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Special APAC edition!

On July 6 from 8:30-9:30 pm ET // July 7 from 8:30-9:30 am SGT, Marketing for the Now hosted its first APAC edition episode! Six top marketing leaders from across the region joined Gary 1:1 to share perspectives on “How to Embrace Accelerated Transformation.”

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  • Tim Lindley, Managing Director, VaynerMedia APAC
  • Rupen Desai, Global CMO, Dole Sunshine Company
  • Yuen Tan, CEO, PepsiCO APAC
  • Lynette Pang, Assistant Chief Executive, Marketing Group, Singapore Tourism Board
  • Simon Kahn, CMO, Google APAC
  • Jean Madden, CMO, Next Gen Foods
  • Paul O’Hanlon, Media Executive

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Next Gen Foods

Jean Madden


Marketing maestro Jean brings consumer insights and brand storytelling together in her own inimitable way. With 12 years of FMCG experience under her belt and numerous awards, she nor brings he flair to championing TiNDLE—the plant base phenomenon that’s on everyone’s lips.
Google APAC

Simon Kahn


As Chief Marketing Officer of Google APAC, Simon Kahn oversees marketing for all of Google’s consumer and business solutions across 16 markets in APAC. His team covers everything from research and insights development to brand management and advertising. Through strategic initiatives and go-to-market activations, they accelerate revenue growth and move user metrics to deliver on business goals. They have helped transform APAC into one of Google’s fastest growing regions and have become a significant contributor to the company’s success.
Through programs that close the digital skills gap and products that offer help across everyday moments, Simon and his team enable access, growth, and opportunity. They empower organizations to leverage digital experiences to connect users with the right information at the right time, improve operational efficiencies, and drive business performance. They aim to help everyone—from individuals to industries—thrive.
APAC is a hotbed for innovation and one of the most dynamic regions in the world. Multiply its scale and diversity with technology’s pace of change and it is no wonder that the global center of gravity is shifting towards Asia. Today, APAC is moving from a “Catch Up” to a “Catch Us” state. The region now represents one of the most advanced digital economies globally. Outside of the 9-5, Simon enjoys discussing the region’s changing consumer landscape and speaks frequently about technological advancements that are blurring the lines between “offline” and “online” realms.
VaynerMedia APAC

Tim Lindley

Managing Director

Marketing leader with 15 years of digital-first experience building audiences for Red Bull, Sony Music, Nike, Riot Games, YouTube and more. Passionate about developing great people, creating a culture of innovation, and leading transformational business initiatives.

Leading the wonderful strategy team at VaynerMedia APAC.

Alumni of Red Bull, Sony Music, BBH.

Singapore Tourism Board

Lynette Pang

Assistant Chief Executive, Marketing Group

As Assistant Chief Executive, Marketing, Lynette Pang is responsible for building the Singapore destination brand globally and helms the international marketing efforts of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

She runs marketing across the B2C (leisure) and B2B (MICE) businesses, which includes industry marketing, brand, digital & social, communications and consumer research across 20+ markets. She also oversees global strategic marketing partnerships, corporate communications and marketing capability development.

Lynette spent her early STB years in a business development role in the entertainment, arts, sports, healthcare and education sectors. A career highlight was the opportunity to helm the Formula One and Grand Prix Season Singapore portfolio.

Prior to her public sector career, Lynette was in media and entertainment across marketing and general management roles. At Yahoo! Asia Lynette picked up her digital skills and launched Yahoo! Shopping. Her years in Warner Bros. Theatrical and Golden Village saw her marketing Hollywood and independent films. Lynette started her career in advertising with Saatchi & Saatchi.

Her passion for the arts saw her dedicating a few years to not-for-profit arts group, Singapore Repertory Theatre as General Manager that saw Dick Lee’s “Forbidden City” debut at the Esplanade Theatre opening, the development of SRT’s theatre at Robertson Quay and launch of The Little Company, a children’s theatre group.

Lynette is an Executive Committee Member of the World Federation of Advertisers and is a board member at Arts House Limited. She had previously sat on the boards of the Singapore International Film Festival and the Council for Private Education. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Sociology and has an Honours in English Literature. The Public Administration Medal (Silver) was conferred upon Lynette as part of the National Day Awards 2019.

Dole Sunshine Company

Rupen Desai

Global CMO

Rupen is the Global CMO at Dole, a company that believes everyone should have equal access to nutrition and health, delivered in a positive and sustainable way.

He co-founded TS/28 to partner & help organizations thrive in the conscience economy; and is also, a board member at Female Founders, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of gender equality in entrepreneurship and leadership.

He is a strong advocate of the responsibility, a purpose-driven business and creativity have, towards society, communities, as well as shareholders.

Prior to Dole, he was Edelman’s Vice-Chairman across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. During this time, he also led Edelman’s Women’s leadership network for the region. He began his career with Mullen Lowe, where he spent two decades, leading the Asia-Pacific region for the last six.

Paul O'Hanlon

Media Executive

Paul O’Hanlon is a media executive with experience in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. He has held leadership roles at broadcasters and production companies, and spearheaded large creative teams to produce pan-regional versions of the world’s biggest shows including Asia’s record-breaking Got Talent. With hands on knowledge in scripted, entertainment and news, O’Hanlon has embraced the challenges of many markets including China, India, Indonesia, and Afghanistan and brings a comprehensive understanding of content development and execution, delivering creative product that meets commissioners, consumers, and brand expectations and ensures large scale projects are a success.
PepsiCo APAC

Yuen Tan


Yuen is the CEO of PepsiCo APAC, leading the company’s food and beverage businesses for Asia Pacific, Australia/New Zealand and China, in one of the most dynamic regions of the world. Prior to this he was President and CEO of Walmart China, where he led the business through a transformation to become an industry pioneer in omnichannel innovation and retail digitization. Yuen started his career as a police officer in Singapore, and also spent time with McDonald’s Corporation and the Boston Consulting Group. He lives in Singapore with his wife Stef and their three rambunctious children.

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