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Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Agency Network Agency of the Year

14 Dec 2017, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore



-621 Days to Final Entry Deadline

Early Entry Deadline: 28 Sept 16
Final Entry Deadline: 5 Oct 16
Shortlist Released: 21 Nov 16


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Awards Presentation & Gala Dinner: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Thursday, 14 Dec 2017
The Agency Network of the Year judging panel will comprise a minimum of five client marketers and senior Campaign editors.
In the first round of judging, judges will review and score entries independently and the scores will be sent directly to PricewaterhouseCoopers to verify the shortlist. The jury will then meet to discuss shortlisted entries in both the people and agency categories.

The judges’ decisions are final. Awards will be made at the discretion of the judges based on a scoring system and no feedback or correspondence will be entered into about the results.

The results will be compiled by PwC.

  • Akira Mitsumasu
    Vice President, Marketing & Strategy Asia & Oceania Region
    Japan Airlines
    Name: Akira Mitsumasu
    Job Title: Vice President, Marketing & Strategy Asia & Oceania Region
    Company: Japan Airlines

    Akira Mitsumasu joined Japan Airlines in 1989, and has previously been responsible in the company for passenger services, network planning, international affairs, business development in China and internal auditing, before taking on the role from June 2014 as VP for marketing and strategy research of JAL's Asian and Oceania region. Akira holds a DBA from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, where his research was on parent and subsidiary relationship of Japanese corporate groups. Akira has been awarded the Greatest Marketing Influencers 2016 by BBC Knowledge, Asia’s Best Marketer 2016 by CMO Asia, Most Influential Global Marketing Leaders 2016 by World Marketing Congress, and Best Leader in Marketing Strategy 2016 by Global Brands Magazine Award.

  • Anindya Dasgupta
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Fonterra Singapore
    Name: Anindya Dasgupta
    Job Title: Chief Marketing Officer
    Company: Fonterra Singapore

    Anindya Dasgupta is the Global CMO for Fonterra Consumer Brands. Andy joined Fonterra in Oct 2014 as the head of the everyday nutrition business, and took on this new role from July 2015. Prior to this, Andy was looking after the Global Beverages business for Pepsico out of their headquarters in New York. Before this, he has commercially headed the Pepsico Foods portfolio for Asia, and has led marketing for Asia Pacific as well. Andy started his career in GlaxoSmithkline, where he did multiple roles across London, Philadelphia and India leading GSK’s Nutritionals brands and portfolio. Andy is an avid motorsports and photography enthusiast. He also runs a Cancer Charity in India funding the cancer treatment of the underprivileged – a charity that he founded in 2009 after his wife succumbed of this disease.

  • Benito Mable
    Vice President & Head, New Opportunities
    Tokio Marine Asia Pte Ltd
    Name: Benito Mable
    Job Title: Vice President & Head, New Opportunities
    Company: Tokio Marine Asia Pte Ltd

    Benito is a seasoned international senior business development and marketing executive leading the implementation of strategic initiatives for Tokio Marine Insurance Group across Asia. His current role spans brand development, marketing management, bancassurance and business transformation with emphasis on harnessing the power of digital to build a customer centric organization. Benito’s professional experience began in 1994 when he managed the American Express partnership for a full service marketing agency and has held progressively senior leadership roles in product management in major retail banks and channel development for insurance companies in Canada, US and Asia Pacific.

  • Cedric Dias
    Head, Digital Marketing Group Marketing , Global Consumer Financial Services
    OCBC Bank
    Name: Cedric Dias
    Job Title: Head, Digital Marketing Group Marketing , Global Consumer Financial Services
    Company: OCBC Bank

    Cedric is currently Head of Digital Marketing and Social Media for the Group Consumer Financial Services at OCBC Bank, tasked with growing the digital footprint, creating meaningful engagements with consumers and meeting online marketing KPI's. The role includes owning/managing the online/social assets as well as building the marketing stack for the bank. Prior to OCBC, Cedric was at Havas Media leading the Digital Business in SG and headed the Socialyse brand in APAC for 4 years. Cedric has honed his Marketing Skills across South Asia and SEA with 10 years of Marketing and P&L experience at Western Union, backed by 4 years of Sales and Marketing with an FMCG in India. One key area that Cedric is passionate about is spreading digital literacy – as part of this, he has been an adjunct lecturer at NUS-ISS and currently is tasked with building digital literacy across OCBC Bank.

  • Karen Seet
    Head of UOB Private Bank, Business Banking & Travel Marketing
    UOB Limited
    Name: Karen Seet
    Job Title: Head of UOB Private Bank, Business Banking & Travel Marketing
    Company: UOB Limited

    Karen Seet is first vice president and head of marketing for UOB’s Private Bank, Business Banking and Travel business segments. Ms Seet spanned 8 years of her career in the credit cards industry, starting in UOB as a product manager. Subsequently she moved within the same space to both Citi and DBS, heading up co-brand cards and leading the launch of Singapore’s first mobile contactless credit card. She moved back to UOB in September 2013 to join the bank’s Group Retail Marketing department where she headed up the Private Bank marketing team. She was in charge of launching Private Bank’s first regional brand campaign, which commercials won acclaim at several advertising awards. In 2015, she took on the Business Banking marketing portfolio and most recently, the head of marketing for UOB’s subsidiary - UOB Travel. Ms Seet holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

  • Kaveri Khullar
    Global Marketing Head Advocacy, Digital and Partnerships
    Name: Kaveri Khullar
    Job Title: Global Marketing Head Advocacy, Digital and Partnerships
    Company: Diageo

    Prior to her global role based out of Singapore, she led the charge of setting up Diageo's luxury vertical in India, delivering category leadership in a span of two years in super premium Scotch and Vodka. Subsequently, she was handed the mandate of consolidating and turning around a highly fragmented international spirits portfolio to outperform competition in all key battlegrounds. Before she left India, it had become the strongest performing business unit for the market with a best practice growth model. When not pushing limits in the boardroom, Kauveri is challenging herself outdoors. Her most recent endeavor was a successful summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and one day, she hopes to have a story to tell, of resilience and of embracing the crazy as she eyes the other six peaks.

  • Prashant Agarwal
    Director, AIA Edge (Group Innovation)
    Name: Prashant Agarwal
    Job Title: Director, AIA Edge (Group Innovation)
    Company: AIA

    A marketer, innovator and connector, Prashant has held senior leadership roles across disciplines. His customer-first orientation enables him to span industries as diverse as packaged goods, technology and insurance, and build brands across direct, retail and online (B2B and B2C). Prashant built Unilever’s rural distribution in north-India, managed Direct Marketing at CapitalOne (USA), was CMO at Genworth (formerly GE Financial), lead APJ Marketing at Dell, and was SVP Marketing at DBS. At AIA he created and runs labs with A*Star and NTU to accelerate AIA’s innovation agenda. He is also an angel investor. Prashant has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an ExecEd Alum from Darden (USA), IMD (Switzerland) and IIM-A (India

  • Rachelle Berges
    APAC Head of Total Brand Experience
    Johnson &Johnson Asia Pacific Consumer
    Name: Rachelle Berges
    Job Title: APAC Head of Total Brand Experience
    Company: Johnson &Johnson Asia Pacific Consumer

    She is currently responsible for driving the IMC Connections and Media agenda through the Johnson & Johnson Marketing teams, network of agencies and partners in the region. The deep integration of consumer insight, analytics and effectiveness metrics into strategy and execution is supporting innovation through learnings and identifying both prevailing and new dynamics that drive business growth and success. Rachelle has a 20 year career in advertising and media and joined Johnson &Johnson Asia Pacific in Singapore in early 2015. She spent 10+ years working agency side on multinational accounts at Ogilvy, Mindshare and Maxus based in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong and 9 years in-house leading both Global and Regional Media Strategy and Trading for Motorola.

  • Vaasu Gavarasana
    Head of Marketing & Digital, IAG Asia
    IAG Asia
    Name: Vaasu Gavarasana
    Job Title: Head of Marketing & Digital, IAG Asia
    Company: IAG Asia

    A former adman, Vaasu Gavarasana is a passionate marketing and digital transformation professional. He stumbled upon the internet in 1994, and since then, has been at the forefront of driving digital innovation and transformation. Vaasu has two entrepreneurial ventures and several intrepreneurial accomplishments under his belt. During his tour of duty in advertising and Yahoo, he positively impacted the many global brands he managed. He melded digital into the overall business strategy. Vaasu cofounded the Asia Content Marketing Association (ACMA) and is on the board of the Wharton Future of Advertising Program. Vaasu has authored a book on digital transformation – Digital Lipstick on a Legacy Pig! He currently leads digital transformation initiatives at IAG Asia (Insurance Australia Group). Vaasu studied at Yale University,USA. And lives in Singapore

  • Venus Teoh
    Marketing Director
    Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore
    Name: Venus Teoh
    Job Title: Marketing Director
    Company: Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore

    Venus assumed her position as Marketing Director at Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore (APB Singapore) in October 2015. As Head of Marketing, Venus is responsible for the development and implementation of long-term category, portfolio and brand strategies in the Singapore market. She leads her team to market all brands managed by APB Singapore, including Tiger Beer, Heineken, Guinness, Strongbow and Desperados. Venus will also be called upon to drive equity across all brands to boost consumer engagement and preference. A seasoned marketer, Venus brings more than a decade of marketing experience to her role at APB Singapore. Over the past 12 years, Venus has worked in Channel Development and Marketing roles at the Asia Pacific regional office, delivering numerous marketing and branding campaigns, launches and development initiatives for key Asian beer brands including Tiger, Bintang, Anchor, ABC Extra Stout and Archipelago.

  • Wendy Walker
    Head of Marketing Global Expansion| Rest of World
    Name: Wendy Walker
    Job Title: Head of Marketing Global Expansion| Rest of World
    Company: Intuit

    Wendy Walker brings more than 20 years of marketing experience spanning a variety of industries and covering all disciplines. As Head of Marketing - Rest of the World for Intuit, she is accountable for leading Intuit's brand and marketing efforts for expansion into new global markets and driving efficient growth across multiple regions. Prior to joining, Wendy was consulting at iflix as Global Director Brand & Content, where she led the development of the iflix brand strategy & execution to drive growth across new markets globally. Wendy also previously held regional positions as chief marketing officer of Manulife, & Mindshare’s chief growth officer for Asia Pacific.



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NOTE: In categories with three or fewer entries, the judges’ scores will decide whether an entry is awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze. This may result in no trophies being awarded in a category.


Creative Network of the Year
Company Award Type
Soames Hines, Ogilvy & Mather Asia-Pacific


Creative Network of the Year
Name Award Type
Soames Hines, Ogilvy & Mather Asia-Pacific