Asia-Pacific News In Brief (July 18, 2011)
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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (July 18, 2011)

Professional PR becomes Burson's New Zealand affiliate; new people at Hill & Knowlton and Rowland; new business at Hanmer MSL and Text 100.

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AUCKLAND—Professional Public Relations New Zealand is now the Burson-Marsteller’s exclusive affiliate in New Zealand. PPRNZ is a member of the PPR Group, a network with eight Australian and New Zealand offices. “The importance of the New Zealand market is increasing for our global and regional clients,” says BM’s chief executive for Asia-Pacific, Bob Pickard. “The PPR affiliation will help Burson-Marsteller meet our clients’ needs in New Zealand, while also opening new communications avenues for New Zealand companies throughout our international network.”

SYDNEY—Tim McPhail has been promoted to lead Hill & Knowlton’s public affairs practice in Australia, and Derryn Webster has been promoted to senior associate director in the same team. McPhail has worked in senior policy and communications roles in government and prior to joining Hill & Knowlton as senior advisor, led the Sydney office at CPR Communications & Public Relations.Webster has been with Hill & Knowlton for more than two years, with a background in public policy and media relations. The new appointments follow the recent hiring of Associate Director Scott Farlow, a former Liberal staffer and President of the NSW Young Liberals.

MUMBAI—Hanmer MSL has added Eureka Forbes, Channel [v], Star Movies, Star Gold, FOX International Channel–India, JW Marriott Chandigarh, The Himalaya Drug Company, Abt. Associates and Somany Ceramics for strategic communications assignments.

SINGAPORE—Text 100 Singapore has been awarded a grant by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre to run the “Digitalising Volunteerism and Philanthropy” program, which will provide counsel, hands-on expertise and coaching to help over 200 charities in Singapore become self-sustaining via online channels to drive volunteerism and donations.

BRISBANE—Corporate communication consultancy Rowland has added two directors: Brad Burke in the specialist government relations team and Nadeena Whitby in the stakeholder engagement practice. Burke has held key advisory roles with national industry associations, mining companies and major Queensland public entities. Whitby returns to Rowland following an 18-month engagement with Brisbane City Council’s Major Infrastructure Projects Office.

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