Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Tuesday, 31/5/16

Golin hires in HK; artistic exaggeration or racism?; Seah leaves Starcom; emerging market gloom; Giphy's revenue plans; data on APAC economic health; Japan on alert over N Korea missile.

Alex Chung, CEO of Giphy. The company has plans to monetise its offering. (Alex Chung Giphy/Wikimedia Commons)
Alex Chung, CEO of Giphy. The company has plans to monetise its offering. (Alex Chung Giphy/Wikimedia Commons)

Golin hires new Hong Kong MD

Jane Morgan takes over the role, while Jeremy Walker moves into broader regional position.

Just "a little artistic exaggeration" or raw racism?

An official response from China's Qiaobi laundry detergent seems, at the very least, oblivious to the harsh, worldwide criticism heaped upon the company for its advertisement that shows a black man being washed into a fairer-skinned Chinese man.

Jeffery Seah steps down after 15 years with SMG

After 15 years with the network, Jeffrey Seah, CEO of Southeast Asia for Starcom Mediavest Group, has stepped down to pursue other opportunities in the areas of data, tech and e-commerce.

Why the emerging market dream story may be over

2016 was billed as the year emerging markets (EM) would make a comeback, but some analysts say the years of stunning growth in developing economies are over.

How Giphy plans to turn GIFs into $$$

Giphy is a revenue-less three-year-old start-up and all it does is curate and allow users to search for GIFs. So why is it worth US$300 million?

Data deluge offers health-check for Asia Pacific

Data releases from China, Australia and Japan this week will provide a snapshot of economic health in Asia Pacific.

Japan on alert for N Korea missile launch

Japan put its military on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile firing; South Korea said it had detected evidence of preparations.

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