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Dentsu Aegis appoints SK Biswas as Indonesia CEO

Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia has appointed SK Biswas, Chief Operating Officer of Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia, to succeed industry veteran Harris Thajeb as CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia. Mr Thajeb will move into the role of non-executive Chairman and continue to work closely with Mr Biswas focusing on local stakeholder relationships.

Mr Biswas, who was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia in September 2016, has over 25 years’ experience in the communications industry, more than half of which are in senior leadership positions in emerging markets, managing creative, media and digital agencies. He will report directly to Dick van Motman, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Southeast Asia.

“Whilst we were plotting acceleration of growth in Indonesia especially with the recent addition of Dwi Sapta group, both Pak Harris and I agreed that one of the key imperatives is to have this 900-strong team spearheaded by the next generation of leadership. We both identified Biswas as the perfect candidate for this task given his convergent experience, energy level and deep knowledge of the local market. I could not ask for a better transition and leadership evolution having the old and the new guards partner so maturely and closely,” said Mr van Motman.

Mr Thajeb, non-executive Chairman of Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia, said, “In the last few months, Biswas has proven himself considerably in his role as Chief Operating Officer. At Dentsu Aegis Network, we’ve always had a focus on talent and I’m confident of Biswas’ ability to ensure that we will power through the next phase of growth in the market, bringing not just scale but greater innovation and differentiation to our businesses and clients.”

“Pak Harris is a mentor and inspiration. He built a strong presence in Indonesia over the last 20 years in the company from the first Dentsu Group Indonesia to Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia, as we know today. As we step up our commitment in this exciting and fast-evolving market, I am honoured and look forward to working with Pak Harris to evolve our offering in the region,” said Mr Biswas.