Rebecca Lau, managing director and head of HK client sales - FIC sales, RBC Capital Markets Lau joins RBC Capital Markets' fixed income and currencies (FIC) team with over 25 years' market experience, having held senior roles at BNP Paribas, ANZ and Standard Chartered. '[Lau's] appointment reflects the continued commitment and focus we are placing on Asia and the importance of Hong Kong as the hub for our FIC franchise in the region,' says Frederic Laine, head of FIC Asia, RBC Capital Markets. Christopher Thomson, business development manager, Northern Trust Thomson comes to Northern Trust with three decades of financial industry experience, most recently as a sales and relationship manager with JP Morgan Treasury Services in Australia. 'Thomson brings strong investment-management and product knowledge, and extensive operational and strategic management experience in Australia, which will be valuable to our clients,' says Jeremy Hester, head of business development, Northern Trust Australia. Dana Urmonas, general manager - Singapore, Grebstad Hicks Communications (GHCasia) Urmonas has been promoted from account director to general manager of GHCasia's Singapore operation. She has more than 15 years of international marketing and public relations experience with agencies, restaurant groups and multinationals. 'We have doubled the staff in our Singapore office in the last 18 months in response to increasing business, which we believe reflects the growth of travel and tourism,' says Paul Hicks, GHCasia CEO. Chisato Nishiyori, account director, Grebstad Hicks Communications (GHCasia) Nishiyori has a wealth of experience in public relations, marketing and events management that extends all the way from the UK to Japan to Singapore. This notably includes the Benares Restaurant & Bar in London - the first solo venture of acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar - and Conrad Tokyo in Japan. Most recently, she oversaw PR and marketing communications for the launch of Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa in Singapore.