Ruder Finn promotes Jean-Michel Dumont and Elan Shou


Global communications consultancy Ruder Finn has announced two senior level promotions among its global leadership team.

Jean-Michel Dumont (pictured above) has been promoted from Chairman of Ruder Finn Asia to Head of International Strategy ahead of a relocation to Europe and Elan Shou has been elevated from Managing Director of Ruder Finn Greater China to Regional Director of Asia.

“Both Jean-Michel and Elan are two of our most talented leaders at Ruder Finn,” says Kathy Bloomgarden, Ruder Finn CEO. “With their new roles, they will be able to take their leadership talent, business growth success and partnership development to benefit the broader agency across global offices.”

Dumont, who received PublicAffairsAsia’s coveted Gold Standard Award for Agency Professional Excellence in 2015, has been overseeing Ruder Finn Asia operations since 2008. He is credited for building the company’s strong presence in the region.

Under his stewardship the firm has opened three offices in India and one in Malaysia, and created a conflict agency, RF Thunder as well as its digital division, RFI, which has expanded through the acquisition of Daylight Partnership.

Prior to that he was in charge of the agency’s China operations for seven years, where he helped set the foundations to Ruder Finn’s leadership. He will bring this focus on growth to the broader Ruder Finn global network, with an initial emphasis on building Ruder Finn’s presence in the EMEA region.

Shou has grown the Ruder Finn China region to one of the most profitable among the agency. She has followed the growth of the Chinese market by continuing to build on Ruder Finn’s strength in luxury and branding, as well as expertise in integrated marketing communications (IMC).

With a laser focus on winning large-scale projects from international brands such as Shanghai Disney Resorts and Tencent, Elan has strengthened the Ruder Finn brand in China to become one of the top agencies in the country. Shou will continue to be based in Shanghai and Jean-Michel Dumont will relocate to Europe after the transition is finalised.