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Maya Watono takes over as CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia

Maya Watono has been promoted to CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network for Indonesia. Her mandate will include all 15 network and local brands, with a focus on providing integrated solutions.

Her most recent role was heading Dwi Sapta Group, a family-owned media agency, which was acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network in 2017. She is credited with having grown the business threefold making it one of the biggest agencies in Indonesia.

The announcement:

Dentsu Aegis Network today announces the appointment of Maya Watono as the CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia, from January 2019. Maya succeeds SK Biswas, who is returning back to Singapore to focus on priorities at home. Reporting into Phil Teeman, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Southeast Asia, Maya will oversee all 15 network and local brands with a key focus on providing integrated, client-centric solutions while driving an inclusive, collaborative culture.  

Maya, who was most recently CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia’s Dwi Sapta Group, has over a decade of experience in the advertising industry. In her role as leader of the network brand, she has achieved consecutive double digit business growth and grew the local business three-fold into one of the biggest agencies in Indonesia.

SK Biswas said: “It has been a privilege leading the Dentsu Aegis business in Indonesia, working with so many great talents. I have seen the evolution of the business over the past few years and now it’s time to hand over the torch to Maya who is the ideal candidate to take the Group forward.”

Phil Teeman, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Southeast Asia, said: “Indonesia is an important market for us in the region as innovation in the startup market is thriving and growth opportunities are immense. Maya is a natural leader and has strong credentials and relationships in the industry. We thank Biswas for his dedication, commitment and hard work for the past two years and wish him well for the future.”

“Be the change you want to see in this world – that’s what drives me every day. I am a firm believer of people and talent, and my aim as CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia is to leverage on our strong talent pool of over 900 to drive change within the network that will position us well for the future. Together as one, we can innovate Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia to become the agency of the future and stay ahead of the innovation frontier in the region and beyond,” Maya added.

Named Top 10 Indonesia’s Best CEO 2018 by SWA Business Magazine, Maya speaks regularly at regional advertising stage such as AdWeek, AdStars, AdAsia, as well as lectures at local universities. She is currently the chairman of International Affairs for Indonesian Advertising Association (P3I), and is also a member of AFAA, CAAAA and Citra Pariwara award committee.

Source: Dentsu Aegis Network press release

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