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
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,
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.’