Asia-Pacific News in Brief (December 6, 2010)
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Asia-Pacific News in Brief (December 6, 2010)

Waggener Edstrom Worldwide has named Henry Wood as senior director and digital lead for Hong Kong and Korea, plus new people at Text 100 and Weber Shandwick; new business for MSL Singapore, Hotwire and Grayling.

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HONG KONG—Waggener Edstrom Worldwide has strengthened its WE Studio D digital practice leadership in Asia Pacific with the appointment of Henry Wood as senior director and regional lead for Hong Kong and Korea. Wood will report directly to Nathan Misner, a founding member of WE Studio D in North America and now head of WE Studio D in Asia Pacific. Previously, he drove business development as a strategic planner and then Hong Kong managing director for global interactive agency Profero.


HONG KONG—Text 100 has appointed Anna Lee as the managing consultant and office lead for Text 100 Hong Kong, where she will oversee the business strategy, key client relationships, people and office management for the agency’s Hong Kong operation. Lee joins Text 100 from A-World Consulting where she was deputy general manager. Previously, she held roles with Lee Kum Kee International Holdings, Crown Media International, ESPN Star Sports and J. Walter Thompson.


SINGAPORE—MSL Singapore has picked up Singapore Exhibition Services and Garena, one of the leading online game publishers in the region, as new clients. MSL Singapore was selected by SES to provide communications support for their flagship tradeshows CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia for 2011 for the second year in a row. The firm was selected as Garena’s agency of record for its strong technology and consumer lifestyle expertise as well as its ability to tap into and manage the regional MSLGroup network in Asia.


SINGAPORE—Weber Shandwick has appointed Andy Woolnough vice president of its corporate communications practice in Singapore, effective mmediately. He reports to Baxter Jolly, vice chairman Asia Pacific for Weber Shandwick and will support Weber Shandwick’s activities with Microsoft, which earlier this year selected the agency for its Asia Pacific corporate communications brief coordinated out of Singapore. Previously, he was account director at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.


HONG KONG—Hotwire has been chosen to launch Lunzer Wine Investments in Asia. The project, led by Hotwire’s London led-based banking and finance team, will highlight the returns available from investment in fine wines to investors in the Asia region. Lunzer Wine Investments has recently opened an office in Hong Kong to address the rising interest among investors in Asia. Hotwire’s campaign for the company will focus on positioning Peter Lunzer CEO of Lunzer Wine Investments as a regional thought leader among business and investment media.


TIANJIN—Shengkai Innovations, a leading ceramic valve manufacturer in the People's Republic of China, has retained Grayling to develop and implement a comprehensive financial communications program to strategically raise awareness of the Company's rapidly developing business and financial results among existing and potential investors and the financial media. According to Chen Wang, chairman and chief executive of Shengkai, "We selected Grayling due to its extensive experience and track record of increasing shareholder value for clients in the energy and utility industries.”


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