During his 20-year tenure at Ogilvy, Cheong was the agency’s regional head of copy for seven years. He has also been the creative group head at Ogilvy London. In Singapore, Cheong worked closely with Tham and attributes most of his success to his predecessor.
“Khai gave me perspective and a helicopter view of how the whole agency worked,” he said. “I learnt what’s important, what’s not, when to fight, when to run, when to speak my mind, when to hold my tongue.”