Staff Reporters
May 6, 2019

Move and win roundup: Week of May 6, 2019

FCB, McCann, Web Profits, PRHK, Carousell, The Solution, BBH, WhiteGrey, OMD, TBWA, Bloomberg, KRDS, 72&Sunny, SPRG, Archetype, Reuters, Wavemaker, MediaCom, Reuters, Lion & Lion 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 May 6 through 10, 2019. 
Catch up on past people moves and business wins

OMD won appointment as media agency for Super Retail Group, brand owner of Supercheap Auto, BCF, Rebel and Macpac. OMD Brisbane will handle all media strategy, planning and buying across the group, with teams in Sydney and Christchurch to service Rebel Sport and Macpac, respectively.

Vegan and vegetarian specialist Quorn Foods, owned by Monde Nissin Corporation, has appointed Singapore digital agency Web Profits to develop and implement its digital strategy in Singapore and help boost brand awareness throughout Asia.

FCB Shanghai won a Greater China mandate to handle overall communication for electric-vehicle brand Weltmeister after multi-agency pitch. New work will be out this month.

Following a pitch, FCB Manila won print and TV campaign duties for CityMall Commercial Center, the retail arm of DoubleDragon Properties. FCB Manila will lead the brand advertising campaign for CityMall across print and television platforms to increase awareness and interest for the contemporary shopping destination. DoubleDragon aims to have 60 operating CityMalls in 2019.

McCann Worldgroup Japan promoted Yoshitaka (Yoshi) Matsuura to group head of planning for McCann, MRM//McCann, Thirteen and Craft, effective April 1.

Industry organisation PRHK signed a memorandum of understanding for mutual cooperation with the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), representing practitioners in the UK, Middle East & North Africa, and Southeast Asia. For the next three years, the two organisations have agreed to honour reciprocal rights to attend one-another’s events at member rates, to create joint events, to extend speaking opportunities to one another’s members, to host a joint event in the ICCO House of PR at Cannes and to maintain separate territories.

Singaporean online classfied Carousell has appointed Lewis Ng as chief commercial officer, responsible for all commercial relationships, including high-value verticals, advertising sales and go-to-market partnerships. Ng, who was previously chief business officer at PropertyGuru and APAC commercial director at TripAdvisor, will also oversee Carousell's transition to becoming a premium publisher with value-added products and services.

BBH China appointed Siyuan Aw as head of strategy. He has held strategy roles with Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy & Mather in London, as well as agencies in Singapore including TBWA, Ignition Factory and Saatchi & Saatchi. He is returning to BBH China, where he previously spent two years as deputy head of planning. He will report to Christine Ng, CEO of BBH China.

Ikon Melbourne added Skinner Advertising Services (SAS) to its client roster. A virtual agency, SAS manages a range of Australian brands including Carpet Call and Feld Entertainment, which in turn promotes Disney On Ice and Monster Jam and upcoming Marvel Live shows across Australia and New Zealand. Ikon’s remit includes all social media and content management for both Carpet Call and Feld Entertainment.

WhiteGrey appointed Warwick Heathwood as strategy director in Sydney. He most recetly led experiential and retail strategy at New York based WPP agency SET Creative. In addition, the agency added three new group account directors: Alice Tschuchnigg in Melbourne and Aarti Suri and Georgie McGarr in Sydney. Suri was most recently with Possible in London, McGarr most recently ran Audi at 303 MullenLowe, and Tschuchnigg joins following stints at Saatchi&Saatchi and Droga5 New York.

TBWA Shanghai promoted Muriel Lechaczynski to managing director from her current role as managing partner held since 2016. Lechaczynski will continue to report to Joanne Lao, chief executive officer of TBWA Greater China.

OMD Malaysia appointed Anisha Iyer as managing director, effective immediately and reporting to Ranga Somanathan, CEO of Omnicom Media Group Singapore and Malaysia, as well as Stephen Li, CEO of OMD APAC. Iyer joins from Mindshare, where she was digital partner for Southeast Asia, handling accounts such as Nestle, Unilever, Telekom Malaysia, Pizza Hut, Volvo, Astro, Malaysia Airlines and HSBC. In her career she has worked on the agency, client and tech sides in the USA, India and most recently Southeast Asia, based out of Kuala Lumpur. She is a board member of the Malaysian Digital Association a member of Campaign Asia-Pacific's 2017 Women to Watch.

Bloomberg appointed Alisha Fernando as head of diversity and inclusion for APAC, based in Hong Kong. She previously led diversity and inclusion strategy at the University of Melbourne, which followed a tenure at ANZ as inclusion program manager, during which time the company won accolades for refugee and LGBTI+ inclusion. 

Digital marketing agency KRDS Singapore hired five new people across its Singapore and China offices. In Singapore, Ken Tham joined as senior account manager, from Ketchum, and Shu Qi Lee joined as senior account manager from Hashmeta. Yoganand Raju joined to lead the KRDS digital team from Rubecon. In Shanghai, Mia Kuang joined to lead the community management team from MSL, and Mirian Dabrowa joined as senior digital strategist from We Are Social.

72&Sunny Singapore has expanded its team with six new hires. Ryan Shanholtzer joined as senior producer, having worked at Wieden+Kennedy Portland and Droga5 New York. Three people joined from TBWA\Singapore: Abigail Kwek joined as strategist and Sherwin Teo and Conrad Haddaway as creative team. Jonathan Tan joined as brand manager, previously of DDB Singapore and BBDO Singapore. Finally, Rachel Ong joined as designer, having previously worked at Lo & Behold Group. 

Strategic Public Relations Group (SPRG) acquired a 20% stake in Australian financial communications agency Financial & Corporate Relations. FCR was established in 1985 by Anthony Tregoning, and has 15 staff focused on investor, corporate and financial PR. Richard Tsang, SPRG founder and chairman, said the deal will bolster both agencies' capabilities and offerings across APAC. 

Lenovo NetApp hired Archetype to lead its communications strategy in China. The agency will help boost awareness of the brands' joint venture, leveraging its expertise in both China's communications landscape and the technology sector.

Reuters has named Ling-Sze Gan as head of sales for Asia to grow the news agency's presence in the region. Based in Singapore, she will report to Reuters News Agency global head of sales Anita Tobias. She joins from NBCUniversal Networks, where she held the same role. Prior to this, she served as VP of affiliate sales and media partnerships for Asia at Sony Pictures Entertainment. With a career spanning more than 20 years, she has also held senior programming and acquisitions roles at BBC Worldwide, Discovery Networks Asia, AETN International, Group M and A+E Networks.

Wavemaker China appointed Jeff Yan as chief client officer as well as head of its Beijing office. In this new role, Yan will be responsible for Wavemaker China’s client leadership practice, providing senior counsel to Wavemaker clients in developing organisational change and transformation agendas. He will also head up the 300-person Beijing office as a senior member of the Wavemaker management team. Before joining Wavemaker, he was VP of JD Group and GM of Marketing of JD's finance arm. He also held senior roles at BlueFocus Mobile, VML, BMW, Sina and Baidu. He will be based in Beijing reporting to Wavemaker China CEO & APAC president Gordon Domlija.

MediaCom Sport & Entertainment launched in Australia and New Zealand. Ben McCallum, Sydney managing director, will lead the new division, which helps clients maximise investments in sports, gaming, music, film and fashion. MediaCom Sport & Entertainment will also partner with WPP AUNZ's Prism agency, which specialises in sports and entertainment. Prism is led by managing director Shannan Quinn

Lion & Lion Indonesia appointed Aji Bekti as creative director. He has experience with Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, Nestlé and Danone and has worked at MullenLowe, Ogilvy, Hakuhodo and Havas Worldwide in Indonesia.

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