Roll Call: Waggener Edstrom Communications, Eastwick, Portland and More

Waggener Edstrom Communications announced the integrated communications agency has brought on industry veteran Chris Millward as general manager for its China operations. Millward is a veteran in the China market and has lived in Beijing continuously since 1994. He has worked with several of the world’s top public relations agencies including Edelman and Weber Shandwick and a host of multinational companies. Millward will report to senior vice president Matt Lackie, who oversees WE’s Asia Pacific presence, and work closely with other leaders in the region including Beijing General Manager Jason Cao, Shanghai vice president and general manager Cathleen Witter, and Hong Kong vice president and general manager Emma Richards. Millward takes over for Antoine Calendrier, who had been overseeing China from his home base in Hong Kong.  (Release)

Eastwick announced an expansion of its digital, social, editorial and research and analytics services with the addition of senior industry leaders to its team. Leading Eastwick’s Digital & Content Marketing Group is Sahana Jayaraman, vice president. In addition to her role as head of digital services, Sahana will lead the agency’s Content Marketing Group, responsible for branded content. Jun Quintana joins Eastwick as vice president to lead the company’s Research & Analytics Group. Jun brings more than 18 years of experience working in both traditional market research and communications/social media measurement. Michael Kanellos has been promoted to senior vice president and takes on responsibility for Eastwick’s Editorial Group, where he is continuing to build Eastwick’s strong tech-focused writing proficiency. Michael also continues to oversee Eastwick’s Cleantech practice. Joining Eastwick as senior vice president, client services, is Dave De Jear. Dave brings to Eastwick more than 20 years of experience in communications, public relations and marketing. Eastwick is also adding industry experts to round out global connections. Sharon Chan, who joined Eastwick from Hong Kong in 2012, has been promoted to Asia-Pacific (APAC) Industry Lead.  (Release)

Ed Perkins – currently communications secretary to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry – joins Portland as a senior adviser. Ed, who joins in October to work across both UK and International clients, was appointed communications secretary to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry two years ago. Ed will bring a huge wealth of experience to Portland’s clients, whether they are high profile individuals, companies or international bodies. In his time with the Royal Household, he co-ordinated media on royal engagements in 25 countries across Europe, North America, Africa, Australasia, the Middle and Far East. Prior to his role with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, he was assistant press secretary to The Queen in 2007, and also served as press secretary to The Duke of York. He went on to become deputy press secretary to The Queen and head of news at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. (Release)

Jonathan Prince, longtime Washington comms professional and Clinton and Obama administration hand, is joining music streaming service Spotify as global head of communications and public policy. The company, which is planning an IPO, launched in the US in 2011 and surpassed 10M paid users this year despite criticism by some recording artists who claim the company does not properly compensate them. Prince was recently a partner at Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates and led the New York mayoral campaign of Bill Thompson last year. (OdwyerPR.com)