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DAN promotes Asia leadership to global positions

Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific has made numerous changes to the global and APAC leadership team that will take effect from January 2018.

After two successful years in Singapore, Takaki Hibino will return to Tokyo as Executive Officer of Dentsu Inc. Mr Hibino will manage global business development from Tokyo working with Dentsu Aegis Network’s leadership and client teams.

Commenting on his move, Mr Hibino said, “It’s been an incredible experience working with the great depth of talent at Dentsu Aegis Network globally through my role leading Dentsu and dentsu X. Although I will be based in Tokyo, I am committed to drive further collaboration between Dentsu Inc and Dentsu Aegis Network. It will also pave the way for fresh new talent to step into the agency brand leadership roles, to drive growth and continue to disrupt our clients’ businesses in a positive way.”

Following Mr Hibino’s move, Mitsuyuki Nakamura will be promoted to Global and Asia Pacific President of dentsu X and Dick van Motman will be promoted to Global and Asia Pacific President of Dentsu creative agencies, succeeding Masahiko Hibi the current Global President of Dentsu creative agencies who will retire at the end of this year. The moves will bring new leadership with strong credentials to the helm of two global agency networks.

Motohiro Yamagishi, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network China, will move back to Tokyo to take on the role of Executive Officer in charge of domestic client relations and will be succeeded by Phil Teeman. Mr Yamagishi has been leading the business in China for over three years. During this time Mr Teeman was Managing Director of Dentsu Aegis Network China and represents a seamless leadership transition.

Masaya Nakamura, newly promoted Executive Officer at Dentsu Inc., will join the team in Singapore. He will be appointed Global and Asia Pacific Executive Client President for Dentsu Aegis Network, focused on expanding relationships with homegrown Japanese and key global clients. With over 27 year of experience leading global and local clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, McDonalds and Bridgestone Corporation in Japan, he will bring in a wealth of global and local client knowledge, relationships and expertise for further growth.

Nick Waters CEO Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific said, “The moves announced today represent strong continuity planning and close collaboration between Dentsu Inc. and Dentsu Aegis Network, providing stability for our clients and growth opportunities for our people. Hibino-san has been, and will continue to be, a great contributor to the Dentsu Aegis Network business and the appointments of Phil, Masaya, Mitsuyuki and Dick to their respective roles enables us to build on the momentum within the Dentsu agencies. I thank Yamagishi-san for his contribution to the business in China.”

Mr Motman’s successor as CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Southeast Asia will be announced in due course.