M&C Saatchi has hired respected industry leader, Chris Yong to the newly created position of managing partner. In his role, Yong will lead the IAG account and brand platform for the country’s largest insurer.
Yong brings over 15 years of international and local experience to the role. Most recently he held the position of Managing Director at Archibald Williams.
Mim Haysom, general manager, M&C Saatchi said: “Chris has been integral in driving the creative and commercial success of some of Australia’s biggest blue chip businesses. The results he’s generated speak for themselves. He has an enviable leadership track record and will be a strong asset for IAG during this exciting time.”
Yong added: “The reputation of M&C Saatchi Sydney is unmatched. Across the board they have the brightest, most ambitious and creative talent and some of the most enviable clients in this market. This includes IAG, who have seen unprecedented growth under the guidance of M&C. I’m excited to be part of the brand’s strategic vision and to be driving creativity across their already high performing team.”
Passionate about crafting integrated and collaborative team environments, Yong’s expertise in breaking down silo mentalities led Archibald Williams to pivotal new business wins including NRL and Caltex, during his time as managing director.
Prior to his role at Archibald Williams, Yong was head of new business of Clemenger BBDO Sydney. While at Clemenger, Yong played a crucial role leading the highly awarded ‘AUS to USA’ campaign for Virgin Australia Airlines, which received a Cannes Gold Lion, Spikes Gold and CLIO Bronze. He’s also worked with some of the world’s most prestigious brands including Lion Nathan, Lexus, Cadbury, The National Lottery and NewsCorp.