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Philips puts $300 million global integrated account up for bid

Philips puts $300 million global integrated account up for bid

The Dutch electronics company is reviewing creative, media and communications globally, and has invited four major holding companies to participate.

Fried rice influencer apologises after featuring China critique as guest

Fried rice influencer apologises after featuring China critique as guest

Nigel Ng who plays the popular Uncle Roger character on YouTube lands on the chopping block after appearing to pander to China.

The Mango Agency rebrands following management buyout

The Mango Agency rebrands following management buyout

The new entity will be led by Jennifer Dembitz and Andrea Seifert.

Weber Shandwick makes senior promotions in APAC

Weber Shandwick makes senior promotions in APAC

Longtime Weber Shandwick leader Vanessa Ho Nikolovski will take on an expanded regional role.

Mobile gaming company Scopely hires Ben Webley as CMO

Mobile gaming company Scopely hires Ben Webley as CMO

He’s worked at Facebook, Zynga and EA.

PRWeek Global Awards 2021: early bird deadline imminent

PRWeek Global Awards 2021: early bird deadline imminent

The early bird deadline is January 13 - entrants have until Wednesday to make submissions at the lower cost rate.

Paradigm Consulting brings in economist as senior advisor

Paradigm Consulting brings in economist as senior advisor

Amin Rajan, a professor and CEO of CREATE-Research, will collaborate with the agency on asset management consultation.

Gusto Luxe appoints creative partner

Gusto Luxe appoints creative partner

Creative veteran Sunny Lai joins the lifestyle PR agency.

WhatsApp users flock to Signal, Telegram in light of privacy concerns

WhatsApp users flock to Signal, Telegram in light of privacy concerns

A WhatsApp alert about its data-sharing policy with Facebook has boosted downloads for alternative messaging apps. But the policy is in fact not new.

Pinduoduo boycott intensifies following employee suicide and termination

Pinduoduo boycott intensifies following employee suicide and termination

The ecommerce platform’s grueling working practices have been the centre of debate on Chinese social media.

Bat sandwich in outdoor retailer's ad leaves a bad taste

Bat sandwich in outdoor retailer's ad leaves a bad taste

Australia's ad watchdog is investigating complaints about a BCF ad from The Monkeys, which says the pandemic arose because "somebody ate a bat".

Pinduoduo faces scrutiny following death of staffer

Pinduoduo faces scrutiny following death of staffer

The ecommerce platform has been known for its pressurising work practices, and is facing backlash after the death of an overworked staff member.

Salesforce CMO Stephanie Buscemi exits

Salesforce CMO Stephanie Buscemi exits

CMO role will be filled by Sarah Franklin, who is currently general manager of platform.

Prudential jumps on K-pop bandwagon with SuperM pact

Prudential jumps on K-pop bandwagon with SuperM pact

The life insurer and music supergroup have launched a joint campaign and will hold events to motivate people to lead healthier lives.

Lintas Live wins real estate account

Lintas Live wins real estate account

The agency will script the narrative for its client as it expands its footprint in India.

Emily Poon named president of Ogilvy PR in Asia

Emily Poon named president of Ogilvy PR in Asia

Poon takes over from Scott Kronick who will step down from his leadership role after 33 years at Ogilvy.

MDC Partners, Stagwell reach agreement to combine

MDC Partners, Stagwell reach agreement to combine

Former top Clinton adviser and one-time Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn is set to serve as chairman and CEO of the combined network.

Our favourite ads of 2020

Our favourite ads of 2020

We pick the pieces of work that made us smile, weep and applaud in admiration of APAC’s creative power.

Redhill opens South Korea office

Redhill opens South Korea office

The agency has appointed Julia Jisun Lee to lead its Korea operations.

P&G brings out the babies in ‘Lead with love’ campaign

P&G brings out the babies in ‘Lead with love’ campaign

FMCG giant is committing to carry out 2,021 ‘acts of good’ during 2021.

Movers & Shakers: Schneider Electric, Brunswick, Bud and more

Movers & Shakers: Schneider Electric, Brunswick, Bud and more

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

The PR Group wins string of accounts

The PR Group wins string of accounts

The tech and innovation agency secures Fiverr and SevenRooms among other local players.

An unabashedly Pure Sh*t campaign

An unabashedly Pure Sh*t campaign

Australian agency launches manure brand inspired by 2020 to direct profits to charity.

Ogilvy names Julianna Richter global CEO of PR, influence

Ogilvy names Julianna Richter global CEO of PR, influence

The role has been empty since Stuart Smith left the firm early last year.

Rice adds retainer clients in Singapore

Rice adds retainer clients in Singapore

The regional agency announces wins in the professional services and healthcare sectors.

Sling & Stone goes on hiring spree

Sling & Stone goes on hiring spree

The agency brings in over 20 new hires across its three offices globally.

Edelman brings on Helga Ying to lead purpose

Edelman brings on Helga Ying to lead purpose

She’ll have both U.S. and international duties when she joins the firm next month.

Nike Japan ad receives backlash—but is incidentally brilliant

Nike Japan ad receives backlash—but is incidentally brilliant

A moving new film by W+K and Nike sparks debate about racism in Japan.

BCW launches corporate and public affairs offering in APAC

BCW launches corporate and public affairs offering in APAC

The new offering will focus on global companies seeking understanding in APAC markets—particularly China, India and Indonesia.

Former HSBC comms leader launches firm in Hong Kong

Former HSBC comms leader launches firm in Hong Kong

Victoria Coplans Hope announces the opening of her employee engagement consultancy.

Manifest expands into Australia

Manifest expands into Australia

Manifest has opened an office in Melbourne – the group's fifth after London, Manchester, Stockholm and New York.

Unilever to test four-day working week in NZ

Unilever to test four-day working week in NZ

Employees will slash their working hours by 20% on the same payroll.

MSL China announces leadership appointments

MSL China announces leadership appointments

The Publicis Groupe agency elevates two female veterans to GM roles.

Edelman, MSL, WE among PR agencies that shine in Campaign’s AOY

Edelman, MSL, WE among PR agencies that shine in Campaign’s AOY

See which agencies picked up Agency of the Year gongs across different regions in APAC.

Anchor Dairy’s Christmas campaign encourages giving over buying

Anchor Dairy’s Christmas campaign encourages giving over buying

NZ agency Pead leads creative and PR for the dairy giant.

Singapore Sports Hub names Mutant as PR partner

Singapore Sports Hub names Mutant as PR partner

The indie agency will deliver an integrated campaign for the homegrown space.

Asia PR Werkz secures string of clients

Asia PR Werkz secures string of clients

The Singapore agency gains government and consumer brands before the year closes.

Durex campaign shows how little Singaporeans know about sex

Durex campaign shows how little Singaporeans know about sex

New AKA Asia work shines a light on an alarming lack of awareness around STIs and STDs.

WPP moves to fully acquire WPP AUNZ

WPP moves to fully acquire WPP AUNZ

WPP issues an unsolicited bid to acquire all the shares of WPP AUNZ that it doesn't already own and take 100 percent ownership by March.

Covid erased $63 billion in global adspend

Covid erased $63 billion in global adspend

The latest forecast from Warc calls for a 10.2 percent drop in global adspend in 2020, and the organisation says it will take until 2022 to recover to 2019's level of spend.

How the pandemic changed Australia's consumption culture

How the pandemic changed Australia's consumption culture

A new report from Pulse, part of WPP AUNZ's opr, shows how COVID-19 has recast the way consumers are considering their purchases.

Baldwin Boyle Group launches Indonesia office

Baldwin Boyle Group launches Indonesia office

The firm has worked with Indonesia clients for many years via local partners and on-the-ground teams.

Diageo reveals 10-year sustainability plan

Diageo reveals 10-year sustainability plan

Promoting positive drinking and achieving net zero are part of the brand’s ambitious plan to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Narendra Modi and Virat Kohli among top scorers in Twitter engagement report

Narendra Modi and Virat Kohli among top scorers in Twitter engagement report

India's top influencers shone in Twitteet's October analytics.

India bans 43 more apps

India bans 43 more apps

The apps were said to threaten 'sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order'.

Belle Baldoza leaves Airbnb comms role

Belle Baldoza leaves Airbnb comms role

She was previously Southeast Asia lead for the travel company.

Mattel hires Discovery’s Catherine Frymark to lead communications

Mattel hires Discovery’s Catherine Frymark to lead communications

She’s a 20-year veteran of Discovery.

GCI Health names Kristin Cahill its next global CEO

GCI Health names Kristin Cahill its next global CEO

Wendy Lund will depart at year's end to serve as chief communications officer at Organon.

CatchOn names director of client services

CatchOn names director of client services

The Finn Partners company brings an art and travel expert to its leadership team.

YouTube launches audio ads

YouTube launches audio ads

Head of music at video giant says the pandemic has “fundamentally changed the music industry forever” due to music concerts being cancelled.

Atul Sharma named president of PRCAI

Atul Sharma named president of PRCAI

The association announces a new—albeit male-heavy—executive committee.

Dentsu reports 14.2% revenue decline, profits down nearly 25%

Dentsu reports 14.2% revenue decline, profits down nearly 25%

Asia performed the worst among regions, and although the company says pandemic pains have eased slightly, a cost-cutting cull aims to reduce the international agency roster from 160 to just six.

Five Deepavali ads we liked in 2020

Five Deepavali ads we liked in 2020

Deepavali season is upon us, and select markets in the region are abuzz with exciting creative work. We take a look at some of our favourites this year.

Dolce & Gabbana ignites controversy in China once again

Dolce & Gabbana ignites controversy in China once again

An overly decorative exhibition stand at the China International Import Expo appears to be the latest misstep in China for the luxury brand.

W Communications wins Marks & Spencer business in Singapore

W Communications wins Marks & Spencer business in Singapore

The agency will deliver strategic and creative communications to drive awareness, build brand creditability and engage the local community.

Sandpiper launches health practice in Hong Kong

Sandpiper launches health practice in Hong Kong

The consultancy expands its healthcare practice to support a growing list of clients in the sector.

MSL China CEO moves to H+K Strategies

MSL China CEO moves to H+K Strategies

The industry veteran lands at H+K as China CEO where he will be responsible for strategy and performance across the region.

Huntsworth buys 800-strong global medical comms group

Huntsworth buys 800-strong global medical comms group

Huntsworth has acquired Nucleus Global, one of the world’s biggest medical specialist comms groups, for an undisclosed sum.

Finsbury adds senior hire in Asia

Finsbury adds senior hire in Asia

Ginny Wilmerding joins the agency as partner in Hong Kong.

Ruder Finn wins $1.4m Huawei account

Ruder Finn wins $1.4m Huawei account

The China-based technology giant also renewed a $1.9 million deal with Racepoint Global.

Definition buys internal comms agency to create 'joined-up' offer

Definition buys internal comms agency to create 'joined-up' offer

Reputation management consultancy Definition has acquired internal comms and employee experience agency Words&Pictures (W&P), with plans to create an 'inside and out' offer for clients.

BCW Korea lead moves to Weber Shandwick

BCW Korea lead moves to Weber Shandwick

Elizabeth Bae will be EVP for the firm’s corporate practice in South Korea.

Heineken’s Stacey Tank to chair PRWeek Global Awards jury

Heineken’s Stacey Tank to chair PRWeek Global Awards jury

Entries for the 2021 PRWeek Global Awards officially open today.

Huawei global corporate communications VP Joe Kelly dies at 55

Huawei global corporate communications VP Joe Kelly dies at 55

Kelly was living in Shenzhen, China, with his wife and two sons.

Visa gamifies financial literacy in Malaysia

Visa gamifies financial literacy in Malaysia

One-year simulation game will cover themes such as digital payments, financial scams, loans and savings.

A city-wide treasure hunt to launch a hotel

A city-wide treasure hunt to launch a hotel

How one NZ agency worked on a hotel opening with zero tourism and no physical spaces.

Redhill announces managing director

Redhill announces managing director

The new leader will oversee the agency’s global strategy and operations as well as expand into new markets and industries.

WPP to pay annual bonuses despite COVID-19 and cut offices by up to 20%

WPP to pay annual bonuses despite COVID-19 and cut offices by up to 20%

Staff below board level will be eligible for bonuses.

Heineken names Sarah Backhouse as global comms director

Heineken names Sarah Backhouse as global comms director

She joins the company on November 16.

Kia appoints M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment to global tennis brief

Kia appoints M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment to global tennis brief

The automotive brand has selected the agency to activate its partnership with Rafael Nadal.

Rooster booked to promote new luxury hotel brand

Rooster booked to promote new luxury hotel brand

Rooster has won the brief to launch The Ozen Collection in the UK.

WPP PR arm improves in Q3 amid 'robust' client demand

WPP PR arm improves in Q3 amid 'robust' client demand

WPP reported an improved performance in its PR division in the third quarter of 2020, citing strong demand for comms services.

WPP beats Publicis to retain $600m Walgreens Boots Alliance account

WPP beats Publicis to retain $600m Walgreens Boots Alliance account

The integrated account encompasses PR, advertising and marketing and runs until 2022, with an option to extend until 2024.

Interpublic Group rebrands CMG division as IPG DXTRA

Interpublic Group rebrands CMG division as IPG DXTRA

The 28-agency, 7,000-person offering will operate as a global collective under the leadership of CEO Andy Polansky, supported by a core centralized team.

Golin Hong Kong wins pharma account

Golin Hong Kong wins pharma account

The agency will handle the healthcare company’s internal, stakeholder and media communications activities.

PRWeek Crash Course: How to build a brand voice

PRWeek Crash Course: How to build a brand voice

Learn how your business values should determine the language and tone you use on social media, and how to implement your brand voice at scale. And yes, there'll be a quiz at the end.

Kate Cronin promoted to CEO of Ogilvy Health

Kate Cronin promoted to CEO of Ogilvy Health

Andrew Schirmer, who co-led Ogilvy Health alongside Cronin, is leaving the network.

Mercury scraps $1m Turkey contract after pressure campaign

Mercury scraps $1m Turkey contract after pressure campaign

Dozens of California politicians demanded the Omnicom shop cut ties with the country.

Calvin Klein taps former Starbucks marketer as global CMO

Calvin Klein taps former Starbucks marketer as global CMO

Linh Peters replaces Marie Gulin-Merle who vacated late last year to join Google.

Redhill scores real estate account

Redhill scores real estate account

As land scarcity is an issue in Hong Kong and Singapore, Redhill will help its client with communicating about intelligent space optimisation.

Current picks up Subway global AOR account

Current picks up Subway global AOR account

The firm will handle both consumer and corporate work for the sandwich chain around the world.

Polansky: Interpublic CMG PR firms see mid-single-digit Q3 revenue drop

Polansky: Interpublic CMG PR firms see mid-single-digit Q3 revenue drop

CMG CEO Andy Polansky said he’s encouraged by the agencies’ performance and new business pipeline.

Philippe Krakowsky to succeed Michael Roth as IPG CEO

Philippe Krakowsky to succeed Michael Roth as IPG CEO

Krakowsky will take the helm effective January 1; Roth to move into executive chairman role.

Cathay Pacific retires 'Cathay Dragon' brand

Cathay Pacific retires 'Cathay Dragon' brand

The move comes as part of a wider restructuring for the Hong Kong-based airline that will see 8,500 job roles eliminated.

Sinclair bags new accounts

Sinclair bags new accounts

A strong start in Singapore after just a year operating in the market.

Edelman launches intelligence unit to bring data to the fore of comms

Edelman launches intelligence unit to bring data to the fore of comms

The new unit, DxI, will be led by former Wunderman Thompson chief data officer Yannis Kotziagkiaouridis.

Sandpiper names new GM in Greater China

Sandpiper names new GM in Greater China

The new hire joins from FTI Consulting, and reports to CEO Emma Smith.

SPAG Group launches internal comms practice

SPAG Group launches internal comms practice

The new arm will focus on employee engagement and employer branding for clients.

People in APAC heavily lean towards Biden as US election favourite

People in APAC heavily lean towards Biden as US election favourite

A YouGov study showed that only one country in APAC favoured Trump as a winner in the upcoming presidential elections.

Julie Nestor is Manulife's new Asia CMO

Julie Nestor is Manulife's new Asia CMO

She joins the insurer from Hilton International, where she was VP of marketing and GM of ecommerce for APAC.

Edelman launches nationwide campaign for Singapore Prison Service

Edelman launches nationwide campaign for Singapore Prison Service

A humane, emotive brand film to raise awareness of the rehabilitative role of prison officers.

Brunswick opens Tokyo office

Brunswick opens Tokyo office

The strategic advisory firm marks its sixth office in Asia.

Chief diversity officer Tiffany Warren to leave Omnicom

Chief diversity officer Tiffany Warren to leave Omnicom

The longtime executive is taking on a leadership role at Sony Music Group.

Go Communications snaps GoPro account

Go Communications snaps GoPro account

The agency will facilitate all PR initiatives for the brand in Malaysia.

Manifest wins retained global talent investment client

Manifest wins retained global talent investment client

International talent investor Entrepreneur First has appointed Manifest to handle UK communications and provide global support on a retained basis.

Elevating purpose marketing while remaining true-to-brand

Elevating purpose marketing while remaining true-to-brand

Covid and increased awareness on D&I issues have caused brands and organisations to recalibrate their purpose marketing plans. Leaders in the region discuss issues and solutions.

BTS faces backlash in China following Korean war tribute

BTS faces backlash in China following Korean war tribute

Brands including Hyundai and Samsung have begun to remove mentions of the boyband on their Chinese websites.

Tanishq withdraws ad after #AntiHindu claims on social media

Tanishq withdraws ad after #AntiHindu claims on social media

The jewellery brand said the campaign was intended to "celebrate the coming together of people from different walks of life and communities" but has instead stimulated "divergent and severe reactions".

TikTok banned in Pakistan

TikTok banned in Pakistan

Short video app "failed to fully comply" with Pakistan's requests and now faces tricky government negotiations in yet another market.

New head of policy comms at Twitter APAC

New head of policy comms at Twitter APAC

Ex-Edelman director moves to the social media platform to work in public policy team.

MullenLowe Lintas Group rebrands GolinOpinion in India

MullenLowe Lintas Group rebrands GolinOpinion in India

Golin’s operations in India will now work through IPG’s Constituency Management Group.

Social media post by Malaysian telco company backfires

Social media post by Malaysian telco company backfires

When Celcom asked users to post limericks on Twitter, it swiftly turns sour for the brand.

Ikea apologises, 'unpromotes' campaign after Hindu group protest

Ikea apologises, 'unpromotes' campaign after Hindu group protest

While the video is still available on YouTube, the video has been 'unpromoted on social media'.

Sunway Group extends VoxEureka partnership

Sunway Group extends VoxEureka partnership

A renewed digital comms scope includes storytelling, content, and creative duties.

Sling & Stone wins spate of B2B tech clients

Sling & Stone wins spate of B2B tech clients

The indie agency welcomes five new accounts into its business comms team.

RTG Consulting Group bags Furla account in China

RTG Consulting Group bags Furla account in China

The work includes strategic counsel, product coordination, and event support.

Twitter tests 'Birdwatch' misinformation reporting tool

Twitter tests 'Birdwatch' misinformation reporting tool

Social media service is developing a feature that will crowdsource views on whether Tweets are misleading.

Hilton places comms under new chief administrative officer Matthew Schuyler

Hilton places comms under new chief administrative officer Matthew Schuyler

Former EVP of global corporate affairs Katie Fallon has left Hilton for McDonald’s.

Facebook names Alex Schultz new global CMO

Facebook names Alex Schultz new global CMO

Former VP of product growth and innovation will take over role vacated by Antonio Lucio.

Finn Partners promotes Brighter Group founder Debbie Flynn to lead global travel arm

Finn Partners promotes Brighter Group founder Debbie Flynn to lead global travel arm

Finn Partners has promoted Debbie Flynn, formerly managing partner of Finn Travel Europe, to global travel practice leader.

PRCA SEA launches support group for juniors and mid-levels

PRCA SEA launches support group for juniors and mid-levels

The group will aim to guide and empower practitioners who might be just starting out in the industry.

Acceleration acquires Stripe Reputation

Acceleration acquires Stripe Reputation

The firm will be rebranded as Stripe Theory as it joins Michael Nyman’s network.

'Surplus to requirements' - Next 15 puts 100,000 sq ft of office space on the market

'Surplus to requirements' - Next 15 puts 100,000 sq ft of office space on the market

Next 15 is 'actively marketing' about one-third of its real estate in London, New York and San Francisco after deeming it 'surplus to requirements' amid the shift to more home working.

Former FT editor joins Finsbury Tokyo

Former FT editor joins Finsbury Tokyo

The new hire is a management and editorial veteran and will join the agency as a senior advisor.

Tyre manufacturer appoints IDEA Communications as global AOR

Tyre manufacturer appoints IDEA Communications as global AOR

The agency will handle integrated communications and digital campaigns for the Chinese brand.

Touch PR adds beauty clients to portfolio

Touch PR adds beauty clients to portfolio

The Singapore agency also announced an expansion of an existing client into Thailand and Indonesia.

New head of corporate for Edelman APAC

New head of corporate for Edelman APAC

The appointment was announced as longtime Edelman leader Amanda Goh left this month.

Rikki Jones takes on expanded role as MD of BCW Singapore

Rikki Jones takes on expanded role as MD of BCW Singapore

Jones will continue to lead APAC at GCI Health.

W2O acquires research consulting firm Elysia Group

W2O acquires research consulting firm Elysia Group

W2O’s buying spree continues after gobbling up social analytics firm Symplur and advertising and medical education shop 21Grams this year.

WE Communications names Singapore MD

WE Communications names Singapore MD

The spot had been vacant since the departure of Jeremy Seow in January.

TikTok calls for social-media coalition to address spread of harmful content

TikTok calls for social-media coalition to address spread of harmful content

Aim of proposed coalition between rival social-media platforms is to prevent cross-posting of harmful content.

WPP names first global corporate affairs chief

WPP names first global corporate affairs chief

WPP, the world’s biggest marketing services group, has hired its first ever global corporate affairs director with the aim of improving the firm’s reputation and highlighting its corporate purpose, PRWeek can reveal.

Lars Voedisch joins board at GlobalCom PR Network

Lars Voedisch joins board at GlobalCom PR Network

The head of PRecious Communications joins the board of directors as the only APAC representative.

Ketchum Hong Kong appoints VP

Ketchum Hong Kong appoints VP

The new hire brings 13 years of agency and in-house experience to the table.

All of Singapore Tourism Board's multi-faceted marketing initiatives so far

All of Singapore Tourism Board's multi-faceted marketing initiatives so far

Perhaps no government department in the region has been as aggressive with its marketing than STB, whose domestic tourism push has kicked into high gear in the last few weeks.

US greenlights TikTok-Oracle deal; fate now lies with China

US greenlights TikTok-Oracle deal; fate now lies with China

Under the arrangement that has been waved through by President Trump, ByteDance will create a new US-headquartered company called TikTok Global that will be majority owned by US investors.

Stripe names APAC head of comms

Stripe names APAC head of comms

The payments company appoints Netflix's former comms head as it eyes regional expansion.

Manifest wins global brief for leading babycare brand

Manifest wins global brief for leading babycare brand

Manifest's creative team will work with Tommee Tippee on delivering a major international activation in 2021.

John Boyega quits as Jo Malone ambassador after being cut from his own ad in China

John Boyega quits as Jo Malone ambassador after being cut from his own ad in China

Actor deemed perfume brand’s actions ‘wrong’.

Indonesian agency wants to aid journos affected by pandemic

Indonesian agency wants to aid journos affected by pandemic

A new fellowship programme for journalists affected by pandemic-related downsizing.

IABC Hong Kong names new board

IABC Hong Kong names new board

Bhavna Satyanarayan appointed president as business communicators in HK face new challenges.

YouTube debuts TikTok clone in India

YouTube debuts TikTok clone in India

YouTube is one of several platforms looking to fill the gap in the market left by TikTok.

Huntington Communications and Paprika Global announce merger

Huntington Communications and Paprika Global announce merger

Jin Ooi will lead the new outfit which will draw strengths from both agencies.

TikTok latest: Oracle bid wins, Microsoft rejected, Singapore to be bolstered

TikTok latest: Oracle bid wins, Microsoft rejected, Singapore to be bolstered

ByteDance appears to have made an arrangement with Oracle over TikTok's US operations, after fresh Chinese regulations scuppered Microsoft's proposal.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies names Azurée Montoute-Lewis, Bridgette O’Neal to top DE&I roles

Hill+Knowlton Strategies names Azurée Montoute-Lewis, Bridgette O’Neal to top DE&I roles

They will lead diversity, equity and inclusion globally and in the U.S., respectively.

China orders media blackout of ‘Mulan’

China orders media blackout of ‘Mulan’

The media ‘ban’ is part of a string of woes that has plagued the Disney title.

Sandpiper Communications hires digital and content strategist

Sandpiper Communications hires digital and content strategist

Anu Noto-Menon will aid in developing online brand, performance marketing and reputation strategies for regional clients.

Golin Hong Kong names digital head

Golin Hong Kong names digital head

Pinky Lam will work closely with Golin’s creative studio as well as support the development of proprietary digital products across regional and global offices.

Peppermayo Boutique appoints The Wired Agency

Peppermayo Boutique appoints The Wired Agency

The campaign will leverage Snapchat to target a younger, newer audience for the brand.

Real estate group partners with Zeno Group China

Real estate group partners with Zeno Group China

Zeno will be tasked on all campaign work, including supporting the client’s broader marketing and sales teams.

The Somaiya Group picks Pitchfork Partners

The Somaiya Group picks Pitchfork Partners

The remit will cover healthcare, education and rural development among other areas.

Bayer appoints Rachana Panda as comms VP and country head

Bayer appoints Rachana Panda as comms VP and country head

Panda moves from GE where she was chief communications officer.

AnyMind launches CastingAsia influencer platform in India through Pokkt

AnyMind launches CastingAsia influencer platform in India through Pokkt

The company expects to sign up 75,000 to 100,000 influencers in the country in 18 months.

Malaysian restaurant wins earned media game with zero-dollar campaign

Malaysian restaurant wins earned media game with zero-dollar campaign

The campaign video—which went viral in the country during Merdeka weekend—was even shared by the Queen.

Sard Verbinnen & Co buys UK comms and public affairs agency

Sard Verbinnen & Co buys UK comms and public affairs agency

International comms consultancy Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC) has acquired UK-based Oakhill Communications for an undisclosed sum.

Founder of Bold Media moves to WPP AUNZ

Founder of Bold Media moves to WPP AUNZ

Toby Hemming will come on as head of comms and marketing, working closely with WPP AUNZ CEO Jens Monsees on internal and external comms programmes.

Elliot & Co expands into Malaysia and Indonesia

Elliot & Co expands into Malaysia and Indonesia

The Singapore independent identifies a market gap of agencies representing SMEs in Malaysia.

Tighter control of livestreaming coming soon in China

Tighter control of livestreaming coming soon in China

Chinese regulators are preparing to impose new regulations on the booming use of livestreaming. Although the changes represent potential risk for brands, representatives from e-commerce platforms and influencer agencies welcome the moves.

Singapore company under fire for falsified press releases, doctored photos

Singapore company under fire for falsified press releases, doctored photos

The cracks began to show for Bellagraph Nova Group following a high-profile bid to takeover Newcastle United.

Brunswick appoints new partners in APAC

Brunswick appoints new partners in APAC

The advisory firm names new sector leaders in Shanghai and Sydney.

New global comms campaign for Penfolds

New global comms campaign for Penfolds

The Aussie wine brand releases a spiffy TVC in collaboration with an Emmy-nominated director.

TikTok's sale plans could be hampered by new Chinese export rules

TikTok's sale plans could be hampered by new Chinese export rules

US-China tensions escalate as Beijing rolls out restrictions on technology exports that could hamper TikTok's government-mandated US sale.

Marketers match a more subdued Merdeka in Malaysia

Marketers match a more subdued Merdeka in Malaysia

With the usual energy of Independence Day missing due to pandemic restrictions, marketers find new ways to connect with consumers.

PRBI names new board and executive team

PRBI names new board and executive team

PR Boutiques International reveals a new female-forward committee.

WPP PR arm outperforms as Q2 like-for-like revenue dips 7.5 per cent

WPP PR arm outperforms as Q2 like-for-like revenue dips 7.5 per cent

WPP's PR arm outperformed the company as a whole in the first half of 2020 amid the downturn triggered by COVID-19. PR like-for-like revenue fell 4.5 per cent to £426m ($561.9m) in H1, and by 7.5 per cent to £214m ($282.3m) in Q2.

Discovery Networks offers interviews with a 'great white' influencer

Discovery Networks offers interviews with a 'great white' influencer

In advance of its Shark Week slate of programming, Discovery Networks Southeast Asia is offering to let journalists speak to its 'fintastic' influencer, Gary—who is not at all a mindless eating machine.

Vero launches training for young comms consultants in Vietnam

Vero launches training for young comms consultants in Vietnam

The agency aims to offer qualified candidates a unique hands-on experience learning to develop strategies and attending real client and influencer meetings.

Muck Rack enters partnership with Business Wire

Muck Rack enters partnership with Business Wire

The deal was inked within the last few weeks.

Tesla dispute with Pinduoduo over discounts powers on

Tesla dispute with Pinduoduo over discounts powers on

Brand experience, pricing control and access to personal data are some of the issues on the line as the carmaker refuses to honour a discount the Chinese ecommerce platform offered unilaterally.

Gusto Luxe introduces sustainability offering

Gusto Luxe introduces sustainability offering

Offering to include consulting and marketing services such as sustainability audits, industry reports, thought leadership, strategic communications programmes and execution.

Porter Novelli promotes Ayanna Robinson to chief client officer

Porter Novelli promotes Ayanna Robinson to chief client officer

The global position had been vacant for more than two years.

Boeing finalizes changes to comms function

Boeing finalizes changes to comms function

The new communications leadership team consists of six VP-level leaders.

Zeno retains PR and some social duties on ewallet account in Malaysia

Zeno retains PR and some social duties on ewallet account in Malaysia

Zeno will handle the PR remit for Touch n' Go eWallet, as well as social-media duties on Facebook, while another agency, LOKi, won the Instagram and YouTube tasks.

Gusto Luxe wins remit for HK Covid-19 test provider

Gusto Luxe wins remit for HK Covid-19 test provider

Prenetics Group's CircleDNA is the sole testing laboratory for a Hong Kong government testing program.

Hong Kong police put spotlight on UK lobbying firm for pro-democracy work following arrests

Hong Kong police put spotlight on UK lobbying firm for pro-democracy work following arrests

A UK lobbyist’s work on behalf of campaign organisation ‘Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong’ (SWHK) calling for sanctions has led to a raft of arrests, following the imposition of draconian security laws in the former British colony at the end of June.

EY retains Sefiani for an expanded remit in Australia

EY retains Sefiani for an expanded remit in Australia

Agency wins the business following a successful four-year project-based relationship.

Purple Hong Kong appoints SVP

Purple Hong Kong appoints SVP

A senior hire following the rebrand of Prime to Purple.

PRHK announces new board

PRHK announces new board

The board welcomes two newcomers as well as title changes among existing members.

Media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested in Hong Kong

Media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested in Hong Kong

The publisher and China critic was taken in this morning under Hong Kong's new security law for "colluding with foreign forces", according to an associate.

MSL sets up shop in New Zealand

MSL sets up shop in New Zealand

Publicis Groupe names Isobel Kerr-Newell, formerly head of PR and social for Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand, as MSL's MD in the market.

Instagram Reels launches in India, Japan, Australia

Instagram Reels launches in India, Japan, Australia

The new short-form video platform launches in over 50 countries—and during a precarious time for rival TIkTok.

Influence Matters announces new senior hires

Influence Matters announces new senior hires

The B2B Chinese PR consultancy brings onboard new directors across Shanghai and Beijing.

A Kellogg’s PR stunt for ‘green onion cereal’ comes to life

A Kellogg’s PR stunt for ‘green onion cereal’ comes to life

What began as a joke for the brand in South Korea eventually materialised after years campaigning by fans.

National Gallery Singapore picks Ogilvy as AOR

National Gallery Singapore picks Ogilvy as AOR

Ogilvy will help position the gallery as Singapore’s top cultural attraction.

Citrine One appointed to handle Malaysian e-commerce brand

Citrine One appointed to handle Malaysian e-commerce brand

The Kuala Lumpur-based agency will work on an integrated PR approach for the start-up.

Microsoft deal to buy TikTok in US would include ANZ and Canadian markets

Microsoft deal to buy TikTok in US would include ANZ and Canadian markets

Buyout aims to address security concerns from governments in these markets over user information and privacy.

How COVID-19 changed the press release

How COVID-19 changed the press release

A new report by Cision details how the pandemic has affected press release content, timing and style.

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue drops 3.8% in Q2

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue drops 3.8% in Q2

The company blamed declining pass-through revenue for the dip.

Polansky: Interpublic CMG PR firms see high-single-digit Q2 revenue drop

Polansky: Interpublic CMG PR firms see high-single-digit Q2 revenue drop

CMG chairman and CEO Andy Polansky said that despite the pandemic, the firms “continue to outperform the sector.”

Gusto Luxe wins fashion accounts in China

Gusto Luxe wins fashion accounts in China

A big win for the recently merged Gusto Collective and Reuter Communications.

Pandemic sends Omnicom PR revenue plunging 13.9% in Q2

Pandemic sends Omnicom PR revenue plunging 13.9% in Q2

The holding company’s overall revenue dropped 23% in the quarter.

Creative industry 'uncertain' about Malaysia’s new video regulations

Creative industry 'uncertain' about Malaysia’s new video regulations

The Minister of Comms and Multimedia announces stricter policing of video content resulting in fear and confusion among netizens.

As TikTok works on US troubles, it now faces a ban in Pakistan

As TikTok works on US troubles, it now faces a ban in Pakistan

The embattled video-sharing app has been issued a final warning by the Pakistan government, as it explores several moves to appease concerns in the US.

Edelman names new Taiwan MD

Edelman names new Taiwan MD

A highly experienced leader joins the market, reporting into Adrian Warr.

H+K Strategies and BCW merge in Korea

H+K Strategies and BCW merge in Korea

The two businesses will operate under a combined H+K branding.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies launches NGO collaboration platform in APAC

Hill+Knowlton Strategies launches NGO collaboration platform in APAC

The new offering will connect brands and organisations to relevant NGOs in the region.

Zeno wins Hyatt Hotels international AOR account

Zeno wins Hyatt Hotels international AOR account

Hyatt also hired Maverick Creative and Gagen MacDonald.

Sling & Stone wins duo of retail accounts

Sling & Stone wins duo of retail accounts

The Aussie agency adds two big names to its roster.

Sri Lankan influencer claims Unilever bullied her over objections to whitening product

Sri Lankan influencer claims Unilever bullied her over objections to whitening product

A Colombo-based editor has spoken up about how the brand ‘made her life miserable’ after she denounced a whitening product on Instagram.

Finsbury launches in-house studio to support film and production

Finsbury launches in-house studio to support film and production

The capability will be included for clients as part of a “holistic one-team approach”.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies names SVP of Greater China

Hill+Knowlton Strategies names SVP of Greater China

The new role will include business expansion in the Greater Bay Area.

Newly merged WPP alliance tops Mergermarket H1 M&A adviser ranking

Newly merged WPP alliance tops Mergermarket H1 M&A adviser ranking

The recently merged WPP alliance of Finsbury, The Glover Park Group and Hering Schuppener has topped the new Mergermarket table that ranks PR agencies by the value of M&A deals they handled globally in the first half of 2020.

New York Times to move digital operations out of HK amid security-law concerns

New York Times to move digital operations out of HK amid security-law concerns

The international publisher will move part of its newsroom to Seoul.

New APAC comms head for Lenovo Data Center Group

New APAC comms head for Lenovo Data Center Group

The new hire was previously director of communications for Oyo.

Golin Hong Kong takes on pro bono work for mental health organisations

Golin Hong Kong takes on pro bono work for mental health organisations

The partnership comes at a time where many in HK’s youth community are needing help the most.

WPP AUNZ agencies tasked to deliver campaign for Aussie tech company

WPP AUNZ agencies tasked to deliver campaign for Aussie tech company

The three agencies involved are opr, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Neo.

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.