Roll Call: APCO, Ruder Finn, The OutCast Agency, and More

James Acheson-Gray has joined APCO Worldwide as MD in London. He was most recently international MD at Grayling. Acheson-Gray steps in for Ed Walsh who is now MD for all of Europe. He has held the London position since 2009.

Paul Yang has been promoted to GM of Ruder Finn Beijing, replacing Leon Liu. Yang has been with the firm for nearly 10 years and served as head of the corporate practice between 2008 and 2011. He’ll report to Elan Shou, MD and SVP of Ruder Finn China. The firm has been building up its China presence in recent months, adding a new head of its arts and culture group, Shou in February, and new fashion clients.

Nissa Anklesaria has joined The OutCast Agency as VP, effective December 20. She will be one of the leaders of Next Fifteen’s Facebook account and lead the firm’s work with Bump. She was previously SVP of the West Coast office at Kaplow. [via PRWeek]

Claire Cook has joined entertainment PR and marketing firm Webster & Associates. Cook was most recently working on her own, but has done PR for Capitol EMI/America Records, Windsor Publications, and Magnatone Records in Nashville, TN. [via]

Jennifer Krosche has joined Child’s Play Communications as VP. She was previously head of her own firm JYK Public Relations. She has worked with a number of clients in the parenting/child space including Summer Infant and BornFree.

Elizabeth Semple has joined MWW Group as VP of talent and HR, leading training, employment development, and other HR tasks at the firm. She previously led HR at HNW, a marketing firm specializing in luxury lifestyle and wealth management clients.

Ken Bouton has been promoted to SVP of global sales at Business Wire, part of a restructuring of the company’s sales team. He has been with BW for 14 years, most recently as group VP of central U.S. and Canada.