HONG KONG — Darrell Wright has been appointed Cognito’s new regional managing director for Asia Pacific.  Wright, who starts Dec. 11, spent a decade in Asia working in-house for financial institutions include J.P. Morgan, Barclays and The Royal Bank of Scotland. He replaces Tim Williamson, who left to become a Watatawa Consulting managing director.

SINGAPORE — The digital marketing firm Gutenberg has opened in office in Singapore — a step toward further expanding in the ASEAN market. The Singapore operation already has struck a deal to represent Smarten Spaces, a Singapore-based company focused on AI-based smart communities and smart cities solutions. Gutenberg’s Singapore office is the agency’s ninth one.

SINGAPORE — Watatawa Consulting has named Tim Williamson (pictured) managing director of its new fintech & financial services practices. Williamson most recently worked as managing director, APAC at Cognito. He has worked in communications for agencies including Brunswick and Weber Shandwick and journalism for more than 20 years.