Following Michael Murphy’s appointment as managing director of
Shandwick UK (PR Week, 16 January 1998), the agency is looking for a
chief executive for its Singapore and Hong Kong operations.
Singapore chief Charles Lankester has taken over Murphy’s former role as
regional director for Asia.
Murphy’s remit also included managing the Hong Kong office.
Lankester will oversee operations in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore,
Thailand, China, Malaysia and Taiwan, as well as a joint venture in
He will also be responsible for Shandwick’s affiliates in the
Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Korea. His remit does not include
Australia or Japan. Both Lankester and Murphy report to group chief
executive Dermot McNulty.
Lankester joined Burson-Marsteller’s London office in 1986 and
transferred to the Hong Kong branch in 1989 as a manager in the
corporate and financial group.
After a two-year stint at Ogilvy and Mather, he joined Shandwick as
director of the Hong Kong office in 1993.
Lankester said: ’The Asian markets have gone through unprecedented
growth over the last five years. We are now experiencing a period of
slowdown but the fundamentals are solid and companies need PR whether
times are good or bad.’