedom Run. What’s your favorite and why?
From Tire Review NASHVILLE – Bridgestone Americas executive Saul Solomon, who was instrumental in negotiating the tiremaker’s purchase of Bandag Inc., has been nominated to become the new law director for the Nashville Metro government. Nominated by Nashville mayor Karl Dean, Solomon’s appointment will go before Metro Council for ratification on Jan. 17. Most recently, Solomon was president of Bridgestone Americas’ Latin America operations. Prior to that, he was president of the company’s North America commercial tire division, president of Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions, vice president and general counsel of Bridgestone Americas and vice president of labor relations. He started with the tiremaker in 1993 as corporate and international general counsel. “Saul brings unique legal and business experience to this position, and the city is sure to benefit,” Mayor Karl Dean said in a press release. “I have known Saul since we worked together in the Public Defender’s Office, and I have both personal and professional respect for him. I am confident in his ability to supervise and direct all of the city’s legal work and am honored to have him join Metro government.” AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.
DUNDEE, N.Y. (June 15) – Matt Cole might have himself a new favorite track. Cole made his first visit to Yates County Speedway on Sunday and came away with his career-first Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series victory.“It’s a fun little track,” said the third-year IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver. “My luck at new tracks has been pretty good so far this season. Hopefully that’s something we can continue.” Keith Lamphere led much of the way before giving up the lead to Cole in the late going and finishing second. Rich Karlnoski, Bumps Scutt and Mike Griffin completed the top five. Gary Smith and Lamphere led the pack to green with Smith grabbing the early lead. Lamphere took over briefly before relinquishing the lead to Chris Fleming. Fleming and Lamphere went side-by-side for several laps. Their battle ended following a lap 14 restart, however, when the rear locked up on Fleming’s car and sidelined him for the balance. Cole then entered the picture, hounding Lamphere until finally making his move to the front on the 22nd of 25 laps.“I ran the bottom early and watched Lamphere up top,” said Cole. “I moved up there with seven or eight laps to go and the car just came to life.” Feature results – 1. Matt Cole; 2. Keith Lamphere; 3. Rich Karlnoski; 4. Bumps Scutt; 5. Mark Griffin; 6. Bruce Tinsley; 7. Gary Smith; 8. Jared Spalding; 9. Tyler Stoddard; 10. Mike Stoddard; 11. Ken Buck; 12. James Cornell; 13. Will Ward; 14. Billy Ward; 15. Mike Butler; 16. Brian Steigerwald; 17. Todd Stone; 18. Scott Sebring; 19. Gary Roberts; 20. Chris Fleming; 21. Brad Smith; 22. Bruce Kinner.