The Responsible Business Summit series brings together CEOs and heads of business to drive honest and frank discussions on the issues impacting business, society and the environment. At #RBSWest you will hear from those shaping the future of digital-first business. Experts that have spoken at our recent events include:
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Aongus Hegarty serves as President of Dell EMC Commercial Business for Western Europe and the entire Dell EMC business across Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa. Responsible for business and strategy across the region, he leads a team of sales, solutions and services professionals serving customers across 120 countries. Aongus has established a strong and balanced multi-channel go-to-market across the region, including building out a substantial business in the EMEA Emerging Markets.
Following a series of acquisitions by Dell, Aongus is directing the successful integration of numerous acquired businesses into Dell’s existing operational and organisational structure, including the recent close of Dell’s global combination with EMC, creating the largest privately controlled technology company.
With five years in his current role, Aongus is a seventeen-year veteran of Dell, having held a number of senior international VP & GM roles across sales and marketing. He brought significant industry experience to Dell having previously held senior general management, operations, manufacturing and engineering leadership positions with Modus Media, RR Donnelley and Digital Equipment Corporation. He has worked for 4 years in Amsterdam, 2 years each with Dell and Modus Media, and has extensive experience operating with a global business environment.
As a leader for Dell EMC in EMEA, Aongus is an active industry spokesperson in many external business forums, and has on-going relationships with key analysts and media. He is also executive sponsor for Dell’s Global Giving Council in the region; directing the investment of important funding to not-for-profit organisations and a lead advocate for corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
In addition, internally Aongus co-leads the EMEA Women's Network and is a member of the Global Diversity Council, chaired by Michael Dell. An on-going commitment to fostering a better appreciation of diversity and inclusion within the company has led to an increased focus at all levels of the organisation; recognised by Aongus being awarded 'Diversity Champion of the Year' at the European Diversity Awards in October 2014 and listed as one of the Top 10 Diversity Champions in The Economist Global Diversity List in November 2015.
Aongus is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He is Vice Chairman of the Executive Council for the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union and he is a member of the Special Olympics Ireland Council of Patrons. Aongus holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies from the University of Limerick and, in October 2013, was presented with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement.
(Aongus is married with two sons.)
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Head of Responsible Investing, Global Fixed IncomeRead more
Ashley Schulten, is the Head of Responsible Investing for BlackRock’s Global Fixed Income platform. She is a portfolio manager on global green and socially responsible mandates and leads the coordination of the firm’s green bond effort. She partners with BlackRock's Global Fixed Income team, Investment Stewardship team and Sustainable Investing team to bring ESG and climate risk integration tools and strategies to the investment process. Prior to this role, she spent several years in the Global Rates Trading team. Previous to BlackRock, Ms. Schulten’s work included 20 years as a sell side interest rate and options trader.
Ms. Schulten earned a BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 1992. She serves on the Executive Committee of Green Bond Principles and Cicero's Climate Finance Board. She has contributed to publications on green finance including "Investor Expectations of the Green Bond Market" through Ceres and "Categorizing Climate Risk for Investors" through the Cicero Center for International Climate Research. In her personal capacity, she sits on the Board of the Mianus River Gorge, the first Nature Conservancy land project.
Chief Compliance Officer EuropeRead more
Rick Vassell is Barclaycard’s Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to this, he was Head of Barclaycard Compliance, Europe.
Rick has been a qualified UK lawyer for over 20 years and joined Barclays in 2009 as part of the legal team. Before he joined Barclaycard Compliance in 2015, Rick was Global General Counsel for Barclays Wealth and Investment Management and a member of both the Wealth ExCo and the Group Legal Executive Committee.
Rick previously worked at Lehman Brothers and was also a Partner at Barclays Panel law firm Simmons & Simmons, where he focused on advising investment banks, hedge funds, asset managers and accountancy firms.
Chief Executive OfficerRead more
Craig was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Atlantic Airways on 1 February 2013. The airline has a fleet of 40 long haul aircraft, flying six million passengers a year all over the world. He has led the company’s successful Two Year Recovery Plan, returning it to profitability in 2014 while improving both customer service ratings and team engagement scores. Craig has led the implementation of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ transatlantic joint venture with Delta, rationalised the route network and dramatically shored up the balance sheet as the company now focuses on delivering its Plan to Win - which focuses on financial stability and truly winning customer service.
He joined from American Airlines (AA), where he had a 27-year career spanning commercial, financial and strategic roles in the US and around the globe.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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Lead for SustainabilityRead more
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Climate Finance ExecutiveRead more
Abyd Karmali is Managing Director and Climate Finance Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch based in London and is point person for the bank’s $10 billion Catalytic Finance Initiative. Mr Karmali is also part of the team that oversees the bank’s broader financial commitment to mobilise $125 billion for low-carbon investment opportunities by 2025. He has worked for twenty-five years on climate policy, carbon markets, and new approaches to climate finance. Before joining the financial sector in 2007, he worked in management and policy consulting where he advised dozens of companies on their climate strategy and also with the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris where he served as Energy and Climate Change Programme Officer. In 2013, Mr. Karmali was selected to serve as one of two inaugural private sector representatives to the Board of the Green Climate Fund. His current advisory roles include the Judging Panel for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, the Carbon Pricing Corridors Initiative and Green Finance Working Group of the Global Financial Markets Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Climate Group. He holds an MS in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
VP, Salesforce Finance, InternationalRead more
Jose-Luiz joined Salesforce in September 2007 as VP Finance EMEA and became VP Finance International/CFO in 2013. He is responsible for the Finance & Strategy team at Salesforce and is an active board observer in the Salesforce Ventures investments in the EMEA region, providing guidance to the partner businesses and analyzing their financial health.
Prior to joining Salesforce, Jose-Luiz held several finance leadership roles at Hyperion Solutions, including Director of Finance in Sao Paulo and Senior Director, EMEA Finance. He also created and ran a consulting company for six years, specializing in accounting, administrative and finance services.
Jose Luiz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from FGV in Sao Paulo and an MBA from the University of Sao Paolo.
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Ronald den Elzen is originally from the Netherlands and has been with HEINEKEN for over 20 years. He's held various positions in Finance, Sales and General Management in HEINEKEN's businesses in the Netherlands, the U.K. and Portugal. In his previous role as Managing Director of HEINEKEN Portugal, he mobilized and energized the organization around a powerful growth strategy during an economic depression. Ronald resides in Connecticut, and lives with his wife and three kids.
Director of SustainabilityRead more
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Al Naqvi is the pioneer of the field of Applied Artificial Intelligence in Business and Strategy, Executive Director of Society of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Healthcare, and CEO of American Institute of A.I. His goal is to democratize artificial intelligence responsibly. He has developed Body of Knowledge for the field, culminating in the development of 12 courses in Applied A.I. including Applied A.I. in Corporate Strategy, Applied A.I. in Finance, Applied A.I. and Marketing, Applied A.I. in Human Resources, Applied A.I. in Competitive Intelligence, Applied A.I. in Supply Chain Management, Applied A.I in Healthcare. His courses and body of knowledge are being taught in offerings by highly reputable organizations such as APICS and SCIP. In 2017, Naqvi has published 4 articles on Applied Artificial Intelligence in academic journals, written 2 book chapters, co-edited upcoming Business Expert Book Strategy in the Artificial Intelligence Economy, co-authored a strategy book Beaver Bots of Yellowstone – a parable that explains A.I. in a fun and interesting manner, and launched an academic journal. Naqvi is currently authoring and co-authoring 7 books on the subject. His seminars, conferences, and lectures are attended by executives of world’s leading companies. Naqvi was the Subject Matter Expert for the first ever Artificial Intelligence course developed for High School Students (Praxis). Naqvi is currently Subject Matter Expert for a Robotics course. In 2017, Naqvi has presented in 8 conferences and is scheduled to speak at major events in US, Europe, South America and Asia. Under Naqvi’s leadership American Institute of A.I. has become the central source of knowledge for Applied A.I. His SADAL® model is at the core of RPA (Robotics Process Automation) and A.I. automation. Naqvi has also developed the first and most comprehensive A.I. governance framework. [Formerly CEO, CFO, CPO/VP F 100, Tech Founder, Strategy Consultant, Investment Banker]
Former US Deputy Assistant SecretaryRead more
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the EnvironmentRead more
Thérèse Coffey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 17 July 2016. She was elected the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2010.
Vice-President, SustainabilityRead more
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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Intellectual PropertyRead more
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Director Corporate Citizenship, EMEARead more
Celia Moore is Director of Corporate Citizenship, IBM Europe Middle East & Africa . She joined IBM in 1995 to implement a new global strategy for corporate citizenship and manages the portfolio of programmes that apply IBM’s technologies and skills to solving critical social and economic challenges across more than 30 countries. The major focus is education, skills, and healthcare as well as support to the development agenda across Africa. IBM is leading initiatives to meet the growth in “New Collar Jobs” that need intermediate level technical qualifications – less than a bachelor’s degree, and with strong employability skills.
Celia is a Member of the Board of Directors of CSR Europe, where as Chair she led the formation of the Pact for Youth, a unique partnership with the European Commission, to transform the education and skills systems to ensure Europe’s future competitiveness. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development . She is also on the board of the European Academy of Business in Society where she initiated a programme on Values Based Leadership with Business Schools in Africa.
Before joining IBM Celia held various positions in the not-for-profit sector, and gained extensive experience engaging the corporate sector to address social issues that impact business, through forming cross sector partnerships.
VP of Public EngagementRead more
Rick Ridgeway is Patagonia’s Vice President of Public Engagement. He represents and promotes the company’s core values with external stakeholders including NGO’s, trade organizations, academics and universities, and government agencies. In this role he is one of Patagonia’s key spokespersons in all its global markets. During his 12-year tenure at the company he has developed and launched environmental and sustainability initiatives including Freedom to Roam, the Footprint Chronicles, the Responsible Economy Campaign and Worn Wear. He also was founding chairman of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition that today is the largest apparel, footwear and home textile trade organization in the world creating the Higg Index, a suite of standardized tools to measure sustainability and produce industry benchmarks for continual impact reductions.
Before joining Patagonia, Rick was owner/president of Adventure Photo & Film, a leading stock photo and film agency. In addition Rick is recognized as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. With three companions he was the first American to summit K2, considered the hardest of the world’s high-altitude mountain to climb, and he has done other significant climbs and explorations on all continents including the first direct coast-to-coast traverse of Borneo at its widest point and a traverse of the Tibet’s Chang Tang plateau on a route never explored. Rick participated in the first big wall climb in Antarctica, the first American mountaineering expeditions into Bhutan and China. He has produced and directed many adventure shows for television, his magazine articles have appeared in Outside, National Geographic and Harvard Business Review, and he is the author of six books, including Seven Summits, The Shadow of Kilimanjaro and Below Another Sky. National Geographic honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award. He serves on the boards of Conservacion Patagonica and the Turtle Conservancy, and is on the Advisory Boards of World Wildlife Fund, Unilever USA, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Rick lives with his wife Jennifer in Ojai, California, they have been married for 33 years, and they have three grown children.
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Global Head of Conduct ComplianceRead more
Rachel has worked in Risk & Compliance roles for 16 years having started her career on the FSA Graduate Scheme. Rachel then joined EY as a Risk & Regulatory Consultant where she worked on several large s166 exercises and Board Effectiveness reviews before specialising in Basel II and credit risk. During this time she moved both role and location to work for HBOS in Halifax on their Basel II IRB programme.
Having delivered a successful waiver application Rachel became Programme Director of a CEO sponsored programme looking into fixing operational controls and effectiveness. She then moved to lead the Operational Risk & Financial Crime team for HBOS Retail during which time the financial crisis hit and the merger with Lloyds Banking Group occurred. Rachel worked day/night & weekends on the integration of the two businesses before rejoining Compliance as the Compliance & Conduct Director for the Wealth & International Businesses of LBG. Most latterly, Rachel joined Project Verde (rebranded on the High Street as TSB) as Business Risk Director, negotiating the service contracts with LBG, gaining the regulatory approvals to launch a New Bank and floating TSB on the stock exchange.
She joined HSBC in January this year as the Regional Head of Conduct Compliance for EMEA, she has since been appointed the Global Head of Conduct Compliance.
Rachel is married with a 5 year old son.
SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer/ Head of People SustainabilityRead more
Anka Wittenberg is an economist and pivotal change agent on how to design and implement a healthy, diverse and inclusive workplace and culture. At SAP, an 88,000-employee global tech leader, she is responsible for the development and implementation of SAP's diversity and inclusion strategy which includes gender equity, cross-generational intelligence and support, culture, race and LGBT awareness and equality, and the integration of differently-abled people into the workforce.
Anka's role in technology extends beyond her work at SAP employees to companies looking to reduce workplace bias. As executive sponsor of SAP's Business Beyond Bias initiative, Anka supports a team focused on educating customers about the diversity and inclusion capabilities of SAP SuccessFactors machine-learning technology.
She is also a frequent speaker at global conferences and is active with UN Women helping to drive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity while protecting the environment by 2030.
Anka joined SAP in August 2011 as global HR Business Partner and became the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and head of People Sustainability in March 2013. Prior to joining SAP, she was responsible for the HR strategy for 25,000 employees in the steel and automotive industry with business in Latin America and the U.S. Previously, she worked in HR for GE where she learned the power of strong processes, as well as the fundamentals of inclusive leadership.
In addition, Anka is the Chair of the Board of the World Childhood Foundation, an organization that defends the rights of children and promotes better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world. She is also on the supervisory board of a family-owned company in the oil and gas industry.
Anka holds a master degree in Economics. She is married and has three children.
Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business ConductRead more
Roel studied Economics, Law and Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He worked at the European Commission and was a consultant in New Zealand. He worked for several years as management consultant at Arthur Andersen.
In 1998 he became interim manager at the Ministry of Education. From 2001 until August 2006 he was managing director of the Entrepreneurship Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
From September 2006 until May 2013, he was managing director of the International Trade Policy & Economic Governance Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands. His responsibilities concerned trade policy (WTO), investment policy, corporate responsibility, and the regulation of trade in weapons and strategic goods.
In addition to his job he wrote his PhD dissertation about the interaction between ministers and top civil servants. From 2010 to 2014 he was part-time Professor of Public Administration at the University of Amsterdam. He still teaches at several universities.
Roel was Chair of the OECD Working Party on International Investment and in that capacity chaired the sensitive negotiations on the 2011 revision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct. He chaired the Voluntary Principles for Security & Human Rights in the Extractives Industries in 2009 and 2013.
Since June 2013, Roel is Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, the intergovernmental committee overseeing the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. As such he leads the body of governments in charge of the OECD corporate responsibility work, including the sectoral programmes for the financial, mining, garment, and agricultural sectors. In this capacity, he also chairs the Network of National Contact Points on Responsible Business Conduct, which represent the unique grievance mechanism under the OECD Guidelines.
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Senior Vice President - Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & SustainabilityRead more
With more than 25 years of experience, Kelly oversees sustainability actions, public and governmental policy, public affairs, and overall corporate social responsibility on a global and local level for SC Johnson in Racine, Wisconsin. Kelly is also responsible for community leadership and the company’s philanthropy efforts and sits on the Board of Trustees as the Vice Chairman and President of SC Johnson Giving, Inc.
A leading provider of innovative consumer products including Windex, Glade, OFF! and Ziploc, SC Johnson is a fifth generation family company with a global workforce of nearly 13,000 employees in more than 70 countries.
In her current role, Kelly leads all global public affairs initiatives for the company and its brands including media relations, crisis communication and sustainability communication. She also leads development and establishment of worldwide government relations policy, strategy and U.S. implementation and oversees community relations and philanthropic contributions for the company. Kelly plays a lead role in issues management for SC Johnson, as well as directing the company’s archives, annual report and global website: www.scjohnson.com
As Chief Sustainability Officer, Kelly sets the company’s industry-leading agenda on transparency; ingredient disclosure, the SC Johnson Greenlist® process and the commitment to creating winning products, ensuring less waste, reducing the carbon footprint and making life better for families around the globe.
Kelly also leads SC Johnson’s global employee communications, including business and human resources/ benefits communications, employee events, a closed-circuit broadcast system, a robust intranet and award-winning employee publications such as a global magazine and monthly newspaper.
With Kelly’s leadership, SC Johnson has been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s list of best companies to work for in America and one of the top companies for working mothers by WORKING MOTHER magazine. Her responsibilities also include managing the company’s global conferences and presentations made by the company’s top executives.
In 2014, Kelly was honored to be inducted into the prestigious Bradley University Centurion Society. The Centurion Society was created by the Bradley Board of Trustees to honor outstanding Bradley alumni who have brought national and international credit to the University and for their career achievements in business, public life and their professions.
Kelly serves on the Boards of Directors of the Consumer Specialty Products Association, World Environment Center and American Cleaning Institute. She is the Immediate Past President of the Alliance for Consumer Education Board of Trustees. Previously, she served as Chairman of the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Consumer Specialty Products Association.
Prior to joining SC Johnson in 2000, Kelly owned her own company, managing communication needs for high-profile clients in consumer products, transportation and other industries. Previously, Kelly was Executive Vice President at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide in Washington, DC.
Kelly also served as Director of Public Affairs and Press Secretary to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture during President George H. Bush’s administration, as well as Director of Public Affairs and Press Secretary to the U.S. Trade Representative during President Ronald Reagan’s administration. She was also Press Secretary to Congressman Joe McDade of Pennsylvania.
Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bradley University. She lives with her husband and two children in Racine, Wisconsin.
Jean-Marc Duvoisin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Nespresso SA in March 2013. In his role, he will be leading the expansion, innovation and internationalization of the Nespresso brand.
Prior to this role, Jean-Marc had served as Director of Corporate Human Resources at Nestlé since 2007. In 2010, he became Deputy Executive Vice President Human Resources & Centre Administration and member of Nestlé Executive Board, where he built strong functional leadership in the HR function, with a reinforced focus on performance, talent management, gender balance and diversity.
Since joining Nestlé in 1986, he had assumed various international and headquarter-based positions in Marketing and Sales. He gained substantial experience in different markets across Latin America where he served as Country Manager of Ecuador before becoming Market Head for the Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador Region in 2003. A year later, he was promoted to the position of Head of Mexico, one of Nestlé’s biggest markets and the largest coffee market in the world, where he led strong top and bottom line growth and introduced the first market CSV report.
Jean-Marc also serves as Chairman of the Nestlé Pension Funds.
He holds an MSc in Economy from Lausanne University HEC, an International Economics Degree from Inst. Univ (HEI), Geneva and an MA in Political Science from Lausanne University.
A Swiss and Italian citizen, he is married with two children, and speaks English, French and Spanish fluently.
Company Group Chairman, EMEARead more
Completing her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Aberystwyth, UK in 1982, Jane Griffiths has worked her way up the Johnson & Johnson career ladder, starting as a sales representative.
Jane is now the first female Company Group Chairman of Janssen in EMEA, the pharmaceutical division of the Johnson & Johnson family. She is responsible for this business across the entire region.
Her personal approach focuses on sustainability, accountability, openness and collaboration, and she is leading Janssen EMEA to live these values. Jane has held a number of senior sales, marketing and research & development positions including International Vice President for Western Europe and South Africa, and Head of Market Access for Janssen EMEA.
She is a sponsor for the Women’s Leadership Initiative in Janssen. Other industry roles include co-Chairwoman of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) Executive Committee and Chairwoman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Europe Committee.
Jane is a Board member of the Johnson & Johnson Global Pharmaceuticals Sustainability Council. Jane is also Chair of the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust in EMEA and a Board member.
Group Sustainability and Climate Protection OfficerRead more
Luis Neves was born in Portugal. In 1975 he finished his University degree in History.
In May 2004 Luis Neves joined Deutsche Telekom. As from December 1st 2008 he was assigned to the position of Vice President Corporate Responsibility. Effective February 2012 he was appointed to the position of Group Sustainability and Climate Protection Officer
Luis Neves has been playing a fundamental role in promoting the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in relation to Climate Change. In 2006 he was elected Chairman of GeSI, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative. He successfully developed GeSI to become a recognised global organisation in the sustainability area. Under his leadership, GeSI became a globally recognised Industry organisation in the field of sustainability and a “thought Industry Leader”.
Ever since he was able to bring together two parts of the ICT Industry, Telecom Suppliers and Services Providers and furthermore UN organisations such as the ITU, UNFCCC and UNEP as well as other stakeholders such as the WBCSD, the WGBC, the StEP Initiative, WRI, the Carbon Trust and the WRFA.
As GeSI Chairman he was the driving force of the recent Study #SMARTer 2030 Study “ICT Solutions for the 21st Century”.
Luis has been holding positions in many organizations and initiatives such as Chairman of the GeSI - Global e-Sustainability Initiative, Steering Committee Member of the United Nations Global Compact Lead Group, Steering Committee Member of the United Nations “Caring for Climate” Initiative, Member of the ERT - European Round Table of Industrialists Climate Change Group, Member of the SAP Sustainability strategy, reporting & assurance Board Advisory Panel, Co-chair of the ICT4EE Forum, Member of the ICC Commission on Environment and Energy and Green Economy Task Force Meetings, Member of the Steering Committee of “Econsense”, The German Sustainability Association, Member of the Environment and Sustainability Steering Committee of BITKOM, the German ICT Association , Advisory Board member of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Initiative and Member of the Leadership Team of the Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC) initiative and Jury member of GreenTec Awards, member of the Advisory Council of B.A.U.M. e.V. and Board Member of the World Resources Forum Association.
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