Staff Reporters
Nov 18, 2016

Move and win roundup: JWT, Xaxis, Y&R, MullenLowe Profero, SugarCRM, more

A weekly roundup of people moves and account news worth noting.

Clockwise from top left: Grant Henderson; Randy Aquino; Dian Jaya; DDB Singapore's new hires; Ramzi Chaabane; Yunnita Avreda;  Amanda Galmes and Fleur Marks; Tejender Singh; Ben Hennessy.
Clockwise from top left: Grant Henderson; Randy Aquino; Dian Jaya; DDB Singapore's new hires; Ramzi Chaabane; Yunnita Avreda; Amanda Galmes and Fleur Marks; Tejender Singh; Ben Hennessy.


J. Walter Thompson New Zealand appointed Grant Henderson as digital strategist, reporting to Jaqueline Smart, head of planning. He was most recently head of digital strategy at OMD in Auckland, where he worked with clients including Air New Zealand and AA Insurance. Prior to OMD he was general manager at Isobar in Sydney.  

Xaxis appointed Yunnita Avreda as director of its Indonesia operations. Avreda will be responsible for growing revenue and attracting new business while managing a team of 10 people with a view to double next year. The company also hired Dian Jaya as head of client development and Tejender Singh to manage all campaign trading and tracking. Arshan Saha, vice president, Xaxis Southeast Asia, will continue to oversee the market as part of his regional purview.

Posterscope expanded its leadership team in Australia. Bryan Magee was appointed as national managing director of the OOH specialist agency, joining from Ikon where he was chief investment officer. In addition, David Campbell was appointed national general manager. He was previously general manager of Dentsu Aegis Network agency Vizeum Melbourne.

Y&R announced the appointment of Randy Aquino as the new CEO of Y&R Philippines, succeeding Anna Testa, who is stepping down. Aquino returns to advertising, and WPP, after over three years as head of regional market development at Monde Nissin Corporation. 

DDB Singapore hired six new creative in line with its new business growth. Luis Fabra joins as associate creative director (art) to work on the Johnson & Johnson account; Josh Armstrong joins as associate creative director (copy) to work on Unilever; Malhaar Rao joins as associate creative group head (copy) for the Johnson & Johnson team and Adithya Deepan joins as associate creative group head (art) for Johnson & Johnson. The remaing hires are Junqi Liao and Megha Ramesh as copywriters for Johnson & Johnson and Unilever respectively.

WPP-owned Sibling hired Amanda Galmes as managing director, with Fleur Marks moving into the newly-created role of WPP AUNZ talent wellbeing and development director. Galmes was co-founder of Fuel Communications and has more than 20 years’ industry experience.   

MullenLowe Profero, the digital arm of global creative network MullenLowe Group, named Chris Henderson as its new MD of Australia. He will be responsible for the Sydney team, with clients such as Danone Nutricia, Pizza Hut, HSBC, Nespresso and Western Union. Currently client services director, Henderson will take over from Dave Bentley, who leaves the agency after eight years.

DataXu appointed Michael Scaramozzino as sales manager, ANZ and Fay Koo as solution architect, APAC to further support to its growing portfolio of clients. Scaramozzino joins from Yahoo7 while Koo was formerly with Sizmek.

Frost*collective appointed Ben Hennessy as creative director of its branded environment business, a newly created position in Sydney. He returns to Frost*collective after 18 months as brand designer with Nike in Portland. 

J. Walter Thompson Singapore appointed Ramzi Chaabane as digital strategy director. He joins from MullenLowe Profero Singapore, where he was digital director. Prior to that, he was digital director for Leo Burnett Shanghai and digital strategist at Fullsix.

SugarCRM appointed Mark Troselj as VP for Asia Pacific and Japan. He will report to Juan Herrera, worldwide executive vice president of sales. Troselj will be responsible for overseeing the partner ecosystem, forming close relationships with customers, growing revenue and expanding awareness of the company’s cloud customer relationship management (CRM) platform across the region. 

Lilian Lee joined Reuter Communication as partner and head of digital innovation. Based in Hong Kong, she brings more than 18 years’ experience in digital marketing and content strategy for luxury brands. 

FTI Consulting made three new appointments to its strategic communications team in Hong Kong. Ann Hung arrives as senior director, bringing 19 year of experience; Tom Hufton has relocated from the firm’s London office as a senior consultant; and Desmond Chu joins as a consultant. 

Opera Mediaworks appointed Tom Simpson as director for growth and innovation for the APAC region. He will report directly to Asia MD, Vikas Gulati, work closely with sales teams across APAC and manage relationships with industry stakeholders. Simpson has more than 12 years of experience in digital advertising, serving in agency roles, as well as the client and supply side of businesses. 


Brandwatch won the Asia Pacific regional business for Uber and Samsung, and industrial and consumer product giant 3M. The social intelligence company is also claiming 300 percent YoY million-dollar growth in the APAC market after just over a year of launching its operations in Singapore.

DDB Hong Kong won the creative mandate for three beverage brands under Coca-ColaFuze Tea, Minute Maid and Hi-C, reportedly without a pitch. DDB’s remit covers integrated campaigns across TV, print, point of sale, trade, outdoor, digital and consumer activation for the three brands. 

Phibious Indonesia was awarded creative, content, digital and PR duties for 20FIT, a homegrown tech fitness brand. The agency is tasked with raising awareness, educating and converting fitness enthusiasts in Indonesia.

Havas Media Australia announced four new accounts. It will be handling communication, channel and investment strategy and content management across Australia and New Zealand for SunRice while Swarovski appointed the agency for channel and investment strategy and social and programmatic activity. The team has also been charged with handling channel and investment strategies for Primary Health Care Limited and Sydney Airport Parking. It is also handling digital media activity for Sydney Airport Parking.

Continental Tires named Burson-Marsteller its PR partner in China. The agency will handle local and regional communications activity out of its Shanghai office. 

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