Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Friday, 1/4/16

The Big Interview: Nissan's Jonathan Adashek; Amnesty International's latest Qatar 2022 human rights report; new Dentsu Media APAC digital chief; the San Bernardino iPhone hackers; Malaysian PM Razak's alleged lavish spending of state funds; a new Singapore luxury startup; Peugeot/FCA off the table.

FIFA headquarters. World Cup sponsors have been urged to take action over human rights issues at Qatar 2022 (MCaviglia/Wikipedia)
FIFA headquarters. World Cup sponsors have been urged to take action over human rights issues at Qatar 2022 (MCaviglia/Wikipedia)

The Big Interview: Nissan's chief communications officer Jonathan Adashek

Making the jump from tech to industry is a challenging one, but Adashek explains why he's glad he did it and what he thinks he can bring to one of Japan's most iconic brands.

FIFA sponsors urged to make football body act on damning Amnesty International Qatar report

Football World Cup sponsors are under pressure to encourage tournament organiser FIFA to act on alleged poor treatment of construction workers at 2022 host country Qatar, following a damning new report from Amnesty International.

James Hawkins named chief digital officer of Dentsu Media APAC

Dentsu Aegis Network announced the promotion of James Hawkins to the role of chief digital officer at Dentsu Media APAC.

The machine that may have cracked the iPhone

The Israeli company that may have cracked Apple's iPhone on behalf of the FBI isn't confirming that it contributed to the law enforcement agency's investigation of the San Bernardino shooting rampage.

1MDB probe finds $15M in luxury spending by Malaysia PM Najib Razak: WSJ

Malaysia's embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak spent as much as US$15 million on luxury items, according to bank-transfer information from a Malaysian investigation, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

This Singapore start-up is betting on more luxury consumption

The global economic chill may have helped cool the runaway growth in luxury brands as consumers start to think twice before splurging. One e-commerce player, however, is hoping for an Indian summer.

No merger with Peugeot: FCA's Marchionne

The chief executive of Italian car giant Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) has ruled out any merger with PSA Peugeot Citroen, telling CNBC that there are not enough benefits for the carmaker.

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