The changes, announced at this week’s Annual General Meeting in Singapore, see Keith Morrison take on the Board president role, with Rachana Panda named vice president. Morrison takes over from Azmar Sukandar, who remains on the Board after serving as Board president since APACD’s 2020 relaunch. Panda replaces Christopher Domitter, who has stepped down from the Board.
In addition, the Board has added two new members in Shruti Bose and Linda Lee, while Christina Koh has stepped down. Accordingly, the eight-person APACD Board is:
- Keith Morrison, Board president | Director, Regional Marketing Black & Veatch
- Rachana Panda, Board vice president | VP & Country Group Head Comms, PA & Sustainability (South Asia), Bayer
- Azmar Sukandar (returning past president) | Head of Communications & Society, Asia-Pacific, Diageo
- Linda Lee (new) | Director, Communications & Marketing, Docquity
- Michael Chapnick (returning Board member) | Director of Communications & Public Affairs, APEC Secretariat
- Shruti Bose (new) | Head Of Communications & Public Affairs, Roche Diagnostics
- Sylvia Evans (returning Board member) | Global Head of Communications, Vistra
- Toby Doman (returning Board member) | Group Head of Communications, Home Credit International
In addition, the Board has named new local chapter leadership as it steps up local market and grassroots activity across the region.
- In Singapore, Asiya Bakht and Rimmi Harindran are named chapter co-chairs, taking over from Arnab Roy Choudhury
- In India, Priya Bendre is named chapter co-chair
- In Malaysia, David Venn is named chapter chair
- Hong Kong remains led by Adam Welch and Nifraz Rifaz
“APACD is founded on great communications people coming together, inspired to share their knowledge and create a meaningful community. It’ll be a privilege to help grow our relevance, value and membership,” said Morrison. “As in-house practitioners, it’s critical we understand our value through the eyes of other leaders and decision makers; there’s a great opportunity to work with other professional bodies in the region and gain a new appreciation of how we can learn, adapt and grow.”