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Havas has acquired a controlling stake in Hong Kong-based Porda International Finance PR, plus new peoople in new roles at Hill & Knowlton and Weber Shandwick.

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HONG KONG—Communications holding company Havas has acquired a controlling stake in Hong Kong-based Porda International Finance PR, an active player in the Chinese and Hong Kong IPO markets. Porda will also join AMO. the global network of strategic and financial communications consultancies founded in 2000 by The Abernathy MacGregor Group in New York, Maitland in London and Euro RSCG C&O in Paris. So far in 2010, Porda handled communications campaigns for 26 IPOs on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It has a staff of 80, headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.


SINGAPORE—Hill & Knowlton has appointed Ng Chip Keng as senior director in Singapore. Chip Keng will work alongside new managing director Baey Yam Keng, bringing more than 17 years’ experience as an in-house and agency communications professional with experience encompassing finance, investor relations, issues management and litigation support. Chip Keng joined Hill & Knowlton from Ruder Finn Asia, where he was responsible for managing the agency’s operations in Hong Kong and Singapore. Prior to Ruder Finn, Chip Keng was senior vice president and head of financial practice at Weber Shandwick in Singapore.


BEIJING—Weber Shandwick has appointed Makoto Hamada as account director in the consumer practice based in Beijing, where he will report to Weber Shandwick China managing director David Liu. With more than 10 years of experience in the communications industry, Hamada’s past clients include Heineken, Air Canada, Tetra Pak, Nikon and the Canadian Tourism Commission.


HONG KONG—Jeremy Cheung has joined the Weber Shandwick consumer practice in Hong Kong as vice president. Cheung brings 15 years of marketing communications and public relations experience. He is a specialist in the travel, hospitality, tourism and luxury sectors, and was formerly the managing director of Impact Asia in Hong Kong.

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