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Ruder Finn appoints Elaine Chan to develop new Financial Communication Practice in Asia


Ruder Finn has appointed Elaine Chan, an Asian strategic financial communication specialist, to head its newly created Financial Communications Practice. With Asia’s vibrant growth and the increasing number of capital markets transactions in the region including China, the practice has been set up to service regional and global clients. Elaine is charged with building a dynamic team to service the region, overseeing and developing specialist communication programs for an extensive portfolio of current clients and establishing new client relationships.

Elaine has worked in financial communications and senior editorial roles for more than 20 years in Asia, especially Greater China, and will be based in Hong Kong, reporting directly to Jean-Michel Dumont, Chairman of Ruder Finn Asia. She will work closely with the General Managers of Ruder Finn Asia’s offices and affiliates to build and develop the practice.

Elaine’s strong financial, business knowledge and analytical skills developed through her experience in the Greater China and global communication industry, has demonstrated her creativity and competence in developing opportunities and launching new ventures. She has also built strong relationships with leading media organizations and government institutions, providing clients with strategic insights and intelligence on Greater China, the regional political climate and media trends.

Prior to joining Ruder Finn, Elaine was Associate Partner at Watatawa Consulting .where she developed and managed strategic regional communication programs for global and regional companies, and complex capital markets transactions. She was advisor to BNY Mellon, China High Growth Fund, Bloomberg LP, IHH Healthcare Berhad’s dual listing in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Previously, as Senior Vice President at Financial Dynamics Asia, she led Hong Kong and China transactions communication. Her clients included Guangzhou Automobile Group, Temasek Holdings for Hong Kong and China, and Hong Kong-listed TPV Technology and Parkson Group.

Elaine began her journalistic career at the South China Morning Post (SCMP) as a reporter before moving to Shanghai in 1997 .where she worked for global news wires including serving as Bloomberg News’ Shanghai Bureau Chief. In 2003, she returned to the SCMP as Business News Editor, then China Business Editor and Business Features Editor in 2007. She conceptualized and launched the China Business monthly publication and oversaw the paper’s non-sports coverage for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, including the SCMP Olympics website.

Jean-Michel Dumont said the appointment of Elaine Chan was a major coup for Ruder Finn. "I have followed Elaine’s career for the last two decades and believe that she is the perfect fit to our team," he said. "Her expertise in financial and media communication allied to our extensive experience in corporate finance, positioning and internal communication ideally positions this practice group for success."

Elaine said, "The Asian business landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years. Building on from Ruder Finn’s broad-ranging experiences in Asia, our practice will offer clients the critical outside-in perspective that is relevant and brings value to their businesses and stakeholders."

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 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 65 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 AbbVie, Daiichi Sankyo, Galderma, Merck Serono, and Sanofi. Corporate & Public Trust includes L’Oréal, Michelin, ABB, Boeing, Bosch, Volkswagen, CITIC Bank, Singapore EDB, Visa, Omron and Carlsberg. Life+Style includes luxury brands like Cartier and Vacheron Constantin from the Richemont Group, Givenchy and Moet Hennessy premium brands from the LVMH Group, as well as Hermès, Bang & Olufsen, Bentley, Breitling, Longchamp, Lexus, Tod’s Group, DFS Group, and the Jumeirah Group. Global Connectivity includes DHL, Emirates, Beechcraft, IEEE and Contact Singapore. Those four pillars are supported by award-winning divisions such as RFI (focusing on Interactive, Social Media and ePR), CSR, Arts & Culture and INSIGHT which provides training as well as research on trends, producing the annual China Luxury Forecast and other publications. For more information on Ruder Finn, please visit www.ruderfinn.com or www.ruderfinnasia.com, or our Chinese website http://cn.ruderfinnasia.com