About – iCrowdNewswire
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About Us

Launched in 2015 by a team of corporate communications, news and financial news services executives, iCrowdNewswire is a NewsTech leader and marketing technology, software and newswire company deploying communications software with new technologies that provide unprecedented targeting and reach. Since partnering with Google in 2017, iCrowdNewswire pioneered the concept of a press release as a landing page supported with tools designed to drive audiences and traffic to releases.
The world’s leading advertising targeting technology provided by Google allows Geographic targeting down to a zip or postal code worldwide and Demographic targeting by age group and industry or interest. Artificial Intelligence driven automated translations are used to publish six versions of each release, one in English and one each in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian and German exponentially growing the global value of corporate news. Asian languages are in development for mid-2018 deployment.
According to Amazon “listening is the new reading” and iCrowdNewswire is deploying audio channels on Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Apple Siri, as well as on its main web site. It is estimated that virtual digital assistant (VDA) enterprise use will reach 1 billion by 2020 and iCrowdNewswire sees this as one billion terminals. The new combined news distribution capabilities of Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple stand to change the way news is distributed and consumed, and iCrowdNewswire is the first corporate press release newswire to launch channels in audio.
Ad targeting, translations, audio and mobile also provide the kind of downstream distribution analytics that have been difficult to provide in the past and allow iCrowdNewswire to extend the life of a press release allowing users to amplify, modify or retarget releases after launch.
As a technology and software company, iCrowdNewswire has also pioneered a business model partnering with major media groups to launch vertical specific newswires, fully branded end-to-end SaaS platforms designed to provide very narrowly targeted reach by industry or audience.

Mission Statement

Implement new technologies to drive productivity and value.

Vision Statement

Lead NewsTech developing an AI driven SaaS platform that drives corporate communications news distribution and consumption.

Team

Hector Botero
Hector Botero

President and CEO
Miami, Florida

Direct Phone: (305) 851-2068

E: [email protected]

Hector Botero

Mr. Botero has spent more than 10 years building, running and troubleshooting international and emerging markets newswire operations in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America for the largest corporate newswires worldwide. Previously, Mr. Botero led international operations at Marketwired Sysomos, a leading corporate communications and social media services company owned by OMERS Private Equity, one of Canada’s largest private equity groups with more than 6.5 billion dollars under management. From 1997 until 2008, Mr. Botero worked as President of Business Wire Latin America and Business Wire China. Business Wire was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 2006.

Ed Vidal
Eduardo Vidal

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Miami, Florida

Direct Phone: (713) 725-6169

E: [email protected]

Ed Vidal

Mr. Vidal is a corporate lawyer with over 30 years of experience in New York and Chicago firms, having worked on a wide range of transactions such as securities placements, loan financings and private equity investments. For the last few years he has been General Counsel of iCrowdNewswire, LLC and its predecessor affiliate, focusing on the legal aspects of outsourcing, crowdfunding and startup companies.

His experience includes cross-border transactions involving Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. He is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese and French, having worked with local counsel in jurisdictions worldwide. He is a member of the bar in the States of New York and Illinois.

Karman Khan
Kamran Khan

Technical Team Lead
Islamabad, Pakistan

Mr. Kamran is a Technical Lead Developer. Having 7 years professional experience in web development and has worked on several large scale web projects from start to end. For the past years he has been working as a senior web developer and had tranform business ideas in to web application. Mr. Kamran has excellent communciation skills and really enjoy on explaining technical details.

Gulfam
Gulfam Shabbir

Marketing Manager
Dubai, UAE

Mr. Gulfam is Marketing Manager & Product Lead. He has over 7 years of experience in Digital Marketing, Lead generation and client relationship management. He is a Software Engineer with in-depth understanding of both the technical and not technical aspects of marketing campaigns.

Daud Akhtar
Daud Akhtar

Editorial Manager
Islamabad, Pakistan

Mr.Daud is Editorial Manager and Chief Editor. Manages and Handle’s all Press Release Affair’s, Client’s Consultation, Editorial Team of Professional Editor’s, Supervision of Press Releases in Multiple Languages. Hold’s Bachelor Degree in Mass Communication. Experience of working with Multi-National Clients Worldwide. Client Satisfaction is his biggest priority. Good Knowledge of Press Release Industry. Goal oriented person.

Advisors

Antoun Sfeir

President, ePressPack SAS, PressKing
Paris, France

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Mr. Antoun Sfeir is a global entrepreneur having founded ePressPack in 2011. Today, ePressPack clients include Air Liquide, Axa, Bayer, Louis Vuitton, Orange, Renault-Nissan, Sanofi, Commission Europeene and France Television. ePressPack has a presence in 6 countries in France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Europe. In February 2015, ePressPack acquired PressKing, a SaaS solution designed to provide companies the ability to manage their own virtual press room online. Mr. Sfeir was formerly with PR Newswire France from 2003 to 2011.

Martin Murtland

General Manager / Head of Product / Revenue Builder
Greater New York City

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Martin is a senior executive with over 20 years in product and management roles in the digital content and data analytics sectors. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Product and Data, at PR Newswire where he was responsible for cloud-based subscription products, e-commerce, reporting and analytics, user experience and shared services. Previously, Martin worked for Dow Jones in various global roles including Managing Director of the Communications Solutions Group, which provided software solutions for public relations professionals. Prior positions included General Manager for Dow Jones Factiva, Director, Content & Metadata Strategy, Content Licensing, and Business Planning. Martin has been quoted as an expert on enterprises’ use of social media and analytics in various media, including The Financial Times. He is a contributor to “Supporting Strategy: Frameworks, Methods & Models” published by John Wiley. He also co-founded the Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association and earned his M.B.A. with distinction from Warwick University in the U.K.

Wolfgang Zehrt
Wolfgang Zehrt

Founder of text-on GmbH and a digital agency / dapd news agency / ddp direct / dapd video / medienservice exklusiy / Hugin, a New York Stock Exchange company
Berlin, Germany

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Wolfgang Zehrt began his professional career in Hamburg at “Die Woche”, Bild and taz. He also went on the air at Radio Korah and Radio Hamburg. Later on, he worked as head of the news department at radio ffn in Hanover and as a freelancer for NDR Radio (ARD). He developed concepts for the revamped radio news at NDR and specialized in the area of rightwing extremism and the Near East, subjects that he managed also for “STERN” magazine and the weekly newspaper, “Die Zeit.” With his digital agency AOP he supplied contents for the Axel Springer, Bauer, Gruner+Jahr, Spiegel and Burda publishing houses, finally establishing a communication service provider in Leipzig that was sold initially to the New Yorker Stock Exchange and that today belongs to the Reuters news agency. As Chairman of the dapd news agency, he was responsible for the development of digital services. After dapd, he founded a consultancy firm specializing in the use of Artificial Intelligence and automated content. Among others, he carried out projects for Handelsblatt, Berliner Morgenpost, Bild am Sonntag, Bild.de and weather channel. Besides “robot journalism”, so as not to neglect “real journalism”, some 1.5 years ago Zehrt traveled to South Sudan for a radio feature (NDR Info). Wolfgang Zehrt is an enthusiastic father of two daughters and a not so enthusiastic resident of Berlin.

MAM
Miguel Angel Martinez Beccar Varela

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lawyer from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Master in Corporate Communications by Università della Santa Croce, Rome. Attending a PhD in Communication Sciences from Universidad Austral.
He is a strategic communications Consultant and expert in Latin American lobby, where stands out for its interaction with press and public officers, his excellent advice on crisis management and distinctive views on the matter.
Founder and CEO of MedioXMedio, company that provides information services and database on journalists and media in Argentina, which years later was sold to the Canadian media company, Marketwire.
Founded and directed, until 2006, “La Ciudad”, a newspaper from San Miguel de Tucumán.
Former Communications Director of Opus Dei Prelature in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia. He completed his professional mentoring with Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Director of Sala Stampa Vaticana.
University professor.

Hiram Enriquez
Hiram Enriquez

Director, Product Marketing – SPT Digital Networks Latin America at Sony Pictures Entertainment
Miami, Florida

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Experienced leader in the digital media space. Innovative digital media strategist, creator and producer of digital content and community products, specialized in US & Latin America. Seasoned producer of produced internet, television, radio, and broadband programming, covered news, technology, business, digital lifestyles and popular culture as a reporter and host of a TV show. More than twelve years of experience in broadcast and digital media business development, product development, product management, production, convergent media production and content strategies. Research interest in technology and the media, media convergence, media studies and critique. Previously Hiram worked with Viacom International, MTV Networks, Univision Interactive and Yahoo!.

David Ketchum
David Ketchum

CEO, Current Asia
Chairman, Digital + Direct Marketing Association
Hong Kong and Singapore

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David is a strong advocate for the business value that marketing and communications add at every level of the sales funnel, from building brand awareness, to engaging customers, to driving sales, to CRM.

David is CEO of Current Asia www.currentasia.com, a new breed of business solutions provider that maximizes the value of clients’ data, contacts and content. Current Asia helps companies identify and deploy the right marketing technologies using its proprietary PPCT (People, Process, Content, Technology) methodology. The company operates across Asia Pacific with presence in Singapore and Hong Kong.

As Chairman of the industry group the Digital + Direct Marketing Association [D+D] www.ddma.asia he helps drive thought leadership and direct activities regionwide, including lobbying, events, networking and research.

Previously, as founder and President of Bite Asia-Pacific (named Mid-Sized Network of the Year by Campaign Asia) and Technology Agency of the Year (Holmes Report), David headed up the six offices in the region and provides senior client counsel.

David has lived and worked in Asia since 1992, and worked in Europe and the US previously. He founded Upstream Asia, which joined Bite Communications in 2009. In 2008 David managed the sale of Media Services Asia (MSA) to Marketwired, He served as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications Asia-Pacific for Calvin Klein, Inc., and also held senior positions with Burson-Marsteller and Hill and Knowlton internationally.

He is the author of the book BIG M, little m Marketing: New Strategies for a New Asia.

Rodolfo Zabisky
Rodolfo Zabisky

CEO and Chairman of Grupo Attitude S.A. and Coordinator of Brasil+Competitivo Initiative
São Paulo, Brazil

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Rodolfo Zabisky is CEO and Chairman of Grupo Attitude S.A. (www.attitudesa.com). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from IMT-Maua and an MBA from FGV-SP and Columbia Business School. Rodolfo served in various capacities for 18 years at the Odebrecht Organization (1982 through 1999), primarily on technology, business and commercial planning, investor relations and structured finance (asset backed and IPOs). In 1995, he was Top 5 finalist at the Global International Entrepreneurial Challenge of MOOT CORP (University of Texas at Austin). In November 1999, Rodolfo founded Grupo Attitude (then MZ Consult), an integrated business communication company (Investor Relations/Governance, Public Relations, Digital Marketing and Research/Intelligence). In 2007, he was selected entrepreneur of the year by both rankings: Endeavor-Exame PME (innovation) and FGV-PEGN (growth). By mid 2012 he initiated the mobilization “Brasil+Competitivo” (www.bmaiscompet.com.br) to encourage best practices in productivity and governance.

Enzo Villani
Enzo Villani

CEO at Equities.com
Los Angeles, California

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Enzo Villani Entrepreneur in communications, digital, investor relations, media relations, capital markets, and retail/e-commerce. Built over eight companies and new business lines over the past 20 years utilizing funding from strategic, angel, private equity, venture capital, and debt sources. Board advisor and member of multiple private companies in the communications, capital markets, and digital space. Specialties: strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, product development, branding, market and economic strategy. Previously Enzo was President and CEO of MZ Group North America, Founder and EVP of King Worldwide and Managing Director of The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc,

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Greg Barton

CEO & Founder, BNamericas
Santiago, Chile

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BNamericas delivers on-the-ground insight and trusted business intelligence to companies and investors active and entering Latin America. Identifying opportunities early-on and connecting clients with business contacts and decision-makers across 12 industries, BNamericas is the edge your company needs in Latin America. In addition to project-focused industry news and data, as well as C-level conferences, BNamericas analyzes macro movements that affect everyday business and future developments, including social, political, economic, regulatory, technological, financial and labor-related coverage. Connecting our clients with trustworthy and timely insights, BNamericas has been shaping the development of Latin America for 19 years. BNamerica’s focus is on Oil & Gas, Electric Power, Mining, Metals, Water & Waste, Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Information Technology, Banking, Privatization, Insurance and Petrochemicals across the whole of Latin America.