Management change at VMLY&R Malaysia as Lisa Hezila steps down and Eric Ho takes charge

VMLY&R’s group managing director for Malaysia Lisa Hezila is stepping down from the agency after 15 years. Hezila is leaving to pursue personal interests, and will be at VMLY&R until the end of March.

Taking over as managing director is Eric Ho who recently moved from the regional headquarters in Singapore to Malaysia.

Hezila’s long association with Y&R began in 2004 as general manager of ParagonY&R and then moving on to become managing director of Y&R Malaysia in 2012.

Speaking about her departure, she said: “VMLY&R is a fantastic company with a strong culture of creativity and business know-how that always delivers for clients.

“For the last 15 years the team has been my family – it has been a fantastic journey, and I am proud of what myself and the team has achieved during this time, working to build the Malaysia office into the robust digital-first agency it is today.

“This is an exciting time for VMLY&R, and I am happy in the knowledge that I am handing over the reins to an incredibly strong, passionate and talented team who always strive to go the extra mile for the client.”  

According to VLY&R Asia co-CEO Tripti Lochan: “Lisa has been a bundle of energy, enthusiasm and optimism for us over the decades.

“She helped put VMLY&R on the map and has been a trailblazer in the industry, having been part of many industry bodies. We will dearly miss her, and I do want to take this time to thank Lisa for putting her heart and soul into building an agency whose continued success is going to be her legacy.”

Eric Ho has worked JWT and Johnson & Johnson, joining VML in 2016. He previously led new business development, the government practice and market development for Malaysia. Speaking about his new role, Lochan said: “This is an exciting time for VMLY&R as we continue to match leadership, talent and skillsets to help our clients futureproof their businesses.

“Eric is an exceptional leader, who comes with over 10 years of experience in future oriented digital marketing – and we look forward to his continued dedication in providing clients with the most relevant and contemporary agency offering in the market today.”


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