Duck Creek Technologies Announces New Chief Marketing Officer

Experienced Marketing and Technology Executive Bindu Crandall to Join Duck Creek Technologies

BOSTON, May 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance, announces the appointment of Bindu Crandall as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). As CMO, Bindu is responsible for overseeing Duck Creek’s strategic marketing and branding efforts driving the company’s global expansion and leadership as a provider of P&C insurance software and services.

“Bindu is a seasoned marketer and leader who understands how to connect with SaaS customers and deliver value,” said Mike Jackowski, chief executive officer of Duck Creek Technologies. “She has a wealth of experience building and scaling world-class marketing organizations for cloud-based software companies. I am thrilled to welcome her to the Duck Creek team and look forward to working with her to accelerate our growth and expand our market leadership.”

With more than 20 years of experience at enterprise technology companies, Bindu brings deep expertise in branding, demand generation, thought leadership, and content strategy to her role, backed by a proven track record of successfully launching brands and products through revenue-driven marketing and sales strategies.

“I am honored and excited to join Duck Creek at this pivotal time in the insurance industry,” said Crandall. “Duck Creek is a visionary company that is transforming the way insurers operate and serve their customers. I am impressed by the company’s culture, products, and customer-centric approach. I look forward to collaborating with the talented Duck Creek team and partners to amplify our brand, engage our audiences, and drive business outcomes.”

Prior to joining Duck Creek, Bindu was the CMO of Navisite, part of Accenture, a digital transformation and IT services provider, where she built an award-winning marketing organization that relaunched the company as a leader of managed cloud services in the mid-market. Earlier in her career, she was the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Optima Healthcare Solutions, a SaaS provider for the post-acute care industry, and held senior marketing, product marketing, and strategy roles at companies including Internap, McKesson, and Scientific Atlanta (now Cisco).

About Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand. Visit www.duckcreek.com to learn more. Follow Duck Creek on our social channels for the latest information – LinkedIn and X.

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Duck Creek Technologies Nomeia Nova Diretora de Marketing

Experiente Executiva de Marketing e Tecnologia Bindu Crandall Junta-se à Duck Creek Technologies

BOSTON, May 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hoje, a Duck Creek Technologies, fornecedora de soluções inteligentes que definem o futuro do seguro de propriedade e acidentes (P&C) e geral, anunciou a nomeação de Bindu Crandall como Diretora de Marketing (CMO). Como CMO, Bindu é responsável por supervisionar os esforços estratégicos de marketing e branding da Duck Creek, impulsionando a expansão global e a liderança da empresa como fornecedora de software e serviços de seguros de P&C.

“Bindu é uma profissional de marketing experiente e líder que entende como se conectar com clientes SaaS e agregar valor”, disse Mike Jackowski, diretor executivo da Duck Creek Technologies. “Ela tem uma vasta experiência na criação e dimensionamento de organizações de marketing de classe mundial para empresas de software baseadas em nuvem. Estou muito feliz em recebê-la na equipe da Duck Creek e estou pronto para trabalhar com ela para acelerar nosso crescimento e expandir nossa liderança no mercado.”

Com mais de 20 anos de experiência em empresas de tecnologia empresarial, Bindu traz uma profunda experiência em branding, geração de demanda, liderança de pensamento e estratégia de conteúdo para sua função, apoiada por um histórico comprovado de lançamento bem-sucedido de marcas e produtos por meio de estratégias de marketing e vendas orientadas por receita.

“Estou honrada e animada em me juntar à Duck Creek neste momento crucial no setor de seguros”, disse Crandall. “A Duck Creek é uma empresa visionária que está transformando a maneira como as seguradoras operam e atendem seus clientes. Estou impressionada com a cultura, os produtos e a abordagem centrada no cliente da empresa. Estou pronta para colaborar com a talentosa equipe e parceiros da Duck Creek para ampliar nossa marca, envolver nosso público e gerar resultados de negócios.”

Antes de ingressar na Duck Creek, Bindu foi CMO da Navisite, parte da Accenture, fornecedora de serviços de transformação digital e TI, onde criou uma organização de marketing premiada que relançou a empresa como líder de serviços gerenciados em nuvem no mercado intermediário. No início da sua carreira, ela foi Vice-Presidente Sênior de Marketing da Optima Healthcare Solutions, uma provedora de SaaS para o setor de cuidados pós-agudos, e ocupou cargos seniores de marketing, marketing de produtos e estratégia em empresas como Internap, McKesson e Scientific Atlanta (agora Cisco).

Sobre a Duck Creek Technologies

A Duck Creek Technologies é fornecedora de soluções inteligentes que definem o futuro do setor de seguros de propriedade e acidentes (P&C) e geral. Somos a plataforma utilizadas como base dos sistemas de seguros modernos, permitindo que a indústria capitalize o poder da nuvem para executar operações ágeis, inteligentes e perenes. Autenticidade, propósito e transparência são fundamentais para a Duck Creek, e acreditamos que o seguro deve estar disponível para indivíduos e empresas quando, onde e como eles mais precisarem. Nossas soluções líderes do mercado estão disponíveis de forma independente ou como um pacote completo disponíveis em Duck Creek OnDemand. Visite www.duckcreek.com para obter mais informação. Siga a Duck Creek nos nossos canais sociais para obter as mais recentes informações – LinkedIn e X.

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Une nouvelle directrice marketing pour Duck Creek Technologies

La spécialiste du marketing et de la technologie Bindu Crandall rejoint Duck Creek Technologies

BOSTON, 20 mai 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, le fournisseur de solutions intelligentes qui trace les futurs contours du secteur de l’assurance générale et IARD (incendies, accidents et risques divers), annonce la nomination de Bindu Crandall à la direction marketing. Sa mission est de superviser les stratégies marketing et de marque inhérentes au pilotage du développement de Duck Creek à l’échelle mondiale et à son leadership en matière de logiciels et de services d’assurance IARD.

Mike Jackowski, PDG de Duck Creek Technologies, observe que « Bindu Crandall est une marketeuse et une leadeuse d’expérience qui maîtrise parfaitement les ficelles de la communication client et le principe de valeur dans le domaine des solutions SaaS. Sa vaste expérience réunit la création et la mise à l’échelle d’organisations marketing de classe mondiale pour le compte d’entreprises de développement logiciel en mode cloud. Je me réjouis de l’accueillir au sein de notre équipe et suis impatient de travailler avec elle pour accélérer notre croissance et renforcer notre leadership sur le marché. »

Forte de son expérience de plus de 20 ans au service de grands groupes de la technologie, Madame Crandall apporte à sa nouvelle fonction une profonde expertise en branding, en génération de la demande, en leadership d’opinion et en stratégie contenu. Elle a également à son actif un bilan positif côté lancement de marques et/ou de produits, reposant sur des stratégies marketing et commerciale ciblées sur la croissance.

« C’est un honneur et un plaisir de rejoindre Duck Creek à l’heure où le secteur de l’assurance traverse une phase clé », déclare Madame Crandall, avant de poursuivre : « C’est une société visionnaire qui transforme le mode de fonctionnement et de service au client des assureurs. Je suis impressionnée par leur culture d’entreprise, mais aussi par leurs produits et leur approche centrée sur le client. Je suis impatiente d’entreprendre une collaboration avec ses talentueuses équipes et partenaires pour développer notre marque, impliquer nos utilisateurs et enregistrer des résultats. »

Avant de rejoindre Duck Creek, Bindu Crandall était directrice marketing chez Navisite, une société du groupe Accenture, un fournisseur de services de transformation numérique et de services informatiques. Elle y a bâti une organisation marketing de toute pièce qui a permis de replacer l’entreprise dans une position de leader des services cloud gérés sur le marché intermédiaire. Auparavant, elle était vice-présidente senior du service marketing chez Optima Healthcare Solutions, un fournisseur SaaS pour l’industrie des soins post-hospitalisation, et a occupé des postes de direction dans le marketing, le marketing produit et la stratégie dans des entreprises comme Internap, McKesson ou Scientific Atlanta, aujourd’hui Cisco.

À propos de Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies est le fournisseur de solutions intelligentes qui trace les futurs contours du secteur de l’assurance générale et IARD (incendies, accidents et risques divers). Les systèmes d’assurance modernes se reposent sur nos solutions et capitalisent sur le potentiel du cloud pour mener des opérations agiles, intelligentes et évolutives. Authenticité, détermination et transparence, voilà les maîtres-mots de la philosophie de Duck Creek. Pour nous, l’assurance est au service des particuliers et des entreprises, n’importe quand, où, et comment ils en ressentent le plus le besoin. Nos solutions, leaders du marché, sont commercialisées à l’unité ou sous forme de suite packagée et sont toutes disponibles sur la page : Duck Creek OnDemand. Rendez-vous sur www.duckcreek.com pour en savoir plus. Suivez-nous sur les réseaux pour découvrir nos dernières informations : LinkedIn et X.

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Zuma takes election battle cry to ANC’s heartland


South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma put on a show of strength in the historic township of Soweto as he campaigned for votes in the build-up to the 29 May general election.

Zulu warriors marched around Orlando Stadium with their spears and shields, men in camouflage sang and danced to revolutionary songs, while some of South Africa’s famous singers – including rapper Big Zulu – provided entertainment to the near capacity crowd at Saturday’s rally.

For Mr Zuma’s supporters a major coup was the presence of the man known as a disco king, Papa Penny.

Having announced his resignation from the governing African National Congress (ANC) last week, he has now joined the former president’s new party, uMkhonto weSizwe, which translates as Spear of the Nation.

‘Unite Africa. Unite South Africa,’ he said in a short address to the crowd, adding: ‘Phansi [Down with] tribalism.’

Mr Zuma’s supporters saw Papa Penny’s presence – he hails from the small Tsonga community – as significant as it challenged perceptions t
hat the former president’s support only comes from his Zulu ethnic group, the biggest in South Africa.

But the star attraction at the rally was none other than the 82-year-old former president.

The crowd burst into chants of ‘Zuma, Zuma’ as he walked into the stadium, while his increasingly influential daughter, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, knelt in front of him and hugged him before he took his seat on the stage.

She serves on what is called the ‘national core’ of the party, recently telling The Shady PHodcast: ‘My father is obviously the head, and I’m the neck.’

Mr Zuma’s decision to hold his biggest campaign rally in Soweto was significant because it is a stronghold of the ANC in South Africa’s economic heartland of Gauteng.

Soweto also has deep political symbolism as it was at the forefront of the struggle against the racist system of apartheid, which ended with the ANC’s rise to power in 1994.

But now, 30 years later, the ANC risks losing its outright majority as it faces a threat from Zuma’s breakaway
party, as well as other opposition parties.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Repair works on damaged subsea cables completed – NCA


The National Communications Authority (NCA) has disclosed that repairs to the recently broken undersea cables that caused the country’s total internet outage last March have been completed.

Dr. Joe Anokye, Director-General of the NCA, stated that work on all four damaged cables was completed between April 6 and May 8, 2024.

He made the announcement on Friday during the 2024 World Telecommunications and Information Society Day celebration in Accra.

The Day was on the theme: ”Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development.’

On March 14, this year, Ghana’s data services were disrupted due to underwater cable damage.

All four undersea cable landing service providers in Ghana (ACR, MainOne, SAT-3, and WACS) were disconnected from international data services, resulting in a complete internet shutdown.

Dr. Anokye said that the repair work on the broken cables was complete, and internet services were fully restored.

According to the subsea cable service providers, all four cable faults were discovered near th
e crossing with Le Trou Sans Fond Canyon, an underwater canyon off the coast of Abidjan.

Dr. Anokye stated that the SAT-3 cable was restored on April 6 and the ACE cable on April 17, 2024.

‘The WACS cable was repaired on 29th April 2024 and the MainOne cable repairs were completed on May 8, 2024,’ he added.

Dr. Anokye indicated that the Authority had begun implementing the country’s satellite services policy framework to mitigate the effects of recent disruptions caused by damaged undersea cables.

This would enable the public to access innovative satellite services in addition to those available on the ground.

‘This will enhance the connectivity resilience of the country considering the recent disruption of undersea fine optics cables on 14th March 2024,’ he stressed.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalization, called for collaboration among institutions like the Bank of Ghana, NCA, NITA, and Data Protection Commission to address identified challenges and strengthen the digi
tal environment.

‘Meaningful digital innovation does not happen in isolation. It thrives on collaboration. None of us can do it alone, we need each other and so together let us forge a path towards a brighter, more connected future for generations to come,’ she charged.

Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful Minister of Communications and Digitalisation speaking at the 2024 WTISD.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said the government was on track to make Ghana the ICT hub of West Africa, emphasising that it had adopted some critical steps that would serve as the foundation for achieving that target.

This includes the construction of extensive in-country fiberoptic cables to complement those laid by the private sector and the construction of rural telephony sites to extend voice and data connectivity to underserved and unserved communities.

The Minister said the government would complete the construction of the remaining 1,006 rural telephony sites by September of this year, after having already built 1,010 facilities nationwide.

She s
aid this would extend data connectivity to the 20 per cent of the population who were currently unconnected.

‘We’re also implementing a national roaming policy where networks can roam on each other’s network where necessary to benefit from to benefit the consumer seamlessly.

‘We’re hopeful that that will also enable us to bridge some of the connectivity gaps that we have in the country,’ the Minister added.

The World Technology and Information Day is observed on May 17 every year to raise awareness of the benefits citizens and economies could derive from the use of the internet and communication technologies (ICT) to bridge the digital divide.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Prof Naana Jane reaffirms faith in God at The Maker’s House Chapel


Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the running mate of the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sunday expressed her commitment to drawing from God’s strength towards her destiny fulfilment, and remaining resolute in her faith during strife.

Taking inspiration from Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s ‘Fill Me Up’ song, and Priscilla Jane Owen’s ‘Will your Anchor Hold in the Storms of Life hymn’, she told a congregation of The Maker’s House Chapel International (TMHCI) about the imperative of giving thanks to God at all times.

The first female Vice Chancellor in Ghana (University of Cape Coast) joined the service at the Church’s Destiny Arena, at Kwabenya, and was offered the platform to give her remarks after the sermon.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang stated: ‘I want to begin by thanking the church for this kind invitation; and to let you know how happy I am to be here.

‘Your fellowship is infectious! Every one here looks happy and I believe that every one feels happy too. That’s wonderful.’

She continued: ‘I
picked one or two statements from the lyrics (when the choir was singing ) -‘Fill Me Up’ – and that’s my prayer too.

‘I pray that the Lord fills me up. May the Lord fill all of us up. With his grace, with his mercy, with his unchanging love.

‘In all things give thanks! Isn’t that interesting? He didn’t say all the things we like or all the things that make us happy or the things we think make us; but all things, regardless.’

In conclusion, the professor of Literature noted: ‘And as Dr (Michael Boadi Nyamekye) was preaching, it was just one hymn, (MHB 634) that came into my mind-I’m a Methodist by faith- ‘Will Your Anchor in the Storms of Life’ and I don’t know, if the choir will sing it when I’m done.’

Prof Naana Jane went on to recite the first stanza of song to cheers and applause, and added the refrain, saying that was even more reassuring.

In his sermon, which was based on the betrayal of Joseph by his brothers (Genesis 37:18-25), the General Overseer of TMHCI, Dr Boadi Nyamekye encouraged visionarie
s to pursue their God-inspired dreams regardless of the challenges and opposition that would confront them.

As exhibited by Joseph’s brothers, he said, people often mocked, undermined or purposed to kill those assigned by God to rescue their families, societies or nations for His purposes.

The traitors of dreamers were often people close to them that they loved and trusted, rather than from obvious rival sides, he noted.

It was, therefore, important for God’s chosen to anticipate and prepare for their pit and valley moments in their endeavours.

They should also trust that as they carried the favour of God, He would rescue them in His appointed times.

However, they should position themselves in order not miss the time for their elevation from their pits to carry on.

Dr Boadi Nyamekye urged Christians to remain incorruptible like Joseph did in Portiphar’s house.

No matter how great the benefits of that temptation or how influential its source was, they should choose to serve the Lord faithfully to accomp
lish their tasks.

They should also put themselves in readiness for service to God and humanity, as Joseph did.

The sermon is part of series under the theme: ‘Life Frames; The Coat of Many Colours’.

He led the congregation to pray for Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, with her team, to receive security, honour and success in her endeavours.

TMHCI, a bible-believing church, is one of the fastest growing church in Ghana.

Its vision is to strive for church excellence, while preparing people for heaven, as they fulfil their earthly missions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

KETABUSCO boys sensitised on mental health


Boy students of Keta Business College (KETABUSCO) have been educated on healthy emotional management to ensure their mental health, an essential to their overall well-being.

This has become important because boys often faced societal pressures to exhibit toughness even in their vulnerable moments, which could potentially worsen their feelings of anger and aggression (which are issues of mental health).

The education forms part of activities in the school to mark the 2024 World Day of the Boy Child themed: ‘Cool Boys; Teaching Boys How to Manage Anger and Aggression.’

The event, organised by the Girls’ Education Unit of the Keta Municipal Education Directorate with support from Madam Matilda Dzotepe, Headmistress, and the staff of KETABUSCO, saw the boys walk through the principal streets of Keta carrying placards to raise awareness of the day.

A team from the Mental Health Unit of the Keta Municipal Hospital led by Mr Edem Afagbedzi took the boys through topics including understanding anger and aggression
and anger management strategies such as emotional awareness and expression, and developing coping mechanisms, to support them.

Mr Kenneth Blewudzi, Officer in Charge of Basic Schools at the Keta Municipal Education Directorate stressed the relevance of the theme for this year’s observance saying, aggression, if not well managed could have long-term implications like failed relationships, violent behaviours and mental problems.

He advised the participants to identify themselves, take these skills seriously and apply them to achieve their goals as students in school and for the benefit of their future.

Some of the students, touched by the messages from the various speakers, resolved to make the necessary changes to help them navigate the challenges of growing up in a complex world, where boys/men must not exhibit signs of vulnerability with others pledging to rededicate their time for the very purpose for their being in school.

Master Andy Nii Abbey, Assistant School Prefect, KETABUSCO in his vote of thanks
said they needed more of this programme during their time in school to shape them into responsible adults who their families and society would be proud of.

Madam Aurelia Tudzi, Girls’ Education Officer, Keta Municipal Education Directorate in an interview with Ghana News Agency said the event had been successful as the aim for its organisation was achieved.

‘We wanted at least one student should in future say, because of this day, he learnt something and changed from his old way(s). And from what the students themselves have said, we more than achieved our aim. A student said his academic performance has been on a downward trend because he’s joined a group of boys interested in sports betting and promised to change.’

The Girls’ Education Officer explained why she led the charge in organising an event for boys saying, ‘our vision is for all Ghanaian girl children and their brothers – the boys… So, we must care about their education as well.’

World Day of the Boy Child, founded in 2018 by Dr Jerome Teelucks
ingh in Trinidad and Tobago and observed every May 16, seeks to celebrate the contributions of boys as well as address their silent struggles.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Presidential Convoy Accident: Driver confirmed dead, several others injured


Mr Kwesi Atta, a driver, has been identified as the casualty in the fatal accident involving the Presidential Convoy on Sunday.

Several others, including close protection and police officers, sustained various degrees of injuries following the accident along the Bunso-Akyem-Asafo stretch of the Accra-Kumasi Highway.

The convoy was returning from Kumasi, after accompanying the President for a series of events over the weekend.

A statement issued by the Communications Directorate, Office of the President, said the President was ‘safe and unharmed, as he travelled to Accra via a military aircraft’.

‘Several vehicles in the convoy have been completely wrecked a as a result of the accident,’ the statement, signed by the Director, Mr Eugene Arhin. noted.

The injured, who received initial treatment at the Suhum Government Hospital, are being evacuated to the University of Ghana Medical Centre for further treatment and observation.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, and we wish a spe
edy recovery to the injured officers,’ the statement noted.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Scamming: A way out of misery for youths in the crisis hit regions of Cameroon?


By Veronica Maya

‘You can be with someone you’ve known for years and out of the blues, that person comes to you with a car and all the luxury.Then you begin asking yourself where and how your mate got such money’ Dimitri Kamdem a 25 year old youth living in Bamenda, chief town of the North West region of Cameroon wondered.

It is now a norm to see youths aged 20-25 driving round the city of Bamenda with luxurious vehicles amongst which the Toyota and Hyundai brands. This to the amazement of all who are expressing worries over the influence these youths are having on the few who choose to get rich by getting a job and earning a wage at the end of the month.

These ‘Scammers’ are constantly on the spotlight as though canvassing for more recruits to join their league ‘Many of my friends are into scamming and they have stopped coming to school.They now pay other people to follow up their studies and get busy making money.’ Dimitri adds that these youth most of whom boys have been divided into two categories (the
straight and twisted scammers). Straight because they sell fake items online like spare parts and dogs and twisted because they go beyond the physical which sometimes scare him.

Nadine Mbah, a journalism graduate residing in Bamenda rather has a very cordial relationship with her scamming friends ‘I have a very good relationship with them. They are very caring and don’t talk me into joining them in what they call their business’

Scamming described as a swindle varries from blackmail to romance scams or selling non existent items. In the case of Bamenda, blackmail, hacking and sale of non existent items are rampant. Kingsley Ngufor, an IT engineer working with the North West branch of the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies-ANTIC discloses that the cyber crime has grown over the years ‘ In 2022 we had 718 cybercimes reported with 22 cases of identity theft. In 2023, we received 984 complaints only in the North West and there were 32 issues of cyber blackmail with 27 people arrested
most of whom were youth. From January to April 2024, 270 cases were reported and I can assure you that most of them were stolen phones which have been hacked and used to scam people through malicious links and calls to request for money’

The hardship further complicated by the ongoing social unrest in the North West region for about eight years now is the main excuse these youth give for their involvement into scamming. Some have attested haven gotten into scamming to raise money for a proper business. This is what Merveille, a drycleaner in the town shared ‘I knew one guy two years back. He was the eldest in their family and both parents died and no one to help. He dropped from school struggling to send his younger ones. But we all know how the country can be hard.Then he said to himself ‘ I needed just capital to start something which no one could give me. Now that I have the money, I will stop scamming and start a business’ which he did.Today he is able to take care of his siblings.’

The Cameroon law of
December 21, 2010 on cyber security and cybercrime governing the security framework of electronic communication networks and information systems slams jail terms from one to ten years and fines from one million to ten billion on persons found guilty of infringing the law in different domains. But these youth seemingly don’t seem worried as the parade the streets of Bamenda daily with their special Afro ‘dada’ look.

Source: Cameroon News Agency