Benjamin Li
Sep 3, 2012

Chris O’Donnell, Asia-Pacific CEO of Kinetic Worldwide, resigns

ASIA-PACIFIC - Kinetic Worldwide Media reports that due to "some unavoidable issues", Chris O’Donnell, its Asia-Pacific CEO, departed the agency last week.

Chris O’Donnell
Chris O’Donnell

O'Donnell declined to make any comment when contacted by Campaign Asia-Pacific today.

The agency is looking for his replacement, and Claudine Kwek, COO, Asia-Pacific, tenthavenue,  will be overlooking Kinetic Asia-Pacific operations in the interim. Kwek is based in Singapore.

“Chris has been instrumental in building Kinetic's portfolio of direct appointments at both agency and client level in Asia, and we wish him the best for future opportunities,” Kwek said.

O’Donnell took over the Asia operations of Kinetic Worldwide Media in January 2010, succeeding Alex Thompson, who was promoted to global head of business development in London. O'Donnell  moved from London to Hong Kong for the job. Prior to his position as APAC CEO, he was business development director at Kinetic Worldwide in London for five and a half years, and worked for Clear Channel London for 12 years as sales manager to development director role.

The Asia operation under O’Donnell's leadership boasts 14 offices with 300 staff and key clients including Accenture, HSBC, SAP and ABB.

One undisclosed source, who previously worked for Kinetic said, "It is quite shocking to hear this news from industry friends, but there are quite a few senior management reshuffles in 4A agencies."

 


Campaign Jobs

Follow us

Top news, insights and analysis every weekday

Sign up for Campaign Bulletins

Related Articles

Just Published

Premium
Safety key for Pokemon Go brand following Japan death
Premium
2 hours ago

Safety key for Pokemon Go brand following Japan death

The impact of a recent accident on the brand may be minimal, but Niantic should nonetheless do more to promote safe play.

Premium
CtrlShift enters new phase with leadership shuffle
Premium
6 hours ago

CtrlShift enters new phase with leadership shuffle

New management team at CtrlShift tasked with cementing company's position as an audience solutions company.

Premium
Wearables’ form now reflects function
Premium
7 hours ago

Wearables’ form now reflects function

In the vanity-driven wearables market, fashion helps to sell function.