WPP's Connie Chan heads to OMD China to take on CEO role

Media communications agency OMD has appointed Connie Chan as CEO for its operations in China. Prior to joining OMD China, Chan helmed the role of executive director at WPP’s government and public sector practice based in Singapore, where she collaborated with government communicators and public sector clients in strategy, innovation, and capability building. With 25 years of local, regional, and global experience under her belt, Chan is tasked with leading OMD’s three China offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, with oversight on major blue-chip clients such as Apple, Yili, Daimler AG, Estee Lauder and Beiersdorf.

This appointment also comes at the back of a spate of new business wins this year including Lindt & Sprüngli and Daimler. In her new role, Chan will work closely with Claudine Kwek, CEO, Omnicom Media Group China, as well as Stephen Li, APAC CEO, OMD, on chartering the continued growth of OMD in China, as stated by the press release.

Prior to her employment at OMD China and WPP’s Government & Public Sector Practice, Chan was GroupM's MEC’s (now merged as Wavemaker) first chief client officer for APAC where she was responsible for overseeing the agency’s top 10 APAC clients that included Chanel, Tiffany & Co, Mercedes-Benz, Singapore Airlines and Citibank.

Kwek said Omnicom Media Group wanted to find a leader who had the “experience, tenacity and caliber” to successfully steer the OMD business in China, and that it found those characteristics in Chan. “With her extensive experience, coupled with her sharp business acumen, we have the utmost confidence in her ability to build on the success and momentum of the agency,” Kwek added.

Meanwhile, Li said the agency believed in helping clients make better decisions faster through an empathetic understanding of consumer behavior, which was why it felt Chan's “innate sense of people and culture, married with years of rigorous communications experience” was ideal for its needs in China.

“OMD is an agency that believes in helping clients make better decisions faster through an empathetic understanding of consumer behaviour,” said Li. “This is exactly why we feel that Connie’s innate sense of people and culture, married with years of rigorous communications experience is ideal for our needs in China,” he added.

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