The five-member Asia-Pacific board will be chaired by Cindy Payne of Asia-Pacific Connections, Pte. Ltd. in Singapore, who is also serving as membership co-chair.
Payne welcomed the new board members at the Worldcom AGM in Madrid – confirming that the Asia-Pacific Region continues to offer the greatest growth potential for the Worldcom Public Relations Group.
“We just recruited a new partner in India, Finese PR based in Delhi, and we are looking to bring in additional partners in China, New Zealand, Taiwan and the Philippines,” said Payne.
In addition to naming Payne as the chair of the Asia-Pacific Region, other board appointments include immediate past-chair Doug Wright of Melbourne-based Wrights PR; Tom Van Blarcom (TQPR Thailand, Bangkok) as membership co-chair, Yuji Dave Otsuka (AZ.Worldcom, Tokyo) as treasurer, and Michelle Lam (A-World Consulting Ltd., Hong Kong) as board secretary.
Other regional roles for the term include: Gina Lee (Communications Plus, Seoul), deputy chair; Stephanie Paul (Phillips Group, Brisbane), 2011 AP regional meeting ; Angela Tan (TQPR Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur), professional development; Maetavarin Maneekulpan (TQPR Thailand, Bangkok), knowledge sharing; Bonnie Zheng (Shanghai Glocal Strategy Consulting), marketing; Masahiro Sakamoto (TOCS, Tokyo), technology practice; and Ahba Azad (Finese, Delhi), Worldcom Circuit magazine regional editor.
About the Worldcom Public Relations Group
Established in 1988, The Worldcom Public Relations Group (worldcomgroup.com), is today the world's leading partnership of independently owned public relations counselling firms, with 107 partner agencies worldwide, in 90 markets, in 46 countries, across six continents. With more than 2,000 employees, and revenue of more than US$265 million, partners collectively serve national, international and multinational clients seamlessly, whilst retaining the flexibility and client-service focus inherent in independent local agencies. Through Worldcom, clients have on-demand access to in-depth communications expertise from professionals who understand the language, culture and customs of the geographic arenas in which they do business.