WATATAWA names Stephen Robertson as new MD

WE Communications agency, WATATAWA, has announced the appointment of Stephen Robertson as their new managing director. Effective immediately, Stephen brings his impressive 30 years of experience in strategic communications across Asia-Pacific to the role.Throughout his career, Stephen has provided counsel to a wide range of regional and national corporations. His expertise lies in areas like corporate reputation management, strategy and positioning, crisis and issues management, and stakeholder engagement. Stephen is adept at navigating complex situations involving leadership, reputation, and regulations. He understands the critical role of communication insights, media savvy, and precision in achieving successful business outcomes for clients.Prior to his new role, Stephen held various regional consulting leadership positions. He is known for his hands-on approach, tackling communication challenges with a blend of logic and creativity. Stephen fosters close partnerships with clients' business and communication leaders to deliver effective strategies. He is a past president of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Singapore, further demonstrating his leadership and commitment to the region.Under Stephen's leadership, WATATAWA is poised to strengthen its presence in Singapore and across APAC. He will report to Nitin Mantri, Regional Executive Managing Director for APAC at WE Communications. Stephen succeeds Simon Pangrazio, the former Managing Partner, who will be departing the firm on July 5th.Kass Sells, CEO, International, WE, said: “This transition is a passing-of-the-torch moment to the next -generation of leadership and an example of how WE invests in and develops our leaders from within. A long-time business partner to Simon, Stephen is a seasoned communications professional who knows the market, our people and our clients, with a strong vision for the future of WATATAWA. At the same time, I want to extend our gratitude to Simon, who was instrumental in building the WATATAWA business and the team we have today.” Stephen said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead WATATAWA and maintain the high bar that Simon has set. It has been a privilege to work closely together over the decade and to develop a business and consulting model that is as relevant to our clients as ever and encourages and engages our people.”

WE Communications appoints Nichole Provatas as EVP

WE Communications (WE) has announced the appointment of Nichole Provatas as executive vice president and international head of integrated marketing. This new role expands upon her previous position as executive vice president, APAC head of integrated marketing. Prior to that, she served as the global head of digital, creative, and strategy.In her new role, Provatas will lead WE's borderless experience team (BET), a globally decentralized group that offers client counsel, creative execution, strategic insights, and data capabilities to clients worldwide.Before joining WE, Provatas was at Adobe, where she held roles as head of brand communications and advocacy, APAC, and head of social media, APAC. She also worked as an account director and senior account supervisor at Edelman in Sydney and New York, respectively.Additionally, WE Communications has appointed Brian Keenan as executive vice president and international head of insights and analytics. Keenan will be responsible for enhancing WE's insight, analytics, and strategy capabilities for clients and driving growth across key markets and sectors.Keenan previously held the role of executive vice president, APAC strategy, and head of strategy at WE. His prior experience includes serving as senior vice president of planning and head of business intelligence at Weber Shandwick Australia, as well as senior insights, strategy and creativity planner and global creative initiatives manager at Ketchum in London. According to his LinkedIn profile, Keenan began his career as a guest lecturer at New York University, where he taught global marketing, creativity, brainstorming, and emerging technologies.Both Provatas and Keenan report to Kass Sells, CEO, International, WE.Alongside these leadership changes, WE has appointed Charmaine Lin and Michelle Lim as director and associate director of sectors in Singapore, respectively. Reporting to Troy Lee, head of sectors at WE, Lin and Lim will enhance the agency’s capabilities in tourism, travel and hospitality, technology, B2B, and crisis communications.

Agency expands regional roles, showing growth and investment in EMEA.

WE Communications, a leading independent global communications agency, today announced new regional leadership appointments that showcase the agency’s continued commitment to driving overall growth across the EMEA region, which had double-digit growth last year. Daniel Blank has been elevated to head of integrated marketing, EMEA, and Jasmin Athwal to head of growth and business development, EMEA.“WE’s EMEA region has experienced strong performance over the past few years, and our business is ready for additional cross-regional leadership that will continue our positive trajectory,” said Kass Sells, WE’s CEO of international. “Daniel and Jasmin have proven track records of driving results and will be an unstoppable pair when it comes to leading WE into this next chapter.”Under his new remit, Blank will be responsible for driving the agency’s creative and digital work across all EMEA markets. He will manage a team of more than 35 specialists spanning client capabilities that include insights and analytics, creative concepting, design, social media, paid media and content production. Prior to this, Blank served as deputy managing director of WE’s Germany office for six years. Throughout his career of more than 25 years, he has partnered with many multinational brands across the technology, healthcare, consumer products and sustainability sectors.“Clients today rightfully expect seamlessly integrated campaigns and 360-degree digital servicing from their agency partners,” said Sells. “By bringing together a cross-regional team, WE will further increase its creative diversity, quality and scalability for the brands with which we partner.”Athwal is charged with leading new business and marketing, including the development and implementation of a growth strategy across WE’s German, U.K. and South African operations that fuels cross-regional collaboration and integration. She will collaborate closely with local market leadership to drive client acquisition across WE’s key sectors of health, technology and consumer. Athwal most recently was senior director, technology at WE, where she provided counsel to B2B executive leaders on strategic communications and media relations, supporting the growth of WE’s largest clients in the EMEA region.WE’s EMEA Region experienced more than 14% growth in the last calendar year and represents clients that include Forest Stewardship Council, Honeywell and Microsoft.Athwal is based in London, and Blank is based in Munich. Both will continue to report to Sells.