Andrew Thomas, regional director, Ogilvy PR Southeast Asia, has been promoted as president, Ogilvy PR Southeast Asia, effective January 2014. He will take on the additional responsibility of Ogilvy PR’s leadership in India. Ram Moorthi, country head, Ogilvy PR India, will continue in his current role, informed an Ogilvy spokesperson.
The promotion is part of three top level changes in Apac announced by Ogilvy Public Relations on 10 October. This August, the network had named Scott Kronick, president, North Asia, as president and CEO Asia Pacific effective January 2014, following the retirement of Steve Dahllof.
Thomas joined Ogilvy PR in Singapore in 2005. He has served in his current role since 2010.
“Southeast Asia is exploding and this is providing growth opportunities throughout the region. My role will be to connect the dots in different ways for our people and our clients,” said Thomas. On the India mandate, he said, “India is an exciting market and it’s a great honour to be given the responsibility for growing our presence there.”
In other changes, Debby Cheung, group MD, Ogilvy PR China, and president, Ogilvy & Mather Group Shanghai, has been named president of Ogilvy PR China/Hong Kong. Kieran Moore, CEO, Ogilvy PR Australia, will take on the additional mandate as regional director of talent (Apac).
Scott Kronick, president and CEO-designate, Ogilvy PR Asia Pacific, said, “I’ve had the honour of working closely with these three colleagues under Steve Dahllof, the current president and CEO of Ogilvy PR, Asia Pacific. The four of us will join together to form a stronger and even more focused regional management operation for Ogilvy PR with the goal of ensuring clients receive first-hand senior management attention and counsel.”
“A region that covers 28 markets with more than 1,200 staff needs the breadth and depth of a strong leadership team, and that is what we have planned for Ogilvy PR in Asia,” said Paul Heath, chairman, Ogilvy & Mather, Asia Pacific. He added, “This structure is aligned with how we are organising ourselves throughout the region to focus our senior leadership attention on our people and clients in each of these markets. Debby, Andrew and Kieran are first-class and they round out a very strong PR team for us in Asia.”