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John Mullins joins Ruder Finn Asia as Chief Development Officer

2011-06-22

Ruder Finn Asia has appointed veteran Public Relations consultant John Mullins as its Chief Development Officer. Reporting to Jean-Michel Dumont, Ruder Finn Asia Chairman, John is responsible for people, product and business development across the region. This will include a quality program, regional training and development systems as well as expanding and strengthening Ruder Finn's affiliate relationships across the Asia Pacific region. He will also work with the regional senior management team to support development and implementation of a regional business strategy, including fostering key client relationships and new business development.

John, a 20-year veteran in the public relations industry in Asia Pacific, has lived and worked in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore .where he has held senior roles for a number of leading Public Relations companies. With both agency and in-house experience, John has acquired expertise in all aspects of public relations from strategic planning to programme implementation, event management and professional writing. John specialises in Corporate and Marketing Communications and has provided strategic counsel for companies and government entities in a diverse range of industries throughout the Asia Pacific region. He is also an expert in crisis and issues management and an accomplished trainer in media handling skills and crisis preparedness.

Prior to joining Ruder Finn Asia, John worked for almost five years as the Managing Director of Human Resources for Burson-Marsteller Asia Pacific .where he focused largely on talent acquisition and development. John graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Japanese language and International Politics from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

"I have known John for close to two decades and have had the chance to see his professionalism and experience in action. The skills that he brings to our organisation will assist in raising our service to the next level of expertise," Jean-Michel Dumont said.

"I am delighted to join Ruder Finn Asia and have the opportunity to draw on my agency experience over the past 20 years to support the development of the firm and its affiliate network in the region," John Mullins said.

Ruder Finn Asia has been growing exponentially year on year. It has strengthened its top management team to explore further development in a number of Asian markets to continue its present robust growth. In 2011, Ruder Finn Asia acquired the event management, brand and marketing consultancy Thunder Communications based in Shanghai, opened its first office in India and formed a partnership with Japan's Kyodo Public Relations. Ruder Finn has since opened two more offices in India. The fourth annual Ruder Finn/Ipsos China Luxury Forecast2012 was recently launched, giving current insights in behavior and purchasing trends in China. The report is now regularly quoted in international media as the benchmark for the industry in Greater China.

Ruder Finn, Inc. is one of the largest independent integrated communication firms in the world, with offices in the United States and Europe, as well as in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi in Asia. Through these offices and our affiliates worldwide, the agency serves the global and local communication needs of over 250 corporations, governments and non-profit organizations. For more than 60 years, the Ruder Finn name has been synonymous with excellence in communications. Ruder Finn's global strategic focus is on four operational pillars which constitute the core of our growth – Health & Wellness, Corporate & Public Trust, Global Connectivity and Life+Style.

In Asia, Health & Wellness includes GE Healthcare, Mead Johnson, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi and Weight Watchers. Corporate & Public Trust includes L'Oreal, Founder Group, Michelin, Boeing, Bosch, Volkswagen, Citic Bank,Singapore EDB, Visa, LANXESS, Amazon, Omron and Carlsberg.. Life+Style includes luxury brands like Cartier from the Richemont Group, Givenchy from the LVMH Group, as well as Hermes, Bang & Olufsen, Lamborghini, Lexus, Tod's Group, Breitling and the Jumeirah Group. Global Connectivity includes DHL, Emirates, Hawker Beechcraft, IEEE and Contact Singapore. Those four pillars are supported by award-winning divisions such as RFI, focusing on Interactive, Social Media and ePR and INSIGHT which focuses on research and trends, producing the China Luxury Forecast and the CSR Index with Tsinghua University. For more information on Ruder Finn, please visit www.ruderfinn.com orwww.ruderfinnasia.com, or Chinese websitehttp://cn.ruderfinnasia.com