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S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a monthly rundown of executive and board changes in the Asia-Pacific technology, media and communications industries.

Top news

* HSBC Holdings PLC's head of its Greater China operation Helen Wong has resigned to pursue an external opportunity, The South China Morning Post reported. A spokesperson of the bank told the publication that Wong's departure "has no connection with Huawei, no connection with former group chief executive John Flint leaving the bank and no connection with the job cut plan." HSBC is reportedly on a list of foreign companies deemed "unreliable" by the Chinese government as the lender allegedly gave information to U.S. prosecutors that helped them build a case against Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. CFO Meng Wanzhou, who faces charges of wire fraud.

* AT&T Inc.'s Warner Media LLC has appointed Giorgio Stock to the new role of president, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, Distribution and Advertising sales for the Asia-Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. Stock was previously president of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.'s EMEA operations.

Media industry moves

* News Corp. Australia Pty. Ltd. veteran Liz Deegan is leaving the company to join the National Rugby League Ltd., where she was appointed to the newly created role of chief corporate affairs officer.

* Dentsu X Australia appointed Daniel Isaac as CEO, effective October. Isaac joins the company from United, a media agency owned by Omnicom Media Group Holdings Inc., where he was managing director.

* Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd. promoted Angela Tangas to the post of chief commercial officer of its Australia and New Zealand operations. Tangas, who most recently was executive director of business operations, will lead the company's newly created offering, Dentsu Solutions.

* A+E Networks promoted Saugato Banerjee to the role of managing director of Asia, TBI Vision reported. Banerjee, who was previously the North Asia managing director, will now oversee the company's operations across Southeast Asia, South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and India.

* Village Roadshow Ltd. has added Peter Tonagh to its board as an independent nonexecutive director. Tonagh has held many leadership roles, including serving as CEO of Foxtel Cable Television Pty. Ltd.

* David Weiland is stepping down as executive vice president of BBC Studios Ltd.'s Asian unit, TBI Vision reported. He will take on the newly created role of executive vice president of engagement at the company's headquarters in the U.K.

Communications industry moves

* HKBN Ltd. appointed Almira Chan to be chief strategy officer and Agnes Tan to be chief legal officer. Chan and Tan are also joining the telco's executive management committee. Both executives previously worked for fixed-line operator WTT HK Ltd., which HKBN acquired in April.

* Spark New Zealand Ltd. added Heather Polglase to the Spark Leadership Squad and named her group human resources director, effective Sept. 1. Polglase, who joined the company in 2013, will succeed Joe McCollum, who is stepping down after seven years in the role.

* Singapore-based telco M1 Ltd. appointed former Telstra Corp. Ltd. executive Nathan Bell as the chief digital officer of the company, Capacity Media reported. Nathan also was COO of Telkomtelstra, a joint venture between Telstra and Telkom Indonesia.

Technology industry moves

* TNG Digital Sdn. Bhd. named Ignatius Ong as its new CEO. Ignatius previously was group chief revenue officer of Malaysia Airlines Bhd., according to Digital News Asia.

* Nexon Korea Corp. CEO Lee Jung-hun said the company will do an organizational reshuffle, which will mainly focus on integrating online and mobile business units, Digital Times reported. The new integrated unit will be led by Vice President Kim Hyun.

* International Business Machines Corp. appointed Raymond Wong as partner ecosystem leader in Singapore, Channel Asia reported. Wong will be responsible for developing a vendor's ecosystem through an approach based on channel collaboration. Most recently, Wong was the country general manager of IBM's cloud and cognitive software business in Singapore.

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