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Bell Pottinger makes series of senior hires

Communications consultancy Bell Pottinger has made three new senior appointments in Asia.

Mark Worthington (pictured) has been promoted to managing director of Bell Pottinger Singapore, where he will lead the 25-strong team across corporate and financial communications, and public affairs practices. He joined Bell Pottinger as head of corporate practice in Singapore in 2012.

In addition, Graham Stewart, a former editorial leader, writer and columnist with The Times in London, has been appointed as managing director of Myanmar, and John Wong, previously head of investor relations at Biosensors International and of corporate affairs and business development at SMRT Corporation, now leads the financial practice in Singapore, reporting to Worthington.

The appointments follow the opening of three new offices within the past 15 months.

“Our Asia business is a clear priority for our growth moving forward and we are totally committed to building on our success in the region to date,” says Piers Pottinger, chairman of Bell Pottinger Asia. “These new appointments reflect our commitment to both recognise tremendous contributions to our business and add new talent to bring further strength and depth to our team.”

Mark Worthington said: “Singapore is without doubt one of the most dynamic and exciting places to do business. In my two years leading Bell Pottinger Singapore’s corporate practice, the office has grown rapidly and developed an enviable portfolio of international and Singapore-headquartered clients. I look forward to working with the hugely talented Singapore team to build on our success in corporate and financial communications, and bring clients more of our global, digital and public affairs expertise.”

Ang Shih-Huei, CEO Asia, said: “Mark has played an instrumental role in the tremendous success of our Asia hub in Singapore and our wider regional business development since he joined two years ago. He has been a key contributor to the excellent work we have delivered for clients and, together with the arrival of Graham Stewart and John Wong, will play a critical role in the further expansion of our business moving forward.”

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