HONG KONG—Edelman’s regional chief executive David Brain (pictured) and heads of digital for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Weber Shandwick—Thomas Crompton and Jon Wade—will be among the speakers at The Holmes Report’s second ThinkTank Live Asia event, to be held on September 26 in Hong Kong, ahead of the SABRE Awards dinner.
The forum will focus on “The Age of Engagement,” and will examine the ways in which public relations practitioners are using new channels and new forms of content to build more authentic and sustainable relationships between organizations and their key stakeholders.
Brain is president and CEO of Edelman’s Asia Pacific business of almost $70 million in fees and 1,100 employees. Previously he ran the firm’s London-based EMEA business, and before that held senior positions with Burson-Marsteller and Weber Shandwick. Over the course of his career, he has directed award-winning campaigns for Unilever, Heineken and Jim Beam.
His first book, “Crowd Surfing: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Consumer Empowerment,” is published by Bloomsbury.
Crampton is Asia-Pacific director of 360 Digital Influence for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, heading a team that spans 23 cities in 15 Asian territories, with expertise in helping companies conceive, develop and execute strategies in social media. Prior to joining Ogilvy, Crampton spent 18 years as a newspaper correspondent, mainly for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times, reporting from five continents and dozens of countries.
Passionately involved in digital for the last six years, he writes a widely read blog, thomascrampton.com, and is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator at high profile conferences around the world
Wade oversees all digital operations and strategy in the 11-market Asia Pacific digital practice for Weber Shandwick. Based in Hong Kong, he joined the firm from WPP direct agency Wunderman in London, where he held a board position. He was personally responsible for devising and executing the global digital strategy for Land Rover, launched the firm’s global social media marketing operation, and worked with a host of blue-chip brands including Microsoft, Nokia, Lufthansa and Ford.
Wade spoke at Cannes in 2010, his speech arguing the case for mobile apps becoming the predominant medium through which consumers globally will consume digital content in the not-too-distant future.
For ticket information, contact Celeste Picco ([email protected]).