Managing Director, Thailandskelly@webershandwick.com
Stuart Kelly brings 20 years of corporate communication and media experience. His background as a senior financial journalist with Bloomberg News in Asia provided the grounding for his more recent award-winning career in media relations, investor communication and crisis & issues management, in both in-house and agency roles.
In 2014 he moved to Bangkok to take up the role of Managing Director of Weber Shandwick in Thailand, fulfilling a long-held ambition to follow through with his close personal connection to the country. He previously led the Corporate & Finance team at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Australia.
Stuart has provided senior strategic counsel for a wide range of multinational and Australian companies, including: Bankwest, BP, EFTPOS Australia, AllianceBernstein, First Data, Toronto Stock Exchange, FP Markets, Brookfield Multiplex, Compass Group, Nuplex, ASG Group, Eaton Vance, Firstfolio and Crescent Wealth among others.
Stuart’s previous roles included Director, Corporate Affairs at iSOFT Group, one of the world’s largest health IT companies, an Account Director at three Sydney-based corporate communications agencies, and a stockbroker at one of Australia’s oldest firms.
As a senior Bloomberg journalist for more than five years, Stuart drove coverage of Asian investment markets both for television and print media. His career began in 1994 at The Star, South Africa’s leading daily newspaper, where for five years he covered a range of beats including the country’s transition from Apartheid to a full democracy.
In 2013 Stuart picked up four major Asian Corporate PR awards for his work, including:
- The gold SABRE for Corporate Image Campaign of the Year (Shanghai)
- PRWeek Asia Certificate of Excellence for Public Affairs Campaign of the Year (Hong Kong)
- PublicAffairsAsia’s Gold Standard Award for Issues Management & Crisis Communications Campaign of the Year (Hong Kong)
- Australian Government Relations Award for Best Corporate Campaign (Canberra)
Stuart is a passionate photographer and home cook. He has for many years enjoyed a close relationship with Thailand through his wife and daughter as well as his involvement with various Thai community organisations in Sydney.