AHN names new senior VP
Brian Holzer has been named senior vice president for diversified businesses for the Allegheny Health Network. In his new role, Dr. Holzer "will identify, develop and commercialize new business opportunities," according to an AHN release. Dr. Holzer previously was executive director of brand management at Nevada-based Spectrum Pharmaceuticals. He holds a medical degree from the Drexel University College of Medicine and an MBA from the Wharton School.
Wizzard Speech, a division of Shadyside-based speech technology company Fab Universal, announced the launch of its flagship offering, AT&T Natural Voices text-to-speech technology. The product is designed to allow software developers, integrators and corporate clients to create human sounding audio in eight U.S. English voices and two Spanish voices.
II-VI purchasing tech firm
II-VI, a Saxonburg-based laser and infrared technology company, announced it has reached an $88.6 million deal to purchase the fiber amplifier and micro-optics business from Zurich-based Oclaro Inc. II-VI expects the business to generate $60 million to $65 million per year.
PG offers social media tips
How can small businesses benefit from social media? Mila Sanina, the Post-Gazette's assistant managing editor for social media, and James Bissell, the PG's digital services manager, will give tips on how to find and retain new customers via social media outlets from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222. Costs is $35; parking provided. To register: 412-263-1302.
Cyberattack targets Trib
The Tribune-Review said a denial of service cyberattack targeted its website around 9 a.m. Friday, with thousands of computers sending information requests that overloaded the site and blocked access temporarily. The paper says it reported the attack to the FBI.
Del Monte sale progresses
Del Monte Pacific, the Philippines-based pineapple and fruit juices company, agreed to buy the consumer products business of San Francisco-based Del Monte Foods for $1.68 billion. Del Monte Foods, which acquired several business lines from the H.J. Heinz Co. a decade ago, employs about 330 people in an administrative office on Pittsburgh's North Shore. After the sale, the company will take a new name and focus on its pet food lines such as 9Lives and Milk-Bone. The impact on the Pittsburgh jobs is not clear.
Airline OKs capital increase
The Alitalia board on Friday approved a 300 million euro ($400 million) capital increase as part of a rescue plan for the struggling flagship airline.
First Published October 11, 2013 8:00 PM