DALLAS — November 6, 2018 — Committed to helping its global customers deliver more meaningful connections and grow their business, Freeman, today announced it has hired Leigh Chang as its new managing director of FreemanXP Asia Pacific. In this role, he will provide strategic insights to help further grow Freeman’s capabilities and business in the region. Chang brings more than 25 years of experience to Freeman, including more than 17 years focused on the China market.
Chang’s multidimensional expertise from having worked across Asian, Chinese, and Western environments on both the agency and client side of business enables him to provide critical insights. He also provides an entrepreneurial perspective from having created his own communications agency, which he grew from a start-up to a company generating millions of dollars in revenue.
“Leigh’s extensive experience in the APAC region, history of success and vision for the future make him a significant addition to the Freeman team, and we’re very excited to have him on board,” said Albert Chew, chief operating officer, Freeman. “His ability to build a business and team from the ground up, deep industry and regional knowledge, and dedication to grow a company exponentially will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen our presence in Asia Pacific.”
Prior to joining Freeman, Chang helped launch an experiential marketing agency for global communications marketing firm Edelman. His more than 25-year career also includes senior management roles at a global digital agency and serving as the public relations director for luxury car brand Jaguar Land Rover China. There, he was a key member of a new leadership team that drove rapid business expansion and sales growth during a period of structural change. Chang most recently served as the head of Asia Pacific at Global Infusion Group (GIG), a global catering, logistics and brand support company.
“Asia Pacific continues to be a region of focus for us,” said Adam Charles, senior vice president, operations client services for FreemanXP, and former managing director of APAC. “We’ve grown our presence and business exponentially over the years, and with the addition of Leigh to our team, we’re well positioned to continue to best serve our customers in the region.”
Born in China, Chang migrated to Australia when he was young and went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in accounting while there from Queensland University of Technology. In his new role, he will be based in Shanghai, but will also spend time in FreemanXP locations throughout Asia Pacific. Chang takes over for Adam Charles, who has assumed a new role in Freeman’s Dallas headquarters and will continue to be actively involved in the company’s international business — especially in China and the Asia-Pacific region.
“Freeman has seen remarkable and transformative growth in Asia Pacific recently under Adam’s direction, and I look forward to continuing his efforts and further solidifying Freeman as the leading brand experience provider in the region,” said Chang.