SINGAPORE—Waggener Edstrom Worldwide has appointed Nathan Misner as head of its WE Studio D digital practice in Asia Pacific. A founding member of WE Studio D in North America, Misner will continue the work of Melvin Yuan, who will be taking a sabbatical at the end of September. Misner joined WE in 2005 and was central in building WE Studio D from a team of three people in the U.S. to more than 120 worldwide today. He has background in the entertainment business, online and traditional advertising, media metrics, and viral and buzz marketing for companies including Vibe/SPIN Ventures, Barnes & Noble, San Francisco magazine and ICED Media, where he managed accounts for such well-known brands as Motorola, Reebok, ESPN and Sprint.
TOKYO—Two-time Paralympic Games gold medalist Kuniko Obinata is retiring from international and will lead sports marketing and social business consulting services at Dentsu Public Relations, where she has worked since 2007. Obinata will continue serving as an officer of the Japan Paralympic Committee and assistant chairperson of the Paralympians’ Association of Japan. She will also continue to promote the advancement of sports for the disabled through speaking engagements and other activities.
SINGAPORE—Romilly King, formerly at The Communications Store, joins Lewis PR as account director and will lead the agency's consumer and travel division in the Asia Pacific region. King has worked for some of the biggest hotel and restaurant brands in the world including One&Only Resorts, The Rocco Forte Collection, Peninsula Hotels and world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Prior to her time at The Communications Store, she worked with Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurants.
MUMBAI—Blue Lotus Communications has added two new clients to its technology practice: Prithvi Information Solutions, based in Hyderabad, specializes in telecom engineering, telecom products and IT Services; Optra Systems is a Pune-based software company and a pioneer in lifesciences and healthcare solutions and services.