SHANGHAI – BBH China has elevated longstanding leadership team Arto Hampartsoumian and Christine Ng to Executive Chairman and CEO respectively.
Arto and Christine are one of the longest-serving leadership teams at a global agency in China. 2018 will be their twelfth year as both the founders and the key management team at BBH China.
As Executive Chairman, Arto Hampartsoumian will provide overview and council to the Management team in the strategic development of the agencies’ evolved multiple offerings as well as continuing to nurture key client relationships.
As CEO, Christine Ng will drive the growth of the existing business and lead the development of collaborations with new partners, particularly in the areas of entertainment and IP.
Together with the Chief Creative Officer and Head of Planning, Christine will ensure BBH consistently delivers on the BBH creative DNA of ‘turning intelligence into magic’.
Arthur Tsang joins BBH China as Chief Creative Officer and Tim Browne joins as Head of Planning. Arthur, an award-winning Creative, has been a key player in the evolution of advertising in China across an outstanding 15-year career, shaping advertising for world-class clients such as Dove, Wrigley, Mars, Mercedes Benz, Coca Cola, Mengniu and Unilever.
Most recently CCO of BBDO Beijing and ECD of BBDO South China and BBDO Guangzhou, Arthur’s expertise lies in multichannel storytelling, growing and diversifying agency business across geographies and shaping popular culture.
A graduate of The University of Oxford, New College, Arthur is also a musical aficionado who has trained in classical voice and was a former recording artist in Hong Kong. His commercial connections in the music world led him to start a full – service music studio and collaborate with leading musicians.
Tim Browne joins as Head of Planning. Tim brings a diverse and unique skillset, encompassing advertising, PR, content, qualitative and quantitative research and has worked across three different continents; driving global and local brands across his 22 – year career.
Tim was most recently Head of Planning at McCann Healthcare London. Before that, he worked at global agencies JWT London and EURO RSCG Worldwide, planning blue chip brands such as Dulux, Nestle Rowntree, BMW and Reckitt Benckiser.
Tim has earned a reputation in the industry as being a pioneer of integrated campaigns that have shaped and impacted brands. The Frosties ‘Earn Your Stripes’ and Peparami ‘Fanimal’ campaigns were so successful that they are still running in market today after some 20 years. A Kings College of London graduate, Tim is a prolific prose writer and a collector of Urban and Contemporary Art.
Said Arthur Tsang on his appointment: “It’s a huge legacy and fantastic brand that needs to be lived up to and that is a wonderful but daunting opportunity. But after meeting such energetic, talented and like-minded individuals, I’m confident this is the right place to further my creative vision and to keep pushing the boundaries of Chinese creativity.”
Said Tim Browne on his appointment: “I’ve always wanted to work for BBH, from the moment I joined the industry, so the decision to join BBH China was a very easy one. BBH China has a great management team and such strong talent. I’m really looking forward to working with them and producing some fantastic campaigns”.
Said Arto Hampartsoumian on the new appointments: “Christine and I are very honoured to have two such prolific candidates join us to lead BBH China into its next chapter. Arthur and Tim’s talent and capability coupled with our growing range of strategic and creative offerings signals a very exciting time ahead,”.
Neil Munn, Group CEO on the BBH China leadership team, said that, “These leadership changes provide us with the right balance of continuity and freshness as we set about this next phase of business evolution in China. In Arto, Christine, Arthur and Tim, we are now well set up to achieve our ambition for growth and creative excellence across a broader range of capabilities in this very exciting market”.
In photo are (from L to R): Arto Hampartsoumian, Tim Browne, Christine Ng, and Arthur Tsang.