AppointmentsNRGNational Research Group (NRG), recognized as an insights leader at the edge of technology, content, and culture, announced that Sushma Panchawati, a veteran insights strategist and emerging markets specialist, has been appointed Senior Vice President, Content & Strategy. She will oversee the firm's presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. NRG is part of Stagwell, the challenger network built to transform marketing.

In her new role, Panchawati will work closely with both existing and new clients across the streaming, television, and theatrical landscapes, leading brand health, concept evaluation, messaging and positioning, content testing, and creative material testing.

Panchawati has more than 15 years of experience working in product and marketing strategy. Most recently, she was part of the founding team at Edvanza, a career advancement partner for young professionals. There, she led the design and delivery of the company's MVP product proposition, as well as the foundational business and marketing strategy, driving growth in the UK, Africa, and India. Before that, Panchawati led the APAC region for The Sound, a brand strategy and product innovation agency. She has led strategy and research efforts across APAC, EU, Africa, and South America working with brands like Google, Pinterest, Netflix, Amazon, and Apple on their brand launch campaigns, marketing and product strategies, and innovation pipelines.

Panchawati earned her undergraduate degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University and her MBA from MICA in India. She is a regular speaker at global conferences like the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR), highlighting her experience working across a diverse set of markets and methodologies. She will be based in Singapore.

AnnouncementsDentsuDentsu Group Inc. announced a globally diverse and integrated leadership team to drive its global business forward from FY2023. The global leadership team will ensure further integration of the Group's diverse capabilities to deliver top line growth for clients, while allowing Dentsu to realize sustainable enhancement of corporate value.

The creation of a new global management structure follows Dentsu's announced intention to integrate Dentsu International and Dentsu Japan Network into a single Dentsu organization around the world from January 1, 2023 and will strengthen the voice of the client in all strategy discussions. The simplified structure will allow the business to foster agile decision-making, strategic focus and clarity across the group whilst driving operational excellence across all functions.

The Group Management Team is headed by President & CEO Hiroshi Igarashi and consists of 36 globally diverse Group Management members, including the 21-person Group Executive Management with executive responsibility. The team directly governs the four business regions worldwide.

Appointment of 21 Group Executive Management (effective January 1, 2023)

Position Name Current position
President & CEO, Dentsu Group Inc. Hiroshi Igarashi President & CEO, Dentsu Group Inc.
Executive Vice President & Chief Governance Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Arinobu Soga Executive Vice President (CFO), Dentsu Group Inc.
Executive Vice President & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Haruhiko Hirate Executive Vice President (CCAO), Dentsu Group Inc.
Chief Financial Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Nick Priday Executive Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. and CFO, Dentsu International Limited
Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Integration Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Soichi Takahashi Executive Officer, Dentsu Group Inc.
Chief HR Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Miho Tanimoto Japan HR Leader, Google Japan
Chief Culture Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Jean Lin Executive Officer, Dentsu Group Inc.
Chief Communications Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Jeremy Miller Global Chief Communications & Marketing Officer, Dentsu International Limited
Chief Information Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Dominic Shine Chief Technology Officer, Dentsu International Limited
General Counsel, Dentsu Group Inc. Alison Zoellner General Counsel, Dentsu International Limited
Chief Integrated Solutions Officer, dentsu Masaya Nakamura Executive Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. and CEO, Dentsu International Global Solutions
CEO, Business Transformation, dentsu Takeshi Sano Executive Officer, Dentsu Japan Network
CEO, dentsu Americas &
Chief Global Client Officer, dentsu
Jacki Kelley CEO, Dentsu International Americas
CEO, dentsu Japan Norihiro Kuretani Executive Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. and President & CEO, Dentsu Japan Network
CEO, dentsu EMEA Giulio Malegori CEO, Dentsu International EMEA
CEO, dentsu APAC Rob Gilby CEO, Dentsu International APAC
CEO, CXM, International markets, dentsu Michael Komasinski Global CEO, Merkle/CXM, Dentsu International Limited
CEO, Media, International markets, dentsu Peter Huijboom Global CEO, Media & Global Clients, Dentsu International Limited
Global Chief Creative Officer, dentsu. (excluding Japan) Fred Levron Global Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu International Limited
Chief Operating Officer, dentsu Japan Yoshimasa Watahiki Executive Officer, Assistant to President, Dentsu Japan Network
Chief Operating Officer, International markets, dentsu Nnenna Ilomechina Global Chief Operating Officer, Dentsu International Limited

As of January 1, 2023, Hiroshi Igarashi and Arinobu Soga will remain as Representative Directors, and Nick Priday and Norihiro Kuretani will remain as Directors.

(2) Appointment of 15 Group Management (effective January 1, 2023)

Strategy Planning & Business Area   Corporate Area  
Position Name Position Name
Chief of Staff, Dentsu Group Inc. Yoshiki Ishihara Head of Internal Audit, Dentsu Group Inc. Nobuo Uehara
Deputy Chief Strategy Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Yoshinobu Ise Deputy Chief HR Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Jun Shibata
Deputy Chief Integration Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. So Aoki Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Toshiyuki Hirasawa
Deputy Chief Integration Officer, Dentsu Group Inc. Tom Higgins Head of Corporate Secretary & Deputy General Counsel, Dentsu Group Inc. Tadashi Nagae
Deputy Chief of Staff, Dentsu Group Inc. Manus Wheeler Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, dentsu Japan Nobutaka Hayashi
Deputy Chief of Staff, Dentsu Group Inc. Noritaka Omi Chief Financial Officer, dentsu Japan Hiroshi Chino
CEO, Creative, dentsu Japan Yasuharu Sasaki Chief Sustainability Officer, dentsu Japan Yuko Kitakaze
    Chief Sustainability Officer, International markets, dentsu Anna Lungley

AnnouncementsMagnoliaMagnolia, an industry-leading digital experience platform (DXP), has opened its new office in Sydney, Australia. The latest expansion comes as Magnolia looks to increase its presence in the Australia-New Zealand (ANZ) market.

Magnolia already has an established presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with seven offices in Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Bangkok, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. Now they look to offer their visionary content management and digital experience technology to companies in the Australia and New Zealand region.

The new office coincides with recent Magnolia hire, an ex-Sitecore veteran, James Hirka, who is now the VP of Digital Experience for Magnolia APAC and GM for ANZ.

AppointmentsADAADA appoints Anthony Chan as Head of Growth to lead and build its Marketing Technology (MarTech) Sales team across the APAC region, as part of the organization’s aim to be the leader in the Marketing Technology enablement space.

Anthony's appointment solidifies the suite of Digital Marketing solutions that ADA wants brands to benefit from, especially in such critical times where many marketers are navigating the transition from AdTech to MarTech. He and his team will see to ADA's sales transformation and help deliver on the organization’s ambitious growth plans to strengthen its footprint as the largest independent analytics, data, and artificial intelligence (AI) business in the region.

Armed with over 25 years Marketing Technology Sales & Partnership Management experience with Microsoft, Sitecore and Braze, Anthony was most recently Vice President, Enterprise Sales Leader of Merkle APAC Region. Throughout his globetrotting career, Anthony has overseen exponential growths across multiple businesses, leading his Sales teams to millions in contract value closure.

AppointmentsMutantAward-winning integrated communications agency Mutant has promoted Abraham Christopher and Bethany Bloch to Director and Managing Editor, respectively.

As Director, Abraham will lead the public relations and social media teams. Focusing on reputation and issues management, he will oversee crisis communications, media training and integrated communications. During his time as a Senior Manager, Abraham helped build Mutant’s social media offering, and led new business efforts, winning key clients, including Shopee, Logitech, Bumble, Subway, Great Eastern Women’s Run and National Geographic, amongst others.

Bethany steps into the role of Managing Editor and will oversee the agency’s key editorial accounts as she drives new business efforts for the fast-growing content team by helping clients develop content strategies for marketing, sales enablement and thought leadership that support broader business goals. In her previous role as Senior Editor, Bethany helped brands across industries develop rich content strategies that emphasize storytelling and produce real business results. She also spearheaded Peering into Our Future, Mutant’s inaugural corporate social responsibility campaign about ocean conservation.

Mutant is also gearing up to expand Mutant Branding, a specialized offering for brand strategies and creative offerings that complement the agency’s award-winning PR and content work. Under the leadership of Rebecca Lewis, Brand Strategy Director, the service will focus on end-to-end branding strategies and design offerings for brands regionally. Rebecca will be supported by a team of consultants and designers across Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.