Staff Reporters
Jun 3, 2016

Move and win roundup: SMG, DAN, AdAsia, BBDO, OMD, Grey, Golin, MSLGroup, more

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

L-R: Shuhei Yamamura, Takaki Hibino, Jeffrey Shea, Silvia Pasaribu, Jocelyn Liipfert Lam
L-R: Shuhei Yamamura, Takaki Hibino, Jeffrey Shea, Silvia Pasaribu, Jocelyn Liipfert Lam

Here's this week's roundup of promotions, hires, departures, business wins and other news in brief.

Dentsu Aegis Network appointed Takaki Hibino as global brand president of Dentsu Media, to support the brand’s growth plans outside of Asia Pacific. He was appointed CEO of Dentsu Brand Agency and Dentsu Media Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) in January 2016. He will continue his responsibilities as CEO of both of these brands in APAC in addition to his new role as Global Brand President of Dentsu Media. Akimasa Baba, who has been global president of Dentsu Media and managing director of the Global Business Center of Dentsu Inc., takes on the role of CEO Beijing Dentsu.

After 15 years, Jeffrey Seah stepped down as CEO of Southeast Asia for Starcom Mediavest Group, stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

Plista named Serina Tsou, ex-GroupM regional trading director, as head of its Asia Pacific region.

Dentsu Aegis Network appointed Tony Chen, previously Google China's chief digital evangelist, to three strategic positions: CEO of iProspect China, CEO of Digital Performance Brands North Asia and chief innovation officer of Dentsu Aegis Network China, based in Shanghai. He will report to Phil Teeman, group managing director of Dentsu Aegis Network China, Ruth Stubbs, CEO of Digital Performance Brands Asia Pacific and Motohiro Yamagishi, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network China. (We'll have for an interview with Chen early next week.) 

AdAsia Holdings appointed Shuhei Yamamura as CMO. Yamamura joins from Scigineer, Softbank's digital marketing company in Tokyo. He will relocate from Japan to Singapore to take on the newly created role. AdAsia said the appointment signifies its commitment to expand its Southeast Asia operations beyond Thailand and Singapore into other high-growth potential markets in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan.

Luminous Experiential MSLGroup promoted Xavier Daurian to managing director of its Asia operations. His predecessor, Dave Low, will continue at Luminous Experiential MSLGroup as co-founder and executive producer to key clients and teams.

Tenthavenue, announced the formation of a new OOH company in Malaysia, combining the clients, staff, data and technology of Kinetic Worldwide and Executor. The agency will operate as Kinetic and be headed by Executor’s founder and CEO, Peter Choo, who will report to Sudipto Roy, Tenthavenue’s CEO for developing markets.

Jane Morgan joined Golin from Edelman to lead Golin's Hong Kong office as MD, filling the shoes of Jeremy Walker, who takes on a broader regional role.

Ipsos launched the Insight Cloud, an ‘always on’ socialised intelligence platform. The solution "facilitates the curation of insights from multiple sources and reinvents how insights are connected, shared and activated within a client organisation".

Following a competitive pitch, private health insurer GMHBA appointed Grey, Melbourne to handle its brand and retail advertising.

Silvia Pasaribu joined BBDO Indonesia as client services director. Previously, Pasaribu spent nine years as a group account director at Ogilvy & Mather Indonesia

OMD New Zealand won the business of Independent Liquor following a competitive pitch. The company is part of Asahi Group Holdings and has operations in New Zealand, Australia, United States of America and Canada, in addition to an export business.

AnalogFolk Hong Kong hired Jocelyn Liipfert Lam as its first strategy director. She previously held roles at AKQA and TBWA.

Text100 boasted of 20 new account wins in the past few months, including DeVry, Sapient Global Markets, Nanu and Omron.

Smartphone brand Nubia appointed FCB Shanghai as its advertising agency, to build an integrated brand system and assist with the launch of its two products.

Tongue, a WPP AUNZ "ideas" company, will join forces with DT. The combined agency will have more than 220 staff, with "increased scale to consult, create ideas, design and then build solutions across the entire need set of the modern CMO".

Independent creative agency The Hallway was appointed as the lead creative agency for the University of New South Wales.

OMD Australia appointed Kristie Asciak, former Bacardi Head of Marketing, to head OMD Fuse, Sydney

Teresa Zhao was named managing director of Neo@Ogilvy Shanghai, after spending more than 12 years at Mediacom as the general manager of media planning based in Shanghai.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings hired GHC Asia as its communications partner as part of its plans to grow in Asia-Pacific.

Joseph Tsang is now overseeing Grey's digital and social media business for Greater China in a new business unit called Grey Social. He was previously digital business director.

Karen Ho was promoted to chief growth officer at MEC China. She was previously MD of client development.

Lawrence Federman is now senior director of digital ad ratings at Nielsen in Shanghai. He was previously with CSM Media Research in Beijing.


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