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Singapore boss of JCDecaux steps down after 18 years with out of home advertising firm

ashleyOut of home agency JCDecaux has announced the departure of its Singapore managing director Ashley Stewart after 18 years with the company.

He will be replaced by deputy MD Evlyn Yang who returned to the firm in June 2014 after a brief stint at SMRT as assistant general manager.

Stewart, who played a leading role in the development of the business in Singapore, is leaving to “pursue personal interests”, according to a JCDecaux statement.

He said: “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to build and grow JCDecaux’s assets in Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau.

“Evlyn Yang has been working with me for 16 years and knows the business well. The time is now right for me to take a break and pursue other interests.”

In Hong Kong and Macau, Stewart will be replaced by Yoann El Jaohari who was previously MD of JCDecaux Dubai and Northern Emirates.

Asia CEO Emmanuel Bastide praised Stewart for his successes which included the introduction of island-wide bus shelter advertising for LTA in 1999, the first billboards on expressways in 2000 and the consolidation of cinema exhibitors to create the island’s largest combined cinema advertising network.

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