Havas Group Greater China chairman Mason Lin (pictured right) has announced his plan to retire at the end of 2021, when he will be succeeded by current co-chairman and CEO Karl Wu (pictured left).
Lin’s career at Havas has spanned three decades. He first joined Havas Taiwan in 1991, transferring to Beijing in 1993 to start up operations at what was then Euro RSCG China, now part of Havas Group. According to the agency, Lin's entrepreneurial vision "helped drive business growth in China and beyond, building its presence into what it is today."
Meanwhile, with 1,100 staff across Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Lin has extended Havas Group Greater China’s offering beyond advertising creative and media into marketing services, PR, sports and entertainment events, healthcare communications and more.
“At the age of 60, when I look back at the last 30 years, it has been a tremendous honour to lead Havas Greater China. I have had the privilege of working with a group of hugely talented team members over the years, and now it’s time for me to look forward to the next chapter of my life," Lin said.
He further commented, "I would like to thank the Group and the team here, for their friendship, loyalty and support. I am proud of all that Havas Greater China has accomplished, and am excited for the next chapter in Wu's capable hands.”
Wu will be in charge of the position after Lin's departure at the end of this year.
"Having worked with Lin for the past five years at Havas, I fully appreciate the values and strength he has built in our people and our business, and we are perfectly poised for the next phase of our growth across the region," said Wu.