The Public Relations Global Network Executive Committee announced today the appointment of Joanne Chan, President and Founder of LBS Communications based in Hong Kong. Chan will replace Andy See Teong Leng of Perspective Strategies in Malaysia as the Asia-Pacific Regional Vice President of PRGN, one of the largest global networks of independent public relations and communications agencies.
PRGN made the announcement at its Asia Summit Conference and Fall Member Meeting in Singapore, where member agency owners gathered to exchange knowledge and views on challenges and opportunities for the global communications market.
“For over 20 years, Joanne Chen has been a pioneer and an innovator in the PR industry,” said PRGN President David Fuscus who is also President and CEO of Xenophon Strategies, Inc. in Washington D.C.,. “Now she brings her considerable skills to the Public Relations Global Network as the leader of PRGN’s Asia-Pacific region as a member of PRGN’s Executive Committee. I can’t wait to see where she will take us as we develop our capabilities in this vital global region.”
Chan is Founder and Managing Director of LBS Communications Consulting Limited, a financial communications firm helping clients in the power and utilities, telecommunications and IT, retail and consumer, metal and resources, education and training and hospitality and travel industries. LBS Communications was founded in 2012, with teams based in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. To create bigger impact for public companies, Chan established Sustainability Investor Relations as a business arm of LBS to promote the ESG value for public companies and address investors’ concerns on ESG risks of public companies.
In her new role, Chan will work with PRGN member agencies operating in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore to enhance communication, improve coordination and drive momentum on the regional level. She will assist in public relations thought leadership, global business development, and member engagement and recruitment to benefit member agencies and PRGN’s clients around the world.
Andy See Teong Leng stepped down from the role of APAC RVP of PRGN as he also currently serves as President-Elect of PRGN and would start to focus on his term as president of the global agency network starting in May 2023.
Chan has been participating in the investor relations and financial communications industry for two decades. Prior to her PR career, she was working as a journalist for six years where she developed the sense of business analysis and the interest in assisting companies identify investment and promotional angles for fundraising and corporate promotion purpose. She advocates sustainability in business and believes it is a major driver for generating economic growth in the coming century.
“A lot of countries in APAC have been maneuvering through Covid in the past three years to regain their strengths and stamina in economic development”, said Chan. “I am so honored to be able to stand close together with our APAC team at this juncture to ride on the recovery trend to more business opportunities, and amplify our professional knowledge and expertise in public relations to help grow bigger and bring positive impact to the community and the earth.”
PRGN is an international network with 52 agency members in 34 countries in North & South America, Europe, The Middle East, Australia and Asia. PRGN member agencies are independent, local, owner-operated public relations and marketing communications firms that share expertise and resources, while providing broad-based comprehensive communications strategies to clients worldwide.Founded in 1992 by a group of visionary public relations leaders, with approximately 1,000 professionals in 61 locations, PRGN is one of the world’s largest international public relations networks.