The Week in Global PR

Facebook's vice-president of global comms Joe Lockhart is stepping down from his role after being with the social network since June 2011. He will continue to work for Facebook as a consultant.

DeVries Global, the consumer lifestyle PR agency, has appointed Michelle Tham as MD of DeVries Asia.

Waggener Edstrom Worldwide has hired Bhuvnesh Chawla as general manager, North India, and country client services director.

Kent Hollenbeck, Waggener Edstrom's former senior vice-president of global corporate comms, has founded his own Oregon-based firm, The Hollenbeck Group, with mobile device manufacturer HTC as a launch client.

Burson-Marsteller has named Patrick Ford as interim chair of its AsiaPacific region to replace area CEO Bob Pickard, who is leaving the agency. The firm is searching for a permanent Asia-Pacific CEO.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has named Paul Fitzhenry as senior vice-president for global comms. He was formerly vice-president of corporate comms at Tyco International.

Ruder Finn Asia has boosted its management team with the appointment of PR veteran John Mullins as chief development officer.

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