KanokwanBonsey Jaden Thailand announced the appointment of Kanokwan Kaewwanich as the company’s new Creative Director.

Kaewwanich brings a wealth of experience to the table, having been with leading agencies such as BBDO and SOHO Square Bangkok prior to her appointment. She led teams that worked on a slew of clients from various industries like Thanachart Bank, PARK24, Dumex, King Power, Snail White, and TETRAPAK, to name a few, and has already been making waves with Cetaphil, helping to achieve KPIs within the first month and generating a great response for her work with the brand, as well as extending her expertise to Singapore Tourism Board to create awareness and relevance to Thai tourists. With many more projects to add to her portfolio at Bonsey Jaden, Kaewwanich pays close attention to the energy of her team, as she believes this determines the quality of the work that is produced, no matter the size and scope of the project.

Bonsey Jaden Thailand launched in 2015 and has been providing a comprehensive range of digital branding services to a variety of local and multinational brands across Thailand.

derekCITIC Telecom International CPC Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited, announced the appointment of Mr. Derek Ung as the General Manager, Enterprise Sales for Singapore.

In this position, Derek will focus on new strategic initiatives to expand the region's sales and marketing efforts, as well as establish new partnerships to expand its channel.

Derek brings over 20 years of experience selling high-value solutions with a proven track record for building high-performance sales teams in the Asia region. In addition, he has extensive experience in global services management and customer relationships to help reach their organizational objectives. He has proven to be a visionary leader who possesses great insight of the ICT market in ASEAN. Prior to joining CITIC Telecom CPC, Derek held various senior positions at international corporations, including Commercial Director at Biqmind and Global Account Director at BT Global Services. At BT Global Services, he was instrumental in generating new revenue for the company.

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DannyWachsman, a global communications consultancy specialized in blockchain, finance, and emerging technologies, has announced the appointment of Danny Phan as Managing Director, Asia Pacific (APAC) and Jane Fields as Managing Director, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA). With headquarters in Dublin, New York, and Singapore, the appointments strengthen Wachsman’s presence and growth in critical geographic regions.

As Managing Director of Wachsman, APAC, Phan will oversee and lead the strategic growth of the Singapore-based office and the wider region. He is an award-winning communications professional with more than 20 years of experience managing complex, high-stake communication projects across emerging markets within Asia and the United States. Most recently, Phan was the Regional Managing Director for Teneo Singapore and Southeast Asia, and previously held leadership roles at Ogilvy and Burson-Marsteller. Phan was also recognized as one of Asia’s 40 Under 40 by Campaign Asia.

With a focus on global growth, Wachsman welcomes Jane Fields as Managing Director, EMEA. Bringing more than two decades of international experience across multiple sectors and disciplines, Fields previously held the role of Chief Communications Officer for Skype, served on the Board of United Business Media, founded two global communications agencies with clients including Expedia, Facebook, Blackberry, Aviva, Deutsche Bank, and Barclays, was the first female General Manager of Edelman’s PR operations in the Middle East, and served in the global financial services practice at Ernst & Young Management Consultancy.

LisbonEffectivinessLisbon Effectiveness International Advertising Festival announces the winners of this 1st Edition, one of the spin-offs of the already known Lisbon International Advertising Festival.

This festival was created with the purpose to award the campaigns based on its effectiveness, throughout the world. With a recognized internationally jury, this festival distinguishes not only the creativity, but also the strategic decisions behind the campaign.

Energy BBDO was one of the agencies awarded with a Grand Prix. MullenLowe took home two golds, one silver and one Grand Prix. Some of the agencies awarded were R/GA, FCB Lisboa, Mercedes-Benz Portugal and United Creative. These agencies will also have the chance to receive their awards on the Lisbon International Advertising Festival, on the 20th of September, in Lisbon.

logo tangrams spikes 2019 LS 327x80Tangrams Strategy and Effectiveness Awards @ Spikes announced the full jury line-up across five award types including Effectiveness, Media Strategy, Digital Strategy, Data & Analytics and e-Commerce.

The stellar line-up of 79 judges from agencies and brands representing over 20 different industry types will review this year’s entries and award the most effective campaigns at Asia-Pacific’s largest strategy and effectiveness awards.

The recent alignment of the Tangrams Strategy & Effectiveness and Spikes Asia awards entry and judging timeline also makes it easier for entrants to work on submissions for a single piece of work once, rather than multiple times throughout the year. A campaign can be judged and awarded simultaneously for both strategy and effectiveness as well as creative excellence at the Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity in September 2019.

Tangrams Strategy & Effectiveness key dates

Call for entries: 17 April 2019

Early Bird deadline: 12 July 2019

Final entry deadline: 02 August 2019

Tangrams Awards show: 26 September 2019

Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity: 25 to 27 September 2019

Information on all categories, rules, entry fees and the entry kit can be found on

The Tangrams Strategy & Effectiveness @ Spikes Awards 2019 winners will be announced and awarded on 26 September at a dedicated award show to celebrate the best campaigns by strategists and planners in Asia-Pacific.

The 2019 entry kit is available in English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Alisha FernandoIn the spirit of building a workplace culture around the globe that values difference, fosters inclusion and promotes collaboration, Bloomberg has added a talented regional leader to its global Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) team: Alisha Fernando, the company’s new Head of Diversity and Inclusion, APAC.

Based in Hong Kong, Alisha is responsible for driving Bloomberg’s D&I strategy across the region. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Alisha led the development and implantation of the D&I strategy, programs and initiatives at the University of Melbourne. She previously spent most of her career at the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), where she served as the firm’s Inclusion Program Manager. Under her leadership, ANZ won the 2017 business inclusion award from the Migration Council of Australia for its refugee work placement program, and the LGBTI+ employer of the year award from Pride in Diversity.

Alisha’s passion for D&I stems from her personal experiences – her family fled Vietnam in 1982 and was rescued by a Dutch ship in the South China Sea. The ship brought Alisha and her family to Malaysia, where they received refugee status and were granted safe haven to Australia. She has since dedicated her career to advocating for under-represented groups.

In 2018, Alisha was identified as the State of Victoria’s top female emerging talent and was awarded a full scholarship to the Victorian Government’s Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Women’s Leaders Program. This program enables up-and-coming female leaders to obtain the critical skills, networks and experiences required for advancement, empowering them to progress as influential leaders in their communities, sectors and areas of interest.

Geoff ThomasQlik, a leader in data analytics and data integration software, announced the appointment of Geoff Thomas as Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific.

Based in Singapore, Thomas is responsible for leading Qlik’s business and operations for the region with a focus on driving customer success and business growth. He will also be responsible for strengthening Qlik’s go-to-market strategy and execution with channel partners while building out Qlik’s team in the region.

Thomas brings over two decades of experience in helping enterprise customers seize new technologies to drive business growth while building and leading high-performance sales teams across Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Qlik, Thomas held key leadership positions with D2L, Polycom, Juniper Networks and Microsoft and most recently served as Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan at OneLogin.

As data and analytics is a key pillar for many companies’ digital transformation initiatives, the regional market for analytics continues to grow with International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasting revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) solutions to reach US$27.0 billion in 2022 in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan).

Tim LindsayAfter almost ten years as Chairman of D&AD, Dick Powell has decided to step down from the role in September: current CEO Tim Lindsay will take his place.

In addition to his term as Chairman, Powell’s unique contribution to D&AD includes twice serving as President and being a recipient of the President’s Award.

The past decade has seen significant change at the charity. Its industry-leading awards has grown into a truly global celebration of creativity, while the D&AD Festival will this year welcome 3,000 attendees to London’s Truman Brewery from 21-23 May. D&AD has continued to support the next generation of creatives through its thriving New Blood festival, awards and academy, with the Shift programme creating a pathway into the creative industries for those outside traditional academia. For 57 years D&AD stimulates, celebrates and enables creative excellence in design and advertising, in the firm belief that great work always creates better outcomes.

D&AD has appointed the Talent Business to assist in its search for a new CEO.