J. Walter Thompson has named Marco Versolato as chief creative officer of J. Walter Thompson Singapore and global executive creative director for Lux.
Last handling the global ECD role for Lux was Juhi Kalia, who has moved on to take on a new role at Facebook. Prior to Kalia, Tay Guan Hin handled the role. Tay is still with JWT working on various accounts within the company.
Most recently JWT also appointed Victor Ng as ECD. Ng will now be reporting to Versolato.
During his career, which spans more than two decades, Versolato (pictured) has worked on the creative campaigns for brands like Ita Bank, InBev’s Guaraná, Intel, Telefônica-Vivo, Whirlpool, McDonalds, L&G, and Johnson & Johnson.
Versolato joins J. Walter Thompson from Brazil’s DM9DDB, where he most recently served as VP executive creative director, a role he held for five years. Prior to DM9DDB, Versolato spent 10 years as creative executive VP at Y&R Brazil, TBWA Brazil and DPZ&T. Prior to that, he held a role as an Art Director at ALMAP BBDO.
Peter Womersley, CEO of J. Walter Thompson Singapore, said, “This is an incredibly exciting time for the agency and I’m so pleased to be welcoming Versolato to our team. His appointment is a key part of our continued drive to transform the office in response to the changing dynamics of the marketing and communications industry. He has a proven track record of invigorating brands through world-class integrated creative solutions.”
Versolato said of his new role, “I have always believed that creativity is best fostered within a diverse environment by breaking down barriers and borders. A diverse set of skills, diversity of knowledge and aesthetics, as well as a melting pot of cultures. These are the core elements needed to produce the new and the innovative. J. Walter Thompson Singapore is the ideal place to do this because of its diversity. I feel pleased and honored to have been invited to be part of that.”