Chris Chen to rejoin IPG Mediabrands China as CEO based in Shanghai

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Chris Chen to rejoin IPG Mediabrands China as CEO based in Shanghai

IPG Mediabrands appoints Chris Chen as CEO of IPG Mediabrands China.


Formerly COO and CFO of DDB Greater China, Chen (pictured) has more than 15 years progressive leadership experience in strategic financial and operational roles across number of media networks; including 8 years at GroupM China, and prior to joining DDB, serving more than 5 and a half years as IPG Mediabrands China CFO.

“We are delighted to welcome Chris back into the IPG Mediabrands network at a time when our China business is growing from strength to strength, particularly through our investment in data and strategic technology partnerships,” said Daryl Lee Global CEO IPG Mediabrands. “I’m confident that Chris’ entrepreneurial leadership style, and growth mindset will continue our forward trajectory in China.”

Chen added, “It’s exciting to re-join the IPG Mediabrands fold at this time. We have stellar leadership talent driving our agency brands, and strong opportunities to continue building our client proposition and network reputation in market.”

Chris Chen’s appointment to the role of CEO IPG Mediabrands China, will follow the departure of Tom Wan at the end of this year. Lee commented, “Tom has led the Mediabrands China network through a transformational growth period over the last three years. It’s time to take on a new challenge, and he leaves with our sincere thanks, and best wishes.”

Chen will be based in Shanghai, and will report to Leigh Terry, CEO IPG Mediabrands APAC. His appointment is effective mid-January 2020.