BEIJING, 28 January 2010 – Ogilvy & Mather Group China CEO Shenan Chuang today announced that Bill Chan will be joining the agency as Executive Creative Director of Ogilvy Advertising Beijing on February 1, 2010.
Ogilvy named the highly awarded Chan to the top creative post after a comprehensive search that points to the significance and importance of the position to the creative agency.
A native of Hong Kong, Chan is a celebrated creative professional with more than nine years of experience in the mainland China market, most recently as ECD of McCann Erickson Beijing. In his early career, Chan was a copywriter in Hong Kong for nearly a decade before he moved to Shanghai with JWT where he led the creative department from 2000-2006. Over the years his worked has been recognized by a number of global, regional and local awards including Cannes, Clio, One Show, D&AD, AdFest, HK 4As Kam Fan Award, Media awards, Grand Prix at the China National Advertising Awards and numerous others.
To lead the Beijing Agency's business and grow its creative reputation, Chan will partner with and report to Raymond Tao, President of Ogilvy Advertising in China, and Eugene Cheong, Regional Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific.
“In 2010, Ogilvy China’s top priority is to fire up our creative powerhouse by invigorating our creative capability, be that through talent or great work for our clients’ brands. Bill’s appointment is our way of shouting this commitment from the rooftops and I couldn’t be more pleased to have him come on board as my partner,” said Raymond Tao, head of Advertising in China.
O&M Asia Pacific ECD Eugene Cheong added, "There is nothing superficial about Bill. He's a China veteran and knows the market inside out. Bill is unique in that he can provide our clients with deep strategic answers and a broader global perspective. He can represent China to the world and the world to China. A powerful combination, indeed.”
Speaking of his new position, Bill Chan said he joined Ogilvy because he is inspired by the agency’s creative energy and atmosphere and is eager to tackle a new professional challenge.
Chan elaborated, “Throughout my candidacy I came to understand that Raymond Tao is a man of great ideals and integrity, and our values are very much in sync. For an ECD, his partner is his boss. If the two people share a common vision and goal, they can achieve great things.”
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