JWT Asia Pacific CEO Tom Doctoroff announced the formation of a new regional executive management committee, bolstered by several key promotions, to help drive business development and creative direction in this dynamic, fast-growing region. The move is Doctoroff’s first initiative since he assumed the role of Asia Pacific CEO on January 1.
Picture: Tom Doctoroff
JWT Bangkok CEO Bob Hekkelman was promoted to the newly-created role of Southeast Asia CEO, overseeing operations in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Ratan Malli, a 20 year veteran of JWT APAC, was promoted to the new role of Strategic Planning Director, Asia Pacific. Lo Sheung Yan takes on expanded responsibilities as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Creative Council, while Tay Guan Hin, JWT’s Southeast Asia ECD and Global Lux ECD, and Yang Yeo, are promoted from Shanghai Chief Creative Officer to the role of North Asia ECD and China Chairman. (Yeo is one of Asia’s most awarded creatives. He led JWT Shanghai to capture China’s first-ever Grand Prix at Cannes in 2011, and brought home awards from every major show in 2012. In December, Yeo was also named Designer of the Year award by the President of his native Singapore.)
Other members of JWT APAC’s new regional committee includes JWT Asia Pacific CFO Nick Romas; Sapna Srivastava, JWT’s APAC Chief Talent Officer, JWT APAC consultant Mark Webster, who has, in the past, led JWT’s Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Japanese offices, as well as executives from partner companies, including Cai Hui, founder and CEO of Always Field Marketing; Pete Rentschler, President of Blue Hive, WPP’s Team Ford Asian agency; and Paul Soon, CEO of XM Asia Pacific, a JWT company.