Staff Reporters
Apr 8, 2019

Move and win roundup: Week of April 8, 2019

OMG, Ada, ADK, Pantarei Jakarta, Havas Group, R/GA, The Works, McCann, Finecast, Performics, I&S BBDO, BBDO J West, MediaCom, Iris, WhiteGrey, Golin, DDB, Cadreon, Edelman, Ruder Finn, CHE Proximity, OMD, Sweetshop and more, in our weekly collection of people moves and account news.

Campaign compiles a new 'Move and win roundup' as each week progresses. 
This edition will cover April 8 through 12, 2019. 
Catch up on past people moves and business wins

Omnicom Media Group appointed Jean Chan as chief financial officer for Asia Pacific. She joins from Publicis Groupe, where she spent the past 10 years in similar roles in Singapore, Japan and most recently, New York. Prior to that, she was a lead auditor with Ernst & Young.

Independent digital marketing agency Ada has been awarded digital media advertising duties from FrieslandCampina Indonesia following a competitive pitch process against major agencies, the agency announced. The 2-year mandate covers data-driven digital media planning and implementation, created targeted audience profiles to move them down the customer journey funnel to acquisition.

Richard Yu has been promoted from CCO of ADK Taiwan, a post he held since 2012, to regional chief creative officer for ADK Greater China, a newly-created role for the Japanese agency. Yu will still be based in Taipei and work closely with current clients like 7-Eleven, Uni-President, Acer, Infiniti, Hola, Kymco and Bomy etc.

The Asian Federation of Advertising Associations (AFAA), the international association for the development and support of the advertising industry of Asia, has announced three new appointments:

  • Tadashi Ishil, Chairman of Dentsu Inc, Japan is the new corporate membership officer, a newly created post. There are now a total of 9 executive committee members in AFAA.
  • Maya Wantono of Indonesia Advertising Council or Komisi Periklanan Indonesia was nominated to AFAA Excom to hold the position of chief marketing officer of AFAA taking over from Harris Thajeb. Wantono is the current CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) Indonesia.
  • Nack Hoi Kim, the newly appointed chairman of the Korea Federation of Associations, was appointed the new chief revenue officer of AFAA replacing Lee Soon Dong who retired from the Korea Federation of Associations. Kim was the president and CEO of Cheil Worldwide from 2006 till 2012 and is currently adviser to Cheil Worldwide.

Pantarei Jakarta appointed former Grey Group Indonesia ECD Nugroho Nurarifin as ECD. This follows the January promotion of business director Suryani Asikin to managing partner. The duo will take over executive leadership duties while the founders, Michael Sudarto, Irawan Soemardjo and Hermanto Soerjanto, will transition to advisory roles. Nugroho began his career with Pantarei in 2004 as a copywriter, after which he worked for Y&R, Ogilvy & Mather, McCann Worldgroup and finally Grey.

Cycle and Carriage, the authorised distributor of Citroën & DS in Singapore, appointed Havas Group Singapore as its agency of record for creative, digital and integrated brand communications, effective immediately. Havas will be responsible for raising brand awareness, as well as developing the strategic direction and roadmap for product launches and brand amplification. Havas Group also handles Kia Motors for Cycle and Carriage, following a pitch in 2017. The Citroën & DS account will be led by Genevieve Seah, business director, and Havas has also hired Jessica Yeo, previously with MullenLowe, as account manager.

R/GA appointed Michael Titshall as VP and managing director in Australia. He will join on 3 May from CHE Proximity, where has spent the last three years as MD of the agency’s Melbourne office. He has also held senior roles at Sputnik and DigitasLBi London, and founded a successful digital consultancy. He will divide his time equally between R/GA’s two Australian offices. In addition, the agency appointed a new local leadership team in Melbourne: Group director Patrick McGregor, associate creative directors Sam Maguinness and Darragh O’Connell, and executive producer Celia Karl will all report to Titshall.

The Works, part of the RXP Group, appointed copywriter Alec Jankowski and art director Jimmy Zimmerman as creative leads and Daniela Altiparmakova as a creative project lead. They duo joins from AnalogFolk in Sydney and has also worked at CHE Proximity in Melbourne. The pair moved to Australia in 2016 after stints at Energy BBDO and DDB in Chicago. Altiparmakova returns to Sydney after almost two years as senior account director at R/GA in Melbourne. She has also worked at 303 Mullen Lowe Sydney, Saatchi & Saatchi, Dare in London and Ogilvy and EuroRSCG Sydney.

McCann Worldgroup Singapore appointed Judd Labarthe as regional planning director for Mastercard and Manasi Trivedi as planning director, also for Mastercard. Labarthe was most recently founder and director of consultancy Planner at Large, which followed a tenure as VP and global strategy director for GSK at Grey. He has also worked at DDB, Ogilvy and G2 in the US, Europe and Asia. Trivedi relocates from McCann Worldgroup Indonesia, where she was planning director. She has 13 years of experience with McCann, Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi and Y&R, in Indonesia, India and the US.

GroupM's addressable TV business Finecast appointed Patricia Munoz and Sheryl Chen as client strategy managers. Munoz, based in Sydney, and joins from GroupM agency Essence. Chen joins from Xaxis and will be based in Melbourne. Both will report to Tania David, head of marketing and business development. Nicole Turley’s six-month secondment as client consultant with Finecast is ending. 

Audience insight and measurement platform Quantcast hired Rueben Vijaratnam as regional head, Malaysia. He will lead business growth across the country and seek to expand Quantcast's presence in Southeast Asia. 

Performics appointed Martin Davie as GM in Singapore. He has worked at performance agencies in both the UK and Australia, including several years leading both the Melbourne and Sydney iProspect offices. Most recently he helped lead martech startup Alkhemy. Vivian Yeo, the previous GM of Performics, has moved into a central Publicis Media role as the head of technology and operations.

I&S BBDO appointed Yoshihiro Nagai as president, following his nine-month stint as MD. Meanwhile, BBDO J West appointed Kazuo Hide, formerly executive director, as president, to lead the agency business. The agency credits Hide with helping double revenue in the Kita-Kyushu office through new business and by diversifying to offer direct marketing services.

MediaCom Shanghai promoted Dephin Lim to managing director from general manager. Lim has been responsible for growing the busineses of MediaCom China clients including Shell and Adidas over the last two years. She will join the MediaCom China executive committee after her promotion.

Iris Singapore appointed Mittu Torka as planning director, Charlie Young as regional head of social and Rica Facundo as cultural strategist. Torka joins from VMLY&R, where she served as the head of strategic planning and worked on Caltex and SilkAir, among others. Young worked at TBWA as global brand director, prior to which he served as the general manager at Vocanic for Singapore. Facundo, who will launch a trends and ethnographic research offering, was most recently a brand strategist with QUO Global in Bangkok, and has also worked at multiple agencies and as a journalist.

WhiteGrey appointed a new ECD duo in Melbourne: Garret Fitzgerald and Joe Hill were previously creative directors at CHE Proximity and have worked together for more than seven years, also doing stints at BMF and Leo Burnett.

Heckler, the design, animation and visual effects house, appointed Catherine Terracini as creative producer in Sydney. Previously, she worked for Heckler on the documentary Brabham, about Australian Formula 1 driver Jack Brabham, work which included 130 VFX sequences, 2D animations and the opening title sequence. She is currently working on the CJZ-produced documentary on Australian advertising greats Alan Morris and Allan Johnston (MoJo) for the ABC.

Golin announced the January hiring of Dr Victor Joseph “VJ” Yamat as managing director to lead its "focused and deliberate healthcare pursuits" in Asia Pacific. He is based in Singapore, reporting to Neera Chaudhary, global president of healthcare. Yamat was most recently with Havas Health & You for six years as APAC MD. He is returning to IPG, having formerly led McCann Health in the Philippines, where he also served as vice president for McCann Worldgroup. His history also includes being the first employee of Publicis Healthcare Communications Group in Greater China, where he served as senior vice president for the agency’s multiple healthcare agencies, and tenures with Ogilvy Commonhealth Worldwide (then called Ogilvy Healthworld) in Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in the Philippines. 

DDB Group Singapore appointed Neil Cotton, previously chief strategy officer and global strategy lead on GSK at Grey, as regional planning director. The agency also hired Iu La Lueta, previously ECD of content at Alma DDB, as creative director.

IPG Mediabrands' adtech specialist unit Cadreon, has announced five new senior leadership roles across APAC, all effective immediately:

  • Lani Jamieson, formerly head of digital media at DWA, Dentsu Aegis Network, and programmatic director at Omnicom Media Group has been named head of Cadreon Singapore, reporting to CEO IPG Mediabrands Singapore David Haddad.
  • Paras Mehta, part of the startup team of Interactive Avenues in 2006 and later head of ad operations at Admagnet and Viacom 18’s Voot has been appointed to the position of business head of Cadreon India
  • Carolina Jung joins Cadreon APAC client partner after previously serving as vice president of growth & innovation at Cadreon Canada
  • Marrah Africa joins as associate director, learning & development for Cadreon's regional team from her her previous roles as certification lead at MediaMath and digital manager at Mediacom. Africa was named among the 40 of Campaign's Women to Watch in 2018.
  • Maggie Woo, former platform marketing manager of Singapore & Malaysia for eBay has now been named associate director of product marketing & support at Cadreon APAC. 

Simon Lockyer, IBM iX’s ASEAN head of customer engagement and design is joining Edelman Singapore as managing director of brand, tasked with growing the brand marketing team and integrating data and digital capabilities. Prior to IBM, Lockyer was CEO of FCB Singapore, and managed Droga5’s Singapore operation but has also worked at agencies such as Ogilvy, McCann and DDB.

Ruder Finn has set up a financial services practice in Southeast Asia, appointing Holly Huang as Singapore director and SEA financial services practice head. Huang brings more than a decade of experience across public relations, investor relations and public affairs across Asia and beyond at agencies and in-house, with a focus on financial services clients including global and local banks, asset and fund managers, insurers, FinTech firms and more. 

Sweetshop announced it will represent director Simon Cracknell in Singapore as well as Greater China. Cracknell has recently worked with TSLA Singapore, Redmart and DBS and has worked in the past with Coca-Cola, Schweppes, Johnson’s, Pantene, Citibank and Nike.

Australian full-service agency CHE Proximity has named its first chief technology officer as the agency scales further into the customer transformation consultancy space, promoting Mark Gretton to CTO from his role in leading cloud technology services. 

OMD Sydney appointed Corinne Moth as business director for Qantas and Estèe Lauder, taking over from Dorothee Gomez, who going on maternity leave. Moth has 18 years of experience in the Australian market and in the travel, telco, automotive, beauty, entertainment, beverages, consumer electronics and finance sectors. She will join the Sydney leadership team and report to Kim Hamilton, MD of OMD Sydney.

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