Provexis plc, the life-science business and functional food and sports nutrition specialist that owns Science in Sport (SiS), has confirmed the appointment of John Clarke, the highly experienced former GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) senior executive, as a Non-Executive Director.Clarke has extensive experience of the functional food and sports nutrition sectors, having worked at GSK for more than 35 years. In 2006 he was appointed global President of GSK Consumer Healthcare, a position from which he recently stepped down. Under his leadership, GSK Consumer Healthcare was reportedly the fastest-growing business in the industry throughout the period, growing by 60% and reaching sales of £5 billion despite a recessionary backdrop in the majority of its business’ markets.The business added £2 billion in turnover from 2006. During his time at GSK, Clarke was responsible for the Lucozade brand – including strategy, innovation, portfolio and global expansion – for 15 years from 1996 to 2011. Lucozade achieved growth of 13% CAGR through the 1996-2011 period, with sales now approaching £400 million.Clarke’s appointment at Provexis is effective from 1 April 2012.Commenting on his new appointment at Provexis, John Clarke said “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Provexis. I believe the recently acquired Science in Sport brand has significant growth potential and I look forward to assisting the company in achieving its true potential. I am particularly impressed by the company’s scientific and regulatory expertise, which has underpinned the development of the Fruitflow heart-health technology, and which will assist also in driving innovation for Science in Sport.”Dawson Buck, Chairman of Provexis, added “John Clarke is recognised as an outstanding leader in the global consumer healthcare industry and I am therefore delighted that he has decided to join Provexis at this exciting stage in our development. His proven success and in-depth knowledge in the consumer healthcare and sports nutrition sectors will be an important factor as we take Provexis to its next level of development.”John Milne Clarke, aged 62, holds no shares in Provexis. He was President of GlaxoSmithKline Worldwide Consumer Healthcare, and was a member of GlaxoSmithKline plc Corporate Executive Team until March 2012. Clarke is also the non-executive Chairman of Futura Medical plc.www.provexis.org www.scienceinsport.com Related
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DETROIT | When Volkswagen submits a plan to fix emissions-cheating diesel engines on Friday, it will have only two options for most of the cars.It can install a bigger exhaust system to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, or it can retrofit a chemical treatment process that cuts pollution.The bigger exhaust will likely hurt performance and gas mileage, angering car owners. But the chemical treatment, while saving acceleration and mileage, needs a clumsy storage tank and multiple hardware changes to work. In either case, almost a half-million cars would have to be recalled for the repairs.FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, the logo of Volkswagen at a car is photographed during the Car Show in Frankfurt, Germany. VW has until Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 to submit a draft plan to fix four-cylinder diesels to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, the two agencies that forced the German automaker to admit to the cheating. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)Experts say both options will be expensive, perhaps so costly that it will be cheaper to buy back some of the older models.“I think they know right now how to do the fix,” said Alan Baum, a consultant in Detroit who advises automakers on fuel-economy regulations. “The harder part of this is … how do you actually execute it?”VW has until Friday to submit a draft plan to fix four-cylinder diesels to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, the two agencies that forced the German automaker to admit to the cheating. The company was to meet with the agencies on Thursday, with a final submission on Friday. VW’s board also is to meet Friday and may discuss the repairs.The plan, which is likely to have several options for regulators to consider, must be tested by the agencies to make sure the fixes comply with pollution laws. Testing and installation could take more than a year.In September, Volkswagen admitted that about 482,000 U.S. cars with 2-Liter diesel engines from the 2009 through 2015 model years have software that turns pollution controls on during government treadmill tests and shuts them off when on real roads. As a result, the cars emit 10 to 40 times the allowable limit of nitrogen oxide, a chemical ingredient of smog that can cause breathing problems.The U.S. admission triggered a much larger one for the rest of the world: VW has said another 10.5 million cars worldwide have the same deceptive software and will need to be repaired.In addition, the EPA has accused VW of cheating a second time, programming about 10,000 VW and Audi vehicles with larger six-cylinder diesel engines to emit fewer pollutants during tests than in real-world driving. The company also has withdrawn its application to get emissions controls approved on four-cylinder diesels for the 2016 model year, and the government is investigating whether VW cheated on those.Any recall would affect Jetta, Golf, Beetle, Passat and Audi A3 four-cylinder diesels. About 157,000 of those cars from 2015 plus 2012-2014 Passats likely can be fixed with relatively simple software changes. But 325,000 of the cars from 2009 to 2014 will need the complex and expensive hardware fixes as well as software. VW U.S. CEO Michael Horn has said it could take a year or longer for those cars to be fixed.The most likely fix for the bulk of the cars is a treatment system with urea, a chemical that’s injected into the exhaust system and helps separate nitrogen oxide into harmless nitrogen and oxygen.The company also could use a bigger nitrogen oxide trap, but engine settings would have to be changed to flush it out periodically, and that would cut into performance and gas mileage.John German, senior fellow with the International Council on Clean Transportation, the group that sponsored the on-road testing that exposed the cheating, said the older VWs were not designed to handle urea treatment systems, making a solution a complex challenge for engineers.Space must be found for the urea storage tank, possibly taking precious trunk room. Urea can freeze, so the storage tank must be kept warm. The urea tank has to be refilled periodically, so a refilling method has to be designed and installed. Lines have to be run to take urea from the tanks to the exhaust system and an injection system added, said German, who estimates that hardware, design, and installation costs would likely exceed $1,000 per car.“They probably didn’t plan on nitrogen oxide after-treatment when they designed the floor pan,” German said.Volkswagen wouldn’t comment Thursday on a possible fix. A spokeswoman said the company is cooperating with the agencies. The EPA and the California Air Resources Board would not comment.
DETROIT | New dates are being added as Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band prepare for what they say is their final tour.FILE – In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, singer Bob Seger poses for a portrait in a Capitol Records studio in Los Angeles. New dates are being added as Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band prepare for their final tour. Promoters on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, announced tickets will go on sale Sept. 28 for shows in Dallas, Houston, Cleveland, Buffalo, New York, Louisville, Ky., Peoria, Ill., and Grand Rapids, Mich. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Promoters announced Tuesday that tickets will go on sale Sept. 28 for shows in Dallas; Houston; Cleveland; Buffalo, New York; New York City; Louisville, Kentucky; Peoria, Illinois; and Grand Rapids, Michigan.Additional shows will be announced in the coming weeks for Las Vegas, San Diego and other cities.The Travelin’ Man tour begins on Nov. 21 in Grand Rapids.Hits by Seger, a 72-year-old Michigan native, include “Night Moves,” ”Old Time Rock and Roll” and “Against the Wind.”