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Omnicom's OMD poaches new Asia Pacific CEO Stephen Li from WPP Rival MEC

OMD has poached MEC’s regional chief executive of Asia Pacific, Stephen Li to head up its own office the region.

The Omnicom-owned media planning and buying agency has appointed Li as chief executive to replace Stephen Blakeman who will relocate to London to take up a senior, global role according to the company.

Cheuk Chiang, CEO Asia Pacific, Omnicom Media Group said: “We conducted an extensive and intensive search across the region to find OMD’s next leader, someone who is not only experienced, but capable of taking the OMD brand to the next level. Stephen’s proven track record in building strong client partnerships, driving digital growth, evangelizing creativity and inspiring teams is the perfect combination needed to ensure that a powerful brand like OMD stays at the forefront.”

Li added: “OMD is a brand which epitomises creative communications planning, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the brand in Asia Pacific. It’s going to be an exciting future and I am committed to driving OMD’s continued growth and ambition in the region.”

Li will be based in Singapore and will report directly to Chiang.

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