HONG KONG – J. Walter Thompson Hong Kong has announced the appointment of Carlos Camacho as Executive Creative Director, succeeding Simon Welsh who is returning to the UK after 5 successful years at Hong Kong’s creative helm.
Most recently an Executive Creative Director at J. Walter Thompson Shanghai, Carlos Camacho is one of the youngest and most-awarded ECD’s to have assumed creative leadership in Vietnam, China and now Hong Kong.
Recognized in 2015 among the 40 Under 40 most-promising talents in the region, Camacho has worked with an array of local, regional and international clients including Bayer Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, Intercontinental Hotels, Treasury Wine Estates, Unilever, Ali Cloud and Kit Kat. Having started his advertising career in his native Colombia, Camacho came to Asia with Mullen Lowe in 2014 as the creative lead of their flagship Vietnam office.
He has won major awards at every local, regional and global advertising competition across different disciplines including Creative, Social, Digital, Mobile and Effectiveness. He has also judged at major advertising festivals in the US, Latin America, Europe & Asia. Apart from creativity, he is well-known for his entrepreneurial spirit, which has driven him to launch his own brand of coffee and a chain of architecturally-awarded restaurants.
Camacho reports to Lo Sheung Yan (Mayan), Chairman, APAC Creative Council who said, “Carlos is part of our new wave of creative talent across the region, taking a holistic approach to creativity, delivering integrated, solutions-based thinking for clients. Having seen his impact on the Shanghai office, we look forward to bringing him to Hong Kong.”
“It is an awesome opportunity. I am very happy and excited. It will be fun!” commented Carlos Camacho.
Added J. Walter Thompson Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer Mark Webster, “We’re sad to see Simon leave Asia after five successful years. Not only was he our creative lead in Hong Kong, he also worked extensively with J. Walter Thompson London developing global campaigns for HSBC. He’s also one of the nicest colleagues you could ever hope for, both professionally and socially. We sincerely thank Simon for his contribution and camaraderie and wish him and his family all the very best back in the UK.”