Y&R's Jonathan Teo

And more people news in Greater China

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BEIJING--In two senior creative appointments for China at Young & Rubicam, Jonathan Teo is the WPP Group agency’s exec creative director at Y&R, Beijing, while Kelvin Koh holds the same title at Y&R, Shanghai.

Their appointment is part of widespread efforts by Hong Kong-based Tom Kao, who was appointed chairman, Greater China in August 2007. Earlier this year, he hired Stephen Drummond as Y&R’s national planning director for China.

“We have the ambition in China to become a creative-driven agency,” said Mr. Kao. “Key hires have been made in the last few months to restructure our agencies in China, and our senior team is now complete with the appointments of Jonathan and Kelvin.”

A native of Malaysia, Mr. Teo, 48, has spent most of the past 20 working in Sydney, most recently as a freelance creative consultant for agencies. He has held senior roles at Sydney agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Campaign Palace and George Patterson Bates. He also spent four years in Singapore at the Ball Partnership, working with Neil French.

The Y&R position marks the first time Mr. Teo has lived in China, but he learned Mandarin as a child in Malaysia from his Chinese grandparents.

“I have a lot to learn about the culture here,” said Mr. Teo. “Little things in the visual communication can be improved straight away. Other things, like understanding the culture, will take longer.”

His counterpart in Shanghai has spent over ten years in China. Prior to joining Y&R, Mr. Koh was group creative director at JWT, Shanghai, where he established a creative team to handle JWT’s Ford Motor Co. business in China. He has also held senior creative positions at global networks such as D’Arcy and FCB.


Other appointment news in Greater China

[hong kong] Ruuben van den Heuvel has resigned as senior VP, digital and new business development, Asia at Sony BMG Music Entertainment to found a new company, GateWay Entertainment.

Mr. van den Heuvel, who will remain based in Hong Kong, said GateWay will focus "on four key pillars with a central digital, entertainment theme: Engaging companies from the West who wish to open in Asia and making the process a little less of a challenge for them; assisting companies from Asia to sell their music, services [and] technology in the West; helping develop new business models and consumer offerings for Asian digital services; and acting as a bridge between the pirate world and the music industry at large."


[shanghai] Ogilvy & Mather, Shanghai has promoted Kevin Lee to exec creative director, a new position, from creative partner.


[beijing] Hill & Knowlton has promoted Beijing-based Lynn Fong to digital director, North Asia, a new position. Previously, she was digital director at McCann Worldgroup's MRM Worldwide division in China, where she formulated digital strategies for brands such as Intel, Microsoft, Dragonair and Unilever.


[shanghai] BBDO Worldwide has hired Hans Lopez-Vito as strategic planning director, China, a position that has not been filled since Harjot Singh relocated from Shanghai to Canada in 2006. Previously, Mr. Lopez-Vito was VP and head of strategic planning in McCann Worldgroup, Manila, working with advertisers such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, Unilever and Johnson & Johnson.


[hong kong] Motorola is relocating Ian Chapman-Banks to Singapore as corporate VP and general manager of its mobile devices unit in Asia. In his new role he will oversee the company's handset subsidiaries across markets such as Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia and India. Previously, he was VP of marketing for Motorola's mobile devices, Asia/Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
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