JWT's Oliver Xu

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BEIJING-- JWT has promoted Oliver Xu, 37, to managing director of its Beijing office. Mr. Xu joined JWT in 2004 as a group account director and was promoted to director of client service. In February 2007, after the retirement of Alec Cheng, he became general manager.

Prior to joining JWT, the Beijing native worked as an account executive at Ogilvy & Mather and an account director at TBWA Worldwide. He has also held marketing positions at Visa International and Nabisco.

JWT's Beijing office works largely with Chinese advertisers such as Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., the top player in China's dairy industry; the mobile phone service provider China Unicom; and the PC-maker Lenovo Group.Multinational clients include brands such as Halls, Nokia, Nestle, Red Bull and Shell.

Other appointment news in Greater China

[shanghai] WeiWei Chen has rejoined the independent agency Nitro Group in Shanghai as CEO, Greater China after a six-month sabbatical. Before that, she was CEO, Greater China at Young & Rubicam, also based in Shanghai. From 2004-2005, however, she was chairman of Nitro's operation in Greater China. Earlier, the Taiwan native worked at Ogilvy & Mather, JWT, Saatchi & Saatchi and ZenithOptimedia in Taipei and Shanghai.

Ms. Chen will help Nitro "compete for local business," said Jennifer Labus, Nitro's managing director and head of client services for China, as well as help the agency find a local shop to partner with in a joint venture.

[shanghai] MindShare has promoted Shanghai-based Karl Cluck to national head of strategic planning for China from national planning director for Unilever in China. He succeeds Mark Heap, who left MindShare to join PHD earlier this year.

"The main challenge for anyone in China is keeping on top of a market that's changing so dramatically every single day, from the media landscape to consumer behavior to market opportunities to our client's brand and business environment," said Mr. Cluck.

[shanghai] Media Planning Group ( MPG), the global media network of Havas Media, part of Paris-based Havas Groupe, has appointed Suzette Morgan in Shanghai as director of strategy and insights. Previously, Ms. Morgan was regional strategic planner for Unilever's toothpaste brands at Lowe Worldwide in Jakarta, Indonesia, but she has also held senior positions at agencies in South Africa, the Middle East, the U.K. and New Zealand. She succeeds Gautam Dutt, who has left the agency.

MPG has also promoted Hong Kong-based Grace Yao to general manager from business director. The media agency also promoted Anna He and Kang Shi to business director of MPG's offices in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively, from planning directors. MPG also hired Aemi Jing as media buying director of its Beijing office. Previously, she was a planning director at Zenith Media in Beijing.

[hong kong] Wwwins Consulting has appointed Chris Ryan as managing director of its Hong Kong office, succeeding Marcus Crowley, who has left the agency. Previously, he was client services director at Digitas in London.

[hong kong] News Corp.'s Star Group has appointed Ron Plante as senior VP, research, a new position. Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Plante will spearhead Star's research efforts in support of sales, programming, marketing, and business development. Star broadcasts over 60 television services in ten languages to more than 300 million viewers across 53 Asian countries. Before joining Star, Mr. Plante was VP, research for Lifetime Networks in New York, where he was responsible for programming and marketing research. Earlier, he held several posts with NBC, most recently as VP, research with CNBC Europe.
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