Tarun Deo, Golin's MD, Singapore and Southeast Asia, is leaving the agency after seven and a half years. In a statement to MARKETING-INTERACTIVE, Deo said: "Fred Cook and Jon Hughes hired me to build a modern and progressive PR firm from the ground up in Singapore, and the last seven and a half years have been terrific in that regard."
According to Deo, "Golin Singapore now has an envious track record of delivering award winning work, a terrific team, a fantastic core of clients" and could not be better placed to look to the future with confidence. "Times like this brim with opportunity, and I don’t believe I could have timed this better and finished the race I started. It is job done and time for another reset," he added. Darren Burns, president of APAC at Golin, will be the Southeast Asia managing director in the interim. This will be in addition to his current responsibilities.
Burns told MARKETING-INTERACTIVE that under Deo's leadership, Golin Singapore has been a "beacon of progressive PR", growing revenue, driving innovation and delivering award-winning work consistently for its clients.
"We thank Deo for his valuable leadership contribution over the past seven years in Singapore, and wish him well in future endeavors," Burns added.
Deo joined Golin in 2013 from FleishmanHillard (now known as Omnicom PR Group). At FleishmanHillard, he last helmed the role of SVP, managing director and senior partner, Asia Pacific, according to his LinkedIn. From April 2010 to May 2012, he ran the Southeast Asia and India markets, and between April 2009 to March 2010, he ran market development for Southeast Asia and India. Deo's LinkedIn profile added that he oversaw the agency's technology and digital practice group for Asia from February 2007 until April 2009.
Prior to FleishmanHillard, Deo was with Text 100 (now known as Archetype) for more than nine years, last helming the role of VP, new business, Asia Pacific. According to his LinkedIn, he was in that role for over three years, during which he was responsible for the Singapore and Malaysia offices, as well as new business development for Asia Pacific. He first joined Text 100 as an account director in New Delhi before rising up the ranks.
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