R/GA has promoted Michael Titshall to the chief executive of Asia Pacific, expanding his role to oversee the creative studio’s offices across Asia.
Titshall has led R/GA Australia’s operations in Melbourne, Sydney, and, most recently, Canberra for the last four and a half years. In his newly created role, he will partner with R/GA’s executive leadership team in the region – which includes Marianne Whitman, general manager of Singapore, Anthony Baker, general manager of Japan, Barry Peng, interim general manager of China and Bambang Witoyo, general manager of Indonesia.
In Australia, Victoria Curro will continue as managing director, with chief creative officer Seamus Higgins and Ben Miles, VP, executive creative director co-leading the company’s creative team.
R/GA clients across the region include Diageo, Google, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Nike, QuickBooks, Shiseido, Toyota and TPG Telecom.
Titshall has been credited with ramping up R/GA’s brand in the Australian market, rapidly growing the agency’s creative innovation studio and more than doubling the size of its agency headcount.
Titshall said: “It’s an exciting time for R/GA in APAC. Our ability to deliver creative and innovative experiences that deeply connect with people is more crucial than ever for brands in such a fast-paced region. I feel incredibly fortunate to embark on this new chapter at R/GA, and continue working with such a skilled and inspiring team, not just in Australia, but now also extending that collaboration into Asia.
“The capabilities that we have across the region are already impressive, and I’m looking forward to the impact we can achieve working even closer together,” he added.
Robin Forbes, Global CEO, R/GA, said, “Michael is an exceptional business leader. He’s become known for driving the industry forward by creating environments that enable people to do the best work of their careers, creating boundary-pushing work that combine our distinct capabilities. Under his leadership, R/GA Australia has been a shining example of how to produce creatively-led innovative work, and we look forward to watching him expand his expertise at R/GA by leading our new APAC region.”
Prior to joining R/GA, Titshall spent five years at CHE Proximity, where, as managing director the agency was awarded six times as agency of the year and named the fourth Most Innovative Company in Australia.
Top image: Michael Titshall