KUALA LUMPUR—Hill+Knowlton Strategies has tapped Justin Then as managing director of its Malaysia office, reporting to John Morgan, president and CEO, Asia. Then previously worked at Hill+Knowlton from 2005 and 2008, leading the Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo!, and Cisco accounts in addition to being a facilitator for issues management and media trainings. Then was most recently managing his own boutique PR firm, after leading the technology practice at Priority Communications.
HONG KONG—The Hoffman Agency has promoted Rebecca Lansdell (pictured) to deputy general manager of the Hong Kong office. Lansdell joined The Hoffman Agency in early 2012, to develop and run existing regional accounts such as PayPal, managing communications for the brand across four markets in Asia Pacific and has grown and won several local accounts, including IT services giant Fujitsu and technology start-up PassKit.
PERTH—The Honourable Cheryl Edwardes, a former attorney general for Western Australia and Minister for the Environment, has been appointed senior advisor to FTI Consulting’s strategic communications segment in Perth. Edwardes will provide government relations counsel to clients, with particular expertise in the mining and environmental sectors. Most recently, Edwardes served as partner with an international law firm, providing clients with strategic government relations advice. Earlier, she was executive general manager for external affairs, government relations and approvals at Hancock Prospecting, an Australian mineral exploration and extraction company.
HONG KONG—Bite has been appointed by SABMiller Asia as integrated marketing services agency for its Peroni Nastro Azzurro brand in Hong Kong. Bite will work with SABMiller to create experiences for consumers through an integrated marketing program which harnesses the power of social, PR, digital communications and strategic sponsorships. Bite's scope of work spans social media engagement, digital communications and production, creative customer events as well as PR and strategic sponsorship support.
DELHI—Weber Shandwick offices in India are now operating fully under the Weber Shandwick brand and have adopted the firm’s global “engaging, always” positioning. The move comes after Weber Shandwick took on full ownership of its India operations—formerly known as Corporate Voice | Weber Shandwick—in Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi earlier this year. The firm’s leadership remains unchanged with Atul Ahluwalia and Dilip Yadav retaining their responsibilities under the new titles of managing director and deputy managing director, respectively.
MELBOURNE—Global consulting firm Mercer has appointed Ogilvy Public Relations Australia as its communications and public relations agency across Australia and New Zealand. Ogilvy PR’s remit will cover all aspects of Mercer’s media strategy including social media strategy and implementation.
DELHI—Healthcare communications veteran Aman Gupta has launched a new communications firm, SPAG (Strategic Partners Group), focused on a research-led creative approach. SPAG has offices in India (New Delhi, Mumbai) and Singapore with network offices in London, Washington and Toronto. It will provide services that will include aspects like influencer management, stakeholders mapping, brand marketing, cause marketing, digital marketing, and CSR consulting.