Company briefs - February 17, 2019
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Company briefs - February 17, 2019

Head of marketing and communications for Calamatta Cuschieri

Calamatta Cuschieri has appointed Franco Aloisio (right) as head of marketing and communications. Mr Aloisio has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and corporate communications in various sectors such as financial services, telecommunications, insurance and the media. Prior to joining Calamatta Cuschieri, he was head of communications of HSBC Bank Malta plc and sat on the bank’s executive committee. Earlier in his career, he occupied the role of head of marketing and communications of GO plc, and prior to that he worked in marketing, public relations, market research and media with various organisations.

Mr Aloisio has been tasked with managing and strengthening Calamatta Cuschieri’s brand, products and services in line with the overall vision and strategic roadmap of the firm.

“We are proud to welcome Franco on our team. He brings significant experience which will help us to continue to consolidate and grow the way we communicate our brand, with a view to retain Calamatta Cuschieri at the forefront of the financial services sector in Malta,” said Alan Cuschieri, co-CEO of Calamatta Cuschieri.

Calamatta Cuschieri is one of Malta’s largest financial services firm that pioneered the local financial services industry as early as 1972. The group currently employs more than 160 people.

River Island store in Bay Street

Hudson Group has just opened a new River Island store at Level 1, Bay Street, St Julian’s. This new store, based on the brand’s latest concept design, is the second River Island store opened by Hudson in Malta.

With over 60 years of fashion retailing experience, River Island is one of the most well-known and loved brands. The store will host the latest trends of the season for women and a variety of signature handbags and shoes.  

 With over 350 stores across the UK, Ireland and internationally throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe, River Island is the ultimate destination for the fashion forward and edgy modern woman.

Finance Malta at London roundtable 

Finance Malta recently presented its 2019 outlook for the development of financial services in Malta as part of a roundtable hosted in London. Kenneth Farrugia, chairman of Finance Malta, took part in the event as part of a panel led by Finance Minister Edward Scicluna and including MFSA CEO Joe Cuschieri and Malta Stock Exchange chairman Joseph Portelli.

Journalists from Bloomberg, International Adviser and Private Banker International, among others, were present to find out more about Malta’s bourgeoning asset and wealth management, insurance and gaming sectors, as well as the growing blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Flying the flag for Malta, the panel informed participants on the opportunities on offer across the country. The discussion also highlighted Malta’s focus on developing constructive solutions across sectors, with a focus on an innovative and nimble framework.

CaseWare Cloud ‘streamlines, automates work for auditors’

Audit Solutions Ltd, the Malta representatives of CaseWare International Inc., a leading global supplier of financial reporting and audit software solutions, have announced the introduction in Malta of the cutting-edge CaseWare Cloud suite of auditing software.

According to Angele Sammut, director CaseWare in Malta, “CaseWare Cloud allows auditing firms and individual practitioners to effectively streamline their workflows and automate a lot of the work, giving them more time to focus on their clients”.

Mr Sammut said: “CaseWare Cloud is a secure portal for managing one’s organisation and workflows. It’s a central place from which one can take the pulse of all projects and engagements at any time. CaseWare Cloud allows you to collaborate with your team and clients, share files and communications and work on projects together from a secure and central location. Probably, the greatest benefit of this platform is that you can host all your clients’ financial data in easy-to-manage engagement files.”

New service to facilitate companies’ AI transformation process 

CI Consulta, the advisory unit of Corporate ID Group, has teamed up with Alexiei Dingli, head of the Department of AI at the University of Malta, to set up its AI Enabling Unit and has launched a new service aimed at enabling companies to achieve an effective and robust Artificial Intelligence Transformation Process (AITP).

Jesmond Saliba, executive chairman of Corporate ID Group, explained that CI Consulta, which forms part of the company’s Insights Institute, believes in meaningful synergies to deliver best-of-breed services and advice in the areas which it operates.

“With our partnership with Prof. Dingli the company will perform an AI readiness audit, develop an AI strategy and help companies build AI capacity while supporting them develop an AI communication strategy.”

Prof. Dingli said that for an organisation to transform into an AI company, it needs to sufficiently understand AI and appreciate what it can do for the organisation. By doing so, potential areas of improvement can be identified and valuable AI projects can be implemented. These can either be outsourced or else delivered through in-house talent. But in the end, it is very important to recognise the direct value added which it contributes to the business.

The inclusion of AI in its portfolio strenghtens CI Consulta as a boutique specialised advisory firm which specialises in an array of services, including European affairs, geopolitical advisory and social impact advisory. CI Consulta complements Corporate ID Group’s corporate communications firm Corporate Identities.

2019 edition of Malta Hotels Directory published

The 2019 edition of the Malta Hotels Directory, published by Island Publications, is now available. This is the 20th edition of the directory that was first published in 1999.

The directory is produced by Mosta-based Island Publications on behalf of the Malta Tourism Authority, and is the official accommodation listing for the islands.

The 88-page directory lists all licensed hotels, guest houses and hostels on the islands, and also includes a calendar of events.

“It is heartening to see that in this digital age, there is still a need and want for a traditionally-produced version of this directory,” said IPL publisher Terence Mirabelli.

Hard copies of the Malta Hotels Directory 2019 are available from the MTA and may also be downloaded from the authority’s site www.visitmalta.com/en/hotels or Island Publication’s web page www.travelmalta.com.

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