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Holmes Report Announces Conference & SABRE Awards Ceremony In Asia

Asia Pacific, Global

Holmes Report 04 Sep 2011

SINGAPORE—Industry leaders Tim Sutton and Bob Pickard will be among the headline speakers at The Holmes Report’s first Asia-Pacific ThinkTank Live conference, which will take place on November 3, the date of the 2011 Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards dinner in Singapore.

Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide leads the way with 17 finalists in the Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards competition, followed by Weber Shandwick Worldwide and Text 100 with 12 each.

The ThinkTank Live conference will focus on the corporate reputation and brand image challenges that face Asian Brands Going Global. Senior leaders from some of Asia's biggest companies and agencies will examine how the region's homegrown brands can translate their regional success onto a global stage, looking at such key PR challenges as brand positioning, crisis communications, CSR, media relations and digital and social media.

Among the confirmed speakers:

Tim Sutton is chairman of Weber Shandwick in the Asia Pacific region and is one of the global PR industry's most respected practitioners. He also serves as Asia Pacific Chairman of the Constituency Management Group of parent company Interpublic, which includes its various below the line marketing services businesses in the disciplines of public relations, events management, sports marketing and brand identity.

Bob Pickard is the president and CEO of Burson-Marsteller Asia-Pacific. Bob is an international PR executive with two decades of experience focused on providing communications counsel for senior business leaders. He has been the co-founder and leader of successful award-winning PR consultancies in the United States, Japan, Korea and Canada. An experienced crisis communications practitioner, Bob has provided senior counsel on a wide range of communications issues to clients including AstraZeneca, British Airways, De Beers, EMC, GlaxoSmithKline, ING, Johnson & Johnson, Kia Motors, Merck, Microsoft, Nissan, Nomura and Pfizer.

The event follows the Holmes Report's highly successful inaugural ThinkTank Live conference in Prague earlier this year, which saw almost 200 delegates attend presentations by Richard Edelman, Harris Diamond, Miles Young and Andre Manning. Chaired by Holmes Report editors Paul Holmes and Arun Sudhaman, The ThinkTank Live series aims to combine high-level speakers with provocative content, offering a uniquely focused environment to discuss today's critical public relations issues.

Tickets for the event and for the SABRE Awards dinner are available here. The conference and dinner will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Singapore.


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