Tham Khai Meng has explored every corner of the ad business in a 27-year career that has seen him building brands and agencies on four continents. Advertising Age considers him "one of the world's most influential people in the communications business."
Khai is now enjoying his role as Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather and Chairman of its Worldwide Creative Council. He is also a member of the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Board and Executive Committee.
His journey began in London where he studied at Central St. Martins and subsequently at the Royal College of Art where he took an MA in film. He joined Leo Burnett in London and then moved with them to Chicago.
Khai has always had a touch for big brands, something which he first demonstrated on the Singapore Airlines account. Under Khai's supervision it grew from a fledgling account into one of the world's great brands.
In 2000, Khai joined Ogilvy & Mather as Regional Creative Director and Co-Chairman of its Asia Pacific network. While there, he was named Campaign Brief Asia's "Creative Director of the Year" for seven straight years, an unprecedented honor that led to his 2008 induction into the Campaign Brief Hall of Fame.
Khai has won countless awards and grand prix over the years from every major show from Cannes to the Clios, and he's also chaired jury panels for all of them. Khai has had the good fortune of working with some of the world's greatest brands including American Express, Cadbury's, China Mobile, Coca-Cola, H. J. Heinz, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Mercedes-Benz, McDonald's, The Economist, Toyota, Unilever, and others.
Khai has also been a panelist at the World Economic Forum in 2010, and is a board member of The Future of Storytelling. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
In 2012, Khai led Ogilvy & Mather to victory at the Cannes Lions, bagging a Grand Prix, 83 Lions, and the coveted Network of the Year award for the first time in the agency's history.
After a lifetime fighting fires in the creative department (and setting a few, too), Khai now lives in a former 19th century firehouse in New York City.