SINGAPORE—Edelman has appointed Tony Tao as managing director, corporate reputation, for South East Asia. Tao has spent 16 years with Edelman, and previously held leadership role at the firm’s offices in Shanghai and Guangzhou. He has experience in corporate reputation and issues and crisis management.
GURGAON—SPAG, the full-service public relations, government affairs and social media consultancy, has joined Worldcom Public Relations Group. The group also added Zagar Communications of Myanmar to strengthen its Asia-Pacific operations.
HONG KONG—Ryan Communication has established a collaboration with the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association, a leading education provider, to address the importance of alternative investment knowledge in the communication industry. The Ryan Communication teams across Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai will complete CAIA's fundamentals of alternative investments programme, which covers the core concepts in alternatives.
CANBERRA—Nicole Quinn has been appointed director, government relations, for public affairs agency Parker & Partners, part of Ogilvy PR Australia. Most recently, Quinn was general manager at Institute for Regional Security and was responsible for repositioning the strategic direction of the organization. She has also served on several boards and is currently a director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation.
AUCKLAND—Corporate communications and stakeholder engagement firm One Plus One Group has appointed Mike Hutcheson to the newly created role of non-executive chairman.Hutcheson co-founded advertising agencies Colenso BBDO and Hutcheson Knowles Marinkovich and was also managing director of Saatchi & Saatchi. In 2003, he set up an innovation and start-up incubator called the Lighthouse Ideas Company, and in 2008 was involved in a management buyout of Image Centre Group, where he is currently a director.