Interpublic Group agency Golin has hired Stephen Millikin as Executive Director. Mr Millikin was previously Global Senior PR Director for Steinway & Sons based in New York and prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President at MSLGroup.
With over 20 years of experience Mr Millikin has a proven background in brand building, working in multiple industries including luxury, retail, fashion, auto, airlines and the arts for clients including Emirates, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Brioni, Banana Republic and Mattel. He will be responsible for further developing Golin’s B2C practice which saw significant growth in 2017 through enhanced creative and digital products and services.
Mr Millikin will report directly to Hong Kong Managing Director Jane Morgan. Ms Morgan commented, “It’s taken us quite some time to find a strong consumer lead, and with Stephen, he has the experience and creativity needed to guide our clients forward through what is an increasingly complex time for brands. Having recent global client-side experience means he can empathize with the struggles clients now face, including the pressure to show direct business results from PR and marketing campaigns, and the need for multi-cultural and geo-political guidance.”
Mr Millikin said, “I was originally drawn to Golin because of the obvious passion the team has for their brand partners, as well as the tremendous emphasis the agency places on creativity. Golin’s recent investments in digital and data, not only in Hong Kong, but across the entire global network, will transform the way we service clients and I’m eager to play a part in leading the charge in Hong Kong, and across Asia.”
Mr Millikin’s appointment further strengthens Golin Hong Kong’s leadership team, following the recent hire of Weber Shandwick long-termer, Ben Evetts, as Executive Director, B2B.