Carat APAC CEO Jonathan Chadwick is returning to Australia

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 15 March 2019

Jonathan Chadwick, the current APAC CEO for Dentsu Aegis Network-owned (DAN) agency Carat, is exiting the business to return to Australia.

But he won't be exiting the Dentsu business entirely, with the network saying it's in conversation to find another role for him.

"We are in discussions with Jonathan Chadwick about him returning to Australia for personal reasons. We are exploring opportunities for Jonathan within the network," a Dentsu spokesperson told AdNews

"In the interim Phil Adrien will take leadership of OneSG Media Group with Masaya Nakamura as leader of the Singapore business."

Prior to joining Carat, Chadwick held multiple roles within GroupM in Australia, including chief strategy officer and CEO of Maxus. Before that, he was global managing partner for Mindshare, operating out of London.

The news follows the announcement that the network's APAC business would restructure its operations impacting its three major media agencies, Carat, Vizeum and Dentsu X, as well as its other agencies including Amplifi and iProspect.

The decision resulted in redundancies mainly in the Singapore arm of the business with 2% of staff affected.

At the time, Chadwick was charged with leading the newly created media group sector, which has been designed to bring together Carat, Vizeum, Dentsu X, iProspect and Amplifi into a single media unit.

In the APAC region (excluding Japan), DAN reported -1.7% organic growth in FY2018 and -9.6% in Q4 FY2018.

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