McCann Makes Changes in Asia

NEW YORK Peter Hamilton, regional director in Asia for Interpublic Group’s McCann-Erickson since 1998, is retiring this month, the agency said.

Hamilton, 58, will be succeeded by Max Gosling, president of McCann Japan, who will remain based in Tokyo. As a result of the changes, two managing directors in Asia were promoted and took on additional oversight of some McCann offices in Asia that had reported directly to Hamilton.

Hamilton began his advertising career at McCann in his native Australia in 1962. He also spent a few years Coca-Cola in Atlanta before returning to the agency in New York where he has worked on such accounts as ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, and Reckitt Benckiser.

Gosling, 59, joined the agency in 1999 from then Lowe Lintas and is a member of McCann WorldGroup’s board. An Australia native, Gosling began his ad career in the London office of J. Walter Thompson.

In the spring, Hamilton promoted T.H. Peng and Sorab Mistry from managing directors in Asia to area managers. In addition to his duties overseeing mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Peng now also has responsibility for McCann in the Philippines. Mistry continues to oversee India and added Singapore, Malaysia and South East Asia.

In a statement, McCann WorldGroup chairman and CEO John Dooner said, “For many years [Hamilton] was the role model for worldwide account leadership, contributing greatly to us and our clients’ businesses. Fortunately we have in Max another experienced leader in multinational and Asia Pacific advertising and marketing communications.”