November 15, 2005

Account Moves & New Appointments

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Ben Barnes, Hong Kong-based president-CEO, Asia/Pacific & Africa of Foote, Cone & Belding, is leaving the network to pursue other interests. He will not be replaced, the region will be run from three "centers of excellence" in India, Southeast Asia, and China, which will be managed by Hong Kong-based Gary Tse, FCB's chairman-CEO, Greater China. Mr. Barnes' departure is part of a global re-organization that gives Rafael de Guzman, president-CEO for Latin America, the new president-CEO of FCB International post and eliminates regional management | Aaron Lau, who recently resigned as chairman, Asia at DDB Worldwide, has launched Bravo Asia, a marketing consultancy in Hong Kong with a focus on content production for new media platforms like online games and mobile phones | Nike Inc. has invited four agencies to pitch for its creative business in China, the incumbent JWT, Wieden+Kennedy, Publicis Worldwide and DMG, a local agency | China Construction Bank has appointed Leo Burnett Worldwide, Beijing following a pitch against Ogilvy & Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi and the incumbent, Lowe Worldwide. Media will remain inhouse. "With just over 12 months before China's de facto protectionism within the financial sector ends, and in line with WTO regulations, foreign banks will operate under the same rules and regulations as China's local banks. Our challenge is therefore to devise communications strategies that build and iconic brand in the country's banking category, while ensuring an enduring bond is established among current account holders as well as new users," said Benjamin Tsang, managing director, Leo Burnett, Beijing | Italy's Piombo appointed TBWA Worldwide's Tequila direct marketing arm in Shanghai to develop the menswear brand in China and develop a consumer campaign, following a three-way pitch | Vivien Kam to strategic planner, TBWA, Hong Kong from the same position at BBDO Worldwide, Hong Kong | James Chen to president of PFT, a Chinese ad agency, from managing director, Euro RSCG, Beijing, and Doze Tou to VP, ECD of PFT, from ECD, China at Euro RSCG. Mr. Chen is succeeded in part by Bennett Chiu, who is now managing director of Euro's Beijing office, in addition to his existing role as exec VP | David Fung to VP, Carat, Hong Kong from account director, Texon | Clement Chen to general manager, M&C Saatchi, Taipei from client service director, JWT, Taipei.


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