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Movers & Shakers: Ogilvy Malaysia, InsideOut PR, and more

Ogilvy Malaysia, Ogilvy PR and Health, InsideOut PR make news this week.

PRWeek Global Award for Best Agency in Asia-Pacific has been announced.

PRWeek Global Awards 2023: Best Agency in Asia-Pacific

The winner of the PRWeek Global Award for Best Agency in Asia-Pacific is WE Communications.

L-R: Mohamed Bahaa and Gabriele Cirieco.

APCO Worldwide acquires NGC International Advisory, Strategic Advice

The Washington, DC-headquartered agency has bought four firms this year.

PR Week Best Places to Work is open for entries

Best Places to Work Asia-Pacific 2023: Entries open

Celebrate APAC agencies and brands' outstanding achievements in improving workplace cultures.

Weber and Golin owner IPG sees PR outperform in Q1

IPG has reported organic revenue growth of 3.3 per cent in the division that includes most of its PR agencies, as challenges in the tech sector contributed to a slight decline in organic revenue across the holding company.

CEO Steven Gunby: FTI had 'record revenues' but the bottom line 'declined substantially'

FTI Strategic Comms revenue up 4.5 per cent in Q1

FTI Consulting has reported a 4.5 per cent increase in revenue in its Strategic Communications arm in the first quarter of 2023, although higher costs hit underlying earnings.

WPP: AI will be 'fundamental' to our business

WPP has said AI will be "fundamental" to its business and the group is "excited by its transformational potential".

CEO Mark Read: 'We have seen a positive start to the year'

WPP reports 'strong' Q1 for FGS, 'softer' for BCW and H+K

WPP has reported like-for-like growth of 2.2 per cent in its PR division for the first quarter of 2023.

CEO Tim Dyson: 'Positive trading has continued into our new financial year'

Next 15 reports 'very positive' FY trading in PR business

Next 15 has reported full-year organic revenue growth of 9.3 per cent in the division that contains its main PR agencies, with M Booth Health, MHP and Brandwidth the "standout performers".

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Publicis confident after ‘strong’ Q1

Publicis has reported a 7.1 per cent rise in organic revenue in the first quarter of 2023, and said it expects to grow toward the top of its estimate for the full year.

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Omnicom PR revenue rises 5.8% in Q1

The holding company's overall global revenue was $3.4 billion for the quarter, a 5.2% jump.

Twitter is no longer a legal entity, it has been absorbed by Musk's X Corp

Twitter Inc. is dead, it’s now X Corp

The latest move is seen as an accelerant for creating X— Elon Musk's vision of the 'everything app' and is consistent with the new owner's bid to let go of the old company and its brand value.

Google's generative AI spouts fake truths in 78% cases according to a new study.

Google's AI chatbot Bard spouts lies and misinformation in 78% cases: report

In one instance, Bard wrote a 227-word monologue denying the Holocaust, which included details like the “photograph of the starving girl in the concentration camp…was actually an actress who was paid to pretend to be starving,” raising startling safety concerns.

WPP confirms FGS Global private equity deal

WPP has confirmed that private equity firm KKR has made an investment in FGS Global in a deal that values the consultancy at $1.425bn.

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What advertisers can learn from countries that already have TikTok bans

With a potential ban of TikTok in the US looming, we asked advertisers in India and Hong Kong, where the short video app is already banned, which alternatives they have turned to, and whether or not they feel they're missing out?

FGS Global CEO Alexander Geiser

FGS Global to sell major stake to private equity firm

FGS Global is set to sell a stake of around 30 per cent to private equity firm KKR, in a deal that would value the agency at around $1.4bn, the Financial Times reports.

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Pepsi unveils a new logo: a look back at the logos through the years

A bold leap forward, the design reflects changing consumer tastes and the brand's digital ambitions. Also, it comes just in time for Pepsi’s 125th anniversary.

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APCO reveals global ambitions for Camarco and plans to ‘plug more gaps’

APCO is targeting New York and Dubai as the first locations to expand Camarco, the London-based financial comms agency it acquired this week, CEO Brad Staples has told PRWeek.

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Singapore Tourism Board seeks UK PR agency

The Singapore Tourism Board’s UK office (STB UK) has put its PR account out to pitch.

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PRCA director general Francis Ingham dies

Francis Ingham, director general of the PRCA, has passed away after a short illness, the PRCA confirmed today.

R3 China PR Scope study

R3 China PR Scope: 43% of in-house PR and marketing teams had integration last year

R3’s latest China PR Scope Study found that 43% of marketing and PR teams of over 100 brands in China experienced integration in the past year. Catch all the details here.

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Philippines-based PR agency opens UK office

Uniquecorn Strategies, a PR agency founded in the Philippines, has expanded to the UK as founder and chief executive Dean Bernales relocates to London.

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Lack of women in boardrooms due partly to resistance, survey finds

When will diversity get enough seats in the boardroom? Ahead of International Women’s Day, Campaign partnered with R3’s Women of the World network in a wide-ranging gender-disparity survey.

PRWeek Global Awards 2023 – shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the PRWeek Global Awards 2023 has been unveiled, with the global celebration of comms set to take place in London on 9 May.

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Weber Shandwick undergoes layoffs

About two dozen employees at SVP, EVP and VP levels are being laid off.

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Pfizer puts agency partners on notice with wide-ranging review that includes PR

CMO Drew Panayiotou is leading the review.

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Tinder’s new global campaign celebrates how Gen Z connects

The campaign shows the diversity of relationships and connections that Tinder facilitates.

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2023 is the year PR will really dive into the metaverse: Research

Yet a report from D S Simon recommends brands and agencies keep it simple — and inexpensive — with metaverse activations.

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FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue up 3.7% in Q4, 7.1% for 2022

FTI as a whole reported a Q4 revenue of $774.4 million, up 14.5% from the same period last year.

WPP PR business 'resurgent' as growth accelerates in Q4

Revenue in WPP's PR division grew 6.5 per cent on a like-for-like basis in the fourth quarter of 2022, with Hill+Knowlton singled out for strong growth.

Edelman makes string of leadership annoucements in APAC

Edelman beefs up leadership in APAC

Warren Fernandez, Asia Pacific CEO announces key changes at the top in line with the firm's business strategy and growth plans for 2023.

Haymarket Media Group titles including What Car?, Finance Asia, MyCME and Campaign

Haymarket’s profits climb to £16.9m as live events boost revenue

UK B2B arm delivered best results in a decade.

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Edelman global revenue up 12.8% in 2022 to $1.1 billion

The independent firm’s U.S. revenue grew 13.8% to $703.4 million.

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Dentsu's organic growth slips in 2022 on flat revenue in its home market

COVID-related weakness in China offset resilience in European markets during the second half of the year.

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Finn Partners acquires international health communications firm Hyderus

Hyderus cofounders Mark Chataway and Christophe Nial join Finn Partners’ global health practice leadership team.

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Marco names co-CEOs amid global expansion and IPO aims

Didier Lagae, founder of Marco, the MSL affiliate comms agency with 18 offices worldwide, has become executive chairman and promoted two of his longest-serving members of staff to co-chief executives.

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IPG PR firms register mid-single-digit growth in Q4

They also saw high-single-digit growth in 2022.

Edelman promotes Justin Westcott to global tech chair

Edelman has appointed Justin Westcott, who has been with the firm for 17 years, as its new global chair of technology.

Chris Foster has led Omnicom PR Group since June 2021.

Omnicom PR revenue up 12.7% in Q4, 13.7% for 2022

The holding company's overall global revenue was up 7.2% in Q4 and 9.4% organically for 2022.

PRWeek Global Awards – judges named, entry deadline is February 1

The FINAL deadline for entering the PRWeek Global Awards is Wednesday 1 February.

Weber Shandwick elevates Elizabeth Bae to managing director for South Korea operations

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Sling & Stone, Archetype Hong Kong, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly roundup of account wins and people moves.

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Clarity buys Australian agency as ‘APAC launchpad’

Global communications agency Clarity has expanded its operations in Asia-Pacific, buying Australia’s Sefiani Communications Group for an undisclosed sum.

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BCW Global CEO Donna Imperato to retire

Imperato, who has led the firm since the combination of Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe, will step down once her successor is found.

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Ketchum’s Jo-ann Robertson named Cannes Lions PR jury president

The event takes place from June 19-23 in the South of France.

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Teneo to buy Tulchan Communications

Teneo has agreed to buy Tulchan Communications, the London-based financial and corporate specialist.

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Disney, BP alum Geoff Morrell lands at Teneo

Morrell left Disney during the company’s conflict with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the state’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law early last year.

L-R: Maureen Tseng & Stephanie Yang, The Hoffman Agency

Movers & Shakers: The Hoffman Agency, Sandpiper, Red Havas, and more

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of people moves and account wins.

Belinda Tan, Bjorn Trowery, Sunil John, Sarah Backhouse, Pablo Cateriano Llosa, Rahul Titus

PRWeek Global Awards – first judges named as entry deadline nears

The first tranche of judges for the PRWeek Global Awards has been announced, ahead of the deadline for entering the prestigious awards scheme.

L-R: Rebecca Grant, Melanie Mitchem and Catherine Sullivan. (Photo credits, respectively: Alex Rumford, Peter Hurley and Harrison Steg)

BCW names Rebecca Grant global chief brand officer

The agency also named Melanie Mitchem EVP of global marketing and upped Catherine Sullivan to global CCO.

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Edelman initiates ‘strategic review’ of its workforce

The agency is also pausing new hires as it monitors the economic environment.

BCW's Matt Stafford gets global remit

He will now be global president of practices and sectors in addition to his existing responsibilities as president of BCW's Asia Pacific region.

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Qatar's Budweiser beer ban ‘a storm in a pint cup’

Sports marketing leaders say the last minute U-turn on Bud selling alcoholic beer at World Cup games has been blown out of proportion.

Dortmund fans display banners demanding a boycott of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar during the German first division Bundesliga football match (Ina Fassbender/Getty Images)

Boycott Qatar 'blackout' protest kicks off

A global social media campaign has launched to boycott the World Cup's quarter-final, which coincides with International Human Rights Day.

Amanda Koh is heading Edelman's technology sector in Singapore

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Purple PR, Sling & Stone, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

The Russian Federation has sanctioned PR agency leaders

Russia puts Richard Edelman and other global PR CEOs on latest sanctions list

Leaders from APCO Worldwide, SKDK, Brunswick and other firms were among the 200 to be sanctioned.

Simon Davies, Founder & CEO of Bastion Brands

Havas acquires Australian health communications agency Bastion Brands

The acquisition will be integrated into Havas Health & You.

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Russia puts Richard Edelman, Karine Jean-Pierre on latest sanction list

Leaders from APCO Worldwide, SKDK, Brunswick and other firms were among the 200 to be sanctioned.

(Pic credit: Cristian Storto Fotografia/Getty Images)

UN tells PR sector: ‘Show how you’re fighting greenwashing’

PR and public affairs agencies should disclose what they are doing to combat greenwashing, according to a major new UN report.

Movers & Shakers: Allison+Partners, Edelman, Mutant, and more

PRWeek Asia's round-up of account wins and people moves.

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More than 400 scientists call on Hill+Knowlton to drop fossil-fuel clients

Environmental activist group Clean Creatives and the Union of Concerned Scientists released the letter to the WPP firm this week, ahead of COP27.

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Icon Agency wins Salesforce's Australian communications program

Salesforce is the newest addition to the rapidly expanding client roster at Icon.

Ella gifts her Mickey Mouse toy to baby sibling

Disney completes its Christmas trilogy with 'The gift'

The animated ad is the final instalment of Disney’s ‘From our family to yours’ festive shorts.

Golin Agency with a bespoke float at Taiwan Pride 2022

Golin Taipei unveils parade float for Taiwan Pride 2022

PR agency Golin goes all out in a vibrant extravaganza to mark Taiwan's first Pride parade since the island nation legalised same-sex marriages in 2019.

Steven Gunby

Rising costs hit earnings in FTI comms arm despite revenue growth

Underlying earnings fell in FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications division in the third quarter of 2022 despite growth in revenue, with a 16.4 per cent rise in staff costs among the factors cited.

WPP PR arm grows 5.8 per cent in Q3

WPP's PR arm had the strongest growth of its divisions in the third quarter of 2022, although growth slowed to 5.8 per cent on a like-for-like basis.

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Interpublic PR firms post single-digit growth in Q3

The holding company as a whole reported 5.6% organic revenue growth in the period.

(L-R) Tavy Cussinel, Loriann Luckings-Marwood

Redhill expands operations into UK market and appoints director

Redhill, a global communications agency, has announced the expansion of its operations into the UK market with the appointment of Loriann Luckings-Marwood as its director of the UK.

Enero CEO Brent Scrimshaw: 'We continue to see positive momentum'

Hotwire owner Enero sees 'positive momentum' as revenue grows one third

Enero, the marcoms and tech firm that owns Hotwire, saw net revenue grow 35.5 per cent to A$61.8m in the three months to 30 September versus the same period last year.

L-R: Jacob Puthenparambil & Joey Lee

Redhill partners with Pixel Canvas to enter the metaverse

The partnership with Pixel Canvas, a browser-based 3D metaverse platform, will enable Redhill to offer interactive and immersive brand experiences for its clients in the Web3 era.

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Omnicom PR revenue increases 12.6% in Q3

Omnicom as a whole reported a 7.5% organic revenue increase to $3.4 billion.

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Edelman names Warren Fernandez APAC CEO

Dave Samson, Edelman’s global vice chairman of corporate affairs, had been serving as interim CEO.

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Qorvis providing PR support for South Korea

The contract runs through the end of this year.

Movers & Shakers: Ruder Finn, Mutant, Sandpiper, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

The Hoffman Agency taps into Techplomacy, launches new service in APAC

The new service creates tools for companies to navigate and simplify diplomacy in the digital age.

PRCA launches Australia network

The move follows PRCA's expansion beyond Southeast Asia in the past year.

Edelman makes senior hire from ITV for media role

Jaine Sykes has joined Edelman UK as executive director of media strategy and campaigning, enhancing the agency’s media and trust advisory capabilities.

Movers & Shakers: Golin, MSL, Zeno Group, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

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WhatsApp responds after Iran restricts access

As protests take place in the country, the Iranian government has also limited access to Instagram and more of the internet in general.

Movers & Shakers: WE, Zeno, Spurwing, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

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House Democrats hold hearing on PR firms’ work for oil companies

None of the agencies under investigation attended the hearing.

Bashir Mraish and Abdul Waheed Patel

Ethicore expands into the Middle East

Ethicore Political Lobbying, one of Africa’s biggest public affairs agencies, has announced a formal partnership with comms agency Bashir Mraish Consultancy, which has offices in Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

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Edelman appoints Middle East chairman

Edelman has appointed senior Emirati business leader Tariq Bin Hendi as chairman to support the firm’s growth plans across the region.

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Queen Elizabeth’s death announced with mix of old and new

The royal family stayed true to tradition with its official notice, which was also posted to social media.

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Andy Main to leave Ogilvy as Devika Bulchandani takes over as global CEO

Main joined Ogilvy from Deloitte Digital in 2020 and oversaw a transformation of the network; longtime McCann vet Bulchandani steps into his shoes.

Julia Wei returns to Edelman as CEO

Wei will return to Edelman, where she last held the position of director for head of consumer practice.

Best Places to Work Asia-Pacific 2022: Winners revealed

See which agencies and teams made the cut in the region's second edition of this esteemed awards programme.

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Method hires Martin Harkin as global business development head

Harkin is coordinating opportunities among sister agencies Method, Harvard and Sling & Stone.

L-R: Jacob Puthenparambil & Jacqui Hocking

Redhill acquires VS Story to boost sustainability offering

This is the Singapore-headquartered PR firm’s second acquisition, following the purchase of Hong Kong's Creative Consulting Group in early 2022.

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Sling & Stone launches offering for US early stage, tech startups

Startup PR director Mikaela Street is spearheading the initiative.

Brutal markets, embracing failure, exciting future – opening overseas, PRWeek Beyond the Noise podcast

What are the secrets of success for UK agencies opening overseas? We hear from two agency bosses who’ve been there and done it, in the latest episode of PRWeek’s Beyond the Noise podcast.

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Bacchus opens in Miami

Bacchus, the luxury brand development and creative comms agency, has opened its fourth office – in Miami, founding director Anouschka Menzies has told PRWeek’s Beyond the Noise podcast.

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TikTok promotes Kudzi Chikumbu to lead creator marketing

Chikumbu has worked at the ByteDance-owned company for more than six years.

Best Places to Work Asia-Pacific 2022: Shortlist revealed

See which agencies and teams made the cut in the region's second edition of this esteemed awards programme.

Telum Media’s Tim Williamson launches new agency

The agency will focus on financial and professional services, and fintech in APAC.

Randa Stephan

Hill+Knowlton hires Randa Stephan as first chief marketing and comms officer

Stephan has worked at Weber Shandwick for the past eight years.

Kellie Whitehead

TishTash Communications opens first UK office

Dubai-based independent integrated marketing and comms agency TishTash Communications has opened an office in the UK.

Brent Scrimshaw

Hotwire owner exceeds FY earnings expectations

Net revenue in the division of Enero that includes comms agencies Hotwire and CPR grew 11 per cent in the year to 30 June, as the group outperformed its earnings expectations overall.

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SEC Newgate reports ‘positive and solid’ H1

SEC Newgate’s like-for-like turnover grew 29 per cent to €46.78m in the first half of 2022, a performance it described as ‘positive and solid’.

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Growth in WPP’s PR arm slows in Q2

Growth in WPP’s PR division slowed in the second quarter of 2022, with revenue up 7.3 per cent on a like-for-like basis to £283m.

Movers & Shakers: Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Edelman, and more

PRWeek Asia's roundup of people moves and account wins.

Suresh Balaji and Sunshine Farzan

Suresh Balaji, Sunshine Farzan land global marketing roles at Standard Chartered

The two industry veterans will be part of the bank's corporate affairs, brand, and marketing leadership team.

Moustafa Moharram, Ntsiki Mashimbye and Abdul Waheed Patel

Major pan-African and Middle East public affairs partnership formed

Two of Africa’s biggest public affairs agencies, Ethicore Political Lobbying and Moharram & Partners (M&P), have joined forces in a landmark agreement announced today.

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Havas sees ‘very good momentum’ in Q2 and has ‘confidence’ about rest of 2022

Organic revenues jumped 11.5% for the period.

L-R: Ajit Pai, Shreela Roy and Rajesh Narwankar, MSL

Movers & Shakers: MSL, FleishmanHillard, and more

PRWeek Asia's roundup of people moves and account wins.

Golin launches data tool to help leaders measure their communications strategy

Executive Impact Matrix is a data-driven solution to analyse the business impact that executive thought leadership delivers.

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IPG PR firms register mid-single-digit growth in Q2

The holding company as a whole reported a 7.9% organic net revenue increase in Q2.

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Omnicom PR Group revenue up 15.8% in Q2

Omnicom as a whole reported a 11.3% organic revenue increase to $3.6 billion.

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Finn Partners acquires SPAG to expand health practice in Asia

SPAG cofounders Aman Gupta and Shivani Gupta will lead Finn's Asia health practice as managing partners.

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Saudi Arabia recruits Edelman to help transform global perception

Edelman’s proposal aims to use celebrity partnerships and major productions to revamp the country’s public image and reputation.

Movers & Shakers: The Hoffman Agency, Zeno Group, and more

PRWeek Asia’s roundup of account wins and people moves.

PRIA wants migration reforms for PR specialists in Australia

With the backing of 15 PR and communications agencies, the initiative seeks to change Australia’s migration rules.

Herbalife Nutrition hires agency for full-service brief

Frank PR has won the account for Herbalife Nutrition’s consumer, corporate and social divisions after a competitive pitch.

V&V launches mentoring programme for small businesses

The Singapore agency will pilot a nine-week course for SMEs.

(L to R) Anol Bhattacharya, CEO of GetIT; Heather Kernahan, global CEO of Hotwire; Brent Scrimshaw, CEO of Enero Group; and Matt Quirie, CEO of ROI DNA

Hotwire makes double acquisition worth $37.5m

Enero Group has announced a double acquisition for Hotwire worth a total of US$37.5m in cash and shares. The move will see the tech comms and marketing agency operate its first owned offices in Asia.

'Long Live the Prince' - Grand Prix winner

‘Long Live the Prince’ wins Titanium Grand Prix as Edelman bags a Gold at Cannes

The much-lauded ‘Long Live the Prince’ by Engine London has won the Grand Prix at the Titanium Lions, as Edelman wins Gold in Sustainable Development for ‘See My Skin’ for Vaseline, on the final day of Cannes Lions.

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Edelman wins Bronze PR Lion as category again dominated by creative firms

Edelman won a Bronze PR Lion for National Grid’s Green Light Signal campaign in the U.K. It also won in the Creative Data and Media categories, and Prime Weber Shandwick won Bronze in the Direct category.

Flare Communications nabs Nike HK’s Converse contract

Converse renews one-year contract with Flare Communications in Hong Kong.

Cannes PR Lions shortlist revealed

Global PR agencies including Edelman and Ketchum have received multiple nominations in the PR Lions shortlist, alongside work from smaller PR shops.

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Prime Weber Shandwick wins Gold Design Lion for H&M Foundation’s virtual fashion collection

The Billion Dollar Collection campaign aims to shape a more sustainable fashion industry.

Edelman, Weber, Romans: more PR agencies on Cannes Lions shortlists

More campaigns credited to PR agencies are included in the latest batches of Cannes Lions shortlists, as the International Festival of Creativity kicks off for 2022.

Edelman Australia names Tom Robinson as new CEO

Robinson joins Edelman from MediaCom and takes over from Michelle Hutton who was elevated to APAC vice chair in 2021.

Catherine So is SCMP’s new CEO

So will succeed Gary Liu who is transitioning into a new role within SCMP’s blockchain and NFT division.

How Ogilvy Taiwan paired dementia and fashion

PR AWARDS ASIA: Who knew there could be a link between dementia and left-behind clothes at the dry cleaners? Read about how the agency team conceptualised this Grand Prix-winning campaign.

PR Awards Asia 2022: Winners revealed

We announce the full list of winners in 21st edition of the PR Awards Asia.

Edelman names new CEO for Hong Kong

Delicia Tan will look after operations in Hong Kong, Taipei, and the Greater Bay Area.

Ed Dandridge

Boeing CCO departs

Ed Dandridge, senior vice-president and chief communications officer at Boeing, has left the aerospace manufacturer after less than two years.

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Finn Partners, fischerAppelt, SPRG and Adfactors PR launch four-year scholarship program

The goal of the Future Communicator Foundation Scholarship program is to advance comms skills around social justice.

Accor appoints agency to launch Katara Towers hotel in Doha

Finn Partners will publicise the new Accor group hotel in Qatar to the UK market, as well as supporting its global launch.

PR Awards Asia 2022: Shortlist revealed

See which agencies, campaigns and talents made the cut this year.

Most consumers now view geopolitics as a top priority for business – Edelman research

Businesses need to take a stronger position on geopolitical issues, according to new research presented to the World Economic Forum at Davos today (Monday).

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P&G India to make brand ads accessible to people with impairments

The announcement is part of P&G's wider plan to become more inclusive and accessible.

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Entries open: Best Places to Work Asia

PRWeek Asia and Campaign Asia-Pacific launch the second edition of this awards programme to recognise healthy workplace initiatives and diverse talent.

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S4 Capital cuts earnings by up to 5% after ‘unacceptable’, ‘embarrassing’ audit issue

Financial results have now been published having been postponed twice.

Red Havas bags global mandate for Me&u

The agency’s remit includes PR services and media relations across B2B and B2C in Australia, the UK and The US for the at-table ordering system developer.

Fiorenzo Tagliabue

SEC Newgate reports ‘highly positive’ Q1

Like-for-like revenue at SEC Newgate grew by almost one-third – and underlying earnings almost doubled – in the first quarter of 2022, during which it delisted from the London Stock Exchange.

Jessica Merz (top left) and Jamie Williams Cooper (bottom left) have been promoted as Lisa Jedan (right) is set to depart

Bacardi shakes up global comms leadership as Lisa Jedan departs

Bacardi has made two senior comms promotions as Lisa Jedan, vice president of global brand communications, prepares to step down for a new role.

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Polansky: IPG PR firms register high-single-digit growth in Q1

The holding company also reorganized its agencies into three groups in the reporting period.

WPP PR arm kept 'strong momentum' in Q1

WPP's PR business outperformed the company's other divisions in the first quarter of 2022, as like-for-like revenue in the PR arm rose 14.1 per cent.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, The EON Group, Sandpiper, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly round-up of people moves and account wins.

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Omnicom PR revenue up 14% in Q1

The holding company's overall global revenue was $3.4 billion for the quarter.

UEG's BMW event at Art Basel featuring hip-hop artist Nas

Edelman’s United Entertainment Group to launch in Asia Pacific

APAC hub to be led out of Sydney by creative entrepreneur Si Philby.

Movers & Shakers: Zeno Group, APCO Worldwide, Red Havas, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly roundup of people moves and account wins.

Next 15 reports ‘positive’ FY trading in PR business

Next 15 said organic revenue in the division that contains its main PR agencies rose 15.7 per cent in the year to 31 January, with M Booth and Brandwidth the ‘stand-out performers’.

Image from Trellix's launch event.

New cybersecurity firm Trellix brings on Hoffman Agency as global PR, social AOR

The cybersecurity company launched in January after the merger of FireEye and McAfee Enterprise.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, FTI Consulting, Redhill and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly round-up of people moves and account wins.

PRWeek Global Awards 2022 shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the PRWeek Global Awards 2022 has been unveiled - with the global celebration of comms set to return as an in-person event in London on May 18 for the first time in three years.

Edelman pauses relationship with Russian affiliate

Edelman has temporarily stopped working with its affiliate agency in Russia after the country's invasion of Ukraine, PRWeek has learned.

Movers & Shakers: MSL, Edelman, Golin, and more

PRWeek Asia’s weekly roundup of account wins and people moves.

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Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak appoints PR firm

The politician, who has been convicted for the misappropriation of public funds, hires Karv Communications to repair his image in the US media.

PRHK launches 2022 Young Lions competition

Open to HK agency employees of 31 years of age or younger, the competition will provide budding professionals a chance to shine on the global Cannes stage.

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IPG suspends operations in Russia

CEO Philippe Krakowsky cited failed ceasefire talks and escalating attacks on civilians.

Brunswick appoints new partner

Julie Okada has joined Brunswick as a partner and its global head of learning and leadership development.

Movers & Shakers: Nissan, Edelman, Think HQ, and more

PRWeek Asia's weekly roundup of people moves and account wins.

WPP shuts down Russian operations as it 'condemns' Ukraine invasion

The company is working with Russian "people, clients and partners to consider all options including transfer of ownership and divestment".

Cannes Lions: not accepting submissions from Russian organisations (Getty Images)

Cannes Lions bans award entries from Russia because of Ukraine war

Meanwhile, Ukrainian creatives will be welcomed free of charge.

IPRA ‘reaffirms policy’ to not get involved in ‘political or religious activity’

The International Public Relations Association has said it is not getting ‘involved’ in the fallout of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

PR Awards Asia 2022 announces jury members

31 brand and agency leaders from across the industry will judge the awards, which will be presented in June. The early-bird deadline is March 7.

Francis Ingham

ICCO suspends Russian PR trade body

Russian PR trade body the Association of Consulting Companies in the Field of Public Relations (AKOS) has been suspended from the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mark McCall

FTI Strategic Comms revenue up 15 per cent in Q4

FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications arm boosted revenue by 15 per cent to $69.9m for Q4 2021, an increase of $9.4m on Q4 2020.

L-R: Saskia Kendall, Sarada Chellam, Robert Magyar

Sandpiper opens APAC health consultancy

The offering, launching in four markets, incorporates the firm's own health practice with that of recently acquired China-based consultancy North Head.

Nick Clegg

Meta promotes Clegg to president of global affairs

Facebook founder and Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the news of Nick Clegg’s new role in a post on Facebook, in which he also said he would scale down his own role in determining company policy.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Archetype, Sandpiper, and more

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Amit Misra named Southeast Asia CEO for MSL

Misra will lead a 100-person team in SEA in addition to his current responsibilities as South Asia CEO.

PR Awards Asia 2022 open for entries

Additional categories have been added this year. Get all the details on key dates and download the entry kit.

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Omnicom PR revenue up 4.4% in Q4, 6.3% for 2021

The holding company's overall global revenue was up 2.6% in Q4 and 10.2% organically for 2021.

Tourism Australia hires UK PR agency as country reopens to travellers

Tourism Australia has hired One Green Bean to handle its UK PR as Australia prepares to open its borders to travellers again later this month.

Jamshed Wadia, Edelman

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Teneo, Red Havas, and more

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Tim Dyson

Next 15 organic revenue grows 24 per cent in Q4

Listed marcomms group Next 15 has reported organic revenue growth of 24 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2021, and the same growth rate for the whole of its financial year to 31 January 2022.

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P&G’s Damon Jones to chair PRWeek Global Awards jury

The standard deadline for entries to the 2022 Global Awards is this Thursday, 27 January.

Monika James, HTG

Movers & Shakers: Toyota, Samsung, Singapore Tourism Board, and more

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Belinda Chan & Jacob Puthenparambil

Redhill makes first acquisition with Creative Consulting Group deal

This takeover is aimed at strengthening the agency's presence in Hong Kong and the Greater China region.

Fiorenzo Tagliabue

SEC Newgate plans to go private with €49m private equity backing

SEC Newgate has announced plans to de-list from the stock market and form a new company backed by private equity investment worth €49m.

Weber Shandwick's APAC chairman departs after 17 years

Baxter Jolly will leave to explore professional and personal interests.

Gareth Leeding & Haran Ramachandran, Snap

Movers & Shakers: Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Forward, Snap, and more

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Richard Edelman

Trust in all media falls, apart from firms’ own channels – Edelman Trust Barometer

Trust in all news sources has fallen over the past decade, except for media owned by businesses themselves, according to the latest global Trust Barometer from PR agency Edelman.

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IPG Dxtra CEO Andy Polansky to retire

The former Weber Shandwick CEO will serve in his current role until June as part of the transition.

Left to right: Lewis Shields, Caroline Lovejoy, Fergus Kibble, Forward

Movers & Shakers: Twitter, Forward and The PR People

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Lauren Chung

Teneo picks new APAC CEO

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Australian ‘paint and sip’ brand Pinot & Picasso hires PR agency for UK launch

Pinot & Picasso, the Australian group that offers bring-your-own-wine painting sessions, has appointed Play PR to launch the business in the UK.

Ed Brewster

Sandpiper opens New Zealand office

The office will be led by former Huawei comms officer Ed Brewster, now Sandpiper's director of New Zealand and international media.

Belina Tan

Movers & Shakers: Walt Disney Company, LinkedIn, Touch PR and more

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Next 15 CEO Tim Dyson

Next 15 reports organic growth of 26 per cent in Q3

Listed marcomms group Next 15 has reported organic revenue growth of 26 per cent in the third quarter of 2021, with the "strong performance continuing into Q4".

Dr. Oetker hires FleishmanHillard

FleishmanHillard has been appointed by Dr. Oetker, the international food manufacturer.

Lawrence Muskitta

Movers & Shakers: Red Havas, PRecious Comms, and more

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L-R: Ishina Sakhrani and Rajiv Menon, Sling & Stone Singapore

Sling & Stone opens first SEA office in Singapore

Agency will especially focus on helping startups in this "innovation hub" globalise their businesses.

Movers & Shakers: H+K, Ruder Finn, and more

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WE Red Bridge appoints China CEO

Nicky Wang gains the CEO title to succeed Penny Burgess who will transition into the role of executive chairman.

Senior team (L to R): Lucy d’Abo, John Hague and Camilla d’Abo

Dabo & Co founders launch workplace culture comms consultancy

Lucy and Camilla d’Abo, founders of Dubai-based PR agency Dabo & Co which sold to Edelman in 2015, have launched a consultancy focused on inspiring brands to "make culture their superpower".

L’Oréal handles pricing controversy in China following Double-11 promise

The brand faced an uproar from consumers and top KOLs over what appeared to be a broken pricing promise. Its response, perceived by most as reasonable, has defused the situation.

Former Vero employee launches PR agency in Vietnam

The agency’s strengths are said to be its strong relationships with the media and influencers in Vietnam.

Chris Leung & Laura Zhou, Edelman China

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Big firms 'inconsistent on digital engagement'

Many of the world's biggest companies are inconsistent in how they engage with customers, new research suggests.

Cannes Lions confirms physical return in 2022

Back to the South of France, June 20-24.

Talkwalker adds TikTok analytics to its capabilities

Brands are looking for more information on Gen Z’s use of the platform.

Movers & Shakers: Unilever, Grayling, Ogilvy PR, and more

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Gao Ming

Ruder Finn-owned RF Thunder expands across India

The consultancy also appoints a new managing director in China.

China bans influencers from touting stocks for brokerages

Only KOLs who are licensed brokers will be allowed to be continue, while livestreaming investment recommendations will be banned, media outlets have reported.

Richard Edelman: agency CEO has denied Edelman has worked to undermine anti-climate change regulation

Celebrities and influencers urge Edelman to drop fossil fuel clients in open letter

More than 100 celebrities and influencers have signed a letter urging Edelman to stop working with fossil fuel clients, in the latest move against the world's biggest PR agency by the campaign group Clean Creatives.