Jean-Michel Wu leaves McCann to join Grace Blue as CEO

Grace Blue Partnership has appointed Jean-Michel Wu as its Asia Pacific CEO to lead its expansion across the region. He will be based in the regional head office in Singapore alongside APAC chairman Michael Maedel, partners Helen Duffy and Hilda Ng.

Wu (pictured) joins from McCann Worldwide Group Asia Pacific where he was chief talent officer. Prior to that, he spent over a decade with WPP in a number of senior talent-related roles, with over six years leading WPP’s leadership talent acquisition across Asia.

He will focus on expanding both Grace Blue’s geographical reach and capabilities within the region. Plans to open offices in Shanghai alongside existing hubs in New York, Singapore and Mumbai are also underway.

He will also be launching Liberty Blue, the business within the Grace Blue Partnership that works with the leaders of the future as well as continuing to expand the work the partnership is doing in M & A and consultancy services.

“There is no one better in the region than Wu who has both the depth of experience and the connectivity to ensure that the Grace Blue Partnership continues to deliver an unrivalled service all over the world for our clients. We feel privileged to have him as part of our leadership team,” Juliet Timms, Grace Blue founder, said.

“At the risk of being cliché, this is a people driven industry.  Putting the right candidate in the right role at the right time has a profoundly transformative effect on a business. Grace Blue is at the forefront of innovative talent identification and recruitment and I am excited to be part of the next stage of their success,” Wu said.