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3rd Annual Survey: CMOs Increasingly Being Tapped to Lead Growth in Difficult Business Environment in 2022

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Chief Outsiders, the nation’s largest and fastest growing firm offering fractional Chief Marketing Officer services with Fortune 500 experience, today revealed the results from the third annual survey of its CMOs on their 2022 outlook. The results speak to the changing expectations that the C-suite holds for CMOs, the impact of the pandemic and changing customer behaviors and preferences (among them those pertaining to ESG) on companies and companies’ marketing priorities. “While it seems that we finally have the worst of the pandemic behind us, the impact of Covid on the economy, on businesses’ growth prospects and on customer preferences and behaviors, will continue to be strongly felt for quite some time to come. More than ever, CMOs are being called upon to take the leading role in helping companies accelerate growth in this new environment, many of whom haven’t embraced digital marketing solutions in any significant way until now,” said Art Saxby, founder and co-principal of Chief Outsiders. “Since labor shortages also impact the marketing function, and technology makes remote work more viable than ever, fractional CMOs are rapidly becoming a natural option for an increasing number of CEOs faced with a need to hire specialized executive-level help for achieving their growth objectives,” said Pete Hayes, CMO and co-principal of Chief Outsiders. Key Survey Takeaways: Expectations for 2022 Respondents were mixed on their expectations for 2022, with 47 percent of CMOs surveyed reported having a pessimistic view on the New Year. 46 percent expected the economic circumstances to improve. See Table 1, Q15: ( N: 57) here. Impediments to growth in 2022 CMOs identified as main headwinds for companies’ growth a continued shortage of talent, on-going supply chain issues, inflation, and potential government Covid measures. In other words, CMOs expect that the uncertainty and longer-term impact of the pandemic will continue to weigh negatively on companies’ growth prospects. See Table 2, Q16: (N: 55) here. CEO priorities for CMOs In the current environment where an unprecedented confluence of quickly evolving economic and sociological factors impact not only what customer have to be spend, but also how they collect information on alternatives and what factors weigh in when they make a purchasing decision, CMOs are called upon by their CEOs, first and foremost, to set the growth agenda. Second is lead generation (filling the sales pipeline), and third is building the organization to achieve growth goals. 76.4 percent of respondents say the shift in growth emphasis is permanent, while 12.7 percent say it’s not. See Table 3, Q8: (N: 56) here. Importance of ESG Another important factor impacting growth prospects for businesses are changes in customer buying behavior that are not new but have been accelerated through - and because - of the pandemic. Important changes to behaviors, next to the digitalization of the buyer journey, include growing concerns with ESG where 69 percent of respondents said that a brand’s stance on environmental and social issues is somewhat important or extremely important to customers when making purchasing decisions. And more than 83 percent said that CMOs should take the lead in defining and activating a brand’s ESG initiatives. See Table 4, Q36: (N: 54) here. Capturing and managing 1st party B2B, B2C customer data Upcoming changes to companies’ ability to leverage third party data is an emerging challenge marketers will need to address. When asked where marketers can best capture and manage first party customer data, at in-person events came second to last (the owned website and social media came first) - the same picture can be seen for both B2B and B2C customers. See Table 5, Q27: (N: 55) for B2B and Table 6, Q28: (N: 48) for B2C here. CEO attitudes towards fractional CMOs CEOs also no longer need CMOs to be on payroll, let alone check in every morning at 08:00 AM. Increasingly, attitudes are becoming more positive towards fractional CMOs where 70 percent of respondents said that fractional CMOs are becoming ever more accepted by the C-suite, with only 18 percent indicating that only some CEOs are willing to work with fractional CMOs. See Table 7, Q11: (N: 56) here. The complete results of the survey available upon request. About this survey Chief Outsiders surveyed more than 60 CMOs with Fortune 500 experience in over 1,400 enterprise and mid-market companies on their perspectives of their marketplaces. This marks the third annual CMO survey on what to expect in market trends and company growth. About Chief Outsiders Chief Outsiders is the leading Fractional CMO firm that helps CEOs accelerate growth through the development and disciplined execution of well-crafted growth plans. The firm has more than 100 part-time, or fractional, Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) engaged from coast-to-coast. Unlike traditional marketing and management consulting firms, each CMO has held the position of VP Marketing or higher at one or more operating companies, including many Fortune 500 firms. Chief Outsiders CMOs have served on the executive team of more than 1,400 client companies, driving growth strategy and execution plans by offering instant access to talent with highly customized and flexible engagements. Because of its market-based growth plans, quality of leadership, and experienced team, Chief Outsiders has been recognized for the past eight years by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest growing privately held companies in the US, and was recognized in 2019 as a Forbes Small Giant. Chief Outsiders’ CEO Art Saxby and Principal Pete Hayes are the co-authors of “The Growth Gears: Using a Market-Based Framework to Drive Business Success,” an Amazon #1 best-seller for business owners and CEOs. For additional information about the companies who trust Chief Outsiders as their premier source for business growth acceleration, click here. Contact Details Razor Sharp PR Ray Young +1 512-633-6855 ray@razorsharppr.com Company Website https://www.chiefoutsiders.com/

March 02, 2022 12:55 PM Pacific Standard Time

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Goodway Group Acquires Tuff to Expand Growth Marketing Services

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Goodway Group, a leading data-driven and technology enabled digital media and marketing services firm, is expanding its family of brands through the acquisition of growth marketing agency Tuff. The deal, which marks Goodway Group’s first acquisition, strengthens its professional marketing services for startups and fortifies its capabilities in customer acquisition, content strategy, search engine optimization, conversion rate optimization, and broadens Goodway Group’s client base in ecommerce, direct-to-consumer, SaaS, fintech and B2B. Founded in 2016, Tuff is a growth marketing agency focused on helping businesses to accelerate customer and revenue growth through digital channels. Tuff clients include digitally-native brands such as Xendoo, Sabio, AKKO, and Thnks. Tuff is woman-founded and led by CEO Ellen Jantsch, who started the business more than five years ago after holding key marketing roles at thisopenspace, Adaptly and Nielsen. Jantsch will continue as CEO of Tuff and will report to Jay Friedman, Goodway Group President. Tuff ’s brand and its full team will continue to operate independently as a division of Goodway Group. The acquisition of Tuff supports Goodway Group’s expansion, which includes the growth of its digital transformation consultancy CvE. “We are beyond thrilled to welcome Ellen and her team to the Goodway Group family,” said Dave Wolk, CEO, Goodway Group. “We share both values and workplace practices, with remote-first cultures built into the bench of our shops, making Tuff’s team, services and ethos a perfect fit for Goodway Group. Our shared values and passion for digital marketing, collaboration and client service played a big role in establishing this partnership. Tuff also brings with it key areas of expertise and complementary capabilities that elevate the results we are able to drive across our client base.” Tuff started as a remote-first company and Goodway Group transitioned to a fully remote workforce in 2007 and has since then grown to a team of more than 400 people in the U.S. and UK. “When we started conversations with Goodway Group about how we could work together, the tone and energy felt so right. We are companies of the same mindset, which is all about being obsessively growth-focused, authentic, doing our best work and being the best in the business. What gets us excited is seeing our clients achieve their growth goals and taking part in their success,” said Ellen Jantsch. “Being part of the Goodway Group family brings our team a new level of resource, operation and network. I know we are going to be an incredible team.” “Growth marketers are upending conventional marketing practices by being a source of revenue and the CFO’s number one way to drive growth. Goodway Group’s deep knowledge of measurement, Tuff’s strength in growth marketing, and CvE’s expertise in digital transformation will help larger marketers adopt growth marketing principles to better connect marketing to the C-Suite,” said Jay Friedman. About Goodway Group Goodway Group is a leading data-driven and technology enabled digital media and marketing services firm with teams in the U.S. and the UK. Our diverse team of digital strategists, media practitioners, technologists, and data scientists have won the most prestigious awards for innovative marketing technology, impactful work, and inclusive remote-first places to work including being honored as a multi-year Ad Age Best Places to Work, AdExchanger’s Best Use of Technology by an Agency Award, and two MarTech Breakthrough Awards. The firm deploys deep expertise across both consumer and B2B marketing, including brand-performance advertising, retail media and commerce, and advanced analytics using proprietary digital programmatic technologies, data, analytics methodologies, and consultation. Goodway Group is an independent and remote-first media and marketing services firm with a 90+ year history. Find Goodway Group online at goodwaygroup.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Goodway Group. Honestly Smart Digital. About Tuff Founded in 2016 by Ellen Jantsch, Tuff is a growth marketing agency that partners closely with startups and scale-ups that are looking to acquire new customers and scale their company through modern channels, tools and frameworks to help them increase revenue and sales. Tuff builds custom teams that seamlessly integrate into your business by acting as an in-house growth marketing team, replacing the hassle and risk of prematurely hiring and managing an in-house marketer or team of freelancers. Tuff specializes in building growth strategies backed by tactics like Google Ads, Technical SEO, Video Marketing, Facebook Ads, Email, YouTube Ads, Content Strategy, Creative, and CRO. Find Tuff online at tuffgrowth.com or follow us on LinkedIn and YouTube. Contact Details Kite Hill PR for Goodway Group and Tuff Patrice Gamble goodway@kitehillpr.com Company Website https://www.goodwaygroup.com/

March 02, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Chew on This: How Choosing Almonds Can Help Jumpstart Your Wellness Routine

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/KK3MSRsDCKA Now a few months into 2022, sticking to New Year resolutions may be challenging, whether that means finally attending spin class, starting a daily meditation practice, making healthier food choices, or all the above. The current reality is more people are home, and snacking more frequently, but there is a conflict between people wanting to be healthier yet craving indulgent food and snacks. Lack of routine and unlimited kitchen access coupled with added anxiety and stress is the perfect storm for mindless eating. Many of us recognize what wellness looks likes and the benefits of maintaining a wellness routine but aren’t actually doing what we are saying. According to new survey conducted by Dynata and California Almonds – yielding a sample size of 6,000 adults representative of the U.S. adult population[1] – the majority of respondents agree that healthy eating (73%), exercise (70%), taking time to relax or meditate (69%), and practicing self-care (64 %) are top priorities. And 74% plan to continue to prioritize self-care and changes to their wellness habits as we emerge from the pandemic. Most of us consider wellness important in our lives, but less than half (47%) admit to practicing wellness rituals daily. Less than half (48%) report healthy eating as a regularly practiced wellness routine. We could all use a friend in wellness, aka, a reliable source to keep us feeling our best. Snacking on almonds is a great place to start: Almonds are rich in nutrients that contribute to improved mental well-being and feeling energized to be at your best A balanced, happy lifestyle includes at least one serving of almonds as an essential part of your daily wellness ritual. [1] The study yielded a total sample size of n=6,000 with a margin of error of ± 1% at a 90 percent level of statistical confidence. Subgroup analysis was conducted to understand nuances across audience segments, with a priority on the following: Millennials (n=1,573) Almond eaters (n=1,884; defined as weekly+) Millennial almond eaters (n=595; almond eaters defined as weekly+) Families with children in the household (n=1,641) One serving of almonds (28 grams) has 13 grams of unsaturated fat and only 1 gram of saturated fat. It also provides 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 20 percent of recommended magnesium—which aids in the production of energy in the body—and 50 percent of your daily Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that promotes skin health and supports immunity. For more information visit: www.almonds.com Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 02, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Elsevier contributes to Open Access Monitor Germany with Scopus data

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Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, and Forschungszentrum Jülich have today announced that they will be supporting the Open Access Monitor (OA Monitor), Germany by making metadata from Scopus, the abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, available to the database free of charge. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and managed by Forschungszentrum Jülich, the OA Monitor tracks the open access publications in the DACH region. By collating data from external sources and providers, the project records the publication output of German academic institutions in research journals and analyzes the development of subscription fees and (open access) publication fees. Through this collaboration, OA Monitor gains access to Elsevier’s comprehensive and high-quality publication data supporting the initiative’s goal of monitoring and furthering Germany’s transition towards full open access. The integration of Scopus will further enhance the ability of universities, research institutions, policy makers and the German science community to monitor and evaluate an institution’s progress and reputation and help them reach their ambitious OA goals. As an expertly curated abstract and citation database with content from over 27,000 journals from more than 7,000 publishers, Scopus allows researchers to track and discover global knowledge in all fields. Dr. Bernhard Mittermaier, Head of the Central Library at Forschungszentrum Jülich said: “We are very pleased to be able to integrate Elsevier’s Scopus database into the OA Monitor, as it further expands its capabilities as a key tool to track the progress of the Open Access transformation in Germany to the benefit of the science community.” Claus Grossmann, Regional Director DACH, Research Solutions at Elsevier said: “We are proud that we can contribute to the important work of the OA Monitor and we would like to thank Forschungszentrum Jülich for entering into this long-term partnership with us. This collaboration will help strengthen the increasing number of open access articles published in Germany, cementing our commitment to open access in German institutions.” Elsevier and Open Access In 2021, Elsevier published over 119,000 open access articles — a year-on-year growth rate of over 46%. There currently are 600 full gold open access journals in Elsevier’s portfolio while nearly all of Elsevier’s 2,700 journals support gold open access. About Forschungszentrum Jülich Shaping change: This is what drives us at Forschungszentrum Jülich. As a member of the Helmholtz Association with roughly 6,800 employees, we conduct research into the possibilities of a digitized society, a climate-friendly energy system, and a resource-efficient economy. We combine natural, life and engineering sciences in the fields of information, energy, and the bioeconomy with specialist expertise in high-performance computing and we also use unique scientific infrastructure. About Open Access Monitor The Open Access Monitor records the publication output of German academic institutions in scientific journals. Through analyses of subscription fees and (open access) publication fees, the transition of the publishing system towards an open access system is monitored and supported. For this purpose, data from existing projects are collated within expanded databases, made available to users in a hierarchical interface, and disseminated by means of scientific publications. With the “OAM – Open Access Monitoring” project (FKZ 16OAMO001), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the further development and operation of the Open Access Monitor for Germany by the Central Library of Forschungszentrum Jülich. About Elsevier As a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems. In everything we publish, we uphold the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring that same rigor to our information analytics solutions for researchers, health professionals, institutions and funders. Elsevier employs 8,100 people worldwide. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years. Growing from our roots in publishing, we offer knowledge and valuable analytics that help our users make breakthroughs and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath support strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and health education. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on our 2,500+ digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell; our 40,000 eBook titles; and our iconic reference works, such as Gray's Anatomy. With the Elsevier Foundation and our external Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board, we work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com Contact Details Elsevier Andrew Davis andrew.davis@elsevier.com Company Website https://www.elsevier.com/

March 02, 2022 08:07 AM Eastern Standard Time

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NFT.NYC Returns to Times Square in 2022 for 4th Annual NFT Industry Event

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NFT.NYC, the Leading Non-Fungible Token Event returns to Times Square on June 20-23, 2022 for its 4th consecutive year. " NFT.NYC is the Superbowl of the NFT space" - Jessica Williams, Coinbase Jodee Rich, NFT.NYC Co-founder, spoke about the growth of the event. “Our mission is to give the community a voice,” said Rich. “NFT.NYC has experienced exponential growth and we’re looking forward to our biggest event to date.” Today, the second round of speakers was announced: NFT.NYC/Speakers. Total speakers approved to date is now 760. Over 1,000 speakers will be approved. "This feels like the early SXSW Days" - GaryVee “Having the Boson Protocol logo splashed across Times Square during NFT.NYC attracted partners across the globe” - Justin Banon, Boson Protocol Steven Dolcemaschio of Ledger believes "NFT.NYC is the new CES for NFTs". NFT.NYC is attracting the ecosystem’s top projects, presenting new ideas, technologies and launching initiatives to its thousands of attendees. Title sponsors for NFT.NYC 2022 are eco-friendly blockchain network, Polygon and NFT checkout platform MoonPay. Sandeep Nailwal, Co-Founder of Polygon, further emphasizes this and underscores the shared values that are core to both Polygon and NFT.NYC. “We believe in the synergy between Polygon and the goals of NFT.NYC. The event brings together the entire community of creators, devs, and entrepreneurs building the NFT ecosystem. We are here to support the community that will create the best solutions with a new technology we believe will eventually be used ubiquitously.” "MoonPay aims to empower the creator economy by providing easier access to NFTs,” says MoonPay co-founder and CEO Ivan Soto-Wright. "NFT.NYC, the flagship event for the NFT community, is bar none the best way to connect with people and brands who want to harness the power of this incredible new technology, and ultimately give ownership back to creators.” TIME called NFT.NYC 2021 “The First Major NFT Conference”. NFT.NYC 2022 is expecting to put 1,000 speakers on stage, providing insights and use cases from startups, brands, and world-class enterprises. The 2021 event saw over 200 parties, galleries, meetups and other satellite events hosted during the week. Hosts of such events during NFT.NYC 2022 are encouraged to include their satellite events on the NFT.NYC website. Tickets can be purchased with fiat and cryptocurrency. Attendees are encouraged to purchase early as last year’s event sold out with 5,600 participants and over 3,000 on the waitlist. Visitors to NFT.NYC 2022 are able to take advantage of an exclusive offer for accommodations at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. About NFT.NYC Since its inaugural conference in February 2019, NFT.NYC events have hosted thousands of attendees, hundreds of leading speakers and the best projects in the Non-Fungible Token ecosystem. NFT.NYC’s Values: 1. GIVE THE COMMUNITY A VOICE Put as many speakers on stage as possible to provide the community with a voice. 2. CONNECTION Bring people together who are working on like projects 3. PROSELYTIZE Educate the global community about the value of NFTs Follow NFT.NYC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nft_nyc Contact Details NFT.NYC Angela Whaley +1 303-718-0562 angelawhaley@nft.nyc Company Website https://www.NFT.NYC

March 01, 2022 12:12 PM Eastern Standard Time

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The Outset Brings a New Beginning to Skincare

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Today, globally recognized actor Scarlett Johansson and her co-founder, entrepreneur, and beauty/fashion executive Kate Foster Lengyel, announced the highly anticipated US launch of The Outset, a modern collection of consciously clean, minimalist skincare essentials free from trends, harsh ingredients, and gender/age stereotypes. Anchored in purpose, The Outset celebrates The Start of You™ from product to mission, an ethos of optimism and empowerment also woven into philanthropic efforts that foster new beginnings for people and the planet. After years of serving as the face of several luxury beauty brands, Johansson made the conscious decision to step back from endorsements and immerse herself in the business of beauty with the ultimate goal of developing her own brand that represented her vision and values, but more importantly, answered unmet consumer needs. She spent five years educating herself on the industry, formulations, product development and brand identity, and partnered with Foster to conduct in depth market research to better understand what consumers wanted. With a vision to create a modern classic in skincare, Johansson and Foster were validated by what they learned and set out to develop an accessible approach to prestige beauty that is clean, reliable and democratic, proving that less is not only more, but what is in demand. The full range includes a thoughtfully curated collection of five skincare essentials that can be used as a full regimen or paired with your existing skincare, as these formulas will not compete with other active ingredients. Products are all under $55 and available on TheOutset.com beginning March 1, 2022. “I wanted to create and represent a brand that felt true to me, something real and intimate that others could see themselves in, too,” said Johansson. “The Outset was inspired by my own skincare ritual - a consistent routine of cleansing, prepping and moisturizing that keeps my skin on track and camera ready. I’ve found that great skin starts with the basics, and consumers we spoke with similarly expressed a desire to return to the essentials.” No matter where you are on your skincare journey, The Outset offers a simplified skincare solution that allows you to begin again. In a world of overcomplicated skincare routines and active ingredients that can irritate, The Outset believes that less is more and takes the guesswork out of skincare by offering skin-friendly, effective formulas that can be used by all. “The Outset provides benefit-driven formulas that don’t disrupt the skin barrier and instead work to preserve skin for the future,” said Foster. “Through our research, we found that 96% of prestige beauty consumers are generally happy with their skin and are more focused on preservation rather than transformation. The Outset is where simplicity and purpose meet; we help consumers find freedom in the uncomplicated through non-toxic yet effective formulas that nourish skin of all genders and generations.” Inside every product is The Outset’s signature Hyaluroset™ Complex, a clean ingredient blend that acts as a botanical alternative to hyaluronic acid. This nourishing powerhouse complex provides immediate and lasting hydration, plumping the skin to help reduce the look of fine lines while improving radiance. THE COLLECTION The Cleanser / Gentle Micellar Antioxidant Cleanser ($32) The Prep Serum / Firming Vegan Collagen Prep Serum ($46) The Moisturizer / Nourishing Squalane Daily Moisturizer ($44) The Night Cream / Restorative Niacinamide Night Cream ($54) The Eye Cream / Smoothing Vitamin C Eye + Expression Lines Cream ($42) At the heart of the line is the Daily Essential Regimen, a simple 3-step effort inspired by Johansson’s own daily routine: (01) Cleanse, (02) Prep and (03) Moisturize. This minimalist and clean approach is represented via a tightly curated and refillable skincare system that includes The Cleanser, The Prep Serum and The Moisturizer to soothe, hydrate, and rebalance the skin. The Outset excludes 2,700 potentially harmful ingredients to meet only the highest clean beauty standard, a “free from” list that is twice as long as standard beauty brands. Any ingredients that are incomplete, questionably sourced or unsatisfactory were banned. The Outset is fragrance-free, vegan, gluten-free, and nut allergen free, dermatologist and allergy tested, suitable for sensitive skin, and Leaping Bunny certified. Designed with sustainability in mind, the packaging incorporates glass, bio-resin and/or post-consumer recycled materials where possible, and product cartons are made with FSC certified materials. The brand is also a member of 1% for the Planet and has pledged to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment. “The Outset means a new beginning, which feels more relevant than ever at a time when we are all starting over and pressing the reset button,” said Johansson. “It took years for us to build a brand that was backed by quality and purpose, and I’m thrilled to finally share The Outset with the world. It’s an exciting beginning for me, as well.” For more information, images or quotes, please contact: BPCM Laura Schroeder, Director, Clean Beauty & Wellness, lschroeder@bpcm.com About The Outset: The Outset creates purposeful skincare products that are consciously clean and mindfully designed to elevate your everyday. Envisioned by Scarlett Johansson and her co-founder Kate Foster Lengyel, The Outset believes that clean and effective skincare should be universal, accessible and essential. Driven by values of radical simplicity, conscious minimalism, and universal optimism, The Outset helps people embrace the elemental and find freedom in the uncomplicated. The Outset is where you begin, again. theoutset.com | @theoutset on Instagram and TikTok About Scarlett Johansson: Scarlett Johansson is Founder and Chair of The Outset, a new clean beauty brand focused on simplicity via consciously clean ingredients and mindfully designed products. A Tony and BAFTA winner and two-time Academy Award nominee, Johansson is the highest grossing female actor of all time. She was most recently seen in the final installment of the Avengers film series, Avengers: Endgame, and reprised her role as “Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow” in the highly anticipated stand-alone film Black Widow. She earned Academy Award nominations for her work in Marriage Story, directed by Noah Baumbach, and in Taika Waititi's JoJo Rabbit. Other recent roles include Sing and Sing 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Lucy, Under the Skin, Ghost in the Shell, Isle of Dogs and Her, which earned her a Best Actress Award at the Rome Film Festival. A champion for giving back, Johansson has served as Global Ambassador for Oxfam and RED, and has actively supported philanthropic organizations including USA Harvest, Feeding America, AmfAR, Meals on Wheels, Solar Responders, Soles4Souls, and Planned Parenthood. About Kate Foster Lengyel: Kate Foster Lengyel is co-founder and CEO of The Outset. Foster is an entrepreneur and executive from the beauty and fashion industries. Her first foray into entrepreneurship was as founder and CEO of a digital platform focused on word-of-mouth product recommendations, which was acquired by media powerhouse Meredith Corporation in January 2020. Foster’s knowledge of e-commerce, marketing and brand strategy was built through a career of leadership roles at companies including the beauty division of Victoria’s Secret and Juicy Couture. Foster holds three degrees: an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MPS from the Fashion Institute of Technology concentrating in Beauty Marketing and Management and an AB from Colgate University. Foster volunteers her time as a mentor for Colgate’s Entrepreneurship Program and resides in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children. Contact Details Laura Schroeder lschroeder@bpcm.com

March 01, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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LevLane Advertising Announces SVP, Partnerships and Development

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LevLane Advertising, a full-service, award-winning advertising agency based in Center City, Philadelphia, has announced Carl Cherkin, former Vice President of Communications and Business Development at Philadelphia Union, as the agency’s first Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Development. LevLane is a nationally recognized agency which offers creative services, brand planning, social media strategy, public relations, analytics, and more. It was founded almost 40 years ago and has grown to employ more than 75 full-time employees today. Bruce Lev, LevLane’s CEO, Chief Creative Officer, and co-founder, said that while driving in new business and expanding the agency’s presence in the region are primary goals for Cherkin, he fully expects him to step in and contribute in areas outside of partnerships and development. “That’s just who Carl is, and the exact reason we brought him onto our team.” In his previous role at Philadelphia Union, Cherkin was a member of the executive team responsible for launching Philadelphia Union, the city’s successful Major League Soccer team, where he remains a consultant, now in his 13 th season with the club. In addition to the ground-breaking launch, he established a number of successful relationships with corporate sponsors, Chambers of Commerce, and a vast and varied array of businesses, while continuing to generate a continuum of profitable business development opportunities at all levels for the club. Prior to his work in business development and communications, he had a successful career spanning decades in journalism and public relations. For Cherkin, the transition from Emmy Award-winning television sportscaster to business development executive was natural. “I’ve spent my entire career making connections and building relationships, it’s what I love to do,” he said. “I am looking forward to being a part of the team that pushes LevLane into its next phase of growth. We have incredible talent here and my hope is that our reputation for attracting creative powerhouses and impressive clientele makes us the number one agency in Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic region.” The agency has experienced steady growth throughout the past several decades—the decision to bring on a senior vice president for partnerships and development ensures that the agency as a whole remains energized. ‘‘This is an exciting time for LevLane and for me as well. I’ve been given a unique opportunity to work in an environment where the culture, already created, is so vitally important. That my lifelong friend Bruce Lev has been the driving force behind that culture, makes it that much more meaningful,” said Cherkin. “It’s incredibly motivating and at the same time challenging, to know that any and all of contributions I make to this extraordinary group of people will continue to enhance the growth and success of LevLane and its clients.” About LevLane LevLane is an award-winning, full-service, independent advertising agency in Philadelphia, PA, that has been building brands that people love for nearly 40 years. Contact Details Lauren Stralo +1 610-401-4825 lstralo@levlane.com Company Website https://www.levlane.com

March 01, 2022 08:07 AM Eastern Standard Time

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You Deserve a Vacation: St. Kitts is Warm, Welcoming and Full of Adventure

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/a0K1buK6eC4 New year, new outlook, new travel plans. You might be asking yourself, is there ever a bad time for a Caribbean vacation? For those looking for a truly immersive Caribbean experience without the crowds, look no further than St. Kitts. Known for its rich history and picturesque landscape, St. Kitts is an authentic Caribbean destination that offers visitors a riveting getaway. The island is currently amongst the highest vaccinated Caribbean nations, and international travelers must be vaccinated to visit. Travelers who love destinations where they can pair relaxation with activities that align with their interest, whether that is music or culinary or history or adventure, will discover St. Kitts offers it all! Wander the secluded beaches and rainforests that stretch for miles or hear the pulsating sounds of nature as you explore via ziplines, ATVs, and jet skis. Embark on a leisurely ride on the Caribbean’s only authentic scenic passenger train, hike to the rim of a dormant volcano, or dive into an ancient shipwreck. Embrace the scents of a smoky, sizzling beach barbecue, and taste culinary delights fresh from the sea. Indulge your wanderlust in one-of-a-kind attractions such as the UNESCO recognized Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. With an array of attractions and experiences available, St. Kitts is the ideal destination for adventure seekers, history buffs, culinary enthusiasts, and leisure lovers alike. This unique combination is what makes St. Kitts a quintessential Caribbean destination unlike any other. Visit StKittsTourism.KN for more information Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

February 25, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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The Channel Company Acquires Global Marketing and Data Services Agency bChannels

The Channel Company

The Channel Company, the premier provider of news, insights, strategy, events, and marketing services for the technology channel in the United States, today acquired bChannels, a leading global marketing and data services agency specializing in the technology channel. With this strategic acquisition, The Channel Company will scale its full portfolio of services worldwide. It also adds powerful new data-driven capabilities to expand its clients’ partner networks and drive revenue. “The acquisition of bChannels is a bold step in our commitment to give our customers every advantage in the marketplace. This creates an unmatched portfolio of solutions that will transform how we enable our clients to win — anywhere in the world,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. bChannels provides scalable to- and through-partner marketing services, powerful partner data analytics, and market intelligence. The bChannels portfolio has tremendous synergy with The Channel Company’s end-to-end ecosystem of business outcome-driven strategy, insights, events, and marketing services. A Powerful Combination of Unique Strengths The Channel Company offers a wide range of products and services focused on the technology channel, including its CRN media entity, top industry events, online communities, consulting, research, education, and a full-service marketing agency. Adding bChannels to The Channel Company’s portfolio means that customers already familiar with The Channel Company’s offerings will now have access to exciting new capabilities. bChannels helps global technology vendors accelerate revenue growth to and through channel partners with its portfolio of services, including in-region marketing, data analysis, and competitive intelligence. Powering the bChannels product offering is its Intelligent Index TM database, the world’s largest partner capability database of more than 660,000 partners. Customers of bChannels will benefit from the extensive portfolio of additional marketing, creative, events, and consulting services that The Channel Company offers. Shared Goals and Values The Channel Company and bChannels share a common vision to provide clients with the best possible outcomes, employees with career development opportunities, and the company with a bold commitment to strategic growth. “Our organizations share a similar culture of client excellence, innovation, and deep technology channel expertise. We also share the vision to offer the most powerful suite of services for the technology industry in any market across the globe,” said Phil Gowing, Group CEO and Founder of bChannels. “This acquisition positions us to capitalize on the significant growth opportunity around data analytics, market intelligence, and the need for highly strategic global marketing within the technology channel. We welcome bChannels to The Channel Company family and look forward to working together to transform our customers’ and our employees’ growth,” said Raddon. bChannels’ M&A advisor was Grant Thornton UK and legal advisor was Capital Law Limited. The Channel Company received legal advice from Jones Day and due diligence advice from Alvarez & Marsal. About The Channel Company Headquartered in Westborough, MA, The Channel Company has been servicing the technology channel community for over 35 years. From CRN, the #1 source of technology news, insights and analysis for the IT Channel, to industry-leading events that connect clients to customers, to powerful research and engaging education to accelerate growth, to transformative marketing services to maximize investment, The Channel Company provides a full suite of business outcome-driven services focused on addressing the channel’s unique needs. The Channel Company is a portfolio company of investment funds managed by EagleTree Capital, a New York City-based private equity firm. www.thechannelcompany.com About bChannels With offices in the U.K., U.S., Spain, Malaysia, and Australia, bChannels is a leading global marketing and data services agency specializing in the channel. bChannels has helped global technology vendors accelerate revenue growth to and through channel partners for over 22 years through their portfolio of digital marketing, partner enablement and data intelligence services. bChannels provides a genuine presence in all regions and has a deep understanding of the cultural, economic, and market dynamics within them. This ensures delivery of program and project outcomes that maximize the sales potential in every partner network. www.bchannels.com Contact Details The Channel Company Corporate Communications +1 508-531-9172 corporatecommunications@thechannelcompany.com Company Website https://www.thechannelcompany.com

February 25, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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