Dentsu Aegis Network has promoted James Hawkins to chief digital officer of Dentsu media Asia Pacific, along with his role as CEO of Dentsu Möbius.
In the expanded role, James will be reporting to Takaki Hibino, CEO Dentsu and Dentsu media Asia Pacific, and Rosalynn Tay, CEO Dentsu Aegis Network Singapore.
With 14 years’ experience in digital marketing (nine of which are in Asia), his journey in the network started in 2012 when he launched Dentsu Möbius. Armed with a start-up agency mindset, his vision of a more progressive digital agency turned Dentsu Möbius into a digital centre of excellence servicing global clients like Singapore Airlines, Mondelēz International and Disney Studios.
Hawkins cut his teeth in performance media with roles spanning the U.K., Australia, India, and Singapore where he led digital activity across key verticals across a wide range of industries. In 2014, he was featured on Campaign Asia’s 40 under 40 leaders to watch in the region, at the age of 34.
Takaki Hibino CEO Dentsu and Dentsu media Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) said: “Hawkins’ ability to identify and produce bespoke, creative solutions for clients has earned the trust of numerous clients, creating enduring partnerships and award-winning campaigns.”
“More importantly, he can identify and cultivate diverse, best-in-class talent, uniting them with the vision of building an integrated agency model where creative, media and technology come together in a seamless process.”
Rosalynn Tay, CEO Dentsu Aegis Network Singapore, said: “James has made significant contributions to Dentsu Möbius and has demonstrated exceptional leadership quality. He has keen strategic insights and great passion for top-quality creativity. We are delighted to have him take on this well-deserved role and add to the strength of our leadership in the region.”
“I am ready to scale new heights with our great pool of talent with the support and resources of the network, I believe we can produce truly innovative, award-winning work for our clients,” Hawkins said.