MACAU - Venetian Macau, owned by Las Vegas Sands, has moved its media planning and buying business from Omnicom's OMD to WPP's GroupM.
GLOBAL - Mainardo de Nardis (pictured) has been named CEO of OMD Worldwide, filling a role vacated by Joe Uva a year and a half ago.
GLOBAL - Hewlett-Packard has kicked off a review of its global media planning and buying business for two of its business groups, both currently handled by ZenithOptimedia.
SINGAPORE - Jeffrey Seah (pictured) is departing his role as Mindshare leader of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
SYDNEY - Chris Walton (pictured), CEO of MindShare Australasia, is stepping down after 12 years with the GroupM agency.
SYDNEY - Tourism Australia has retained incumbent Carat to handle its A$180 million(US$150 million) media buying and planning business, following a final round showdown with Havas-owned MPG.
GLOBAL - Sean Finnegan (pictured) has been named president and chief digital officer of Starcom MediaVest Group as the media agency seeks to bloster its digital presence.
BEIJING - Alibaba Group has merged two of its fastest-growing divisions, digital advertising exchange service Alimama and consumer-based auction platform Taobao.com.
BANGKOK – Thailand's government is pursuing an injunction that would give it the right to shut down 400 websites it deems a threat to national security and the maintenance of social order.
HONG KONG - The Financial Times is launching a special single-issue, standalone title for MasterCard, to coincide with the brand's Luxury Week event in Hong Kong next week.
LONDON - MediaCom has named former GroupM UK CEO Stephen Allan (pictured) as its new global chairman and CEO.
GLOBAL - Starcom MediaVest Group has named Andrew Swinand (pictured) to the newly-created role of president of global operations, in Laura Desmond's first major management appointment since assuming the global CEO role at the agency in June.