Asia-Pacific News In Brief (October 1, 2012)
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Asia-Pacific News In Brief (October 1, 2012)

New people in new roles at Gravitas; new accounts at Fleishman-Hillard, Lewis PR; new members for the Oriella network.

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HONG KONG—Gravitas, a mobile marketing agency, has named Napoleon Biggs to a newly created position as chief strategy officer. He will be based out of the company's headquarters in Hong Kong and will report to Ricky Chu, chief executive officer. Biggs was most recently senior vice president, head of digital integration at Fleishman-Hillard Asia Pacific and previously co-founded and built a digital marketing consultancy, Web Guru Asia, and set up Palava Digital.

SYDNEY and DELHI—The Oriella PR Network, a group of independent technology public relations firms, has added Candour Communications of India and Blackie McDonald Communications Group of Australia, and now comprises 18 firms with a direct presence in 25 countries. Blackie McDonald was founded in 1988 and works with clients such as Qantas, Panasonic, EMC, SAS, Lexmark, and RSA. Candour is a full service PR firm headquartered in Delhi, with operations in Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Pune and expertise in technology as well as education, healthcare, financial services, retail and lifestyle industries.

HONG KONG—Fleishman-Hillard International Communications has been chosen to provide media relations and communications services for Tink Labs Limited, a technology startup developing mobile travel platforms for consumers, including the “handy” smartphone rental service for tourists visiting Hong Kong. Fleishman-Hillard will develop a comprehensive communications program to promote handy among merchants in Hong Kong, as well as international tourists to the city.

HONG KONG—Lewis PR has been appointed by Rackspace Hosting, the open cloud company. As its public relations agency of record in Hong Kong, Lewis will support Rackspace as it expands its presence in Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific region. The campaign will focus on raising awareness and understanding of Rackspace’s solutions and services among local business decision makers, as well as building the profiles of the company’s executives as thought-leaders in the industry.
 

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