Despite recent social media posts from former staffers mourning the death of FCB Singapore, Campaign has learned that the office is not shutting down.
"We are not closing our Singapore operation," FCB global chief communications officer Brendan Cooke stated in response to our inquiry by email. "We have have some exciting plans for Singapore in 2019."
"Dear FCB," a former employee posted on Facebook earlier this week, "As your door closes, I will never forget your people, the life lessons and even the clients."
Former agency head Chris Kyme had also posted a lengthy tribute to FCB Singapore on LinkedIn, closing with:
I’ve just learned that FCB Singapore is closing its doors by the end of the year. How does that happen in this world? I just feel very fortunate and grateful that I was able to be a part of the journey, launching and building it during a great time. I’m left with some great friends and brilliant memories. Thanks FCB. R.I.P.
Campaign understands that several FCB former employees had a private gathering in Singapore earlier this week to share memories on hearing news of the closure.
Cooke has clarified that the international finance team that was based in Singapore has been reorganized and their duties have shifted elsewhere in the network.
Singapore has not been a major hub for FCB and Cooke confirmed it is "a very small nimble team" that remains in place.