London: 14 November, 2013 - Global research consultancy Kantar TNS, has today announced two new appointments to enhance its focus on partnering with clients in Asia Pacific to support them in growing their businesses. Jacqui von Hirschberg, currently Executive Director of Kantar TNS in Australia moves into a pan-Asia Pacific role as Regional Director, Clients; Mandy Tam joins the business as Regional Director, Business Development.

Jacqui joined Kantar TNS in 2002 and has held a number of senior roles, including acting CEO for Kantar TNS Australia during 2011 and has led significant international programmes for Kantar TNS’s clients. In her new role, Jacqui will be responsible for collaborating with clients across the region to ensure they have access to the very best, integrated thinking from Kantar TNS to address their business challenges. She will lead the regional client service effort and drive programmes that enable real partnership with Kantar TNS’s clients.

Mandy has most recently been Business Development Director, Asia for Vision Critical and has previously held similar roles for Ernst & Young and Synovate across the region. On joining Kantar TNS, Mandy will focus on working closely with a portfolio of strategic development accounts to really understand their business requirements and develop programmes that will support them in meeting their growth targets; a core part of this will be delivering Kantar TNS’s business imperative across Greater China.

Chris Riquier, CEO, Kantar TNS Asia Pacific said, “We are absolutely committed to putting client needs at the heart of everything we do. We know that our clients want a genuine business partner who is focussed on helping them to grow their business; Jacqui and Mandy have both demonstrated true client-centricity in their approach and I am confident that in their new roles they will significantly increase our ability to drive our clients’ long-term success.”

When discussing her new role, Jacqui said, “I am incredibly proud to be part of an organisation that is so committed to delivering great service to our clients and very excited to be leading the next phase of our approach in this area for Asia Pacific.”

Mandy Tam added, “Kantar TNS has an impressive ability to deliver leading thinking to solve client business issues and I see a huge opportunity to bring this to more organisations across Greater China.”

Jacqui takes on her new role in January 2014, reporting to Chris Riquier; Mandy joins Jacqui’s team at Kantar TNS in the New Year.

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