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GDS International’s A-List: "The Board That You Could Never Afford"

GDS International has come out of nowhere in 2010

GDS International has had double-figure growth every year for the last six years and has offices in almost every continent, enabling it to build a strong reputation among the fortune 1000's top companies.

As a result several of the world's business leaders are queuing up for an opportunity to work with GDS International. Below is a shortened directory of A-list executives that have played a major part in the company's success in 2010:

Blake Chandlee
VP Emerging Markets, FACEBOOK
Previously VP commercial Director UK for Yahoo Inc, Blake was brought in as the first international employee of Facebook and was responsible for opening the London office and hiring a comprehensive team to serve the commercial market across all channels. Blake is working with GDS International on the world's leading Digital Marketing Event iStrategy.

Will Whitehorn
Will joined the Virgin Group as Group Public Relations Manager and rose to become the head of Virgin's public affairs department. In the role - where he is effectively the official spokesperson for the company - he has been characterized as Richard Branson's ‘right-hand man' and shares his experiences as President of Virgin Galactic for GDS International's leading business TV channel MeettheBoss.tv

Neil De Beer
Secretary General,AFRICAN UNION
Fresh from his UN address Neil is the first Secretary General of the OABD (Organisation for African Business Development), spearheading a plan to create an environment where businesses and investors can thrive in Africa. Neil chaired discussions at GDS International's Next Generation Mining Summit  in South Africa back in May.

Imad Choucair
Dubai Holdings' achievements include the creation of a world-class commercial and physical infrastructure that attracts multinational companies from around the globe. Imad is one of Dubai Holdings' leading visionaries who have worked with the government of Dubai to promote the country as a role model and catalyst for the region's economic and social development leading to greater prosperity of the UAE. Imad is sharing thought leadership at the CIO MENA congress in Jumeirah, Dubai at the end of November.

Stephan Winkelmann
Stephan chose to reveal the name of Lamborghini's new concept car, the Sesto Elemento exclusively to GDS International's MeetTheBoss.tv earlier this year.

Raymond Lipps

SVP CISSP GISO  CITI GROUP                                   
Prior to joining Citi, Ray lead various projects at JPMorgan Chase. He was head of global PMO and training functions at Roche Pharmaceuticals, NJ and Basel, Switzerland, and was the Chief Information Security Officer of Prudential Healthcare and Director of IT Audit at Prudential. Ray is currently the Senior Information Security Officer for Citi Group and working with GDS International on its leading finance event the FST Summit .

Garry Neil           
Corporate Vice President Science & Tech, JOHNSON & JOHNSON                                                       
Garry Neil is a valuable member of the NGP Summit delegation. Garry has held a number of senior positions within Johnson and Johnson, most recently Group President, Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Under his leadership Johnson and Johnson are investigating a number of important new cancer treatment medicines.  

Steve Odland
Steve is Chairman and CEO of Office Depot. He has been President, Chairman and CEO of AutoZone, an executive at Ahold USA, President of the Foodservice Division of Sara Lee, and an executive at The Quaker Oats Company. Steve shared his Green Business knowledge with MeetTheBoss.tv

Diane Jurgens   
VP and CIO International Operations GENERAL MOTORS                                     
Diane became Vice President and Chief Information Officer for GM International Operations in September 2009. In this capacity Diane is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of IT systems to accelerate the growth of GM's automotive business throughout Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Diane led discussions at GDS International's CIO Asia Pacific Summit.

Michael Terhorst             
CIO Europe & Africa,   BP                                        
Owing to this year's events in the Gulf of Mexico, BP were rumoured to have a global lockdown on its senior team; testament to the importance of GDS International's illustrious CIO EU summit. Michael was sent to join in the discussions in Vienna during the October meeting.

GDS International has come out of nowhere in 2010, a phoenix from the economic downturn and has got heads turning. Thanks to a foundation of over fifteen years of trusted service GDS International has clearly proven the ability to promote companies in front of world leading business authorities.  2011 is the year of GDS International; be sure your business gets a taste of "The Board That You Could Never Afford."

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John Funnell has worked in online media for over ten years, after achieving his First Class BSC Hons Degree (BBC Sponsored), John won Bos 18-21 Princess Trust Entrepeneur of the year at 21, setting up Clean Living Records Ltd (including www.BeatReview.com) with great success having many acts that charted in Europe and Canada. After selling the business John looked for a new challenge and joined GDS International, having a successful career in sales and Delegate acquisition, he worked up to Event Director EMEA, forging contacts with some of the biggest technology names in the world, this lead to John having a lead role in the creation of MeettheBoss.com and MeettheBoss.tv – the worlds largest business IPTV channel. John then took over as Marketing and Communications Director and ran a multifaceted global Marketing team for GDS International in New York, Sydney, Kuala Lumper and the UK.. John joined Global in 2011 with the challenge of supporting its growth by developing a solid Marketing foundation through various Digital, PR and brand initiatives.