Holmes Report 20 Nov 2016 // 1:25PM GMT
TOKYO—Finsbury is launching an office in Tokyo, Japan under the leadership of Kyota Narimatsu as co-president. Kyota was previously head of corporate communications at Barclays Japan, and head of marketing communications for Japan, Korea and China at Russell Investments. He also worked for Standard & Poor’s in Japan and Sumitomo Bank (now SMBC). The new office adds to the firm’s existing operations in Asia, which include offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore.
SHANGHAI—Burson-Marsteller has been named the public relations partner in China for Continental Tires. Led from Shanghai, Burson-Marsteller will support the planning and execution of regional strategic communications activities to further enhance the Continental Tires brand in China and across Asia-Pacific. The focus will be on designing and implementing simple, smart and creative stakeholder engagement opportunities to deliver impact in the short-term, while building brand preference and loyalty in the long-term.
SYDNEY—WPP agency Sibling has appointed Amanda Galmes as managing director, replacing Fleur Marks, who has moved into the newly-created role of WPP talent wellbeing and development director. Galmes was co-founder and managing director of independent consultancy Fuel Communications and has worked with clients including Instagram, The Iconic, Optus, Woolworths, Sodastream, Visa, Caltex, and Salesforce.com. Prior to Fuel, Galmes held senior positions at sister agency n2n Communications and Blackie McDonald.
SINGAPORE—Weber Shandwick has appointed Uzz Taufek as senior vice president, digital strategy, South East Asia. Most recently, Taufek led the digital arm of Leo Burnett and ARC Worldwide. He previously held similar roles at digital start up agency Dna360, J Walter Thompson and BBDO Proximity.
SYDNEY—Wellbeing communications agency Brand New Solutions has relaunched as The 6AM Agency under the leadership of Gillian Fish and Chris Savage. The 6AM Agency will focus on delivering insights-led creative storytelling. The agency has appointed Kim Feitelberg, former executive head of strategy for Ogilvy South Africa, as head of strategy, and Amy Friedlander, formerly of Mark/M&C Saatchi, as digital strategic advisor.
GURUGRAM—Media Mantra, an Independent image management and communications firm, has added 15 new accounts across sectors including education, IT, e-commerce, real estate, healthcare, government. Prominent additions include Eli India, a part of Eli Global, and Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav 2016, a major cultural festival in India, organized by the Ministry of Culture.