Bangkok: Sat 19-Jan-2019 02:42 (UTC+7)
|It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Norman Pajasalmi passed away on Monday.
Norman Pajasalmi, 48, for many decades one of the leading figures in public relations in Thailand, passed away suddenly on Monday at Bumrungrad Hospital after a long illness.
Pajasalmi was a fluent Thai speaker and colourful raconteur with a huge appreciation and affection for the land of his birth, Thailand. He was the only son of Esko and Anja Pajasalmi who came to the kingdom in the late 1950s as missionaries from their native Finland and never left.
Esko Pajasalmi opted to go into business in the 1960s and founded Presko, Thailand's first full-service PR consultancy. It served for many years as the flagship for the industry in the kingdom.
After Presko was taken over in the early 1990s by Britain's Shandwick plc, at the time the world's largest independent PR group, father and son stayed on as chairman and joint managing director respectively.
Esko passed away in 2000 not long after retiring. By then his son Norman had moved on from Shandwick to pursue other business interests, which included establishing a new PR consultancy, PR & Associates, with longtime colleague and Presko veteran Sakchai Ruangkittikul.
Norman is survived by his mother Anja, his former wife Lan and their son Pol.
Norman's memorial occasion will take place on Friday December 14th from 15.30hrs at the Siam Society, 131 Soi Asoke, Sukhumvit 21 Road, Bangkok. This is planned as an informal gathering to celebrate Norman’s life and to friends to express their own particular memories of a man who will be missed by so many in Thailand and around the world.
Getting to the Siam Society:
For those traveling by the Bangkok Subway, please exit at the Sukhumvit Station (exit 1).
For those traveling by Bangkok SkyTrain (BTS), please exit at the Asoke Station (exit 3).
On behalf of the BCCT, with kind regards and thoughts of a dear friend no longer with us.