Former Bell Pottinger Malaysia MD joins Cognito as Tim Williamson moves on

The managing director of Bell Pottinger Malaysia has left to join Cognito just months after the scandal-ridden UK office collapsed.

Darrell Wright had led the agency, now-known as Klareco, in Kuala Lumpur since March 2016. However, earlier this year, the London branch of Bell Pottinger went into administration after being accused of conducting a racially divisive campaign on behalf of a client in South Africa.

Following the Asian operation’s rebrand, Wright has now joined Cognito Asia-Pacific as regional managing director, replacing its current MD Tim Williamson.

Darrell Wright

Banking honcho Wright had led the in-house comms teams for institutions such as J.P. Morgan, Barclays and The Royal Bank of Scotland for the past 15 years before joining Bell Pottinger.

Cognito chief executive officer Tim Coombes said: “We are looking forward to beginning a new phase of growth for Cognito in Asia Pacific under Darrell’s leadership.

“His knowledge and experience are a fantastic fit for our business, our clients and our geographic footprint. In the last five years, we have established a critical mass in Asia, with local and international clients across asset management, banking, FinTech and professional services. ”

Tim Williamson

His predecessor Williamson, who led Cognito for four years, will now act as managing director of FinTech and financial services at the recently-acquired Singaporean agency WATATAWA. 

Williamson has previously worked as a financial journalist for Bloomberg and the BBC in London, and has also worked at PR firms including Brunswick and Weber Shandwick.

He will be based in Singapore and work alongside Josephine Chew, WATATAWA’s managing director for financial communications, and Stephen Robertson who leads the corporate communications and crisis management function.


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