Ad Age has named Angela Doland as its new Asia editor, based in Shanghai.
Before moving to China three years ago, Ms. Doland was an Associated Press correspondent covering Europe from the wire service's Paris bureau for more than a decade. Since arriving in Shanghai, she has studied Chinese and worked as a business writer, covering topics including KFC's challenges in China and how rumors in Chinese social media can harm brands. She also taught a class on storytelling at the University of Hong Kong's Shanghai campus.
Originally from the Chicago area, Ms. Doland has bachelor's and master's degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She was based in the AP's Paris bureau from 1999 until 2011, writing about business, culture, and legal topics ranging from the Cannes Film Festival to French presidential elections. She also edited breaking news, and reported live for AP radio.
At Ad Age, Ms. Doland will cover advertising and marketing in China and other major markets in Asia.
She will also help oversee Women to Watch China, an annual editorial feature and event in which Ad Age honors outstanding women in marketing and advertising in mainland China and Hong Kong. Ad Age has produced an annual Women to Watch event in the U.S. for 17 years. Due to the size and importance of the Chinese market, Ad Age chose China as the first international market to launch Women to Watch two years ago. (Women to Watch Brazil and Women to Watch Turkey followed in 2013). The Women to Watch China event is hosted by Ad Age, working with Thoughtful China, in the fall in Shanghai.
"China is a huge and fast-growing market and so important for our audience to understand," said Abbey Klaassen, Ad Age's associate publisher-editorial and audience. "We're delighted to have Angela, a seasoned journalist with global experience, covering it for us."
Ad Age opened its mainland China bureau two years ago, after covering China from Hong Kong for many years. Ms. Doland succeeds Anita Chang Beattie, who is moving to the Middle East, where she'll continue to contribute to Ad Age with stories from that region.