March 29, 2006

Account Moves, Appointments & News

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Carol Potter to CEO, China at BBDO Worldwide's joint venture in Shanghai, BBDO/CNUAC, from global business director, Unilever, at JWT, London, effective April 8. Also, Clara Wong has been appointed CEO at BBDO and Proximity in Hong Kong. She has run Hong Kong offices for JWT and Saatchi & Saatchi in the past, but most recently, she advised marketers as a brand consultant in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai | Andras Vigh promoted to CEO, central and eastern Europe, ZenithOptimedia, based in Prague from CEO, Hong Kong. He will be succeeded by Chris Skinner, ZenithOptimedia's managing director since last year. Before that, Mr. Skinner was regional business director at OMD, Hong Kong. The agency also promoted Hong Kong-based Ada Wong to general manager from business director | To reduce its energy consumption and help protect the environment, China will impose new taxes on items like disposable wooden chopsticks and wooden floor panels, effective April 1. It has also placed consumption taxes on luxury items like gas-guzzling sedans and SUVs with engine capacity larger than 2 litres, yachts, golf equipment and golf club memberships and premium watches. However, the government will eliminate a tax on skin care and hair care products | Focus Media, an out-of-home media company specializing in flat screen monitors in public spaces, has acquired Dotad Media for $30 million. The Beijing-based company operates the largest WAP-based ad delivery platform in China, through China Mobile and China Unicom's mobile networks, controlling about 80% of the market. "We believe mobile advertising will account for a significant part of our advertising clients' ad budgets when the 3G mobile networks are launched in China," said Focus chairman-CEO, Jason Jiang, in Shanghai | Taipei-based Florence Chiang to business group director and head of business consulting in Taiwan, a new position at Synovate, an Aegis-owned global research company based in Hong Kong, from managing consultant in charge of business strategy at KPMG, Taipei | Roshane Ibrahim promoted to regional advertising director, Asia/Pacific at CNBC, Hong Kong from account director, also in Hong Kong | Publicis Groupe has acquired an 80% stake in Betterway Marketing Solutions, a marketing services company with offices in 29 Chinese cities. The company handles creative, sales promotion, sampling, trade activation, direct marketing and events and has worked with companies such as Motorola, Maybelline, Philips, Johnson & Johnson and Nestle. Jenny Zhang and York Huang, Betterway's joint CEOs, will remain minority partners.

Upcoming Events

April 24-26, 2006 - The Asian Technology Roundtable Exhibition
InterContinental, Beijing

May 10-11, 2006 - The Asia Pacific Music Forum: Music Matters
The Four Seasons, Hong Kong

June 4ñ7, 2006 - Worldwide Multi Media Measurement (Esomar)
JW Marriott, Shanghai

June 8-9, 2006 - The China Forum (Esomar)
JW Marriott, Shanghai

June 26-27, 2006 - Global Automotive Manufacturing and the Role of China
Great Wall Sheraton, Beijing

June 27-28, 2006 - Youth Marketing Forum China 2006
Shanghai (venue to be confirmed)

July 11-13, 2006 - Next Gen Advertising 2006
Conrad Hotel Hong Kong

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