Gavin Simpson to return to Malaysia with Ogilvy

Gavin's pic_sml.jpgGavin Simpson is moving from O&M Hong Kong to take up the role of Group Executive Creative Director of Ogilvy Malaysia. Simpson, who has been ECD of the Hong Kong office since June 2007, will replace Daniel Comar who is moving up to a new role as Regional Executive Creative Director of OgilvyAction. The move is effective January 1st, 2010.

Simpson originally joined Ogilvy & Mather Malaysia back in 1991. After a 3-year stint at Naga DDB, Gavin returned to Ogilvy in 2000 and went on to win Malaysia's first Gold & Silver One Show Pencils. In 2002, Ogilvy Kuala Lumpur was ranked the 10th most Creative Agency in Asia by Campaign Brief Asia, and Gavin was ranked the No.1 local creative in 2002 and 2003. After 3 years with Ogilvy & Mather Malaysia, Gavin had stints at Y&R Malaysia and Leo Burnett Indonesia where he transformed both agencies' creative products. In 2005, Gavin joined Ogilvy & Mather Philippines and led the office to win 4As 'Creative Agency of the Year' in 2006.
Ogilvy CEO Zayn Khan said: "After 17 years in the business, Gavin has won numerous local and international awards, including 1 Gold Asian Direct Marketing Award, 6 Silver Spikes at The Asia Media Awards, 3 Silvers and 6 Bronze Clios, 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Cannes Lions, 3 Gold, Silver and 2 Bronze One Show Pencils and several D&AD awards. Gavin is central to our plans to place creativity at the heart of our agency in Kuala Lumpur and will work across the Group on our key brands. He will work closely with senior creative leadership in Advertising, OgilvyAction and OgilvyOne to help to realize the many creative opportunities which we have in Malaysia."

Khan praised the contribution of Comar: "Dani has been with us as Executive Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather Advertising since September 2004. Trying to summarise Dani's enormous contribution to our business is not easy. Under his creative leadership, we have made big strides in Malaysia in terms of business growth, creative quality and effectiveness. Dani's work with big brands has been recognized locally and internationally and is often used as a benchmark of best practice. As a result, Dani is hugely respected by staff and clients alike and will be greatly missed. The good news is that Dani, his wife Nicole and their two beautiful daughters will continue to be based in Kuala Lumpur!"

5 Comments

Anonymous said:

Good one Gav. Looking forward to seeing you back in KL..

Anonymous said:

Good appointment Ogilvy. This will really put pressure on Saatchi and BBDO and others.

Anonymous said:

Good appointment, yes.

Put pressure on Saatchi & BBDO? Not sure about that.

Anonymous said:

Given where O&M KL are at the moment, I think gavin is going to have to spend considerable time putting pressure on O&M KL first.

Alvin Cheah said:

Hi Gav, remember Spud's with Rog and I? I'm so proud of you!!!

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