NEW YORK: Ogilvy & Mather has appointed Khai Meng Tham (pictured), currently co-chairman of its Asia-Pacific operations, as its new worldwide creative director, and as chairman of the organisation's creative council.

Aged 52, Tham joined Ogilvy in 1999, working in Singapore as executive regional creative director and co-chairman of the WPP Group network's Asia-Pacific operations.

He has helped develop the organisation's standing in the region, working on various accounts including The Economist and Johnson & Johnson.

Says Tham: "I hope that I will bring some new perspective to the job. That is our key strength – a huge mix of people from all over the world."
Tham replaces Robyn Putter, who has left O&M after more than 30 years, and will work mainly in New York, with responsibilities that include developing Ogilvy's creative capabilities and new business.

Miles Young, who will take over as Ogilvy's worldwide ceo in January 2009, was previously chief executive of the network's Asia Pacific arm.

Data sourced from Wall Street Journal Online; additional content by WARC staff