Weber Shandwick today announced two key appointments to further strengthen its senior management team in China.
Charles Shen joins the firm as general manager, Beijing, and head of the Corporate and Public Affairs practice in China. Lydia Lee, senior vice-president, Technology practice, is promoted to take on country-wide responsibilities as chief strategist and will also head the firm’s Emergent China practice.
Meanwhile, Alistair Nicholas, currently executive vice-president, Corporate and Public Affairs, based in Beijing, will be relocating to Sydney, Australia, in the New Year to take on a senior public affairs role.
Both Shen and Lee will report to Darren Burns, managing director, China.
With over 20 years’ experience in communications, Shen rejoins the firm after an absence of over five years, during which time he has worked for both HP and Microsoft. In his new role, Shen is tasked with overseeing the firm’s Beijing office while also driving growth for the Corporate and Public Affairs practices throughout China
Lee, who first joined Weber Shandwick from sister agency GolinHarris in 2009, takes on two additional functions in addition to her existing role as senior vice president, Technology practice. She will head the firm’s global China practice Emergent China, which advises China-based multinationals and their CEOs on strategic expansion into global markets. She will also serve as chief strategist for the firm’s operations in China.