Asia-Pacific News In Brief (February 6, 2012)
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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (February 6, 2012)

A new office for Hopscotch Asia-in-One; new people at Weber Shandwick; new business for SPRG; a new partner for SERMO.

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BEIJING—Following the opening of its first office in Hong Kong, the Public Système Hopscotch group has established a second Hopscotch Asia In One hub in Beijing under the leadership of Louis Cacciuttolo. Hopscotch Asia In One Beijing will represent the agencies of the Public Système group—including public relations firm Hopscotch—in China and provide both European and Chinese clients with a one-stop solution to their regional communications needs.

BEIJING—Weber Shandwick has appointed government relations expert Hong Qu (pictured) to chief consultant, public affairs and government relations. Based in Beijing, Qu will report to executive vice president Alistair Nicholas and will provide consulting to a range of multinational corporations and major Chinese companies in government relations, regulatory advocacy, issues management and strategic planning. The position is effective immediately. Qu was most recently at Burson-Marsteller in Beijing and previously served as a government official for more than seven years in the American and Oceanian affairs department of China’s Ministry of Commerce.

HONG KONG—Strategic Public Relations Group will serve as exclusive public relations advisor during the 2nd Women in Leadership Forum Asia to be held on 16-17 February in Kuala Lumpur. SPRG will be entrusted with PR and media relations responsibilities during this year’s event.

SYDNEY—SERMO, a global lifestyle PR network founded in 2010 by Talk PR, the UK public relations operation of the M&C Saatchi group, has added Australian agency Saunders & Co., founded 11 years ago by Gary Saunders and working with clients including Mecca Cosmetica, Essie, Pantene, Olay, SK-II and Herbal Essences.
 

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