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Jonathan Adashek


Jonathan Adashek
Member of the Global Advisory Board

Jonathan Adashek is Alliance Global Vice President, Communications of Renault-Nissan-Mitsibushi. In this role he is responsible for communicating the strategy and managing the reputation of the world's largest automotive group. He is in charge of coordinating and creating synergies between the three communications functions of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors. 

Mr. Adashek joined Nissan Motor Corporation, Ltd. in 2015 as Vice President, Global Communications and Chief Communications Officer – Responsible for Nissan, Datsun and Infiniti communications, he was based in Yokohama, Japan.

Mr. Adashek spent the first part of his career working in government and political roles. He then held senior communications leadership roles at Edelman and Microsoft before ultimately joining Nissan. Mr. Adashek, who hails from Wisconsin, is married with two children. 

Jonathan resides in Paris.

Mike Amour


Mike Amour


Mike Amour
Member of the Global Advisory Board

Mike Amour is Chairman & CEO Asia Pacific of Havas Group. In this role, Mr. Amour leads over 2,000 employees across 19 countries for one of the largest communications groups in the world. Mr. Amour’s entrepreneurial career spans multiple geographies, brand cultures and marketing disciplines. He has lived and worked in London, New York, Tokyo, etc., managing operations and clients for the world’s top agency networks. 

His extensive global brand experience includes Nike, Coca-Cola, American Express, Nissan, Gillette, and many other Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Amour is a native of Scotland, a graduate of Stirling University, holds UK & Swiss passports, and is a Permanent Resident of Singapore. When not helping clients grow their business, he tries to keep pace with his two very energetic teenage children.

Mike resides in Singapore.

Paul Dietzel


Paul Dietzel


Paul Dietzel
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

Paul Dietzel is Vice Chairman of The WGI Group Inc., responsible for supporting WGI Chairman Chance Wilson & the Board of Directors in the execution of their duties. Mr. Dietzel is also a Non-Executive Director of WGI, serving on the Board of Directors since 2016. Mr. Dietzel was appointed Vice Chairman in 2018.

Mr. Dietzel is the Chief Executive Officer of Anedot, an online platform which makes fundraising easy for churches and political, education and policy organizations. Mr. Dietzel founded Anedot in 2010 and successfully built it into a leading national company. 

Mr. Dietzel, a graduate of Pepperdine University, is married with one son. 

Paul resides in Dallas.

Larry East


Larry East


Larry East
Non-Executive Director 

Larry East is a Non-Executive Director of The WGI Group, Inc. Mr. East shares responsibility, as a member of the Board of Directors, for the governance of WGI and our global network. Mr. East joined WGI in 2015 and was re-elected to the Board of Directors in 2017.

Mr. East is Vice President Business Transformation at Albemarle Corporation, a publicly traded global chemical company. Mr. East is responsible for integrating business processes and practices across a $10 Billion organization. Mr. East reports to the CEO of Albemarle, Luther Kissam IV. 

Mr. East, a graduate of Mississippi State University, is married with adult children. 

Larry resides in Baton Rouge.

Peter Haarmark


Peter Haarmark


Peter Haarmark
Non-Executive Director

Peter Haarmark is a Non-Executive Director of The WGI Group, Inc. Mr. Haarmark shares responsibility, as a member of the Board of Directors, for the governance of WGI and our global network. Before his appointment as a Non-Executive Director, Mr. Haarmark served as a Global Advisor for WGI and as a Board Director of our Malaysian affiliate. Mr. Haarmark joined WGI in 2016.

Mr. Haarmark is an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Ydigital Group, a multinational agency based in Asia. Mr. Haarmark helps companies and brands drive business performance through various digital strategies.

Mr. Haarmark, who hails from Denmark, is married and has lived on three continents. 

Peter resides in Jakarta.

Michael Haggen


Michael Haggen


Michael Haggen
Member of the Global Advisory Board

Michael Haggen is Chief Academic Officer of Scholastic Education, where is supporting schools across the country through instructional materials for literacy achievement, professional learning programs for teacher effectiveness, family and community engagement initiatives, etc. Mr. Haggen joined Scholastic in 2016. 

Mr. Haggen brings more than 20 years of academic experience, having served as a teacher, principal, chief academic officer and direct report to superintendents in three school districts where his hands-on approach led to change. Under his leadership, schools significantly increased their academic performance. 

Mr. Haggen, a graduate of University of Michigan, has led schools in Baton Rouge, St. Louis, New Orleans, etc. 

Michael resides in New York City.

Jonathan Hughes


Jonathan Hughes


Jonathan Hughes
Member of the Global Advisory Board

Jonathan Hughes is CEO of Golin, one of the largest public relations agencies in the world. In his role as CEO, he is responsible for growing Golin's international capabilities, developing strategic partnerships and, along with other leaders, building out expertise in different industry sectors to better serve clients across multiple-markets.

Mr. Hughes also oversees operations across EMEA and Asia and advises clients on corporate reputation and relevance drawing his experience from business, technology and corporate communications, working with global brands such as FOX Global Networks, VTech, Nokia, Oracle, Tetra Pak, etc.

Mr. Hughes, a graduate of Cranfield University, is married with three children.

Jonathan resides in London.

Naveed Irshad


Naveed Irshad


Naveed Irshad
Member of the Global Advisory Board

Naveed Irshad is a life insurance expert with over two decades of industry experience. A Canadian hailing from Montreal, Mr. Irshad has a track record of innovation and success. This includes transforming the Singapore subsidiary of insurance giant Manulife.

Prior to moving to Singapore, Mr. Irshad spent years in senior leadership roles in Canada. This includes stints at RGA and John Hancock. These were formative years for Mr. Irshad, solidifying his expertise in the insurance business. 

Mr. Irshad was recently appointed Head, North America Legacy Business for Manulife. He was also appointed to the company's Executive Committee. This promotion sees him returning home to Canada after years in Asia. Mr. Irshad is married with two sons. 

Naveed resides in Toronto.

Neil Johnson


Neil Johnson


Neil Johnson
Member, Global Advisory Board

Neil Johnson has been an executive in the logistics industry for over twenty years. He has led, invested in, and founded numerous companies with within his sector.

Mr. Johnson, hailing from Birmingham, began his career as a financial analyst in the industry. He then went to lead a logistics business in the Former Soviet Union after its collapse. Mr. Johnson eventually moved to the Asia Pacific in the late 90s, and has remained there since. 

Mr. Johnson's global career have made him passionate about making the world a safer and more prosperous place. He is an avid traveler, family man, and runner. He recently completed a race through the Namib desert in support of girl's education. 

Neil resides in Singapore.

Gary Kelly


Gary Kelly


Gary Kelly
Co-Chairman, WGI Los Angeles

Gary Kelly is Co-Chairman of WGI Los Angeles. He shares responsibility, with Deanne Yamamoto, for all aspects of WGI's presence in the city. This includes our work in Los Angeles and our relationship with the local community. A native of Ohio, Mr. Kelly joined WGI in early 2018 as a Member of the Global Advisory Board. 

Mr. Kelly has spent the last two decades rising the ranks of the music industry. He began his career with Sony Music before transitioning to the Universal Music Group. He joined Interscope Geffen A&M Records in April 2010 as Head of Sales. He was then promoted to Head of Revenue & Digital and ultimately rose to his current position as Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer. 

In this position, he leads the revenue, digital marketing and production departments at Interscope Records. Mr. Kelly is the first person in the music industry to hold the title Chief Revenue Officer. Mr. Kelly is married with two sons. 

Gary resides in Los Angeles.

Rob Maness


Rob Maness


Colonel Rob Maness, ret.
Member of the Global Advisory Board

Retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness has a lifelong record of providing dedicated service to the nation. He made the decision at 17 years old to enlist in the United States Air Force and serve his country.

Over the next 32 years, Colonel Maness would build a decorated military career that would see him command bomber squadrons in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, serve as a nuclear operations officer in The Pentagon, and lead thousands of airmen as Commander of the 377th Air Base Wing.

Colonel Maness retired from active duty service in 2011 and went on to work as an executive at a Fortune 500 energy company before founding the Iron Liberty Group. 

Rob resides in Madisonville, Louisiana.

Nicola Oldfield


Nicola Oldfield


Nicola Oldfield
Chairman, WGI Hong Kong

Nicola Oldfield is Chairman of WGI Hong Kong. She is responsible for leading the Board of Directors of our Hong Kong affiliate, and acts as a liaison for WGI with local stakeholders and partners. Mrs. Oldfield joined WGI in 2016 as a Member of the Hong Kong Board of Directors. She was appointed as Hong Kong Chairman in 2018. 

Mrs. Oldfield is a hospitality and branding professional with 13+ years of luxury marketing, events & PR experience. She was formerly marketing, events & web director for Gordon Ramsay Holdings for 7 years, and reservations & business development director for Marcus Wareing Restaurants, UK. She joined GHC Asia in 2012 where she is currently Group Managing Director, leading offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Bangkok. 

Mrs. Oldfield, a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, is married with one daughter and enjoys food, art, and design.

Nicola resides in Hong Kong.

Sameer Sawhney


Sameer Sawhney


Sameer Sawhney
Chairman, WGI Singapore

Sameer Sawhney is Chairman of WGI Singapore. He is responsible for leading the Board of Directors of our Singapore affiliate, and acts as a liaison for WGI with local stakeholders and partners. Mr. Sawhney joined WGI in 2016 as a Member of the Singapore Board of Directors. He was appointed as Singapore Chairman in 2017. 

Mr. Sawhney is a veteran in the banking industry with over two decades of experience and expertise in building businesses. He has held senior leadership roles in global banks across Corporate and Investment Banking, Transaction Banking, Global Markets and Private Banking businesses. Having worked in several countries around the world, Sameer has a deep understanding of both emerging and developed markets. Mr. Sawhney is currently CEO of Srei, one of India's largest private sector integrated infrastructure institutions.

Mr. Sawhney, a graduate of Delhi University, is married with two daughters. 

Sameer resides in Singapore.

Malisse Tan


Malisse Tan


Malisse Tan
Chairman, WGI Kuala Lumpur

Malisse Tan is Chairman of WGI Kuala Lumpur. She is responsible for leading the Board of Directors of our KL affiliate, and acts as a liaison for WGI with local stakeholders and partners. Ms. Tan joined WGI in 2015 as an Advisory Board Member. She was appointed as Kuala Lumpur Chairman in early 2018. 

Ms. Tan is one of Malaysia's leading businesswomen and entrepreneurs. She has been recognized by CLEO Malaysia, Prestige Magazine, etc. for her trailblazing career as a young female executive. Ms. Tan's experience include rising the corporate hierarchy of a global SAAS company, from Sales Consultant to Managing Director, as well as founding her own start up and extensive community service. Ms. Tan is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship.

Ms. Tan, who spent her formative years in New Zealand, is married with one daughter. 

Malisse resides in Kuala Lumpur.

Chance Wilson


Chance Wilson


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Chance Wilson
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Chance Wilson is the Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The WGI Group, Inc., an international organization that is educating people around the world to stop illiteracy. Mr. Wilson directs the strategy, operations, and corporate governance across WGI's global network in six citiesrr.

Mr. Wilson founded WGI four years ago at 14 years old, after being presented with a perplexing issue: Many of his friends at school were unable to read and write. This opened a Pandora's Box for him that would change his life, and potentially the world, forever.

After coming to terms with this serious issue, Mr. Wilson turned his imagination to action. He decided to start WGI (Wilson Global Initiative) and do whatever he could to help people learn to read and write. Over these last four years, this drive and determination has built WGI into a leading player in the fight against illiteracy.

Today, at 18 years old, Mr. Wilson continues to lead WGI while balancing his academics. He graduated high school in May 2018 and will begin college in 2019. Mr. Wilson resides in Baton Rouge and counts John F. Kennedy as his hero. 

 

Deanne Yamamoto


Deanne Yamamoto


Deanne Yamamoto
Co-Chairman, WGI Los Angeles

Deanne Yamamoto is Co-Chairman of WGI Los Angeles. She shares responsibility, with Gary Kelly, for all aspects of WGI's presence in the city. This includes our work in Los Angeles and our relationship with the local community. Ms. Yamamoto joined WGI in 2017 as a Member of the Global Advisory Board. 

A powerhouse in the communications industry, Deanne Yamamoto has built a sterling reputation servicing some of the world's most iconic brands. Her distinguished career began at Golin Harris, before spending the next 16 years at Ketchum. She re-joined Golin in 2014 where she currently leads the Los Angeles office.

Ms. Yamamoto, a graduate of USC, is married with two sons.

Deanne resides in Los Angeles.