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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (February 11, 2013)
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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (February 11, 2013)

New people at Hill+Knowlton, Golin Harris, Kreab; new business for AKA, Edelman; new office for Sefiani.

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SYDNEY—Former senior Opposition staffer Simeon Duncan has joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies as director, public affairs, Canberra. Duncan has worked in senior communications and campaign roles as a senior advisor providing strategic advice, training and support in the Howard Government and to three Opposition leaders. He also developed and oversaw the implementation of the Liberal Party’s digital and social media campaigns under Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott.

HONG KONG—GolinHarris has appointed Glenn Schloss (pictured) as executive director in its corporate communications practice in Hong Kong. Schloss will report to Jeremy Walker, managing director of GolinHarris Hong Kong. He comes to GolinHarris with more than a decade of experience as a corporate communications adviser, working in the financial, energy, technology, healthcare and FMCG sectors, most recently with Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

HONG KONG—Kreab Gavin Anderson has named Jennifer Schlueter as director, financial communications, and promoted Natalie Biasin to director, corporate communications. Schlueter was previously director of investor relations and corporate communications at Clearwater Capital, a leading private equity firm in Hong Kong. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2010, she was head of investor relations and corporate communications at Overseas Shipholding Group in the USA. Biasin has been with Kreab Gavin Anderson since 2006, spending her first six years in the London office.

SINGAPORE—Following a competitive four-way pitch, Jetstar Asia, the region’s largest low-cost carrier, has selected AKA Asia to manage its consumer public relations affairs in Southeast Asia. According to Liz McCarthy, head of marketing and public relations for Jetstar Asia, “The team impressed us with its imaginative and resourceful approach to communications, and we are confident that they will help us to continue to build strong brand affinity with the general public.”

BRISBANE—Leading Sydney-based  public relations firm Sefiani Communications Group has opened an office in Brisbane, responding the growth in the corporate, brand, professional services and investor relations sectors for clients including BDO, Chandler Macleod, St.George Bank and Vita Group. Dylan Malloch has relocated to Brisbane from Sefiani in Sydney to head up the new office.

SINGAPORE—Edelman Singapore has been appointed as the public relations agency for Singapore Sports Hub. The appointment will see Edelman implement an integrated communications campaign encompassing corporate reputation, digital engagement, events management, media relations and issues management for the fully integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub.

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