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Grey China names Janice Kok Head of Strategy

SHANGHAI, CHINA — Creative agency Grey China has appointed Janice Kok to the role of Head of Strategy. She joined the agency from BBDO Singapore, where she was the strategy lead for Atome SEA and FedEx AMEA, overseeing brand and communication strategies.

Award-winning Grey Group China CEO Sharlene Wu has been credited with transforming the agency since joining in March 2021. One of her main objectives is to identify leaders that can implement original, innovative, and impactful ways of thinking within the agency.

As Head of Strategy, Janice will lead Grey Group China’s recently established Centre of Intelligence, consisting of brand and digital planners, strategy consultants, and data analysts. This effectively combines insights, data, and creativity to deliver holistic planning and strategic capabilities to clients. Adding Janice to the China team will further strengthen the agency’s strategy talent and drive clients’ business growth in the digital arena.

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Janice began her advertising career in Malaysia in 2003, joining agencies such as Egency.com, Paprika Global, and Saatchi & Saatchi Arachnid. Besides client servicing, she worked on overall client strategy for Coca-Cola Malaysia & Singapore, Toyota Capital, and Dutch Lady.

In 2012, she located to China to take on the role of Digital Planner at DraftFCB. This was followed by two years at Wunderman Shanghai as a Senior Digital Planner, where she led the social and digital strategic direction for Land Rover and ECCO China.

In 2015, Janice joined BBDO Shanghai as planning director. Soon promoted to Group Planning Director, she was the strategic brand lead on the Mars Wrigley gums and mints and Mars Petcare businesses, working across their key brands.

Janice also spent three years in Australia with Fitcover Group, a beauty and wellness products company where she focused on marketing and ecommerce strategies, and Parker Brothers Development, where she was charged with elevating the brand image within Australia’s high-end property market.

Throughout her career, Janice has won many awards, including China Effie, ROI Awards Festival China, Asian Marketing Effectiveness & Strategy Awards, DMA Asia ECHO awards, and others.

Janice said, “I am excited to be part of Grey Group China and to be working with Sharlene again. I am optimistic that together we can drive the Grey team forward to deliver more insightful and famously effective work for our clients and their businesses.”

Sharlene shared, “Janice has the sought-after experience across geographies and categories that will add another dimension to our famously effective work. In particular, her digital, social and content strategy knowledge and experience will positively impact our clients’ business growth.

Kathy Liu will be joining our Grey Midwest studio. I want to thank her for all her contribution during her time with us and wish her the best of luck in her new role. “

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