David Wightman has left his position as global head of advertising for South China Morning Post (SCMP) just six months into the role.
In an official statement, SCMP said: “As of May 31, David is no longer SCMP’s global head of advertising. He led important initiatives to build on our advertising business and we are grateful for his leadership. We are confident in our advertising leadership team to continue growing SCMP's regional-best content and data-led solutions, and we wish him every success in the future.”
Based on a source close to the matter wishing to remain anonymous, Wightman's role ended with immediate effect on Tuesday, May 31 after he was involved in a dispute with one or more SCMP staff. The source added that he was deemed not a “cultural and leadership fit” for the publisher by SCMP’s senior leadership. Campaign understands that Wightman had already resigned from the role earlier this month.
Wightman’s duties will now be taken over by Karrie Lam, vice president, content solutions, Darryl Choo, international business director based in Singapore, and Belinda Tse, business director. In Hong Kong, Wightman was also an executive committee member for the IAB but his departure from SCMP means he is no longer a member.
Wightman joined SCMP from Ebiquity where he was the group director of business operations in the UK. He also previously spent four years in Singapore with GroupM as the regional managing director for APAC.
In his reply to Campaign, Wightman denied any discussion around being a “cultural and leadership fit” at SCMP took place. He has also denied that a dispute took place.