CHICAGO—Golin/Harris International has opened an office in Thailand. Peter McIntosh, who is currently with the Thailand office of sister company Weber Shandwick, will head Golin/Harris Thailand as executive director.
Says Golin/Harris president and chief executive officer Fred Cook, “We have a number of regional clients, especially Singapore and Hong Kong based clients, who have an immediate need for a wholly owned Golin/Harris office in Thailand.
Cook said the Bangkok office will work closely with sister companies in the Interpublic Group in Thailand. “The establishment of a Golin/Harris office not only enhances service for existing clients, but also gives the Interpublic Group greater flexibility in being able to provide a PR arm for companies that may have been prevented from using the group’s services through conflict of interest,” he adds.
McIntosh has spent more than 30 years in journalism and public relations in Asia Pacific and moved to Thailand in the late 1990s to open the Thailand office of global consultancy, Hill and Knowlton.
Cook says several regional clients of Golin/Harris have already moved work to the Thailand office, including a leading global investment bank and a major regional pharmaceutical company. New clients out of the Thai market included those from the automotive and financial sectors.
Separately, Golin announced the promotion of Baxter Jolly to managing director for the Singapore office. Jolly has been executive director in Singapore since he joined the firm in August 2003. He succeeds Jeffrey Schultz, who has been managing director of Golin/Harris Singapore since March 2000 and who moves to Weber Shandwick as its managing director.
Prior to joining Golin/Harris, Jolly was based in Tokyo where he held the position of executive director for Cosmo PR.