GlobalCom PR Network (GCPR), an alliance of 80 public relations agencies in more than 100 countries, is delivering even greater strategic value to companies looking to expand their global footprint, with the appointment of two new Managing Directors from the North America and Asia markets to the GCPR Board.
Vivian Kelly, CEO of Interprose in the U.S., and Lars Voedisch, Managing Director of PRecious Communications, headquartered in Singapore, join Ralf Hartmann, Founder of GCPR in Germany, and Richard Merrin, Managing Director, Spreckley in the UK, on the GlobalCom Board of Directors to provide strategic direction for the growing GCPR Network, and pan-global insights for international enterprises, including start-ups, mid-sized companies and brand leaders.
The GlobalCom PR Network provides an efficient and flexible public relations model that can grow or decrease according to a company’s needs. It enables businesses to tap into new markets as required and as budgets allow. Companies can engage in-country partners in ad hoc PR projects or long term campaigns according to the objectives, timeframe and required outcomes. The GCPR model provides flexibility and is designed to accommodate a range of PR budgets, while delivering a measurable return on investment.
The GlobalCom PR Network’s proven market expertise includes consumer electronics and lifestyle, financial services and FinTech, healthcare, IT and telecoms, emerging technologies, renewable energy, sustainability, tourism and hospitality, and many other industries.
Both Vivian and Lars are PR veterans and entrepreneurs with decades of experience in their field. In addition to her knowledge of the ever-evolving communications landscape, Vivian is an advocate for technology companies promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion, by providing opportunities for brand ambassadors of all backgrounds to serve as spokespeople and thought leaders.
Lars is known for growing, managing and defending leading brands’ reputations. His award-winning integrated, strategic communications consultancy has operations across the Asia Pacific region. Lars has provided strategic communications counsel to over 300 startups (including 15 unicorns), as well as enterprises, lifestyle brands and government agencies.
Ogilvy announced the appointment of Tiwat Nitchote as Chief Strategy Officer in Thailand.
In this newly created role, Tiwat will join forces with the existing management team to harness Ogilvy’s creativity to grow and transform not only brands, but entire businesses. He will focus on strengthening and streamlining Ogilvy Thailand’s strategic offerings to drive clients’ business towards Modern Marketing success.
A veteran strategist with strong digital background, Tiwat first joined Ogilvy Thailand in 2012 as Strategic Planning Director. Throughout his tenure, he has initiated several successful campaigns for blue chip clients across industries, such as Coca-Cola Thailand, Eucerin, Nivea, Kimberly-Clark, and many others. He has exhibited extraordinary leadership skills and was soon promoted to General Manager and Managing Director of OgilvyOne, a digital services arm of the company. As part of his new role, Tiwat strategically transformed OgilvyOne into a growing and profitable unit for five consecutive years. After leaving Ogilvy in 2018, he went to the technology side and has mastered new skills including software development and system integrator as well as B2B strategies and implementations.
SAP SE today announced the appointment of Verena Siow as President and Managing Director of SAP Southeast Asia, effective 1st October 2020, to drive growth and accelerate digital transformation for ASEAN businesses as they prioritise technology to cope with disruptions caused by COVID-19.
Verena is responsible for leading customer success, accelerating customer transformation into intelligent enterprises, and driving innovation adoption in the region. She will oversee SAP’s business across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and other emerging markets in Southeast Asia.
Verena Siow is an accomplished leader with more than 23 years’ experience in sales, business development and start-ups in the technology sector across Asia and the Americas and has played a significant role in building businesses from the ground up. She was most recently the Managing Director, SAP Indochina, responsible for scaling the business. With her focus on building trust and shared success with employees, partners and customers, SAP Indochina has achieved strong growth and high leadership trust and employee engagement scores. Prior to that, Verena was the Managing Director of Strategic Conglomerates, SAP Southeast Asia, where she successfully supported the top conglomerates across the region with a vision of building long-term relationships and establishing transformation roadmaps for enterprises in ASEAN. She is a strong advocate of driving diversity and inclusion to promote different perspectives and improve business outcomes. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Budapest, University of Economic Sciences and is currently based in Bangkok, but eventually relocate back to Singapore.
Ogilvy announced the appointment of Jiravara Virayavardhana and Wanramai Aurtaveekul as Senior Executive Group Directors in Thailand.
In this newly created role, Jiravara and Wanramai will join forces with the existing management team to strengthen Ogilvy’s leadership position in the Thai market. They will be focusing on driving client businesses towards Modern Marketing, using Ogilvy’s integrated approach of data, creativity, and technology to accelerate business growth. Both will report to Nopadol Srikieatikajohn, Chairman of Ogilvy Thailand.
Jiravara was appointed the Managing Director of Ogilvy Thailand in January 2016, after taking the role of Managing Director for Ogilvy Public Relations for the past 8 years. Since joining Ogilvy in 1995, she has accumulated insightful understanding and skills in all arts of communications and has executed hundreds of strategic campaigns to drive clients’ business growth. She has great experience in handling various blue chip international and local clients across industries, from energy, consumer goods, food and nutrition, retail, health, beauty, fashion, IT and corporate communications, as well as cooperation with government agencies and NGOs. Her ongoing mission is to transform businesses towards Modern Marketing, using Ogilvy’s innovative solutions to inspire real change.
Wanramai has been with Ogilvy Thailand since 2005. She was promoted to General Manager of Soho Square, a business unit within Ogilvy Thailand in 2010 before taking on the role of Managing Director in 2012. Throughout her tenure at Ogilvy Thailand, she has dedicated herself to creating effective communications works and making brands matter for clients across industries. Wanramai is well known for her extraordinary skills in client leadership and business consultation . She has been working with industry leading clients in nutrition, health & wellness, as well as technology to overcome business challenges and build stronger brands, using an integrated marketing approach that encompasses advertising, CRM, and digital solutions.
HARTING has announced the appointment of Simon Kwan as Assistant Marketing Communications Manager, Asia Pacific, who has rich experience in the field of sales and marketing of electronics components.
Before joining HARTING, he worked at Hong Kong Telecom as Product Marketing Manager and was the Marketing Supervisor at Omron Electronic Components.