Asia-Pacific News In Brief (February 25, 2013)
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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (February 25, 2013)

New people at Parker, Waggener Edstrom; new business for Rice; a new Indian member for PR World Network.

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SYDNEY—Parker & Partners, the public affairs arm of Ogilvy Public Relations Australia, has hired Michael Hartmann in the newly created role of director, government relations based in Canberra as it prepares for the September 14 Federal election. His previous Canberra-based roles include deputy director of the Cattle Council of Australia, CEO of Cooperative Research Centres Association, and director of communication and government relations at Universities Australia, representing the university sector.

NEW DELHI—PRinIndia, which offers a range of public relations services with focus on fashion, luxury, lifestyle, healthcare, education and entertainment industry, has become the first Indian member of PR World Network, a group of international PR agencies started by US travel PR specialist Lou Hammond & Associates.

SINGAPORE—FICO, a leading provider of predictive analytics and decision management technology, has appointed Rice Communications as its PR agency partner for Southeast Asia. Rice will support FICO’s external communications across the region among organisations in the banking, insurance, healthcare, utilities, telecommunications, and retail industries. Rice will manage content creation and activity execution across traditional and social media, working with a network of agency partners in Southeast Asia.

HONG KONG—Waggener Edstrom Worldwide has promoted Antoine Calendrier to general manager of China. He was most recently the firm’s director of clients services for the Asia-Pacific region, based in Hong Kong. Calendrier has worked with clients including Visa, Jetstar, Jebsen and OSRAM across the Greater China region. In his new role, he will oversee the growth of the agency’s China operations and provide senior client counsel, and will continue to head up the regional corporate practice.

SYDNEY—STW, one of Australasia’s leading marketing content and communications services groups and parent to several Ogilvy public relations brands in Australia, has acquired a minority stake in Adelaide-based digital firm Fusion. Fusion has 28 staff across its Adelaide and Sydney offices, and boasts a client roster that includes Santos, People's Choice Credit Union and ARUP.

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