Holmes Report 24 Feb 2012 // 12:00AM GMT
BEIJING—David Liu, managing director of Weber Shandwick China since 2006, has been promoted to the position of chairman. He has also been appointed as chairman, China, for Interpublic’s Constituency Management Group, which includes specialist marketing services such as FutureBrand, GolinHarris, Jack Morton, Octagon as well as Weber Shandwick.
Darren Burns, managing director of Weber Shandwick’s Shanghai and Guangzhou offices since 2007, replaces Liu as managing director, Weber Shandwick China. Burns will continue to report directly to Liu who, in turn, continues to report to Tim Sutton, Asia Pacific chairman of CMG.
Liu has spent the last 12 years of his career at Weber Shandwick, starting as head of corporate communications and public affairs in the Beijing office in 2000. He was appointed general manager of the Beijing office in 2004; managing director of that office in 2006; and managing director of Weber Shandwick China in 2006.
Burns joined Weber Group in 1999 and then moved to GolinHarris, Weber Shandwick’s sister firm, in 2000. He was appointed managing director of its Taiwan office in 2005 and managing director of Weber Shandwick Shanghai and Guangzhou in 2006.