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Essence names new heads of planning and activation in APAC

Essence is announcing the appointment of James Smyllie and Lee Walsh to respectively lead the agency's Planning and Activation practices in APAC out of our office in Singapore.

As Vice President, Media Planning, APAC, Smyllie - whose expertise is in the areas of innovation, change management and client leadership across sectors, including technology, finance, luxury, travel and automotive - will head up Essence’s integrated media planning offering across the region. With 17 years of media industry experience and a proven track record in developing award-winning strategic media campaigns, Smyllie waspreviously International Client President at Carat.

As Vice President, Activation, APAC, Lee Walsh will be responsible for leading Essence’s media activation team in APAC, covering programmatic, search, social, as well as reservation media across both online and offline channels. Alongside overseeing media buying and optimization for all clients in the region, Walsh plays a key role in driving data-led media partnerships and innovation for the agency. With over 18 years of media industry experience, Walsh was most recently Regional Managing Director at NewBase.

“The investments by Essence in people, tools and processes are really very impressive, making it unquestionably the media agency best set up to help clients grow their businesses in the new economy. I am excited to be working with the talented team here,” shared Smyllie.

“Over the last few years, I have watched Essence build a reputation as one of the smartest-thinking agencies in the region. I am delighted to be a part of the team and help Essence continue its growth across APAC,” said Walsh.

“As Essence continues its growth ambitions in APAC, we are thrilled to have James and Lee lead our Media Planning and Media Activation practices, respectively. They are both seasoned leaders, with great depth of expertise in their practices and breadth in their industry experience. James and Lee will be tremendous assets to our agency and our product offering to clients,” said Kunal Guha, Managing Director, Central Asia and Head of Product, APAC.