Andrew Thomas joined Ogilvy PR in 2005 as managing director of the Singapore office. He was appointed regional managing director SE Asia in January 2010 and then President of Southeast Asia & India in January 2014. He expanded his role as Asia Lead for Social@Ogilvy in October 2015.
Prior to joining Ogilvy PR, Andrew worked in the publishing arena for 20 years, managing the business operations of the International Herald Tribune in South Asia, and Communication Management, producer of society magazine, Singapore Tatler.
In 1999, Andrew developed internet and broadcast partnerships for the International Herald Tribune. His understanding of the traditional world of media and information against the current opportunity of digital and social media is through a practical and experienced lens.
Having managed a number of successful regional businesses, Andrew understands the complexity of the communications business from both the agency and client perspective.
Andrew has used his public relations expertise to counsel a wide variety of Singapore and regional CEOs from crisis management counsel and media coaching to working directly with business leaders to shape their strategies.
As a Board member and advisor on a number of government panels he is aware of the cultural and organizational issues impacting Singapore and other countries across the region. Some of these include: EXCO of IAA Singapore, Board Members of BRITCHAM, and Singapore Polytechnic’s Advisory Committee Member.
A frequent speaker at industry and business events, he has moderated conferences and panel discussions involving many senior political figures and business leaders in Singapore.
In 2010, Andrew was named “Outstanding PR Professional of the Year” at the PRISM Awards organised by the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore. Under his tenure, Ogilvy PR Singapore was named PR Agency of the Year by Marketing Magazine for four consecutive years (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013). Recently, he led the Southeast Asia team to win the SABRE Awards for Southeast Asia Consultancy of the Year.
Andrew holds a Master’s degree from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia.