Asia-Pacific News In Brief (November 4, 2012)
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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (November 4, 2012)

New people in new roles at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Weber Shandwick.

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SHANGHAI—Frances Sun, former senior vice president at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, China, is joining APCO Worldwide as managing director of the firm's Shanghai office. Sun has more than 20 years of experience in global communication, crisis communication, and media and government relations. Prior to joining APCO, she led H+K’s practice aimed to equip Chinese companies with professional communication support for their globalization efforts.

SINGAPORE—Weber Shandwick has strengthened its regional digital expertise with the appointment of Adriana Gascoigne (pictured) as vice president, digital, Asia Pacific based in Singapore. She will lead the firm’s digital experts in Singapore and will be responsible for driving integration of digital techniques, tactics and strategies with traditional communications approaches. Gascoigne is the founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a non-profit organization that she launched in San Francisco in 2007. She moved to Singapore last year as head of business development at Impulse Flyer, a members-only portal featuring luxury and boutique hotels in the Asia Pacific region.    

SINGAPORE—Hill+Knowlton Strategies Singapore has appointed Julia Lai as director, responsible for new business growth focusing on the healthcare, government and lifestyle sectors, and reporting directly to Baey Yam Keng, managing director of H+K Strategies Singapore. Lai has more than 15 years of communications experience in both government and corporate sectors, and she has also held senior positions in a number of international public relations agencies including Waggener Edstrom, Baldwin Boyle Shand and Lewis PR.

SYDNEY—Weber Shandwick has appointed Rose Kelly as head of technology and vice president, reporting to Ian Rumsby, chairman Australia. Since joining Weber Shandwick in 2009, Kelly has been responsible for the account leadership of several technology clients. She takes the helm of the practice from Lisa Popplewell, current general manager of the firm's Sydney office, who will focus on driving new areas of growth for the firm, specifically in corporate affairs and innovation. 
 

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