SYDNEY— David Epstein, former chief of staff to Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, has been named head of corporate affairs for airline Qantas, reporting directly to CEO Allan Joyce. He will be in charge of a new division covering government relations, regulation and corporate communications. Epstein replaces David Hawes in government relations and Belinda de Rome in corporate communications. Both are leaving the company.
HONG KONG—Ketchum Greater China has appointed Ross Hughes as general Mmnager of its Shanghai office. Hughes will immediately take over the Shanghai leadership role from Penny Burgess, who will remain to support Ketchum in a consulting capacity. Prior to joining Ketchum, Hughes was with The Hoffman Agency as general manager, China. Earlier, in his role as the Hoffman general manager, Hong Kong, he was responsible for managing regional client accounts including Google and Dassault Systems.
TOKYO—Linda Beltran has been named director of public relations at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, leading a team of three that oversees local media and marketing initiatives, as well as steering all international public relations efforts. Beltran launched her career with Tsantes &Associates, a high-tech agency in San Jose, made the switch to hospitality PR with a position at Victoria King Public Relations, JMPR and Woodside Hotels, before joining the Fairmont Newport Beach to manage the public relations efforts for the launch of the company's first venture into Orange County.