HONG KONG: Fleishman-Hillard has taken on three new territory heads
as it looks to secure its status as the world's second-highest
fee-earning PR agency.
Beth Boswell has been promoted to MD of Fleishman-Hillard's Hong Kong
office after serving there for three years. She steps up from senior
vice-president and partner at the office, which was founded in 1997.
Boswell was responsible for the office's technology sector, which
contributed strongly to sales of £2.4m. Before her move to the
Chinese-run special administrative region, Boswell headed healthcare and
technology divisions for the agency's Toronto office.
Her previous experience included a stint as special adviser to the
Canadian anti-drug minister. Boswell replaces Lynne Anne Stevenson and
reports to international president Rick Sullivan.
Christine Chauvet has been named chairman of Fleishman-Hillard France,
tasked with consolidating the expansion of the agency's French
operations, which include the takeover of Herald Communications in
France and the UK as of February this year.
She was previously state secretary in charge of external trade under
Prime Minister Alain Juppe, having previously headed the Centre Francais
de Commerce Exterieur at the start of the Chirac presidency.
Chauvet is also international vice-president of the French Association
of Woman Company Heads and an administrator for the Ecole Superieure de
Publicite in Paris.
F-H has named Peter Abel as general manager of its Cleveland, Ohio
operation Watt/Fleishman-Hillard. He replaces Michael Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was a member of the board of Watt, Roop & Co when it merged
with F-H in 1999. Abel has been with the agency for 12 years and with
the Cleveland office since April 2000.