J Walter Thompson China appointed Janet Dai, as Managing Director of the network’s Beijing agency effective March 8. Dai succeeds previous MD, Jeffrey Yu.
Dai joins JWT from Edelman Digital, where she has served as Managing Director for China since 2013. Before joining Edelman Digital, she was General Manager at Soho Square, an independent digital pure play agency under the WPP Group established to deliver end-to-end digital marketing solutions for Procter & Gamble.
Dai also worked as a Business Director at OgilvyOne Worldwide, where she delivered digital marketing strategies and oversaw the strategic implementation of CRM programs for Audi and Volkswagen, and as a Regional Business Director at Grey Global Group, Hong Kong, on the agency’s Pernod Ricard account.
Prior to those roles, she worked at Yahoo! China, where she managed advertising and research programs for clients in the FMCG, automotive and finance sectors, and at Wunderman China.
Dai, who hails from Beijing, holds an MBA from Oxford’s Said Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, in Canada.
“Janet is truly rare talent in the China market. She is a digital expert at the core of her DNA, with a proven track record in building digital capabilities and growing business in China’s rapidly-changing market,” said JWT China CEO Carter Chow.
“I think Janet has a terrific mindset; she sees opportunities others don’t. She’s a proven leader and knows how to develop and transform businesses,” said John Gutteridge, J. Walter Thompson’s Asia Pacific CEO.