Michael Lee, CEO of Publicis Communications Greater China, became the first creative industry leader to be honored with the Nobel laureates honorary fellowship & Asian Chinese leadership award.
According to the award jury, "Michael Lee, CEO of Publicis Communications Greater China, is one of the leading figures in China's advertising industry. Owing to his outstanding contributions, distinguished leadership and selfless sharing of his experiences in advertising, the jury has chosen to honor Michael Lee with the Asian Chinese Leadership Award."
The award was presented by Prof. Shuji Nakamura, the 2014 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
The award was created by the Asian college of knowledge management to recognise Asian leaders who have made outstanding contributions to social, economic and cultural development.
Born in Hong Kong and educated in Australia, Lee started his advertising career in Hong Kong in 1989. From there, he quickly rose through the ranks to become General Manager of DMB&B Beijing at 29 years of age.
For the following decade, he played a key role in building Ogilvy's leadership position in Shanghai and Greater China. He joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 2011 and has since led the agency to achieve business successes.
In 2016, Lee was promoted to CEO of Publicis Communications, Greater China.
"It is a recognition of more than just my own individual accomplishments: it reflects the increased attention being paid to advertising and the importance of the advertising industry's role in society," said Lee.