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Grey elevates Sarah Trombetta to APAC CEO

She is currently working as AMEA chief client officer for P&G on behalf of Grey and WPP.

Global CEO Laura Maness announced the appointment of Sarah Trombetta to APAC CEO, expanding her current remit to include responsibility for Grey in the region, effective immediately. Sarah is former CEO of Grey Hong Kong (2016-2019) and is currently AMEA chief client officer for P&G on behalf of Grey and WPP (2021-present).

“APAC is a hyper-evolving marketplace, and a priority region for our ongoing reinvention plans. Under Sarah’s guidance, her client-focused leadership, ingenuity, and modernity, I’m confident she’ll help nurture and support our teams to deliver even further value for our clients,” said Laura. “A vibrant and dynamic leader, I am very proud to appoint Sarah to this key role.”

“I’m a Grey boomerang because my love for this company is in my veins, and I care deeply about helping our teams and our clients do the best work of their lives,” said Sarah. “Having previously served as CEO of a Grey studio in a local market, I’m excited to flex those creative, commercial, and culture-building muscles in a way that better serves the whole of our region. I’m looking forward to delivering growth through our Famously Effective work for our incredible clients.”

An international business leader with more than twenty years of industry experience, she was CEO of Red Havas AU (2019-2021), and has worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, KAIZO, and Brand Influence GCI Media Group. Sarah is on the Board of Wear It Purple, which strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering, and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.

As part of Grey’s reinvention plans, Sarah announced the promotion of Masahiko Okazaki to chief executive officer, Grey Tokyo, effective immediately. Promoted from chief operating officer, Okazaki joined Grey in January 2022 from TBWA/Hakuhodo.

“Masa’s stature in the marketplace and client connections will drive and foster our borderless agenda to spearhead growth for Grey’s clients and the agency,” said Sarah. “Grey Tokyo is well renowned for our award-winning creative standards, and I look forward to Masa raising the bar even higher.”

“It is an honour to be named CEO of Grey Tokyo, I am excited and confident we will build exponentially on our success,” said Masa.

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