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.
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.
Paul Dietzel is Vice Chairman of WGI Worldwide, 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.
Larry East is a Non-Executive Director of WGI Worldwide, 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.
Troy Hebert is a Non-Executive Director of WGI Worldwide, Inc. Mr. Hebert shares responsibility, as a member of the Board of Directors, for the governance of WGI and our global network. Mr. Hebert joined WGI in 2017 and was re-elected to the Board of Directors in 2018.
Mr. Hebert has spent his entire career - some 30+ years - in the financial services industry. Throughout this career Mr. Hebert has been entrusted with the management of people and funds across the retail banking sector. He is currently a Senior Vice President in the commercial and industrial division at Investar Bank (NASDAQ:ISTR).
Mr. Hebert, a graduate of Nicholls State University, is married with adult children.
Michael Haggen is Co-Chairman of WGI New York. He shares responsibility, with Jatin Rajput, for all aspects of WGI's presence in the city. This includes our work in New York and our relationship with the local community. A native of Detroit, Mr. Haggen joined WGI in Spring 2018 as a Member of the Global Advisory Board.
Mr. Haggen is Chief Academic Officer of Scholastic Education, where he 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.
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.
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.
Sreeram Iyer is the Chief Operating Officer for ANZ Bank’s Institutional Banking business. In this role, Mr. Iyer is responsible for supporting Institutional business strategies across multiple countries, generating value for customers through Technology and driving Operations in all the regions of ANZ's business. A native of India, Mr. Iyer joined WGI in 2016 as a Board Member for WGI Singapore.
Mr. Iyer has more than 25 years of experience in banking; including 18 years at Standard Chartered Bank, with responsibilities across diverse functions, disciplines and geographies. There, he set up and ran their Offshore Hubs, deployed complex Technology platforms and was involved with the integration of a large global Private Bank business acquired by Standard Chartered.
Mr. Iyer has earned his learning experiences from MIT (Boston), London Business School, Henley Management College (MBA), and from INSEAD. He is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst, Management Accountant, and a Company Secretary.
Aaron Kleiman is Co-Chairman of WGI Tokyo. He shares responsibility, with Takeshi Nagai, for all aspects of WGI's presence in the city. This includes our work in Tokyo and our relationship with the local community. A native of Chicago, Mr. Kleiman joined WGI in late 2018.
A twenty year veteran of Japan, Mr. Kleiman is a well-regarded marketing and communications leader, known for his ability to help multi-national corporations navigate Japanese markets. In his current role as Senior Director at George P. Johnson, he focuses on developing amazing client experiences based on insights-based experiential strategy for leading global brands.
Before joining GPJ in 2016, Aaron previously served as General Manager at the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club, where he oversaw the conversion of the club into a koeki-shadan hojin (public good NPO). The Club regularly offered sporting and cultural events that were meant to benefit the local community – and Aaron hopes to bring a similar spirit of community benefit through his efforts for WGI in Japan.
Aaron, a graduate of the University of Michigan, is married with one daughter.
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.
Manolito Manalo is Chairman, Asia Pacific of WGI. He is responsible for providing advisory leadership over WGI’s operations in four countries across Asia. Mr. Manalo also acts as the lead spokesperson and ambassador for WGI’s affairs in the region. Mr. Manalo joined WGI in 2016 as a Member of the WGI Philippines Board of Directors. He was appointed as Asia Pacific Chairman in 2018.
Mr. Manalo, one of The Philippines’ leading lawyers, is currently Managing Partner of Ocampo, Manalo, Valdez & Lim. At the firm Mr. Manalo also heads the labor & litigation practices. A respected name in the Filipino business community, Mr. Manalo also serves as the President of Panalpina World Transport, (Phils.), Inc., Chairman & CEO of publicly-listed Prime Media Holdings, Inc. and a Director of Kajima Philippines, Inc., among others.
Mr. Manalo, a graduate of University of the Philippines in Diliman, is married with one daughter.
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.
Takeshi Nagai is Co-Chairman of WGI Tokyo. He shares responsibility, with Aaron Kleiman, for all aspects of WGI's presence in the city. This includes our work in Tokyo and our relationship with the local community. A native of Tokyo, Mr. Nagai joined WGI in late 2018.
Mr. Nagai is a senior advertising executive currently working at Hakuhodo, in the International Market Design Division. Prior to his current role, he helped multi-national corporations enter the Japanese market from Hakuhodo’s Account Service Division. Mr. Nagai also launched and managed several affiliate creative boutiques featuring Hakuhodo’s top creative talent. Most recently, he worked on various M&A transactions for Hakuhodo in the Investment and Management Division.
A graduate of Keio University, Mr. Nagai also holds a MSc from London Business School. He is married with two children.
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.
Jatin Rajput is Co-Chairman of WGI New York. He shares responsibility, with Michael Haggen, for all aspects of WGI's presence in the city. This includes our work in New York and our relationship with the local community. A native of India, Mr. Rajput joined WGI in Fall 2016 as a Board Member of WGI Singapore.
Mr. Rajput has over 18 years experience in investment banking. He has managed strategic M&A, principal investments and strategy for leading institutions. Mr. Rajput has executed M&A transactions up to $15 Billion throughout a successful career with stops in London, Mumbai, and Singapore.
Mr. Rajput has an MBA from INSEAD, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi. Mr. Rajput is married with two children.
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.
Malisse Tan is 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 first joined WGI in late 2015, where she built and eventually Chaired our local Malaysian affiliate. After years of dedicated service to WGI, she joined our Global Advisory Board in January 2019 to help drive global operations and strategy.
Ms. Tan, who spent her formative years in New Zealand, is married with one daughter.
Jacqueline Thng is a Senior Advisor at WGI, responsible for counseling our executive leadership on branding and reputation matters. Mrs. Thng is a renowned marketer and communicator with 20 years of experience in helping clients develop and implement profitable growth strategies across diverse industries both on a global and regional basis. She was recently bestowed as one of the World's Most Influential Marketing Leaders by World Marketing Congress.
Mrs. Thng is currently a Partner at Prophet and leads in the strategy, brand and experience, and healthcare practices in Asia. Mrs. Thng also helped launch Prophet’s Brand Relevant Index in China. Prior to Prophet, she was Managing Director of Brand Union (WPP) and CEO of Lexis Branding where she grew the strategy and branding practice of both agencies. She also led Brand Union (now Superunion) to win the coveted Brand Consultancy of the year. She is a prominent speaker at conferences and contributes regularly to regional media.
Mrs. Thng, a graduate of the National University of Singapore, is married with two sons.
Chance Wilson is the Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of WGI Worldwide, 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 seven cities.
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 19 years old, Mr. Wilson continues to lead WGI and its activities. A native of Louisiana, he graduated high school in May 2018 and splits his time between Baton Rouge and New York City.
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.
Chris Reitermann is Chief Executive, Asia Pacific of Ogilvy. In this role, Mr. Reitermann is responsible for the regional operations of one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. Mr. Reitermann, who shares this role with Kent Wertime, is also the Chief Executive of Ogilvy China.
Over the last two decades Mr. Reitermann has held several senior management positions within Ogilvy, running local offices, regional and worldwide clients like Nestlé and Cisco, and regional units such as Ogilvy Advertising. By 2009, Mr Reitermann took on the role of managing Ogilvy in Shanghai, and then began to oversee Ogilvy Advertising in Asia Pacific in 2012. He was promoted to his current role as Chief Executive, Asia Pacific in 2016.
Chris is actively involved in the Chinese internet space, sitting on the Advisory Boards of several start-ups. He writes regularly about digital and brand marketing.