Dentsu Aegis Southeast Asia HR managers exit

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 3.31.17 pmDentsu Aegis Network is letting go its human resources manager for Southeast Asia and another member of the same team has resigned, Mumbrella understands.

Kaumudi Goda, Southeast Asia HR manager for Dentsu Aegis Network, is to move on after less than a year in the job.

Her departure comes about a month after the exit of four members of the Southeast Asia team reporting to Dentsu Aegis Network CEO Dick van Motman.

She was to begin reporting into new boss Kinch Ong, the APAC head of HR, but was yesterday told that she would no longer be working for the company.

She previously reported to Southeast Asia head of HR Ujjwal Sarao, who was part of Van Motman’s team that was merged with the APAC function reporting to Dentsu Aegis Network regional boss Nick Waters in January.

Also moving on is Yuen Keong Nyan, a regional HR manager and part of the Southeast Asia team, who is resigning after nine months with the agency.

Dentsu Aegis declined to comment on the moves.

In an analysis piece published a few weeks ago, Mumbrella reported that the removal of Dentsu Aegis Network’s Southeast Asia team was politically motivated and not – as was stated in an email to staff at the time – to “eliminate duplicate costs”.

According to sources at the company, there is a struggle for power between Dentsu Inc and Dentsu Aegis Network for control of the network in APAC, a contention both parties deny.

A trained lawyer, Goda joined in April 2015 after a two-year spell at Deloitte, where she was talent manager. Yuen came on board from Richemont.

The news emerges on the day that Dentsu Aegis announced it has bought New Zealand agency Barnes, Catmur & Friends, the latest in a string of acquisitions the company has made in Asia Pacific in recent months.


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