Ottó Gergye has been appointed as Malév Chief Commercial Officer

Ottó Gergye, who has been managing the airline’s sales division since the beginning of the year, has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer by the CEO of Malév with effect from 1 May 2011, Malév writes in a press release.

Over the past 15 years Ottó Gergye has amassed considerable experience in the international airline industry: prior to Malév he worked as sales manager at British Airways, where he was responsible for the German, Austrian and Swiss markets. At the beginning of his career he was an airline ticket executive at CWT, then account manager with American Express. Following this he worked as sales and account manager with KLM in Australia, and then at the request of the Flight Center he moved to Shanghai to take up the post of marketing and sales director of the affiliate for Hong Kong and China. At Amadeus he was global key account manager first in Madrid and later in Frankfurt.

He speaks fluent German as well as English and his native language, Hungarian.

Ottó Gergye holds an MBA from the OU Business School in the UK.

US Embassy Understands Renaming of Roosevelt Square

The US Embassy told MTI on Friday that they understand that the city of Budapest has decided to rename Roosevelt Square infront of the Hungarian Academy Of Sciences (Magyar Tudómányos Egyetem) and will find a new location to honour President Roosevelt.

The uS Embassy told in a statement that it is the right of the citizens of Hungary and Budapest to name streets and locations as they wish, without outside influence.

“Mayor Istvan Tarlos has assured us that the change in no way diminishes Hungary’s respect for President Roosevelt, ” the statement said.  Further on it said that the embassy looked forward to working with Mayor Tarlos and the Hungarian government  to continue to honour the legacy of the great Amercian politician, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Earlier this month, the council of Budapest decided to rename as of May 5 the square east of the Chain Bridge from Roosevelt to Szechenyi Square after Count Istvan Szechenyi, a famous 19th century politician.

There are plans to name a park in front of the US Embassy after Roosevelt, mayor of the Inner City, Antal Rogan told MTI earlier.

Telenor Android Workhop – Focus on Sustainability

Telenor’s fourth Android event scheduled to coincide with the Earth Day focused on sustainable solutions, Telenor Hungary writes in a press release.

Android Workshop Planet revealed how smartphones and their apps can contribute to an environmentally conscious and responsible lifestyle and presented XperiaTM neo, Sony Ericsson’s latest environmentally friendly handset.

Being a responsible company, Telenor is committed to contributing to sustainable growth and raising customer awareness of the options and benefits of an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Its strategy focuses on two major areas: reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions and making customers more environmentally conscious. In line with this commitment, Telenor cut its CO2 emission by 7.7% in 2010 compared to the year before. Under the handset take-back programme launched in 2004, Telenor customers have returned more than 81 tons of old and recyclable handsets to date.
Pursuant to an agreement between the European Commission and handset vendors, operators will sell uniform battery chargers for mobile phones starting from 2012. This change will benefit all stakeholders as the price of mobile handsets is likely to decline (as they’ll no longer be bundled with chargers) and the volume of waste will also be lower since households will need only one charger that shouldn’t be replaced even if they buy a new handset.

As a large enterprise and a mobile operator, Telenor wants to set a model for others to follow also in environmental protection. Therefore, it provides its customers with environmentally friendly solutions such as electronic invoices instead of hardcopy ones. This move saves a lot of time, power and fuel. Telenor customers opting for an electronic invoice save 2.2 tons of paper and 40 trees per year today. If all customers moved to electronic invoices, they could save as much as 200 tons of paper and about 3,300 trees per year.

Mobile technology offers many other opportunities for more predictable and environmentally conscious living. Smartphones, for example, can prevent excessive fuel consumption. If you reduce your time spent driving by only 30 minutes, you can save more energy than the annual energy consumption of a mobile operator per customer and the annual power consumption of a mobile handset combined. Companies can use tele- and videoconferencing to eliminate business travel and reduce their environmental footprint. Every 1,000 kilometres of flight saved reduces per capita carbon emission by 120 to 150 kilograms. The required calls can be easily made using a smartphone or a tablet PC.

“Some simple smartphone apps can help make the world a healthier and better place to live. The traffic layer of GPS and Google maps available also in Hungary, for example, helps you avoid traffic jams. This way, you can save time and fuel and reduce your car’s emissions. Virtual products such as e-books are now available also for Android-based handsets. Downloading e-books you can save the energy used for producing and transporting books and spare many trees”, said Richárd Halmay, head of Corporate Responsibility of Telenor Hungary.

Telenor decided to organize its fourth Android event with sustainability in mind to contribute to more environmentally conscious living. At Android Workshop Planet, experts and NGOs presented apps enabling a more responsible lifestyle. The speakers of WWF Hungary and Telenor introduced the role of mobile communications in sustainable growth and in the successful operation of a non-profit NGO.

The event featured also XperiaTM neo, Sony Ericsson’s new smartphone produced in an environmentally friendly way. The handset delivered with less packaging material, an e-manual and a high-efficiency battery charger is member of the vendor’s Greenheart portfolio. It has been manufactured using recycled plastic and waterborne paint. XperiaTM neo offers a combination of Sony’s most state-of-the-art technologies. Its Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine provides a brilliant view and a crystal clear image, while Sony’s award-winning small screen-optimized Exmor R™ technology enables the user to take good quality photos and HD videos even under dim lighting conditions. The handset offers a special multimedia experience with the new Android Gingerbread release.

Hungarian President Recommends Concrete Tasks for the Visegrad Four Group

The  Hungarian President Pal Schmitt, met Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas in Prague on Friday, and  recommended concrete tasks that the four member states could carry out jointly, mti reported on Friday.

The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, together members of The Visegrad Four would have a stronger voice in the European Union if they took a common position on areas of joint concern, such as energy policy, energy security and the use of nuclear energy.

Schmitt was on an official visit to the Czech Republic on Thursday and Fridayby the invitation of  Czech president Vaclav Klaus.