HONG KONG—Strategic Public Relations Group has celebrated its 20th anniversary with the launch Strategic CSR Network Limited, a not-for-profit organisation that brings together different parties including corporations, NGOs/charities and volunteers, to serve underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.
NEW DELHI—20:20 MSL has won 24 new business pitches over the past two quarters, including Marico, for marquee brands Parachute (cooking oil, hair care portfolio, skin care portfolio), Nihar, Saffola (cooking oil, oats and muesli), Bio Oil, Medikar and Revive; Dimension Data, for an integrated social media, media relations and advocacy campaign; Swift Key, an expert in language prediction; and Saavn, for media advisory services and influencer engagement.
BEIJING—Benjamin Ou, former director of Chinese government affairs at United Technologies Corporation, has rejoined APCO Worldwide as senior counselor in China. Ou will counsel clients on government relations, trade and investment and stakeholder engagement. Ou is also the founder of Beijing Tairong Consulting, which focused on China's anti-monopoly enforcement and policies. Before joining UTC, Ou spent 12 years at APCO in various roles.
NEW DELHI—Weber Shandwick has appointed Rafi Qadar Khan as executive vice president, Weber Shandwick India. Based in Delhi, he will report to Valerie Pinto, chief executive officer. Khan brings more than 20 years of communications experience, joining from Cohn & Wolfe in India. He has extensive experience in brand creation and positioning, entry strategy and integrated marketing.
SINGAPORE—Mike Cheong has joined CNBC as communications manager for CNBC Asia Pacific, based at the Singapore office. Cheong joins from Burson-Marsteller, where he was senior associate and managed accounts across the government, corporate and hospitality sectors. Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller in 2012, Cheong worked at Bite Communications, GPA Holdings and as a sports journalist.
MUMBAI—Edelman has appointed Zarif Tapia as head of Cream Events, its specialty experiential marketing unit. Based in Mumbai, Tapia will lead Edelman India's events business and will report to Rakesh Thukral, managing director of Edelman India. He joins from Brand Activation, a division of Wizcraft International Entertainment.
BANGALORE—Aim High Consulting, a PR agency for start-ups in India, has added QwikCilver, MobiKwik, Livspace and Goodservice to its roster of consumer internet clients, as well as wins in the renewable energy, education, health & wellness and enterprise technology categories, including Jungle Ventures, Azure Power, Edutor, TalentPad, Mobikon, Teamchat, AppLift, Schoolguru, Hippocampus Learning Centres, Jack Of All Threads, and Truweight.
MUMBAI—Kesari Tours has appointed Pramod Dalvi as vice president, public relations, responsible for communication with tourism boards, airlines, government bodies, and more. He has previously worked with Thomas Cook India, P & O Travel India, International Travel House, and Korean Airlines.