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Indian agency Buzz Communications partners with Russian firm

Indian agency Buzz Communications partners with Russian firm

This will allow the agency to spread its coverage beyond its existing markets.

Singapore’s top influencer investigated for racist tweets, use of N-word

Singapore’s top influencer investigated for racist tweets, use of N-word

Wendy Cheng, aka Xiaxue, stands by her stance in a defensive blogpost, and one brand has already pulled a partnership with her.

Portland restructures with new MD and senior departures

Portland restructures with new MD and senior departures

Portland is restructuring most of its global business under a single P&L, with a new MD appointed for the combined operation and the announcement of several senior departures, PRWeek has learned.

Finn Partners launches global travel recovery network

Finn Partners launches global travel recovery network

The new offering combines cross-practice expertise to help travel destinations and brands.

Deepika Warrier to join Diageo India as CMO

Deepika Warrier to join Diageo India as CMO

Current CMO Julie Bramham will move into a global role within the brand as Warrier joins from PepsiCo.

Finsbury, Glover Park and Hering Schuppener to merge as management ups stake

Finsbury, Glover Park and Hering Schuppener to merge as management ups stake

WPP agencies Finsbury, The Glover Park Group (GPG) and Hering Schuppener have announced a formal merger, with the holding company taking a 50.01 per cent stake in the venture.

TikTok to exit Hong Kong market

TikTok to exit Hong Kong market

Move appears to be related to the SAR's new national security law.

Lewis wins ION Orchard account

Lewis wins ION Orchard account

The agency will serve as the retail mall’s social media agency of record.

Archetype appoints deputy MD in Hong Kong

Archetype appoints deputy MD in Hong Kong

The new hire will support the agency’s growing client load.

Boeing comms lead Niel Golightly resigns after 1987 article on women in combat resurfaces

Boeing comms lead Niel Golightly resigns after 1987 article on women in combat resurfaces

As he stepped down, Golightly told staff that he disowned the comments years ago. CFO Greg Smith is replacing him in the interim.

Facebook to prioritise 'original news' in algorithm change

Facebook to prioritise 'original news' in algorithm change

Exclusives will be boosted, while news content that does not have transparent information about the publisher’s editorial staff will be demoted.

Eastwest PR appointed by Ineos Automotive

Eastwest PR appointed by Ineos Automotive

The Singapore-based agency recently turned 25 in the region.

APCO Worldwide adds healthcare experts to advisory council

APCO Worldwide adds healthcare experts to advisory council

The duo of healthcare specialists will aid APCO in providing counsel to relevant clients.

India bans TikTok, Weibo, WeChat, QQ among 59 apps

India bans TikTok, Weibo, WeChat, QQ among 59 apps

A government statement suggests that the decision targeting Chinese media players is to ensure safety and sovereignty of the Indian cyberspace.

M&C Saatchi: April and May trading 'less severe than expected'

M&C Saatchi: April and May trading 'less severe than expected'

M&C Saatchi said its trading results for April and May "were not quite as severe" as first expected, as it seeks additional funding amid the coronavirus crisis.

Exclusive: Digital natives see PR as 'press releases and gin-soaked lunches' – Sorrell

Exclusive: Digital natives see PR as 'press releases and gin-soaked lunches' – Sorrell

Digital natives view public relations as an “analogue” discipline, associating it with “press releases" and "gin-soaked lunches”, according to S4 Capital boss Sir Martin Sorrell.

Hong Kong govt announces PR agency after lengthened tender process

Hong Kong govt announces PR agency after lengthened tender process

After a long and difficult search, a one-year contract worth US$6.3 million has been awarded to one agency.

NZ agency develops powerful video to cheer on national rugby team

NZ agency develops powerful video to cheer on national rugby team

A PR stunt for Unilever-owned Best Foods featuring 100 fans performing haka.

Facebook tweaks content policies as ad boycott grows, shares drop

Facebook tweaks content policies as ad boycott grows, shares drop

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg prohibits a wider range of hateful content in ads, will label controversial posts deemed 'newsworthy' and ban more posts spreading voter disinformation.

SPAG Group expands in Southeast Asia

SPAG Group expands in Southeast Asia

The healthcare agency’s growth indicates a surge in demand from health, nutrition, pharma and life sciences clients.

Mike Doyle replaces Barri Rafferty as Ketchum CEO

Mike Doyle replaces Barri Rafferty as Ketchum CEO

Rafferty is leaving to lead communications for Wells Fargo.

Vivian Lines launches C-suite consultancy

Vivian Lines launches C-suite consultancy

The former H+K APAC chairman starts a firm to counsel organisation leaders.

Mumbai agency offers pay-by-results service for clients

Mumbai agency offers pay-by-results service for clients

A value-for-money option for brands whose budgets have been cut during the pandemic.

H+K Strategies launches consultancy to tackle COVID-19 challenges

H+K Strategies launches consultancy to tackle COVID-19 challenges

New intelligence and advisory offerings as businesses and markets enter recovery mode.

Colgate to 'evolve' Darlie toothpaste brand

Colgate to 'evolve' Darlie toothpaste brand

The company will reportedly "review and evolve" the brand, which was known as Darkie until 1989. Darlie remains popular, especially in mainland China, where its name translates as 'black person toothpaste'.

Facebook calls out 'discriminatory' Australian proposed code

Facebook calls out 'discriminatory' Australian proposed code

Both Facebook and Google have come out fighting against proposed legislation in Australia, arguing that news has minimal value to their businesses.

BCW names new China CEO

BCW names new China CEO

The new leader will take on the role with immediate effect and report to APAC president Matt Stafford.

Vero launches recovery playbook for brands

Vero launches recovery playbook for brands

What brands should keep in mind as lockdowns ease and life cautiously returns to normal.

Petrie PR appointed to handle key hotel accounts across Asia

Petrie PR appointed to handle key hotel accounts across Asia

The agency will be tasked to handle property openings in 2020 and 2021.

W Communications wins Asics account

W Communications wins Asics account

The agency will offer PR and social media duties across Southeast Asia.

Three Malaysian PR directors detained over US$21 million corruption allegations

Three Malaysian PR directors detained over US$21 million corruption allegations

The agency directors are being investigated for allegedly bribing their way into a RM90 million advertising contract with Tourism Malaysia.

Carousell appoints Archetype to boost position in Hong Kong

Carousell appoints Archetype to boost position in Hong Kong

The classified marketplace looks to increase its market share in Hong Kong.

Universal Music Greater China appoints head of comms

Universal Music Greater China appoints head of comms

A highly experienced new hire that previously worked at 20th Century Fox Film and Nanfang Media Group.

Gusto Collective acquires majority stake in Reuter Communications

Gusto Collective acquires majority stake in Reuter Communications

PR agency deal is a first by former Cheil executive Aaron Lau, who is building out a new holding company to combine creative skills with mobile and digital technology.

PR Awards Asia 2020: APAC Campaign of the Year

PR Awards Asia 2020: APAC Campaign of the Year

Causes for Animals Singapore scoops the Grand Prix award for a moving campaign about shelter dogs.

PR Awards Asia 2020: Public Affairs

PR Awards Asia 2020: Public Affairs

GOLD winners Yahoo Japan and Dentsu used engaging graphics to raise awareness of the need to prepare individualised emergency kits in case of disaster.

PR Awards Asia 2020: Best Use of Digital

PR Awards Asia 2020: Best Use of Digital

AKA Asia’s hijacking of Manulife Singapore’s social media profiles to seed an unbranded campaign has scored it a GOLD for digital strategy.

BP to trim global comms team in plans to cut 10,000 staff

BP to trim global comms team in plans to cut 10,000 staff

Oil company BP is to cut back its global communications and advocacy team as part of wider plans to make 10,000 redundancies globally.

Redhill gains duo of clients

Redhill gains duo of clients

The agency continues to uphold its position as one of the fastest growing agencies in the region.

Google says economic value of news is 'very small'

Google says economic value of news is 'very small'

Google's Australia head calls out 'inaccurate claims' about the value of news content to the search giant's bottom line.

Martin Sorrell: COVID-19 is 'burning platform' for digital acceleration

Martin Sorrell: COVID-19 is 'burning platform' for digital acceleration

In wide-ranging live session during Campaign Connect, former WPP boss spoke about acceleration of digital.

Edelman to cut 390 staff globally due to COVID impacts

Edelman to cut 390 staff globally due to COVID impacts

Edelman is cutting 390 employees worldwide as the business begins to make a net loss due to the coronavirus pandemic. Edelman CEO Richard Edelman described it as the hardest decision he has had to make in 23 years leading the firm.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies gains major tourism account in South Korea

Hill+Knowlton Strategies gains major tourism account in South Korea

The new contract will commence in May and will last for an additional two years.

Malaysian agency expands to Southeast Asia and Australia

Malaysian agency expands to Southeast Asia and Australia

The 19-year-old homegrown outfit is ready for cross-border business.

How 26 brands and their leaders are speaking up for the black community

How 26 brands and their leaders are speaking up for the black community

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier is among the business leaders calling for action.

Arthur Sadoun on protests and how Publicis has saved 2,000 jobs through Marcel

Arthur Sadoun on protests and how Publicis has saved 2,000 jobs through Marcel

The holding company's leader addresses current events in America and COVID-19 in a video for staff.

Malaysian influencer draws ire for racist Instagram comments

Malaysian influencer draws ire for racist Instagram comments

The former beauty queen becomes a national laughingstock as her ignorant comments around the #BlackLivesMatter movement make the rounds.

Facebook Singapore calls it quits with Weber Shandwick

Facebook Singapore calls it quits with Weber Shandwick

The tech giant has moved to an independent Singapore agency following a review.

Edelman: 'brands must stand up on racism'; commits to hire more diverse leaders

Edelman: 'brands must stand up on racism'; commits to hire more diverse leaders

Edelman CEO Richard Edelman says brands have a "fundamental responsibility" to join the discussion around racism and "be part of the solution". He also promised Edelman would hire more diverse senior leaders.

Twitter censors Trump for 'glorifying violence' as President's row with social media platforms escalates

Twitter censors Trump for 'glorifying violence' as President's row with social media platforms escalates

Following the death of George Floyd earlier this week, Twitter has made the decision to hide a Tweet from President Trump, which the social media giant said glorified violence.

Indian appliance maker apologises for discriminatory ad

Indian appliance maker apologises for discriminatory ad

Following criticism online, the company has withdrawn the ad and issued an apology.

Print edition cuts and job losses hit News Corp in Australia

Print edition cuts and job losses hit News Corp in Australia

It's yet another dark day for news publishing in Australia, as News Corp ends print publishing for more than 100 titles and cuts hundreds of jobs.

Ninemer Communications secures string of clients

Ninemer Communications secures string of clients

Big names for the Singapore agency including a major cruise company.

WE Communications to handle PR for Treasury Wine Estates

WE Communications to handle PR for Treasury Wine Estates

The agency put together a cross-functional team of corporate, consumer and creative specialists to service the account.

Hill+Knowlton hires Kelli Parsons, Philippe Maze-Sencier as global chairs

Hill+Knowlton hires Kelli Parsons, Philippe Maze-Sencier as global chairs

Parsons and Maze-Sencier will be H+K’s global chairs of corporate affairs and public affairs, respectively.

TikTok faces criticism in India over content moderation

TikTok faces criticism in India over content moderation

A debate arises over whether the short video site is doing enough to moderate content, with some calling for a ban.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies partners with ESG consultancy firm

Hill+Knowlton Strategies partners with ESG consultancy firm

The partnership is in response to the new environmental, social and governance (ESG) regulations recently launched by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

NZ social agency Socialites acquires influencer-marketing outfit

NZ social agency Socialites acquires influencer-marketing outfit

The latter company has built a database of more than 11,000 influencers and content creators in Australia and New Zealand.

Golin names APAC president

Golin names APAC president

Ex-Weber Shandwick vice chair takes the regional reins at CMG sister agency.

Interpublic opens some international locations, but "will not rush back" to all offices

Interpublic opens some international locations, but "will not rush back" to all offices

"As we said at the start of this crisis, this is a marathon, not a sprint."

Omnicom CEO unveils 'three-phase' plan for office return

Omnicom CEO unveils 'three-phase' plan for office return

"No person will be required to return to the office if they are not comfortable doing so."

Nearly 1 in 10 videos in Southeast Asia are not brand-safe

Nearly 1 in 10 videos in Southeast Asia are not brand-safe

Adtech firm SilverPush says the majority of unsafe videos involve violence, but can also include nudity, extremism and smoking.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies cuts staff in response to COVID-19

Hill+Knowlton Strategies cuts staff in response to COVID-19

Fewer than 5% of global employees have been affected.

Heineken appoints global corporate affairs chief

Heineken appoints global corporate affairs chief

Stacey Tank returns to the brewing company next month to take up the role of chief corporate affairs and transformation officer.

PRWeek Global Awards 2020 – day one: winners revealed

PRWeek Global Awards 2020 – day one: winners revealed

Senior figures from across the global PR and communications industry assembled online today to discover who would take home the coveted trophies on day one of the PRWeek Global Awards 2020.

Deliveroo expands remit with Golin Hong Kong

Deliveroo expands remit with Golin Hong Kong

The brief now includes consumer work on top of an already successful corporate PR strategy.

Infiniti alum Trevor Hale joins Xinfu as CCO

Infiniti alum Trevor Hale joins Xinfu as CCO

He’s relocating to California for the role.

Twitter shifts APAC PR duties from Golin to The Hoffman Agency

Twitter shifts APAC PR duties from Golin to The Hoffman Agency

The brief includes capitalising on conversations around #Kpop in South Korea.

Hill+Knowlton names India CEO

Hill+Knowlton names India CEO

Abhishek Gulyani takes over from Kavita Rao who exited the agency last year.

Interpublic firms DeVries, Current Global cut staff

Interpublic firms DeVries, Current Global cut staff

Fellow IPG shops Golin and Weber Shandwick have also eliminated jobs.

Vietnam agency offers free consultation for SMEs

Vietnam agency offers free consultation for SMEs

Pro bono advice for those looking to operate in the Vietnam market.

New Zealand agency Pead rebrands

New Zealand agency Pead rebrands

“This rebrand had been in the pipeline for a few months, but COVID-19 has made the case for a revamped brand even more important.”

PR union slams Hong Kong govt decision to call for agency pitch

PR union slams Hong Kong govt decision to call for agency pitch

The Hong Kong government had previously struggled to find a PR agency partner to represent its ‘battered’ image, forcing it to relaunch the hunt via an open tender.

Weber Shandwick reduces staff globally, cuts salaries of top executives

Weber Shandwick reduces staff globally, cuts salaries of top executives

Weber’s London office also introduced “unpaid leave, reduced working hours and voluntary furlough or redundancy” measures.

Walgreens Boots Alliance starts global search for marcomms agency

Walgreens Boots Alliance starts global search for marcomms agency

The review is part of a broader digital transformation at the company.

Zeno named global AOR for robotic vacuum maker Neato

Zeno named global AOR for robotic vacuum maker Neato

The company cited Zeno’s work with challenger brands.

Finsbury names Richard Barton as new partner

Finsbury names Richard Barton as new partner

Barton departed Newgate as Greater China managing partner in February.

Prime wins Fortnum & Mason retainer in Hong Kong

Prime wins Fortnum & Mason retainer in Hong Kong

Work includes the brand’s retail store and soon-to-open restaurant.

PRWeek Top Consultancies 2020: Asia-Pacific

PRWeek Top Consultancies 2020: Asia-Pacific

Vector, Ogilvy and Weber make up the top three, while BCW, Brunswick and Havas all post double-figure revenue growth. Our listing of agencies in Asia-Pacific reveals all...

Airbnb co-founder's note explaining 1,900 lay-offs is perfect example of how to lead in crisis

Airbnb co-founder's note explaining 1,900 lay-offs is perfect example of how to lead in crisis

"I am truly sorry. Please know this is not your fault."

Trust in China, India at all-time high

Trust in China, India at all-time high

Edelman’s latest Trust Barometer shows that key Asian markets are trusting governments, businesses, media, and NGOs more than ever before.

SEC Newgate 'operating profitably' amid coronavirus crisis

SEC Newgate 'operating profitably' amid coronavirus crisis

SEC Newgate says it had an "excellent start to the current year" and "continues to operate profitably" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Telehealth startup MedSign names Hudson Cutler global AOR

Telehealth startup MedSign names Hudson Cutler global AOR

The company is behind the Qortex Telehealth platform.

Major Malaysian publishing house Blu Inc shuts, 200 staff laid off

Major Malaysian publishing house Blu Inc shuts, 200 staff laid off

Blu Inc was responsible for titles such as Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Cleo.

Global agency Purple acquires Hong Kong’s Prime

Global agency Purple acquires Hong Kong’s Prime

A first step into Asia for the London-headquartered agency.

APACD relaunches to serve industry during COVID-19

APACD relaunches to serve industry during COVID-19

Plus, a new board and charter leads for the association.

How brands and agencies are avoiding covidiot influencers

How brands and agencies are avoiding covidiot influencers

What marketers have learned from Arielle Charnas.

McDonald’s rolls out microsite to show employees’ COVID-19 response

McDonald’s rolls out microsite to show employees’ COVID-19 response

Our McFamily in the Community includes stories from teams from China to South Africa.

Huntsworth goes private as £524m sale completes; new chairman named

Huntsworth goes private as £524m sale completes; new chairman named

Grayling, Red and Citigate Dewe Rogerson owner Huntsworth has completed its £524m sale to private equity firm CD&R.

Limelight Networks picks Lewis as international AOR

Limelight Networks picks Lewis as international AOR

The remit includes Europe and APAC.

WPP PR revenue falls 4.4 per cent in March; 'strong demand' for some PR services

WPP PR revenue falls 4.4 per cent in March; 'strong demand' for some PR services

WPP has reported a 1.4 per cent fall in like-for-like revenue in its PR division in the first quarter of the 2020, with a 4.4 per cent decline in March as the coronavirus crisis deepened.

Omnicom PR revenue up slightly in Q1

Omnicom PR revenue up slightly in Q1

PR revenue grew 0.2% organically in the period alongside 0.3% growth for the holding company as a whole. Advertising revenues decreased while healthcare work grew significantly.

Indian agency wants to hire those laid off during COVID-19

Indian agency wants to hire those laid off during COVID-19

And in the few days since its announcement, the agency has been inundated with applications.

Bold Media rebrands to Bud Communications

Bold Media rebrands to Bud Communications

Through the rebrand, the Singapore independent wants to focus on a “wide range of client sectors”.

World leaders’ reach on Facebook grows during COVID-19

World leaders’ reach on Facebook grows during COVID-19

BCW’s annual report shows that, once again, India’s PM Narendra Modi reigns over the Facebook throne.

Pandemic forces Ketchum and FleishmanHillard to cut pay, reduce staff

Pandemic forces Ketchum and FleishmanHillard to cut pay, reduce staff

Earlier this month, John Wren said Omnicom firms would see staff reductions, salary slashes and furloughs.

Google could cut marketing budget 'by half' this year

Google could cut marketing budget 'by half' this year

Internal email reveals internet advertising giant is also implementing hiring freeze.

Unilever maintains marketing spend but rethinks priorities

Unilever maintains marketing spend but rethinks priorities

FMCG giant reported flat underlying sales in first quarter, due to decline in Asian markets.

Coca-Cola pauses marketing spend amid COVID-19

Coca-Cola pauses marketing spend amid COVID-19

Soft-drinks giant plans to re-engage with consumers 'when timing is right.'

IPG Q1 results cannot be indicative of what's to come, warns CEO

IPG Q1 results cannot be indicative of what's to come, warns CEO

"With more than 95% of our employees working from home, we continue to move the business forward."

Leadership promotions at Archetype Malaysia and Singapore

Leadership promotions at Archetype Malaysia and Singapore

Radiance Leong and Owen Waters will step up into new roles.

COVID-19: Three-quarters of clients cutting budgets as industry confidence returns - new research

COVID-19: Three-quarters of clients cutting budgets as industry confidence returns - new research

UK agencies face a cash flow squeeze and report that the majority of clients slash marketing budgets and spend, but confidence has improved markedly in the past week, according to two new studies.

P&G promises not to 'pull back' on marketing as coronavirus boosts sales

P&G promises not to 'pull back' on marketing as coronavirus boosts sales

FMCG giant saw increase in organic sales in first quarter.

Oppo names top global marketer

Oppo names top global marketer

Lie Liu replaces Brian Shen, who departs due to unspecified medical reasons.

Edelman promotes Tristan Roy to global chair of digital

Edelman promotes Tristan Roy to global chair of digital

Roy had been filling the role since Thomas Crampton left the firm in February.

BCW corporate reputation chief Ramiro Prudencio joins McKinsey & Company after 30 years

BCW corporate reputation chief Ramiro Prudencio joins McKinsey & Company after 30 years

Ramiro Prudencio – a senior figure at BCW who has worked at the agency and its predecessor for almost three decades – has left to head global comms at management consulting giant McKinsey & Company.

Malaysian agency launches remote sessions for SMEs

Malaysian agency launches remote sessions for SMEs

“The initiative’s primary target audience is who I would describe as ‘DIY SME owners’.”

Critical Path offers free counsel for clients facing COVID-19 challenges

Critical Path offers free counsel for clients facing COVID-19 challenges

The agency will partner up with healthcare firm Merial Health and finance consultancy Zenith Capital.

Touch PR gains beauty and jewellery accounts

Touch PR gains beauty and jewellery accounts

The Singapore agency adds Bvlgari and Caudalie to its portfolio.

Job losses, pay cuts and furloughs hit Omnicom, CEO tells staff in memo

Job losses, pay cuts and furloughs hit Omnicom, CEO tells staff in memo

Leadership is reducing their own salaries by a third and John Wren is waiving 100% of his until September.

Exclusive: PRCA slashes pay and furloughs one third of staff

Exclusive: PRCA slashes pay and furloughs one third of staff

The trade body has agreed to reduce pay for all staff – including director-general Francis Ingham – in response to the COVID-19 crisis and to allow new ways of delivering member services.

Arthur Sadoun on COVID-19, marketer advice and whether Publicis will stay independent

Arthur Sadoun on COVID-19, marketer advice and whether Publicis will stay independent

Company has reported 17.1% increase in net revenue but 2.9% fall in organic growth in Q1.

Publicis Groupe reports 3% fall in organic revenue, plans cuts amid COVID-19 crisis

Publicis Groupe reports 3% fall in organic revenue, plans cuts amid COVID-19 crisis

The company will introduce reduced hours, furloughing and some job losses this week as a result of the coronavirus impact on the business.

Zeno Group promotes data analytics experts

Zeno Group promotes data analytics experts

Plus, the Delhi office names a new VP.

W Communications wins Envysion Wealth Management retainer

W Communications wins Envysion Wealth Management retainer

A win to strengthen the agency’s corporate comms portfolio.

PRCA COVID-19 taskforce launches industry support service

PRCA COVID-19 taskforce launches industry support service

The PRCA’s Global COVID-19 Taskforce has launched a free consultation service to help communications leaders manage their organisations and agencies through the pandemic crisis.

Spikes Asia 2020 cancelled

Spikes Asia 2020 cancelled

The Festival and Awards will not take place in 2020.

AMO Global appoints first-ever Asia MD

AMO Global appoints first-ever Asia MD

Graze Zhang, a highly experienced financial PR consultant, will lead the operation.

Will brands' action towards employees affect customer loyalty when the crisis is over?

Will brands' action towards employees affect customer loyalty when the crisis is over?

Or will consumers even remember?

UK agency toasts global Kahlúa win

UK agency toasts global Kahlúa win

John Doe has been appointed global PR agency for Pernod Ricard coffee liqueur Kahlúa. The agency already handles global work for Jameson, Absolut and Malibu.

H+K Strategies launches Indonesia office

H+K Strategies launches Indonesia office

The new operation will be helmed by Wunderman Thompson’s former Indonesia CEO.

Singapore agency launches COVID-19 offering to address crisis preparedness

Singapore agency launches COVID-19 offering to address crisis preparedness

The new offering is a response to pressing comms priorities at this time.

Lazada’s VP of comms joins AKA Asia

Lazada’s VP of comms joins AKA Asia

Julia Wei joins the Singapore-based independent outfit as managing partner.

Cannes Lions 2020 cancelled

Cannes Lions 2020 cancelled

Neither the festival nor the awards will take place in 2020.

M&C Saatchi to furlough staff and cut salaries amid COVID-19 crisis

M&C Saatchi to furlough staff and cut salaries amid COVID-19 crisis

M&C Saatchi says it is pursuing cost-cutting measures including furloughing staff and reducing salaries of a "very large proportion" of its highest-paid employees amid the coronavirus crisis.

‘I started an agency in the middle of a pandemic’

‘I started an agency in the middle of a pandemic’

How an Australian PR professional made the bold move of starting her own practice after being let go.

LG reviews global corporate account

LG reviews global corporate account

A WPP team has held the business for more than a decade.

Exclusive: Sorrell predicts bullish Q4 recovery but warns spending through recession idea is ‘nonsense'

Exclusive: Sorrell predicts bullish Q4 recovery but warns spending through recession idea is ‘nonsense'

Sir Martin Sorrell, former chief executive of WPP and currently boss of S4 Capital (S4C), is now bullish that marketing services will enjoy a healthy rebound in the final quarter of this year, although he argues the old adage of brands ‘spending their way through a recession’ no longer applies.

Edelman appoints EVP for F&B sector

Edelman appoints EVP for F&B sector

Rebecca Boustead spent 23 years at Kellogg where she led corporate comms and government relations.

Brands better step up during pandemic: Edelman Trust Barometer special

Brands better step up during pandemic: Edelman Trust Barometer special

Consumers want brands to do what the government can’t, says the research.

Coronavirus in sport: 'costly' Olympic Games postponement forces sponsors to revise marketing plans

Coronavirus in sport: 'costly' Olympic Games postponement forces sponsors to revise marketing plans

Brands are sticking by sports even though they stand to lose significant sums of money invested in summer campaigns that are now shelved. PRWeek investigates the impact of the coronavirus on sports sponsorship, starting with postponed events.

Edelman Trust Barometer: consumers put brands on notice over coronavirus behaviour

Edelman Trust Barometer: consumers put brands on notice over coronavirus behaviour

Consumers have warned brands that their actions during the coronavirus pandemic will have an impact on future purchasing behaviour, according to a special edition of the Edelman Trust Barometer.

WPP cuts awards, reduces top salaries and freezes hiring in response to COVID-19

WPP cuts awards, reduces top salaries and freezes hiring in response to COVID-19

The holding company also suspends share buybacks, its dividend and financial guidance.

'Breaks and sign-off times are critical': Omnicom CEO on balancing work and home life

'Breaks and sign-off times are critical': Omnicom CEO on balancing work and home life

John Wren shared empathy for those 'doing double-duty caring for a child or relative.'

Airbnb to pause all marketing amid COVID-19

Airbnb to pause all marketing amid COVID-19

The company cites mounting losses and will likely halt new hires and employee bonuses.

SC Johnson names Alan VanderMolen comms head

SC Johnson names Alan VanderMolen comms head

He exited his role as international president of WE Communications last year.

United Nations tackles Covid-19 with first 'open brief to creatives everywhere'

United Nations tackles Covid-19 with first 'open brief to creatives everywhere'

It aims to raise awareness during coronavirus pandemic.

Richard Edelman tells global staff: 'No job losses due to coronavirus'

Richard Edelman tells global staff: 'No job losses due to coronavirus'

Edelman has guaranteed to protect the jobs of his global agency's 6,000-strong workforce during the coronavirus outbreak, PRWeek has learned.

PR Awards Asia announces 2020 judges

PR Awards Asia announces 2020 judges

The entry deadline for the 19th edition of the PR Awards Asia is fast approaching.

Hong Kong government to spend substantial amount on PR to boost 'favourable image'

Hong Kong government to spend substantial amount on PR to boost 'favourable image'

The increased spend is said to ‘counter negative perceptions’ and rebuild international confidence in the city-state.

Engage SEA names new country manager in Malaysia

Engage SEA names new country manager in Malaysia

Industry veteran Rajan Moses will strengthen the agency’s crisis and reputation counsel.

Reuter Communications appoints new directors

Reuter Communications appoints new directors

Three new senior hires to be based in the Shanghai headquarters.

Retail magnate 'breaks every rule in PR' in car-crash coronavirus interview

Retail magnate 'breaks every rule in PR' in car-crash coronavirus interview

An 80-year-old businessman has faced a fierce backlash over a “damaging” 60 Minutes interview in which he said coronavirus was nothing to worry about and had been good for business.

Publicis Groupe says it will not make job cuts in the next week

Publicis Groupe says it will not make job cuts in the next week

A number of agencies have already made layoffs due to COVID-19 impact.

Exclusive: Allison+Partners names Jeremy Seow as APAC MD

Exclusive: Allison+Partners names Jeremy Seow as APAC MD

Seow was most recently Singapore CEO at WE Communications.

PRWeek Global Awards 2020 live event cancelled

PRWeek Global Awards 2020 live event cancelled

Haymarket Business Media has decided to cancel its PRWeek Global Awards 2020 live event, due to take place on 19 May in London, in light of the situation regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Publicis to 'rigorously' manage costs and 'postpone' expenses

Publicis to 'rigorously' manage costs and 'postpone' expenses

Holding company outlines measures to be 'taken and applied immediately' across all management teams.

S4 Capital reports net loss as revenue rises 292%

S4 Capital reports net loss as revenue rises 292%

Like-for like revenue rose 41% in what Martin Sorrell called an "outstandingly successful" first full financial year.

Weber Shandwick EMEA and APAC chair Tim Sutton steps down

Weber Shandwick EMEA and APAC chair Tim Sutton steps down

Tim Sutton, Weber Shandwick’s chairman for the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, is to leave the firm after 16 years’ service.

Michelle Giuda rejoins Weber Shandwick as EVP of geopolitical strategy, risk

Michelle Giuda rejoins Weber Shandwick as EVP of geopolitical strategy, risk

Giuda worked at the State Department between stints at the IPG agency.

GM hires P&G CCO Craig Buchholz as global comms SVP

GM hires P&G CCO Craig Buchholz as global comms SVP

He replaces Tony Cervone, who is retiring.

Dentsu PR names Masahiro Makiguchi president and CEO

Dentsu PR names Masahiro Makiguchi president and CEO

He replaces Kazunori Azeyanagi in the role.

WPP’s Australian PR unit announces senior appointments

WPP’s Australian PR unit announces senior appointments

Graham White will helm the newly created role of COO, and Jacquie Potter will be MD of Howorth, opr’s specialist B2B and tech arm.

Edelman poaches McCann's Lee Maicon to lead global strategy

Edelman poaches McCann's Lee Maicon to lead global strategy

"This really completes the building of what we hope is the communications firm of the future..."

Officials and journalists 'least trusted' for coronavirus news: Edelman Trust Barometer

Officials and journalists 'least trusted' for coronavirus news: Edelman Trust Barometer

The public trust government officials and journalists the least as sources of information about the coronavirus, while three-quarters of people fear 'fake news' about the pandemic.

PRCA plans coronavirus taskforce

PRCA plans coronavirus taskforce

The PRCA plans to launch a Global Covid-19 Public Communications Taskforce following the result of its coronavirus survey.

Team behind Prospr Communications forms independent outfit

Team behind Prospr Communications forms independent outfit

The new Singapore-based agency will develop an insights and analytics unit.

PRWeek Global Awards shortlist revealed

PRWeek Global Awards shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the PRWeek Global Awards 2020 has been revealed, with some of the world's best campaigns, agencies, in-house teams and comms pros appearing in the prestigious list.

Bic brings on MWWPR as global comms AOR

Bic brings on MWWPR as global comms AOR

The two companies penned the deal in December.

Park Place Technologies picks Hill+Knowlton Strategies as global AOR

Park Place Technologies picks Hill+Knowlton Strategies as global AOR

KWT Global previously worked with the company.

APCO Worldwide announces new director

APCO Worldwide announces new director

Rasheed Abu Bakar will aid the agency’s growth in Indonesia and the region.

Milk & Honey PR appoints client director

Milk & Honey PR appoints client director

Maggie Gaston is the agency’s first senior appointment in Australia since it expanded there.

Maritime crisis agencies consolidate under Witt O’Brien’s

Maritime crisis agencies consolidate under Witt O’Brien’s

The four agencies represent maritime organisations across a range of corporate comms services.

Golin Hong Kong clinches Qatar Airways account

Golin Hong Kong clinches Qatar Airways account

The three-year agreement is an extension of Golin China’s partnership with the airline.

The Hoffman Agency appoints new Indonesia GM

The Hoffman Agency appoints new Indonesia GM

Thomas Franky joins from Fortune PR where he was managing director for four years.

Golin wins global brief with travel loyalty and benefits brand

Golin wins global brief with travel loyalty and benefits brand

Travel loyalty and benefits provider Collinson has hired Golin as its global agency of record following a competitive pitch.

Coronavirus: How global agency groups are handling the outbreak

Coronavirus: How global agency groups are handling the outbreak

Global agency holding groups have suspended or heavily restricted travel to high-risk zones and some clients have begun asking for contract ‘pauses’ in response to the spread of the virus, PRWeek has learned.

Coronavirus: 'Panic more infectious than virus' for hard-hit travel industry

Coronavirus: 'Panic more infectious than virus' for hard-hit travel industry

Tourism and travel operators are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, and trying to protect against its potentially catastrophic impact, by investing more in PR to battle misinformation and keep customers and stakeholders informed, and marketing 'safer destinations'.

Huntsworth agrees £524m sale to private equity firm

Huntsworth agrees £524m sale to private equity firm

Huntsworth has agreed to sell to private equity firm CD&R in a deal that values the Grayling, Citigate and Red owner at £524m.

Archetype hires new senior digital consultant in Hong Kong

Archetype hires new senior digital consultant in Hong Kong

New hire Victoria Perera will take care of clients including Four Seasons, Salesforce Marketing Cloud and HubSpot.

Edelman Singapore produces moving video about shelter pups

Edelman Singapore produces moving video about shelter pups

Featuring some very good dogs, and some equally good humans.

Nissan appoints Asia head of external and government affairs

Nissan appoints Asia head of external and government affairs

New hire Matthew Hobbs will look after government and stakeholder relations.

Corona hits back at ‘misinformation’ about brand damage from coronavirus

Corona hits back at ‘misinformation’ about brand damage from coronavirus

Consumer sentiment and sales are strong, the brand said.

WPP PR arm flat in Q4 as performance improves

WPP PR arm flat in Q4 as performance improves

WPP saw an improved performance in its PR business in the fourth quarter of 2019, with revenue in the PR arm almost flat in Q4.

Sling & Stone launches sustainability offering

Sling & Stone launches sustainability offering

Alana Theodor has been promoted to senior account director to lead the specialisation.

Duo Studio sets up shop in Malaysia

Duo Studio sets up shop in Malaysia

An influencer arm and a new slate of clients are in the works for the agency’s Kuala Lumpur office.

Singaporean brand releases offensive ad, berates users for complaining

Singaporean brand releases offensive ad, berates users for complaining

A classic lesson in how not to manage a crisis.

‘I have no plans to retire’ - Margery Kraus, founder of APCO Worldwide

‘I have no plans to retire’ - Margery Kraus, founder of APCO Worldwide

At 72, Margery Kraus says she has no plans to slow down - or step down - from her homegrown international consultancy firm as she addresses female empowerment and motherhood during a Dubai address.

Australia has largest trust inequality in the world

Australia has largest trust inequality in the world

“Australians feel a lack of confidence in the system. They feel that as it's currently constructed, it is broken": Edelman Australia

Mark Wang promoted to Edelman China CEO

Mark Wang promoted to Edelman China CEO

Plus a new chief growth officer for China.

Sling & Stone gains string of new clients

Sling & Stone gains string of new clients

The independent announces new wins in Australia and New Zealand.

Cannes Lions 'firmly open for business' amid coronavirus epidemic

Cannes Lions 'firmly open for business' amid coronavirus epidemic

Organisers of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity say the event in France in June "remains firmly open for business" despite the threat of coronavirus.

Xiaomi Indonesia appoints Maverick as PR partner

Xiaomi Indonesia appoints Maverick as PR partner

A significant win for the independent network.

New APAC tech lead for WE Communications

New APAC tech lead for WE Communications

Industry veteran Sara Pereira was previously at Ogilvy for 12 years.

Cision CEO Kevin Akeroyd steps down

Cision CEO Kevin Akeroyd steps down

Akeroyd is exiting the company less than two weeks after Platinum Equity completed its acquisition of Cision.

Omnicom PR revenue declines for fourth straight quarter

Omnicom PR revenue declines for fourth straight quarter

Omnicom PR Group's revenue dropped 2.5% in Q4 and 2% in 2019

Archetype clinches Vivo account in India

Archetype clinches Vivo account in India

The account was previously held by Weber Shandwick.

Edelman back to growth in 2019 with 2.1% revenue increase

Edelman back to growth in 2019 with 2.1% revenue increase

Revenue was up 1.6% in the U.S., 2.4% in EMEA and 4.5% in APAC.

PR Awards Asia 2020 opens for entries

PR Awards Asia 2020 opens for entries

The 19th edition of Asia's most recognised awards for PR and communications will take place June 11.

Context, centralized info key to preventing coronavirus panic

Context, centralized info key to preventing coronavirus panic

Communicators aren't getting the information about coronavirus that they need, but they can still prevent worries from getting out of hand.

As Coronavirus peaks, marketers need to be nimble with plans, agency networks say

As Coronavirus peaks, marketers need to be nimble with plans, agency networks say

While there is little clarity on when the effects from the virus will clear, agencies expect demand to be suppressed temporarily.

Former Instinctif head nabbed as senior MD at Teneo

Former Instinctif head nabbed as senior MD at Teneo

Buckby was most recently the Hong Kong-based managing partner for Instinctif Partners in Asia.

Finn Partners launches wellness offering across global offices

Finn Partners launches wellness offering across global offices

Regional leaders will come together to offer consultancy services for wellness clients.

Exclusive: W Communications wins Virgin Active account

Exclusive: W Communications wins Virgin Active account

The remit includes creative campaigns and influencer programmes.

Zeno Group poaches Alison DaSilva from Porter Novelli for global role

Zeno Group poaches Alison DaSilva from Porter Novelli for global role

DaSilva is working to grow the agency's purpose work around the world.

Genesis and Six Degrees combine under BCW India

Genesis and Six Degrees combine under BCW India

Both brands will be retained and continue to operate separately under the BCW India Group.

How should brands handle their comms during the coronavirus crisis?

How should brands handle their comms during the coronavirus crisis?

Amid panic and business shutdowns, PR heads weigh in on how brands should communicate their messages effectively.

Edelman names Megan Van Someren global chair of brand

Edelman names Megan Van Someren global chair of brand

She is keeping her title and responsibilities as global chair of food and beverage.

Weber Shandwick names Tyler Kim new APAC vice chair

Weber Shandwick names Tyler Kim new APAC vice chair

Kim also looks after North Asia excluding China and heads crisis comms in the region.

Coronavirus: Keep calm and carry on?

Coronavirus: Keep calm and carry on?

What began as a handful of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City - in China's Hubei Province - less than a month ago, is now a major health emergency and a critical comms challenge, as global, public and private sector organisations seek to strike the balance between keeping people informed and avoiding panic.