by Michael Becker, Senior Vice President, Financial Product Strategy
There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a plan become reality. That reality is the recent opening of Business Wire’s full-service office in Hong Kong. The new office is Business Wire’s third in Asia, and 32nd worldwide.
While Business Wire previously had a representative sales office in the region, we quite frankly could not ignore three key factors that make Hong Kong an ideal Business Wire market.
First and foremost, we have scores of existing clients in the region. These clients deserve the high level of customer service that our customers have come to expect worldwide. By opening a full-service operation, clients will work directly with knowledgeable Business Wire employees who can provide real-time, local-language assistance.
A key component of the Business Wire experience is our newsroom. To ensure our high-level of customer service and editorial accuracy, the Hong Kong newsroom will be supervised by Business Wire veteran Sarah Kent. Sarah has been with the company for nearly nine years, having worked in our San Francisco and New York offices, and most recently served as Editorial Process Development Specialist.
We are thrilled that Sarah will be able to share her knowledge with our clients. And, not only does Sarah have a great job, she has a great view from her desk too!
Secondly, Hong Kong possesses one of the greatest concentrations of corporate headquarters and public & investor relations agencies in the Asia-Pacific region. Hong Kong also boasts the sixth-largest stock exchange by market capitalization in the world, with over 1,600 equity listings according to the World Federation of Exchanges.
Leading our effort to establish close working relationships with local public relations and investor relations professionals is Regional Manager Natalie Lau. Natalie possesses 20 years of sales experience, having spent a considerable portion of that time at Thomson Reuters and highly-ranked IR vendor Orient Capital.
Lastly, Hong Kong is simply a wonderful place to conduct business. As one of the world’s leading financial centers, Hong Kong’s economy has been ranked the freest in the world every year since 1995 and has been runner-up on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing business index since 2011. The sophisticated, robust business environment in Hong Kong is perfectly suited to Business Wire’s gold standard solutions and services.
Local service and global reach, traditional Business Wire hallmarks, promise to benefit Hong Kong companies targeting major consumer and capital markets worldwide. We look forward to hearing from you:
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