Shahid NizamiHubSpot has appointed Shahid Nizami as Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region.

In his new role, Shahid will be responsible for HubSpot’s performance across Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and India, and will be based in HubSpot’s Singapore office, working closely with the teams based in both Singapore and Sydney.

Before joining HubSpot, Shahid led the Account Management business for Google Cloud in APAC where he managed a team spread across six different locations, achieving unparalleled results. Before Google, he held several leadership positions at Oracle and has developed a remarkably deep understanding of the APAC market.

Shahid’s appointment follows more than three years of instrumental growth for HubSpot in APAC. The depth and breadth of his experience, as well as his passion for cultivating a remarkable workplace culture, will bring a wealth of impact to HubSpot’s success in the region.

DotDorothy Peng, a driving force behind the R/GA Singapore’s growth and creative success since joining in 2015, has been elevated to the role of Managing Director.

Peng joined the agency as Group Account Director across Unilever, lead a rapid expansion of remit, then added other clients including Nike and McCormick to her roster. Last year, Peng was behind Nikon’s naming of R/GA Singapore as Global Digital Agency of Record, before spearheading a second pitch that now has R/GA Singapore as Nikon’s Global end-to-end agency. Peng has already moved to further R/GA Singapore’s mission of putting design at the center of business solutions, helping its clients and the broader industry to understand and adopt these philosophies and practices.


In announcing the appointment, Jim Moffatt, EVP Managing Director APAC, R/GA, noted that Peng’s business and creative acumen was matched only by the across-the-board respect and admiration in which she is held by her staff and the agency’s clients.

Casbaa overwhelmingly approved the adoption of a new constitution, to represent the interests of companies across the broader video industry, as well as a name change to Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA). The principal objective of AVIA is to make the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific stronger and healthier.

Specifically, the Association will be focused on three main goals: to be the interlocutor for the video industry with governments across the Asia Pacific region; to be dedicated to reducing video piracy and creating a more sustainable business environment within which established and new video companies can innovate and grow; and to be a leading source of insight into the video industry through publications and reports as well as seminars and conferences.

As part of the change, AVIA will actively seek to broaden its membership and interests it represents to include video on demand companies and telcos for whom video is playing an increasingly important role. On the back of these changes two new companies have joined AVIA: Toolbox, the leading provider of ‘TV everywhere’ services in Latin America that is now reaching out to Asia; and the popular streaming service Netflix. But AVIA is also re-introducing a category for smaller companies and start-ups to become members.

AnyMind Group acquired Acqua Media, a Hong Kong-based publisher trading desk, with a presence in Beijing and Sydney. This is the company’s second acquisition, providing expanded geographical span and revenue opportunities.

Previously known as AdAsia Holdings, AnyMind Group was formed in January 2018 and is now the parent company of AdAsia Holdings, TalentMind and CastingAsia. AnyMind Group aims to provide industries, businesses and professionals with a suite of AI-based solutions to enable greater growth.

Founded in 2013, Acqua Media provides programmatic selling strategy and ad monetization services for premium web publishers and app developers, serving over 252 publishers across Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China and Australia and generating an average 8.3 billion monthly impressions.

Ben Chien, founder of Acqua Media will join AnyMind Group as General Manager of Hong Kong and Regional Director, Publisher Engagement for AdAsia Holdings in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan and Australia. Having previously held roles at, PCCW, SAS and Yahoo, Chien will join the management team of AnyMind Group and lead AdAsia Holdings’ sell-side business for the region.

Current clients of Acqua Media will now have access to the AdAsia Digital Platform for Publishers and the AdAsia Premium Marketplace. Launched in October 2017, the platform provides online media owners with a solution that leverages on machine learning and artificial intelligence to consolidate, recommend and optimize multiple advertiser demand sources and minimum bid prices for an online advertisement space.

Publishers can also leverage on the additional traffic brought through the AdAsia Premium Marketplace - unique demand inventory from direct clients, transacting through direct and private marketplace deals. Currently, AdAsia Holdings is powering four billion monthly impressions across 560 publishers in Asia through display, native and video advertising.

James HawkinsPHD, the global media network that is part of Omnicom Media Group, has appointed James Hawkins as CEO of its operations in Asia Pacific (APAC), effective October 2018.

Hawkins joins the network from Dentsu X where he was Managing Director – APAC. He qualifies for the position with over 15 years of experience in advancing digital practices and driving digital transformation at creative and media agencies, including 10 years in APAC. He will now be tasked with channelling PHD’s upward momentum in the region and taking the agency’s future-facing offering to the next level.

In his new role, Hawkins will have a dual reporting line into Tony Harradine, CEO of Omnicom Media Group Asia Pacific, and Mike Cooper, CEO of PHD Worldwide. He will now work closely with both, as well as agency leads in 16 APAC markets, leveraging his extensive digital experience and industry knowledge to elevate the network’s offering in line with ongoing media transformation and technological advancement.