Morgan joins Hill+Knowlton Strategies as Asia chief operating officer

The recent round of senior agency moves has continued following the announcement that John Morgan has been appointed chief operating officer, Asia at Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

Morgan left Golin Harris earlier this year and will focus on driving growth, managing business operations and enhancing client service for Hill+Knowlton’s 10 offices across the Asia region.

Based in Hong Kong, Morgan will also serve a dual role as managing director for the Hong Kong office. He will report to James Heimowitz, president and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Asia, and chairman of H+K China.

He brings more than two decades of experience in corporate communications and integrated marketing and has counselled a diverse range of business-to-business and consumer brand clients across North America and Asia Pacific. He has been based in Asia since 2000.

Investing in growth

Commenting on the recruitment, Heimowitz said: “We are looking forward to having John join our senior management team. The combination of experience he has in driving business growth, building strong client relationships and creating solid brand reputation in the market will be instrumental as we further invest in and grow our network across Asia.”

He added that Morgan will play a leading role in advancing H+K’s strategic counsel and value-added consultancy services across the region.

Commenting, Morgan said: “It’s an exciting time to join Hill+Knowlton Strategies, one of the largest and longest-serving communications firms in Asia Pacific.Through our enhanced service offerings, renewed focus and strong ability to execute, I’m confident that Hill+Knowlton Strategies is best positioned to show clients throughout Asia how to most effectively reach their key audiences and make themselves heard.”

Prior to joining H+K Strategies, Morgan spent more than 15 years with GolinHarris, serving in leadership positions in North America and Asia Pacific. He was most recently based in Hong Kong as regional managing director for Greater China, managing the agency’s operations in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Taiwan.

Morgan’s client experience has included Asian conglomerates Jardine Matheson, Li & Fung and VTech; multinationals Dow Chemical, Cisco and DHL; consumer brands McDonald’s, Starbucks, Marriott and Discovery Channel; and government bodies West Kowloon Cultural District and Airport Authority Hong Kong.

Morgan earned a Master of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications/Public Relations from Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania.

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