Succeeding Biswas, Watono will be overseeing all 15 network and local brands with a key focus on providing integrated, client-centric solutions while driving an inclusive, collaborative culture. She will report into Phil Teeman, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Southeast Asia. Watono, who was most recently CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia’s Dwi Sapta Group, has over a decade of experience in the advertising industry. In her role leading the network brand, she has said to have brought consecutive double digit business growth and grew the local business three-fold into one of the biggest agencies in Indonesia.
“It has been a privilege leading the Dentsu Aegis business in Indonesia, working with so many great talents. I have seen the evolution of the business over the past few years and now it’s time to hand over the torch to Watono who is the ideal candidate to take the Group forward," SK Biswas said.
Teeman said that Indonesia is an important market for the agency in the region as innovation in the startup market is "thriving and growth opportunities are immense". "Watono is a natural leader and has strong credentials and relationships in the industry. We thank Biswas for his dedication, commitment and hard work for the past two years and wish him well for the future," he added.
Joining as CEO, Watono said that her aim will be to leverage on the talent pool of over 900 to drive change within the network to position the network for the future. “Be the change you want to see in this world – that’s what drives me every day. Together as one, we can innovate Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia to become the agency of the future and stay ahead of the innovation frontier in the region and beyond,” she added.
Just last week, it was revealed that managing director of PHD Singapore, Ang Wangyn will be joining Dentsu Aegis Network on an APAC level. Her role and start date has yet to be announced.