March 1, 2006

Account Moves, Appointments & News

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Omnicom Group's OMD has won Johnson & Johnson's media business in China, worth up to $15 million, following a pitch against WPP Group's MindShare and the incumbent, Interpublic Group of Cos.' Universal McCann. The win includes all consumer brands active in that market, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Stayfree, O.B., Carefree, Band-Aid and Johnson & Johnson adult and baby care products | Yang Yeo to exec creative director, Omnicom's TBWA Worldwide in Shanghai, effective April. Previously, he was one of the founding executives of Publicis Groupe's Fallon Worldwide in Asia, based in Singapore, where he was managing partner and creative director. In Hong Kong, TBWA also appointed Ruby Lee as director of client services from group brand director at Publicis' Leo Burnett, Hong Kong and Benny Chung as group creative director at Brand DNA Advertising, Hong Kong | Tom Kao has resigned as deputy chairman, Asia at Omnicom's BBDO Worldwide in Hong Kong. His successor has not been named, but his departure was widely predicted following the resignation of BBDO's chairman for Asia, Taipei-based Raymond So, last year, as the two had worked together for many years. BBDO appointed Singapore-based Chris Thomas as CEO and chairman for Asia last November. Previously, he was CEO of Omnicom's Proximity office in London | Dennis Wong has resigned from WPP's Grey Global Group where he was president, CEO, Hong Kong & China, based in Hong Kong. He has not been replaced. In the interim, the region will be managed directly by Singapore-based Mike Amour, chairman-CEO, Asia/Pacific | Mark Blair relocated by WPP's Ogilvy & Mather to president, global brand community, Asia/Pacific, based in Hong Kong from president, Japan in Tokyo | Neil Hudspeth to CEO, Asia/Pacific, WPP's Enterprise IG, based in Shanghai from managing director of the international design agency Lloyd Northover in London. As CEO, he succeeds Hong Kong-based Susie Hunt, who will relocate to London for family reasons next month | Leong Wai Foong to exec creative director, BBDO, Shanghai from group creative director, Leo Burnett, Shanghai  | Yahoo China, run by Alibaba, has terminated negotiations with Hunan Satellite TV to develop Yahoo Star Search, a sponsored talent search contest. Instead, Alibaba has confirmed it will partner with Zhejiang Satellite TV | Zubin Gandevia promoted to Hong Kong-based managing director, Asia for the National Geographic Channel from managing director of the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel in India, based in New Delhi | Hong Kong-based lifestyle magazine publisher One Media Group has launched Rolling Stone in China in cooperation with Wenner Media in the U.S. The nationwide monthly has 120 pages and has an unaudited circulation of 125,000. A full-page color ad costs $9,950. Although about half of the magazine's content will be imported from the U.S. and international editions, the cover story of the debut March issue features Cui Jian, 44, widely regarded as the father of China's rock scene.

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