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PRCA launches Australia network

The move follows PRCA's expansion beyond Southeast Asia in the past year.

Edelman makes senior hire from ITV for media role

Jaine Sykes has joined Edelman UK as executive director of media strategy and campaigning, enhancing the agency’s media and trust advisory capabilities.

Movers & Shakers: Golin, MSL, Zeno Group, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

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WhatsApp responds after Iran restricts access

As protests take place in the country, the Iranian government has also limited access to Instagram and more of the internet in general.

Movers & Shakers: WE, Zeno, Spurwing, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

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House Democrats hold hearing on PR firms’ work for oil companies

None of the agencies under investigation attended the hearing.

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Ethicore expands into the Middle East

Ethicore Political Lobbying, one of Africa’s biggest public affairs agencies, has announced a formal partnership with comms agency Bashir Mraish Consultancy, which has offices in Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

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Edelman appoints Middle East chairman

Edelman has appointed senior Emirati business leader Tariq Bin Hendi as chairman to support the firm’s growth plans across the region.

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Queen Elizabeth’s death announced with mix of old and new

The royal family stayed true to tradition with its official notice, which was also posted to social media.

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Andy Main to leave Ogilvy as Devika Bulchandani takes over as global CEO

Main joined Ogilvy from Deloitte Digital in 2020 and oversaw a transformation of the network; longtime McCann vet Bulchandani steps into his shoes.

Julia Wei returns to Edelman as CEO

Wei will return to Edelman, where she last held the position of director for head of consumer practice.

Best Places to Work Asia-Pacific 2022: Winners revealed

See which agencies and teams made the cut in the region's second edition of this esteemed awards programme.

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Method hires Martin Harkin as global business development head

Harkin is coordinating opportunities among sister agencies Method, Harvard and Sling & Stone.

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Redhill acquires VS Story to boost sustainability offering

This is the Singapore-headquartered PR firm’s second acquisition, following the purchase of Hong Kong's Creative Consulting Group in early 2022.

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Sling & Stone launches offering for US early stage, tech startups

Startup PR director Mikaela Street is spearheading the initiative.

Brutal markets, embracing failure, exciting future – opening overseas, PRWeek Beyond the Noise podcast

What are the secrets of success for UK agencies opening overseas? We hear from two agency bosses who’ve been there and done it, in the latest episode of PRWeek’s Beyond the Noise podcast.

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Bacchus opens in Miami

Bacchus, the luxury brand development and creative comms agency, has opened its fourth office – in Miami, founding director Anouschka Menzies has told PRWeek’s Beyond the Noise podcast.

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TikTok promotes Kudzi Chikumbu to lead creator marketing

Chikumbu has worked at the ByteDance-owned company for more than six years.

Best Places to Work Asia-Pacific 2022: Shortlist revealed

See which agencies and teams made the cut in the region's second edition of this esteemed awards programme.

Telum Media’s Tim Williamson launches new agency

The agency will focus on financial and professional services, and fintech in APAC.

Randa Stephan

Hill+Knowlton hires Randa Stephan as first chief marketing and comms officer

Stephan has worked at Weber Shandwick for the past eight years.

Kellie Whitehead

TishTash Communications opens first UK office

Dubai-based independent integrated marketing and comms agency TishTash Communications has opened an office in the UK.

Brent Scrimshaw

Hotwire owner exceeds FY earnings expectations

Net revenue in the division of Enero that includes comms agencies Hotwire and CPR grew 11 per cent in the year to 30 June, as the group outperformed its earnings expectations overall.

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SEC Newgate reports ‘positive and solid’ H1

SEC Newgate’s like-for-like turnover grew 29 per cent to €46.78m in the first half of 2022, a performance it described as ‘positive and solid’.

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Growth in WPP’s PR arm slows in Q2

Growth in WPP’s PR division slowed in the second quarter of 2022, with revenue up 7.3 per cent on a like-for-like basis to £283m.

Movers & Shakers: Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Edelman, and more

PRWeek Asia's roundup of people moves and account wins.

Suresh Balaji and Sunshine Farzan

Suresh Balaji, Sunshine Farzan land global marketing roles at Standard Chartered

The two industry veterans will be part of the bank's corporate affairs, brand, and marketing leadership team.

Moustafa Moharram, Ntsiki Mashimbye and Abdul Waheed Patel

Major pan-African and Middle East public affairs partnership formed

Two of Africa’s biggest public affairs agencies, Ethicore Political Lobbying and Moharram & Partners (M&P), have joined forces in a landmark agreement announced today.

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Havas sees ‘very good momentum’ in Q2 and has ‘confidence’ about rest of 2022

Organic revenues jumped 11.5% for the period.

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Movers & Shakers: MSL, FleishmanHillard, and more

PRWeek Asia's roundup of people moves and account wins.

Golin launches data tool to help leaders measure their communications strategy

Executive Impact Matrix is a data-driven solution to analyse the business impact that executive thought leadership delivers.

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IPG PR firms register mid-single-digit growth in Q2

The holding company as a whole reported a 7.9% organic net revenue increase in Q2.

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Omnicom PR Group revenue up 15.8% in Q2

Omnicom as a whole reported a 11.3% organic revenue increase to $3.6 billion.

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Finn Partners acquires SPAG to expand health practice in Asia

SPAG cofounders Aman Gupta and Shivani Gupta will lead Finn's Asia health practice as managing partners.

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Saudi Arabia recruits Edelman to help transform global perception

Edelman’s proposal aims to use celebrity partnerships and major productions to revamp the country’s public image and reputation.

Movers & Shakers: The Hoffman Agency, Zeno Group, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

PRIA wants migration reforms for PR specialists in Australia

With the backing of 15 PR and communications agencies, the initiative seeks to change Australia’s migration rules.

Herbalife Nutrition hires agency for full-service brief

Frank PR has won the account for Herbalife Nutrition’s consumer, corporate and social divisions after a competitive pitch.

V&V launches mentoring programme for small businesses

The Singapore agency will pilot a nine-week course for SMEs.

(L to R) Anol Bhattacharya, CEO of GetIT; Heather Kernahan, global CEO of Hotwire; Brent Scrimshaw, CEO of Enero Group; and Matt Quirie, CEO of ROI DNA

Hotwire makes double acquisition worth $37.5m

Enero Group has announced a double acquisition for Hotwire worth a total of US$37.5m in cash and shares. The move will see the tech comms and marketing agency operate its first owned offices in Asia.

'Long Live the Prince' - Grand Prix winner

‘Long Live the Prince’ wins Titanium Grand Prix as Edelman bags a Gold at Cannes

The much-lauded ‘Long Live the Prince’ by Engine London has won the Grand Prix at the Titanium Lions, as Edelman wins Gold in Sustainable Development for ‘See My Skin’ for Vaseline, on the final day of Cannes Lions.

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Edelman wins Bronze PR Lion as category again dominated by creative firms

Edelman won a Bronze PR Lion for National Grid’s Green Light Signal campaign in the U.K. It also won in the Creative Data and Media categories, and Prime Weber Shandwick won Bronze in the Direct category.

Flare Communications nabs Nike HK’s Converse contract

Converse renews one-year contract with Flare Communications in Hong Kong.

Cannes PR Lions shortlist revealed

Global PR agencies including Edelman and Ketchum have received multiple nominations in the PR Lions shortlist, alongside work from smaller PR shops.

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Prime Weber Shandwick wins Gold Design Lion for H&M Foundation’s virtual fashion collection

The Billion Dollar Collection campaign aims to shape a more sustainable fashion industry.

Edelman, Weber, Romans: more PR agencies on Cannes Lions shortlists

More campaigns credited to PR agencies are included in the latest batches of Cannes Lions shortlists, as the International Festival of Creativity kicks off for 2022.

Edelman Australia names Tom Robinson as new CEO

Robinson joins Edelman from MediaCom and takes over from Michelle Hutton who was elevated to APAC vice chair in 2021.

Catherine So is SCMP’s new CEO

So will succeed Gary Liu who is transitioning into a new role within SCMP’s blockchain and NFT division.

How Ogilvy Taiwan paired dementia and fashion

PR AWARDS ASIA: Who knew there could be a link between dementia and left-behind clothes at the dry cleaners? Read about how the agency team conceptualised this Grand Prix-winning campaign.

PR Awards Asia 2022: Winners revealed

We announce the full list of winners in 21st edition of the PR Awards Asia.

Edelman names new CEO for Hong Kong

Delicia Tan will look after operations in Hong Kong, Taipei, and the Greater Bay Area.

Ed Dandridge

Boeing CCO departs

Ed Dandridge, senior vice-president and chief communications officer at Boeing, has left the aerospace manufacturer after less than two years.

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Finn Partners, fischerAppelt, SPRG and Adfactors PR launch four-year scholarship program

The goal of the Future Communicator Foundation Scholarship program is to advance comms skills around social justice.

Accor appoints agency to launch Katara Towers hotel in Doha

Finn Partners will publicise the new Accor group hotel in Qatar to the UK market, as well as supporting its global launch.

PR Awards Asia 2022: Shortlist revealed

See which agencies, campaigns and talents made the cut this year.

Most consumers now view geopolitics as a top priority for business – Edelman research

Businesses need to take a stronger position on geopolitical issues, according to new research presented to the World Economic Forum at Davos today (Monday).

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P&G India to make brand ads accessible to people with impairments

The announcement is part of P&G's wider plan to become more inclusive and accessible.

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Entries open: Best Places to Work Asia

PRWeek Asia and Campaign Asia-Pacific launch the second edition of this awards programme to recognise healthy workplace initiatives and diverse talent.

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S4 Capital cuts earnings by up to 5% after ‘unacceptable’, ‘embarrassing’ audit issue

Financial results have now been published having been postponed twice.

Red Havas bags global mandate for Me&u

The agency’s remit includes PR services and media relations across B2B and B2C in Australia, the UK and The US for the at-table ordering system developer.

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SEC Newgate reports ‘highly positive’ Q1

Like-for-like revenue at SEC Newgate grew by almost one-third – and underlying earnings almost doubled – in the first quarter of 2022, during which it delisted from the London Stock Exchange.

Jessica Merz (top left) and Jamie Williams Cooper (bottom left) have been promoted as Lisa Jedan (right) is set to depart

Bacardi shakes up global comms leadership as Lisa Jedan departs

Bacardi has made two senior comms promotions as Lisa Jedan, vice president of global brand communications, prepares to step down for a new role.

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Polansky: IPG PR firms register high-single-digit growth in Q1

The holding company also reorganized its agencies into three groups in the reporting period.

WPP PR arm kept 'strong momentum' in Q1

WPP's PR business outperformed the company's other divisions in the first quarter of 2022, as like-for-like revenue in the PR arm rose 14.1 per cent.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, The EON Group, Sandpiper, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of people moves and account wins.

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Omnicom PR revenue up 14% in Q1

The holding company's overall global revenue was $3.4 billion for the quarter.

UEG's BMW event at Art Basel featuring hip-hop artist Nas

Edelman’s United Entertainment Group to launch in Asia Pacific

APAC hub to be led out of Sydney by creative entrepreneur Si Philby.

Movers & Shakers: Zeno Group, APCO Worldwide, Red Havas, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly roundup of people moves and account wins.

Next 15 reports ‘positive’ FY trading in PR business

Next 15 said organic revenue in the division that contains its main PR agencies rose 15.7 per cent in the year to 31 January, with M Booth and Brandwidth the ‘stand-out performers’.

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New cybersecurity firm Trellix brings on Hoffman Agency as global PR, social AOR

The cybersecurity company launched in January after the merger of FireEye and McAfee Enterprise.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, FTI Consulting, Redhill and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly round-up of people moves and account wins.

PRWeek Global Awards 2022 shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the PRWeek Global Awards 2022 has been unveiled - with the global celebration of comms set to return as an in-person event in London on May 18 for the first time in three years.

Edelman pauses relationship with Russian affiliate

Edelman has temporarily stopped working with its affiliate agency in Russia after the country's invasion of Ukraine, PRWeek has learned.

Movers & Shakers: MSL, Edelman, Golin, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly roundup of account wins and people moves.

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Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak appoints PR firm

The politician, who has been convicted for the misappropriation of public funds, hires Karv Communications to repair his image in the US media.

PRHK launches 2022 Young Lions competition

Open to HK agency employees of 31 years of age or younger, the competition will provide budding professionals a chance to shine on the global Cannes stage.

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IPG suspends operations in Russia

CEO Philippe Krakowsky cited failed ceasefire talks and escalating attacks on civilians.

Brunswick appoints new partner

Julie Okada has joined Brunswick as a partner and its global head of learning and leadership development.

Movers & Shakers: Nissan, Edelman, Think HQ, and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly roundup of people moves and account wins.

WPP shuts down Russian operations as it 'condemns' Ukraine invasion

The company is working with Russian "people, clients and partners to consider all options including transfer of ownership and divestment".

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Cannes Lions bans award entries from Russia because of Ukraine war

Meanwhile, Ukrainian creatives will be welcomed free of charge.

IPRA ‘reaffirms policy’ to not get involved in ‘political or religious activity’

The International Public Relations Association has said it is not getting ‘involved’ in the fallout of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

PR Awards Asia 2022 announces jury members

31 brand and agency leaders from across the industry will judge the awards, which will be presented in June. The early-bird deadline is March 7.

Francis Ingham

ICCO suspends Russian PR trade body

Russian PR trade body the Association of Consulting Companies in the Field of Public Relations (AKOS) has been suspended from the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mark McCall

FTI Strategic Comms revenue up 15 per cent in Q4

FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications arm boosted revenue by 15 per cent to $69.9m for Q4 2021, an increase of $9.4m on Q4 2020.

L-R: Saskia Kendall, Sarada Chellam, Robert Magyar

Sandpiper opens APAC health consultancy

The offering, launching in four markets, incorporates the firm's own health practice with that of recently acquired China-based consultancy North Head.

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Meta promotes Clegg to president of global affairs

Facebook founder and Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the news of Nick Clegg’s new role in a post on Facebook, in which he also said he would scale down his own role in determining company policy.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Archetype, Sandpiper, and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly roundup of people moves and account wins.

Amit Misra named Southeast Asia CEO for MSL

Misra will lead a 100-person team in SEA in addition to his current responsibilities as South Asia CEO.

PR Awards Asia 2022 open for entries

Additional categories have been added this year. Get all the details on key dates and download the entry kit.

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Omnicom PR revenue up 4.4% in Q4, 6.3% for 2021

The holding company's overall global revenue was up 2.6% in Q4 and 10.2% organically for 2021.

Tourism Australia hires UK PR agency as country reopens to travellers

Tourism Australia has hired One Green Bean to handle its UK PR as Australia prepares to open its borders to travellers again later this month.

Jamshed Wadia, Edelman

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Teneo, Red Havas, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of account wins and people moves.

Tim Dyson

Next 15 organic revenue grows 24 per cent in Q4

Listed marcomms group Next 15 has reported organic revenue growth of 24 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2021, and the same growth rate for the whole of its financial year to 31 January 2022.

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P&G’s Damon Jones to chair PRWeek Global Awards jury

The standard deadline for entries to the 2022 Global Awards is this Thursday, 27 January.

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Movers & Shakers: Toyota, Samsung, Singapore Tourism Board, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of account wins and people moves.

Belinda Chan & Jacob Puthenparambil

Redhill makes first acquisition with Creative Consulting Group deal

This takeover is aimed at strengthening the agency's presence in Hong Kong and the Greater China region.

Fiorenzo Tagliabue

SEC Newgate plans to go private with €49m private equity backing

SEC Newgate has announced plans to de-list from the stock market and form a new company backed by private equity investment worth €49m.

Weber Shandwick's APAC chairman departs after 17 years

Baxter Jolly will leave to explore professional and personal interests.

Gareth Leeding & Haran Ramachandran, Snap

Movers & Shakers: Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Forward, Snap, and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly round-up of people moves and account wins.

Richard Edelman

Trust in all media falls, apart from firms’ own channels – Edelman Trust Barometer

Trust in all news sources has fallen over the past decade, except for media owned by businesses themselves, according to the latest global Trust Barometer from PR agency Edelman.

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IPG Dxtra CEO Andy Polansky to retire

The former Weber Shandwick CEO will serve in his current role until June as part of the transition.

Left to right: Lewis Shields, Caroline Lovejoy, Fergus Kibble, Forward

Movers & Shakers: Twitter, Forward and The PR People

PRWeek Asia's weekly round-up of account wins and people moves.

Lauren Chung

Teneo picks new APAC CEO

PRWeek Asia's weekly round-up of people moves and account wins.

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Australian ‘paint and sip’ brand Pinot & Picasso hires PR agency for UK launch

Pinot & Picasso, the Australian group that offers bring-your-own-wine painting sessions, has appointed Play PR to launch the business in the UK.

Ed Brewster

Sandpiper opens New Zealand office

The office will be led by former Huawei comms officer Ed Brewster, now Sandpiper's director of New Zealand and international media.

Belina Tan

Movers & Shakers: Walt Disney Company, LinkedIn, Touch PR and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly round-up of account wins and people moves.

Next 15 CEO Tim Dyson

Next 15 reports organic growth of 26 per cent in Q3

Listed marcomms group Next 15 has reported organic revenue growth of 26 per cent in the third quarter of 2021, with the "strong performance continuing into Q4".

Dr. Oetker hires FleishmanHillard

FleishmanHillard has been appointed by Dr. Oetker, the international food manufacturer.

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Movers & Shakers: Red Havas, PRecious Comms, and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly round-up of account wins and people moves.

L-R: Ishina Sakhrani and Rajiv Menon, Sling & Stone Singapore

Sling & Stone opens first SEA office in Singapore

Agency will especially focus on helping startups in this "innovation hub" globalise their businesses.

Movers & Shakers: H+K, Ruder Finn, and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly roundup of people moves and account wins.

WE Red Bridge appoints China CEO

Nicky Wang gains the CEO title to succeed Penny Burgess who will transition into the role of executive chairman.

Senior team (L to R): Lucy d’Abo, John Hague and Camilla d’Abo

Dabo & Co founders launch workplace culture comms consultancy

Lucy and Camilla d’Abo, founders of Dubai-based PR agency Dabo & Co which sold to Edelman in 2015, have launched a consultancy focused on inspiring brands to "make culture their superpower".

L’Oréal handles pricing controversy in China following Double-11 promise

The brand faced an uproar from consumers and top KOLs over what appeared to be a broken pricing promise. Its response, perceived by most as reasonable, has defused the situation.

Former Vero employee launches PR agency in Vietnam

The agency’s strengths are said to be its strong relationships with the media and influencers in Vietnam.

Chris Leung & Laura Zhou, Edelman China

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Allison+Partners, BCW, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of people moves and account wins.

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Big firms 'inconsistent on digital engagement'

Many of the world's biggest companies are inconsistent in how they engage with customers, new research suggests.

Cannes Lions confirms physical return in 2022

Back to the South of France, June 20-24.

Talkwalker adds TikTok analytics to its capabilities

Brands are looking for more information on Gen Z’s use of the platform.

Movers & Shakers: Unilever, Grayling, Ogilvy PR, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly roundup of account wins and people moves.

Gao Ming

Ruder Finn-owned RF Thunder expands across India

The consultancy also appoints a new managing director in China.

China bans influencers from touting stocks for brokerages

Only KOLs who are licensed brokers will be allowed to be continue, while livestreaming investment recommendations will be banned, media outlets have reported.

Richard Edelman: agency CEO has denied Edelman has worked to undermine anti-climate change regulation

Celebrities and influencers urge Edelman to drop fossil fuel clients in open letter

More than 100 celebrities and influencers have signed a letter urging Edelman to stop working with fossil fuel clients, in the latest move against the world's biggest PR agency by the campaign group Clean Creatives.

Movers & Shakers: Ogilvy PR, WWF, Hotwire, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of people moves and account wins.

Brunswick CEO Neal Wolin: 'This is a natural evolution for our firm'

Brunswick to integrate services with creative comms agency MerchantCantos

Brunswick has announced a move to more closely integrate with MerchantCantos, its subsidiary creative comms agency.

From left: Robyn Sefiani & Mandy Galmes

Mandy Galmes joins Sefiani as MD and partner

The former CEO of H+K Australia moves to the 22-year-old reputation agency.

Milk & Honey pauses Australia operations following recruitment challenges

The agency said that a ‘dwindling talent pool’ has made recruitment ‘hellish’.

Strategic Communications CEO Mark McCall: Plan to 'turbocharge' successful service areas

FTI Strategic Comms revenue up almost one third in 'powerful' Q3 performance

Revenue in FTI Consulting's Strategic Communications segment increased 31.1 per cent to $69.4m in the third quarter of 2021, as the division outperformed the business as a whole.

PRWeek Global Awards 2022 opens for entries

The PRWeek Global Awards, one of the biggest dates in the global industry's calendar, has opened for entries for 2022. Final entry deadline is 11 February.

WPP PR growth accelerated in Q3 amid 'strong momentum'

Like-for-like revenue in WPP's PR arm grew 16 per cent in the third quarter of 2021, with Burson Cohn & Wolfe and Hill+Knowlton Strategies highlighted for their strong performance.

Publicis Groupe: stock market value has risen to more than $16.3bn

Publicis overtakes rivals to be world’s most valuable agency group

French group has surpassed Omnicom and WPP.

New hires at Weber Shandwick and Jack Morton Australia

Movers & Shakers: Teneo, Weber Shandwick, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly roundup of people moves and account wins.

Clockwise from top left: Yuliani Setiadi; Saurabh Kulkarni; Henry Taylor; Jonathan Wong; Debra Ng

Edelman appoints digital heads across APAC

The firm also launches its Studio capabilities in India.

Lime brings on Carolyn Chiang Rosebrough as global head of communications

The company launched in more than 80 markets this year.

Emma Smith, Sandpiper

Sandpiper acquires public affairs firm North Head

The combined entity will function as Sandpiper North Head in China led by John Russell.

Ketchum appoints new COO in China

Eddi Yang returns to Ketchum after long stints at both agency and client-side roles.

IPG PR firms see double-digit revenue growth in Q3

Golin, Weber Shandwick, Current Global and Rogers & Cowan/PMK all had strong double-digit growth in the quarter, according to Dxtra CEO Andy Polansky.

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‘Very confident’ global PR industry poised for return of international travel

Almost half (44 per cent) of PR professionals around the world plan to resume international business travel in the next six months.

Brunswick names senior advisor in Tokyo

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of account wins and people moves.

Omnicom PR revenue up 10.5% in Q3

The holding company’s PR firms outperformed its healthcare and advertising sectors in terms of percentage revenue growth in the period.

Teneo launches Restructuring business in APAC

The Value+ service has named a regional CEO and COO.

Starbucks recruits Vanda Pharmaceuticals’ A.J. Jones to lead global comms

Jones is joining the coffee giant in a newly created role.

Alexander Geiser: 'The opportunity that we have as a sector has never been greater'

FGH chief predicts 'big two' in global corporate comms as sector 'grows up'

Alexander Geiser, soon-to-be CEO of the agency formed from the merger of Finsbury Glover Hering and Sard Verbinnen, says two corporate comms consultancies are likely to emerge as the dominant global players over the next five years.

Brad Staples, APCO Worldwide CEO

APCO Worldwide expands global China practice and geopolitics expertise

The firm announces a series of new leaders to serve an increased demand in high-stakes geopolitical situations.

Key players (clockwise from top left): Roland Rudd, Alexander Geiser, Carter Eskew, Paul Verbinnen and George Sard

Finsbury Glover Hering and Sard Verbinnen merger confirmed

Finsbury Glover Hering (FGH) is to complete its merger with Sard Verbinnen imminently, creating a business with a 1,000-strong workforce across 25 offices and annual revenue of around $330m.

Movers & Shakers: MSL, WPP, Puma, and more

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Carrie Ratner leaves PepsiCo to lead Hasbro global corporate comms

Ratner was VP of corporate and financial comms and crisis and issues management at PepsiCo.

H+K Strategies names Malaysia and Singapore CEO

Justin Then will look after the two markets following Matthew Briant’s departure from the agency.

Samsung, Sony, Tesla among the 'most hated' brands

Some of the most popular brands in the world and the APAC region are also the 'most hated', according to a sentiment analysis of Twitter posts in a new report.

Singapore's new foreign-interference law could impact social media, publishers

The Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act gives the government powers to compel internet service providers and social-media platforms to reveal user information, block content and remove apps.

Khali Sakkas, Carma

Movers & Shakers: Carma, WordsWork Communications, and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly round-up of people moves and account wins.

Edelman names new APAC head of corporate

Plus, an expanded role for vice chair Michelle Hutton.

Tara Munis, head of PRCA APAC

PRCA APAC launches to expand beyond Southeast Asia

Three new co-chairs have been appointed as part of this rebrand.

Vinny Panchal & Helen Graney

Weber Shandwick and Jack Morton form collective in Australia

The two agencies intend to offer clients an unusual offering that combines experiential expertise with reputation management.

Alexandra Bryant, Red Havas

Movers & Shakers: SPRG, Red Havas, Brunswick, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of account wins and people moves.

Eugene Lee promoted to Asia CMO at McDonald’s

The seasoned marketer goes from strength to strength at the fast-food company.

Archetype owner Next 15's pre-tax profit surges 69 per cent in H1

Listed marcomms group Next 15 has reported a 69 per cent rise in pre-tax profit to £35m in the six months to 31 July, naming PR agencies Archetype and MBooth among its strong performers.

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Maverick Indonesia offers mental health assistance for journalists

So far, 192 journalists across the country have used the programme.

Clockwise from top left: Amelia Tipping, Anna O’Sullivan, Marcha Van Den Heuvel, Mark Lenzyzyn

H+K Strategies appoints four, including Australia MD

The agency promoted Amelia Tipping to MD, replacing Mandy Galmes, and also made regional promotions in its strategic communications and publics affairs practice and its technology practice.

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WPP fined $19 million by SEC over accounting and bribery claims

The holding company was fined for failing to ensure foreign subsidiaries met internal accounting controls.

Kimpton Kitalay Samui

Movers & Shakers: Microsoft, Redhill, The Mavericks, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of account wins and people moves.

Mercedes-Benz consolidates PR, marketing with Omnicom

Omnicom is also acquiring German PR firm Oliver Schrott Kommunikation, which counts the luxury automaker as a client.

Clockwise from top left: Roland Rudd, Alexander Geiser and Carter Eskew of FGH, with Sard Verbinnen co-founders Paul Verbinnen and George Sard

Finsbury Glover Hering in advanced merger talks with Sard Verbinnen

Finsbury Glover Hering is in advanced talks to buy Sard Verbinnen, with both sides looking at early 2022 for a merger ahead of a possible IPO for the combined entity.

Clowns outside schools: Singapore company apologises for PR stunt

A public-speaking academy has apologised and halted an activity that saw it place men in clown makeup outside primary schools today, where they, according to some reports, interacted with children.

Restaurant Brands International promotes Heather McIntyre to Zurich-based role

The QSR industry veteran will oversee brand communications for international markets.

VCCP acquires Sling & Stone

The group will elevate its technology business to US$40 million with a total team of over 250 members.

Former Allison+Partners head Serina Tan launches new venture

Tan’s start-up will focus on the intersection of comms, senior leadership, and mental wellbeing.

Movers & Shakers: Hume Brophy, Think HQ, and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly roundup of people moves and account wins.

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Tennis star Emma Raducanu becomes overnight sensation in China

The half-Chinese athlete enamoured Chinese fans on social media and contributed to sky-high Chinese viewership on Weibo for the US Open’s daily live-stream shows.

13 PR and advertising agencies commit to global standard for responsible influencer alcohol marketing

Created by the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, the guidelines would encourage age-gating content and greater transparency.

ERA expands across Indochina

The long-running Myanmar firm looks to expand across the region amid challenges following a shock military coup in February this year.

Edelman’s Adrian Warr named Southeast Asia CEO

Plus a new regional role for Singapore CEO John Kerr.

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Zalora democratizes influencer marketing structure

The ecommerce giant is inviting all its customers to be influencers for the brand by way of a unique commission model.

Volvo Cars names head of comms

Volvo Cars has appointed Olivia Ross-Wilson, formerly of Ikea franchisee Ingka Group, as head of communications.

Best Places to Work Asia 2021: Best In-House Communications Team

The team at this Fortune 500 company shows that commitment to talent development and social good must be matched by concrete action.

Best Places to Work Asia 2021: Learning & Development

This agency team managed to swat the obstacles presented by the pandemic by cleverly devising a series of internal talent programmes.

Best Places to Work Asia 2021: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

This giant multinational company is proof that there’s much to gain from a comprehensive and localised DEI agenda.

Best Places to Work Asia 2021: Best Large Agency

This agency is defying patriarchal norms in Japan by prioritising women leadership, providing subsidies for egg freezing, and educating employees about women’s issues.

Best Places to Work Asia 2021: Best Mid-Sized Agency

Standout maternity leave benefits, a clear pay rise scheme, and a robust internship programme are just some reasons this Singapore agency clinched this award.

Best Places to Work Asia 2021: Best Small Agency

This intimate outfit in Tokyo scored top marks for its clear communication of values, diverse make-up, and efficient pay structures.

Best Places to Work Asia 2021: Winners revealed

See which agencies and teams made the cut in APAC’s inaugural edition of this esteemed awards.

Apple Daily parent Next Digital to seek liquidation

The Hong Kong media company, which has had its assets frozen since June when it became the target of a national security investigation, calls for liquidation to pay former staff and creditors.

Ogilvy PR launches in New Zealand

The new office in Auckland will be led by Laura Platts.

Movers & Shakers: Lululemon, Archetype, Manulife, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of people moves and account wins.

Finn Partners will help Singapore realise its vision to be a ‘City in Nature’

Exclusive: Singapore Tourism Board appoints UK PR agency for six-figure brief

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has hired Finn Partners as its sole UK PR agency, PRWeek can exclusively reveal.

L’Oréal ups Matthew DiGirolamo to chief corporate affairs officer for North America

DiGirolamo is serving on L’Oréal’s U.S. management and its global corporate affairs and engagement management committees.

Access Intelligence merges with Isentia

The combined company will have more than 6,000 clients.

Faraday Future hires Finn Partners to lead comms for FF 91 electric vehicle launch

The firm is serving as the luxury electric vehicle company’s AOR.

CEO Fiorenzo Tagliabue: 'All the major businesses are ahead of budget'

SEC Newgate reports 'solid' H1 as industry 'returns to pre-COVID-19 levels'

Trading at SEC Newgate in the first half of 2021 was "significantly ahead of pre-pandemic levels", the group said today as it announced a 53 per cent rise in pre-tax profit to €2.3m in the period.

LinkedIn calls time on ephemeral Stories

The platform says its professional users want a more permanent and creative video experience.

Movers & Shakers: H+K Strategies, Teneo, Golin, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of account wins and people moves.

Sarah Ogden: new MD of Lewis in the UK

Lewis targets non-grads and grads with global training and development programme

Lewis has launched a training and development programme to get 50 new starters into the business across three regions – targeting people with and without degrees, alongside 'career-changers'.

Vitasoy imposes background checks of employees and their families

The company—which was embroiled in a public backlash in July—is requesting personal information, which has apparently made some employees panic.

PRHK names new board

Edelman’s head of brand Annouchka Behrmann is elected as chairperson for the 2021/22 period.

Ruder Finn launches engagement consultancy in India

The new outfit will focus on delivering digital, design, and advocacy services in a ‘post-digital’ world.

Movers & Shakers: The Wired Agency, BBC, Red Havas, and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly round-up of account wins and people moves.

Next 15 chief executive Tim Dyson

Next 15 organic growth accelerates in Q2

Next 15 has reported a 29 per cent rise in organic revenue in the second quarter of 2021, with the performance ahead of management expectations.

Ed Brewster: Formerly of Prudential, Three and Brunswick

Ex-Huawei UK comms chief moves agency-side at Sandpiper

Ed Brewster, Huawei's former UK comms director, has joined Asia-Pacific consultancy Sandpiper Communications to lead its international media practice.

PRCA's Francis Ingham: 'The global PR industry stands in solidarity'

PRCA backs call by media to protect journalists in Afghanistan

The PRCA is supporting a joint letter by three major US newspapers calling on the US government to protect journalists and free speech in Afghanistan.