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This interview is part of the “Tomorrow Lives Here” Conversation Series presented by Miami Business School.
–A veteran of venture capital, Heitor Gonçalves has been at the center of multiple corporate mergers and turnarounds.
–Gonçalves also worked multiple strategic roles for Anheuser-Busch InBev.
–He is now at Restaurant Brands International (the multinational who runs Burger King and Popeyes).
–Based in Miami, Gonçalves spoke to Miami Business School Dean John Quelch about the biggest challenges to a successful corporate merger and the biggest differences between the beer and restaurant industries.
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By John Massey
On Wednesday, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization formally invited the former Yugoslav nation of Montenegro to join the ranks of the 28 member alliance, despite Russian protests to the contrary.
Montenegro has been a partner of the alliance for a long time leading up to this offer of admittance into the alliance, starting with membership with the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program in 2006, and being awarded a Membership Action Plan (MAP) in 2009.
As such, this offer was seen by most observes as not a matter of if but when.
As a former Yugoslav country, Montenegro has traditionally been within the Soviet and later Russian sphere of influence.
Despite the 1999 bombing campaign by NATO, which included targets in Montenegro, the small country on the Adriatic coast has consistently sought integration into the Euro-Atlantic community.
Russia’s general antipathy to expansion of NATO, in addition to a continued loss of influence likely motivate the resentment to this announcement.
Montenegro’s ascension into the alliance would further seal the Adriatic Sea from Russian warships, and further its ability to project into the Mediterranean Sea.
In keeping with NATO’s values, Secretary General Stoltenberg has reiterated that: “on defense adaptation, on domestic reform, especially rule of law, and to continue to make progress in demonstrating public support for Montenegro’s NATO membership”.
This mirrors earlier calls by the Secretary General in June to bolster public support for membership, before becoming a member of NATO.
According to the New York Times, current public support in Montenegro for alliance membership is at 47 percent and opposition at 39 percent, though there are also fears that the Kremlin could pump money into parties opposed to NATO membership as they have with France’s National Front.
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In the latest edition of its magazine Dabiq, ISIS claimed that they were able to down a Russian passenger plane with an improvised explosive device disguised as a can of soda.
The claim came as part of an information release billed as an “exclusive” in the terrorist magazine. A photo shows a can of Gold Schweppes Pineapple drink, wires and something that looks like a detonator.
“It was a rash decision of arrogance from Russia,” the article that went along with the photo release says according to the New York Times. “And so after having discovered a way to compromise the security at the Sharm el Sheikh International Airport and resolving to bring down a plane belonging to a nation in the American-led Western coalition against the Islamic State, the target was changed to a Russian plane. A bomb was smuggled onto the airplane, leading to the deaths of 219 Russians and 5 other crusaders only a month after Russia’s thoughtless decision.”
A French journalist Tweeted out a copy of the cover of the magazine that shows emergency responders in Paris and the words, “Just Terror” splashed across the front.
L’Etat islamique diffuse le 12ème numéro de sa revue anglophone “Dabiq”. En “Une”, les attentats de Paris pic.twitter.com/VDPkzWQepH
— David Thomson (@_DavidThomson) November 18, 2015
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Talk about bad PR.
The man tasked with helping Chipotle rebrand its image after a disastrous year has turned himself in after being charged with cocaine possession.
According to the AP, Mark Crumpacker was arrested on seven counts of possession of a controlled substance in New York.
The arrest comes after Crumpacker was outed in a New York Daily News report as one of 18 customers of a cocaine ring in the state.
“We made this decision in order to remain focused on the operation of our business, and to allow Mark to focus on these personal matters,” Chipotle said in a statement after the arrest.
According to the AP, Crumpacker was released on $4,500 cash bail. His next court date is in September.
Crumpacker made over $4 million last year in his position as the “chief creative and development officer” at the company.
The indictment in the case alleges that Crumpacker purchased cocaine multiple times during the time he was helping steer the burrito fast casual giant through a crisis after an E. coli outbreak last year.
Be sure to get some extra guac for ole Crumpacker the next time you go to Chipotle. Poor guy may need it.
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