MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
Adam O’Conor is the CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong, the group’s Asia Pacific headquarters. In this role, he is responsible for building best-practice operations and managing the reputation of the agency. With a hands-on approach, Adam oversees eight business disciplines and directs all new business and client activities, as well as managing 500 staff who look after the brands of more than 100 clients. Under Adam’s leadership, Ogilvy Hong Kong enjoys a strong reputation as the leading agency group in the region. In 2014, the company was named Marketing Magazine’s ‘Overall Agency of the Year’ for the eighth consecutive year. Adam has 20 years’ industry experience, spanning Europe, Australia and Asia Pacific. He launched his career at Ogilvy London in 1994 as a graduate trainee and has remained with the parent company in multiple roles across the world.
Jennifer is responsible for the overall marketing strategy and external communications of the British Chamber. This requires communicating effectively through the Chamber’s digital platforms, and various publications that the Chamber compiles which include 'Britain in Hong Kong', the Chamber's bi-monthly magazine and the annual ‘British Business’ membership directory. She also looks after the Women in Business, Innovation & Technology and Marcoms committees. Jennifer has over ten year’s International experience in marketing and communications for globally recognized brands and agencies.
Dan has worked in the sports marketing field for 16 years, nine of which have been in Asia. based out of Hong Kong. Dan has experience across of range of disciplines within the industry, notably sponsorship strategy, brand activation, rights marketing, marketing communications and PR. He has worked with a number of international brands to design, develop and implement sponsorship and communications strategies, including HSBC, AIA, Vodafone, Jaguar Land Rover and Carlsberg. Dan leads the Fast Track offices in both Hong Kong and Singapore, driving growth in the region and managing key client accounts across APAC. Since joining Fast Track in 2010, Dan has grown the office to 20 staff, and developed the agency’s communications practice into one of the leading PR operations in the region, working with a variety of brands, rights holders, governing bodies and institutions. Dan is a keen ultra marathon and trail runner and is also heavily involved in mini rugby coaching in Hong Kong.
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Jasper began his career in advertising in 1987 at Chris Ingram Associates (now MEC) before joining Eurosport. He moved to Hong Kong in 1995 to work for Star Sports before transferring to Channel [V] in 1997. In 2001 he co-founded Branded and successfully launched the “Matters” series of events including Music, Digital & Sports and also produce the YouTube FanFest. Jasper also serves as President of the Asian Sponsorship Association.
Jonathan is Asia MD and a global board director of brand consultancy StartJG, recently named Brand Consultancy of the Year in HK. Founded in London in 1996, StartJG now employs over 200 people across the UK, Middle East and Asia, delivering multi-channel brand solutions for clients across the globe including Barclays, Adidas, UKTI, Dubai Airports, Chow Tai Fook, Costa Coffee and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Prior to StartJG, Jonathan was Marketing Director of the Institute of Directors in London, having started his career at Citibank. Jonathan is heavily involved in HK Cricket as well as being a mentor to a number of small businesses including African fashion brand Enzi and DWI, a racing driver management company.
Sophie Gray is Marketing and Communications Director of Harvey Nash APAC, a global executive search and leadership services firm. Sophie is responsible for all communications activity across the Asia Pacific region in addition to managing major thought leadership initiatives such as the Women's Directorship Programme in partnership with HKU, and the Inspire network. Prior to joining Harvey Nash in 2013, Sophie worked in the corporate and financial practice for Ogilvy Public Relations, in both the London and Hong Kong offices. She held a number of regional roles, responsible for directing multinational client accounts such as Harvey Nash, BP, Jones Day, Dow Jones and LexisNexis. Sophie started her career in government communication roles in the UK. In addition to her work with BritCham, Sophie sits on the Hong Kong PR Network committee and also works with a number of charitable organisations including HandsOn Hong Kong and the Fair Employment Agency.
William Lyon is Chief Executive Officer of the Big Cat Group Limited, a company that owns the exclusive rights to develop Jamie’s Italian restaurants across Greater China. William approached the Jamie Oliver UK restaurant group with a proposal to open Jamie’s Italian restaurants across Hong Kong and China – after successfully negotiating the franchise rights William then secured investment and assembled a management team, including Non-Executive Chairman Lord Evan Mervyn Davies (former CEO and Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank). The first Jamie’s Italian restaurant opened in July this year in Causeway Bay and the group has plans for further expansion. Before the incorporation of the Big Cat Group Limited in April 2013, William worked for Jardine Matheson & Co. Limited for more than 11 years. He held a number of operational and business development roles across their Dairy Farm, Jardine Restaurant and Aviation groups. William has lived in Asia for 15 years. He speaks fluent Mandarin and holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds.