Marketing magazine caused a bit of a stir last night at the AWARD School Singapore opening, when soon-to-be ACD of Bates Singapore Joji Jacob dropped his wine glass upon laying eyes on yours truly. I don’t know whether to take that as a compliment or something else?! =)
The gathering at the second level of Fluid was a cosy one, attended by the 26 successful students for this year’s AWARD School intake, some previous graduates (Teng Run Run, currently art director at McCanns, for one), sponsors Clear Channel and Yahoo, creative heavyweights (Patrick Low Y&R, Charlie Blower Euro RSCG, Tay Guan Hin JWT, to name a few) and Philip Putnam co-chairman of AWARD.
Ex-deputy CD for M&C Saatchi Simon Jenkins also resurfaced at the event, having not being spotted at the usual adland watering holes for some time. Clear Channel's brand new director of marketing Kelly Khoo was also present -- it was only her second day at the job.
The list of students who have made it into the school are as follows, and their first lecture will commence Monday 7 August. The entire programme will span 12 weeks, and will be conducted at SMU. Tutorials will be held at the local ad agencies.
Lee Jyh Yeong, Arron Lee, Faye Wong Siu Yin, Elisa Stella Tan, Adeline Chew, Ed Lee, Mamatha Ramachandra, Guo Yi Xian (Yix), Linda Lim Thor Hoon, Yixia (Sandy) Lin, Shree Bhide, Chan Hwee Chong, Joyce Tan, Kelvin Teo, Myron Tay, Huzaima Mahron, Tay Wee Heong, Luke Ariyani Hartanto, Wendy Ooi Su Ween, Chua Ping'An Norman, Lim Tin Yuen, Huang Yulin, Lau Tija Feng Andrea, Tan Hiang Liang, Gilbert Chua Yew Hoe and Adrian Yeap Shiaqiang.