Director quits DDB after less than a year

MS Pamela Dunn, director of corporate development, media and research at DDB Needham, left the agency last week after less than a year in the job.

She will continue to work on a couple of new business projects for DDB on a consultancy basis but is looking to do something else in the future.

''I did all I could at DDB, it was never a long-term arrangement,'' she said.

MR Ken Ball, who leaves his job as managing director of Emphasis Publishing this week for Australia, will not be replaced according to chief executive Mr Steve Ellis.

''My partner Tom Chapman and I will share Ken's responsibilities,'' Mr Ellis said.

Ms Mary O'Malley, editor of Silk Road, also leaves Emphasis this week to pursue career interests in Australia.

Emphasis has also lost four other staff as a result of a decision last December not to renew a publishing contract with the Hongkong Tourist Association (HKTA) for a number of titles.

But Emphasis' growing video business has signed Thai International as one of several airlines for whom it sources inflight entertainment video programmes.

BEIJING DDB Needham will handle the advertising and public relations for Volkswagen's recently established joint venture operation in China, FAW-Volkswagen. The $20-million account was won after a pitch against China International Advertising Co and incumbent D, Y & R.

CARGONEWS Asia has applied to BPA Consumer Audit for an initial audit on its circulation for July-December last year. The audit will be conducted in April and results available by June.

The magazine was audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulation in London but is moving to BPA in line with publisher Far East Trade Press' (FETP) streamlining moves. Two other FETP titles, Asian Business and TravelNews Asia, are audited by BPA.

LEO Burnett Hongkong has expanded further into China with the signing of a letter of intent to form a joint venture advertising company in Shanghai. If investment approval and an operating licence are given, the new company will form by the middle of theyear.

H2O and Partners, Hongkong's newest advertising and marketing company, opened its doors this month and issued a stern warning to Hongkong's bigger agencies.

Managing partner Mr Wim Harrington said: ''4As or not 4As, at the end of the day it's the quality of the product you advertise which matters.'' 10b Mr Harrington, formerly a copywriter with HDM Wunderman, began H2O with Wunderman art director Ms Ogar Wan and a third, as yet unnamed, partner on the account servicing side of the business.