Talon, a global, independent out-of-home (OOH) media agency, has announced a number of key changes. Mike Saunter has been appointed to the role of group chief financial officer (CFO). Henry Lucas takes on the newly created role of group chief commercial officer and Stewart Easterbrook has extended his remit to become executive chairman. Alongside these new hires, Talon have restructured the global board, with Barry Cupples stepping down as group CEO and Eric Newnham, founder of Talon, stepping in with immediate effect. Cupples has served as group CEO since 2019.
has announced a series of senior appointments and promotions across its agencies following the recent appointment of Rastislav Kanuch
as CEO of Havas Cambodia.
Peter Holán joins as head of interactions. His mandate includes enhancing the agency's innovative offerings, client relationships, and collaborating closely with the creative and media teams to integrate global-standard AdTech tools into campaigns.
Junnette Hasco has been elevated to media group lead, taking charge of the agency's media offerings.
Sarah Louzioui joins as general manager at Havas Champagne, the integrated division of Havas Cambodia, providing comprehensive 360-degree services.
Kinal Kong takes the role of creative director as a seasoned professional recognised for his innovative thinking, dedication to creative strategies rooted in local insights, and proficiency in art direction, graphic design, and production.
Constance Dayot has been promoted to HR associate director. She will oversee human resources initiatives for both Cambodia and Thailand.
Weber Shandwick has appointed Marta Bigio as senior vice president, sustainability lead, APAC. Based in Singapore, Bigio will report to Carolyn Devanayagam, head of corporate affairs, Weber Shandwick, Asia Pacific and will support the firm’s clients in building purpose-led and sustainable practices within their business. Bigio previously led the sustainability practice at Redhill in the region. Prior to Redhill, Bigio led communication strategy, corporate positioning and issues and crisis management for Unilever’s sustainable sourcing agenda. She is also currently the co-chair for the sustainability committee at PRCA.
Bhutan’s Department of Tourism (DoT) has appointed Petrie PR as its public relations agency for Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore. The firm has been entrusted with the responsibility of driving Bhutan's PR strategy and managing media relations in priority strategic Asian markets. The primary objectives of the campaign are to sustainably increase visitor numbers to pre-pandemic levels and enhance the average length of stay for specific traveller demographics such as families, couples, and solo travellers. In addition to these efforts, Petrie PR will provide ongoing support for Bhutan's national brand, which was officially launched in 2022.
Icon Agency has announced three senior appointments, strengthening the agency’s Canberra presence and bolstering its digital capabilities.
Jason Guo joins as chief technology officer. Guo, a 20-year veteran in information technology, will oversee the expansion of the agency's technology stack and systems.
Andrew Mackay joins as executive director of digital, bringing with him a track record of digital success stories at CRE8IVE, ACT Government and Adelphi Digital.
Isaac Townsend joins as lead developer. Townsend held previous senior positions at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, EY, and Adelphi Digital.
We The People has opened its new office in Auckland, New Zealand and appointed Chris Rogers as regional creative director. Rogers joined the agency at the start of 2023 with over 15 years of experience as a creative leader. Before joining the agency, he worked at Stratosphere Agency. Rogers also held senior creative roles at Big Red, Publicis Singapore, Che Proximity and Cummins & Partners.
Bupa Hong Kong has appointed Fiona Harris as managing director, effective 3 October 2023. Harris will succeed Andrew Merrilees, who departs the business after five years. She brings over three decades of experience in the healthcare sector, having worked at Bupa for 30 years, with the first 17 of these in the UK Health Insurance business, holding several leadership positions.
This is Flow (Flow) has hired Straford Rodrigues as chief data officer. Rodrigues joins Flow from Kantar, where he served as head of media and marketing effectiveness. In his new role, Rodrigues will be tasked to evolve Flow’s data and measurement capabilities–elevating media and marketing effectiveness into the forefront for all Flow clients. He will also work alongside Flow’s data science unit to continue driving innovation in data and technology.
Customer experience management platform Sprinklr has hired Scott Harvey as executive vice president of customer operations. Harvey will report directly to Sprinklr founder and CEO Ragy Thomas and join the executive leadership team to help drive growth by optimising customer-facing processes from pre-sales solution consulting through post-sales customer success and recurring services. This includes digital customer transformation work, providing customers access to Sprinklr thought leadership and a strategic approach to value realisation. Harvey joins Sprinklr from Stripe, where he served as global head of technical sales and services.
Darren Chuckry has joined Dentsu’s Tag as executive director of content innovation. He previously worked at BrandTech Asia, HK Initiative and Uniplan. In his new role, he will focus on designing and creating digitally-connected immersive experiences.
Sydney Water has hired creative agency It’s Friday following a competitive pitch, to create a campaign around water conservation as Sydney approaches the prospect of another drought.
Ryvalmedia Melbourne has hired Pooja Aggarwal as client partnerships and affiliates lead, a newly established position. She previously worked at Dentsu, handling Woolworths and its brands in Australia and New Zealand. In her new role, she is tasked with inaugurating and expanding the agency's capabilities in media partnerships and affiliates. She will focus on collaborating with client partners and brands to enhance e-commerce sales for their affiliate programs.
has hired Rachel Harrison
as the senior account director from London-based PR agency Frank. The agency has transitioned Laura Bestman
into a full-time position as the senior PR and event producer and elevated Megan Bentley
's role to senior account manager.
Filmmaker Henrik Rostrup has joined Electriclime’s director roster for representation in the APAC and MENA regions. The Norwegian filmmaker, currently based in Sweden, is known for his storytelling style, cinematography, and portfolio that spans various genres. He has worked with several high-end brands, including Vodafone, Montblanc, Reebok, Visit Saudi and many more.
The Trade Desk has appointed Rose Huskey as senior vice president of the South Asia region. In this role, Huskey will lead the company’s business and growth strategy across Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and India. Huskey will report to Tim Sims, chief revenue officer. With almost 25 years of industry leadership experience across the Asia-Pacific region, Huskey was most recently the chief client officer for APAC at WPP media agency Wavemaker, where she was responsible for leading the business growth strategy across the region. Prior to that, she was Wavemaker’s chief executive officer in Southeast Asia. Before joining Wavemaker, Huskey led business growth strategy as chief client officer of Asia-Pacific at Maxus Global.
GumGum, a global digital advertising platform, has appointed Kenzo Selby to lead its growing business in Japan as managing director. Selby will replace outgoing Naokazu Wakaguri, who served over five years as MD. Wakaguri will support Selby in a transition period through the end of the year before leaving GumGum to pursue personal projects at the start of 2024. Selby is based out of Tokyo, Japan and reports directly to the interim head of JAPAC, Sorrel Osborne. Selby will focus on growing GumGum’s brand presence in the market, as well as deepening relationships with brands, agencies, and publishers to embrace a mindset-first, cookie-less solution. He joins GumGum after more than six years of driving the growth story for Teads in Japan as head of sales. Prior to Teads, he was a sales leader at AOL’s BeOn.
Global car manufacturer, Chery has appointed WhiteGrey as its digital agency of record, effective immediately, following a competitive pitch process. The partnership marks a significant milestone for both companies as they collaborate to establish Chery’s market presence in Australia. WhiteGrey’s remit includes the digital transformation and performance media business across Chery’s brand portfolio, including website strategy & development, UX, CRM, digital content creation and lead generation. By leveraging WhiteGrey’s extensive digital experience across the tech stack, Chery aims to strengthen its market position, cultivate deeper connections with its customers and drive sustainable growth.
Christie’s has expanded the role of Prapavadee Sophonpanich to general manager of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam and appointed Crystal Lam as consultant, Vietnam, as part of its ongoing investment and growth across the Southeast Asia region. Sophonpanich joined Christie’s in 2018. She was most recently general manager in Thailand. Lam joins Christie’s with a wealth of expertise in operations and business development, with 15 years leading Vinawood Ltd. and as co-founder of Lavelle Living.
Vanto, a premium luxury furniture brand, has awarded its creative and digital mandate to Hotcult, the branded content venture of Pad Group, after a multi-agency pitch in Hyderabad. Hotcult will be responsible for devising consumer insight mapping, defining brand architecture, establishing the go-to-market (GTM) approach, and formulating the overarching brand and launch strategy. This will also include creating cornerstone digital & creative campaigns, social media, online response management and performance management, among other things.
Global production company, The Sweetshop has relocated Australia-based senior producer Jenny Crabb
to lead its latest Bangkok office. The Sweetshop expanded to Asia in 2012 and has since been part of numerous campaigns, and has worked with brands like, Coke, Lazada, Disney and One Plus. Thanyathorn Thamma (Aui), who is at the helm of many of these campaigns, has now officially stepped into a full producer role at the new Bangkok office.
Think HQ has appointed Rob Barnett and Max Bengtsson as executive creative director and senior copywriter to work at the agency’s office in Melbourne. Both have previously worked for the client-side at Xero. Barnett freelanced for agencies, including Leo Burnett and BWM Dentsu. While Bengtsson has worked at Isobar and Clemenger BBDO. Barnett will lead the campaign and design teams, working closely with Think HQ’s chief creative officer, Andy Lima.
has appointed Anita Lam
as head of global marketing solutions for Hong Kong and Taiwan. Before joining LinkedIn, Lam worked at Meta for over 12 years. She started as a client partner of Greater China in 2011, and was most recently director, head of industries, Greater China. Prior to Meta, she was VP of sales at Pixel Media Asia Pacific. Lam is also a founding member of IAB Hong Kong since 2016.