Asia-Pacific News in Brief (June 6, 2011)
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Asia-Pacific News in Brief (June 6, 2011)

New people in new roles at Burson-Marsteller, Ruder Finn, and Weber Shandwick; new business at Text 100.

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SINGAPORE—Burson-Marsteller has appointed Jackie Price as managing director of its technology and media practices for Asia-Pacific. Price will be based in Hong Kong and report to Bob Pickard, president and CEO of Burson-Marsteller Asia-Pacific. She was most recently the president of Ignition Marketing, an integrated firm with clients across the technology and media industries. Previously, she was a senior vice president at Edelman, where she led the firm’s technology practice in China, and subsequently moved to Los Angeles to manage the agency’s digital entertainment specialty.

HONG KONG—Ruder Finn has promoted Sharon Liao (pictured), most recently vice president and general manager of Ruder Finn Guangzhou, to senior vice-president and general manager, Ruder Finn Hong Kong and Guangzhou. In her new role, Sharon will consolidate South China and Hong Kong operations with both offices reporting to her. Liao joined Ruder Finn Shanghai in 2002 and has been instrumental in establishing Ruder Finn’s Guangzhou operation.

TOKYO—Weber Shandwick has hired Kazuhiro Hoshi as senior vice president, healthcare. Reporting directly to Akihiko Kubo, president and CEO of Weber Shandwick in Japan, Hoshi will work alongside senior fellow Jeffrey Gilbert to manage the firm’s healthcare practice in Tokyo. He comes to the firm with more than 20 years of Japanese pharmaceutical-based communication experience, most recently as director of corporate communications for the Japan operations of Janssen Pharmaceutical.

HONG KONG—Text 100’s greater China offices have added two new clients: a global consulting project with KEF, a premier manufacturer of audiophile-quality speakers for modern home theatre, hi-fi and custom installation applications; and a strategic consulting project with BioBay, the Chinese incubator that provides business development services, funding, rental and manpower subsidies, and infrastructure support to bio-nano startups.

SINGAPORE—Burson-Marsteller has appointed Craig Adams as director of marketing for the firm’s Asia-Pacific region. Adams, who is based in Beijing, will lead the efforts of Burson-Marsteller Asia-Pacific’s marketing team, which operates across 31 offices in 16 countries throughout the region. He will continue to lead BM China’s marketing activities and advise corporate clients in China. Adams joined Burson-Marsteller China in early 2010.


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