Aston Martin & WGI: Joining Forces to Build a Brighter Future

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Aston Martin & WGI: Joining Forces to Build a Brighter Future

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Tokyo, Japan (February 19th, 2019): Aston Martin, the iconic British automobile maker, and WGI today announce a collaboration to increase education opportunities for the less fortunate in Asia. This collaboration will be in direct support of WGI, an international organization that is educating people around the world to stop illiteracy. 

In Asia, WGI is teaching beneficiaries how to read and write through its Read and Rice program. WGI mobilizes resources in underserved communities so beneficiaries can build their literacy skills. This program reaches a wide array of people, from street children in Jakarta to domestic helpers in Singapore.  

Aston Martin, utilizing its famous marque, regional network, and corporate resources, will play an active role in helping WGI expand its work across the region. The duo anticipate a wide-ranging engagement that will allow WGI to reach more beneficiaries in new markets. The partnership will launch in and initially focus on Japan.

Aston Martin will support WGI in teaching English to low-income children. English literacy is an important issue and the partners are keen to tackle it. Japan is a new market for WGI but a longstanding one for Aston Martin; showcasing how the partners will work together to spread opportunities.  

"We are eager to attack the causes of illiteracy, by providing free books and literacy classes to students,” says Patrik Nilsson of President Aston Martin Asia Pacific.

“Aston Martin is one of the most acclaimed luxury brands on Earth,” added Chance Wilson, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of WGI. “This is an incredible opportunity to join forces with them and do good for those in need.”

This collaboration formally launched on Monday, February 18th at 6PM with an event at the House of Aston Martin Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan. This launch event was an opportunity for both parties to share their synergies and plans for engagement. The launch included guests from the Japanese media, Tokyo business community, and even Shibuya Mayor Ken Hasebe.

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2019 New Year's Message from WGI Chairman and CEO Chance Wilson

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2019 New Year's Message from WGI Chairman and CEO Chance Wilson

NEW YORK (January 1st, 2019) - Chance Wilson, Chairman & CEO of WGI Worldwide, Inc., has released the following New Year’s Message to our teams around the world:

2018 was an incredible year for WGI. We witnessed a pattern of sustained growth across our global network. We launched operations in Los Angeles, scaled our programs in the Asia Pacific, welcomed an array of new corporate partners, and ended the year by relocating our headquarters to New York City. These are just a few examples of the productive year WGI has seen in 2018.

As we head into 2019, we must harness this growing momentum to position WGI as the world leader in the fight against illiteracy. This requires us to put emphasis on KPIs to track growth, deepen engagement with local partners across our network, and study the application of technology against illiteracy.

Last New Year’s, I boldly predicted that 2018 would be our most successful year yet. I can confidently say this prediction was correct. Now, today, I predict that 2019 will be the year we take consequential steps towards finally ending illiteracy. I look forward to working with you all to see this prediction come true.

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WGI To Relocate Its Headquarters To New York City

WGI To Relocate Its Headquarters To New York City

NEW YORK (December 19th, 2018) - WGI Worldwide, Inc. today announces the completion of a significant corporate restructuring. As a result, WGI has reincorporated in Delaware and will be relocating its headquarters to New York City.

“This is a natural evolution after nearly five years of sustained growth,” said Chance Wilson, WGI’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “These changes give WGI a strong foundation to grow our work around the world. I’d like to thank our lawyers at Gibson Dunn who advised us throughout this restructuring.”

New York City is home to over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Over half of all US publicly traded companies are incorporated in Delaware. Both locations presented an attractive business environment for WGI’s future corporate and legal headquarters, respectively.

Wilson continued “It’s bittersweet for us to be leaving Louisiana, where WGI was founded and headquartered until this point. However we recognize the significance of this milestone. We are proud to call New York City our new home.”

“New York is internationally recognized for its diverse culture and vast reach throughout the world,” added Paul Dietzel, WGI’s Vice Chairman. “I’m excited about the possibilities of having WGI based in New York City.” 

In the coming weeks, WGI’s leadership will take the relevant steps to complete the relocation to New York. This includes the leasing of office space in the city and relevant administrative tasks. Michael Haggen & Jatin Rajput have been named Co-Chairs of WGI in New York, and will be leading operations in the city.

These changes were approved unanimously by the Board of Directors of WGI. All changes are effective immediately.

WGI Strengthens Global Leadership With Senior Appointments

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WGI Strengthens Global Leadership With Senior Appointments

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BATON ROUGE (October 8th, 2018) - International organization WGI today announced the appointments of four senior business leaders to its global leadership team. These appointments will compliment WGI’s operating structure and bolster its work around the world.

Andrew Lee, Managing Director of Havas Malaysia, and Kenny Ong, Managing Director of Universal Music Group Malaysia, have been appointed as Board Members of WGI Kuala Lumpur. In this role, they’ll support and lead WGI’s work in the city via the local leadership team.

Jacqueline Thng, a Partner at brand consultancy Prophet, and Andrea Conyard, Southeast Asia CEO at Y&R, have been appointed as Senior Advisors of WGI. In this role, they’ll counsel WGI’s leadership on branding, reputation, and advertising matters globally.

“It is a pleasure to welcome this remarkable assortment of business leaders to our team” commented WGI Chairman & CEO Chance Wilson. “I look forward to working with them as we develop our operations around the world.”

These appointments are effective immediately.

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Manolito Manalo Named Chairman, Asia Pacific of WGI

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Manolito Manalo Named Chairman, Asia Pacific of WGI

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HONG KONG (September 27, 2018) - International organization WGI today announced the appointment of Manolito Manalo as Chairman of its Asia Pacific region. In this new role, Mr. Manalo will provide advisory leadership over WGI’s operations in four countries across the region.

"Manolito has a been trusted, dedicated member of our global leadership team," commented WGI Chairman & CEO Chance Wilson. "This is reflected in his appointment as Asia Pacific Chairman. The APAC region is critical to our organization, and I have full faith Manolito will lead it to new heights." 

Mr. Manalo previously spent two years on the Board of Directors of our Philippines affiliate, WGI Philippines. In this role, he helped build, launch, and lead local WGI operations. Mr. Manalo is the Managing Partner of Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim, a leading corporate law firm in The Philippines.

Mr. Manalo, a native of the The Philippines, is married with one daughter.

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