This will allow the agency to spread its coverage beyond its existing markets.
Wendy Cheng, aka Xiaxue, stands by her stance in a defensive blogpost, and one brand has already pulled a partnership with her.
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.
The new offering combines cross-practice expertise to help travel destinations and brands.
Current CMO Julie Bramham will move into a global role within the brand as Warrier joins from PepsiCo.
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.
Move appears to be related to the SAR's new national security law.
The agency will serve as the retail mall’s social media agency of record.
The new hire will support the agency’s growing client load.
As he stepped down, Golightly told staff that he disowned the comments years ago. CFO Greg Smith is replacing him in the interim.
Exclusives will be boosted, while news content that does not have transparent information about the publisher’s editorial staff will be demoted.
The Singapore-based agency recently turned 25 in the region.
The duo of healthcare specialists will aid APCO in providing counsel to relevant clients.
A government statement suggests that the decision targeting Chinese media players is to ensure safety and sovereignty of the Indian cyberspace.
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.
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.
After a long and difficult search, a one-year contract worth US$6.3 million has been awarded to one agency.
A PR stunt for Unilever-owned Best Foods featuring 100 fans performing haka.
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.
The healthcare agency’s growth indicates a surge in demand from health, nutrition, pharma and life sciences clients.
Rafferty is leaving to lead communications for Wells Fargo.
The former H+K APAC chairman starts a firm to counsel organisation leaders.
A value-for-money option for brands whose budgets have been cut during the pandemic.
New intelligence and advisory offerings as businesses and markets enter recovery mode.
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'.
Both Facebook and Google have come out fighting against proposed legislation in Australia, arguing that news has minimal value to their businesses.
The new leader will take on the role with immediate effect and report to APAC president Matt Stafford.
What brands should keep in mind as lockdowns ease and life cautiously returns to normal.
The agency will be tasked to handle property openings in 2020 and 2021.
The agency will offer PR and social media duties across Southeast Asia.
The agency directors are being investigated for allegedly bribing their way into a RM90 million advertising contract with Tourism Malaysia.
The classified marketplace looks to increase its market share in Hong Kong.
A highly experienced new hire that previously worked at 20th Century Fox Film and Nanfang Media Group.
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.
Causes for Animals Singapore scoops the Grand Prix award for a moving campaign about shelter dogs.
GOLD winners Yahoo Japan and Dentsu used engaging graphics to raise awareness of the need to prepare individualised emergency kits in case of disaster.
AKA Asia’s hijacking of Manulife Singapore’s social media profiles to seed an unbranded campaign has scored it a GOLD for digital strategy.
Oil company BP is to cut back its global communications and advocacy team as part of wider plans to make 10,000 redundancies globally.
The agency continues to uphold its position as one of the fastest growing agencies in the region.
Google's Australia head calls out 'inaccurate claims' about the value of news content to the search giant's bottom line.
In wide-ranging live session during Campaign Connect, former WPP boss spoke about acceleration of digital.
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.
The new contract will commence in May and will last for an additional two years.
The 19-year-old homegrown outfit is ready for cross-border business.
Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier is among the business leaders calling for action.
The holding company's leader addresses current events in America and COVID-19 in a video for staff.
The former beauty queen becomes a national laughingstock as her ignorant comments around the #BlackLivesMatter movement make the rounds.
The tech giant has moved to an independent Singapore agency following a review.
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
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.
Following criticism online, the company has withdrawn the ad and issued an apology.
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.
Big names for the Singapore agency including a major cruise company.
The agency put together a cross-functional team of corporate, consumer and creative specialists to service the account.
Parsons and Maze-Sencier will be H+K’s global chairs of corporate affairs and public affairs, respectively.
A debate arises over whether the short video site is doing enough to moderate content, with some calling for a ban.
The partnership is in response to the new environmental, social and governance (ESG) regulations recently launched by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
The latter company has built a database of more than 11,000 influencers and content creators in Australia and New Zealand.
Ex-Weber Shandwick vice chair takes the regional reins at CMG sister agency.
"As we said at the start of this crisis, this is a marathon, not a sprint."
"No person will be required to return to the office if they are not comfortable doing so."
Adtech firm SilverPush says the majority of unsafe videos involve violence, but can also include nudity, extremism and smoking.
Fewer than 5% of global employees have been affected.
Stacey Tank returns to the brewing company next month to take up the role of chief corporate affairs and transformation officer.
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.
The brief now includes consumer work on top of an already successful corporate PR strategy.
He’s relocating to California for the role.
The brief includes capitalising on conversations around #Kpop in South Korea.
Abhishek Gulyani takes over from Kavita Rao who exited the agency last year.
Fellow IPG shops Golin and Weber Shandwick have also eliminated jobs.
Pro bono advice for those looking to operate in the Vietnam market.
“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.”
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’s London office also introduced “unpaid leave, reduced working hours and voluntary furlough or redundancy” measures.
The review is part of a broader digital transformation at the company.
The company cited Zeno’s work with challenger brands.
Barton departed Newgate as Greater China managing partner in February.
Work includes the brand’s retail store and soon-to-open restaurant.
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...
"I am truly sorry. Please know this is not your fault."
Edelman’s latest Trust Barometer shows that key Asian markets are trusting governments, businesses, media, and NGOs more than ever before.
SEC Newgate says it had an "excellent start to the current year" and "continues to operate profitably" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company is behind the Qortex Telehealth platform.
Blu Inc was responsible for titles such as Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Cleo.
A first step into Asia for the London-headquartered agency.
Plus, a new board and charter leads for the association.
What marketers have learned from Arielle Charnas.
Our McFamily in the Community includes stories from teams from China to South Africa.
Grayling, Red and Citigate Dewe Rogerson owner Huntsworth has completed its £524m sale to private equity firm CD&R.
The remit includes Europe and APAC.
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.
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.
And in the few days since its announcement, the agency has been inundated with applications.
Through the rebrand, the Singapore independent wants to focus on a “wide range of client sectors”.
BCW’s annual report shows that, once again, India’s PM Narendra Modi reigns over the Facebook throne.
Earlier this month, John Wren said Omnicom firms would see staff reductions, salary slashes and furloughs.
Internal email reveals internet advertising giant is also implementing hiring freeze.
FMCG giant reported flat underlying sales in first quarter, due to decline in Asian markets.
Soft-drinks giant plans to re-engage with consumers 'when timing is right.'
"With more than 95% of our employees working from home, we continue to move the business forward."
Radiance Leong and Owen Waters will step up into new roles.
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.
FMCG giant saw increase in organic sales in first quarter.
Lie Liu replaces Brian Shen, who departs due to unspecified medical reasons.
Roy had been filling the role since Thomas Crampton left the firm in February.
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.
“The initiative’s primary target audience is who I would describe as ‘DIY SME owners’.”
The agency will partner up with healthcare firm Merial Health and finance consultancy Zenith Capital.
The Singapore agency adds Bvlgari and Caudalie to its portfolio.
Leadership is reducing their own salaries by a third and John Wren is waiving 100% of his until September.
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.
Company has reported 17.1% increase in net revenue but 2.9% fall in organic growth in Q1.
The company will introduce reduced hours, furloughing and some job losses this week as a result of the coronavirus impact on the business.
Plus, the Delhi office names a new VP.
A win to strengthen the agency’s corporate comms portfolio.
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.
The Festival and Awards will not take place in 2020.
Graze Zhang, a highly experienced financial PR consultant, will lead the operation.
Or will consumers even remember?
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.
The new operation will be helmed by Wunderman Thompson’s former Indonesia CEO.
The new offering is a response to pressing comms priorities at this time.
Julia Wei joins the Singapore-based independent outfit as managing partner.
Neither the festival nor the awards will take place in 2020.
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.
How an Australian PR professional made the bold move of starting her own practice after being let go.
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'
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.
Rebecca Boustead spent 23 years at Kellogg where she led corporate comms and government relations.
Consumers want brands to do what the government can’t, says the research.
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.
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.
The holding company also suspends share buybacks, its dividend and financial guidance.
John Wren shared empathy for those 'doing double-duty caring for a child or relative.'
The company cites mounting losses and will likely halt new hires and employee bonuses.
He exited his role as international president of WE Communications last year.
It aims to raise awareness during coronavirus pandemic.
Edelman has guaranteed to protect the jobs of his global agency's 6,000-strong workforce during the coronavirus outbreak, PRWeek has learned.
The entry deadline for the 19th edition of the PR Awards Asia is fast approaching.
The increased spend is said to ‘counter negative perceptions’ and rebuild international confidence in the city-state.
Industry veteran Rajan Moses will strengthen the agency’s crisis and reputation counsel.
Three new senior hires to be based in the Shanghai headquarters.
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.
A number of agencies have already made layoffs due to COVID-19 impact.
Seow was most recently Singapore CEO at WE Communications.
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.
Holding company outlines measures to be 'taken and applied immediately' across all management teams.
Like-for like revenue rose 41% in what Martin Sorrell called an "outstandingly successful" first full financial year.
Tim Sutton, Weber Shandwick’s chairman for the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, is to leave the firm after 16 years’ service.
Giuda worked at the State Department between stints at the IPG agency.
He replaces Tony Cervone, who is retiring.
He replaces Kazunori Azeyanagi in the role.
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.
"This really completes the building of what we hope is the communications firm of the future..."
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.
The PRCA plans to launch a Global Covid-19 Public Communications Taskforce following the result of its coronavirus survey.
The new Singapore-based agency will develop an insights and analytics unit.
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.
The two companies penned the deal in December.
KWT Global previously worked with the company.
Rasheed Abu Bakar will aid the agency’s growth in Indonesia and the region.
Maggie Gaston is the agency’s first senior appointment in Australia since it expanded there.
The four agencies represent maritime organisations across a range of corporate comms services.
The three-year agreement is an extension of Golin China’s partnership with the airline.
Thomas Franky joins from Fortune PR where he was managing director for four years.
Travel loyalty and benefits provider Collinson has hired Golin as its global agency of record following a competitive pitch.
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.
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 has agreed to sell to private equity firm CD&R in a deal that values the Grayling, Citigate and Red owner at £524m.
New hire Victoria Perera will take care of clients including Four Seasons, Salesforce Marketing Cloud and HubSpot.
Featuring some very good dogs, and some equally good humans.
New hire Matthew Hobbs will look after government and stakeholder relations.
Consumer sentiment and sales are strong, the brand said.
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.
Alana Theodor has been promoted to senior account director to lead the specialisation.
An influencer arm and a new slate of clients are in the works for the agency’s Kuala Lumpur office.
A classic lesson in how not to manage a crisis.
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.
“Australians feel a lack of confidence in the system. They feel that as it's currently constructed, it is broken": Edelman Australia
Plus a new chief growth officer for China.
The independent announces new wins in Australia and New Zealand.
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.
A significant win for the independent network.
Industry veteran Sara Pereira was previously at Ogilvy for 12 years.
Akeroyd is exiting the company less than two weeks after Platinum Equity completed its acquisition of Cision.
Omnicom PR Group's revenue dropped 2.5% in Q4 and 2% in 2019
The account was previously held by Weber Shandwick.
Revenue was up 1.6% in the U.S., 2.4% in EMEA and 4.5% in APAC.
The 19th edition of Asia's most recognised awards for PR and communications will take place June 11.
Communicators aren't getting the information about coronavirus that they need, but they can still prevent worries from getting out of hand.
While there is little clarity on when the effects from the virus will clear, agencies expect demand to be suppressed temporarily.
Buckby was most recently the Hong Kong-based managing partner for Instinctif Partners in Asia.
Regional leaders will come together to offer consultancy services for wellness clients.
The remit includes creative campaigns and influencer programmes.
DaSilva is working to grow the agency's purpose work around the world.
Both brands will be retained and continue to operate separately under the BCW India Group.
Amid panic and business shutdowns, PR heads weigh in on how brands should communicate their messages effectively.
She is keeping her title and responsibilities as global chair of food and beverage.
Kim also looks after North Asia excluding China and heads crisis comms in the region.
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.