TOKYO—Manning Selvage & Lee has named Eric Hess, a public relations veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the Japanese market, as managing director of its Tokyo office. Hess will focus on client service, staff development, and new business growth. He will work closely with the managing directors and senior staff across MS&L’s Asia network, which includes offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai and Delhi.
Most recently, Hess was director of PR services for IR Japan, Japan’s largest specialized investor relations services company. He has directed national media programs for AmericaOnline, AstraZeneca, Baxter, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, United Airlines, Visa International, and others.
In addition, Kiminori Takeuchi has been appointed to the position of deputy managing director. Takeuchi has been a key senior counselor in the office for the past eight years.