BEIJING: Hill & Knowlton has made a raft of senior appointments in
its China and Hong Kong offices.
The agency has named Danny Tan as its first head of operations in China.
Tan fills a role that has been vacant for the last six months. He joins
the firm from NCR's in-house communications team in Ohio to become H&K
managing director for China.
He replaces Diane Ho, who left H&K last September on maternity leave,
and has since decided not to return to work.
Tan, who has also worked for computer hardware company Dell, heads a
25-strong team in Beijing and a further 12-strong group in Shanghai. He
reports to Brian West, H&K Asia-Pacific president and CEO.
In the Beijing office, senior consultant Wei Feng has been promoted to
director of client services. Director Jean Wylie has been relocated from
London to Shanghai to strengthen the agency's operations there.
West said the appointments were necessary to boost business in the
region, especially as China is due to enter the World Trade Organisation
later this year.
Last year, Eric Xu was recruited from the California Trade and Commerce
Agency's Hong Kong Office to become H&K Beijing general manager. He will
now report to Tan.
Two months ago H&K created a role of deputy MD to focus on building up
its Hong Kong offering. Euginie Kwok, who was appointed to that role two
months ago, has been tasked with overseeing the accounts of the agency's
two biggest clients in the region, Compaq and Motorola.
Kwok joined from US telecoms specialist, Ocen Communications, where she
was director of corporate communications based in Hong Kong.