Yang is charged with overseeing Text 100's Beijing and Shanghai offices as part of a wider management restructure that sees the agency create a central leadership role for the market.
The appointment, effective 1 May, is the first time that a single leader is put in place to manage the agency's operations exclusively in China.
According to Rowan Benecke, Text 100's regional director for Asia-Pacific, the restructure was enacted to prompt the Beijing and Shanghai offices to work more closely. 'We've basically managed Shanghai and Beijing as separate businesses with their own operations teams, clients and schedules, and the new structure will really drive the benefit to the clients and give them access to a greater scale of consultants,' he said.
'We're integrating both offices for the beginning of our new financial year in July. There will be in place a "One China" team with the same strategy, consultant teams, training, developments and one P&L.'
Text 100 is also honing its focus on social media, Benecke said. Earlier this year, Jeremy Woolf expanded his role from overseeing Text 100's Greater China operations to also managing the agency's social media initiatives globally. Yang's appointment helps to maintain a focus in China while Woolf leads social media initiatives, Benecke added.
Yang, who joined the agency in 2008 following time spent in China and Taiwan at agencies including Burson-Marsteller and Ogilvy Public Relations in Taipei, additionally takes on responsibilities left by Candice Young, current managing consultant of Text 100 Beijing.
Young will depart the agency next month after nearly six years working in China.