The Dutch electronics company is reviewing creative, media and communications globally, and has invited four major holding companies to participate.
Nigel Ng who plays the popular Uncle Roger character on YouTube lands on the chopping block after appearing to pander to China.
The new entity will be led by Jennifer Dembitz and Andrea Seifert.
Longtime Weber Shandwick leader Vanessa Ho Nikolovski will take on an expanded regional role.
He’s worked at Facebook, Zynga and EA.
The early bird deadline is January 13 - entrants have until Wednesday to make submissions at the lower cost rate.
Amin Rajan, a professor and CEO of CREATE-Research, will collaborate with the agency on asset management consultation.
Creative veteran Sunny Lai joins the lifestyle PR agency.
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.
The ecommerce platform’s grueling working practices have been the centre of debate on Chinese social media.
Australia's ad watchdog is investigating complaints about a BCF ad from The Monkeys, which says the pandemic arose because "somebody ate a bat".
The ecommerce platform has been known for its pressurising work practices, and is facing backlash after the death of an overworked staff member.
CMO role will be filled by Sarah Franklin, who is currently general manager of platform.
The life insurer and music supergroup have launched a joint campaign and will hold events to motivate people to lead healthier lives.
The agency will script the narrative for its client as it expands its footprint in India.
Poon takes over from Scott Kronick who will step down from his leadership role after 33 years at Ogilvy.
Former top Clinton adviser and one-time Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn is set to serve as chairman and CEO of the combined network.
We pick the pieces of work that made us smile, weep and applaud in admiration of APAC’s creative power.
The agency has appointed Julia Jisun Lee to lead its Korea operations.
FMCG giant is committing to carry out 2,021 ‘acts of good’ during 2021.
PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.
The tech and innovation agency secures Fiverr and SevenRooms among other local players.
Australian agency launches manure brand inspired by 2020 to direct profits to charity.
The role has been empty since Stuart Smith left the firm early last year.
The regional agency announces wins in the professional services and healthcare sectors.
The agency brings in over 20 new hires across its three offices globally.
She’ll have both U.S. and international duties when she joins the firm next month.
A moving new film by W+K and Nike sparks debate about racism in Japan.
The new offering will focus on global companies seeking understanding in APAC markets—particularly China, India and Indonesia.
Victoria Coplans Hope announces the opening of her employee engagement consultancy.
Manifest has opened an office in Melbourne – the group's fifth after London, Manchester, Stockholm and New York.
Employees will slash their working hours by 20% on the same payroll.
The Publicis Groupe agency elevates two female veterans to GM roles.
See which agencies picked up Agency of the Year gongs across different regions in APAC.
NZ agency Pead leads creative and PR for the dairy giant.
The indie agency will deliver an integrated campaign for the homegrown space.
The Singapore agency gains government and consumer brands before the year closes.
New AKA Asia work shines a light on an alarming lack of awareness around STIs and STDs.
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.
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.
A new report from Pulse, part of WPP AUNZ's opr, shows how COVID-19 has recast the way consumers are considering their purchases.
The firm has worked with Indonesia clients for many years via local partners and on-the-ground teams.
Promoting positive drinking and achieving net zero are part of the brand’s ambitious plan to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
India's top influencers shone in Twitteet's October analytics.
The apps were said to threaten 'sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order'.
She was previously Southeast Asia lead for the travel company.
She’s a 20-year veteran of Discovery.
Wendy Lund will depart at year's end to serve as chief communications officer at Organon.
The Finn Partners company brings an art and travel expert to its leadership team.
Head of music at video giant says the pandemic has “fundamentally changed the music industry forever” due to music concerts being cancelled.
The association announces a new—albeit male-heavy—executive committee.
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.
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.
An overly decorative exhibition stand at the China International Import Expo appears to be the latest misstep in China for the luxury brand.
The agency will deliver strategic and creative communications to drive awareness, build brand creditability and engage the local community.
The consultancy expands its healthcare practice to support a growing list of clients in the sector.
The industry veteran lands at H+K as China CEO where he will be responsible for strategy and performance across the region.
Huntsworth has acquired Nucleus Global, one of the world’s biggest medical specialist comms groups, for an undisclosed sum.
Ginny Wilmerding joins the agency as partner in Hong Kong.
The China-based technology giant also renewed a $1.9 million deal with Racepoint Global.
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.
Elizabeth Bae will be EVP for the firm’s corporate practice in South Korea.
Entries for the 2021 PRWeek Global Awards officially open today.
Kelly was living in Shenzhen, China, with his wife and two sons.
One-year simulation game will cover themes such as digital payments, financial scams, loans and savings.
How one NZ agency worked on a hotel opening with zero tourism and no physical spaces.
The new leader will oversee the agency’s global strategy and operations as well as expand into new markets and industries.
Staff below board level will be eligible for bonuses.
She joins the company on November 16.
The automotive brand has selected the agency to activate its partnership with Rafael Nadal.
Rooster has won the brief to launch The Ozen Collection in the UK.
WPP reported an improved performance in its PR division in the third quarter of 2020, citing strong demand for comms services.
The integrated account encompasses PR, advertising and marketing and runs until 2022, with an option to extend until 2024.
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.
The agency will handle the healthcare company’s internal, stakeholder and media communications activities.
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.
Andrew Schirmer, who co-led Ogilvy Health alongside Cronin, is leaving the network.
Dozens of California politicians demanded the Omnicom shop cut ties with the country.
Linh Peters replaces Marie Gulin-Merle who vacated late last year to join Google.
As land scarcity is an issue in Hong Kong and Singapore, Redhill will help its client with communicating about intelligent space optimisation.
The firm will handle both consumer and corporate work for the sandwich chain around the world.
CMG CEO Andy Polansky said he’s encouraged by the agencies’ performance and new business pipeline.
Krakowsky will take the helm effective January 1; Roth to move into executive chairman role.
The move comes as part of a wider restructuring for the Hong Kong-based airline that will see 8,500 job roles eliminated.
A strong start in Singapore after just a year operating in the market.
The new unit, DxI, will be led by former Wunderman Thompson chief data officer Yannis Kotziagkiaouridis.
The new hire joins from FTI Consulting, and reports to CEO Emma Smith.
The new arm will focus on employee engagement and employer branding for clients.
A YouGov study showed that only one country in APAC favoured Trump as a winner in the upcoming presidential elections.
She joins the insurer from Hilton International, where she was VP of marketing and GM of ecommerce for APAC.
A humane, emotive brand film to raise awareness of the rehabilitative role of prison officers.
The strategic advisory firm marks its sixth office in Asia.
The longtime executive is taking on a leadership role at Sony Music Group.
The agency will facilitate all PR initiatives for the brand in Malaysia.
International talent investor Entrepreneur First has appointed Manifest to handle UK communications and provide global support on a retained basis.
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.
Brands including Hyundai and Samsung have begun to remove mentions of the boyband on their Chinese websites.
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".
Short video app "failed to fully comply" with Pakistan's requests and now faces tricky government negotiations in yet another market.
Ex-Edelman director moves to the social media platform to work in public policy team.
Golin’s operations in India will now work through IPG’s Constituency Management Group.
When Celcom asked users to post limericks on Twitter, it swiftly turns sour for the brand.
While the video is still available on YouTube, the video has been 'unpromoted on social media'.
A renewed digital comms scope includes storytelling, content, and creative duties.
The indie agency welcomes five new accounts into its business comms team.
The work includes strategic counsel, product coordination, and event support.
Social media service is developing a feature that will crowdsource views on whether Tweets are misleading.
Former EVP of global corporate affairs Katie Fallon has left Hilton for McDonald’s.
Former VP of product growth and innovation will take over role vacated by Antonio Lucio.
Finn Partners has promoted Debbie Flynn, formerly managing partner of Finn Travel Europe, to global travel practice leader.
The group will aim to guide and empower practitioners who might be just starting out in the industry.
The firm will be rebranded as Stripe Theory as it joins Michael Nyman’s network.
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.
The new hire is a management and editorial veteran and will join the agency as a senior advisor.
The agency will handle integrated communications and digital campaigns for the Chinese brand.
The Singapore agency also announced an expansion of an existing client into Thailand and Indonesia.
The appointment was announced as longtime Edelman leader Amanda Goh left this month.
Jones will continue to lead APAC at GCI Health.
W2O’s buying spree continues after gobbling up social analytics firm Symplur and advertising and medical education shop 21Grams this year.
The spot had been vacant since the departure of Jeremy Seow in January.
Aim of proposed coalition between rival social-media platforms is to prevent cross-posting of harmful content.
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.
The head of PRecious Communications joins the board of directors as the only APAC representative.
The new hire brings 13 years of agency and in-house experience to the table.
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.
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.
The payments company appoints Netflix's former comms head as it eyes regional expansion.
Manifest's creative team will work with Tommee Tippee on delivering a major international activation in 2021.
Actor deemed perfume brand’s actions ‘wrong’.
A new fellowship programme for journalists affected by pandemic-related downsizing.
Bhavna Satyanarayan appointed president as business communicators in HK face new challenges.
YouTube is one of several platforms looking to fill the gap in the market left by TikTok.
Jin Ooi will lead the new outfit which will draw strengths from both agencies.
ByteDance appears to have made an arrangement with Oracle over TikTok's US operations, after fresh Chinese regulations scuppered Microsoft's proposal.
They will lead diversity, equity and inclusion globally and in the U.S., respectively.
The media ‘ban’ is part of a string of woes that has plagued the Disney title.
Anu Noto-Menon will aid in developing online brand, performance marketing and reputation strategies for regional clients.
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.
The campaign will leverage Snapchat to target a younger, newer audience for the brand.
Zeno will be tasked on all campaign work, including supporting the client’s broader marketing and sales teams.
The remit will cover healthcare, education and rural development among other areas.
Panda moves from GE where she was chief communications officer.
The company expects to sign up 75,000 to 100,000 influencers in the country in 18 months.
The campaign video—which went viral in the country during Merdeka weekend—was even shared by the Queen.
International comms consultancy Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC) has acquired UK-based Oakhill Communications for an undisclosed sum.
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.
The Singapore independent identifies a market gap of agencies representing SMEs in Malaysia.
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.
The cracks began to show for Bellagraph Nova Group following a high-profile bid to takeover Newcastle United.
The advisory firm names new sector leaders in Shanghai and Sydney.
The Aussie wine brand releases a spiffy TVC in collaboration with an Emmy-nominated director.
US-China tensions escalate as Beijing rolls out restrictions on technology exports that could hamper TikTok's government-mandated US sale.
With the usual energy of Independence Day missing due to pandemic restrictions, marketers find new ways to connect with consumers.
PR Boutiques International reveals a new female-forward committee.
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.
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.
The agency aims to offer qualified candidates a unique hands-on experience learning to develop strategies and attending real client and influencer meetings.
The deal was inked within the last few weeks.
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.
Offering to include consulting and marketing services such as sustainability audits, industry reports, thought leadership, strategic communications programmes and execution.
The global position had been vacant for more than two years.
The new communications leadership team consists of six VP-level leaders.
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.
Prenetics Group's CircleDNA is the sole testing laboratory for a Hong Kong government testing program.
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.
Agency wins the business following a successful four-year project-based relationship.
A senior hire following the rebrand of Prime to Purple.
The board welcomes two newcomers as well as title changes among existing members.
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.
Publicis Groupe names Isobel Kerr-Newell, formerly head of PR and social for Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand, as MSL's MD in the market.
The new short-form video platform launches in over 50 countries—and during a precarious time for rival TIkTok.
The B2B Chinese PR consultancy brings onboard new directors across Shanghai and Beijing.
What began as a joke for the brand in South Korea eventually materialised after years campaigning by fans.
Ogilvy will help position the gallery as Singapore’s top cultural attraction.
The Kuala Lumpur-based agency will work on an integrated PR approach for the start-up.
Buyout aims to address security concerns from governments in these markets over user information and privacy.
A new report by Cision details how the pandemic has affected press release content, timing and style.
The company blamed declining pass-through revenue for the dip.
CMG chairman and CEO Andy Polansky said that despite the pandemic, the firms “continue to outperform the sector.”
A big win for the recently merged Gusto Collective and Reuter Communications.
The holding company’s overall revenue dropped 23% in the quarter.
The Minister of Comms and Multimedia announces stricter policing of video content resulting in fear and confusion among netizens.
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.
A highly experienced leader joins the market, reporting into Adrian Warr.
The two businesses will operate under a combined H+K branding.
The new offering will connect brands and organisations to relevant NGOs in the region.
Hyatt also hired Maverick Creative and Gagen MacDonald.
The Aussie agency adds two big names to its roster.
A Colombo-based editor has spoken up about how the brand ‘made her life miserable’ after she denounced a whitening product on Instagram.
The capability will be included for clients as part of a “holistic one-team approach”.
The new role will include business expansion in the Greater Bay Area.
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.
The international publisher will move part of its newsroom to Seoul.
The new hire was previously director of communications for Oyo.
The partnership comes at a time where many in HK’s youth community are needing help the most.
The three agencies involved are opr, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Neo.
This will allow the agency to spread its coverage beyond its existing markets.
Wendy Cheng, aka Xiaxue, stands by her stance in a defensive blogpost, and one brand has already pulled a partnership with her.
Portland is restructuring most of its global business under a single P&L, with a new MD appointed for the combined operation and the announcement of several senior departures, PRWeek has learned.
The new offering combines cross-practice expertise to help travel destinations and brands.