HONG KONG—Asian public relations veteran Martin Spurrier, who previously was regional chairman for Weber Shandwick Worldwide, has joined Edelman as executive vice president for the Asia-Pacific region and chairman of its Hong Kong office. Spurrier’s appointment is one of a series of changes designed to strengthen the firm’s regional operations.
David Li, chairman and chief executive of The Bank of East Asia, has been named the firm’s chairman for Asia Pacific, and he and Spurrier will join regional president Alan VanderMolen, financial director Philip Channon, and regional non-executive director Peter Kingsbury to form the firm’s Asia-Pacific Growth Team.
Says VanderMolen, “These appointments and the formation of our Asia-Pacific Growth Team cap eight months of restructuring of our operations in this region. We have formalized six practice areas, added a research capability, created a client relationship management program, opened an office in Melbourne and brought in a significant number of senior, Asia-Pacific experienced consultants to strengthen our client offer. Now, we can apply these resources to the benefit of our clients and, as a result, grow our business geographically and across practice areas.”
Li, a founding member of Edelman’s six-member global advisory board, will will advise Edelman regarding its boardroom practice within the region.
Spurrier, who served 13 years with Hongkong Land and the Jardine Matheson Group, has twice owned his own Hong Kong consultancy, and was a founding member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
In addition to the regional appointments, Eric Wong has been named to head Edelman’s corporate practice in Hong Kong. Wong joins from Weber Shandwick where he was director of the corporate group.