BEIJING & SHANGHAI — Influence Matters has added three new clients to its portfolio and expanded its team to support the growth. The clients include software testing platform Applause; La French Tech’s Next Tech China, an event for French tech companies exploring the Chinese market; and a global pharmaceutical supply chain company. New hires include Patrick Chen, who joins as a senior account manager, and Summer Yang, who joins as a senior consultant.
SHANGHAI — Gusto Luxe has been retained by British outdoor lifestyle brand Hunter as integrated communications partner for Mainland China. Gusto Luxe will support Hunter in shaping the China brand and marketing strategy. The agency is tasked with social content and platform management, digital campaign planning and execution and social influencer and paid media.

SINGAPORE — Jones Lang LaSalle has appointed Siddharth Taparia to the global role of chief marketing officer. Taparia will be responsible for the company’s global marketing strategy and will oversee all marketing activities worldwide. Prior to JLL, Taparia was the senior VP and global head of corporate brand and experience marketing at SAP.

GURGAON — PR Professionals has launched two new consulting practices — data analytics and investor relations. The investor relations consulting practice will have service offerings including IPO marketing, management of investment roadshows, analysts’ meets, sell-side meetings and more. Data analytics will include a dedicated in-house team which will translate client business requirements into insights that are actionable, reliable, feasible and sustainable.