Dennis Wong

Wong returns to Tequila

Dennis Wong has returned to the TBWAGroup in Singapore. He returns after a brief stint at Tribal DDB and with a new title of Business Director at TequilaDigital. He first joined the agency in 2007 as Digital Account Director when he worked on the Singapore Airlines account.

New CEO for Leo Burnett Thailand

Songkran Sethesompobe has been appointed as CEO of Leo Burnett Group Thailand. He will oversee Leo Burnett, Arc Worldwide, Black Pencil and Alpha 245. He moves from BBDO Bangkok where he had the same role and brings 25 years of experience to the post. Sethesompobe spent ten years with Ogilvy where he rose to Managing Partner before founding the famous Creative Juice Bangkok where he was Managing Director for five years.

Leo Burnett’s global, regional leaders in Bangkok recently for Global Leadership Council (left to right): Mark Tutssel (Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett Worldwide), Songkran Sethesompobe (CEO, Leo Burnett Group Thailand), On-Usa Lamliengpol (Chairman, Leo Burnett Group Thailand), Tom Bernardin (Chairman and CEO, Leo Burnett Worldwide) and Jarek Ziebinski (President, Leo Burnett & Arc Asia Pacific).

New head for OMD AP

Steve Blakeman

Joining OMD in the third quarter of 2011 is Steve Blakeman. He takes up the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Asia Pacific region. He moves from IPG where he was Chief Integration Strategy Officer, Asia Pacific and worked on international brands such as Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and Mastercard. Prior to that, Blakeman was Managing Partner in Omnicom’s PHD agency where he successful launched the second office in the UK.

Wong heads up PHD in Singapore

Sony Wong

Sony Wong has been appointed Managing Director of PHD in Singapore. He moved from Hawley and Hazel where he was Singapore Country Manager. He has held a variety of senior positions in companies such as Carat, becoming MD of Maxus and then Mindshare Singapore. Early in his career, he worked for FMCG’s such as Asia Pacific Breweries and Unilever.

OMD pulls in Simon Bellamy

Simon Bellamy

Simon Bellamy of Bellamy Consulting will be working with the strategy team at OMD in Sydney. As a consultant, he will be working with Alistair Henderson and his team. Henderson is now elevated to National Strategy Director. Bellamy is a pioneer in strategic communications in Australia where he was once Managing Director of The Media Palace and a director of Bellamy Hayden.

MSLGroup adds three seniors

Publicis Groupe’s speciality communications, PR and events network, MSLGroup, has made three senior appointments in Asia.

Josh Shapiro has become Vice President, Operations and Client Solutions. He joined the company in January 2008 having transferred from the Atlanta office. He was previously with MSLGroup Asia as a Business Director. In his new role, Shapiro will continue to be located in Beijing.

Ricardo Roces has joined at MSLGroup Asia, working out of the Singapore office, as Regional Finance Director. He has relocated from New York where he has been serving as MSLGroup Global Controller. He has been with the company for seven years.

Erin Hanson has moved from New York office to become General Manager of MSL Singapore. She spent three years with the company in the USA working on the Procter & Gamble account on global strategies and implementation. She joins an office which has recently strengthened itself with several senior people as part of the expansion of the group.

Grey appoints Branch Head in Mumbai

Kaizad Pardiwalla

Grey India has appointed Kaizad Pardiwalla as Branch Head of its Mumbai office. He replaces Hari Krishnan who moves to become Vice President and Head of Grey South India. Prior to joining Grey, Pardiwalla was at Bates 141 Mumbai as Executive Vice President where he handled accounts such as Virgin Mobile and Colgate-Palmolive. At Grey, he will be launching new digital marketing initiatives and integrating these with the advertising side of the business.

Turner adds leading animation producer

Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific has appointed Yoshiya Ayugai as Executive Producer, Animation highlighting the importance the broadcaster is placing on the development of original productions in the region. Ayugai will be based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Turner, Ayugai held several posts in Disney including Creative Executive at Walt Disney TV in Burbank and with Walt Disney Animation in Japan.

Kamble to be Managing Partner BBH Mumbai

Raj Kamble

Raj Kamble is to become Managing Partner and Head of Creative at BBH Group’s Mumbai office in May. He joins from BBDO Worldwide, New York where he is currently Senior Vice president on the global P&G and Gillette business. Kamble has worked in Mumbai, London and New York and won multiple awards including Clios, Cannes, D&AD and One Show. The agency recently appointed Paul Ward as Managing Partner.

Ketchum appoints training VP

Global public relations consultancy, Ketchum, has appointed David Wong as Vice President Training Development, Greater China. He will be based in Shanghai. He will develop and implement training programmes for the region. This is a new position to drive training as a business priority for Ketchum Greater China. For the past five years, Wong has been leading the digital business and monitoring solutions for Ketchum but for three years he has also taken an active role in talent development for the industry becoming the first practitioner in China to become an Accredited Business Communicator by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).