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Carat APAC chief executive Kevin Walsh quits after just 8 months

The recently-instated chief executive officer of Carat Asia-Pacific has stepped down from the role after less than a year, the agency has confirmed.

Kevin Walsh (right) with Sean O’Brien

Kevin Walsh was named as the replacement for long-running CEO Sean O’Brien in April last year after the latter was handed a new role in a leadership restructure.

However, following Walsh’s untimely exit, O’Brien has now stepped back into the position for the interim period until a new CEO is appointed. At the same time, O’Brien will continue in his current role leading Dentsu Aegis Network’s marketing agency MKTG and out of home specialist Posterscope.

A DAN spokeswoman said in a statement: “Kevin Walsh steps down from the position of CEO Carat Asia Pacific with immediate effect by mutual agreement and leaves the business.

“Sean O’Brien steps back into Carat as interim CEO. Further information regarding a permanent replacement will follow in due course.”

Walsh first joined Carat from sister DAN agency iProspect Singapore in 2014 as regional chief digital officer. He was made agency managing director in 2016, before being promoted to CEO one year later.

Boasting more than 20 years of experience in media, Walsh has previously worked for NetX, Neo@Ogilvy and iProspect in Australia, and worked with clients including Visa International, MasterCard, Warner Bros, L’Oreal, P&G, IBM, Subaru, Nissan and Frieslandcampina.

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