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Sep 4, 2017

Move and win roundup: Week of September 4, 2017

Our frequently updated list of the week's people moves and account news, with items on Vizeum, Uber, Casbaa, DigitasLBi, Dog, RHAD, WPP AUNZ, Viacom, Y&R, Ogilvy, TSLA, and more.

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Ogilvy & Mather Malaysia appointed James Gaubert as head of digital and social. He was most recently head of SEO agency Bruce Clay’s Middle East office. Clients he has worked with include Unilever, Porsche, Cartier, Calvin Klein, Ikea, Yamaha and General Motors.

FOX Networks Group Asia appointed Mike Whittaker as executive vice president and chief technology officer for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Most recently he was consulting with UK commercial boradcaster ITV on its PPV sports strategy and operation. As the top technology officer at FNG Asia he will have the responsibility to craft an integrated technological strategy and vision, the company said. appointed Jenn Adams to a newly created role as chief growth officer, based in Kuala Lumpur. Adams is a former senior executive at iProperty Group and most recently was general manager of media and partnerships at Australian online classifieds business Trading Post. Her early focus will be on setting up a Southeast Asian business division. 

Vizeum Malaysia named Chinar Joshi general manager, strategy. He joins from IPG Mediabrands Malaysia, where he was general manager of its media agency BPN. Joshi also brings creative experience from his time at Ogilvy and Wieden+Kennedy.

WE Buchan appointed Nichole Provatas as head of digital and social, returning to WE Buchan after stints with Edelman in both Sydney and New York. She has led digital and social campaigns for the likes of Disney, PayPal, Microsoft, GSK, NIVEA, and Verizon.

Uber promoted Leigh Wong to head of communications for Southeast Asia. Previously head of communications for Singapore and Malaysia, Wong now adds Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines to his remit. Wong joined Uber in 2016 from Shell. 

Christopher Slaughter will step down as chief executive officer of Casbaa following five years of service, effective December 31. The organization praised Slaughter for spearheading structural reform of the organisation, creating new events, and delivering on Casbaa's aim to represent, inform, and connect its membership. Before joining Casbaa, Slaughter worked at APV, The Yankee Group, CNBC, and Asia Business News. 

DigitasLBi hired Ralf Fuss, formerly strategic planning director at DDB Shanghai, as head of strategy for Hong Kong. He has also worked at TBWA, MRM Worldwide and Razorfish, and with clients including Red Bull, Volkswagen, Audi and Fisherman’s Friend.

Digital agency Dog entered a joint venture with creative digital agency RHAD in Singapore. Dog’s CEO, Gerry McCusker, takes the position of chairman, and RHAD is led by Dog’s former technical director in Singapore, Murtaza Topiwalla, as CEO. The joint venture brings together a team across Singapore, Jakarta, Mumbai and Ahmedabad with around 40 employees. The creative director at RHAD is Brian Chia

NewBase (formerly Publicitas International) appointed Danny Singh as digital commercial director, promoted Sarin Wee to commercial director of the organisation’s content division and promoted Veron Chua to international account director.

WPP AUNZ appointed Rob McLachlan as CEO of its Data Investment Management Group, where he will oversee 12 agencies covering the research, training and change-management sectors: Phuel, Human, Buchanan, Beyond Analysis, Kantar Millward Brown, Kantar TNS (Australia and NZ), Kantar Vermeer, Kantar Colmar Brunton (Australia and NZ), AMR and ORU. McLachlan has been with WPP AUNZ (and previously STW Group) for more than 10 years, prior to which he was finance director at ACNielsen for 19 years.

Viacom International Media Networks appointed Abhishek K Rao as senior director, MTV brand, Southeast Asia, and creative, Asia. He was most recently with Fox Networks Group as director of content and communications.

Careem appointed Sadia Khurram as its general manager in Pakistan. In her new role, Khurram will lead growth for the city of Lahore by exciting drivers, turning around upset customers, and delivering outstanding growth. This is her first role since graduating from MIT as part of the MBA class of 2017.

Ogilvy Beijing promoted Adrian Zhu, ECD of Raynet Ogilvy, to group executive creative director (GECD) of Ogilvy Beijing. He joined Ogilvy in 1994 as a senior copywriter and has worked with clients including IBM, Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, McDonald’s, KFC, President Food, Master Kong and China Mobile.

Young & Rubicam promoted Bilal Khan to the role of strategy director in Pakistan. He was part of the team that conducted Pakistan’s first nationwide attitudinal study on home makers for Colgate Palmolive's premium detergent brand.

Vizeum Taiwan promoted Kesy Lee from vice president and deputy general manager to general manager. She has more than 20 years of experience, including at Ogilvy & Mather and Mindshare.


The Secret Little Agency was named lead creative agency for Mandai Park Development, a wildlife and nature development in Singapore. 

Leica appointed DeVries Global as its communications agency in Taiwan. The agency will spearhead advocacy and public relations.

OMRON Healthcare has renewed its contract with KRDS Singapore for a second year.


Isobar Vietnam partnered with Vietnam retailer Saigon Co.op for a reality show called “One billion startup with Saigon Co.op’’. Isobar is developing the show, which focuses on finding and training the next generation of successful startups and kicks off October 15 on HTV9, a channel of Ho Chi Minh City Television. It is expected to attract around 5,000 candidates with three finalists standing a chance to win VND1 billion (US$44,000) and become the owner of a Co.op Smile grocery store.

Sizmek completed its acquisition of RocketFuel. Mark Grether, former executive chairman, will become CEO, while Randy Wootton, former RocketFuel CEO, will become a special advisor. The RocketFuel brand will be phased out in coming months. Grether is the co-founder and former global COO of WPP's Xaxis. The merged company has a workforce of 150 in Asia.

CNN announced a new editorial segment, 'Staying Informed', which will be available on all of its feeds in Asia Pacific and is sponsored by AccorHotels. The segment features 30-second headline summaries updated in real-time throughout morning and evening primetime hours. 

Digital content site AsiaOne and the Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings, announced a collaboration. Zoomin.TV’s Southeast Asia video content in English will be published on AsiaOne, whereas the digital platforms of Lianhe Zaobao will publish Zoomin.TV’s Chinese content.

Roy Morgan Research and Eyeota announced an expanded partnership to deliver Roy Morgan Helix Personas Indonesia through the Eyeota Data Marketplace. Helix Personas draws on psychographic and behavioural data from Roy Morgan’s extensive Single Source Survey to classify the Indonesian population into 42 personas and six communities.

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