Steve Walls is leaving Ogilvy & Mather to join Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore as head of planning, in a move he says will “energise and advance his creative career”.
Walls is the first senior hire by Shannon Cullum since he took the helm as chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore in late 2014.
Cullum said: “[Walls] is here to do what he does best – make wonderful work.
“Inspired thinking begets inspiring creative, and I know [Walls] will quickly become essential to both our creatives and clients,” added Cullum.
Walls’ has worked on strategies for both brands and agency. He has worked at AMV BBDO North America, JWT, “WhatIf”, BBH London/Singapore and Publicis, where his clients included BMW, Castrol, CNBC-Asia, JetBlue, Johnnie Walker, Nestle, SingTel, Smirnoff and Unilever.
Walls said: “The Saatchi creative department is young, talented and hungry… I look forward to helping them create some awesome advertising on some equally awesome clients”.
Last month, Saatchi & Saatchi announced a global restructure, which saw the roles of the EMEA and APAC chief executives – formerly held by worldwide CEO Robert Senior and worldwide COO Chris Foster respectively – scrapped.