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SpirE-Journal 2011 Q3

Spire E-Newsletter Q3 2011

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Spire E-Newsletter Q3 2011

What we have learnt – The World marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack

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Business Times – Views from the Top 

12 September 2011

Spire’s Chief Executive Officer, Leon Perera, commented on the impact of the 9/11 attacks.

Leon Perera, Chief Executive Officer 

“The September 11 attacks changed the world in three ways. Firstly, it brought home just how dangerous terrorists could be, and ushered in a new era of heightened security across potential terrorist targets worldwide. Secondly, it demonstrated why the international community had to proactively address the problem of failed states – since the Al Qaeda network at that time operated out of just such a state (Afghanistan). Thirdly, it plunged the Middle East into turmoil, leading to the fall of two governments (Afghanistan and Iraq), shifting geopolitical power towards Iran, and paving the way for the “jasmine revolutions” in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The key lesson from all of this would be to consider and plan for every possible future outcome, no matter how unlikely it may seem in the present day.”

Spire India on the move

Spire India is moving its office from its current premise at Nehru Place in Delhi to a facility four times larger in Gurgaon. The site selection, vendor selection and renovation took place weeks ahead of schedule, thanks to the hard work of Spire’s Corporate Affairs team members in India and Singapore. 

The new Gurgaon office will be the central hub for all Spire staff in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Gurgaon is well-suited to play this role, with its well-developed infrastructure, critical mass of international firms and good connectivity with the rest of the National Capital Region. 

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On the occasion of this major move, Spire’s Director for India, Japnit Singh, commented, “It’s thanks to our excellent team in India that we are now in a position to make this move. The new office will provide better facilities to support all Spire India staff as well as clients. This is timely given the tremendous interest in the India market from Spire’s clients world-wide. As the world economy slows, India continues to shine thanks to strong fundamentals in both the consumer and B-to-B sectors.” 

Spire’s India Country Manager Sumit Malik commented, “The Spire India team is incredibly excited to be moving. The new office should enable us to better support our India-based as well as inbound clients while providing a better work environment to our valued team members.” 

A formal office opening ceremony is scheduled for early October 2011. 

Spire’s research indicates Malaysian corporate sector lags behind in web accessibility

21 July 2011

Spire’s Chief Executive Officer, Leon Perera, was a guest on The Breakfast Show at Malaysian television channel NTV7. He spoke about website accessibility trends in Malaysia and the Asia-Pacific. 

According to the research conducted by Spire, only 3% of the top 30 companies in Malaysia offer web accessibility to users with special needs. 

His comments during the breakfast interview are condensed below.

“Website accessibility is all about disabled users actually being able to use the Internet. The disabled user community is a big segment, and it is often neglected by companies. But it is substantial and many people with disabilities rely on the web, sometimes to a greater extent than people without disabilities. Only 3% of even the largest companies in Malaysia are providing website accessibility. Companies should rethink this, for two important reasons. Companies can tap on a larger consumer based, so there is revenue in business terms. It also helps to boost the brand image of the company. Nowadays, consumers will reward companies who have a more progressive, socially conscious image, so those kinds of brands would be preferred. So there are gains for companies to go into this.”

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