September 3, 2015

GroupM Asia Pacific announces management changes in South East Asia

GroupM Singapore CEO Jon Thurlow is to step down as CEO GroupM Singapore and take on the role of Chief Operating Officer GroupM Asia Pacific. He will report to Mark Patterson CEO GroupM Asia Pacific in this role and join the GroupM AP Exco.  Jon’s scope in this role will encompass Data and Analytics strategy and products, IT/Technology , GroupM Knowledge , Ad Ops , working with sister WPP group Kantar and a major project around tools and systems. In addition he will advise and help markets with acquisition strategies and integration. He will work closely with all the leaders and communities/teams in GroupM and WPP in the region and WW and help drive adoption, development, capabilities, leadership and revenues in all these areas.

Mark Patterson GroupM Asia Pacific CEO announcing this change commented “It’s a big new role and a very important encompassing several key areas of growth for our group in the region. It’s important we have a senior, experienced and capable leader to champion and manage these connected areas of the business. Jon has done a terrific job in leadership and change management in Singapore and I am very confident he will be able to drive further change and progress quickly and effectively in these areas too.”

Replacing Jon Thurlow in Singapore is Puneet Arora who is currently CEO GroupM Philippines . Arora will now take responsibility for three SEA markets and be based out of Singapore locating there in August. He will manage Singapore and also have sub regional responsibility as Chairman of The Philippines and Thailand. His successor in The Philipinnes will be announced in due course and until that time Puneet will retain his market responsibilities as CEO there.  Thailand will also now be under Arora's remit and Kevin Clarke CEO GroupM Thailand will report to Puneet.

Mark Patterson commented “Puneet has been an outstanding leader in The Philippines. It was our joint country of the year last year. He has a rich tapestry of experience across many markets in AP in local and regional roles and performed well in them all and it’s a real boost for our business to be able to expand his role as we have now.”

Kevin Clarke will expand his remit to be GroupM CEO, Thailand and Myanmar, taking the additional responsibility for GroupM’s development in the emerging Myanmar market. Mark Patterson commented, “Kevin has spent considerable time in Myanmar in the last couple of ears building relationships and getting under the skin of the market as it has opened up. It’s important to formalize that responsibility to accelerate our ventures there."


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