Chief Marketing Officers from various industries gathered in Chicago on March 14th for Argyle Executive Forum’s 2014 Chief Marketing Officer Leadership Forum to discuss effective marketing strategies and innovative practices for the upcoming 2014 year.

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Gunjan Aggarwal, Vice President and Head of Human Resources, North America at Ericsson recently joined a panel at Argyle Executive Forum's 2014 Human Capital Leadership Forum: Spring Event in San Francisco, titled "Talent Strategy and Keeping Employees Engaged." Today, Aggarwal further discusses Ericsson's talent on a global scale.

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Ken Wilcox, EVP of Customer Service & Sales at Republic Services, and Phil Moehlenpah, Managing Director of Worldwide Services for FedEx Services, both articulate the importance of big data and analytics and how to best utilize this growth as a way to improve business practices and drive customer engagement.

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Colette LaForce, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at AMD, discusses AMD’s employee-led brand transformation, the evolving role of the CMO, and what excites her most about the future of AMD.

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On February 11, 2014, human resources professionals joined the 2014 Redefining Employee Engagement in Today’s Results-Driven World Virtual Event. Argyle Executive Forum brought together HR professionals to discuss changes in employee engagement and how HR professionals can best adapt to these changes in order to ensure successful HR practices. Perspectives were given by Gary Harrison-Ducros, Vice President Labor Relations for Frito-Lay; Donna Howard, Chief Human Resources Officer for Sonic Healthcare USA; Sumeet Kapoor, Senior Vice President HR Strategy & Change Management for Huntington Bank; and Razor Suleman, Founder & Chief People Officer for Achievers.

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By Michael Malpass

The European Commission (EC) opened an investigation Tuesday into whether the Russian gas company, Gazprom, had blocked fair competition in natural gas markets in Central and Eastern Europe. Gazprom holds a monopoly on exporting gas from Russia, and supplies about a quarter of Europe’s gas imports.

In a statement, the EC said it was investigating three suspected anti-competitive practices. According to the commission, Gazprom may have not only prevented the free flow of gas across EU Member States and the diversification of gas supply, but may have also linked the price of gas to oil prices, creating unfair prices for its customers.

Such behavior, according to the EC, would be in violation of Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which prohibits the abuse of a dominant position in order to affect trade between Member States. If found to be in violation, Gazprom could be fined as much as 10 percent of its global annual revenue.

The EC’s formal investigation of Gazprom comes after unannounced inspections of natural gas companies last September, including those affiliated with Gazprom. According to the EC, the companies inspected may have either been in engaged in anti-competitive practices – practices such as market partitioning, impeding network access and supply diversification, and excessive pricing – or had information about such practices.

According to the New York Times, Gazprom said during these inspections that its practices in foreign markets had always been in compliance with local regulations. A Gazprom representative could not be reached Tuesday evening for comment on the current investigation. According to the BBC, the company said: “Let them investigate.” 

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