Weber Shandwick Bolsters Singapore Leadership Team; Names Christina Cheang Chairman and Vanessa Ho Nikolovski Sole Managing Director
SINGAPORE, 26 November, 2013 – Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global public relations firms, today announced senior leadership appointments to further bolster the firm’s growth in Singapore. Christina Cheang has joined the firm as chairman of its Singapore operations. Additionally, Managing Director Vanessa Ho Nikolovski will now have full oversight of the Singapore office, as former co-Managing Director Margaret Cunico assumes a President (Emeritus) position.
Cheang joins Weber Shandwick after a five-year tenure as regional managing director, Singapore and Southeast Asia, at sister agency GolinHarris. There she was recognised for her outstanding contributions to the agency group in Southeast Asia. A journalist by trade, she is charged with providing senior strategic council, developing new business opportunities, and fostering talent within the Singapore team.
In addition to leading the day-to-day operations of the office, Ho Nikolovski will drive business opportunities for new and existing key clients. Since joining the firm in 2001, she has managed large multinational programs for global clients and led integrated award-winning campaigns across markets and disciplines. She will continue in her regional role to spearhead key multi-market client relationships for the firm.
Both Cheang and Ho Nikolovski will report to Baxter Jolly, vice-chairman, Asia Pacific. These appointments are effective as of December 1.
“As we welcome Christina to the Weber Shandwick team, this is clearly an exciting time for us in Singapore. Vanessa and Margaret have done an exceptional job co-leading the team over the past two years, but their contributions to Weber Shandwick have actually spanned decades,” said Weber Shandwick Asia Pacific Chairman Tim Sutton. “It’s a testament to Margaret’s dedication that, after 22 years with the firm, she is committed to continuing her work in supporting our key clients. Vanessa’s strengths in driving successful results for both the firm and our clients will serve her well as she takes on full leadership responsibilities.”
Weber Shandwick is one of the largest public relations firms in Singapore and is consistently recognised for driving creative campaigns for clients across sectors. The agency was also the most awarded at the bi-annual PRISM Awards, organised by the Institute of Public Relations Singapore.
About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations firm with offices in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of thinkers, strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative approaches and impactful work, including four 2013 Cannes Lions. Weber Shandwick was also named PR Week’s International Consultancy of the Year, The Holmes Report’s Best Healthcare Consultancy in the World and Asia Pacific Digital Consultancy of the Year in 2013, in addition to earning numerous best place to work accolades. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com or http://www.webershandwick.asia.