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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (April 20, 2015)
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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (April 20, 2015)

A new office for RF Thunder; a new alliance for Genesis Burson-Marsteller; new people at Hoffman, PRCAI, and Mobikwik.

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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (April 20, 2015)

BEIJING—RF Thunder, sister company of Ruder Finn Asia, has opened its fourth office in Beijing and named Tingting Wu as general manager. This follows the establishment of an RF Thunder office in Hong Kong in January. RF Thunder, formerly Thunder Communications, was established in Shanghai in 2001 and acquired by Ruder Finn in 2011. Prior to joining RF Thunder, Wu had been with Ruder Finn for over 10 years.

NEW DELHI—Genesis Burson-Marsteller has formed a strategic alliance with WhiteKettle Consulting, one of India's leading corporate social responsibility consulting firms. Headquartered in Mumbai, WhiteKettle will work with Genesis to address clients’ CSR needs. The suite of offerings includes training programmes for Company CSR Bill and ISO 26000 compliance, sustainable CSR strategies, behaviour change interventions, stakeholder management, advocacy, and employee engagement.

HONG KONG—The Hoffman Agency has named 15-year communications veteran Jenny Yip (pictured) to lead its Hong Kong operation as general manager. Yip comes to The Hoffman Agency from PayPal, where she led PayPal’s communications in Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan as head of communications. Prior to PayPal, Yip held leadership roles at eBay and National Geographic Channel.

NEW DELHI—The Public Relations Consultants Association of India has appointed Nitin Mantri, CEO and managing partner of Avian Media, as president until May 2016. The decision was taken by the managing committee members after incumbent Sharif D Rangnekar, CEO and director of Integral PR, stepped down from his position.

NEW DELHI—MobiKwik, a mobile wallet with more than 15 million users, has appointed Saurabh Srivastava as chief marketing officer. Saurabh was previously VP, marketing and product strategy at ixigo.com and has experience in media, marketing, retail and branding. 

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