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New search: Confidential VP Worldwide Supply Chain & Operations

January 22nd, 2016 | Category:

For consideration for this confidential role, please email your resume and click on this link to submit an NDA: http://www.brentwoodgroup.com/supplychain-nda and if we feel you are qualified we will forward you a robust full disclosure position spec. 

 

VICE PRESIDENT OF WORLDWIDE SUPPLY CHAIN & OPERATIONS

Our client is a public, profitable technology systems company.

This Vice President will set the strategic vision for all supply chain, operations and HW service operations activities worldwide that is aligned with the corporate strategy. Leading a globally dispersed team of approximately 75 in supply chain management, purchasing, planning, manufacturing engineering, test engineering, and HW services, he/she will manage relationships with all ecosystem partners, aligning on the company’s vision and delivering on the cultural tenets of flexibility, integration, services, delivery, quality, cost, and innovation.

This executive will work collaboratively with all of the company’s product lines and organization to maximize revenue, profit and long term business growth. He/She will lead the transition from a largely internal organic development engineering and operations approach to one that more fully utilizes the capabilities of 3rd parties. This transformation, when coupled together with specific market expertise and high IP differentiated software, will result in the acceleration of delivering disruptive products to customers.

This VP will lead all aspects of global direct, indirect, and new component sourcing and develop a world class supply chain structure and staff with professionals necessary to enable the total success of the supply chain strategy. He/She will ensure all budgeted positions are staffed with effective professionals who are trained to maximize operational goals and evaluating talent levels of employees and driving actions to raise leadership capabilities, improve employee knowledge/skills and performance. He/She will implement lean concepts and standards with suppliers and quality focused systems and a supply chain that maximizes high dollar content delivery flexibility while minimizing inventory liability. This executive will ensure the company’s inventory flexibility, cost-savings and quality plans are aligned with the company’s goals and accountabilities.

He/She will create processes to balance lead-time reductions with part costs to support fulfillment and striving for reducing cycle times in all processes. Responsibilities include developing and managing all key performance indicators (KPIs) related to global sourcing and the integrated supply chain operations. This VP will ensure the consolidation of disparate processes into the company’s global quality management system, and supporting the simplification of operations through footprint consolidation and rationalization, in-line with the overall supply chain transformation activities. He/She will ensure supplier quality issues are investigated to establish root-cause and corrective action plans are implemented. Overall, this VP will achieve a strong culture of continuous improvement (Kaizen) across the entire sourcing and operational teams, demonstrating a passion for lean through personal engagement in the process of doing Kaizen.

He/She will partner with the CTO office and product lines to proactively engage directly with key customers to develop unique supply chain solutions that maximize total value for the customer and for our client. This executive will be a face/voice of our client to customers and ecosystem partners, communicating the value of the solution and working with the customer to expand the solutions our client provides. He/She will work with the CEO, CFO, and other functional leaders regarding the setting and attainment of company goals and objectives for supply chain activities as they relate to company financial and operational goals successfully continuing to deliver quarterly revenue goals through third parties despite a rapidly transforming, and changing, product mix. This includes initiating annual budgets and executing to those budget commitments. This VP will drive due diligence and integration on M&A opportunities and develop a short-term and long-term strategy for leveraging the client company’s procurement spend to drive costs down and integrate best practices across the teams.

This VP will be a key member of the executive team as such, play a major leadership role in helping guide the company. This position reports directly to the CEO and President and will have significant visibility with the Board of Directors.

The qualified candidate will have the following:

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New search: Viavi Solutions VP Strategy-OSP

December 4th, 2015 | Category:

Viavi

 

The Optical Security and Performance Products (OSP), a division of Viavi Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAV), is a leader in anti-counterfeiting solutions for currency authentication and high-value optical components and instruments for diverse government, industrial, and consumer electronics applications. They are, quite literally, the color of money. Viavi OSP provides compelling solutions that exploit the full power of precision optical coatings. Applications/customers include:

Anti-Counterfeiting
OSP offers governments and brand owners a full range of overt (visible without using tools) and covert (hidden and only visible with tools) technologies to fight counterfeiting. The technology is easy to authenticate, but difficult to copy or simulate. Their flagship security offerings, Optically Variable Pigment (OVP™) and Optically Variable Magnetic Pigment (OVMP™), enable a color-shifting effect that has become a standard anti-counterfeiting technology used by governments worldwide, on banknotes and other high-value documents and products. More than 100 countries use OVP™/OVMP™ to protect their banknotes today including the U.S. dollar, Euro, Chinese RMB and Indian Rupee bank notes.

Consumer Electronics
OSP is a trusted supplier to the best-known brands with proximity to design-development centers in Silicon Valley. Today’s mobile devices thrive on features and functions enabled by optical sensing: ambient light, hue, proximity, gesture and facial recognition, 3D imaging, UV-sun exposure, infrared and thermal imaging. Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect is one example of a customer using OSP’s 3D depth-sensing filter technology.

Automotive
OSP technologies help car makers and their suppliers differentiate their products, develop innovative interactive interfaces and improve the security of their supply chains. Their custom color solutions help designers for premium brands like Lincoln and Cadillac deliver unique color effects that make their brands stand out. Viavi 3D sensing technologies enable more intuitive and natural interfaces between the driver and the automobile and overt and digital authentication technologies help auto parts manufacturers ensure their supply chain is more secured.

Healthcare
OSP offers a diverse portfolio of products for medical, pharmaceutical, and analytical laboratory markets. Their flagship MicroNIR miniature spectrometer is a portable instrument that quickly identifies organic chemical compounds, including pharmaceuticals. The Viavi OSP brand protection product line protects supply chain integrity and assures pharmaceutical authenticity all the way to the consumer.

Government
OSP is also a leading supplier of military grade custom thin film coated optical products, custom optical filters for demanding industrial applications and many other optical technologies for a variety of applications and end markets.

OSP is over $200 million in revenue, growing and profitable. OSP is headquartered in Santa Rosa, California (wine country) with manufacturing in Santa Rosa and China. With 575 employees, top tier customers in all markets served and world class technology leadership, OSP is well positioned for future success.

The qualified candidate will have the following:

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New search: Skyward VP of Engineering

October 23rd, 2015 | Category:

Skyward

The sky is open for business! Skyward provides software and support for drone operators who want to run a safe, professional business while staying in compliance with US and global regulations. The company is building an information management platform that powers the global aerial robotics network starting with the tools commercial UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) operators need to access the sky today. This includes airspace maps; flight planning and logging; personnel and equipment management; and support from regulatory and aviation experts. The goal that commercial drone operators, regulators and insurers are all working toward is safety. Regulators and insurers across the world need a uniform system of record: the “who, what, when, where and how” for flight operations. Skyward is the first integrated solution to address this need for drones and makes it easy for operators to track the specific information and airspace data needed for business, insurance or regulatory requirements.

Access to the network starts with the map. It is a detailed airspace analysis (ie. where to fly) and flight plan (how to fly). Skyward’s drone airspace map is built from the ground up and simplifies complex aviation rules, thus making it easier for drone operators to know where to fly and then plan their operation. Skywards’ mapping system includes GIS database with global coverage, airspace/groundspace analysis, integrated flight planning and logging, fleet and personnel management, OEM integrations and compliance reporting features. Operators can create and save an area of operation, add hazards and instructions for the pilot and attach customized maps to the flight plan. Using the digital logbook, pilots can store essential records and easily generate reports to improve business operations while meeting regulatory requirements. Planning a flight is easy with an intuitive map and toolkit that calls attention to specific areas for your pilots (hazards, points of interest), analyzes airspace and ID’s airport contact zones, restricted areas and flight restrictions. The digital system of record organizes drones, equipment and people to track training, maintenance, battery performance, flight hours, et al. Online storage provides one secure place for important documentation (licenses, regulatory approvals, proof of insurance, etc). Skyward users will be certified and potentially eligible for lower insurance rates. Skyward’s Professional Services organization is a dedicated team of experts that can create custom plans to assist your commercial UAV business to meet and maintain regulatory and insurance compliance.

The industry surrounding the use of drones-particularly commercial applications for UAVs- is poised for exponential growth. Powerhouse consumer/technology companies like Amazon Prime Air, Google X, GoPro and others have a major stake in this game. The FAA, which allows commercial uses by granting Section 333 exemptions selectively up until now, is expected to issue final rules in June, 2016 on full scale commercial use of drones which will have a significant effect on this market. Uses for drones equipped with smaller/lighter/higher resolution camera technology spans several industries including agriculture, energy/utilities, building/construction, real estate, photography/videography, law enforcement/emergency services and of course logistics/delivery of products. Applications include: aerial surveying, mapping, data collection, news/media coverage, precision agriculture/crop scouting, powerline/energy infrastructure inspection/detection/maintenance, search & rescue/police & fire surveillance/aerial assistance, real estate/resort/hotel advertising/videography and feature filmmaking. All could realize financial benefits from utilizing UAV technology, compared to using expensive/capital-intensive commercially piloted aircraft.

The Skyward information management platform serves all of these verticals, and is built as a horizontal infrastructure service for the entire commercial drone industry.

It’s an exciting time to join Skyward; the company is backed by Voyager Capital, Draper & Associates, Verizon Ventures, Toivo Annus (former Skype Head of Engineering), Norwest Ventures, Techstars
Ventures, and others. Skyward is also working with major OEMs to embed its mapping platform solutions into their UAV product offerings. The company has raised $5.7M to date, including a $4.1M seed expansion round in April, 2015. The company is based on the riverfront in downtown Portland, OR, has 26 employees with a significant growth trajectory planned.

The qualified candidate will have the following:

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New search: ScaleOut Software VP Sales-Advanced Products

October 9th, 2015 | Category:

ScaleOut

 

ScaleOut Software is a pioneer and leader in in-memory computing software and has consistently developed leading-edge technologies that help customers solve scalability and performance challenges to gain competitive advantages for their businesses.

New Market Opportunity

ScaleOut Software’s advanced technology has opened up an exciting new opportunity in one of the hottest markets in years. The momentum around “big data analytics” is hard to miss and quickly evolving. While much of the initial attention has been focused on replacing traditional data warehouse applications, the inability of products like Hadoop and Spark to analyze live data in real time has been identified as a critical weakness. To address this, Gartner Research’s 2015 Ten Strategic Technology Trends highlights such trends as: business moment enablement, analytics-injected business processes, context-aware applications, and others, all of which require in-memory technology. These trends align exactly with the core strengths of ScaleOut Software. Recognizing the leadership of ScaleOut Software, Gartner recently named ScaleOut as a “Gartner 2015 Cool Vendor in In-Memory Computing Technology.”

To take advantage of this opportunity, ScaleOut recently introduced ScaleOut ComputeServer™, which combines ScaleOut’s proven technology for low-latency, in-memory data storage with a parallel compute engine. This platform can store and update live, fast-changing data, and simultaneously analyze that data to track the behavior of real-world systems. This process, called “operational intelligence” (OI), provides businesses with the ability to identify and capture business opportunities in the moment, before they are lost. OI has applications in many vertical markets, including intelligent trading for financial services, ecommerce recommendation systems, Internet of Things, health care, cable media, and others. While its technology is broadly applicable, ScaleOut will initially focus on one or two vertical segments for maximum impact.

By the middle of 2016, ScaleOut will have an end-to-end solution that provides operational intelligence to business users in the target vertical(s). This opens up a very large, previously untapped market by enabling organizations to make real-time business decisions. In one proof of concept test, using ScaleOut for OI decreased a financial service company’s analysis cycle on live portfolio data from 15 minutes to 1 second. In another case, 10 million cable set-top boxes were modeled to track real-time viewer behavior and provide feedback for program recommendations. This is clearly a disruptive technology that Forrester and other analysts believe will enable a new era in business decision making.

Backed by the Seattle Alliance of Angels and industry luminaries, ScaleOut is well positioned for accelerated growth and success. Based in Bellevue, Washington with sales offices in Portland (Beaverton), Oregon, ScaleOut is expanding to leverage its first-mover advantage in operational intelligence while growing its core business in in-memory data storage and computing.

Overview of the Company’s Current Products

ScaleOut Software’s products are designed to meet the mission-critical needs of enterprise applications running on web farms, application server farms, and public clouds. These products provide uninterrupted service and powerful performance that scales on demand. The company’s latest product, ScaleOut ComputeServer™ continues the company’s tradition of breakthrough technology with the ability to easily develop Java, C#, or C++ applications which provide OI using powerful in-memory, real-time models of live systems built with data-parallel, “big data” techniques. This product automatically ships code to grid servers and combines the power of multiple servers and cores for real-time results. Today, no other product provides this set of capabilities, which dramatically simplify the task of implementing OI. ScaleOut helps its customers implement next generation OI applications using ScaleOut Compute Server as a scalable execution platform.
Similarly, ScaleOut hServer® brings the capability of analyzing live data to Hadoop deployments in the data warehouse. ScaleOut hServer directly executes standard Hadoop MapReduce programs on data stored in either HDFS or ScaleOut hServer’s in-memory data grid (IMDG), providing OI for Hadoop-based applications.

The company’s product family also includes ScaleOut StateServer®, a production-proven in-memory data grid (IMDG) for both Windows and Linux. This product delivers fast data access with industry-leading performance and ease-of-use, integrated high availability, powerful APIs, and comprehensive management tools. First introduced in 2005 and deployed by hundreds of customers, it is designed from the outset as a fully peer-to-peer, scalable, and highly available architecture. ScaleOut GeoServer® seamlessly extends ScaleOut StateServer’s in-memory data grid across multiple, geographically distributed data centers to enable global data access and to protect against loss of data due to a site-wide outage.

Customers

ScaleOut Software’s production-proven products are used by hundreds of customers worldwide and run around the clock on tens of thousands of servers. ScaleOut’s deep experience in in-memory data grids and distributed computing is reflected in its high rate of customer success. Its customers use ScaleOut’s products to solve scalability and OI challenges for applications serving a wide range of vertical industries including equity trading (to minimize risk during a trading day); ecommerce (to optimize real-time shopping activity); reservations systems (to identify issues, reroute, etc.); credit cards (to detect fraud in real time). Current customers include Thomson Reuters, Amway, EMC, Home Shopping Network, AT&T, Bell Canada, Delta Airlines, Pearson Education, Proctor & Gamble, Staples, SoCal Edison, and hundreds more.

The qualified candidate will have the following:

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Completed search: Wacom SVP Marketing

October 8th, 2015 | Category:

Wacom

 

Brentwood recently concluded the Wacom Technology VP of Sales-North America search.  Ed Neumann, formerly Senior Director of Marketing and Development for HP’s Home Inkjet Printer Business, started in the role this week. The Brentwood Group was honored to have been selected as the executive search partner for Wacom on this critical position.

About Wacom Technology

Wacom Technology is the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen displays, pen tablets and digital interface solutions. Wacom’s line of interactive pen displays, signature tablets, and software for business and education provide specialized solutions to meet the needs of these environments. The company’s vision extends worldwide, with offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The American headquarters for Wacom, referred to as Wacom Technology Corporation, is headquartered in Vancouver, WA and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wacom Company, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan (TSE: 6727).

About The Brentwood Group, Ltd.

The Brentwood Group, Ltd. is a boutique executive search firm with a global reputation for identifying high-performing senior executive leaders for our high technology and alternative energy clients. For over 25 years, The Brentwood Group has recruited exclusively at the CXO, Board of Directors, VP and Director level for some of the most innovative, public, private and early-stage entrepreneurial firms. Visit www.brentwoodgroup.com.

Completed search: Wacom VP Sales-North America

September 2nd, 2015 | Category:

Wacom

 

Brentwood recently concluded the Wacom Technology VP of Sales-North America search.  We successfully concluded this project with the selected candidate, a consumer electronics executive sales leader with a track record of success, starting in the role this week. The Brentwood Group was honored to have been selected as the executive search partner for Wacom on this critical position.

About Wacom Technology

Wacom Technology is the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen displays, pen tablets and digital interface solutions. Wacom’s line of interactive pen displays, signature tablets, and software for business and education provide specialized solutions to meet the needs of these environments. The company’s vision extends worldwide, with offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The American headquarters for Wacom, referred to as Wacom Technology Corporation, is headquartered in Vancouver, WA and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wacom Company, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan (TSE: 6727).

About The Brentwood Group, Ltd.

The Brentwood Group, Ltd. is a boutique executive search firm with a global reputation for identifying high-performing senior executive leaders for our high technology and alternative energy clients. For over 25 years, The Brentwood Group has recruited exclusively at the CXO, Board of Directors, VP and Director level for some of the most innovative, public, private and early-stage entrepreneurial firms. Visit www.brentwoodgroup.com.

New search: Welocalize Chief Technology Officer

July 31st, 2015 | Category:

Welocalize

 

Welocalize offers innovative translation and localization solutions helping global brands to grow and reach audiences around the world in more than 157 languages – translating close to a billion words a year for top global brands such as Google, Apple, Salesforce.com, Dell, PayPal, Cisco, Autodesk, Intuit, NetApp, Proctor & Gamble, Expedia, Microsoft, Canon, AOL, Sherwin Williams, John Deere, Hotels.com, Siemens, Chevron, and hundreds of others. Solutions include global localization management, translation, supply chain management, people sourcing, language services and automation tools, testing, staffing solutions, and enterprise translation management technologies. With over 600 employees worldwide and offices in 14 locations across North America, Europe and Asia, Welocalize is one of the largest and fastest growing technology enabled localization providers in the world.

With a diverse vertical focus including technology, manufacturing, financial services, energy, legal, and travel to name a few, Welocalize empowers organizations to maximize the return on content value by selecting content type, audience, voice, speed, spend, and scale for the most efficient and effective customer-centric translation solution. With innovative localization solutions (see product/services addendum) that are easily tailored to customer’s specific needs and enable creating the greatest impact for their business while maximizing efficiency translations, reducing budget spends and giving their customers the greatest ROI on localization.

Welocalize is headquartered in Frederick, MD with 14 locations in North America, Europe and Asia. Backed by private equity firm Norwest Equity Partners, Welocalize has the financial strength and backing to continue its aggressive growth trajectory organically and via acquisition.

The qualified candidate will have the following:

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New search: Phoseon Technology VP of WW Sales

May 18th, 2015 | Category:

Phoseon Technology is the world leader in delivering high power, UV LED technology using the polymerization process for curing of inks, coatings, adhesives and other UV sensitive materials. Phoseon pioneered the use of UV LED for curing and gained market acceptance of sophisticated LED based curing systems. Phoseon leads the market with a wide product portfolio and is currently selling to OEM and end-users in all major geographies worldwide. Additionally, Phoseon’s LED technology has many untapped markets as its technology can be extended to allow entirely new applications to increase productivity, improve workplace safety and minimize adverse environmental impacts. Founded in Hillsboro, Oregon in 2002, the company is well capitalized, has a strong balance sheet, is highly profitable and has had five successive years of approximately 40% year-over-year growth.

Phoseon is well positioned for accelerated growth as the world leader in UV LED curing and currently offers the most advanced and highest performing UV LED curing technology commercially available. UV LED technology is mercury-free, does not generate ozone, and allows for accelerated production speeds, lower production costs and reduced energy usage compared to traditional lamps. Phoseon “Semiconductor Light Matrix” (SLM) technology is used by OEMs and large-scale manufacturers who want the environmentally cleanest, coolest operating and most efficient UV curing systems commercially available. This forward-thinking disruptive technology is rapidly displacing traditional mercury-based arc lamps that have dominated the market for 100 years. Thanks to Phoseon Technology more efficient and environmentally friendly UV LED technology has emerged and has become a superior alternative. Phoseon protects its products with approximately 160 patents worldwide.

The qualified candidate will have the following:

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New search: US Digital VP Marketing & Sales

May 13th, 2015 | Category:

US Digital

US Digital is the global technology and performance leader in optical encoders and inclinometers. Applications incorporating US Digital products are broad and include stepper motors, DC brush and brushless motors, robotics, medical and lab diagnostic equipment, additive manufacturing, industrial automation, renewable energy and many other applications requiring position feedback. Motion control building blocks include incremental and absolute optical and magnetic encoders, inclinometers, drives, and interface and support products. US Digital’s mission is to make their customers successful by inventing, designing, manufacturing, and quickly delivering the most practical and efficient motion control solutions worldwide.

Counter to the popular trend of outsourcing, US Digital’s core products are designed, manufactured, supported and shipped from Vancouver, Washington, USA. Their highly automated processes allow them to make cost competitive, high performance products, meeting the customer’s need for reliable supply chain management. From prototype to production, their vertically integrated design and manufacturing capabilities provide customers best-in-industry lead times and support. With this infrastructure, US Digital is positioned to handle continuous growth well into the future. They deliver with higher quality in days/weeks as compared to competitors who deliver in weeks/months.

US Digital began in 1980 in Los Alamitos, CA when founder David Madore could not find an encoder that would meet his design criteria. As a design engineer for a medical ultrasound company, he became aware of the obvious need for optical encoders that were practical, simple, reliable and available off-the-shelf. Today, to accommodate rapid growth, US Digital has relocated to a state-of-the-art 118,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. Headquartered in Vancouver, WA, with a current head count of over 120 employees, US Digital is well positioned for future growth and success with profitability, no debt, ISO 9001 certification and vertical integration, all of which puts US Digital in the driver’s seat for delivery of products to a rapidly expanding market for products demanding more sophisticated and reliable motion control components.

The qualified candidate will have the following:

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New search: Wacom Senior VP Marketing

April 13th, 2015 | Category:

Wacom

 

Wacom Technologies designs, develops and sells a wide range of products ranging from pen and touch tablet products to mobile computers for creative users, business and security solutions for enterprises, to component solutions for various platforms such as notebook, smartphone, notebooks, tablets and e-books, with their own original multi-touch and pen technology.

The company’s vision extends worldwide, with offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, providing organizations and individuals with core solutions, including the Cintiq® line of interactive pen displays and mobile computers, the Intuos Pro® and Intuos® line of professional pen tablets, and the Bamboo® stylus lines for tablets. Wacom also offers a line of pen and multi-touch component solutions for a wide variety of products including smartphones, tablet and e-Books.

The Branded Business Group is the largest revenue group at Wacom and includes: 1) Creative, which serves the passion of professionals and consumers in creative markets by providing high value products and solutions for their needs. These products include pen tablets (Intuos, etc.), mobile (Cintiq Companion, etc.) and display (Cintiq); 2) Consumer business, which provides simple and intuitive user interface for general consumers. Products include Bamboo Stylus, Bamboo Pad, etc.

A separate software group called Platforms and Applications provides cross branded business and cross platform linkage with end users. This includes WILL (Wacom Ink Layer Language), Bamboo Paper (software that turns a tablet into a paper notebook) and a number of exciting initiatives that can be bundled with Branded Offerings.

The Business Solutions Group provides solutions that are faster, and more efficient ways to work. This includes the signature tablets and the display tablet family of products.

The Components Group includes pen sensor systems for smart phones, tablets, notebook PCs, and the development of active ES (electrostatic) pen technology which will allow for both touch and pen input functions into the touch panel, eliminating the needs for a dedicated pen sensor board.

Their patented pen and touch input technology has helped professionals around the world create extraordinary characters, digital art, films, special effects, fashions, and industrial designs. Some of the most celebrated companies in these industries rely on Wacom products. No other technology company strives to design tools that empower creative professionals the way Wacom does.

Wacom generates nearly $800 million in global revenue and has enjoyed a dominant market share position over the years. The American headquarters for Wacom Technology Corp. is located in the Portland, Oregon metro area, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wacom Company, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan and is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE: 6727).

The qualified candidate will have the following:

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