Mei Yan Joins Brunswick as China Senior Partner
Company also announces opening of Singapore office to meet strong regional
BEIJING and SINGAPORE, May 21, 2013
BEIJING and SINGAPORE, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Brunswick Group, a leading
corporate communications partnership, today announced Ms. MEI Yan has joined
the firm as Senior Partner for China. The Company also announced the opening
of an office in Singapore in August, 2013, which will be Brunswick's fourth
office in Asia and its 22^nd globally.
"We are thrilled MEI Yan has joined Brunswick to support our rapidly growing
business in Asia, which already has an outstanding team of 80 colleagues in
Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and now Singapore," said Alan Parker, founder and
Chairman of Brunswick Group. "Yan has a sterling reputation in the media
industry and commands a high degree of respect throughout the Chinese business
community. Brunswick's clients and media around the world will have the
opportunity to draw upon her outstanding knowledge of the Chinese market to
provide even stronger cross-border strategic communications support."
Yan, who brings 25 years of experience from the media and business sectors to
Brunswick, said, "I'm extremely excited to join the Brunswick team at a time
when Chinese companies are playing an increasingly active role in
international business. The challenges and opportunities for Chinese companies
going global and multinationals coming to China have never been greater, and I
look forward to working with the Brunswick team to provide strategic
communications advice to help them succeed."
During her career, Yanhas held China-based senior management positions
atNews Corp and Turner International Asia, and most recently
ViacomInternational Media Networks Greater China, where sheserved as
Managing Director andChief Representative. She was previously a journalist
with ITN and then CNN, where she and her teams won multiple Emmy awards for
reporting on the Gulf War and the unrest in Somalia.
Yan's appointment coincided with Brunswick's announcement it will open a new
office in Singapore to support clients in Southeast Asia. Brunswick already
has a number of clients in Singapore and other ASEAN countries and several of
its senior advisors have experience in the market. Kate Holgate, a Partner in
Brunswick's London office with nearly 13 years of experience with the firm,
will be relocating to Singapore to lead the development of the operations and
recruitment of a local team. In addition to Kate, Will Carnwath, a Director in
the London office, and Arif Shah, an Associate in the London office, will be
seconded to Singapore.
Brunswick also announced further investments in Asia with the appointment of
Susan Ho as Hong Kong office head and the promotion of St. John Moore in
Beijing to the Partnership.
Tim Payne, Managing Partner and Head of Brunswick Asia, said, "Hiring Yan and
relocating Kate Holgate to Singapore, reflect the increasing importance of
Asia to Brunswick and our clients, and the growing role for strategic
communications in helping support business challenges here."
About Brunswick Group
Brunswick Group is a private partnership with a growing team of more than 700
people, including over 100 partners around the world. The firm has grown
organically since it was established in 1987 and now has 22 wholly owned
offices in 13 countries. Brunswick is the global leader in financial and
corporate communications, and provides senior counsel to clients around the
globe on critical issues that affect reputation, valuation and business
success. The firm's service offer comprises corporate and financial
communications, investor relations, internal communications and perception
research. Brunswick was ranked by Mergermarkets, an independent organisation,
as the top global merger and acquisition communications advisor for more than
five consecutive years and has been ranked the top advisor across Asia Pacific
(excluding Japan) for thepast four years (2009 – 2012).
Brunswick operates offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dallas,
Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Milan, Munich, New York,
Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Shanghai, Stockholm, Sao Paulo, Vienna and
MEI Yan - Yan joined Brunswick as a Senior Partner, China in May 2013. Prior
to joining Brunswick, she served as Chief Representative for China of Viacom
Asia and Managing Director of MTV Networks Greater China. During her long and
distinguished career, she has held senior roles within News Corporation and
the Chinese operations of its STAR TV network. She began her career as a
journalist and spent time working for ITN and at CNN's US headquarters in
Atlanta, where her teams won three Emmy Awards for their coverage in war
zones. She holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Political Science and a
Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Columbia University,
U.S.A., a Master of Arts degree in Advanced Russian Area Studies from Hunter
College, City University of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian
Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University.
Kate HOLGATE - Kate joined Brunswick in June 2000. She has worked on a full
range of retained clients in both the listed and private sector as well as on
major capital market transactions. Kate is an IPO specialist having advised on
some twenty flotations across a number of international stock exchanges.
Before joining Brunswick, Kate spent six years in the Corporate Finance
Division of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where she worked on a number of capital
market transactions including flotations, mergers and recommended offers and
hostile offers. Before moving to investment banking, Kate was a member of the
Diplomatic Service and served as spokesperson and head of the press office at
the British Embassy in Ankara. She graduated with a first class degree in
Physics from Oxford University.
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