Asia-Pacific News in Brief (October 20, 2008)
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Asia-Pacific News in Brief (October 20, 2008)

Good Relations India has named Deepak Kanulkar as chief operating officer, plus new clients for Eastwei and Strategic Public Relations Group, and a new partner in India for Walt & Company.

Paul Holmes

MUMBAI—Good Relations India, a strategic corporate communications consultancy, has named Deepak Kanulkar as chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day operations management of the consultancy and leading its growth strategy. Previously, Kanulkar worked as head of corporate communications with Tata AIG Life Insurance Company and Tata AIG General Insurance Company. More recently, he headed the corporate communications function at Arab Insurance Group, one of the leading insurance players in the Middle-East.


BEIJING—Eastwei, in a consortium with long-timer partner Springtime Communications of Stockholm, architects Tengbom and communications agency Futurniture, has been selected to design and manage the Swedish exhibition at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, The firm will create a forum where Swedish enterprises get to meet their Chinese counterparts.


CAMPBELL, CA—Walt & Company Communications, an independent public relations agency specializing in consumer and enterprise technologies, has added Pragma Communication of Bangalore, India, to its global network of affiliated public relations agencies, which consists of established, owner-managed independent agencies in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. Founded in 2006, Pragma offers services in the areas of public relation and corporate image management, with focus on media relations.


HONG KONG—Strategic Public Relations Group has been appointed on a 12-month retainer by United Company Rusal, a Russian company and leading producer of aluminium and alumina. After SPRG was appointed in mid-August, the firm arranged visits by the CEO of UC Rusal to Hong Kong and a media tour, just completed, for 40 reporters from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou to the client’s Moscow and Siberian facilities.

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