International News in Brief (February 19, 2007)
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International News in Brief (February 19, 2007)

Burson-Marsteller has named Michael Gillies-Smith and Edward Hoover to head its public affairs team in Australia. Gillies-Smith was media adviser to Victorian opposition leader Ted Baillieu in 2006.

Paul Holmes

SYDNEY—Burson-Marsteller has named Michael Gillies-Smith and Edward Hoover to head its public affairs team in Australia. Gillies-Smith was media adviser to Victorian opposition leader Ted Baillieu in 2006 and is a former federal and state government media adviser and senior policy adviser, journalist in Australia and London, and for six years director of his own media and government relations agency, Splash Media. A six-year veteran of Burson-Marsteller, Hoover has transferred to Australia from the Washington, D.C. practice.

CARDIFF—Corporate communications company Quadrant has won more than £430,000 worth of new business within three months, driven by technological advances in audio and video webcasting and by its creative team. Assignments include a branding program for True Taste Wales Food & Drink Awards; a new consumer campaign for Warburtons; a New Deal for Musicians training program; promoting a new freephone number for the Children’s Commissioner for Wales; a PR and public affairs campaign for Marie Curie Cancer Care; working with partners on major events such as Showcase Wales and the National Tourism Awards; and the provision of broadcast services for the European Commission in the Republic of Ireland.

BANGKOK—Ken Hong has been appointed managing director of Weber Shandwick’s Thailand office. Hong joins Weber Shandwick from Manning, Selvage & Lee where he served as director and regional account director for five years and worked in Shanghai and most recently, as head of the agency’s Hong Kong operations. Prior to his role at MS&L, Hong was an account supervisor at KPR & Associates.

HAMBURG—Claas Sandrock has been named head of communications at skin and beauty care giant Beiersdorf after spending 10 years as head of media relations and director of corporate communications at E-Plus. He reports directly to CEO Thomas Quaas.

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