Following Cheil Worldwide’s investment in Iris, the company has appointed Lotta Malm Hallqvist as its first Global Chief Growth Officer. Based in London, Ms Hallqvist will head Cheil’s international growth and new business drive. She will report to Michael Kim, Cheil Worldwide’s Global Chief Operating Officer.
The appointment to the newly created role is part of Cheil’s push to boost global growth and business development.
Ms Hallqvist previously worked at McCann Worldgroup where she was Executive Vice President and Global Chief Growth Officer. In her career span of 15 years at McCann, Ms Hallqvist worked as the Chief Growth Officer EMEA from 2003 to 2009. She then spent a year at Mother London running global new business and, after that, rejoined McCann as Global Chief Growth Officer.
She co-founded Propaganda, an advertising agency, in 1997, which later sold to McCann. She went on to become Managing Director of McCann Propaganda in Norway and later the Chief Executive of McCann Nordic. She started her business career in 1996, launching her own textile company, which she brought to an IPO before she entered the advertising industry.
Mr Kim commented, “Cheil is at a really important chapter in its history and there is no better time than now to have a new global chief growth officer on board. Lotta, a hugely charismatic, engaging and passionate professional, has helped agencies build growth and drive business development over the past 15 years.”
On her appointment, Ms Hallqvist said, “I am truly impressed with the Korean approach to business – the ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude and the focus on opportunities over problems. It’s a privilege to be part of the next chapter for Cheil, joining the team behind one of the strongest brands on the planet.”