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Aug 14, 2017

Move and win roundup: Week of August 14, 2017

Our weekly collection of notable people moves and account news. UBS, Ogilvy, The Monkeys, MediaCom, Bates CHI&Partners, Vizeum, Edelman, CtrlShift and much more.

Campaign compiles a new 'Move and win roundup' as each week progresses. 
This edition will cover August 14 through 18, 2017. 
Catch up on past people moves and business wins


Seraphina Wong confirmed she has departed, on "very friendly" terms, her post as executive director, global advertising and head of Asia Pacific, at UBS. Wong told Campaign Asia-Pacific she hasn't decided on her next move but is exploring helping non-profit organisations, companies that prioritise philanthropy, and community services. She is not planning to join another bank, as she's already worked for "the best", she added. 

Dominic Ng has been appointed CEO of Vizeum China, taking over from Terrence Yung. (Read more)

Bates Chi&Partners Jakarta appointed Ratna Puspita as executive creative director. She was formerly senior creative director at MullenLowe Jakarta.

Shirley Low, previously vice president of marketing for Lafarge Malaysia Berhad, has been promoted to head of branding for Southeast Asia and China for the LafargeHolcim Group

MediaCom appointed Vivek Perwani, previously senior media planner for Mindshare in Pakistan, as communications manager in Malaysia.

Myanmar's Mango Group appointed Aian Garay to spearhead Passion Point Media, a new independent agency. He was previously at Telenor Myanmar as assistant VP and head of brand & advertising. The group also includes Mango Marketing Services, Mango Media, Mangosteen PR, and Wave Digital.

CtrlShift appointed Apichakris Kalambasuta (Kris) as director of business development to lead The Hub in Thailand. He was formerly at Sizmek (Southeast Asia), where he spearheaded the advertising technology platform business. 

Beijing-based consultancy North Head expanded its lineup of senior consultants under managing director John Russell. Co-founders Robert Magyar and Ma Hong move into new positions as senior executive director and executive director, respectively. Junni Ogborne, director of the public affairs team, will take on new responsibilities for government relations projects for multinational clients. Two new additions, Liu Haining (Laura) and Chen Jing (Jillian), will strengthen strategic communications, including reputation and crisis management, public affairs, media relations, and event support services.

Voyagin, the Rakuten-owned travel marketplace, appointed Theodoric Chew as head of affiliate and content marketing. He previously founded and brought to acquisition, a news curation platform for millennials, and most recently served as head of digital marketing at Eitan.

Ogilvy & Mather hired Benoit Wiesser as chief strategy officer for Asia. Having worked for Ogilvy Asia for more than a decade, Wiesser will now lead the agency's integration efforts in the region. Wiesser was named Campaign Asia-Pacific's Planner of the Year 2014. He succeeds Paul Matherson, who returns to Norway and remains with Ogilvy in a global planning capacity. 

GroupM announced that Malaysia CEO Girish Menon will become vice president of client development for [m]Platform APAC, effective October. GroupM APAC COO Jon Thurlow will act as interim Malaysia CEO, in addition to his existing role, while the agency finds a successor. 

Laura Liang (梁婷婷) is joining DDB China as CSO, reporting to Danny Mok (莫熙慈), president and CEO. (Read more)

The Monkeys appointed Jay Morgan, formerly group digital director at J Walter Thompson, as innovations director.

Edelman appointed Geeta Ramachanran, formerly senior consultant at Samhoud Sdn Bhd, as business director for brand in Indonesia, effective August 1.

Landor Melbourne appointed Tony Lee, formerly strategist with FutureBrand, to a newly created role as strategy director. The move follows the company's merger with Designworks.

Scorch appointed Peter Bakker, the former commercial director of King Content, as its business development director for APAC.

Google appointed Meredith Wallace, previously head of social at M&C Saatchi Malaysia, as its business development manager for Malaysia and the Philippines.

QED appointed Yvonne Low, recently with McDonald’s Singapore as senior director of marketing, to its panel of senior consultants.

Singer Pakistan appointed Yousuf Farooq to its board of directors.

Multan Sultans appointed Hammad Ilyas, previously marketing manager for Yayvo at TCS E-Com, as its new head of marketing.


Leo Burnett Singapore won the creative account for BMW in Singapore.

Wieden+Kennedy Delhi won creative for Dalmia Cement following a multi-agency pitch.

BPN, media agency under IPG Mediabrands, has been appointed by GBA Corp as its new agency. The appointment will also include "solutions" from Mediabrands' mobile and technology agency Ansible.

[email protected], a retail location in Singapore, selected Hashtag Interactive as its agency of choice. The scope of work includes managing [email protected]’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, content design and development, media planning and community management. 

Publicis Media has won the digital merchandising business account for Microsoft. (Read more)

Lindt Chocolate appointed Leo Burnett Hong Kong to launch a regional campaign for Lindor, following a four-way pitch in June.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) named BBDO Bangkok agency of record for its international unit for 2018. The pair will introduce a new campaign, “Open to the new shades of Thailand', which TAT says is aimed at deepening the unique, local Thai experience.


Bareface, an ad agency with offices in London, Birmingham and New York, has acquired Invisible Artists, a production studio with locations in Sydney and Singapore. (Read more)

Tottenham Hotspur signed Leagoo, a China-based smartphone maker, as its official mobile phone partner for five years starting with the 2017/2018 season. Johnson Zhuang, CEO of Leagoo was flanked by first-team players Harry Kane, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier and Kieran Trippier for an official announcement at Hotspur Way. Leagoo will have a presence at Tottenham Hotspur’s home matches and on the Club’s digital channels, and will create "stylish co-branded smartphones and accessories that Spurs fans across the world will have the opportunity to purchase".

Isentia announced a restructuring and brand refresh, subsuming the Brandtology and King Content brands. The company said its core focus is on integrated media intelligence, research, insights and strategy content. The new branding adopts the mathematical three dots symbol, which means ‘therefore’ (the branding is not yet in evidence on the company's website). Isentia also said it is introducing new back-end technologies to increase crawler cycle frequency

Grey Group acquired a majority stake in Hug Digital, a digital marketing agency based in Dubai and with offices in Egypt and India. The agency has around 145 full-time staff.

Sydney-based Mobile Embrace announced it will acquire C2B Solutions, a performance-marketing business.

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