In December, 500 MCI event managers gathered in Istanbul (Turkey) for MCI’s International Business Meeting. With offices in 44 cities around the Globe, MCI is one of the leading global association, conference and event management groups. This annual meeting was the perfect opportunity for event managers to meet, get motivated, deepen existing connections, and catch up with the newest members of the team in a 2-day vibrant setting.
To enhance the networking experience, each attendee received an MCI branded pokenSPARK pre-registered with their contact details. Before the event, when logging in to the Poken member hub, the participants could see who among their LinkedIn contacts would be attending. Post-event, when they connected their poken, a fully MCI-branded website with digital networking dashboard allowed them to sync their contacts with other contact management software such as SalesForce or Outloook, to view pictures taken during the event, and to download the event’s presentation material.
With a great deal of enthusiasm, we are officially introducing you to the latest addition of the Poken Financial Department – Sebastien Aymon.
Sebeastien is now holding the Head of Finance and Planning position and will be responsible for the overall leadership of the financial department and financial staff.
He will plan, direct, control, analyze and coordinate the financial activities of Poken. Sebastien will direct the accounting function, analyze financial systems, monitor internal controls and conduct management information reporting. Other responsibilities include assisting with the development of the company’s financial strategy and spearheading Poken’s financial planning efforts by providing strategic business analysis and advice beyond the compilation of numbers.
With over 11 years of experience, Sebastien has held a variety of positions in the technology industry. He spent his early career days at Swisscom International where he was a Participation Controller, then moved to Telefonica Moviles where he held a key position as a Business Planner Specialist. After leaving Telefonica Moviles, Sebastien joined Orange Communication (one of Europe’s major mobile companies). At Orange, Sebastien started as a Planning Financial Controller and went all the way to a Marketing Manager position.
On November the 16th 2010, the Mini Cooper lovers from all over Japan gathered in Sodegaura, a town right on the other side of Tokyo Bay, to celebrate their common passion they all share for the Mini Cooper cars.
More than 2000 Mini Cooper owners attended the event which turned out to be a real blast. The organizers set up a race track where the Mini drivers could go wild with their awesome cars.
Of course Poken was present and in what a great way. The organizers gave away custom Pokens to all the attendees (see picture on the right). Their reactions were beyond expectation – they were constantly pokening and having a great time about it.
The event also offered other things to experience – there were various stands offering good food, different contests, music and of course lots of Mini Coopers to stare at and admire.
Fast-growing companies need great people … but great people want to work for great companies too, right? That said, let me introduce you to the latest member of the Poken Team, Sour CHHOR, who joins Poken as Chief Strategy Officer.
How will Sour help make Poken even greater ? Let’s put it this way – Sour is one the founders of Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC is the technology built inside every single Poken that we sell. You may not know much about NFC (yet), but you will hear about it a lot over the next few years. In addition to these obvious benefits, he will bring us more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry!
In his new role, Sour will be directly responsible for helping to define Poken’s overall business strategy and developing new business opportunities.
We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Poken Team – Carole Putallaz!
Carole is taking on the Head of Marketing & Communication position as of Monday, January 3rd.
She will be in charge of Poken’s presence on the web and will be handling all Marketing actions (on and off line) to create awareness and interest in our products. Carole will be the new “voice of Poken” and will make sure that our company “sounds great”.
Carole’s background is quite impressive as she has over 9 years experience in international B2B Marketing and Communication in various industries, being comfortable with technical and fast moving environments like ours. She has in-depth understanding of Corporate Communication and PR strategies and will be a great asset to our company. We are confident that once Carole’s on board, Poken will know some serious popularity and therefore new sales opportunities.
Let’s start the year with some good news !
With a little bit of delay (end of year rush, Christmas time, …and many more excuses !) we are proud to announce that Poken has been awarded the well-known Prix Stratégis, the main business strategy prize in the french-speaking part of Switzerland. Poken was selected from amongst 3 highly qualified finalists chosen from a pool of 31 start-up companies and won 50.000 CHF as well as some other nice prizes such as an Ebel watch and a laptop! The “Prix Stratégis” was founded in 1993, to reward the management of a small to medium size business in Swiss Romande. The organizers wish to set up the winning company as an example for entrepreneurs, business school students and other companies.
As you may guess, it is a real honor for us to win this prize, selected by a large panel of judges holding many prominent positions in industry. It is also a confirmation that over the last 3 years we made the right decisions with a strategic positioning of our services as the market anticipates the arrival of NFC.
The award confirmed Poken’s potential for strong growth and reflects its achievements so far. That’s exactly what make us think that 2011 is going to be more than promising… it’s going to be EXPLOSIVE !
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