JWT names Norman Tan as North Asia chief creative officer

JWT Asia Pacific has named Norman Tan as China chairman and North Asia chief creative officer.

The move marks a homecoming for Tan, who was JWT’s Southeast Asia ECD from 2000 to 2005.

Tan, a Singaporean, has also worked at Grey, Leo Burnett, JWT Taiwan, JWT SEA and Bates, where he held the role of regional creative director.

Most recently, he served as CCO and vice chairman for Lowe China, based in Shanghai.

He starts at JWT on 27 October.

“We are thrilled to have Norman back with JWT. His unique combination of charm, creative cut through and pan-Asian experience is rare indeed,” said Tom Doctoroff, CEO of JWT Asia Pacific.

“We look forward to his working with our teams to drive our creative ideas to new levels of engagement and effectiveness.”

Tan won over 300 creative awards to date, including D&AD, The Clio Awards, Cannes Lions, Adfest Asia, Spikes Asia, Singapore 4A Golden Gong Awards, as well as awards in Australia.

Earlier this year, he took home several Cannes Lions, including a Gold, for his work on Buick. He was also awarded first prize for “Top Creative Director in Greater China 2013” by the Longyin Review.

He has been on the creative judging panels for major local regional and international award shows including D&AD in 2006, The One Show in 2008, Spikes Asia in 2011 and 2013, and Jury president in the 2011 and 2013 China 4A Creative Awards.

"Having Norman back home is a wonderful news. He's a great talent, loved by his peers and his clients,” added Lo Sheung Yan, JWT Asia Pacific and Worldwide Creative Council Chairman.

“He has done some of the best campaigns in China in the past few years, winning lots of awards, selling lots of products and building many new and successful brands in the market. And most important of all, he has been bringing up talent after talent in the markets he has served in during his career."

Source: Press release