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Dentsu Aegis Network Announces Key Leadership Promotions for Asia Pacific

30 Aug 2017

Dentsu Aegis Network today announces that Kristian Barnes has been promoted to the role of Regional Chief Client Officer for Dentsu Aegis Network and Duncan Pointer will succeed Kristian moving into the role of CEO of Vizeum Asia Pacific. Kristian will turn his focus to the further development of the group’s client centric approach, while Duncan will focus on the continued growth of Vizeum in his new role leading the business.

Nick Waters, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific, said: “We need to keep evolving our structures and service offering to keep fully focused on providing the right product and solutions to our clients from across the group. The newly created role of Chief Client Officer is designed to strengthen the way we work with our clients, to help them grow their brands and business.  Kristian is a strong operator who will ensure we provide the right capabilities to support our clients. 

Duncan has done a superb job working with Kristian to grow Vizeum. He has built a very strong regional leadership team providing high quality solutions to clients, earning this promotion, and provides excellent continuity as Kristian transitions roles.”

Kristian has been CEO for Vizeum for four years, and in that time it has become one of the fastest growing media agencies in Asia Pacific. He is a successful entrepreneur and transformer of businesses, with over 25 years’ experience in the UK, Australia and Asia Pacific, and has a unique understanding of the communications industry.                                      

Kristian Barnes, Chief Client Officer of Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific, said: “The speed of disruption by the digital economy is accelerating, and complexity for clients growing. I am looking forward to mobilizing our unique operating model and incredible people to help our clients gain competitive advantage in this complex environment.”

Duncan has over 15 years’ experience working in the UK, Vietnam, Australia and Singapore. He has worked within Dentsu Aegis Network for over six years – starting at Carat London, before moving to Singapore in 2013 for the role of Managing Director of Vizeum Asia Pacific. In addition to his role at Vizeum, Duncan has also helped shape Dentsu Aegis Network’s programmatic and mobile offering.                                                                          

Duncan Pointer, CEO of Vizeum Asia Pacific, said: “The business in Asia Pacific has grown exponentially; we’ve built a leadership team of specialist talent to deliver great work for our clients. As a team, we will continue to explore new technology empowered ways to communicate, leverage analytics and the creative application of media to accelerate business growth for our clients.” 

These appointments are effective immediately.

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For further information contact:
Pei Xuan Lim                                            
Regional Communications Associate Director
Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific
T: +65 6501 1693

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About Dentsu Aegis Network
Part of Dentsu Inc., Dentsu Aegis Network is made up of ten global network brands - Carat, Dentsu, dentsu X, iProspect, Isobar, mcgarrybowen, Merkle, MKTG, Posterscope and Vizeum and supported by its specialist/multi-market brands. Dentsu Aegis Network is Innovating the Way Brands Are Built for its clients through its best-in-class expertise and capabilities in media, digital and creative communications services. Offering a distinctive and innovative range of products and services, Dentsu Aegis Network is headquartered in London and operates in 145 countries worldwide with more than 38,000 dedicated specialists.

About Vizeum
Vizeum designs solutions to accelerate client’s business growth. By leveraging data, media and technology to understand and change people's behaviour we create strategies that deliver higher quality engagement between brands and consumers, ultimately impacting on our client’s bottom line. We believe in the power of media to support businesses within increasingly complex consumer and technological environments. 

Vizeum is a global network with 77 locations in 56 markets with 2,400 people in our teams. We are powered by our unique Dentsu Aegis Network operating model, which provides seamless expertise in performance, data, social, creative and investment.