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

13 Dec 2018 – The Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore


0 Days to Final Entry Deadline

Early Bird Deadline: 3 Sept 18
Final Entry Deadline: 9 Oct 18
Shortlist Released: 16 Nov 18


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Awards Presentation & Gala Dinner: Singapore
Thursday, 13 Dec 2018

Your written submission must be submitted on the specified category entry template in no more than 10 single-sided pages of A4 paper. Judges and organiser reserve the right to disqualify an entry if the page limit is not adhered to.

You can download the Entry Kit and Entry Templates from AOY website.

Entries are to be submitted online at via the Enter Now button on the menu bar by 9 October 2018.


Entries and nominations will be accepted from the entire Southeast Asia region. All entries should relate to achievements ONLY during the period 1 October 2017 – 30 September 2018.


Early Bird Entry Deadline: Monday, 3 September 2018, 6pm HK Time (UCT/GMT +8:00)
Normal Entry Deadline: Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 6pm HK Time (UCT/GMT +8:00)


Agency Categories:
Early Bird entry fee for each submission: US$428
Normal entry fee for each submission received after 3 September 2018: US$498

People Categories (Region or Asia-Pacific):
Early Bird entry fee for each submission: US$345
Normal entry fee for each submission received after 3 September 2018: US$415

Agency Network Categories:
Entry fee (only applicable if shortlisted*): US$498
*Shortlist will be announced on 16 November 2018

The Southeast Asia Agency 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.

  • Ajay Mohan
    Marketing Director-CCG, Asia Pacific & Japan
    Intel Technology Asia Pte Ltd
    Name: Ajay Mohan
    Job Title: Marketing Director-CCG, Asia Pacific & Japan
    Company: Intel Technology Asia Pte Ltd

    Ajay is the Head of CCG Marketing for APJ. Ajay has over 18 years of experience, with over 12 years of domain expertise in Information Technology. Besides Information Technology, Ajay has also worked in other industries such as OTC Pharmaceuticals (Cosmetics), FMCG and Advertising.

    Ajay has successfully led teams comprising people from multiple nationalities & backgrounds, in Asia, Europe and Africa. Having worked and lived in India, Singapore and Germany he is fairly conversant with business practices across these regions.

    A powerful belief about business management is encapsulated in a simple credo: Drive Outcomes not Output.

  • Amit Bathla
    VP & Head of Global Cloud Marketing
    Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
    Name: Amit Bathla
    Job Title: VP & Head of Global Cloud Marketing
    Company: Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

    I’m a digital & growth marketer in the enterprise B2B space. Worked for Telecom, Fintech, Insurance and technology sectors. In my current role, I am responsible for global cloud marketing, growth hacking and CPaaS/API community development. Prior to this, I was Head of APAC & China Field Marketing. In this role, I led APAC marketing initiatives and engaged with our partners to execute joint marketing plans and activities.

    My work journey has given me exposure to developed and developing economies and I have professionally worked from locations in USA, India, Malaysia and I am presently based in Singapore.

  • Ann Yang
    CMO - head of brand and marketing
    De Yi Jie home appliances company (Electrolux & Midea JVC)
    Name: Ann Yang
    Job Title: CMO - head of brand and marketing
    Company: De Yi Jie home appliances company (Electrolux & Midea JVC)

    About 20 years experience in brand building, marketing and business management. 16 years with Procter&Gamble camping, 3+ years with Electrolux. A business leader, a marketer, an executive leadership trainer, an award winner, a female leader.

  • Azwar Kamarudin
    Director, Corporate Affairs, Health and Value
     Pfizer (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
    Name: Azwar Kamarudin
    Job Title: Director, Corporate Affairs, Health and Value
    Company:  Pfizer (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

    Azwar holds Bachelor of Science from Duke University, USA with double major in Biology and Political Science. Prior to joining Pfizer Malaysia, Azwar was attached to Ministry of International Trade and Industry as Assistant Director and then with Prime Minister Department Malaysia. She is actively involved with Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (PhAMA), Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) and American Malaysia Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in leading healthcare and intellectual property policy. She was awarded the Beacon of Light Award by ASLI, Ministry of Women and NCWO for her work in representing women in the workplace and corporate Malaysia.

  • Brenda Pek
    Marketing Director
    BMW Asia
    Name: Brenda Pek
    Job Title: Marketing Director
    Company: BMW Asia

    Brenda Pek has over 20-years’ experience in regional Sales and Marketing throughout Asia Pacific with leading multinational companies. She joined the BMW Group in 2007, with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, responsible for Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific for over 8 years, before joining BMW Asia.

  • Cedric Dias
    Head - Digital, Social Media and Product Marketing Group Marketing , Global Consumer Financial Services
    OCBC Bank
    Name: Cedric Dias
    Job Title: Head - Digital, Social Media and Product Marketing Group Marketing , Global Consumer Financial Services
    Company: OCBC Bank

    Cedric heads Digital Marketing for OCBC Bank with responsibility over 4 focus areas: Developing the Marketing-Tech Strategy for the bank, Driving Online Business and Branding, Creating Digital Centre’s of Excellence and Content as a Business Driver. In addition to this role, Cedric is leading the Silver Segment strategy for the bank, and holds the additional portfolio of Product marketing. Cedric is passionate about all things digital and has taken on the additional responsibility of driving the digital marketing training agenda across the bank.

    Prior to joining OCBC, Cedric led the Digital Business for 4 years at Havas Media and launched the Social Media brand, Socialyse in SG. Cedric has honed his Marketing Skills across South Asia and SEA with 10 years of Marketing and P&L experience at Western Union FSI, backed by a Sales and Marketing stint with a top FMCG organization in India.

  • Chaitan Rao
    Marketing Director
    Name: Chaitan Rao
    Job Title: Marketing Director
    Company: FrieslandCampina

    I love growing brands by creating brand stories and building brand experiences that drive trial moments. I am a hybrid brand builder who believes that brands win by building great consumer experiences across moments that matter. Have spent 22 years in Asia, blending the art of brand building with the science of data, digital and technology, to improve marketing ROI. Have led brand transformations on billion dollar brands across Luxury, FMCG, Retail, Insurance, Telco and Banking working with P&G, Diageo, Coke and Unilever. Currently building a brand I have grown to love as Marketing Director for Friso, Singapore.

  • Cheryl Han
    Head of Marketing and Communications
    DHL eCommerce
    Name: Cheryl Han
    Job Title: Head of Marketing and Communications
    Company: DHL eCommerce

    As Head of Marketing and Communications, Cheryl leads all branding, marketing and external communications globally for DHL eCommerce, a business unit of Deutsche Post DHL Group focused on enabling logistics for the e-commerce sector.

    A member of the Asia Pacific Management Board, Cheryl’s portfolio includes digital marketing, advertising, publicity, media relations, internal and external communications for DHL eCommerce.

    Prior to her current role, Cheryl was part of the Corporate Communications and Responsibility Team for DHL Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, supporting all business units in the region.

    Cheryl is an experienced marketing and communications professional and has worked in various international PR and advertising agencies focusing on public relations, creative advertising, media planning and marketing consultancy across various industries including fashion, retail, entertainment, sports and logistics.

    Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics from the National University of Singapore.

  • Christina D. Lao
    Marketing Director
    Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald's Philippines)
    Name: Christina D. Lao
    Job Title: Marketing Director
    Company: Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald's Philippines)

    Over 15 years of experience in the field of Sales and Marketing having worked across various fields such as the Hospitality Industry, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Consumer Health and the Foodservice Industry.

    Christina currently leads the Marketing Team of McDonald’s Philippines overseeing Menu Innovation, Brand Communications, Digital Marketing, Family Marketing and Local Store Marketing.

    She has launched several campaigns for the brand that did not only help in growing the business locally but were also recognized in several global and local awards shows such as the “McDelivery Pin” in 2017, McDonald’s Value Burger campaigns in 2017 and 2016, National Breakfast Day Campaigns since 2015, Chicken McDo Campaigns since 2014 , The Daniel Cabrera “Share the Love” Online Video in 2016, McTollbooth in 2015 and the McSpicy Chicken Burger launch in 2013.

    She was one of the recipients of the 5th Young Market Masters Award for Brand Management in 2010.

    She was a professor at the Worldwide Marketing Hamburger University in Munich, Germany in 2018 and Bangkok, Thailand in 2017.

    She took her Masters in Business Administration from De La Salle Graduate School of Business and graduated with Highest Distinction. Graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration Magna Cum Laude.

    She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Garry and 2 Gen Z Digital Native daughters, Gabrielle and Jessica.

  • Denise Vander Vost
    Marketing Director of International Vision Care
    Bausch & Lomb
    Name: Denise Vander Vost
    Job Title: Marketing Director of International Vision Care
    Company: Bausch & Lomb

    Denise Vander Vorst currently serves as Marketing Director, International Vision Care at Bausch + Lomb. Focused on new product development, she also helps to elevate Bausch + Lomb’s brand relevance internationally and ensures brand consistency in product positioning, communications and consumer touch points. Additionally, Denise provides strategic support on locally-led marketing communications, content production and creation of new assets.

  • Dhiren Amin
    Head of Marketing and R&D, South East Asia
    Kraft Heinz ABC
    Name: Dhiren Amin
    Job Title: Head of Marketing and R&D, South East Asia
    Company: Kraft Heinz ABC

    An experienced FMCG marketer with more than 12+ years of experience in crafting product, communication and innovation mixes with a strong penchant for creating digital-first marketing campaigns.

    Dhiren Amin is the Head of Marketing, SEA for Kraft Heinz, with a commercial responsibility spanning brand management and innovation development. He also oversees the consumer insights, media and activation related activities for the company.

    Since joining the organization in July’16, Dhiren has implemented a number of measures, aimed at improving the business performance and brand equity of the ABC brand in Indonesia, extending across the brand’s full range of products – Soy & Chili Sauce, Ready-to-drink and canned foods.

    Before joining Kraft Heinz, Dhiren worked at Unilever for 3 years as a Global Brand Manager for Vaseline Men, based out of Singapore, where he was involved in the re-launch of the brand in SEA and leading face-care innovations that were aimed at growing the business in the brand’s key markets. Prior to this, he worked as a strategic planner for 8+ years in advertising with his last role being Head of Planning for McCann Mumbai. Dhiren has a passion for digital marketing, evident in his involvement with the Tantangan Sambal ABC, Kecap ABC Recep Perasan Pertama and Vaseline Men “Worst Face Scenario”, all digital-led marketing campaigns.

    Some significant professional achievements:

    1.Listed in Campaign Asia’s “40 under 40” in 2016.

    2. A two-time “Best Presenter” title at the APPIES, a marketing festival that recognizes the best ideas in marketing communications.

    3. Authored a case for Stayfree (Women for Change) that earned a WARC Silver in 2013.

    4.10+ award winning cases at APPIES and EFFIES between 2012 and 2016; as an endorsement of developing marketing mixes that are effective in driving business cases.

    Outside of work, Dhiren is a movie buff, critic fanatic and not-so-regular blogger.

  • Dominic Chew
    Chief Marketing Officer
    CFLD International
    Name: Dominic Chew
    Job Title: Chief Marketing Officer
    Company: CFLD International

    Dominic specialises in branding and strategic marketing with a decade of experience each in agency and client roles. His diverse exposure has given him brand development and management responsibilities across many MNCs, SMEs and academic institutions.

  • Faizol Hardi Zubairy
    Head, Internal Communications & Digital Media
    PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad
    Name: Faizol Hardi Zubairy
    Job Title: Head, Internal Communications & Digital Media
    Company: PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad

    An industry expert with more than 18 years of successful experience in digital marketing. Responsible in the development and delivery of the brand’s digital presence, driving purchasing behavior through the use digital techniques, including emerging platforms and technologies.

    Passionate about digital marketing, a proponent of integrated marketing communication strategy to drive greater values for brands.

    He is currently the Head of Internal Communication & Digital Media at PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad, the domestic marketing arm of PETRONAS and Malaysia's leading retailer and marketer of downstream oil and gas products. His primary role is to shape, safeguard and service the brand to drive strong brand presence online and lead internal communications strategy to ensure employees are kept informed, engaged and motivated.

  • Gavin Gollogley
    Head of Digital, Asia
    Sun Life Financial Asia
    Name: Gavin Gollogley
    Job Title: Head of Digital, Asia
    Company: Sun Life Financial Asia

    Gavin currently works for Sun Life Financial as Head of Digital, Asia. He is responsible for strategic direction and guidance on the Digital portfolios of Marketing, Experience and Distribution, as well as the Data & Analytics CoE. He has over 25 year’s experience in media, publishing and insurance industries, with a deep understanding on how digital transformation can create opportunities and solve challenges. His roles have been with several large multi-discipline, multi-location teams in global corporates, supporting strategic priorities. He previously worked for AIA Group.

  • Graham Lim
    Vice President, Marketing
    F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd
    Name: Graham Lim
    Job Title: Vice President, Marketing
    Company: F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd

    A brand development and marketing professional with 19 years of working experience in food & beverage industry in ASEAN (mainly Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines & Indonesia). Experience includes brand strategizing, positioning, new product and portfolio development, brand re-launch as well as project management with exposure in commercial business development.

    Specialties include Brand Development, Brand Rejuvenation, Sensorial Branding, Integrated Marketing & Copy Campaign and Brand Equity Building & Tracking.

  • Helen Hidvegi
    Head of Marketing, Asia, Oceania and Africa
    Nestlé Purina Petcare
    Name: Helen Hidvegi
    Job Title: Head of Marketing, Asia, Oceania and Africa
    Company: Nestlé Purina Petcare

    Helen Hidvegi is Head of Marketing at Nestle Purina Petcare for the Asia, Oceania and Africa with responsibility for portfolio management, product innovation and brand communications to drive growth and profitability. A seasoned marketer with more than 20 years of experience in Sales, E-Commerce, Digital Marketing, Communications, Brand Management, Advertising and Emerging Markets across various categories in Food and Beverage, Hair Care, Home & Personal Care, Chocolates, Baby Care and Pet Care. She loves a challenge, pushing boundaries, thrives in diversity and the opportunities of the emerging markets.

  • Jackson Sim
    Cluster Director of Digital Marketing (JW Marriott, St. Regis & W Singapore)
    Marriott International
    Name: Jackson Sim
    Job Title: Cluster Director of Digital Marketing (JW Marriott, St. Regis & W Singapore)
    Company: Marriott International

    Jackson Sim has more than 5 years of experience in leading digital marketing functions in the hospitality industry and is currently the Cluster Director of Digital Marketing for the luxury cluster of JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, The St. Regis Singapore and W Singapore – Sentosa Cove — top-tier hotels with 634, 299 and 240 rooms respectively.

    In his role, he heads the digital marketing cluster team of the three properties, manages and oversees key roles such as strategies for internal and external web channels, online brand management, content creation, marketing and amplification, social and influencer engagement, organic and paid search marketing.

    Throughout his tenure, Jackson has successfully increased the hotels’ online presence and continues to drive brand visibility in various online channels. His passion, pride and dedication in his work have been clearly exhibited in his outstanding performance. In 2016, he was a finalist for The Hotelier Awards’ Marketing Communications Hotelier of the Year.

    He strongly believes in the equal importance of balancing digital strategies in driving web revenue, marketing communications in managing brand awareness, and social media in optimising reach and engagement. A highly motivated individual who believes in lifelong learning, he was recently a graduate of the Management Development Programme in Asian Hospitality at the Nanyang Technological University.

  • Jean Jer
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Pizza Hut
    Name: Jean Jer
    Job Title: Chief Marketing Officer
    Company: Pizza Hut

    Driven by her passion in discovering consumer insights and delivering meaningful products and services to consumers, Jean has been enjoying her marketing career in various reputable local and multinational food & beverage companies in past 20 years.

    Her vast experiences spread across different industries, in both local and regional roles, covering 15 years in FMCG, 2 years in Oil & Gas, and present 2 years in F&B Retail. Some of these renowned companies are Yeo Hiap Seng, Dutch Lady, KraftFoods/Mondelez, Petronas Lubricants International, Pizza Hut.

    Key milestones for Jean in her career have always been building strong team, turning around the brands and strengthening leadership position for the brands, like Dutch Lady, Biscuits Portfolio in Mondelez (Oreo, Jacob’s, Chipsmore, Tiger), and now, Pizza Hut.

  • Jennifer Madrid
    Managing Editor – U-Studio Singapore (Unilever’s in-house Digital Creative Agency)
    Unilever Asia Pte. Ltd
    Name: Jennifer Madrid
    Job Title: Managing Editor – U-Studio Singapore (Unilever’s in-house Digital Creative Agency)
    Company: Unilever Asia Pte. Ltd

    Born and raised in Manila, Jean has worked in Unilever for almost 12 years already, traversing from Sales, Local Brand Building and Regional Marketing. Currently she is not leading Unilever’s in-house creative digital agency mostly working on Global Brands housed out of the Singapore office. She is also a mother of 2 kids under 3, a wife to an entrepreneur and in her past life was an avid scuba diver.

  • John-Chad Sotelo
    General Manager
    Name: John-Chad Sotelo
    Job Title: General Manager
    Company: Electrolux

    Chad is an experienced marketing professional, having spent the last 13 years in Marketing in P&G, L’Oreal, and Samsung Electronics. Prior to that, he spent 5 years in management consulting in Communications and High Technology as well as in Finance. He transitioned to General Management this year as he was appointed the President and General Manager for Electrolux Philippines.

    Chad has driven significant business growth behind award winning marketing campaigns and is an expert on turning around declining businesses into profitable growth engines. From consumer goods to beauty to consumer electronics, his depth of experience on achieving success is founded on one key principle: the consumer is boss.

  • Laura Ashton
    Managing Director
    Xunama: Growth-as-a-Service for Startups
    Name: Laura Ashton
    Job Title: Managing Director
    Company: Xunama: Growth-as-a-Service for Startups

    Laura Ashton is known as a global brand builder, a digitally-savvy, strategic business problem-solver and innovator, trusted advisor and inspiring leader and coach.

    She leads Xunama, delivering growth-as-a-service for startups. Xunama provides “fractional ownership” of CMOs and flexible teams and resources depending on the J-curve stage of the startup, and shares risk with the most promising ventures.

    Laura rose to lead Marketing across Asia Pacific for some of the world’s most prominent consumer, industrial and professional services brands.

    She is an experienced listed company Board director. Her board focus includes digitalization, operational transformation, emerging markets expansion, key account growth and diversity & inclusion.

    Laura coaches and mentors young and mid-career colleagues, with special attention to emerging female talent.

  • Lavanya Wadgaonkar
    Vice President, Communications, Asia & Oceania
    Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co. Ltd.
    Name: Lavanya Wadgaonkar
    Job Title: Vice President, Communications, Asia & Oceania
    Company: Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co. Ltd.

    As vice president for Asia and Oceania, Lavanya leads Nissan’s communications efforts across the region covering mature, mass and emerging automotive markets. Reporting to the head of the region, she is responsible for strategic communications planning, knowledge dissemination and outreach to the key audiences that Nissan seeks to influence.

    With more than twenty four years of experience in the field across various industries, including automotive, manufacturing, energy, infrastructure and IT, Lavanya has a proven track record in formulating and executing strategic marketing, communications, brand management and CSR plans.

    Prior to this role, Lavanya was vice president of communications and CSR for Nissan Motor India. Earlier, she held a number of leadership roles and had been instrumental in establishing and integrating strong communications and marketing functions for global organizations like Eaton Corporation and Lexmark International in India.

    Lavanya is a multi-faceted individual who has won two national awards from the Prime Minister of India for her radio documentaries as producer and script writer. She was a co- publisher of a book of stories in translation on women empowerment and has several academic papers to her credit on the language of visual art and cinematic narration. She also strongly believes in individual social responsibility and volunteers at many NGOs dedicated to eradicating child labor, environmental issues and promoting Indian heritage and culture.

    Lavanya holds a PhD and MPhil from Osmania University, India, with specific focus on the language of cinema in India and its effectiveness in representing socio-economic issues.

  • Maria Yolanda C. Crisanto
    Senior Vice President
    Globe Telecom, Inc.
    Name: Maria Yolanda C. Crisanto
    Job Title: Senior Vice President
    Company: Globe Telecom, Inc.

    Yoly is the Corporate Communications Group Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of the number one mobile company in the Philippines - Globe Telecom Inc.

    She finished AB Communication Arts at the University of Santo Tomas with an MBA from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. She is a member of the Asia Pacific Association of Communications Directors (APACD), and Public Relations Society of the Philipiines. She became the first Filipino to be recognized with a C4F Davos Award by winning the Ideas of the Future-Personal category under the Start-up and Technology Categories. She was also recognized by PRWeek as one of the 500 most influential people in the global PR industry for three straight years from 2015 to 2017. She served as judge to the following: PR Week Asia Awards 2014-2017, Marketing PR Awards 2015-2017, Boomerang Awards 2017, APAC Effie Awards 2016-2018, PR Week Global 2018.

    A Marketing and Corporate Communications Executive with over 30 years solid experience in Integrated Marketing Communications, her expertise lies in Strategic Communications for Corporate, Brand, and Crisis Communications. She handles stakeholder relations involving employee culture development through Internal Communications, media and government relations, as well as the company’s corporate social responsibility and Sustainability programs.

  • Mikey Rivera
    Marketing Director- RB Health Vietnam
    Reckitt Benckiser
    Name: Mikey Rivera
    Job Title: Marketing Director- RB Health Vietnam
    Company: Reckitt Benckiser

    Mikey is the Marketing Director for RB Health, Vietnam, and is responsible for the growth of its business and building its brands like Enfa, Durex, Strepsils and Gaviscon. His particular focus is to improve these brands’ interaction and relationships with their consumers via digital and CRM.

    He has almost 20 years of Marketing experience and expertise in many fields such as FMCG, Nutrition, OTC and Telecom. Prior to his current role, Mikey was assigned in different country roles in Philippines, UK, as well as Regional roles in Singapore.

  • Nikhil Rao
    Regional Marketing Director AMEA
     Mondelez International
    Name: Nikhil Rao
    Job Title: Regional Marketing Director AMEA
    Company:  Mondelez International

    I am currently the Regional Marketing Director for Gum & Candy for the APAC, Middle East and Africa regions at Mondelēz International looking after the Equity and Innovation on Brands such as Stride, Halls, Trident, Clorets, The Natural Confectionery Company, Sour Patch Kids etc. Prior to this I led Marketing for Chocolates in the region, led the Cadbury Brand globally and prior to that did several stints in Marketing and Sales in India.

    I have worked across India, Zurich, London and now Singapore in my 20 years as a marketer. I have been privileged to work on and lead several award winning pieces of content and design across AME, IPA, Cannes, DNAD, Pentawards and Effies.

    On the fun side, I am an avid Skier. I love running and coach my kids in tennis. I love traveling, Cinema, cooking and reading.

  • Nikhil Tivary
    Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific
    Johnson & Johnson Vision
    Name: Nikhil Tivary
    Job Title: Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific
    Company: Johnson & Johnson Vision

    Nikhil’s career is defined by helping brands ‘Do well by doing good’. As the Marketing head for J&J’s Vision business in the region, he is most excited at the potential a clear vision can bring to the everyday life of population around the region.

    With 16+ years of experience that spans global and regional leadership roles – Nikhil has worked across Asia & Europe, having successfully turned around businesses both in Developed and Developing markets by launching relevant product and communication mixes. Before J&J, he was part of the Global team on Unilever’s ‘Dirt is good’ brand. The counter intuitive has helped the business grow multiple folds since its inception.

    Nikhil has successfully built brands across the globe through consumer centricity, championing innovation, creating purposeful brands and using social with BIG data to build relationships. He is passionate about bringing alive a unique point of view of brands and creating brand experiences that truly elevate the role a brand plays in a consumer’s life. His passion lies in developing and deploying products and ideas that add real value to people’s live.

  • Sanjeev Kapur
    Chief Marketing Officer, Asia
    MetLife Asia Ltd
    Name: Sanjeev Kapur
    Job Title: Chief Marketing Officer, Asia
    Company: MetLife Asia Ltd

    Sanjeev Kapur joined MetLife in May 2017 as Chief Marketing Officer for the Asia region. He is responsible for driving impactful consumer-focused strategies that will accelerate MetLife transformation to a more modern, purposeful and digital company. He will also lead the charge in building and delivering differentiated customer value propositions to drive business growth.

    Over his 20 year career, he has held various P&L management roles including sales, online distribution, marketing and product management. Prior to joining MetLife, he was the Regional Head of Marketing and Digital sales at Citibank across 17 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle-East & Africa.

    He holds a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology and is a distinguished alumnus from the XLRI - Xavier School of Management in Jamshedpur, India from where he holds an MBA in marketing and finance.

  • Urara Takeuchi
    Regional Brand Director
    Glico Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
    Name: Urara Takeuchi
    Job Title: Regional Brand Director
    Company: Glico Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

    Marketing professional with 10+ years of FMCG brand marketing in Procter & Gamble / Glico, and 5 years of corporate communication & B to B branding in Hitachi.

    Having wide range of experience and mastery, from the upstream to downstream on brand/innovation/business strategy and model design to go to market strategy, and covering more than 10 countries across Asia Pacific, stationed in Japan and in Singapore.

  • Vishwanath Ramaswamy
    Senior Director, Oral Care & Wound Care
    Johnson & Johnson
    Name: Vishwanath Ramaswamy
    Job Title: Senior Director, Oral Care & Wound Care
    Company: Johnson & Johnson

    Vishy has spent the past 14 years working in several large MNCs across local, regional and global marketing roles across several key Asia Pacific markets. He started his career in P&G working across several brands like Vicks, Metamucil, Pampers, Pantene and Rejoice. Post that, he worked at GSK in a global marketing capacity on the brand Panadol. Currently, he is the Senior Marketing Director for Asia Pacific for the Oral Health & Wound care categories at Johnson & Johnson.

    He is passionate about purpose-led brand building and believes that brands should act as social though leaders.

  • Vivek Pareek
    Global Brand Manager – Shell Lubricants
    Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd         
    Name: Vivek Pareek
    Job Title: Global Brand Manager – Shell Lubricants
    Company: Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd         

    Vivek leads Shell Helix Brand (Car Engine Oil) & Shell Advance Brand (Motorcycle Engine Oil). He is passionate about brands and strongly believes that Brands that add authentic value to consumers, customers are rewarded with great financial results. He has developed the brand purpose and multi-year brand communications platforms for Shell Helix & Shell Advance. He collaborates with well known brand partners like Ferrari, BMW and Ducati. He has also worked on Brand Partnership like Chinese Super League.

    His background is in Brand Communications and Innovations. His past experience is in Unilever on Brands like OMO, Surf etc. He has lived in more than 5 countries (Singapore, China, UK, France and India). He is married and has a 2 year old daughter.

  • Yvonne Tey
    Marketing Director
    Under Armour
    Name: Yvonne Tey
    Job Title: Marketing Director
    Company: Under Armour

    Yvonne has over 20 years of regional marketing experience. She is currently the Marketing Director of UA Sports (SEA) overseeing all aspects of brand, retail and wholesale marketing. UA Sports is still in the growth phase having been in the region only in the last five years. The brand is still in his educational and expansion phase.

    She holds a Master’s degree with the City University of New York.



Entry Number Shortlisted Agency/Network


Entry Number Shortlisted Agency/Network Nominee
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

Zamir Khan

AOY Awards Team