EXPERTISE / SPECIALISATIONS:
- Marketing & Communications, Digital Communications
- Advertising and media
- Managing multiple markets within global organisations
- Working and living overseas
- Corporate restructuring and M&A
- Finance professional development
David was the Regional CEO for North Asia for the Dentsu Aegis Network (formally the Aegis Group PLC) until 2013, having worked in the company’s Asia Pacific operations since 2005. During his time as CEO David significantly grew the company’s operations in Japan and Korea, with multiple companies winning Campaign Asia’s agency of the year 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013. The Carat and Vizeum brands in South Korea significantly grew their presence in a notoriously difficult market for foreign companies and today remain media advertising leaders among foreign controlled agencies.
Prior to taking on the CEO role, David worked across Asia Pacific as a member of the APAC executive team holding the roles of Regional Finance Director and Regional Commercial Director. He assisted in the restructure of companies experiencing difficulty and the building of the company’s offering, notably in China. During his time with Aegis, the Asia Pacific operations grew significantly from about 3% of global revenues to over 20% prior to the company’s purchase by Dentsu of Japan.
David notes that running operations where English is a second (or third) language and business cultures can vary enormously presented a fantastic challenge. He attributes his success here to great patience in working with his reports, using his listening skills to understand their needs and working actively with them to develop their leadership skills in driving their business units forward. As a mentor David seeks to apply these skills, combined with his learnings in coaching and psychology in helping executives further their career and performance.
David began his career 35 years ago as a junior office assistant at a motor trader in the United Kingdom, while studying to get his professional accounting qualification. From this point David worked in a range of commercial businesses and sectors, working his way up through the managerial chain and honing his business skills before spending the last 18 years in executive roles in finance and operational leadership.
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING
- Finance professional, FCCA
- Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership (Level 1 ACTP Certified Coach)
- BA Counselling (Coaching) – Australian College of Applied Psychology (Level 1 completed)
PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Fellow, Chartered Association of Certified Accountants
- International Coaching Federation (ICF) Member
WORKING WITH DAVID HOLTHAM
“Working with David Holtham as my Coach was a great experience. David’s style of engagement established trust and exhibited genuine care as he expertly guided me through the sessions to focus on identifying different options I had not previously considered that will benefit my organisation”. – HR Manager, Equipment Leasing Industry.