Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global communications and engagement firms, today announced that Tyler Kim, currently managing director, Korea, has been appointed to the role of managing director, North Asia, which formally extends his remit to also include the firm’s Japanese operations. Darren Burns, President, China and Chair, Creativity & Innovation, will continue to oversee Weber Shandwick’s operations in China.
Working closely with the leadership team in Japan and South Korea, Kim is charged with driving business objectives across both markets. Hitoshi Shioya, currently managing director, Japan, will assume the role of vice chair, Japan.
With over 25 years’ experience in strategic communications, Kim has been successful in growing Weber Shandwick’s Korean business from a single employee to one that now employs over 100 staff. Under Kim’s leadership, the business doubled in size in its first year of operation (2009-2010), and has since grown by more than 60% in the years’ following.
“Tyler’s forward-thinking, client-centric approach, has been key to his success as a leader within our Asia Pacific business,” said Baxter Jolly, chief executive officer, Weber Shandwick Asia Pacific. “His track record building our Korean business has been widely recognised not just by the firm, but externally in award programmes, too. With Tyler at the helm, supported by two very strong local teams with highly specialised skills, our offering in Japan and Korea will be greatly strengthened over the coming year, and beyond.”