Malaysia - The Association of Accredited Advertising Agents of Malaysia has elected Dato Johnny Mun as president, succeeding Tony Savarimuthu who led the 4As for two years as president and six years as vice-president.
Nicky Lim, group CEO of Grey Worldwide, was elected vice president. Both Mun and Lim were elected unopposed.
Mun, who previously served as the 4As vice-president, said he plans to continue striving to maintain the benchmarks set by Savarimuthu and Dato Vincent Lee and forge ahead in realising the association's collective vision in creative excellence and relevance.
Under Savarimuthu's leadership, the 4As championed the creative economy through various knowledge and talent development programmes, including the Graduate Fellowship Programme and the Astro scholarship. He also took the lead in spearheading Boomerang, a membership accreditation programme that requires agencies to maintain a pre-set number of points annually to retain their 4As membership.
"Dato Johnny Mun and the council members have actively participated in driving our projects and engaging the various stakeholders - and their mission will be to have continuity while implementing new programmes to ensure the industry's sustainability and significance," Savarimuthu said.
For his part, Mun is keen to invest more extensively in the programmes already in place, and introduce a couple of new programmes to enhance the future of advertising.
The newly elected council members for the two-year term up to 2015 include Amphibia Digital, BBDO, Crush Communications, Draft FCB, Dentsu Utama, Havas Worldwide, McCann Erickson, Naga DDB, Ogilvy & Mather and TBWA.