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Feb 6, 2018

Move and win roundup: Week of February 5, 2018

Y&R, Havas, CNNIC, Ogilvy, Comzone, M&C Saatchi, IPG Mediabrands, Society 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 February 5 through 9, 2018. 
Catch up on past people moves and business wins

Klareco Communications announced a new exclusive partnership with Indonesian public affairs and corporate comms outfit Kiroyan Partners. The agencies will leverage each other's networks, second employees to each other, and help serve both regional and Indonesian clients. The agencies have worked closely together on several occasions in the past.

Dentsu X appointed Bilal Khan as strategy director in Malaysia. Khan held the same role for four years with Young & Rubicam in Pakistan. He will commence the new role in March.

Y&R Yangon announced a business win and brand launch for Ananda, a new mobile carrier brand from Amara Communications. The name comes from the Sanskrit-derived Myanmar word for ‘infinity’. The agency won the business last March.  

Car-rental company Thrifty has chosen Y&R Sydney to lead a brand refresh. 

CRMG Holdings appointed OMD Hong Kong to handle integrated media for its home furnishing and lifestyle brands, Pricerite and TMF. The appointment is effective immediately and covers the offline and digital planning and buying duties.

Havas Media Singapore promoted Russell Lai, previously executive director, to general manager. He has been with Havas for three years and has prior stints with ZenithOptimedia and PHD.

WPP AUNZ agency Ikon appointed Lesley Edwards as national CEO, completing a year-long, agency leadership restructuring. Edwards is a six-year Ikon veteran and the founder of Ikon Brisbane. She was appointed chairperson in June 2017. She will continue to be based in Brisbane, and will be supported by Ikon’s national leadership team and managing partners in Sydney and Brisbane.

CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) appointed Akikazu Izumiya as executive director of advertising sales in Japan, reporting to Sunita Rajan, senior vice president of advertising sales for Asia Pacific. Izumiya joins from Group IMD Japan, where he was MD. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Dentsu Aegis Japan for three years, overseeing Carat Japan and Vizeum Japan. The new role is effective 20 February.

Following a pitch, Samsung Mobile Cambodia appointed Comzone to launch its latest flagship model, the Galaxy S9+. Amongst other aspects, the agency will handle the unboxing, event launch and ground activation duties for the device.

IPG Mediabrands appointed Raja Kanniappan as APAC chief financial officer. He has been CFO for GroupM EMEA since 2015, and prior to that was GroupM's APAC CFO for seven years. He will be based in Singapore.

Following a pitch, Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels appointed Ogilvy & Mather Singapore as ecommerce partner for its integrated destination resort in Malaysia, Desaru Coast. The resort includes The Westin Desaru Coast Resort and the Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. Ogilvy's remit will be to oversee the development of an integrated, intuitive ecommerce platform that offers personalised recommendations and bespoke services to help travelers research, plan and manage their trip more easily.

Bridgestone China & Asia Pacific appointed M&C Saatchi Singapore to manage creative execution of its Olympics sponsorship programme in China and APAC. The remit includes creative for a regional campaign, including traditional and digital channels, covering 11 markets across China and Asia Pacific and culminating in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The pitch took place in second half of 2017.

Sydney-based financial and corporate communications agency Honner has joined PROI Worldwide, the global partnership of independent communications agencies.

Canon Marketing (Malaysia) chose IPG Mediabrands' social and digital-content agency Society as its agency of record. The scope of work includes strategic digital marketing across Canon's B2B and B2C product offerings, including social-media management and campaign planning for online and offline events.


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