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New Redflow non-executive director Jenny MacdonaldNew Redflow non-executive director Jenny MacdonaldAustralian battery company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has recruited senior financial executive and director Jenny Macdonald to its board as it prepares to start production in Thailand.

Sydney-based Ms Macdonald has extensive experience working for ASX-listed and global companies at the CFO and general management level. She is on the board and audit committee of API, the parent company of Priceline Pharmacy, Soul Pattinson Chemist and Pharmacist Advice. Previous roles include non-executive director for hipages and Fitted for Work; CFO and interim CEO at Helloworld Limited; and CFO and General Manager International with REA Group.

Earlier this year, the Redflow board appointed former Santos Managing Director and CEO David Knox as a non-executive director and experienced public company director and former Qantas general counsel Brett Johnson as its independent non-executive chairman.

Brett Johnson said recruiting Jenny Macdonald demonstrated the company’s commitment to continued board renewal. “Jenny brings a proven track record in formulating and implementing strategy and maximising the operational efficiency of a company,” he said.

NPS founder David MalcolmNPS founder David MalcolmMelbourne-based NPS (Network Professional Services) has discovered an upside to NBN rollout delays by using the Aussie-designed failover routers to solve the problem of delayed connections.

NPS has this month received the Accelerated Concepts Australian Partner of the Year Award 2017 for exemplary growth and market penetration of the Australian market.

Accelerated routers, which provide Internet access via 4G cellular data networks when primary broadband links fail, are designed by Brisbane-based Accelerated Concepts Ltd, but until the past year, were available only internationally through US-based Accelerated Concepts Inc.

Since 2016, NPS, as Accelerated’s Master Reseller in Australia, has both sold and supported the range of routers and built a national retail distribution network for the devices. Accelerated has a broad range of industrial-strength 4G-capable routers from $499 at https://www.acau.com.au/.

Accelerated Concepts Pty Ltd managing director Matt Ramsay said NPS had proved itself an exemplary partner in raising the brand’s national profile. “NPS founder David Malcolm is a passionate advocate for our products who has established Accelerated as a credible local brand,” he said.

Redflow CEO Richard Aird with ZBM2 batteriesRedflow CEO Richard Aird with ZBM2 batteriesAustralian battery company Redflow Limited has successfully started manufacturing core components for its zinc-bromine flow batteries at its new production facility in Thailand.

During the past week, Redflow began producing electrode inserts made of HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) plastic on the production line at the factory in the Hemaraj industrial estate, south-east of Bangkok. The electrode inserts - produced from custom-made highly conductive plastic- use a bipolar design to enable a zinc-plating reaction on one side and a bromine reaction on the other.

Redflow CEO Richard Aird said production of the first components was going according to plan, as outlined last month at the company’s Annual General Meeting in Brisbane. “We remain on track to produce full battery stacks from our Thai factory next month,” he said.

Niall King 9 WCentrify Senior Director APAC Sales Niall KingCentrify, a leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, has identified seven trends that will shape enterprise security in Australia and New Zealand during 2018.

Centrify Corporation Senior Director APAC Sales Niall King said the major data breach revelations that had marked the past year would continue in 2018 as organisations struggled to recognise that unmanaged trust was at the core of their cybersecurity vulnerability. “While during 2017, Uber and Equifax opted to hold off reporting their respective data breaches, this is not an option in Australia where mandatory data reporting legislation takes effect from February 2018,” he said.

Based on its industry research and deep dive discussions with customers, Centrify has identified seven trends that will impact cybersecurity during 2018.