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Takaki Hibino to lead Dentsu Aegis Network APAC — Nick Waters leaves to head DAN UK

Dentsu Aegis Network has appointed Takaki Hibino as executive chairman of Dentsu Aegis Network Asia-Pacific. Hibino’s appointment comes in the wake of current regional lead Nick Waters moving to London to become executive chairman of DAN UK and Ireland. Waters’ return to the UK is believed to be due to the abrupt departure of Stef Calcraft executive chairman of DAN UK and Ireland, after less than a year with the agency.

Hibino’s role is effective from January while Nick Waters starts his new assignment in February 2019.

Hibino is a veteran at Dentsu Inc with 35 years of experience and has worked on businesses like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Shiseido. His has previously been CEO of Dentsu Brand Agencies Asia Pacific and the global brand president of dentsu X (formerly Dentsu Media). He is credited with winning multiple regional client accounts, international awards and leading the rebranding of Dentsu Media into dentsu X.

Speaking about the appointment, Hibino said: “I’m excited to be taking on the role to lead the regional business in such a fast growing and diverse region.

“I travelled around Asia Pacific when I was based in Singapore and was inspired by the strong talent within the business. I look forward to working with everyone in the region to take Dentsu Aegis Network Asia-Pacific on its next journey.”

Dentsu Aegis Network’s Nick Waters

Speaking about the move back to the UK, Nick Waters said: “After nine years leading the business in Asia-Pacific, it is time for me to do something different. To lead Dentsu Aegis Network in my home country — our second largest market globally, is a great opportunity for me.

“We have created a great business in the region, built through the hard work of an outstanding leadership team and many talented people across the business. Hibino-san has been a great colleague, is a top man, and will continue to take the company forward.”

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