INTERNATIONAL: Hewlett-Packard PR chief shifts to Agilent

BEIJING: Technology giant Hewlett-Packard is on the hunt for a new communications and public affairs director for China following the departure of incumbent PR chief Gregory Shea.

BEIJING: Technology giant Hewlett-Packard is on the hunt for a new

communications and public affairs director for China following the

departure of incumbent PR chief Gregory Shea.



Shea starts this week at Agilent Technologies, a former division of

Hewlett-Packard, as head of government affairs across the Asia-Pacific

region.



Shea has served at Agilent’s former parent company in China for the past

three years. A Hewlett-Packard spokesman said a replacement for Shea had

not yet been appointed.



In his new role, he will build Agilent’s government affairs department

in Beijing, with a remit for the entire Asian region, except Japan. He

will report to Robin Tancake, head of international government afairs

for Agilent Technologies at the company’s Washington, DC,

headquarters.



Shea said his first task would be to launch a recruitment drive and

consider the option of retaining external agency support.



’I don’t know how many staff we will need. We’ll have a clearer picture

in a few months, but in the meantime I’m evaluating agencies across

different geographies,’ he said.



Agilent, which became independent from Hewlett-Packard last year,

designs and builds products and services for the healthcare,

communications, electronics and biotechnology industries.



The Beijing department will maintain relations with regulators and

business development authorities.



’In controlled economies the need for firms to gain access to market

information is more pronounced than in the West,’ said Shea. ’We have

heavy mandates for manufacturing and sales in Asia.’



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