Ruder Finn Asia chairman Dumont takes on global role, names new Asia director

Ruder Finn, an independent creative and communications agency has promoted Jean-Michel Dumont from chairman of Ruder Finn Asia to head of international strategy; and Elan Shou has been elevated from managing director of Ruder Finn Greater China to regional director of Asia.

Dumont has been overseeing Ruder Finn Asia operations since 2008. He is credited for building the company’s strong presence in the region, including the opening of three offices in India and one in Malaysia, and creating a conflict agency, RF Thunder as well as its digital division, RFI, including its Asia expansion through the acquisition of Daylight Partnership.

Prior to that he was in charge of the agency’s China operations for seven years, where he helped set the foundations to Ruder Finn’s leadership. He will bring this focus on growth to the broader Ruder Finn global network, with an initial emphasis on building Ruder Finn’s presence in the EMEA region.

Shou has grown the Ruder Finn China region to one of the most profitable among the agency. She has followed the growth of the Chinese market by continuing to build on Ruder Finn’s strength in luxury and branding, as well as expertise in integrated marketing communications (IMC).  Shou will continue to be based in Shanghai and Dumont will relocate to Europe after the transition is finalised.

“Both Dumot and Shou are two of our most talented leaders at Ruder Finn,” said Kathy Bloomgarden, Ruder Finn CEO. “With their new roles, they will be able to take their leadership talent, business growth success and partnership development to benefit the broader agency across global offices.”