BEIJING — Zhu Ning has joined Brunswick Group as a senior partner and head of China. Based in the Beijing office, he will oversee the further development of the firm’s China team and provide counsel to both Chinese and international clients on a range of critical issues. Ning will work closely with Mei Yan, senior partner and chair of China and colleagues to strengthen further Brunswick’s capabilities in China. Ning is an expert on China’s economy and financial markets and has advised government agencies, market regulators, stock and futures exchanges and some of the largest companies globally.

SYDNEY — Gabrielle Gray, a business consultant with over 20 years' experience is joining Icon Agency, as general manager. This newly created role will see Gray (pictured) lead the commercial strategy of the business, with the goal of cementing the company’s position as one of Asia-Pacific's leading integrated communications agencies. Based out of Icon’s Sydney office, Gray joined Icon in late 2021 in a consulting capacity to manage finance and resourcing on a number of key client accounts. The appointment follows two years of significant growth which saw Icon double in size and revenue.

HONG KONG — Paul Lai joins as a partner for Brunswick Group in Hong Kong. Lai will advise clients on financial situations, including complex mergers and acquisitions and other capital market transactions. He has advised on transactions for corporates and governments throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States. Most recently, he was chief executive of Hong Kong, regional head and head of the Corporate and Institutional Bank Greater China at Westpac.

HONG KONG — Sportsoho has appointed sports KOL Walter Cheung as the external marketing and communications consultant for its 10th Sports Expo at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Founder of Walter Cheung Communications Ltd, Walter has managed a wide variety of sports programmes with total spending exceeding HK$100 million. He was a co-founder of the Hang Seng Table Tennis Academy, PR adviser to various charity sporting events, and an ASICS-sponsored runner.

MANILA — Uniquecorn Strategies has launched Blockceler8 to expand its offering focused on blockchain, crypto, NFT, Web3, GameFi, and Metaverse projects to bring cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to the forefront. Blockceler8 offers services that revolve around educating the audience, including full-stack public relations services, thought leadership marketing, commentary, content marketing, and branding. The agency also provides social media and forums management.