Weber Shandwick has announced senior leadership appointments with Christina Cheang joining the firm as chairman of its Singapore operation.
Additionally, managing director Vanessa Ho Nikolovski will now have full oversight of the Singapore office, as former co-managing director, Margaret Cunico assumes a president (emeritus) position.
Cheang joins Weber Shandwick after a five-year tenure as regional managing director, Singapore and Southeast Asia, at sister agency GolinHarris. A journalist by training, she is charged with providing senior strategic council, developing new business opportunities, and fostering talent within the Singapore team.
In addition to leading the day-to-day operations of the office, Ho Nikolovski will drive business opportunities for new and existing key clients. Since joining the firm in 2001, she has managed large multinational programs for global clients and led integrated award-winning campaigns across markets and disciplines. She will continue in her regional role to spearhead key multi-market client relationships for the firm.
Both Cheang and Ho Nikolovski will report to Baxter Jolly, vice-chairman, Asia Pacific. These appointments are effective as of December 1.
Weber Shandwick Asia Pacific Chairman Tim Sutton, said: “As we welcome Christina to the Weber Shandwick team, this is clearly an exciting time for us in Singapore. Vanessa and Margaret have done an exceptional job co-leading the team over the past two years, but their contributions to Weber Shandwick have actually spanned decades. It’s a testament to Margaret’s dedication that, after 22 years with the firm, she is committed to continuing her work in supporting our key clients. Vanessa’s strengths in driving successful results for both the firm and our clients will serve her well as she takes on full leadership responsibilities.”
Weber Shandwick is one of the largest public relations firms in Singapore and is consistently recognised for driving creative campaigns for clients across sectors. The agency was also the most awarded at the bi-annual PRISM Awards, organised by the Institute of Public Relations Singapore.