Hill+Knowlton Singapore MD Michelle Tham to oversee Malaysia operation as role expands



Prominent PR executive Michelle Tham has been handed an expanded role by Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ in a move to forge closer collaboration between the agency’s Singapore and Malaysia operations.

Tham, H+K’s Singapore managing director since 2014, will also now spearhead its Malaysian business following the departure of Justin Then after three years in the role.

Then has left to “pursue other opportunities”, H+K said in a statement.

The firm’s Asia president and chief executive John Morgan, said: “Since Michelle joined H+K in 2014, she has driven the Singapore team to respond to a rapidly evolving marketplace, delivering significant revenue growth to the Singapore operation.


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“We now have an opportunity to better unite the Malaysia office with the Singapore office in a business model that will enable us to better serve clients, provide further growth opportunity for our teams, and deliver greater return for the agency.”

Tham joined H+K from Interpublic Group consumer PR agency DeVries Global, where she held the role of regional MD. She set up DeVries’s Asia operation based out of Singapore in 2012, after 11 years working for IPG sister PR agency Weber Shandwick, latterly as senior VP.

Tham talked up the prospects of better collaboration between Singapore and Malaysia, adding that the “lines between PR, advertising and digital continue to blur.”

“By creating an innovation corridor across Singapore and Malaysia, we can drive greater synergies that will allow us to continue changing ahead of the curve,” she said.

Tham will continue to be based in Singapore.


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