Former Havas executive Ricky Lam returns to MD role just 15 months after leaving

rickyA 14-year veteran of Havas Worldwide, Ricky Lam, has returned to the company just 15 months after leaving, to take up the role of managing director of its Hong Kong operation.

He replaces Mitchell Tan who very briefly held the role last year before moving on to DDB.

Lam first joined the business in 2000 when it was known as Euro RSCG and spend 10 years rising through the ranks in Hong Kong to become group account director in 2009.

He relocated to China as business director of Havas Worldwide Beijing in 2011 where he stayed for almost four years before leaving the agency to take the role of senior business director of TBWA\Shanghai.

His return was heralded by Havas creative group Greater China chairman Mason Lin, who branded Lam one of the “new, young breed of advertising professionals”.

“We are very excited to have Ricky rejoin the team,” he said. “Ricky’s clients span a multitude of categories and channels covering both local and international brands.

“I believe that Ricky will be able to adapt quickly and excel in his new role, and, together with CC Tang [chairman of Havas Worldwide Hong Kong and chief creative officer of Havas Creative Group Greater China], further foster the transformation of Havas Worldwide Hong Kong into a fully integrated agency with digital at its core.”

Lam will oversee creative operations, recruitment and business growth.

“This is a truly exciting opportunity for me to rejoin Havas and return to my home town of Hong Kong,” he said. “The agency has a very strong culture of innovation and provides young talent an opportunity to develop expertise in multiple aspects of business.

“We all recognize the significance of integration in the agency business and I know our Hong Kong office is heading towards this direction.”

Lam has worked with a range of firms including McDonald’s, MasterCard,  Air France and Sony.


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