Lo Sheung Yan
Chairman Asia Pacific Creative Council / J. Walter Thompson Shanghai
Sheung Yan, known as Mayan among his peers, joined J. Walter Thompson in 1996 and has produced many firsts in China’s advertising industry, from winning China’s first gold Clio to helping lead China to its very first Grand Prix at Cannes in 2011.
He rose to become Chairman of its Asia Pacific Creative Council in 2013. Along the way, he has helped J. Walter Thompson garner regional and global advertising awards. J. Walter Thompson Asia Pacific was named “Network Agency of the Year” by AdFest in 2008 and “Network Agency of the Year” by both Media Spikes and AdFest in 2009. JWT Shanghai, meanwhile, was named “Agency of the Year” in 2009 by Adfest, and “Agency of the Year” by Campaign Asia in 2011.
In 2012, he made history once again, becoming the first Chinese jury head of Cannes’ Outdoor Advertising Awards. Mayan continues to support the industry by serving as a juror at regional awards like Longxi Chinese Advertising Awards, Spikes Asia and Adfest, and international shows like Clio, Cannes and ADC.
In 2015, he was bestowed the Lotus Legend Award at Adfest, which honours long-serving creative excellence.
Mayan has written, directed, and acted in stage plays for more than 15 years while in Hong Kong. He has also written lyrics for Asian pop songs and musicals and is a member of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong. In 2009 the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce honoured him as one of the Outstanding Hong Kong People in Shanghai.