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Did Joe Biden Fire Over 200 Marines For Not Taking Vaccine?

Did Joe Biden Fire Over 200 Marines For Not Taking Vaccine?

Did President Joe Biden fire over 200 US Marines for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Joe Biden Fired Over 200 Marines For Not Taking Vaccine!

People are claiming that President Joe Biden fired over 200 US Marines for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine!

Joe Biden fired over 200 Marines for refusing to take the COVID vaccine.

The claim is sometimes combined with a link to a news article on 206 US Marines being removed for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Truth : Joe Biden Did NOT Fire Marines For Not Taking Vaccine!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS being created about President Joe Biden.

The truth is – he did NOT fire those US Marines for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Vaccine Mandate Was Issued By Defense Secretary

The COVID-19 vaccine mandate was not issued by President Joe Biden.

In August 2021, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a mandate for all US military troops to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Active duty Marines were given until November 28, 2021 to get vaccinated against COVID-19, while reservists had until December 28, 2021.

Fact #2 : Marines Were Removed By Marines Corps

After the deadline expired, the Marine Corps moved to remove Marines who refused to comply with the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

As of December 30, 2021, a total of 206 Marines were removed by the Marine Corps, but not President Joe Biden.

Captain Andrew R. Wood, a Marine Corps communication strategy officer confirmed this in an email, citing an October 2021 Marine Administrative Message:

Marines refusing the COVID-19 vaccination, absent an approved administrative or medical exemption, religious accommodation, or pending appeal shall be processed for administrative separation.

General Court-Martial Convening Authorities (GCMCA) retain authority to take any additional adverse administrative or disciplinary action they deem appropriate.

Read more : Did US Marine Corp Reject Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination?

Fact #3 : President Biden Lacks Authority To Fire Marines

Not only did President Biden not issue the order to fire those Marines, he does not actually have the authority to make such decisions.

Troop disciplinary decisions are handled by the respective military services, not the President of the United States.

In a September 24, 2021 press briefing, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby explained that “commanders at local levels will make these decisions based on what’s best for them and their units“.

Fact #4 : US Military Have Long Had Vaccine Mandates

US Armed Forces personnel have long been subject to mandatory vaccinations, to ensure they are protected against biological weapons, and preventable diseases in their deployment areas.

  • Anthrax
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatits A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza (Seasonal)
  • MMR
  • Meningococcal
  • Tdap
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever

The COVID-19 vaccination is just one addition to a list of mandatory vaccinations in the US military.

The refusal to comply with such lawful orders or regulations can result in a dishonourable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for two years.

Fact #5 : Dishonourable Discharge Barred Over Vaccine Mandate

The Biden Administration did earlier oppose a Pentagon proposal to remove dishonourable discharge as a disciplinary option for those who refuse to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

However, President Joe Biden ultimately signed into law, a provision that bars dishonourable discharge for military troops who refuse the vaccine, as part of the National Defense Authorisation Act on December 28, 2021.

This provision calls for them to receive at least a general discharge, which would still entitle them to all VA benefits, but not the GI Bill education benefits.

 

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Black Friday Origins : Sale Of Slaves After Thanksgiving?

Did the Black Friday shopping phenomenon start with the sale of slaves after the Thanksgiving holiday?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Black Friday Origins : Selling Of Slaves After Thanksgiving?

Photos of slaves being sold in the United States are circulating on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter as evidence that the term “Black Friday” originated with the practice of selling slaves after the Thanksgiving holiday.

The term “Black Friday” originated with the practice of selling off [sic] slaves on the day after Thanksgiving.

Now, do we really need to embrace this kind of torture? Or we are such foolish, that we don’t even research what is this so-called Black Friday and we become so exciting on something like this?

 

Truth : Black Friday Nothing To Do With Sale Of Slaves

The truth is – this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp.

Fact #1 : Black Friday Term Was First Used In 1950s

The earliest known use of the term Black Friday to refer to a particular day after the American Thanksgiving holiday can be traced back to the November 1951 edition of the journal, Factory Management and Maintenance, which referred to the practice of workers calling in sick on the day after Thanksgiving, to get a four-day weekend.

Around the same time (in the 1950s), Philadelphia and Rochester police were also using the terms Black Friday and Black Saturday to describe crowds and traffic congestion at the start of the Christmas shopping season.

Fact #2 : Black Friday Refers To Busiest Shopping Day In America

The term did not catch on until The New York Times referred to Black Friday as “the busiest shopping and traffic day of the year” on 29 November 1975.

It became more popular in the early 1980s, and The Philadelphia Inquirer explained Black Friday in 1981 as the day when retailers would no longer be “in the red”, and would finally start making money.

Since 2005, Black Friday has been the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States.

Fact #3 : Black Friday Had Nothing To Do With Sale Of Slaves

It may seem silly but we have to say it – the term Black Friday has nothing to do with the sale of slaves after Thanksgiving. It doesn’t even make sense!

America’s history with slaves is long and tortured, and extensively covered. Slaves were bought and sold throughout the year, and not on a particular Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Just in case you are wondering – no, there was no discount on slaves being sold right after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Note : We added the FALSE overlay to prevent the pictures from being further abused.

Fact #4 : Slavery Ended In The US In 1865

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January, 1863 – effectively making all slaves legally free.

However, it took the end of the American Civil War in 1865, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation throughout the entire United States of America.

On 6 December 1865, Federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to enforce the emancipation. That day is now celebrated as a national holiday in 2021 – the Juneteenth National Independence Day.

Therefore, the poster showing slaves being sold in 1904 at a Black Friday sale in America is categorically false.

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Did America Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag?

Did America try to hide the logo on new gantry cranes with the US flag, so that people won’t know that they were made in China?

Take a look at the new viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Did America Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag?

People are sharing a video showing the US flag falling from a gantry crane, revealing the ZPMC logo, together with this message :

During opening ceremony of new gantry cranes in USA. A sudden gust of wind blew away the board covering Chinese brand name. You can see the board is black on one side and has American flag on the other.

What an embarrassment trying to hide the Chinese made cranes.

 

Truth : America Did Not Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag

The video is genuine, but taken out of context. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded On 29 March 2013

The viral message was intentionally vague on when it happened, suggesting that it was new.

The truth is – the video was recorded more than 8 years ago – on 29 March 2013 in Miami, Florida.

At that time, the President of the United States was Barack Obama, not Joe Biden or Donald Trump.

Fact #2 : It Was Not An Opening Ceremony Of Any Kind

The viral message said that this incident happened during an “opening ceremony of new gantry cranes” in the United States. That is completely FALSE.

The video was recorded at the Port of Miami Tunnel project in Miami, Florida – just before President Obama spoke about his infrastructure plan.

It was related to the Port of Miami tunnel project on Dodge Island, which would connect the port to the interstate highway system, and had nothing to do with the gantry cranes.

Fact #3 : The Logo Was Covered For Optics

As President Obama was going to speak about shipping “products made in America” through ports like the Port of Miami, so it would have been awkward optics to have Chinese logos in the background.

Therefore, members of the White House advance team decided to cover up the ZPMC logo with a US flag.

Not only did the ZPMC have Chinese characters, it was also a Chinese state-owned company. Awkward indeed!

Fact #4 : They Left The ZPMC Logo Visible

After wind blew the American flag off the logo, a member of the White House team went onto the gantry to retrieve the flag.

But instead of putting it back over the logo, he shifted the American flag to the side of the gantry.

Ultimately, the ZPMC logo was left visible during President Obama’s speech, as this picture shows.

Fact #5 : The Gantry Cranes Were Not New

The gantry cranes seen in the picture appear to be ZPMC Super Post-Panamax (SPP) cranes that were delivered in January 2005.

They were more than 8 years old when President Obama spoke at the Port of Miami in 2013, and more than 16.5 years old when this fake news started circulating.

So the claim that the Americans were trying to pass off new Chinese cranes as American-made cranes is nothing but fake news.

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Should We Blame Joe Biden For Fall Of Vietnam Too?

Should we blame Joe Biden for the fall of Vietnam in 1975, as well as the disastrous Afghanistan evacuation?

Find out what’s the new viral claim, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : President Ford Blamed Joe Biden For Vietnam Disaster

Ever since the American evacuation of Afghanistan turned into the complete and utter collapse of the Afghan government, people have been claiming that it is a repeat of Vietnam.

I had earlier fact checked the viral claim that then Senator Joe Biden unilaterally blocked President Ford’s Vietnam evacuation.

On the same day, Jeffrey Lord of The America Spectator wrote a piece claiming that President Gerald Ford blamed Senator Joe Biden for the collapse of the South Vietnamese government in 1975.

It’s pretty long, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS…

Somewhere the late President Gerald Ford is shaking his head.

It was Gerald Ford, famously President Richard Nixon’s number two, who took over the presidency when Watergate forced Nixon’s resignation. Which in turn put Ford in charge of winding down the Vietnam War, building on a negotiated settlement that Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger had reached with the North Vietnamese. The Paris Peace accords were signed in January of 1973, ending all U.S. combat activities.

But eventually, with U.S. combat troops departed, the war resumed. And Democrats were determined to shoot down all funding for the South Vietnamese — period.

In a highly unusual move, the Democrats who ran the Senate Foreign Relations Committee demanded a meeting with Ford at the White House. The last time a president had a formal meeting with the Committee was in 1919, a full 56 years earlier, when President Woodrow Wilson met with the Committee to push his post-World War One League of Nations proposal.

The April, 1975 meeting with Ford and the Committee was, Ford writes in his memoirs A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford, “extremely tense.” Ford quite specifically mentions the presence of the freshman Senator from Delaware — Joe Biden. The discussion became focused on getting out not only the remaining Americans in the country, but the Vietnamese who had been such loyal help to the Americans. Joe Biden would have none of the latter.

“I will vote for any amount for getting the Americans out,” Ford writes of Biden’s words. But “I don’t want it mixed with getting the Vietnamese out.”

 

Truth : Joe Biden Cannot Be Blamed For Fall Of Vietnam

With the Afghanistan evacuation crisis still unfolding, it may seem odd to suddenly blame President Joe Biden for the fall of Vietnam. After all, that happened 46 years ago!

The truth is – Joe Biden is not to blame for the fall of the South Vietnamese government in 1975, leading to the infamous helicopter evacuation from the roof of the American embassy in Saigon.

The fake story is being promoted to convey the narrative that the fall of the Afghan government is also Joe Biden’s fault. He did it back in 1975, and he just did it again in 2021.

That is demonstrably FALSE, and these fake news creators know it. However, they are counting on you to simply accept their word, and not to verify the facts yourself.

Here is a quick summary of the facts :

  • South Vietnam would have fallen anyway, even if  the US Congress gave President Ford the $722 million he asked for, to continue the war.
  • The entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee met with President Gerald Ford, not only the Democrats.
  • Joe Biden was against spending additional money on military assistance and the continued use of US troops.
  • Joe Biden was a first-term Senator at that time, and only one of 16 Senators to vote against the funding request.
  • The US Senate nevertheless approved the funding, but it was rejected by the House of Representatives.
  • The deal to withdraw US and allied troops from Afghanistan was negotiated and approved by the Trump Administration in February 2020.
  • The US-Taliban Agreement originally required all US and allied forces to depart Afghanistan by May 2021.
  • President Biden agreed to follow through with the US-Taliban Agreement with a delayed withdrawal date of 31 August 2021.

For those who want the nitty, gritty details, here are the details behind those facts…

Fact #1 : South Vietnam Would Have Fallen Anyway

When President Gerald Ford asked the US Congress for $722 million to continue the Vietnam war, North Vietnamese forces had already reached Xuân Lộc, the last line of defence before Saigon.

Xuân Lộc would fall on 20 April, allowing Saigon to be encircled by 27 April. The city fell and the South Vietnamese government capitulated on 30 April 1975.

In hindsight, it is obvious that the South Vietnamese government would have fallen, even if the US Congress gave President Ford the $722 million he asked for…

Fact #2 : President Ford Met With Entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee

The entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee demanded a face-to-face discussion with President Ford, which took place on 14 April 1975.

It wasn’t just Democrat senators who asked for the meeting, it was also Republican senators.

You can read the entire transcript of that meeting here.

Fact #3 : Joe Biden Was Against Military Aid + Use Of US Troops

The American Spectator intentionally quoted a small section of what then Senator Biden said during the meeting with President Ford, to convey the perception that he did not want to help evacuate the Vietnamese.

The truth was he was against funding additional military aid to the falling South Vietnamese government, and the continued use of US troops.

Here was what Senator Joe Biden said at the meeting, in its entirety :

What concerns us is that a week ago Habib told us we would be formulating a plan. A week has gone by and nothing has happened. We should focus on getting them out. Getting the Vietnamese out and military aid for the GVN are totally different.

I feel put upon in being presented an all or nothing number. I don’t want to have to vote to buy it all or not at all. I am not sure I can vote for an amount to put American troops in for one to six months to get the Vietnamese out. I will vote for any amount for getting the Americans out. I don’t want it mixed with getting the Vietnamese out.

I don’t want to commit myself to any precise number. How much money depends on how many we try to get out.

Fact #4 : Joe Biden Was One of 16 Senators To Vote Against Additional Funding

Senator Joe Biden ultimately voted against the Vietnam Contingency Act (S. 1484) when it was proposed in the US Senate, because he disagreed with two terms in the bill :

  • military assistance to Vietnam
  • authorisation to use American troops (if necessary) to protect the evacuation of South Vietnamese citizens.

Specifically, he was against the Ford Administration tying military assistance to Vietnam and the continued use of US troops, with the evacuation of American and Vietnamese civilians.

He was worried that $100 million of contingency funds in this bill would be used to provide military aid, instead of helping to evacuate the refugees.

Fact #5 : US House of Representatives Rejected Funding Request

Senator Joe Biden’s Nay vote was pointless – the US Senate approved the funding request with a 75-17 vote on 24 April 1975.

However, it was rejected by the House of Representatives in a vote of 162 to 246 on 1 May 1975.

Not that it mattered – Saigon and the South Vietnamese government had already fallen by then – on 30 April 1975.

No matter how you slice and dice it, Senator Joe Biden’s vote and comments during his meeting with President Ford had no material effect on the Vietnam War, or its disastrous conclusion.

Fact #5 : US-Taliban Agreement Was Negotiated + Approved By Trump Administration

The US-Taliban Agreement was negotiated and approved by the Trump Administration, and signed on 29 February 2020 in Doha, Qatar.

At that time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted that the Trump Administration was “seizing the best opportunity for peace in a generation.

The US-Taliban Agreement had two “interconnected guarantees” :

  • the withdrawal of all US and international forces by May 2021, and
  • unspecified Taliban action to prevent other groups (including Al Qaeda) from using Afghan soil to threaten the United States and its allies.

Fact #6 : President Biden Opted To Go Ahead With The US-Taliban Agreement

President Joe Biden had the option of renegotiating the US-Taliban Agreement, but that would have meant sending in more US troops to gain additional negotiating leverage over the Taliban.

That would have risked attacks on US and allied troops during the coming spring fighting season, and more casualties amongst both the military and civilians.

“The choice I had to make, as your president, was either to follow through on that agreement or be prepared to go back to fighting the Taliban in the middle of the spring fighting season,” Biden said.

He ultimately decided to go ahead with the withdrawal, with a delayed deadline of 31 August 2021.

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Did Joe Biden Block President Ford’s Vietnam Evacuation?

Did Senator Joe Biden block President Ford’s Vietnam evacuation in 1975, and the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees?

Take a look at the viral post, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Senator Joe Biden Blocked President Ford’s Vietnam Evacuation

After President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan resulted in a rout of the Afghan government, and a stampede to escape the Taliban, people started sharing this viral message.

The message, which was first introduced before the 2020 US Presidential Elections, is now circulating on social media and WhatsApp.

ONE FOR HISTORY BUFFS THAT I BET YOU DID NOT KNOW

In 1975, President Ford was left to manage the difficult ending of the Vietnam War. President Ford went to Congress for a relief package to allow American personnel and our allies to evacuate. However, there was ONE US SENATOR who opposed any such support. The result was the embarrassing and hurried evacuation from the roof of the American embassy in Saigon.

This senator reveled in the embarrassment and did everything he could to leverage it politically against Ford. Despite the efforts of this U.S. Senator – President Ford managed to rescue 1,500 South Vietnamese allies prior to the country’s fall. Had President Ford not acted quickly, these people would have been targeted and slaughtered for their support for America.

When they arrived in America, President Ford asked Congress for a package to assist these refugees to integrated into American society. That SAME troublesome SENATOR TORPEDOED ANY SUPPORT for these shell shocked, anti-communist Americans and our helpers, the refugees.

Instead, President Ford had to recruit Christian organizations to offer assistance on a voluntary basis. As he did so, the Senator belittled those efforts. What kind of person would oppose President Ford’s tireless work to do the right and humanitarian thing? Who would want to play politics with the well-being of innocent people who stood by America in the tragic Vietnam War?

THAT SENATOR WAS JOE BIDEN

From the book – “When the Center Held” by Donald Rumsfeld in 2018 (biography)

… spread it, far and wide!

 

Truth : Joe Biden Did Not Block President Ford’s Vietnam Evacuation

This recycled FAKE NEWS was originally created by Trump supporters, and remains fake news today.

Here is a quick summary of the facts :

  • Senator Joe Biden did not block President Gerald Ford’s Vietnam evacuation plans.
  • Senator Joe Biden did not torpedo any support for Vietnamese refugees.
  • President Ford did not rely on Christian organisations to help the Vietnamese refugees.
  • Senator Joe Biden voted to approve humanitarian aid for Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees.
  • Humanitarian aid was approved for both Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees.
  • Senator Joe Biden voted to welcome the Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees. 

For those who want the nitty, gritty details, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Senator Joe Biden Voted Against Vietnam Contingency Act

Senator Joe Biden voted against the Vietnam Contingency Act (S. 1484) when it was proposed in the US Senate, because he disagreed with two terms in the bill :

  • military assistance to Vietnam
  • authorisation to use American troops (if necessary) to protect the evacuation of South Vietnamese citizens.

Specifically, he was against the Ford Administration tying military assistance to Vietnam and the continued use of US troops, with the evacuation of American and Vietnamese civilians.

He was worried that $100 million of contingency funds in this bill would be used to provide military aid, instead of helping to evacuate the refugees.

Fact #2 : Joe Biden Was One Of 17 Who Voted Against S. 1484

The claim that Senator Joe Biden was the only senator to vote against S. 1484 is false. He was one of 17 senators who voted against the Vietnam Contingency Act.

Fact #3 : Vietnam Contingency Act Passed In The US Congress

Despite Senator Biden’s Nay vote, together with 16 other senators, the Vietnam Contingency Act (S. 1484) was approved in the Senate with a 75-17 vote on 24 April 1975.

Fact #4 : Vietnam Contingency Act Rejected In House Of Representatives

The Vietnam Contingency Act however failed to pass the House of Representatives, where it was defeated in a vote of 162 to 246 on 1 May 1975.

It was generally agreed that the majority of Representatives were against the Ford Administration’s intentional linking of the evacuation with military assistance to Vietnam.

So it was ultimately not Joe Biden – a very young senator at that time – who blocked President Ford’s militarised evacuation plan, but the US House of Representatives.

Fact #5 : HR 6096 Rejected In House Of Representatives

The Vietnam Humanitarian Assistance and Evacuation Act of 1975 (HR 6096) was proposed in the US House of Representatives, to assist the Vietnamese refugees.

However, it was defeated in the same US House of Representative vote for S. 1484 above, with a vote of 162 to 246.

The defeated bill never got to the US Senate, so Senator Joe Biden never voted for or against it. It is therefore categorically FALSE to claim that he torpedoed the bill.

Fact #6 : S. 1661 Passed In The US Congress

After HR 6096 failed in the House of Representatives, President Ford submitted a new bill to the US Congress – the Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act (S. 1661) on 6 May 1975.

This bill passed the US Senate with an overwhelming majority vote of 77 to 2. Only Republican senators Jesse Helm and William Scott voted against it.

Senator Joe Biden was not present for the vote, but later voted to advance the bill to the House of Representatives with a “favourable recommendation”.

Joe Biden certainly did not torpedo this humanitarian bill either.

Fact #7 : President Ford Did Not Rely On Christian Organisations

The S. 1661 Senate bill was merged into HR 6755 (Authorizing Funds for Assistance to Refugees from South Vietnam and Cambodia), which passed in the House of Representatives with a 381 vs. 31 vote.

HR 6755 was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on 23 May 1975.

So the claim that President Ford had to rely on Christian organisations to help the Vietnamese refugees is also FALSE.

Fact #7 : US Congress Welcomed Vietnamese + Cambodian Refugees

On 8 May 1975, the US Congress issued a resolution called “Welcome the latest refugees to our shores (S. Res. 148)“.

92 senators, including Senator Joe Biden, voted in favour, with only one Republican senator voting against – Senator William Scott, and seven others abstaining.

In short, Joe Biden voted to welcome both Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees to the United States.

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Samu Konttinen Appointed F-Secure President & CEO

Kuala Lumpur, 2 June 2016 – Christian Fredrikson, President and CEO of F-Secure Corporation, has resigned to pursue a leadership opportunity outside the company. The F-Secure Board of Directors has appointed Samu Konttinen as new President and CEO, effective 1 August 2016.

Konttinen joined F-Secure in 2005 and has held a wide range of senior management positions in the company, including Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Executive Vice President of F-Secure’s Consumer Business. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President Corporate Security Business. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Leadership team.

“The Board and I are pleased to announce the appointment of Samu as President and CEO of F-Secure. In his more than a decade with F-Secure he has proven his ability to drive innovation, and ensure a steady strategy execution that delivers growth. I’m confident that his winning attitude and relentless focus on execution will further speed up F-Secure’s transformation to the leading European cyber security company,” says Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the F-Secure Board of Directors.

“I’m excited to take the role as President and CEO of F-Secure,” says Samu Konttinen. “Thousands of companies and millions of people around the world already trust us to defend them against cyber attacks. With our strategy, we are well positioned for further growth. I’m proud that we employ some of the brightest minds in the security industry, and together with them, I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the new opportunities in the connected world.”

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F-Secure aims to capitalize on the opportunities driven by increasing digitization by increasing investments in the fastest growing corporate security markets, which include managed endpoint security services sold through the reseller channel as well as cyber security services. Investments in consumer security will continue at a level that targets profitable growth. To enable execution of the growth strategy, F-Secure is actively recruiting highly talented security professionals, rising cyber security talents and skilled sales personnel. The company also aims pursue growth through mergers and acquisitions.

Christian Fredrikson became the CEO of F-Secure in January 2012. He led F-Secure through a critical period of transition, during which the company has refocused on security, divested its personal cloud storage business, and acquired a Nordic security consultancy and services company to pave the way to becoming a cyber security leader.

“We thank Christian for his dedication and commitment to the company over the past four and a half years, and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” says Siilasmaa.

 

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Scott Russell – New SAP President & Managing Director

Singapore, April 15, 2016 — SAP today announced the appointment of Scott Russell as President and Managing Director for SAP Southeast Asia, further strengthening the senior management team of SAP Asia Pacific Japan.

Effective immediately, Scott Russell will be responsible for driving SAP Southeast Asia’s sustainable growth strategy and operations. Based in Singapore, Scott Russell reports directly to Adaire Fox-Martin, President of SAP Asia Pacific Japan.

“As one of the world’s fastest-growing and competitive regions, Southeast Asia is a strategic market for SAP Asia Pacific Japan,” said Adaire Fox-Martin, President of SAP Asia Pacific Japan. “With Scott’s wealth of business and management expertise in the technology industry, we are confident that he will build on our strong growth trajectory and lead SAP Southeast Asia to continued success. Scott’s appointment further cements SAP’s commitment to help our customers accelerate digital transformation, overcome complexity and thrive in the digital economy.”

Scott Russell is a seasoned executive with more than two decades in the IT industry spanning across software, cloud and services. Scott was most recently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for SAP Asia Pacific Japan where he provides leadership and direction to SAP’s multi-functional sales and operations organizations in APJ, driving continuous productivity improvements and significantly contributing to the achievement of revenue and profitability objectives. Scott was also the interim President and Managing Director for SAP Southeast Asia for the last quarter, where he helped to ensure business continuity.

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“Southeast Asia companies understand that innovation will be at the forefront of how business operates. As such, technology as an enabler of business can be seen as a means to expand their business and promote growth,” said Scott Russell. “With SAP HANA at the core, and available in the Cloud, SAP is well positioned to bring the value of digital business framework consisting of innovative applications and a reliable network to drive the transformation of Digital Asia and help our customers create value.”

He continued, “I am honoured to lead Southeast Asia’s business and deliver innovation to our customers, with our end-to-end coverage of industry solutions. SAP’s recent accolade as a Great Place to Work here in Singapore, is a result of our continued investment in our people, yielding talent, groomed for leadership. I look forward to working with my Southeast Asia team to drive SAP to the next level at this moment of significant opportunity, where there are no limits to our potential growth, as we lead Digital Asia to success.”

 

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