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WorldQuant Completes Inaugural Women Who Quant Competition in Partnership with Women 2.0, Women Who Code and 100 Women in Finance

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Over 2,000 participants competed across more than 60 countries

Top contestants are being onboarded as research consultants at
WorldQuant

Builds on WorldQuant’s virtual initiatives, including the 2018
International Quant Championship where over 25% of its 11,000+
participants were women

OLD GREENWICH, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WorldQuant, the global quantitative asset management firm, announced the
successful completion of Women Who Quant, an international online
competition and learning opportunity designed with the goal of
increasing opportunities for women in quantitative finance. The
competition, which was developed in collaboration with Women 2.0, Women
Who Code and 100 Women in Finance, brought together over 2,000
participants across more than 60 countries.

“We are very pleased with the results achieved in our first Women Who
Quant competition and excited to see such a variety of high-quality
thinking,” said Igor Tulchinsky, Founder, Chairman and CEO of
WorldQuant. “I would like to congratulate our three best-performing
female participants in the competition from Russia, Vietnam and India.
This competition has identified multiple potential stars in quantitative
finance, and we hope will further empower quants worldwide.”

The winners of the competition won cash prizes. In addition, more than
50 top female performers, including the three highest performing female
participants, are being onboarded as research consultants at WorldQuant.

“The global talent we saw on display in Women Who Quant has been
inspiring. We view initiatives like this as catalysts for faster, more
widespread change and are honored that the winner chose 100 Women in
Finance to receive an additional donation from WorldQuant,” said Amanda
Pullinger, CEO of 100 Women in Finance.

“This is an important initiative focused on a significant opportunity
for women in fields such as quantitative finance, as we saw by the
participant numbers and final results,” said Kate Brodock, CEO of Women
2.0. “We’re pleased to work with all of our forward-thinking partner
organizations on this competition, and advance gender equality and
inclusion in tech.”

“Our mission at Women Who Code has always been to build a world where
women are proportionally represented across key roles such as technical
leaders and engineers. We seek to inspire women to excel in their
careers, and partnership events like this drive the mission to a wider
audience,” said Alaina Percival, CEO and Board Chair of Women Who Code.

This competition follows the more than 20 other competitions hosted by
the WorldQuant
Virtual Research Center
(VRC) over the past five years, including
the 2018 International Quant Championship (IQC), a team-based
competition designed to simulate the best algorithms. In 2018, IQC
attracted more than 11,000 participants, representing 1,000 universities
from more than 80 countries. Over 25 percent of contestants in that
competition were women, including the winning team of three Russian
women living in France.

WorldQuant VRC has around 100,000 users from 180 countries and over
2,000 universities who are given the opportunity to learn about
quantitative finance, build financial models, participate in global
competitions and be considered for research consultant positions.
WorldQuant has discovered over 2,000 consultants through VRC, and users
have collectively run over 375 million simulations on VRC’s online
platform.

About WorldQuant

WorldQuant is a global quantitative asset management firm that was
founded in 2007 by Igor Tulchinsky and has over $7 billion in assets
under management. The firm has more than 28 offices in 17 countries, and
over 750 employees and 2,000 consultants. WorldQuant develops and
deploys systematic investment strategies across a variety of asset
classes in global markets, utilizing a proprietary research platform and
investment process. For more information on WorldQuant’s culture and
philosophy, please visit www.WeAreWorldQuant.com.

About 100 Women in Finance

100
Women in Finance 
is a global network of professionals in the
finance and alternative investment industries working together to
empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement,
philanthropic, and educational initiatives, our more than 15,000 members
are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance
careers and strengthen our field.

About Women 2.0

Founded in 2006, Women
2.0 
is a global brand for women in tech and startups and
general diversity & inclusion in the tech industry. With community-based
media as their back drop, they provide action-based, scalable solutions
and impact-focused initiatives that close gender gaps and increases D&I,
with a particular focus on female-founded and earlier-stage companies.
They are driven by their values, and work to push conversation forward,
and take and encourage action around gender parity. They are a
for-profit, for-good company.

Contacts

Guy Potvin / Christina Tilt
WorldQuant
WorldQuantMedia@mlp.com
+1
212-320-1898

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Heilind Asia will Exhibit at I.C.E Booth L05 in NEPCON Vietnam 2019

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HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–From 11th to 13th September 2019, NEPCON Vietnam 2019 will take place at International Center for Exhibition (I.C.E) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Heilind Asia will exhibit at I.C.E Booth L05 together with its suppliers TE Connectivity, Alpha Wire, Molex, PEM, Cinch, Heyco, Metz and Panduit; displaying the latest products and solutions.

NEPCON Vietnam 2019, Vietnam’s only exhibition on SMT, testing technologies, equipment and supporting industries for electronics manufacturing, an all-in-one platform under the theme of “360º Manufacturing Integration.” Heilind Asia will display the latest electronic components and solutions, including but not limited to the brands of TE Connectivity, Alpha Wire, Molex, PEM, Cinch, Heyco, Metz and Panduit to visitors. Nepcon Vietnam 2019 is a unique showcase for the latest products and solutions in the rapidly growing Asian markets.

As authorized distributor for more than 100 world leading manufacturers, Heilind Asia supports both original equipment and contract manufacturers in all market segments of the electronics industry, stocking products from the industry’s leading manufacturers in 25 component categories, with a particular focus on interconnect and electromechanical products.

About Heilind Electronics:

Founded in 1974, Heilind Electronics, Inc. (http://www.heilind.com) is one of the world’s leading distributors of connectors, relays, switches, thermal management & circuit protection products, terminal blocks, wire & cable, wiring accessories, insulation & identification, fastener/hardware and sensor products. Heilind has over 40 facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Singapore and China.

Heilind Asia Pacific (www.heilindasia.com) commenced operations in Dec 2012, and now has 23 locations throughout Asia. Its industry leading service offering to customers in Asia Pacific is the result of a commitment to the belief of “Distribution As It Should Be”. Learn more at www.heilindasia.com and on Facebook, WeChat, Weibo and Twitter.

Contacts

Media:

sarah.luo@heilind.com

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“Juntos!! Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Exchange Program”: Visit to Japan by the SICA Group and Cuba Group

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TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of the “Juntos!! Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Exchange Program” promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 25 government officials, journalists, and experts from the 7 member countries of the System of Central American Integration (SICA) and Cuba will visit Japan from August 27 to September 4.

The group of visitors will visit companies and local governments in Tokyo and Hokkaido that are active in climate change and disaster prevention. The purpose of this invitation is to provide a broad understanding of the politics, economy, society, culture, history, and foreign policy of Japan and provide an opportunity for an understanding of the diversity of Japan though regional visits for the development of relationships between Japan and Latin America based on a deep mutual understanding.

It is hoped that this exchange program will strengthen the relationship between Japan and Latin America and that the participants will actively communicate Japan’s foreign policy stance and the appeal of Japan, etc.

*Objectives of the Juntos!! Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Exchange Program

• Motivate people to become friendly toward Japan and to want to learn about Japan, deepen ties between Japan and Latin America, and expand the foundations of Japan’s foreign policy by encouraging an understanding of Japan’s foreign policy toward Latin America and the current status of such policy among people from Latin American and Caribbean countries who can be expected to contribute to strengthening relationships with Japan in various areas.

• Have the participants actively communicate Japan’s foreign policy stance and the appeal of Japan, etc. to contribute to improvements in the external image of Japan in international society and the furtherance of sustainable interest in Japan.

[Planned itinerary]

August 27 (Tuesday)

Arrival to Japan, visit to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, orientation, and briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

August 28 (Wednesday)

Briefing by the Ministry of the Environment, briefing by JICA, visit to Akihabara, and experiencing the Sumida Kinshicho Kawachi Ondo Big Bon Dance

August 29 (Thursday)

Visit to Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park and Sona Area Tokyo, visit to Odaiba, Parliamentary Vice-Minister courtesy visit (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and visit to Imperial Palace and Nijubashi

August 30 (Friday)

Travel to Hokkaido

Niseko Town

August 31 (Saturday)

Participation in Toyako Lake Mount Usu Meister Network Half Day Program, cruise on Toyako Lake, and visit to Mt. Usu Ropeway

September 1 (Sunday)

Visit to Tomari Nuclear Power Plant, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, and Otaru City

September 2 (Monday)

Travel to Tokyo

Visit to Toyosu Market, Toyota Mega Web, and JRC Nihon Musen

September 3 (Tuesday)

Visit to Furuno Electric, holding workshop, reporting meeting, and reception held by head of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau

September 4 (Wednesday)

Departure from Japan

Contacts

Contact information for inquiries on this matter

Juntos!!2019 Secretariat

JTB Corporation, Kasumigaseki Business Division, Representative: Emi Sendoda, Takashi Komatsu

[TEL] +81-3-6737-9262 Weekdays 9:30-17:30 (not open on weekends and national holidays)

juntos@jtb.com

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James Hardie Industries plc Announces CFO Resignation

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SYDNEY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–James Hardie Industries plc (ASX: JHX) announced today that Mr Matthew Marsh, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Vice President – Corporate, has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

James Hardie’s CEO, Dr Jack Truong, noted, “I want to thank Matt for his contributions to James Hardie over the past six years and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

The company also announced today the appointment of Ms Anne Lloyd as the company’s Interim CFO, effective immediately. Ms Lloyd, an experienced corporate and finance executive, has been a member of the company’s Board of Directors since November 2018. Previously, Ms Lloyd served as Chief Financial Officer of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. a leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials, for over 12 years from June 2005 until her retirement in August 2017. She joined Martin Marietta in 1998 and served in a number of corporate finance roles prior to becoming CFO, including Controller, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer. Earlier in her career, Ms Lloyd spent 14 years with Ernst & Young LLP (1984-1998), rising to senior manager and client service executive for the natural resources, mining, insurance and healthcare industries.

As Interim CFO, Ms Lloyd will report directly to the CEO and continue to serve on the Board of Directors, but will no longer serve as a member of the Audit Committee. All of Mr Marsh’s previous direct reports will report directly to Ms Lloyd with the exception of Mr Jason Miele, Vice President – Investor and Media Relations; Mr Miele will report directly to Dr Truong.

Dr Truong commented, “Anne’s significant executive experience and her knowledge of James Hardie as a Board member for the past year provides the Company with a strong leader to ensure seamless continuity while we conduct our search for a new CFO who will help lead the strategic growth initiatives of the company going forward.”

The search for a new CFO will commence immediately.

Forward Looking Statements

This Media Release contains forward-looking statements. James Hardie Industries plc (the “Company”) may from time to time make forward-looking statements in its periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, on Forms 20-F and 6-K, in its annual reports to shareholders, in offering circulars, invitation memoranda and prospectuses, in media releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by the Company’s officers, directors or employees to analysts, institutional investors, existing and potential lenders, representatives of the media and others. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements and such forward-looking statements are statements made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Examples of forward-looking statements include:

  • statements about the Company’s future performance;
  • projections of the Company’s results of operations or financial condition;
  • statements regarding the Company’s plans, objectives or goals, including those relating to strategies, initiatives, competition, acquisitions, dispositions and/or its products;
  • expectations concerning the costs associated with the suspension or closure of operations at any of the Company’s plants and future plans with respect to any such plants;
  • expectations concerning the costs associated with the significant capital expenditure projects at any of the Company’s plants and future plans with respect to any such projects;
  • expectations regarding the extension or renewal of the Company’s credit facilities including changes to terms, covenants or ratios;
  • expectations concerning dividend payments and share buy-backs;
  • statements concerning the Company’s corporate and tax domiciles and structures and potential changes to them, including potential tax charges;
  • uncertainty from the expected discontinuance of LIBOR and transition to any other interest rate benchmark;
  • statements regarding tax liabilities and related audits, reviews and proceedings;
  • statements regarding the possible consequences and/or potential outcome of legal proceedings brought against us and the potential liabilities, if any, associated with such proceedings;
  • expectations about the timing and amount of contributions to Asbestos Injuries Compensation Fund (AICF), a special purpose fund for the compensation of proven Australian asbestos-related personal injury and death claims;
  • expectations concerning the adequacy of the Company’s warranty provisions and estimates for future warranty-related costs;
  • statements regarding the Company’s ability to manage legal and regulatory matters (including but not limited to product liability, environmental, intellectual property and competition law matters) and to resolve any such pending legal and regulatory matters within current estimates and in anticipation of certain third-party recoveries; and
  • statements about economic conditions, such as changes in the US economic or housing recovery or changes in the market conditions in the Asia Pacific region, the levels of new home construction and home renovations, unemployment levels, changes in consumer income, changes or stability in housing values, the availability of mortgages and other financing, mortgage and other interest rates, housing affordability and supply, the levels of foreclosures and home resales, currency exchange rates, and builder and consumer confidence.

Words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “expect,” “intend,” “target,” “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “forecast,” “guideline,” “aim,” “will,” “should,” “likely,” “continue,” “may,” “objective,” “outlook” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements and all such forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the following cautionary statements.

Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations, estimates and assumptions and because forward-looking statements address future results, events and conditions, they, by their very nature, involve inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are unforeseeable and beyond the Company’s control. Such known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause actual results, performance or other achievements to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed, projected or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors, some of which are discussed under “Risk Factors” in Section 3 of the Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 21 May 2019 and subsequently amended on 8 August 2019, include, but are not limited to: all matters relating to or arising out of the prior manufacture of products that contained asbestos by current and former Company subsidiaries; required contributions to AICF, any shortfall in AICF and the effect of currency exchange rate movements on the amount recorded in the Company’s financial statements as an asbestos liability; the continuation or termination of the governmental loan facility to AICF; compliance with and changes in tax laws and treatments; competition and product pricing in the markets in which the Company operates; the consequences of product failures or defects; exposure to environmental, asbestos, putative consumer class action or other legal proceedings; general economic and market conditions; the supply and cost of raw materials; possible increases in competition and the potential that competitors could copy the Company’s products; reliance on a small number of customers; a customer’s inability to pay; compliance with and changes in environmental and health and safety laws; risks of conducting business internationally; compliance with and changes in laws and regulations; currency exchange risks; dependence on customer preference and the concentration of the Company’s customer base on large format retail customers, distributors and dealers; dependence on residential and commercial construction markets; the effect of adverse changes in climate or weather patterns; possible inability to renew credit facilities on terms favorable to the Company, or at all; acquisition or sale of businesses and business segments; changes in the Company’s key management personnel; inherent limitations on internal controls; use of accounting estimates; the integration of Fermacell into our business; and all other risks identified in the Company’s reports filed with Australian, Irish and US securities regulatory agencies and exchanges (as appropriate). The Company cautions you that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive and that other risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ materially from those referenced in the Company’s forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and are statements of the Company’s current expectations concerning future results, events and conditions. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information except as required by law.

Contacts

Media/Analyst Enquiries:

Jason Miele

Vice President, Investor & Media Relations

Telephone: +61 2 8845 3352

Email: media@jameshardie.com.au

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