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J. Walter Thompson Hong Kong creative chief Simon Welsh departs from the agency

J. Walter Thompson China has transferred Carlos Camacho to their Hong Kong office in the Executive Creative Director role. He replaces Simon Welsh who is returning to the UK after 5 successful years at Hong Kong’s creative helm.

Recognized in 2015 among the 40 Under 40 most-promising talents in the region, Camacho (pictured on left) has worked with an array of local, regional and international clients including Bayer Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, Intercontinental Hotels, Treasury Wine Estates, Unilever, Ali Cloud and Kit Kat. Having started his advertising career in his native Colombia, Camacho came to Asia with Mullen Lowe in 2014 as the creative lead of their Vietnam office.

He has won major awards at every local, regional and global advertising competition across different disciplines including Creative, Social, Digital, Mobile and Effectiveness. He has also judged at major advertising festivals in the US, Latin America, Europe & Asia. Apart from creativity, he is well-known for his entrepreneurial spirit, which has driven him to launch his own brand of coffee and a chain of architecturally-awarded restaurants.

Most recently an Executive Creative Director at J. Walter Thompson Shanghai, Camacho reports to Lo Sheung Yan (Mayan), Chairman, APAC Creative Council.

“Carlos is part of our new wave of creative talent across the region, taking a holistic approach to creativity, delivering integrated, solutions-based thinking for clients. Having seen his impact on the Shanghai office, we look forward to bringing him to Hong Kong,” said Mayan.

“It is an awesome opportunity. I am very happy and excited. It will be fun!” commented Camacho.

J. Walter Thompson Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer Mark Webster said they were sad to see Walsh (pictured on right) leave Asia: “Not only was he our creative lead in Hong Kong, he also worked extensively with J. Walter Thompson London developing global campaigns for HSBC. He’s also one of the nicest colleagues you could ever hope for, both professionally and socially. We sincerely thank Simon for his contribution and camaraderie and wish him and his family all the very best back in the UK

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