Global integrated communications agency LEWIS has announced the opening of offices in Melbourne and Shenzhen as part of the company’s APAC 2020 大湾区 (da wan qu) expansion plan.
Both offices will be fully operational on November 5.
LEWIS Shenzhen will be headed by Keso Kendall, general manager of the Greater Bay Area, in conjunction with associate director Kate Kwan, who will be supported by a team of five.
The new team will provide integrated marketing services to local and international clients who want to grow their presence in global markets.
Additionally, LEWIS hosts its inaugural Bay to Bay event in Hong Kong on October 31.
The exclusive conference focuses on the cooperation between The China Greater Bay Area and San Francisco Bay Area.
The first in a series of events to be held in the US and China, it will explore the evolution of global innovation, entrepreneurialism and leadership culture.
US Bay to Bay representative, Nicole Allen, vice president of digital, West Coast, is touring the region to help anchor the event.
LEWIS Melbourne will be opened by general manager, Steven Reilly, based in Sydney.
The launch will see some LEWIS clients including BluJay Solutions and Digital Realty, moving in immediately.
The new office opening comes quickly after LEWIS Australia’s record year of growth.
LEWIS is looking to fill five more new positions to fuel growth in these new offices and continue its expansion in other areas.
These include an associate director to lead its Melbourne office, an account director and account manager in Guangzhou and digital executives in Shenzhen.
LEWIS’ senior vice president for the APAC region, Emma Jenkins, said: “As planned, we’re expanding quickly.
“With two new offices opening as we complete our first quarter and with almost twenty percent of our planned new hires in place, we’re on track to meet our APAC 2020 goals.”
The company has now placed 34 new team members in account servicing, leadership positions and operational support functions, since announcing its APAC 2020 plan in May.
The team has scaled to include specialists in paid media, search, analytics, content creation, creative design and consumer research.