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Independent HK hotel brand pleads for government assistance in 'trying time'

Independent HK hotel brand pleads for government assistance in 'trying time'

Tourism industry revenues have plunged by 40 per cent, and local brands are taking a hit.

Southeast Asia's largest fashion e-commerce platform appoints Rice

Southeast Asia's largest fashion e-commerce platform appoints Rice

Zalora is among a trio of new client wins for communications agency Rice.

Vim & Vigour PR appoints director in Singapore

Vim & Vigour PR appoints director in Singapore

Ex-Mango Agency Charissa Guan comes on as a new leadership hire.

CampaignLab launches in New Zealand

CampaignLab launches in New Zealand

The agency has plans to replicate its success in Australia.

PPR merges with BCW in Australia and New Zealand

PPR merges with BCW in Australia and New Zealand

Two WPP agencies merge to become one of the largest communications firms in ANZ.

Watch: Lego's first brand campaign in 30 years invites kids to 'rebuild the world'

Watch: Lego's first brand campaign in 30 years invites kids to 'rebuild the world'

Work is collaboration between BETC Paris and The Lego Agency.

WE study: Consumers are ready to keep brands in check

WE study: Consumers are ready to keep brands in check

The Brands in Motion study found a call for collective accountability for ethical use of tech.

Brands have never been more pressured to lead with purpose: report

Brands have never been more pressured to lead with purpose: report

In this era of uprising, consumers demand mutual respect from brands, according to a new WE Communications report.

Malaysian radio station releases street-food video in response to Netflix snub

Malaysian radio station releases street-food video in response to Netflix snub

Netflix failed to include Malaysia in its street food series, and suffice to say, Malaysians weren't pleased.

Headland advises Hong Kong takeover bid of London Stock Exchange

Headland advises Hong Kong takeover bid of London Stock Exchange

Headland is leading comms for the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing's takeover bid of London Stock Exchange (LSE).

'Agencies should ask more questions' - PR bosses on how to improve the industry's communication problem

'Agencies should ask more questions' - PR bosses on how to improve the industry's communication problem

Agencies can improve the relationship with clients by asking more questions, according to comms bosses on a PRWeek Asia panel, who also cited the benefits of two-way reviews.

'There's a disconnect between junior account handlers and senior clients' - comms chiefs

'There's a disconnect between junior account handlers and senior clients' - comms chiefs

In-house comms bosses in APAC discussed how the high turnover and age of account handlers can affect client-agency relationships.

Golin appoints new MD in China

Golin appoints new MD in China

Golin has appointed The Hoffman Agency's China GM Jason Cao as its new managing director in the country.

Golin Hong Kong wins fitness and wellbeing account

Golin Hong Kong wins fitness and wellbeing account

Golin Hong Kong has won a brief for Pure Group, at a time where the wellbeing scene in Hong Kong is blowing up.

Edelman hires JWT's Van Someren as global food and beverage chair

Edelman hires JWT's Van Someren as global food and beverage chair

She is also serving as EMEA lead of its food and beverage sector.

IPG promotes Krakowsky to global COO and Lee to Mediabrands CEO

IPG promotes Krakowsky to global COO and Lee to Mediabrands CEO

Krakowsky is frontrunner to succeed Michael Roth as global CEO.

Edelman names new head of reputation in North Asia

Edelman names new head of reputation in North Asia

Antoine Calendrier was previously managing director, corporate affairs at Elan Edelman in Paris.

Within International opens regional office in Hong Kong

Within International opens regional office in Hong Kong

The agency currently has a presence in London and New York.

Tourism Australia appoints global integrated marcoms agency

Tourism Australia appoints global integrated marcoms agency

The tourism board has selected WPP's opr as its global agency, along with Reuter Communications for China work.

WE names new EVP of global operations

WE names new EVP of global operations

Aaron Petras has relocated from Seattle to Singapore to fill the global role at WE Communications.

Lloyds Bank's private equity arm takes majority stake in Instinctif

Lloyds Bank's private equity arm takes majority stake in Instinctif

Instinctif has a new majority owner, with LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, replacing Vitruvian Partners as the PR agency's principle backer.

H+K Singapore hires ex-Disney digital lead as new MD

H+K Singapore hires ex-Disney digital lead as new MD

Ex-Disney digital chief Matthew Briant has been appointed to head up Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Singapore.

New Citizen Relations and We Are Social owner targets PR acquisitions

New Citizen Relations and We Are Social owner targets PR acquisitions

PR agencies are "definitely" among the acquisition targets for the new owner of several former BlueFocus agencies including Citizen Relations and We Are Social, its CEO has told PRWeek.

Nano influencers overtake micro and macro in NZ

Nano influencers overtake micro and macro in NZ

A new report details influencer marketing trends in New Zealand, including the rise of nano influencers and why it's all about Instagram Stories.

Ex-P&G execs to run agencies spun off from Blue Focus

Ex-P&G execs to run agencies spun off from Blue Focus

New holding company Blue Impact is being formed from Blue Focus Intelligent Communications Group agencies.

Brands must remain silent about Hong Kong: PR chief

Brands must remain silent about Hong Kong: PR chief

MD of Allison Advisory on how Western brands should navigate their comms amid rising nationalism in China.

Archetype appointed as 'outsourced CMO' for solar start-up launch

Archetype appointed as 'outsourced CMO' for solar start-up launch

'Enterprise incubator' Mach49 has partnered with comms agency Archetype to launch a solar company.

Independent Australian agency launches Asian comms division

Independent Australian agency launches Asian comms division

The new division of Thrive will focus on Chinese brands entering the Australia-New Zealand market.

Twitter bans state media ads over 'nefarious' Hong Kong social media tactics

Twitter bans state media ads over 'nefarious' Hong Kong social media tactics

Twitter and Facebook took action against accounts they said are connected to the Chinese government.

Senior appointments at Edelman Shanghai

Senior appointments at Edelman Shanghai

Edelman Shanghai has appointed Christina Chan as vice president of branding and Ee Ghim Chua as director of brand reputation.

Mulan actress faces backlash after expressing support for Hong Kong police

Mulan actress faces backlash after expressing support for Hong Kong police

The hashtag #BoycottMulan took off last weekend as a response to the actress' comments on Weibo.

How APAC netizens and media are reacting to the Hong Kong protests

How APAC netizens and media are reacting to the Hong Kong protests

An overview of reactions from Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan on digital and social media.

'Staff safety is a concern' - Hong Kong PR chief on protests

'Staff safety is a concern' - Hong Kong PR chief on protests

A PR professional has said 'violence is out of the ordinary' in Hong Kong, as protests across the city over the past few weeks have escalated into angry confrontations and the use of tear gas.

MSL Malaysia appoints managing partner

MSL Malaysia appoints managing partner

Newly rebranded agency MSL Malaysia has hired a new leader to help grow the business.

BCW rolls out entertainment practice

BCW rolls out entertainment practice

BCW Entertainment builds on the core of former Burson-Marsteller shop BWR.

Watch: All Blacks and AIG teach Rugby World Cup visitors how (not) to drive in Japan

Watch: All Blacks and AIG teach Rugby World Cup visitors how (not) to drive in Japan

The New Zealand rugby team's main sponsor AIG has deployed some All Black stars to Tokyo for a campaign aimed at tourists heading to Japan for next month's Rugby World Cup.

InterContinental Hotels Group names DeVries global AOR for four brands

InterContinental Hotels Group names DeVries global AOR for four brands

DeVries will represent Regent Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, non-American Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants and Hotel Indigo.

Travel PR agency Lotus expands into Asia

Travel PR agency Lotus expands into Asia

Travel PR specialist Lotus has expanded into Asia with its second office outside of the UK. Lotus Asia will be headquartered in Malaysia and supported by a team in Singapore, offering a full service across Southeast Asia.

General Mills names McDonald's alum Jano Cabrera as global comms head

General Mills names McDonald's alum Jano Cabrera as global comms head

Cabrera is replacing Mary Lynn Carver in the role.

WE Buchan expands senior leadership

WE Buchan expands senior leadership

A new creative director and strategy head are among the new appointments at agency WE Buchan.

Watch: Integrated global campaign aims to counter deforestation

Watch: Integrated global campaign aims to counter deforestation

Zippo has launched Fight Fire with Fire, an integrated global project to aid critical reforestation in partnership with Woodchuck USA.

Subway appoints new agency of record in Asia

Subway appoints new agency of record in Asia

The global sandwich chain will work with Archetype for franchise development work in Asia.

Mediacorp, Havas apologise for 'brownface' ad in Singapore

Mediacorp, Havas apologise for 'brownface' ad in Singapore

An ad for payment service E-Pay featured a Singaporean-Chinese man portraying a Singaporean-Indian character.

CatchOn wins comms briefs for trio of new clients

CatchOn wins comms briefs for trio of new clients

Finn Partners-owned marcoms agency CatchOn's Shanghai office will oversee comms for the new accounts.

Healthcare agency Publicis Resolute opens Singapore office

Healthcare agency Publicis Resolute opens Singapore office

Healthcare agency Publicis Resolute - the PR and medical education arm of Publicis Health - has expanded abroad for the first time by opening an Asia-Pacific regional office in Singapore.

Airline group oneworld hires global head of comms, appoints PR agency

Airline group oneworld hires global head of comms, appoints PR agency

Airline alliance oneworld has hired a new global corporate communications head and appointed travel and airline specialist The PC Agency to manage its 20th anniversary campaign.

Japan Airlines appoints Ogilvy Singapore for integrated comms brief

Japan Airlines appoints Ogilvy Singapore for integrated comms brief

The agency will manage integrated comms for Japan's national carrier across Southeast Asia.

Agency 'thrives' after ditching social media and influencers to focus on traditional PR

Agency 'thrives' after ditching social media and influencers to focus on traditional PR

A comms agency that dropped influencer work because "it's a waste of money" and refuses to manage clients' social media output is showing strong signs of recovery by focusing purely on PR.

Classic IPG 'upwards shuffle' as Polansky and Heimann take top jobs

Classic IPG 'upwards shuffle' as Polansky and Heimann take top jobs

The news last night that Weber Shandwick, the world's second-largest PR firm, has promoted Gail Heimann to global CEO, comes as no surprise to those of us who've followed the agency closely over the past decade or two.

Andy Polansky named Interpublic CMG CEO; Gail Heimann appointed Weber Shandwick chief

Andy Polansky named Interpublic CMG CEO; Gail Heimann appointed Weber Shandwick chief

The world's second-largest PR agency has a new CEO.

Omnicom US PR stagnant in Q2; UK up

Omnicom US PR stagnant in Q2; UK up

Omnicom's PR unit overall was down by 1.3% organically.

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment global leader relocating to Australia

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment global leader relocating to Australia

Steve Martin, the global boss of M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, is moving from London to Sydney in mid-September, PRWeek can reveal.

In a World Cup that 'lacked buzz', England's final heroics provide 'once in a lifetime' opportunity

In a World Cup that 'lacked buzz', England's final heroics provide 'once in a lifetime' opportunity

England's Cricket World Cup heroics on the field have left the PR and comms industry purring, but some feel the tournament could have generated a greater buzz and that the sport needs to make the most of the final's success.

Amit Misra promoted to MSL South Asia CEO

Amit Misra promoted to MSL South Asia CEO

Misra was previously CEO of the agency's Indian operations.

The PR Show: How did PR's creativity really measure up at Cannes?

The PR Show: How did PR's creativity really measure up at Cannes?

The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity could potentially ditch categories because "everybody is eating each other's lunch" and PR agencies need to consider how they are showing up, according to panellists on a special creativity episode of The PR Show.

Ben Boyd leaves Edelman after 14 years to join BCW

Ben Boyd leaves Edelman after 14 years to join BCW

He starts September 3 as global chief strategy and operations officer.

PRCA's Matt Cartmell to leave to set up agency

PRCA's Matt Cartmell to leave to set up agency

The PRCA's second in charge, deputy director general Matt Cartmell, is leaving the industry body to launch an agency that provides content and communications services.

MSL names Nicole Scull global leader of agency's P&G business

MSL names Nicole Scull global leader of agency's P&G business

Scull was previously lead for the North American P&G feminine care and baby care teams.

PRWeek and PRCA launch landmark Asia-Pacific study

PRWeek and PRCA launch landmark Asia-Pacific study

The PRCA and PRWeek UK are launching the first PR and Communications Census for the Asia-Pacific region, in conjunction with research partner YouGov.

'Please stop your unctuous public drivel': Critics spar with Salzman after Cannes controversy

'Please stop your unctuous public drivel': Critics spar with Salzman after Cannes controversy

'Stop trying to rationalize your evil,' another user told her.

Alison Brod's Burger King work shines on Wednesday winners lists at Cannes

Alison Brod's Burger King work shines on Wednesday winners lists at Cannes

The Whopper Detour campaign won a list of PR credits at the Cannes Lions.

Ketchum scores Social Grand Prix PR credit for Wendy's campaign

Ketchum scores Social Grand Prix PR credit for Wendy's campaign

The Omnicom Group firm was listed as the PR shop behind the chain's Keeping Fortnite Fresh effort.

Golin, Weber, Edelman... Scholz & Friends: PR Lions winners revealed

Golin, Weber, Edelman... Scholz & Friends: PR Lions winners revealed

Weber Shandwick, Golin, Edelman, Ketchum, Taylor Herring and Naked Communications have won PR Lions for idea creation, but ad agencies again dominate the haul - and a campaign against tampon tax rates wins the Grand Prix.

Edelman wins Bronze in Cannes Pharma Lions

Edelman wins Bronze in Cannes Pharma Lions

Impact Porter Novelli in Dubai was credited for PR for the Print & Publishing Grand Prix.

Uber combines marketing, comms under PR lead Jill Hazelbaker

Uber combines marketing, comms under PR lead Jill Hazelbaker

The ride-hailing company is restructuring to create a 'unified narrative.'

Singapore Airlines names BerlinRosen North American AOR

Singapore Airlines names BerlinRosen North American AOR

Weber Shandwick was the airline's previous AOR.

Edelman names Kehoe as new APAC lead after Lin resigns

Edelman names Kehoe as new APAC lead after Lin resigns

Edelman has promoted Stephen Kehoe to president and CEO of its APAC operations after incumbent Jesse Lin resigned.

PR pros: 'Huawei is handling crisis well, but could target customers in charm offensive'

PR pros: 'Huawei is handling crisis well, but could target customers in charm offensive'

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has its work cut out to convince governments, technology partners and consumers that its products and telco infrastructure are safe, experts warn.

FleishmanHillard CEO defends Monsanto work

FleishmanHillard CEO defends Monsanto work

"A lot of the recent attention has mischaracterized our work," John Saunders said in a statement.

Edelman's Michelle Hutton to leave London for APAC leadership roles

Edelman's Michelle Hutton to leave London for APAC leadership roles

Edelman's MD of global client strategy, Michelle Hutton, is returning to Australia to take the helm of Edelman Australia, in addition to a new role as chief growth officer for the Asia-Pacific region.

Dentsu PR aligns with think tank for insight into Japan-US relations

Dentsu PR aligns with think tank for insight into Japan-US relations

The arrangement is the first of its kind for the Japanese agency.

Huawei strengthens UK and Europe comms team with Sky News veteran

Huawei strengthens UK and Europe comms team with Sky News veteran

Huawei has hired veteran Sky News reporter Paul Harrison as a senior member of its Europe communications team, PRWeek can reveal.

PRWeek Global Awards 2019: winners revealed

PRWeek Global Awards 2019: winners revealed

Senior figures from across the global PR and communications industry assembled in London tonight to discover who would take home the coveted trophies at the PRWeek Global Awards 2019.

Havas PR creates Red Havas 'micro-network'

Havas PR creates Red Havas 'micro-network'

The organization will be comprised of Havas PR offices in North America and the U.K. and Red Agency in Asia-Pacific.

Havas PR merges with US and Australasian agencies to form Red Havas

Havas PR merges with US and Australasian agencies to form Red Havas

Havas PR in the UK is merging with counterparts in the US and Australia's Red Agency to create a new global network called Red Havas.

Dentsu sees Q1 organic growth fall as it prepares for new corporate structure

Dentsu sees Q1 organic growth fall as it prepares for new corporate structure

The advertising giant is optimistic about major upcoming events in Japan and sees planned new holding company improving alignment between domestic and international operations.

Hotwire merges with Precinct

Hotwire merges with Precinct

The Precinct brand will be retired July 1.

Wachsman grows leadership with former Edelman and Teneo senior execs

Wachsman grows leadership with former Edelman and Teneo senior execs

Former Skype and Edelman executive Jane Fields has been appointed managing director for EMEA, while ex-Teneo managing director Danny Phan will lead APAC.

PR agencies snub Royal Brunei Airlines pitch over controversial LGBT laws

PR agencies snub Royal Brunei Airlines pitch over controversial LGBT laws

PR agencies have begun boycotting Royal Brunei Airlines in the wake of the Kingdom enacting controversial LGBT laws, PRWeek has learned.

MSL veteran Glenn Osaki takes job at USC

MSL veteran Glenn Osaki takes job at USC

The 32-year veteran of MSL will serve as SVP and chief communications officer for the University of Southern California, his alma mater.

Zebra Technologies reviews global PR

Zebra Technologies reviews global PR

BCW and Archetype are the incumbents on the account.

Cisco hires Stella Low as chief communications officer

Cisco hires Stella Low as chief communications officer

She is replacing Oliver Roll, who left Cisco this month.

FTI strategic comms revenue jumps 9.3% in Q1

FTI strategic comms revenue jumps 9.3% in Q1

The agency credited corporate reputation projects for the growth.

Omnicom PR revenue dips 0.5% in Q1

Omnicom PR revenue dips 0.5% in Q1

However, Omnicom CEO John Wren said he's seeing "positive signs in certain areas of our PR operations."

Doodle extends Common Industry partnership

Doodle extends Common Industry partnership

The agency will continue its work with the scheduling platform following the successful launch of Doodle's inaugural Meeting Report and an initial six-month press office campaign.

PR pros appalled by anti-LGBTI laws, but should brands join Brunei boycott?

PR pros appalled by anti-LGBTI laws, but should brands join Brunei boycott?

Brunei-owned brands face a reputational crisis, but PR pros are divided about whether other brands should join a celebrity-led boycott against barbaric new laws that punish Brunei's LGBTI+ community with death.

Interpublic Group combines Current Marketing, Creation

Interpublic Group combines Current Marketing, Creation

The new agency is called Current Global.

Xerox hires Anne Marie Squeo as comms, brand leader

Xerox hires Anne Marie Squeo as comms, brand leader

Squeo has held communications roles at IBM and Netflix and won a Pulitzer Prize.

Mark Thorne leaves Hill+Knowlton Strategies for Burson Cohn & Wolfe

Mark Thorne leaves Hill+Knowlton Strategies for Burson Cohn & Wolfe

Thorne is serving as EVP, CFO, and COO at BCW.

Tourism Australia seeks PR agency for China

Tourism Australia seeks PR agency for China

A tender calls for a wide range of PR services under a 24-month term.

Uber hires Instagram's Taj Alavi as global head of marcomms

Uber hires Instagram's Taj Alavi as global head of marcomms

Alavi has spent the last three years leading brand marketing at the Facebook-owned platform.

Lenovo picks BCW for China corporate PR, brand reputation support

Lenovo picks BCW for China corporate PR, brand reputation support

The company started its review last summer.

FleishmanHillard locks down Iron Mountain account

FleishmanHillard locks down Iron Mountain account

The business was previously held by Weber Shandwick for at least a decade.

Luxury comms group PRCO expands into Asia

Luxury comms group PRCO expands into Asia

PRCO, the global luxury integrated communications group that was founded in London, has expanded into Asia, opening new offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai under the PRCO Asia banner.

Cision revenues up 10.3% in Q4

Cision revenues up 10.3% in Q4

The PR services provider also continued 2018's buying spree into early 2019.

Combined Text100, Bite agency gets a new brand: Archetype

Combined Text100, Bite agency gets a new brand: Archetype

The name refers to the agency's desire to be an "archetype" for the modern marcomms agency.

WPP hires Walmart's Jacqui Canney as global chief people officer

WPP hires Walmart's Jacqui Canney as global chief people officer

Canney is set to start in June and take over from Mark Linaugh.

MSL appoints Greater China CEO

MSL appoints Greater China CEO

Jun Xu has joined the Publicis Groupe agency from Unilever.

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue up 6.7% in Q4

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue up 6.7% in Q4

For the year, strategic comms revenue was up 16%.

Facebook cuts down agency roster, puts survivors on notice about policies

Facebook cuts down agency roster, puts survivors on notice about policies

The social network has asked agency partners to adhere to a set of standards after fallout from its work with Definers Public Affairs.

Edelman revenues dip 1.1% in 2018

Edelman revenues dip 1.1% in 2018

Revenues dropped 0.7% in the U.S., 2.4% in EMEA, and 2.8% in Asia-Pacific last year.

Dentsu posts 3.4% organic growth as reforms continue

Dentsu posts 3.4% organic growth as reforms continue

China and Australia weighed down APAC performance in the last quarter, Dentsu said.

Polansky: 'High-single-digit' revenue growth for CMG PR firms in Q4

Polansky: 'High-single-digit' revenue growth for CMG PR firms in Q4

Weber Shandwick had double-digit growth in Q4 and mid-single-digit growth for the full year, according to the agency's CEO.

Omnicom PR revenue up 1.5% in Q4

Omnicom PR revenue up 1.5% in Q4

For all of 2018, Omnicom's PR firms were up 1.8% organically to $1.4 billion.

Twitter reports 23% rise in Q4 ad revenue and first full-year profit

Twitter reports 23% rise in Q4 ad revenue and first full-year profit

The social network will add to U.S. and international sales teams.

Publicis shares crash by more than 10% after creative agencies slump

Publicis shares crash by more than 10% after creative agencies slump

WPP, Interpublic, and Omnicom also saw stocks slide.

Brian Wieser joins Group M to lead business intelligence

Brian Wieser joins Group M to lead business intelligence

Media and advertising analyst moves back to agency world.

WPP sells its stake in Richard Attias & Associates

WPP sells its stake in Richard Attias & Associates

The move is part of WWP's restructuring plans.

WE Communications shakes up leadership team

WE Communications shakes up leadership team

International president Alan VanderMolen is leaving the agency.

Cisco consolidates PR work with FleishmanHillard

Cisco consolidates PR work with FleishmanHillard

The company has ended its corporate and tech PR relationships with Brunswick, Text100, and Golin.

Weber Shandwick's Ian Cohen named global content, innovation lead at PayPal

Weber Shandwick's Ian Cohen named global content, innovation lead at PayPal

He is the third major hire for PayPal's comms team in the past 18 months.

Cision's shopping spree continues as it acquires TrendKite for $225 million

Cision's shopping spree continues as it acquires TrendKite for $225 million

It is the 12th company Cision has acquired since the combination of Cision and Vocus in 2014.

FleishmanHillard Middle East incorporates into Omnicom's Impact BBDO

FleishmanHillard Middle East incorporates into Omnicom's Impact BBDO

FleishmanHillard has incorporated its Middle Eastern business into Impact BBDO, the regional network owned by Fleishman parent company Omnicom, although the PR shop insists it is not a merger.

GCI Health to open Singapore office, its first in Asia

GCI Health to open Singapore office, its first in Asia

It's the first step in a planned regional expansion for GCI.

Edelman APAC vice chair Rupen Desai departs

Edelman APAC vice chair Rupen Desai departs

Former MullenLowe Asia-Pacific leader to leave post in March, after just two years.

Finn Partners buys Hong Kong hospitality firm CatchOn

Finn Partners buys Hong Kong hospitality firm CatchOn

The 30-person firm will be called CatchOn, a Finn Partners Company.

Acceleris and Limelight rebrand under single identity; add new staff and clients

Acceleris and Limelight rebrand under single identity; add new staff and clients

Merged communications agencies Acceleris and Limelight have rebranded under a single brand - Definition.

Newell Brands picks WPP as global comms partner

Newell Brands picks WPP as global comms partner

WPP is launching Team Newell to handle the account globally. BCW will work on the business.

Alibaba VP Bob Christie leaves for Brunswick

Alibaba VP Bob Christie leaves for Brunswick

Christie spent four years at the China-based company.

Snap names 21st Century Fox's Julie Henderson chief communications officer

Snap names 21st Century Fox's Julie Henderson chief communications officer

She'll exit the entertainment company after the completion of its deal with Disney.

Edelman's Michelle Hutton named Cannes Lions PR jury president

Edelman's Michelle Hutton named Cannes Lions PR jury president

Hutton, MD of global clients, has worked at Edelman since 2010.

Keith Weed retires from Unilever after 35 years

Keith Weed retires from Unilever after 35 years

Veteran marketer will leave in May 2019.

Japan Consulate and Information Center signs Marathon Strategies

Japan Consulate and Information Center signs Marathon Strategies

The comms firm will provide media research and counseling services for the publicity wing of Japan's consulate general.

Global comms SVP Stella Low to leave Dell

Global comms SVP Stella Low to leave Dell

The technology company has not yet named a replacement.

ICF combines shops including Olson Engage, PulsePoint into ICF Next

ICF combines shops including Olson Engage, PulsePoint into ICF Next

IBM iX veteran John Armstrong will lead the new agency.

In brief: Citizen wins Chinese travel client, Influential grows team, wins for MHP, Rooster

In brief: Citizen wins Chinese travel client, Influential grows team, wins for MHP, Rooster

Citizen wins Chinese travel client, Influential grows team, account wins for Palm, MHP and Eulogy, and more from PRWeek UK.

Golin buys Singapore creative content agency Hurrah Productions

Golin buys Singapore creative content agency Hurrah Productions

Golin's Singapore office has acquired creative content agency Hurrah Productions to boost its "visual storytelling capabilities".

Former Edelman global digital lead Kevin King joins Citizen Relations

Former Edelman global digital lead Kevin King joins Citizen Relations

King will serve as global chief digital officer at Citizen.

Twitter PR pros call out Facebook's 'garbage move' of blaming its comms team

Twitter PR pros call out Facebook's 'garbage move' of blaming its comms team

"Sorry, but blaming your comms team in times of crisis is a garbage move," said one unlikely ally.

Wieser: Bad behavior makes working with Facebook harder

Wieser: Bad behavior makes working with Facebook harder

Marketers may think twice about the platform after revelations in The New York Times, the Pivotal Research analyst said.

Golin sets up affiliate office in Malaysia

Golin sets up affiliate office in Malaysia

Rantau Golin joins the Singapore and Indonesia offices to form a Southeast Asia Golin network.

Entrepreneur indicted in U.S., Malaysia hires comms firms

Entrepreneur indicted in U.S., Malaysia hires comms firms

Low Taek Jho had been reportedly traveling between Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China.

Pearson hires GE alum Deirdre Latour as chief corporate affairs officer

Pearson hires GE alum Deirdre Latour as chief corporate affairs officer

Latour will start in the role at the beginning of next year.

SoftBank names Gary Ginsberg as global comms head

SoftBank names Gary Ginsberg as global comms head

Ginsberg is a veteran of News Corp. and Time Warner.

Cohn & Wolfe revenue up double digits in Q3

Cohn & Wolfe revenue up double digits in Q3

CEO Donna Imperato said both Burson-Marsteller and C&W 'delivered strong profit growth' in the quarter.

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue jumps 14% in Q3

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue jumps 14% in Q3

Strategic communications was in the middle of the pack among FTI business segments in terms of revenue performance in Q3.

Ogilvy's Thomas Crampton takes global digital role at Edelman

Ogilvy's Thomas Crampton takes global digital role at Edelman

Edelman Digital manages more than $200 million in paid media spend.

Jukebox expands across Asia and US following 'explosion of festival tourism'

Jukebox expands across Asia and US following 'explosion of festival tourism'

One of the UK's largest specialist music PR agencies, Jukebox PR, is expanding across Asia, Europe and the Americas following an explosion of festival tourism.

Polansky: Mid-single-digit revenue growth for IPG PR firms in Q3

Polansky: Mid-single-digit revenue growth for IPG PR firms in Q3

Weber Shandwick's CEO said Weber, Golin, and Rogers & Cowan performed particularly well in the quarter.

Anti-scamming campaign receives top gong in PRWeek Awards' 'best public sector' category

Anti-scamming campaign receives top gong in PRWeek Awards' 'best public sector' category

Unity has been announced as the winner of the best public sector campaign at last night's PRWeek Awards, for 'Scammer Nanas'.

Omnicom PR revenue up 2.3% in Q3

Omnicom PR revenue up 2.3% in Q3

The holding company beat expectations with its net income up more than 13% in the period.

Allison+Partners launches in Seoul

Allison+Partners launches in Seoul

The location is Allison's 11th office in Asia-Pacific and the 30th globally.

Kekst, CNC combine

Kekst, CNC combine

The new entity will be co-led by Kekst CEO Jeremy Fielding and CNC chief executive Bernhard Meising.

H+K separates from SJR in global restructure

H+K separates from SJR in global restructure

Alex Jutkowitz will no longer run Hill+Knowlton in the U.S.; Lars Erik Grønntun and Richard Millar become global presidents.

Top corporate affairs directors on £750k as function rises in importance

Top corporate affairs directors on £750k as function rises in importance

A growing proportion of corporate affairs directors (CADs) are earning remuneration packages in excess of £500,000 and report directly to the CEO, a study has revealed.

PRWeek Global Awards launch; Jonathan Adashek to chair jury

PRWeek Global Awards launch; Jonathan Adashek to chair jury

Global auto communications executive Jonathan Adashek will head a star-studded jury to identify transformative work that crosses global territories as well as the best work in the regions - with six new categories added this year.

Next Fifteen merges Text100, Bite under Helena Maus

Next Fifteen merges Text100, Bite under Helena Maus

Bite's global chief executive will lead the combined agency as Text100 CEO Aedhmar Hynes exits.

Watch: Heathrow Airport CEO talks about the value of PR and comms

Watch: Heathrow Airport CEO talks about the value of PR and comms

The CIPR has kicked off a series of interviews with business leaders about the role of PR in their organisations with an interview featuring the chief executive of Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye.

Brands in motion: Brexit Britain responds better to 'rational' comms

Brands in motion: Brexit Britain responds better to 'rational' comms

Almost all consumers expect brands to act ethically, but when it comes to what drives a purchase decision or brand support in these uncertain times, rational considerations trump emotional - and increasingly so, a study by WE Communications has found.

GDS rules of the social media game: listen first and keep it simple

GDS rules of the social media game: listen first and keep it simple

New guidance on how to use social media to its full potential has been issued by the Government Digital Service, with government departments urged to monitor online exchanges between people to inform their approach.

Will Mark Read's appointment bring stability to WPP after the post-Sorrell turmoil?

Will Mark Read's appointment bring stability to WPP after the post-Sorrell turmoil?

The news this week that Mark Read had been appointed CEO of WPP came after a painful interregnum following the abrupt departure of the charismatic Martin Sorrell after more than 30 years at the helm. But is Read a thoughtful and safe pair of hands or a dull accountant with little in the way of leadership skills?

In brief: Beattie adds five staff, Jam chosen by Wakelet, Mc&T wins Zopa, Avant PR gets Broke & Beautiful

In brief: Beattie adds five staff, Jam chosen by Wakelet, Mc&T wins Zopa, Avant PR gets Broke & Beautiful

Beattie backs new business with more hires, Jam wins Wakelet content platform brief, Zopa appoints Mc&T after three-way pitch, Avant PR awarded Broke & Beautiful, Label wins Pro Blo, and more from PRWeek UK.

PRCA builds global aspirations with opening of PRCA Southeast Asia

PRCA builds global aspirations with opening of PRCA Southeast Asia

The PRCA has extended its global reach with the launch of PRCA Southeast Asia, with Text 100's Lee Nugent chairing the new offering.

Australia bans use of influencers in government campaigns after 'offensive' posts

Australia bans use of influencers in government campaigns after 'offensive' posts

The Australian government has banned the use of influencers from all federal government campaigns after a series of embarrassing exposés involving taxpayer-funded social media stars.

Singapore Airlines calls integrated pitch, looking to get 'back to #1'

Singapore Airlines calls integrated pitch, looking to get 'back to #1'

Singapore Airlines is putting its strategy, creative, media, content, website/app development and production up for a competitive bid, as part of what it calls a major transformation effort.

Salesforce hires AT&T's Brad Burns as chief communications officer

Salesforce hires AT&T's Brad Burns as chief communications officer

Burns was most recently SVP of corporate comms for AT&T Communications.

GE Appliances hires Procter & Gamble's Antonio Boadas as comms head

GE Appliances hires Procter & Gamble's Antonio Boadas as comms head

Boadas is a 16-year veteran of P&G.

Luxury is the new black: Boomtown for specialist agencies in London as M&A activity heats up

Luxury is the new black: Boomtown for specialist agencies in London as M&A activity heats up

MMGY's acquisition of Grifco and Ophir this week could herald a stampede by foreign investors looking to buy up skills or a London presence in the luxury travel and lifestyle sectors. The pound is at a low against the dollar, London is a vital hub for the luxury sector and Brexit is of only passing concern - all of which create ripe conditions for a boom in M&A activity.

US PR chief allegedly linked to Qatar World Cup 'dirty tricks' campaign and Syria work

US PR chief allegedly linked to Qatar World Cup 'dirty tricks' campaign and Syria work

A senior US-based PR executive has been in the news for his alleged involvement in a 'dirty tricks' campaign that helped secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, and separate work to improve the image of the Assad regime in Syria.

Corporate affairs head Jeff Winton departs Astellas for Alkermes

Corporate affairs head Jeff Winton departs Astellas for Alkermes

Astellas shook up its corporate affairs department after Winton's departure.

'Saddened and disturbed': Sorrell aims another barb at WPP over board resignation

'Saddened and disturbed': Sorrell aims another barb at WPP over board resignation

Martin Sorrell has again criticized former employer WPP, saying he is "saddened and disturbed" by the resignation of its non-executive director, Hugo Shong, who he credited as a significant factor in the group's growth in China.

Porter Novelli names Jennifer Swint global president amid leadership shuffle

Porter Novelli names Jennifer Swint global president amid leadership shuffle

The Omnicom firm has also appointed MDs in four markets.

Polansky: 'Low-single-digit' revenue growth for CMG PR firms in Q2

Polansky: 'Low-single-digit' revenue growth for CMG PR firms in Q2

Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky also said his firm and Golin are "poised for strong years."

WPP China in talks to sell stake to Alibaba, CMC, Tencent

WPP China in talks to sell stake to Alibaba, CMC, Tencent

Sources estimate the stake at hand to be roughly 20% of WPP China, valued at between $2 billion (£1.5 billion) and $2.5 billion.

Lenovo seeks agency support for seven-figure China brief

Lenovo seeks agency support for seven-figure China brief

The winning firm will help the Chinese multinational tech giant overcome recent reputational challenges.

WPP agency alliance overtakes Sard Verbinnen for top Mergermarket spot

WPP agency alliance overtakes Sard Verbinnen for top Mergermarket spot

It's the first time the partnership of Finsbury, Hering Schuppener, and Glover Park Group has topped the list.

Publicis experiences first revenue drop under new CEO

Publicis experiences first revenue drop under new CEO

The chief executive of Publicis Groupe has experienced his first bad financial quarter since he took charge last June, as a drop in organic growth led its shares down 7 per cent this morning.

Omnicom PR revenue up 2.7% in Q2

Omnicom PR revenue up 2.7% in Q2

The holding company's overall revenue was up 1.8% in the period to $3.9 billion.

Instinctif sale 'paused' as buyers fail to meet circa £20m price for majority stake

Instinctif sale 'paused' as buyers fail to meet circa £20m price for majority stake

The sale process for Instinctif Partners has been "paused", with potential buyers unwilling to meet the asking price.

Ogilvy Worldwide creative chief fired after internal investigation

Ogilvy Worldwide creative chief fired after internal investigation

Tham Khai Meng has been with Ogilvy since 1999.

Number 10 comms veteran leaves Edelman Middle East for role with Princess Haya of Jordan

Number 10 comms veteran leaves Edelman Middle East for role with Princess Haya of Jordan

Former Number 10 comms strategist Robin Gordon-Farleigh has left Edelman in the Middle East to take a role advising Princess Haya of Jordan.

Opportunistic or inspiring? Four car firms celebrate women driving in Saudi Arabia

Opportunistic or inspiring? Four car firms celebrate women driving in Saudi Arabia

PRWeek looks at four carmakers' films that celebrate the ending of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia - and asks whether they get the tone right?

Nissan Motor global comms VP David Reuter to exit

Nissan Motor global comms VP David Reuter to exit

Reuter, who has worked at Nissan for eight years, leaves the company on Friday.

New Europe comms lead at Nissan as Stuart Jackson heads to Amazon

New Europe comms lead at Nissan as Stuart Jackson heads to Amazon

Stuart Jackson is leaving Nissan Europe and will take up a new role at Amazon Operations.

Which PR agencies won the most Cannes Lions?

Which PR agencies won the most Cannes Lions?

Lions wrought from varying shades of metal will arrive in PR offices across the globe this week as their winners return from Cannes. But who bagged the most?

Edelman campaign for Adobe wins Social & Influencer Bronze Lion

Edelman campaign for Adobe wins Social & Influencer Bronze Lion

It's the second non-PR Lion for Edelman and the Make the Cut campaign.

Creative shops (again) win Lion's share of PR trophies at Cannes

Creative shops (again) win Lion's share of PR trophies at Cannes

FleishmanHillard, Edelman, and Ketchum bagged PR Lions on Thursday.

Burson UK CEO Stephen Day 'made redundant' as part of BCW merger

Burson UK CEO Stephen Day 'made redundant' as part of BCW merger

Burson-Marsteller UK CEO Stephen Day has left the company as part of its merger with Cohn & Wolfe, PRWeek understands.

Edelman, PMK*BNC win Brand Experience, Digital Craft Lions

Edelman, PMK*BNC win Brand Experience, Digital Craft Lions

London's Stripe Communications also took home a Bronze Lion for Entertainment.

Edelman and Weber shortlisted at Cannes for Adobe, Samsung and IFAD work

Edelman and Weber shortlisted at Cannes for Adobe, Samsung and IFAD work

Aside from the PR Lions, six other shortlists have been published at Cannes today and there is a place for comms agencies on three of them.

Ketchum work shows up on non-PR Cannes shortlists

Ketchum work shows up on non-PR Cannes shortlists

The Omnicom firm's efforts on the Blood Normal campaign for Essity's Libresse and Bodyform was shortlisted in several categories.

We Are Social makes first acquisition in Dubai and targets more

We Are Social makes first acquisition in Dubai and targets more

We Are Social has made its first acquisition, taking a majority stake in Dubai-based social media agency Socialize as it targets further acquisitions across the world.

Ogilvy unveils new identity: CEO Seifert explains agency's new structure and purpose

Ogilvy unveils new identity: CEO Seifert explains agency's new structure and purpose

Ogilvy is ditching Mather, introducing a new corporate identity and cementing months of streamlining with a simplified organizational structure that chief executive John Siefert says will "build a new model for our industry."

WE gives UK GM new global role, hires BCW's Allchurch to lead London

WE gives UK GM new global role, hires BCW's Allchurch to lead London

WE Communications' UK general manager Marcus Sorour is taking on a more global role at the agency, with his old job being taken by Ruth Allchurch, who was latterly, briefly, at Burson Cohn & Wolfe.

Burson-Marsteller worldwide president Kevin Bell retires following BCW merger

Burson-Marsteller worldwide president Kevin Bell retires following BCW merger

Burson-Marsteller's worldwide president Kevin Bell is retiring, the boss of the newly merged Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) told staff yesterday.

Sir Martin Sorrell set to reignite career with stock market return

Sir Martin Sorrell set to reignite career with stock market return

The former WPP CEO is thought to be gearing up to acquire a new company which he will turn into a new marketing group.

Jaguar Land Rover names PR lead to CXO post in restructure of marcoms and related functions

Jaguar Land Rover names PR lead to CXO post in restructure of marcoms and related functions

Jaguar Land Rover has today revealed a complete restructure of its marketing, sales, service and PR functions, putting its top consumer comms professional at the head of all marketing communications and customer experience.

Bigger market changes in China bring taller silos

Bigger market changes in China bring taller silos

Wunderman's Bryce Whitwam grumbles about working with clients in China that suffer from too much infighting and divisiveness.

Mediacorp hires new CMO

Mediacorp hires new CMO

Newly-created role oversees media company's integrated marketing unit.

Singapore Tourism Board goes back to Four for UK PR

Singapore Tourism Board goes back to Four for UK PR

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has rehired Four Travel as its PR consultancy in the UK with immediate effect.

Digital revenues up, but profits down at Dentsu

Digital revenues up, but profits down at Dentsu

Both Dentsu Inc and Dentsu Aegis Network are earning more from digital, but challenging markets, Japanese work reforms, and planned investments weigh on Q1 profits.

Edelman names Susan Isenberg global health chair

Edelman names Susan Isenberg global health chair

Isenberg is replacing Kym White, who left the PR agency in March to join Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Sorrell: 'I'm going to start again'

Sorrell: 'I'm going to start again'

The former WPP CEO said on Tuesday at Techonomy NYC 18 that he's not planning to retire.

Craft appoints APAC head

Craft appoints APAC head

Melissa Chan joins to lead regional unit.

Trust in health sector takes a hit in major markets, finds Edelman research

Trust in health sector takes a hit in major markets, finds Edelman research

The healthcare sector has suffered a dip in public trust in major markets including France, India and the US, but Britons remain among the more trusting globally, according to the Edelman Health Trust Barometer.

IBM selects Weber Shandwick to lead revamped global agency roster

IBM selects Weber Shandwick to lead revamped global agency roster

The tech giant has also brought on SKDKnickerbocker, Spectrum Science Communications, and Civic Entertainment Group.

Nonprofit Global Citizen drops APCO Worldwide over Egypt work

Nonprofit Global Citizen drops APCO Worldwide over Egypt work

An APCO representative said the firm no longer represents the Egyptian government.

WPP fully acquires Wunderman and Y&R JV agencies in Asia-Pacific

WPP fully acquires Wunderman and Y&R JV agencies in Asia-Pacific

WPP has bought full ownership of Y&R and Wunderman joint-venture agency assets in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Dentsu Sudler & Hennessey in Japan.

Organic revenue down for Weber Shandwick in Q1

Organic revenue down for Weber Shandwick in Q1

Interpublic Group's first-quarter results suggest the PR agency sector still has work to do to pull out of last year's tough business environment.

Sorrell's pay fell more than 70%, WPP annual report reveals

Sorrell's pay fell more than 70%, WPP annual report reveals

WPP's former chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell was paid a (relatively) measly £13.9m by the company in 2017, its annual report shows.