TOKYO - Edelman has appointed Ross Rowbury (pictured), one of the longest-serving foreign PR executives in Japan, to head its operations in the country.
GLOBAL - Edelman has beefed up its worldwide digital capabilities, adding David Armano (pictured) as an SVP in New York, and naming a new head of digital strategy in India.
BEIJING - Authorities in the Chinese capital have selected Hill & Knowlton to handle its global communications account, marking the first time the city has retained a PR agency.
GLOBAL - Hewlett-Packard (HP) has called a review of global PR duties for its imaging and printing group (IPG).
ASIA-PACIFIC - Huntsworth plc, which owns Grayling, Citigate, Red and Huntsworth Health, has named Michael Birkin (pictured) to its board as a non-executive director.
Global - Publicis Groupe PR chief Olivier Fleurot (pictured) has revealed he will effectively integrate its two global agency networks - MS&L and Publicis Consultants - under his leadership.
GLOBAL - Ogilvy is expanding its Australian OgilvyEarth unit into a worldwide sustainability practice, with its first project a major global awareness campaign for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Marketers should drop their safety-first approach and engage at a much deeper level with the region's growing Islamic community
PARIS - Olivier Fleurot (pictured), the new CEO of Publicis Groupe's PR division, has admitted a merger of MS&L and Publicis Consultants is possible as he seeks to boost flagging growth.
LONDON - British Airways (BA) is reviewing its PR accounts across Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.
SINGAPORE - Procter & Gamble (P&G) has selected two agencies to handle regional corporate PR duties, following a competitive review that began earlier this year (Media, 16 January).
Korea's electronics giants are seeking to upgrade their PR capabilities as they look to overseas markets.
Market research companies in the region are being put under increased scrutiny as key clients start to pull back spend and demand even greater value for money.
GLOBAL - Microsoft has put its US$4m global mobile PR business up for review, putting four-year incumbent Weber Shandwick on alert.
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GLOBAL - Korea-based LG Electronics has called a global pitch for its US$2 million public relations account.
HONG KONG - Motorola regional director of corporate and business/technology communications Mary Lamb (pictured) has opted to take voluntary redundancy at the struggling mobile giant.
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