David Liu, the current managing director of Weber Shandwick China since 2006, has been promoted to the position of chairman.
He has also been appointed as chairman, China, for Interpublic’s Constituency Management Group (CMG), which houses IPG’s specialist marketing services businesses including such global brands as FutureBrand, GolinHarris, Jack Morton, Octagon and Weber Shandwick.
Following the move Darren Burns, managing director of Weber Shandwick’s Shanghai and Guangzhou offices since 2006, replaces Liu as managing director,Weber Shandwick China.
Burns will continue to report directly to Liu who, in turn, continues to report to Tim Sutton, Asia Pacific chairman of CMG.
Sutton said: “We have a truly exceptional leadership team in China. The outstanding growth we have seen in our Weber Shandwick business over the last five years, and its premier reputation, is attributable not only to David’s and Darren’s client-focused vision; but also to their track record in working closely together with other senior colleagues to provide strong, stable and harmonious leadership for all our people.”
Liu has spent the last 12 years of his career at Weber Shandwick, starting as head of corporate communications and public affairs in the Beijing office in 2000. He was appointed general manager of the Beijing office in 2004; managing director of that office in 2006 and managing director of Weber Shandwick China in 2006.