Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Advertising agency FCB Malaysia has announced a slew of creative promotions, namely Wang Ie Tjer, the new head of creative, Jonathan Chan and James Voon, the new associate creative directors, Megan Ong and Wong Ching Sin, the new senior copywriters, and Ahmad Hafidz, the new senior art director.

Headlining the new creative promotions and hires is Tjer, who had previously held the title of creative director at FCB Malaysia. He has been a member of the agency’s senior team since 2018, and his consistent delivery has been integral to FCB’s continuing success in Malaysia. In his new role, Tjer will be leading a creative team of 30, spearheading the creative efforts on key clients and new businesses, while also representing the agency as a thought leader at industry events and media engagement.

Explaining why the agency decided to double down on its creative talent, Shi Ping Ong, FCB’s co-owner and CEO, shared that coming out unscathed and profitable after two difficult years of the pandemic speaks volumes of the people in the agency and their grit and tenacity during adversity, and they are now in a fortunate position to return the commitment by investing in their future.

“Why Tjer? Because he is very, very good! Since becoming part of the team, Tjer has always been putting his head down to focus on nothing but doing great work, and his can-do approach to even the most challenging tasks has honed him to become a true leader who the folks in the agency can always look to for inspiration and guidance,” said Ong.

In addition to the promotions, the agency has also made numerous new creative hires, including Suah Boon Chuan, the new associate creative director, Amin Taib, the new senior AV producer, Lim Poh Yeng, the new senior art director, and Muhammad Fadhli, the new senior graphic designer, as well as Tan Lai Kuen and Muhammad Syamim, the new graphic designers.

“If there’s one positive that we can take out from this pandemic, it’s that we’re certain that the future of FCB Malaysia is in very, very good hands,” said Ong.

Melbourne, Australia – Marketing communications agency Clemenger BBDO in Melbourne has announced new hires for their creative department namely Huei Yin Wong as senior art director, alongside Ellie Dunn and Tom Vizard as senior copywriters.

Huei joins from Ogilvy where she was responsible for work across a range of clients including AAMI, Mondelez to name a few.

Meanwhile, Ellie brings over a decade of experience to the role as she returns to Clemenger BBDO Melbourne following a stint at Leo Burnett.

Lastly, Tom, who is joining from Thinkerbell, had the privilege of working with a range of iconic brands including Tourism Australia, Vegemite, Jeep and AFL. When he’s not working on iconic Australian brands, Tom can be found tutoring at the online creative course platform AWARD school and producing short films.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Huei, Ellie and Tom join the team. Each brings proven award-winning thinking, a truly diverse set of skills and a wonderfully irresponsible outlook towards what’s possible. Most importantly, each has the ambition to help lead where the agency is heading next,” said Jim Curtis, executive creative director at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne.

Clemenger BBDO has recently appointed Scott Balalas as the agency’s general manager for their Carlton & United account, following their campaign with beer brand Victoria Bitter.

Singapore – Advertising agencyTBWA\ Singapore has announced that it is welcoming a new lineup of creative talents in the company to boost their creative discipline.

Loo Yong Ping joins the company as creative director, where he brings over 10 years of experience across multi-platform and integrated work and has won almost every creative award in the industry. Ping has worked with global agencies Ogilvy and Tribal DDB, media companies BBC and Fox International, and for brands which include HSBC, McDonald’s, Twitter, and SingTel.

Angie Featherstone, a copywriter, and Eirma Webster, an art director, join the company as creative directors. Featherstone and Webster bring diverse skills from global agencies BBH, Leo Burnett, and McCann Erickson, with work spanning across brands like IKEA, Mastercard, Axe, Levi’s, SK-II, and Vaseline.

Meanwhile, Fernanda Machado joins TBWA\ Singapore as senior creative. With 15 years of experience across South and North America in agencies Africa Brazil, David The Agency, and Leo Burnett Detroit, Fernanda brings copywriting, craft, and motion graphics across work that has been recognized at well-known award shows.

The expansion of the team will also see new art directors namely Chris Leow and Zachary Desker joining the company. Leow has a hybrid background in video editing and motion graphics, which has led to his work on a broad spectrum of integrated campaigns which include ‘JollieEverAfter’, ‘Virtual Sentosa’, and ‘Absolut It’s In Our Spirit’.

Lastly, Amanda Devarajan and Yashanti Yap are welcomed as new copywriters. Devarajan has built a portfolio of conceptual writing and highly impactful work across PR, integrated, and film spanning agencies, and has worked recently with Ogilvy Singapore. Meanwhile, Yap, who recently worked with BBH Singapore, brings into the company her copywriting and motion graphic skills which are evident across her work.

Speaking about the new hires, Andy Grant, ECD at TBWA\ Singapore said, “In true TBWA\ style we’ve found the most unique ‘Pirates’ out there. I’m thrilled to have this diverse and skilled talent on board who are all disrupting creativity in their own way. I’m looking forward to them helping us achieve our goal of creating world-class work for our incredible roster of clients.” 

In February, the agency also announced the elevation of its former managing partner Mandy Wong to take the helm as the new managing director.