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Tham Khai Meng

Worldwide Chief Creative Officer
Ogilvy & Mather

As Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather, Tham Khai Meng recently made history by leading the agency to win Network of the Year at Cannes for the second year running, while O&M Sao Paulo was awarded Agency of the Year. In the process of winning these titles, O&M broke another record by becoming the first network to win more than 100 Lions, with a haul of 155, including four Grand Prix. At the same time, his client, Coca-Cola, was named the Marketer of the Year at Cannes.

AdAge has called Khai ‘One of the world’s most influential people in the communication business.’ Upon completing his studies, Khai joined the advertising industry where he revealed an early aptitude for big brand work, first at Leo Burnett London and then Chicago; and later in Singapore with stints at McCann Erickson and Batey. In 2000, he took over from Neil French as Regional Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific and led them to win the Agency of the Year title for eight straight years. Following this, Khai took on the additional role of Co-Chairman Asia Pacific. He was also inducted into the Campaign Brief Hall of Fame during this time.

In 2009, Khai moved to New York to assume the role of Worldwide Chief Creative Officer. He now oversees the work of the entire Ogilvy & Mather worldwide network, including all of its global offices.

One of his first moves was to inculcate ‘Pervasive Creativity’ throughout the company, a concept he originated where everyone in the organization, regardless of title, has the responsibility to be creative.

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