Staff Reporters
Sep 23, 2016

Move and win roundup: WE, OMD China, Reuter Communications, Saatchi & Saatchi, more

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

Clockwise from top left: Richard Newman, Felicia Hu, Rajnish Suneja, Toby Harrison, Paul Sprokkreeff, Ben Lovitt, Ben Fitzpatrick, Lu Jue and Ong Hon Tat.
Clockwise from top left: Richard Newman, Felicia Hu, Rajnish Suneja, Toby Harrison, Paul Sprokkreeff, Ben Lovitt, Ben Fitzpatrick, Lu Jue and Ong Hon Tat.

PEOPLE MOVES
 

WE Communications added to its mainland leadership. Former MD of Publicis Digital APAC David Hunt will take on the role of MD of China operations, replacing Chris Millward. Former GM of FleishmanHillard Shanghai Miranda Cai will be MD of WE’s Shanghai office, replacing Cathleen Witter who was Shanghai GM.

Alessandro Pang (庞若仕) has returned to his previous employer OMD China as associate business director in the business intelligence department, after spending one year at Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi managing global media partnership projects.

Lillian Lim-Hossack is named general manager and partner of independent agency Reuter Communications’ new Hong Kong office. She was previously head of communications for Asia Pacific at Bottega Veneta for seven years.

James Chan has moved from one retailer to another, with his latest gig as director of marketing, PR and communications at Ralph Lauren China. Previously, he was a senior marketing communications manager for Greater China at Gap for almost three years.

Kevin Chiu (赵建德) was recently promoted from group creative director to executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi Shanghai, overseeing clients including Porsche, General Mills, HSBC, Mondelez, Coca-Cola and GSK.

Meanwhile at Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore, Richard Newman was appointed as regional business director. He will serve as the key account lead for FWD, the insurance arm of Asia-based Pacific Century Group.

As Edelman’s new executive vice president of performance, Martin Shaw will be heading up paid digital media for the APACMEA region. Prior to this, he was implementing growth strategies for Maxus’ digital capabilities in 12 APAC countries serving clients including L’Oreal, Huawei, Barclays, Omega, Jetstar, UPS and Fiat across content, search, social, display, e-commerce and mobile.

Tribal Network expanded its technology team with two consultants for its Singapore office: Lu Jue, will lead the user experience practice as head of user experience, while Ong Hon Tat will lead the mobile practice as head of mobile solutions. Both Lu and Ong will be part of Equator, a centre just launched by the agency to service regional and global clients.

Rajnish Suneja joins Wunderman Singapore as client services director from his previous position as group regional business director at BBDO. He had worked for brands such as HP, Aviva, FedEx and Bosch at BBDO, as well as American Express and IBM at during his time with OgilvyOne. Suneja will be overseeing Wunderman’s business growth and client relationships.

Tableau hired Felicia Hu as APAC communications manager. Currently based at the headquarters in its Singapore office, Hu is tasked with media, public and analyst relations. Prior to joining Tableau, Hu was with WE Communications, working on influencer engagement programmes as well as social and digital content development strategies.

Toby Harrison has returned to Ogilvy Sydney to take up the role of chief strategy officer. He previously spent three years with adam&eveDDB where he won the IPA Grand Prix for effectiveness.
 

WINS AND DEALS

Following a competitive pitch involving several other agencies, Thailand’s Kasikornbank appointed GREYnJ United as its creative agency of record with effect from August. The agency will be responsible for the overall communications strategy and planning across all segments, including retail businesses, small to medium enterprises, and corporate businesses.

After a competitive pitch process that started in June, Simplot appointed J. Walter Thompson Melbourne as its lead creative agency for Birds Eye, Leggo’s, Lean Cuisine and I&J. The agency is part of WPP AUNZ.

Sydney-based online marketing agency Web Profits is opening an office in Singapore to join its client Bellamy’s Organic. The agency will provide full multi-channel marketing offering for the Australian organic baby food brand across the Southeast Asia region. Sales director Luke Stronach will head the Singapore office.

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