Weber Shandwick has appointed Darren Burns as vice chair of Asia Pacific and has promoted Lydia Lee to president of China. Reporting to Baxter Jolly, CEO of Asia Pacific, Burns will be based in Singapore. Lee will also report to Jolly, working closely with Burns and David Liu, chairman of Weber Shandwick China.
Burns has been with Weber Shandwick China for 12 years and he was based in Shanghai in his latest role chair, creativity & innovation of Asia Pacific, according to his LinkedIn account.
“He has been a formidable leader in China’s marketing communications industry for the past 12 years – close to half the time we’ve been operating here. He has been a visionary, a collaborator, an entrepreneur but above all, a true leader who has worked with a team of outstanding professionals that make Weber Shandwick one of the most awarded PR agency’s in Greater China,” said Andy Polansky, CEO of Weber Shandwick.
Lee has been with Weber Shandwick for almost 10 years and her latest role was co chair of global technology practice from her LinkedIn account.
“Lee is the perfect successor to take on the leadership of our business in China. Having been with the Interpublic Group family since 2005, she is highly regarded within the industry as a leading strategist and expert on China,” commented Polansky.