Ogilvy has announced the planned departure of Graham Fink, chief creative officer for China, at the end of February. Fink, who joined the network from M&C Saatchi in London, has been at the creative helm of Ogilvy’s largest market in the region since 2011.
Ogilvy has confirmed they will not be replacing the position of chief creative officer for China given the existing creative leadership already in place with Fink’s succession planning. Three group executive creative directors, including recently hired Chee Guan Yue and Thomas Zhu in Shanghai, and recently appointed Adrian Zhu in Beijing, will jointly lead the creative teams in China for the network.
“Graham has played an extraordinarily successful and valuable role for us in a big and challenging market. He was also an important ingredient in our Worldwide Creative Council. We have only thanks and praise as he makes his next move,” said Eugene Cheong, chief creative officer, Ogilvy Asia Pacific.
Chris Reitermann, co-CEO of Ogilvy Asia Pacific & CEO of Ogilvy China added, “Graham has been such an important creative partner to me in China. It has been a wonderful few years, and it really has been a privilege to work with him. We wish him all the best, and look forward to Chee Guan, Thomas, and Adrian taking the helm as we continue to see new highs for Ogilvy in China.”
Commenting on his next move, Fink said he needs a new challenge.
“I have had six wondrous years at Ogilvy. Now I need a new challenge. My ‘Eye-drawings’ have opened my eyes to the great new opportunities of VR, AR and AI: creativity is at such a pivotal point. I will also continue to teach and develop the creative talent our industry needs. The world is our oyster!”