PRWeek Global Awards Winners 2020 - Best PR Professional: Asia-Pacific

Baxter Jolly, CEO, Weber Shandwick, has been named Best PR Professional in Asia-Pacific.

Baxter Jolly is one of the PR industry’s most respected leaders. His talent for finding valuable, pragmatic solutions to large-scale challenges such as 2019’s trade wars, anti-government protests and climate change, meant almost all major markets in Weber Shandwick’s APAC network registered high-single-digit growth by year’s end.

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Relentlessly driven yet fiercely loyal; a mentor, partner, and “true friend,” Jolly’s preference for showcasing those around him rather than seizing the limelight himself is echoed not just throughout the Interpublic firm’s talent policies or client relationships, but also in its relationship with the broader world.

Under Jolly’s stewardship, Weber Shandwick has expanded its legacy beyond creative solutions and strategic acumen to address the globe’s most pressing societal issues. The agency has driven award-winning work, raising awareness and rallying actions to combat the scourge of gang rape in India; cultivated a wider understanding of dementia in Korea; brought vital attention to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in Hong Kong; and substantially raised awareness of HPV prevention and treatment pathways in Singapore.

“I am proud of all the work Weber Shandwick does, throughout APAC and the world,” says Jolly. “But what truly excites me is change. I am always excited to empower our people to change not just themselves or our client’s business outcomes but also the societies and communities around us. Those are the solutions that inspire me most.”

Judge's comment: "Jolly has expanded his legacy beyond creative solutions and strategic acumen to also encompass a consistent and impactful investment in addressing the world’s most pressing societal issues.”

Highly Commended

Jane Morgan, MD, Golin Hong Kong

Last year, Jane Morgan achieved almost 20% year-on-year growth, client retention of 97% and the lowest staff turnover in four years. Despite the region’s tumultuous political and social unrest, Golin grew under Morgan’s outstanding leadership, bravery, loyalty and motivation to succeed as a team.

Shortlisted

Trevor Hale, CCO/GM, INFINITI Motor Co

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