SINGAPORE — Ogilvy Singapore group MD Ee Rong Chong is stepping down after almost 20 years with the agency.

Chong, who became one of a handful of PR leaders to take on a group leadership role at Ogilvy, will leave the agency in January. She told the Holmes Report that she is currently "in conversations" regarding her next move. 

In a statement, Ogilvy said that the firm's PR and social capabilities will be led managing partners Emily Poon and Matt Collette. Poon is a 10-year Ogilvy veteran who has led the PR team for the past three years, while Collette recently rejoined the firm (from Zeno) to oversee its social practice.

"Ee Rong Chong, our group managing director in Singapore, has played a critical role in the development and success of our agency over the past 18 years, inspired many who have ventured into our field, and leaves behind an indelible mark on our people policies and culture," reads the statement. "We wish her all the very best in her new endeavours which she will announce in due course after she departs at the end of January 2019."

Chong's exit comes amid Ogilvy's wide-ranging restructuring of its business, which has seen its component units integrate under a single agency brand. She initially joined the firm in Sydney in 2000, before moving to Malaysia and then Singapore. In 2014 she became Ogilvy PR's Singapore MD, and took on the group MD role in late 2016.