CEO and Chief Creative Officer named at mcgarrybowen China
05 Jan 2015
Shanghai – January 5, 2015 – Dentsu Aegis Network has announced today the appointment of Simone Tam as CEO and Jeffry Gamble as Chief Creative Officerof mcgarrybowen China. The appointments will take effect from January 6,2015 and both will be based in Shanghai.
Simone will be responsible for the overall operation and client management of mcgarrybowen China, further developing its capabilities and driving new business development to continuously build the organization. She will report to Phil Teeman, Group Managing Director Dentsu Aegis Network China. Working closely with and reporting to Simone, Jeffry will oversee all creative works, mentor and guide the team to bring mcgarrybowen’s creativity to the next level in China. He will also be on the Dentsu Aegis Network Regional Creative Council and Global Creative Galaxy.
“As the leading digital player in China, creativity is one of the key pillars in Dentsu Aegis Network China’s strategy to deliver innovative solutions to our clients. mcgarrybowen is one of the most successful agency start-ups and, since its launch in Shanghai in 2012, we have had an unrelenting commitment to build it into a top creative agency in Asia,” said Phil Teeman, Group Managing Director Dentsu Aegis Network China, ”Attracting top talent like Simone and Jeffry will enable us to speed up the realization of those ambitions. Both with a challenger mindset, Simone and Jeffry have collaborated seamlessly in the past. Their proven success in building an agency to become top in terms of creativity and effectiveness will add tremendous value to power mcgarrybowen forward in the market. I am thrilled to welcome Simone and Jeffry into the Dentsu Aegis Network family.”
Simone has over 20 years of experience in the advertising industry in Hong Kong, Shanghai and San Francisco. Prior to joining Dentsu Aegis Network, Simone was President & CEO DDB Group Hong Kong & Guangzhou. Simone has ranked in the top 5 Greater China Agency Heads for the last two consecutive years. Consistently ranked as one of the top creative leaders in the market, Jeffry brings to mcgarrybowen more than 20 years of experience, predominantly at DDB Hong Kong & Guangzhou, where he served as Chief Creative Officer and was also a member of the Regional Executive Creative Council.
The partnership between Simone and Jeffry has been formidable. They have won numerous international and regional creative and effectiveness awards, including Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Spikes, Adfest, Effies and AME. Under their leadership, DDB Group Hong Kong has been ranked as the leading agency in town. Between them, they have worked across a wide spectrum of world-class brands such as Levi Strauss, Kraft, SC Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, Ray Ban, Wrigleys, McDonald’s, Unilever, Philips and Energizer.
Gordon Bowen, mcgarrybowen co-founder said, “mcgarrybowen’s success lies in focusing on what is right for our clients and helping them solve their business challenges. We welcome Simone and Jeffry who share the same beliefs with us. With the digital prowess and innovative nature of Dentsu Aegis Network, we will have an agency that can create truly powerful solutions for our clients.”
“We are very excited and delighted to join mcgarrybowen and to drive great success for the agency. Under the big umbrella of Dentsu Aegis Network, we believe that mcgarrybowen China offers our clients the scale and the resource of a global network, as well as the agility, creativity and the entrepreneurial attitude of a boutique agency.” Simone commented.