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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (July 27, 2015)
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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (July 27, 2015)

New people in new roles at Lewis PR, Hill+Knowlton, Volkswagen, Zeno Group; new business for DEC Communications; a new partner for SERMO.

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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (July 27, 2015)

SINGAPORE—Lewis PR has appointed Scott Pettet senior vice president, Asia Pacific, responsible for driving the region forward in terms of revenue and geographic reach. HJe takes over from current regional SVP Andy Oliver, who is moving to the company's headquarters in London and will assume a new global senior client liaison position. Pettet has previously held senior roles in both the Sydney and Singapore offices.

SINGAPORE—Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Pamela Teo (pictured) as regional HR director for Asia Pacific. She will be based in Singapore and report directly to Vivian Lines, global vice chairman and chairman Asia Pacific. Teo comes to the firm from Zenith Optimedia Group where she served as South East Asia talent director. Prior to this she held positions at Ogilvy and Mather, Publicis, D’Arcy Massius Benton & Bowles, and McCann Erikson.

NEW DELHI—Volkswagen Passenger Car has appointed Nitisha Agrawal as head of public relations. Prior to joining Volkswagen, she worked with Skoda Auto India, Marico Industries, Linopinion, and World Gold Council in a variety of public relations positions.

SINGAPORE—Zeno Group Asia has appointed Tony Ray Pereira as executive creative director for its Singapore office. He joins Zeno from Dentsu Singapore where he was previously regional and executive creative director, and also chief creative officer at Dentsu Indonesia. Prior to this, he held senior creative roles at Leo Burnett, J. Walter Thompson and McCann Erickson.

SHANGHAI—SERMO, the global lifestyle and luxury communications network, has signed a new agency partner in China. ADVENTI Communication, headquartered in Shanghai, was founded by marketing and luxury PR specialist Hong Mahe, in 2004 and now employs a team of 40 working with clients including Patek Philippe, Hermes, Boucheron, Goyard, Gucci, Lacoste, Harry Winston, Chanel, Panerai, Montblanc, Porsche, Sephora and Glenmorangie.

MUMBAI—Zeno Group India has appointed Rasika Bamba, formerly with WPP’s Quasar Media, as national digital marketing leader; Neha Singhvi from Weber Shandwick as market leader, North; and Deepika Sandhu from Tata Communications as the market leader, West.  

SYDNEY—DEC Communications has been appointed by ASX-listed integrated real estate group, Mirvac to support its residential portfolio. DEC will manage a PR and community relations program for its $8 billion urban renewal project, Green Square Town Centre. To support the new business momentum and established client portfolio, DEC's team has expanded with the appointment of two new team members, senior account manager Alexis Carroll and account manager Luisa Regattieri.

MUMBAI—WPP is partnering with the Indian School of Design & Innovation on the establishment of the ISDI WPP School of Communication. The partnership will help create a three-year undergraduate diploma program in communication based on a work-study model that brings together an academic curriculum and practical application. The second and third year offers students four major specialisations: advertising and communications; media; activation and digital marketing; and public relations.

 

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