SYDNEY—Ian Rumsby, currently managing director for Weber Shandwick Australia, has been appointed to the new role of executive vice president for client strategy in Asia Pacific. Emma-Jane Granleese, currently senior vice president and creative director in Sydney will take over office leadership as general manager. Rumsby will work closely with Andrew Pirie, president of Weber Shandwick, Asia Pacific, to enhance the firm’s service offerings for its leading global and regional clients.
SINGAPORE—Hill & Knowlton Asia Pacific today announced the appointment of three regional technology leads who will work together to drive growth across H&K’s technology business. Sydney’s Myrna van Pelt takes up the role of head of technology for Australasia; Singapore’s Wong Voal Voal, head of technology, Southern Asia; and Beijing’s Jacqueline Wu, head of technology, North Asia. Says Vivian Lines, president and chief operating officer, H&K Asia Pacific: “The technology sector accounts for more than one-third of our business in Asia Pacific and we are constantly searching for ways to improve how we manage this business, how we can connect our teams more effectively across sub-regions, and how we can support the continuing growth of the sector.”
LONDON—Creston, the marketing services company that is parent to U.K. public relations Nelson Bostock and Red Door Communications, has bought a marketing agency and a market research firm for £75.5 million in an attempt to cross-sell more services. Creston is buying ICM, the market research company, for £37.2 million and Tullo Marshall, the direct marketing agency, for £38.3 million. Both acquisitions are still subject to shareholder approval.
LONDON—africapractice, an international strategic communications and corporate citizenship firm focused on supporting Africa’s economic development, has hired David Hampshire, former chairman and managing director of Diageo Africa as a director. Hampshire, who has worked across the African continent for the last 35 years, will offer support to locally listed companies in Johannesburg, Lagos, and Nairobi, drawing on his experience with Diageo and as a board member of a number of major listed companies in Africa, including East African Breweries, Guinness Nigeria and Guinness Ghana Breweries.