Initiative has announced the appointment of James Smyllie to the position of President APAC. Smyllie joins from Essence where he held the Senior Vice President, Head of Media APAC role at Essence for the last three years developing the agency’s consultancy and operating models.
Prior to that, Smyllie’s career history included a number of client-facing and product development agency roles including International Client President for Carat leading Microsoft & Standard Chartered.
“As we emerge from a period of flux which has presented both challenges and opportunities for brands and agencies alike; it gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of James Smyllie to President Initiative APAC, as a clear indicator of Initiative’s growing strength and penetration across this region,” said Leigh Terry, CEO of Mediabrands APAC and CEO of Initiative APAC.
“The combination of James’ impressive digital credentials, coupled with award winning creative strategy and complex client insight, arm him with the skills, experience and mindset to champion Cultural Velocity™ positioning for brands across APAC.”
Smyllie will be based in the Initiative regional headquarters in Singapore. He will report jointly to Amy Armstrong, Global CEO of Initiative and Leigh Terry CEO Mediabrands APAC, effective 29th November 2021.
“I am incredibly excited to join Initiative and work with the talented hard-working team to help build some of the world’s fastest moving and digitally advanced brands,” said Smyllie.
“I believe that Initiative, with its Cultural Velocity approach to media, is well positioned to help brands from all categories achieve success in what will be a highly competitive, but also very interesting few years ahead.”
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