Allison+Partners announced the promotion of Serina Tan to managing director, Asia Pacific. This newly-created role will be in addition to her existing role as general manager of the agency’s Singapore office, and will focus on creating more connective tissue and collaboration between the more than 140 team members across the region.
“Serina’s impressive leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit has not only driven the exponential growth of our Singapore office, but also helped expand our work into other offices across Asia Pacific,” said Jonathan Heit, Allison+Partners’ global president. “Leveraging this talent in her new role to create an additional strategic bridge between our Asia Pacific offices and leadership in the U.S. and Europe was a natural progression and recognition of her significant accomplishments. This will also facilitate the cultivation of new business opportunities and client integration regionally and globally as we continue to scale.”
Since 2014, Tan has driven triple-digit growth in Singapore, which has become an important hub for Allison+Partners in Asia. The office continues to be one of the agency’s fastest-growing offices in the network, serving a portfolio of global consumer and technology brands such as The Software Alliance (BSA), Bosch, Waze, ThoughtWorks, Carousell, Nippon Paint and Citrix. Tan has also been instrumental in diversifying the agency’s services in the region to include more integrated marketing communications work in partnership with senior leadership globally through All Told.
“I am honored to have the best of both worlds—the opportunity to collaborate more with my colleagues around the world, and to continue to serve our amazing clients and team in Singapore,” Tan said. “I look forward to working closely with our global and regional colleagues to foster closer global connectivity and further expand the Allison+Partners footprint.”
Prior to joining Allison+Partners, Serina spent more than 14 years leading successful communications campaigns, developing global cause-related programs and managing hot-button consumer issues for global clients such as McDonald’s and HP. She has lived in Singapore, Japan and Malaysia, and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Japanese.
In addition, Allison+Partners announced two senior hires in Singapore that will further strengthen its Consumer Marketing and Technology practices
Robin Chang has joined as vice president and will be responsible for overseeing consumer clients such as Bosch, Carousell and Nippon Paint, and the expansion of business in the region. Natashia Jaya has been hired as director and is charged with leading Singapore technology clients such as Waze and Citrix. Both will report to Serina Tan, managing director of Asia-Pacific and general manager of Singapore.
“Over the past four years, Allison+Partners’ presence and client roster has grown immensely in Singapore. We are now working with some of the largest consumer and technology brands in the world on everything from integrated to B2B marketing,” said Tan. “Robin and Natashia’s deep expertise in these areas will not only add immediate value to our clients, but also strengthen our ability to grow across Singapore and the region.”
Chang joins the agency with more than a decade of experience driving award-winning public relations, integrated marketing and digital campaigns for corporate and consumer brands. He previously served at PRecious Communications, where he led the agency’s Consumer practice, helped evolve the firm’s digital offering and contributed to the agency’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific market. Chang’s client experience includes working with brands such as Artbox Singapore, Ascott, Celestial Tiger Entertainment, foodpanda, Funding Societies, German National Tourism Board, honestbee, Lufthansa, NBCUniversal, Singapore Kindness Movement, Porsche, YOTEL and more. His work with Artbox Singapore and Funding Societies were recognized with Marketing PR Awards (Silver) 2018 and PRISM Awards 2017 respectively.
Jaya brings more than 10 years of experience in public relations to the agency, with a career that spans the U.S., Indonesia and Singapore. She was previously with Porter Novelli Singapore where she served as the Asia-Pacific lead for many of its key technology clients. Prior to that, she worked at Burson-Marsteller in Indonesia, overseeing both technology and corporate clients. Jaya has extensive experience in managing regional PR programs across multiple markets in Asia-Pacific, and has worked with brands such as HP Inc., Western Digital Corporation, Citrix, Applied Materials, Qualcomm, Huawei and more.