Blake_IrvingGo Daddy, the world's largest provider of Web hosting, domain name registrations and new SSL Certificates, appointed Blake Irving as Chief Executive Officer of Go Daddy, effective January 7, 2013, who will also join the Go Daddy Board of Directors. Irving will succeed Scott Wagner, who has been serving as interim CEO since July.

Irving most recently served as Chief Product Officer at Yahoo! Incorporated, where he developed and rolled out the unified product vision and strategy -- growing the company to nearly one billion active PC and mobile users. Prior to Yahoo, he spent 15 years at Microsoft, serving in various senior roles, most recently as Corporate Vice President of the Windows Live Platform. While at Microsoft, Irving was responsible for creating and leading a global development and operations organization of more than 4,000 employees in the creation and operation of Microsoft's global online services, launching several new products, including MSN Messenger and growing Hotmail from 7 million to 290 million users.

He currently serves on the Board of GolfLogix, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based mobile Web company. He is a graduate of San Diego State and received an MBA degree from Pepperdine University, where he even served as a professor.

Go Daddy has recently been expanding its market-leading products to support its nearly 11 million customers, mostly small business customers both domestically and internationally. This summer, Go Daddy acquired, a cloud-based financial management application and the company also formed a partnership with DudaMobile to launch mobile Website Builder, a service that automates the integration of Web and mobile sites to save businesses time and expand their customer reach.

monicaalsagoffnew_Monica Alsagoff is returning to Weber Shandwick Singapore as senior vice president to strengthen its consumer practice. She will be responsible for expanding the firm’s portfolio of clients in consumer lifestyle and sports marketing and drive regional campaigns across Southeast Asia which has been a key factor that motivated her return to Weber Shandwick.

Alsagoff started her career with the firm in 1991 and stayed for a five-year stint. Since that time she has held several positions in hospitality, fashion and lifestyle corporations, including building up and heading two public relations firms, one of which she founded. She has a strong expertise in consumer marketing and is now widely recognised across the industry for her innovative campaigns and brand building skills on behalf of both global and local blue chip clients.

She has particular skills in managing multi-country programmes, having worked in a regional capacity as Marketing Director, Asia Pacific as part of the start-up team at Nokia subsidiary Vertu, the luxury mobile phone targeting high net worth individuals. She also supported the successful global launch of the RAOUL brand for FJ Benjamin, a publicly listed company specialising in fashion and timepieces, where she was the divisional chief executive officer for Marketing Communications & Business Development. As the marketing communications director for Club 21, Alsagoff managed more than 40 luxury brands in Southeast Asia.

Alsagoff even started her own boutique PR consultancy that worked over the years closely with the National Heritage Board, the Singapore Tourism Board, the Singapore Sports Council and National Parks Board. As an active committee member of the arts, heritage and social communities, she sat on the Peranakan Ball main organising committee since 1992 as well as on the board of National Heritage Board’s Asian Civilisations Museum, and was previously on the Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Alsagoff will report directly to Co-Managing Directors Vanessa Ho Nikolovski and Margaret Cunico.

OSG Corporation, one of Japan's leading cutting tool manufacturers, announced that it has selected Infosys CommerceEdge to transform its legacy e-Commerce platform. The new digital commerce platform will provide OSG with a robust merchandizing support and offers a range of tools to engage with their customers through online and mobile channels. The Cloud-based platform will reduce operating costs by up to 40% as compared to other available systems.

Infosys CommerceEdge will allow OSG to have better visibility and control over their inventory and pricing. This social commerce platform will provide each customer a personalized online transaction experience. The advanced analytical features of the platform will help OSG get real-time visibility into customer buying behavior and patterns to drive more effective marketing campaigns

The new social commerce platform is key to OSG's global expansion plans. CommerceEdge comes equipped with pre-built accelerators and integrators and is capable of multi-language support. This makes it easy and cost effective to roll out in new geographies. In the first phase of deployment, the platform will support OSG's customers in Japan, with plans in place to extend support to its customers across South East Asia and Europe.

OMD Malaysia has won Resorts World Genting’s media business worth over USD 5 million in a widely contested pitch involving 9 agencies, including the incumbent, Publicis Groupe's MediaVest.

OMD Malaysia will be responsible for the state‐of‐the‐art leisure resort’s offline and online media business.

Margaret Lim, Managing Director, OMD Malaysia said “we are honored to add Resorts World Genting to our client portfolio. Resorts World Genting is one of the best leisure destinations in the region and OMD Malaysia will pull together the best of resources to value‐add to the brand objectives. It’s a win that we are extremely proud of and we are looking forward to start working on the account. As digital is of huge focus going forward, we are confident that OMD Malaysia will help Genting to navigate the complex digital landscape along with shouldering Genting’s traditional media responsibilities.” Andreas Vogiatzakis, CEO of Omnicom Media Group Malaysia added that “it was OMD Malaysia’s strategic orientation and in‐depth knowledge of the industry that became the catalyst to give Genting the confidence to appoint OMD as their media partner.”