MUMBAI—Adfactors PR has launched two new practices to cater to the media and entertainment, and consumer and lifestyle sectors. The media and entertainment group will be headed by Pavan Chawla, whose experience includes work with Sony Entertainment Television, INX Media, MAX, exchange4media Group, Times of India Group, Dainik Jagran Group and the Indiantelevision Group.
Amitesh Banerjee, former head of communications of the Seychelles Marketing Board and a veteran of agencies Perfect Relations, Comma Consulting and Genesis Burson Marsteller, will head the consumer and lifestyle practice.
SINGAPORE—Fleishman-Hillard International Communications has appointed Shafaat Hussain (pictured) as managing director, client service for Southeast Asia. In his new role, Hussain will provide strategic counsel to key clients across the firm’s various practice groups and offices across the Southeast Asia region. He joined Fleishman-Hillard in 2010 and has played a role in growing the firm’s technology and telecommunications practice. The firm has also strengthened its Singapore-based corporate and consumer teams with the addition of Ayesha Kohli, Jenny Brannan and Meena Sharma.
BEIJING—Edelman has appointed Rebecca Slotnick senior director for health in China. Based in Shanghai, Slotnick will support multinational healthcare companies seeking to grow their businesses in China. She previously spent seven years in Edelman’s New york office, in roles in the firm’s health and corporate & public affairs practices. Most recently, she led internal and external corporate communications efforts for global pharmaceutical companies in emerging markets.
BANGALORE—HfS Research, a leading advisory analyst firm for global outsourcing and shared services strategies, is partnering with Gutenberg Communications, to promote rapid, accessible, cutting edge research for the global IT services and business process outsourcing industry. The partnership will provide sector-specific data and advisory services.