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Spikes Asia 2020 cancelled

Spikes Asia 2020 cancelled

The Festival and Awards will not take place in 2020.

AMO Global appoints first-ever Asia MD

AMO Global appoints first-ever Asia MD

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

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

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

Or will consumers even remember?

UK agency toasts global Kahlúa win

UK agency toasts global Kahlúa win

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

H+K Strategies launches Indonesia office

H+K Strategies launches Indonesia office

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

Singapore agency launches COVID-19 offering to address crisis preparedness

Singapore agency launches COVID-19 offering to address crisis preparedness

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

Lazada’s VP of comms joins AKA Asia

Lazada’s VP of comms joins AKA Asia

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

Cannes Lions 2020 cancelled

Cannes Lions 2020 cancelled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LG reviews global corporate account

LG reviews global corporate account

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

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

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

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

Edelman appoints EVP for F&B sector

Edelman appoints EVP for F&B sector

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

Brands better step up during pandemic: Edelman Trust Barometer special

Brands better step up during pandemic: Edelman Trust Barometer special

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Airbnb to pause all marketing amid COVID-19

Airbnb to pause all marketing amid COVID-19

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

SC Johnson names Alan VanderMolen comms head

SC Johnson names Alan VanderMolen comms head

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

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

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

It aims to raise awareness during coronavirus pandemic.

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

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

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

PR Awards Asia announces 2020 judges

PR Awards Asia announces 2020 judges

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

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

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

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

Engage SEA names new country manager in Malaysia

Engage SEA names new country manager in Malaysia

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

Reuter Communications appoints new directors

Reuter Communications appoints new directors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exclusive: Allison+Partners names Jeremy Seow as APAC MD

Exclusive: Allison+Partners names Jeremy Seow as APAC MD

Seow was most recently Singapore CEO at WE Communications.

PRWeek Global Awards 2020 live event cancelled

PRWeek Global Awards 2020 live event cancelled

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

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

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

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

S4 Capital reports net loss as revenue rises 292%

S4 Capital reports net loss as revenue rises 292%

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

Weber Shandwick EMEA and APAC chair Tim Sutton steps down

Weber Shandwick EMEA and APAC chair Tim Sutton steps down

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

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

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

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

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

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

He replaces Tony Cervone, who is retiring.

Dentsu PR names Masahiro Makiguchi president and CEO

Dentsu PR names Masahiro Makiguchi president and CEO

He replaces Kazunori Azeyanagi in the role.

WPP’s Australian PR unit announces senior appointments

WPP’s Australian PR unit announces senior appointments

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

Edelman poaches McCann's Lee Maicon to lead global strategy

Edelman poaches McCann's Lee Maicon to lead global strategy

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

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

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

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

PRCA plans coronavirus taskforce

PRCA plans coronavirus taskforce

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

Team behind Prospr Communications forms independent outfit

Team behind Prospr Communications forms independent outfit

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

PRWeek Global Awards shortlist revealed

PRWeek Global Awards shortlist revealed

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

Bic brings on MWWPR as global comms AOR

Bic brings on MWWPR as global comms AOR

The two companies penned the deal in December.

Park Place Technologies picks Hill+Knowlton Strategies as global AOR

Park Place Technologies picks Hill+Knowlton Strategies as global AOR

KWT Global previously worked with the company.

APCO Worldwide announces new director

APCO Worldwide announces new director

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

Milk & Honey PR appoints client director

Milk & Honey PR appoints client director

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

Maritime crisis agencies consolidate under Witt O’Brien’s

Maritime crisis agencies consolidate under Witt O’Brien’s

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

Golin Hong Kong clinches Qatar Airways account

Golin Hong Kong clinches Qatar Airways account

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

The Hoffman Agency appoints new Indonesia GM

The Hoffman Agency appoints new Indonesia GM

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

Golin wins global brief with travel loyalty and benefits brand

Golin wins global brief with travel loyalty and benefits brand

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

Coronavirus: How global agency groups are handling the outbreak

Coronavirus: How global agency groups are handling the outbreak

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

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

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

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

Huntsworth agrees £524m sale to private equity firm

Huntsworth agrees £524m sale to private equity firm

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

Archetype hires new senior digital consultant in Hong Kong

Archetype hires new senior digital consultant in Hong Kong

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

Edelman Singapore produces moving video about shelter pups

Edelman Singapore produces moving video about shelter pups

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

Nissan appoints Asia head of external and government affairs

Nissan appoints Asia head of external and government affairs

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

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

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

Consumer sentiment and sales are strong, the brand said.

WPP PR arm flat in Q4 as performance improves

WPP PR arm flat in Q4 as performance improves

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

Sling & Stone launches sustainability offering

Sling & Stone launches sustainability offering

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

Duo Studio sets up shop in Malaysia

Duo Studio sets up shop in Malaysia

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

Singaporean brand releases offensive ad, berates users for complaining

Singaporean brand releases offensive ad, berates users for complaining

A classic lesson in how not to manage a crisis.

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

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

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

Australia has largest trust inequality in the world

Australia has largest trust inequality in the world

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

Mark Wang promoted to Edelman China CEO

Mark Wang promoted to Edelman China CEO

Plus a new chief growth officer for China.

Sling & Stone gains string of new clients

Sling & Stone gains string of new clients

The independent announces new wins in Australia and New Zealand.

Cannes Lions 'firmly open for business' amid coronavirus epidemic

Cannes Lions 'firmly open for business' amid coronavirus epidemic

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

Xiaomi Indonesia appoints Maverick as PR partner

Xiaomi Indonesia appoints Maverick as PR partner

A significant win for the independent network.

New APAC tech lead for WE Communications

New APAC tech lead for WE Communications

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

Cision CEO Kevin Akeroyd steps down

Cision CEO Kevin Akeroyd steps down

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

Omnicom PR revenue declines for fourth straight quarter

Omnicom PR revenue declines for fourth straight quarter

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

Archetype clinches Vivo account in India

Archetype clinches Vivo account in India

The account was previously held by Weber Shandwick.

Edelman back to growth in 2019 with 2.1% revenue increase

Edelman back to growth in 2019 with 2.1% revenue increase

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

PR Awards Asia 2020 opens for entries

PR Awards Asia 2020 opens for entries

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

Context, centralized info key to preventing coronavirus panic

Context, centralized info key to preventing coronavirus panic

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

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

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

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

Former Instinctif head nabbed as senior MD at Teneo

Former Instinctif head nabbed as senior MD at Teneo

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

Finn Partners launches wellness offering across global offices

Finn Partners launches wellness offering across global offices

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

Exclusive: W Communications wins Virgin Active account

Exclusive: W Communications wins Virgin Active account

The remit includes creative campaigns and influencer programmes.

Zeno Group poaches Alison DaSilva from Porter Novelli for global role

Zeno Group poaches Alison DaSilva from Porter Novelli for global role

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

Genesis and Six Degrees combine under BCW India

Genesis and Six Degrees combine under BCW India

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

How should brands handle their comms during the coronavirus crisis?

How should brands handle their comms during the coronavirus crisis?

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

Edelman names Megan Van Someren global chair of brand

Edelman names Megan Van Someren global chair of brand

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

Weber Shandwick names Tyler Kim new APAC vice chair

Weber Shandwick names Tyler Kim new APAC vice chair

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

Coronavirus: Keep calm and carry on?

Coronavirus: Keep calm and carry on?

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

Have luxury brands learned their lessons about Chinese New Year campaigns?

Have luxury brands learned their lessons about Chinese New Year campaigns?

International luxury brands have a history of offending Chinese consumers with their campaigns during this holiday.

Creator and influencer council launches in Philippines

Creator and influencer council launches in Philippines

A code of ethics will be established by members, a step in the right direction for the country's influencer marketing scene.

The Mavericks India wins Lavazza account

The Mavericks India wins Lavazza account

A significant win for the young Delhi-headquartered agency.

Edelman 2020 Trust Barometer: Hong Kong slides, Singapore remains stable

Edelman 2020 Trust Barometer: Hong Kong slides, Singapore remains stable

And once again, China tops global trust rankings.

Sard Verbinnen retains title of top global M&A adviser as rivals gain ground

Sard Verbinnen retains title of top global M&A adviser as rivals gain ground

Sard Verbinnen again held its position as the agency that handled the most M&A deals globally in 2019, with Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher and Kekst CNC among the agencies moving up the tables.

News Corp faces pressure from within to cease 'ongoing denial' of bushfire causes

News Corp faces pressure from within to cease 'ongoing denial' of bushfire causes

James Murdoch is among many who have called out his family's media outlets for their biased reportage of the bushfire crisis.

Top global comms execs pack jury for PRWeek Global Awards 2020

Top global comms execs pack jury for PRWeek Global Awards 2020

The panel is chaired by Sabia Schwarzer of Allianz Group.

Former HSBC comms head launches consultancy in Hong Kong

Former HSBC comms head launches consultancy in Hong Kong

The agency will focus on original content such as speeches, opinion pieces, and white papers.

Nissan appoints VP of comms for Asia and Oceania

Nissan appoints VP of comms for Asia and Oceania

Blanca Garcia moves to Asia to fill the position of Lavanya Wadgaonkar, who was recently promoted to global head.

Exclusive: Johnnie Walker taps W Communications as Singapore agency

Exclusive: Johnnie Walker taps W Communications as Singapore agency

Work will span across the brand's entire whisky portfolio.

Global tech PR firms launch new network

Global tech PR firms launch new network

A group of tech PR agencies have created the With Global Alliance - an international network that operates on four continents.

Hill+Knowlton appoints practice directors in Singapore

Hill+Knowlton appoints practice directors in Singapore

All four new hires will report to Singapore MD Matthew Briant.

Zeno Group names new APAC regional president and India MD

Zeno Group names new APAC regional president and India MD

Industry veteran Paul Mottram joins from Allison+Partners for the top job.

Bushfires crisis: PR pros slam Australian PM's failure of crisis comms and leadership

Bushfires crisis: PR pros slam Australian PM's failure of crisis comms and leadership

As Australia battles its worst natural disaster in living memory, communications experts have labelled Prime Minister Scott Morrison's response an extraordinary failure of crisis comms and leadership, with some warning that it could cost him at the polls.

'It's like being sold to at a funeral' - Australian PM's campaign slammed by critics

'It's like being sold to at a funeral' - Australian PM's campaign slammed by critics

A new campaign from Scott Morrison was criticised for trying to gain political points during a national tragedy.

Critical Path hires former Microsoft Indonesia comms head

Critical Path hires former Microsoft Indonesia comms head

The agency was also appointed by financial consultancy Zenith Capital in Southeast Asia and AU-NZ.

Independent shop Asia PR Werkz expands into Indonesia

Independent shop Asia PR Werkz expands into Indonesia

The Singapore agency opens its first overseas office after 24 years of operations.

The biggest APAC brand fails of 2019

The biggest APAC brand fails of 2019

A look at the brand disasters that dominated headlines this year.

Edelman APAC partners with US consulting firm

Edelman APAC partners with US consulting firm

The partnership will mean expanded comms and government relations services for China and the Middle East.

Edelman Australia names group MD

Edelman Australia names group MD

Susan Redden Makatoa is responsible for all of the agency's reputation and public affairs offerings.

GCI Health opens Hong Kong office

GCI Health opens Hong Kong office

Plus a new managing director in Singapore.

BCW merges with Ogilvy and H+K in Japan

BCW merges with Ogilvy and H+K in Japan

The new entity will serve as a one-stop shop for WPP network clients in Japan.

Porter Novelli CEO Brad MacAfee departs

Porter Novelli CEO Brad MacAfee departs

Brad MacAfee is leaving Porter Novelli after almost two decades, which included four years as chief executive of the Omnicom network agency.

Karen van Bergen moves to Omnicom University dean role

Karen van Bergen moves to Omnicom University dean role

John Doolittle will temporarily assume her responsibilities as Omnicom Public Relations Group CEO as the holding company looks for a replacement.

WE Communications hires practice leads in Singapore

WE Communications hires practice leads in Singapore

Two promotions and one new hire for WE's Singapore team.

PR chief picks 5 best APAC campaigns of the past decade

PR chief picks 5 best APAC campaigns of the past decade

The APAC MD of Allison+Partners on her favourite campaigns of the last 10 years.

Weber Shandwick CEO Gail Heimann named Cannes Lions PR jury president

Weber Shandwick CEO Gail Heimann named Cannes Lions PR jury president

FleishmanHillard's Anne de Schweinitz is leading the Pharma Lions jury.

Senior hires at Redhill

Senior hires at Redhill

Two directors to lead public affairs and day-to-day operations.

PHD promotes Avril Canavan to global marcomms chief and hires Jess Ozdemir from WE

PHD promotes Avril Canavan to global marcomms chief and hires Jess Ozdemir from WE

Omnicom media agency PHD has promoted Avril Canavan to the role of worldwide chief marketing and communications officer, and appointed WE Communications' Jess Ozdemir as a worldwide director in its marcoms team.

FleishmanHillard and Ketchum dominate ICCO Global Awards

FleishmanHillard and Ketchum dominate ICCO Global Awards

FleishmanHillard won four awards and Ketchum bagged a hat trick at this year's ICCO Global Awards in London.

Weber Shandwick China promotes senior leadership team

Weber Shandwick China promotes senior leadership team

Internal promotions and a newly created role of chief growth officer.

Edelman appoints APAC vice chair of digital

Edelman appoints APAC vice chair of digital

Matt Collette rejoins Edelman after previously serving as managing director of Zeno Group from 2016 to 2018.

TikTok sorry over handling of teen critical of China

TikTok sorry over handling of teen critical of China

The social-media platform has blamed the account suspension on an error.

Searches for Singapore Airlines spike following BTS love

Searches for Singapore Airlines spike following BTS love

The world's biggest boyband raved about the airline's business class features to their legions of fans - a PR dream for any brand.

Ruder Finn makes series of hires in Asia

Ruder Finn makes series of hires in Asia

New GMs and VPs across Greater China, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Archetype Hong Kong hires senior consultants

Archetype Hong Kong hires senior consultants

The new hires join at a time where brands are integrating their PR efforts with SEO, paid, email marketing and creative services.

SEC Newgate reveals global acquisition targets and makes Africa debut

SEC Newgate reveals global acquisition targets and makes Africa debut

Newly-formed holding company SEC Newgate is targeting the US in particular for acquisitions and plans to open an office in Beijing over the next three years. It has also made its Africa debut - in Morocco.

MSL names new APAC CEO

MSL names new APAC CEO

Ex-APAC CEO for Zeno Group and industry veteran joins the Publicis agency.

Milk & Honey PR expands into Australia

Milk & Honey PR expands into Australia

The independent shop marks its third anniversary with a new office in Sydney.

Indonesian PR body launches measurement standards

Indonesian PR body launches measurement standards

The new standards include information around 18 types of PR services including media monitoring and social media management.

WE Communications wins Adobe account in Australia

WE Communications wins Adobe account in Australia

The remit will include the entirety of Adobe's PR business.

This Singapore Police Force campaign shows why language matters

This Singapore Police Force campaign shows why language matters

Is language in campaigns more loaded than we think - or is it just a matter of differing styles?

Cost of influencer posts on social media rises dramatically

Cost of influencer posts on social media rises dramatically

The average cost of an Instagram post has risen a whopping 44% in 2019 compared to last year.

Archetype wins Havells India account

Archetype wins Havells India account

The fast-moving electrical goods company appointed Archetype after a multi-agency pitch.

Portland appoints director in Singapore

Portland appoints director in Singapore

Georgina Mallory returns to the agency after a government stint in London.

New executive director for Golin Hong Kong

New executive director for Golin Hong Kong

Jeroen Fermie will focus on strengthening the agency's corporate reputation business.

Engine | MHP joins global drive to prevent childhood pneumonia deaths

Engine | MHP joins global drive to prevent childhood pneumonia deaths

A death counter is being used in a powerful social media campaign by Engine | MHP to raise awareness that childhood pneumonia is the world's biggest infectious disease killer of children - claiming more than 800,000 lives annually.

Airbnb names new head of comms in Asia

Airbnb names new head of comms in Asia

Belle Baldoza will look after Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Exclusive: Vietnam Tourism books UK agency in major tourism drive

Exclusive: Vietnam Tourism books UK agency in major tourism drive

Fast growing destination, Vietnam Tourism has appointed its first UK PR agency and opened an inaugural international tourist office in a bid to attract half a million British visitors each year by 2023, PRWeek can reveal.

Google names new VP of comms and public affairs

Google names new VP of comms and public affairs

Google has promoted Lily Lin to VP of communications and public affairs.

Exclusive: Portland founder Tim Allan steps down

Exclusive: Portland founder Tim Allan steps down

One of the UK's most successful political-corporate advisors, Tim Allan, is leaving the agency, Portland, he founded 18 years ago to pursue other interests.

91Springboard appoints Pitchfork Partners as PR agency

91Springboard appoints Pitchfork Partners as PR agency

The co-working community and space has expanded across major Indian cities.

Sentosa picks Zeno Group as agency of record

Sentosa picks Zeno Group as agency of record

The win comes just ahead of Singapore heading into year-end holidays.

WE Red Bridge names general manager

WE Red Bridge names general manager

Bee Peng Tan brings 25 years of experience into her new role.

McDonald's CEO fired over employee relationship

McDonald's CEO fired over employee relationship

Steve Easterbrook, who had been chief executive since 2015, will be replaced by McDonald's USA president Chris Kempczinski.

Top of the month: Unilever's plastics pledge shows leadership

Top of the month: Unilever's plastics pledge shows leadership

Unilever enhanced its reputation as a leader in sustainability when it pledged to halve the amount of plastic it uses over the next five years.

FleishmanHillard makes series of senior appointments in Asia

FleishmanHillard makes series of senior appointments in Asia

New hires in Jakarta, Seoul, and Hong Kong.

Nissan appoints global corporate comms head

Nissan appoints global corporate comms head

Lavanya Wadgaonkar will be based in Japan and will report directly to the CCO.

Instinctif Partners hires Aon change lead as COO

Instinctif Partners hires Aon change lead as COO

Instinctif Partners has appointed David Nichols to the newly-created role of chief operating officer.

JP Morgan Singapore under fire for viral video of employee yelling at security guard

JP Morgan Singapore under fire for viral video of employee yelling at security guard

The company has circulated an internal memo to staff.

Reuter Communications appoints director in Shanghai

Reuter Communications appoints director in Shanghai

Tracy Zhang joins from BBDO to bolster the agency's luxury beauty and fashion sectors.

WE Buchan rebrands in Australia

WE Buchan rebrands in Australia

The agency will take on the brand of its global parent.

Reputation projects drive 8.9% Q3 revenue increase for FTI strategic comms

Reputation projects drive 8.9% Q3 revenue increase for FTI strategic comms

The group earned $60 million in revenue in Q3.

PwC appoints Edelman vice chair Michael Stewart to new global role

PwC appoints Edelman vice chair Michael Stewart to new global role

One of Edelman's highest ranking executives has joined PwC in a newly created global role that combines corporate affairs and comms, PRWeek can reveal.

TVC Group hires senior account director

TVC Group hires senior account director

Francesca Ayala's new client portfolio will include Singapore Airlines and HSBC.

Exclusive: Chinese consumers want brand purpose but expect it to be localised, says report

Exclusive: Chinese consumers want brand purpose but expect it to be localised, says report

A WE Red Bridge report exclusively attained by PRWeek Asia highlights the unique needs and wants of Chinese consumers in the age of purpose.

Ying Marketing promotes Joyce Liong to GM

Ying Marketing promotes Joyce Liong to GM

Liong will take over from John Yan, who held the role for four years.

Finsbury Hong Kong announces new partner

Finsbury Hong Kong announces new partner

Paul Yang was previously general manager at Ruder Finn Beijing and Hong Kong.

PRWeek Asia launches weekly bulletin

PRWeek Asia launches weekly bulletin

The free bulletin will better serve Asia, an important and rapidly growing region in the scope of global PR.

Sinclair opens Singapore office

Sinclair opens Singapore office

A stepping stone to Southeast Asia for the agency.

Huawei's global brand chief on cultural challenges at the Chinese tech giant

Huawei's global brand chief on cultural challenges at the Chinese tech giant

Andrew Garrihy spoke about 'how to reinvent an Eastern brand for the West', but said Huawei's culture was just as much of a learning curve for him.

Ex-Tesco comms director Jane Lawrie joins KPMG International

Ex-Tesco comms director Jane Lawrie joins KPMG International

Tesco's former group comms director, Jane Lawrie, has been appointed global head of corporate affairs for KPMG International - a new role.

The PR Show podcast on purpose: 'It's OK to fail - brands just need to grow a pair'

The PR Show podcast on purpose: 'It's OK to fail - brands just need to grow a pair'

Businesses can no longer afford to ignore sustainable practices and should embrace social purpose or risk a backlash from consumers and shareholders. That's the key message of a special purpose marketing episode of PRWeek's podcast The PR Show.

Diageo announces new head of comms for APAC

Diageo announces new head of comms for APAC

Azmar Sukandar was previously heading regional comms for The Nature Conservancy.

Sue Garrard: 'Please don't work with climate deniers'

Sue Garrard: 'Please don't work with climate deniers'

Sue Garrard - one of the world's leading experts on corporate sustainability who revolutionised how Unilever operates - has a simple message: "Are you with me?"

MSLGroup global CEO Guillaume Herbette departs

MSLGroup global CEO Guillaume Herbette departs

MSLGroup global CEO Guillaume Herbette is stepping down, four years after joining the Publicis network agency.

Iran's 'token' effort to allow women into football 'a cynical publicity stunt'

Iran's 'token' effort to allow women into football 'a cynical publicity stunt'

Iran's highly-publicised effort to allow women to watch live football has been slammed as a 'cynical publicity stunt' by Amnesty International.

Watch: Team GB celebrates Britain's diversity with Tokyo 2020 campaign launch

Watch: Team GB celebrates Britain's diversity with Tokyo 2020 campaign launch

'This Is What Makes Us' aims to inspire Great Britain to unite behind Team GB at a time of heightened national division by focusing on the country's diversity.

HSBC appoints new group chief communications officer

HSBC appoints new group chief communications officer

HSBC has appointed McKinsey's comms director Steve John as group chief communications officer, effective 2 December 2019.

IPG CEO Roth 'concerned' about China, hints at repositioning

IPG CEO Roth 'concerned' about China, hints at repositioning

Nationalism and protectionism are a worry, he told Campaign, hinting at a repositioning of investment in the world's second-largest economy.

PR's wellbeing problem: Nine in ten professionals 'struggle' with mental health

PR's wellbeing problem: Nine in ten professionals 'struggle' with mental health

Almost all PR professionals are 'struggling with mental wellbeing'. Although only a third believe their job is stressful, the major factors are related to poor work-life balance, new research by the PRCA and Opinium has found.

APCO names Jeff Astle Shanghai MD

APCO names Jeff Astle Shanghai MD

Astle was previously MD of China for the China-Britain Business Council.

Edelman hires Wunderman Thompson exec as first global head of data, analytics

Edelman hires Wunderman Thompson exec as first global head of data, analytics

"I was like gum under his shoe," Richard Edelman said about efforts to court Yannis Kotziagkiaouridis to his agency.

TikTok bans political ads

TikTok bans political ads

Blanket ban comes at time when China's influence over social app is coming to light.

Top of the Month: The CAA's handling of Thomas Cook's collapse has been first class

Top of the Month: The CAA's handling of Thomas Cook's collapse has been first class

The Civil Aviation Authority's handling of the Thomas Cook collapse has earned plaudits from those in the know, specifically travel PR professionals, and there's good reason.

Vero launches office in Vietnam

Vero launches office in Vietnam

The agency has been operating in Vietnam for the last decade through partnerships.

Red Havas partners with Japanese PR agency Sunny Side Up

Red Havas partners with Japanese PR agency Sunny Side Up

The partnership adds local capabilities in the Japan market.

Singapore CEO at WE Communications departs

Singapore CEO at WE Communications departs

Jeremy Seow will leave the company to launch a passion project.

New APAC healthcare lead for Weber Shandwick

New APAC healthcare lead for Weber Shandwick

Ex-Janssen comms head will lead the healthcare team across 12 offices.

Edelman promotes Matthew Harrington to global president

Edelman promotes Matthew Harrington to global president

'It's too big a job for me to do myself,' Richard Edelman said about handing off the president role to Harrington.

One Green Bean appoints new Australia CEO

One Green Bean appoints new Australia CEO

New hire Simone Gupta will lead the Australia office.

APAC agencies: PRWeek Global Awards 2020 opens for entries

APAC agencies: PRWeek Global Awards 2020 opens for entries

Entries are open with a final deadline of 30 January, 2020.

Global CCO Robert Gibbs to leave McDonald's

Global CCO Robert Gibbs to leave McDonald's

The fast-food chain is restructuring its global corporate relations function.

Don Baer to exit BCW at year's end

Don Baer to exit BCW at year's end

The former top White House adviser worked at the agency and predecessor Burson-Marsteller for 12 years.

Dentsu creative: Ill-conceived purpose campaigns are ruining the industry

Dentsu creative: Ill-conceived purpose campaigns are ruining the industry

Consumers are calling bullshit on cause-based work that isn't authentic, and so should award jurors, according to Dentsu's Toshihiko Tanabe.

PRWeek Global Awards 2020 opens for entries

PRWeek Global Awards 2020 opens for entries

Entries for the 2020 PRWeek Global Awards officially open today.

Zoopla appoints head of comms from Amazon

Zoopla appoints head of comms from Amazon

UK property portal Zoopla has appointed Amazon UK corporate communications manager Tom Parker as its new head of communications.

Thomas Cook comms crisis: PR pros praise slick response, take aim at 'cold-blooded' operators

Thomas Cook comms crisis: PR pros praise slick response, take aim at 'cold-blooded' operators

PRs have slammed acts of 'cold-blooded opportunism' cashing in on the collapse of Thomas Cook, but praised aviation authorities, the Government and the travel industry on piloting a crisis comms masterclass.

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.