— Public Relations team adds Senior Vice President Bradley Burgess in Shanghai
— Investor Relations team adds Senior Vice President David Ji in Hong Kong
Beijing, China – May 27, 2021 – ICR, a leading strategic communications and advisory firm, today announced that its Asia practice has expanded its footprint in China with two senior hires at new locations in Shanghai and Hong Kong, as the company grows to meet rising demand for capital markets communication support on both traditional IPOs and the rising tide of SPAC transactions from Asia.
In Shanghai, ICR Asia’s Public Relations team adds Senior Vice President Bradley Burgess, a seasoned public affairs and corporate communications expert with two decades of experience in China, who previously served as the head of international corporate affairs for JD.com, China’s leading online retailer.
In Hong Kong, ICR Asia’s Investor Relations team adds David Ji, who brings two decades of experience in capital markets, fund raising, cross-border transactions, investor relations and alternative asset management, and was previously a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Waverly Limited, a capital market advisory firm.
ICR, has served public and private companies in Asia since 2006. Burgess and Ji add to ICR Asia’s previous China presence in Beijing and Shenzhen. The senior hires follow a record year in 2020 during which ICR’s Asia practice supported 13 cross-border transactions on exchanges in New York and Hong Kong that helped clients raise approximately $5 billion in proceeds. ICR worked on more new U.S. capital market listings by Asia-based companies than any other communications firm last year, and accounted for 50% of the year’s top-six U.S. IPOs from Asia, while also playing a leading role in supporting Asian companies that chose to go public via a Special Purpose Acquisition Company, or SPAC.
“For 15 years, ICR Asia has provided senior-level support for the communications needs of our clients across Asia, and the addition of Bradley and David will bring new depth and insights to our seasoned team of corporate communications leaders that will allow us to further strengthen our service offerings,” said Bill Zima, the Managing Partner of ICR’s Asia practice. “This is also an important milestone in the expansion of our Asia operations, broadening our presence to support our growing roster of clients located in mainland China and Southeast Asia region.”
ICR’s Asia practice supports private and public companies based in Asia in areas including investor relations, public relations, crisis communications, and digital media solutions.
Burgess brings to the ICR team a mix of experience helping top Chinese brands succeed on the global stage, and aiding global brands navigating the China and larger Asia markets, by promoting and protecting their reputations across industries including e-commerce, technology, biotechnology, export trade, food and beverage, government ministries, and others. At ICR, Burgess will partner with clients as a senior extension of their team, providing counsel and support for global reputation management work.
“We are excited to add Bradley’s extensive industry expertise,” said Edmond Lococo, Managing Director in ICR Asia’s public relations practice. “Having held leadership roles at JD.com, as well as various public relations consulting firms, he will strengthen our capabilities in areas including corporate reputation, executive communications and coaching, and global communications.”
“As an American who has lived in China for nearly two decades, I feel I can bring a unique perspective on China and the world,” Burgess said. “I look forward to working with ICR’s clients to help promote and protect their brand value.”
Ji adds to ICR his experience in Pre-IPO consulting in the Hong Kong capital market, Hong Kong public company operations experience, as well as work in in New York with various endowment funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private banks as well as high net worth investors in both an investor reporting and fund raising capacity. At ICR, Ji will create IR-focused communications strategies and messaging for clients and develop and execute the tactical components, while also developing and managing relationships with key analysts and institutional investors.
“David is a great addition to our IR team. He will strengthen our ability to provide the proactive and strategic advice that our clients value, while also giving us a locally-based point of client interface in Hong Kong,” said Robin Yang, Managing Director in ICR Asia’s investor relations practice.
“I’m pleased to join the team and to have the chance to ensure achievement of the investor relations goals of ICR’s clients,” Ji said.
Established in 1998, ICR partners with its clients to execute strategic communications and advisory programs that achieve business goals, build awareness and credibility, and enhance long-term enterprise value. The firm’s highly-differentiated service model, which pairs capital markets veterans with senior communications professionals, brings deep sector knowledge and relationships to more than 750 clients in approximately 20 industries. ICR’s healthcare practice operates under the Westwicke brand (www.westwicke.com). Today, ICR is one of the largest and most experienced independent communications and advisory firms in North America, maintaining offices in New York, Norwalk, Boston, Baltimore, San Francisco and Beijing. Learn more at www.icrinc.com. Follow us on Twitter at @ICRPR.