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J. Walter Thompson Hong Kong creative chief Simon Welsh departs agency

Hong Kong-based creative Simon Welsh is leaving J. Walter Thompson after five years at the agency, with Colombian Carlos Camacho taking over the role.

Carlos Camacho with Simon Welsh

Camacho was most recently executive creative director at J. Walter Thompson Shanghai, a role he held for just under 18 months before leaving in January this year.

The South American wrote on his LinkedIn profile that he “turned around the creative reputation of Vietnam” during a two-year spell as ECD for Lowe Asia Pacific in Ho Chi Minh City.

Welsh, who is returning to the UK, joined J. Walter Thompon in September 2013 as regional creative director for the agency’s HSBC account. He was promoted in 2016 to chief creative officer.

“We’re sad to see Simon leave Asia after five successful years,”  J. Walter Thompson Hong Kong chief executive Mark Webster said. “Not only was he our creative lead in Hong Kong, he also worked extensively with J. Walter Thompson London developing global campaigns for HSBC.”

Webster described Welsh as “one of the nicest colleagues you could ever hope for, both professionally and socially”.

Camacho was said in a statement from the agency to be “one of the youngest and most-awarded ECD’s to have assumed creative leadership in Vietnam, China and now Hong Kong”.

He was recognized in 2015 among the 40 Under 40 most-promising talents in the region, with Bayer Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, Intercontinental Hotels, Treasury Wine Estates, Unilever, Ali Cloud and Kit Kat among his clients.

Camacho started his advertising career in Colombia at Lowe SSP3, joined Mullen Lowe Group in 2009 and relocated to Vietnam as ECD for Lowe Asia Pacific in 2014.

He will report to Lo Sheung Yan, APAC creative council chairman.

“Carlos is part of our new wave of creative talent across the region, taking a holistic approach to creativity, delivering integrated, solutions-based thinking for clients,” he said. “Having seen his impact on the Shanghai office, we look forward to bringing him to Hong Kong.”

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