BHP Billiton expected to benefit from Trump Presidency
Australia’s BHP Billiton is one of a small coterie of non-US companies that has been chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to help “make America great again”. Having appointed an Australian-born person to high office, it is expected that the mining giant is expected to 4reap substantial dividends.
Trump appointed Darwin-born Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris to head the American Manufacturing Council with the remit to bring industries back to the USA. With plans for large scale investment in manufacturing and infrastructure the demand for oil and gas in the US is going to rise beyond expectation.
BHP is in a strong position to boost its oil and gas production;it has just under 24 per cent of BP’s Mad Dog 2 oil development in the Gulf of Mexico, the Australian reported.
Having connections to the US President has undoubtedly been beneficial for BHP Billiton and, if Trump’s industrial strategy is as ‘yuge’ as he claims, there will be real potential for the company to make a large contribution.
From an Australian perspective, the news is less black and white. Since Trump is likely to privilege US workers, the benefits will only be appreciated by BHP shareholders and those who work for the company.
Amobee Appoints Nick Brien As CEO
In its latest strategic move, Amobee—a global multimedia advertising leader—announced that Nick Brien will be its Chief Executive Officer. The company is entirely owned by Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology organisation, which provides consumers with mobile, broadband, and TV and businesses with data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics, and cybersecurity tools.
Brien, who has worked for Microsoft, Intel, P&G, and American Express, will take over to drive the next generation of advertising tech. Said Evangelos Simoudis, Chairman of the Board of Amobee: ‘Nick has the deep expertise in advertising that we need to seize the market opportunities ahead’.
How Did Brien Get Here?
Before joining Amobee, Brien led 15,000 people across 40 divisions as CEO of the Americas for Dentsu International. For thirty years, he’s helped brands pilot unique advertisements, keeping up with the latest trends. He’s served as CEO of McCann Worldgroup, global CEO of IPG Mediabrands, President of Hearst Marketing Services, and CEO of iCrossing. Over the course of his career, he’s consistently strategised how to keep up with digital shifts. Now, he’ll capitalise on Amobee’s legions of experienced data scientists and developers.
‘I’m excited to be joining Amobee at such a transformative time in our industry’, Brien explained. ‘We’ll pilot advertising accountability and intelligent decisioning. And there’s no doubt in my mind that optimising media performance—whether you’re targeting, planning, buying, or delivering—can only be achieved using applied science, machine learning, and data analytics’.
What Does This Mean for Amobee?
Amobee is set on growing its personal brand within the advertising sector. As APAC social media influencers, Gen Z growth hackers, and viral content producers start to enter the field, established companies will be working doubly hard to keep up. Amobee, however, is still looking good. With a Gartner Magic Quadrant for Ad Tech, a Forrester New Wave recognition, and now, Nick Brien as CEO, the firm is set up for success.