Kelvin Walsh (pictured), CEO of Carat Asia Pacific, has stepped down from the role. In a statement to Marketing, an agency spokesperson said that this is with â€śimmediate effect by mutual agreementâ€ť and will see Walsh leaving the business. The move will see former APAC CEO Sean Oâ€™Brien stepping back into Carat as interim CEO, the statement added
â€śFurther information regarding a permanent replacement will follow in due course,â€ť the statement added.
Walsh took on the role in April last year, while Oâ€™ Brien simultaneously took on the role of CEO for the Dentsu Aegis Networkâ€™s (DAN) lifestyle and experiential marketing agency MKTG. This is along with out of home specialist Posterscope in Asia Pacific.
Walsh first joined DAN with digital performance marketing agency iProspect. He then moved internally to Carat to take on the role of chief digital officer for the region and was subsequently promoted to managing director of Carat Asia Pacific. According to the agency, Walsh has over 20 yearsâ€™ experience in the industry, 15 of which are in digital roles.
Prior to Carat, he held various senior leadership roles such as executive media director NetX in Australia, managing director at Neo@Ogilvy in both Sydney and Melbourne as well as managing director at iProspect Australia and subsequently, Asia Pacific. He has worked with clients such as Visa International, Mastercard, Warner Bros, Lâ€™Oreal, P&G, IBM, Subaru, Nissan and FrieslandCampina.