BEIJING — Huntsworth Asia-Pacific CEO Chris Tang has stepped down after two years overseeing the holding company's regional operations, which includes the Grayling and Citigate Dewe Rogerson brands.

Tang will return to Australia, where her family is based. Paul Taaffe, who replaced Lord Chadlington as Huntsworth global CEO one year ago, told the Holmes Report that Tang's role will not be replaced.

Instead, said Taaffe, Grayling will be led by "upgraded" management in Singapore and Hong Kong, after regional MD Bruce Shu left last year for Ketchum.

Stephanie Stamatakou has arrived from Ogilvy Health to oversee Grayling in Singapore and Huntsworth Health's expansion across Southeast Asia. In Hong Kong, meanwhile, Jessie Hsieh joined last year as Grayling MD. Jasmine Yap and Charlotte Bilney continue to run Citigate Dewe Rogerson in Asia.

Tang joined Huntsworth at the start of 2014 after spending five years as the Hoffman Agency's Asia-Pacific CEO in Beijing. Her arrival came after Huntsworth inked a strategic alliance with China's largest PR firm, BlueFocus.

Tang confirmed her departure, noting that she is "pursuing new dreams." Last year, Huntsworth Asia-Pacific chairman Bob Pickard departed the group to return to his native Canada, where he has launched a consultancy in Toronto.