Next up are two execs at Ogilvy & Mather, another Lenovo agency. Kaiser Kuo, a Chinese-American who is group director of digital strategy at Ogilvy, will carry the torch June 2 in Jingzhou. Mr. Kuo, who was lead guitarist for China's first heavy metal band, Tang Dynasty, will be joined by T.B. Song, Ogilvy's chairman for Greater China.
Lenovo also picked torch bearers in a contest done with newspaper China Daily, in which people nominated themselves and were chosen by voters online. The contest rapidly led to e-mails flying around China as would-be torch bearers lobbied for votes. The list of 100 finalists included a Malaysian, Peter Tan, national director of consumer insight and market intelligence at McCann Worldgroup in Shanghai, and a Beijing-based American, Dan Brody, VP-business development at the YouTube-like online video portal Tudou.com.