iris opens first office in Thailand – creative network extends to 7 cities across Asia and Australia

iris Bangkok will be led by Managing Director, Graham van der Westhuizen and Planning Lead, Atiwat Manassarikan


Thailand, 3rd May 2017 –iris is expanding its presence in South East Asia and opening an office in Bangkok, Thailand – its 7th office in the APAC region. 

iris Bangkok will be working with existing global iris clients such as Philips and Shell, as well as regional clients including Chang Beer, collaborating with the network’s creative teams in Sydney and Singapore.

The ambition for iris Bangkok is to help clients deliver more meaningful products, services and communications against a diverse cultural backdrop – and give on-the-ground support, quality market insight, creative strategy, and regional implementation for brands looking to grow in Thailand.

The team already reflects a varied mix of disciplines, with both global and local expertise in a set-up that will deliver value for Thai-based and international clients alike. 

After working across Australia, Singapore and Thailand over the last three years at iris, Graham van der Westhuizen takes the position of Managing Director. He will be focused on bringing new clients into the fold, developing key client partnerships and expanding the agency’s capabilities by attracting the best talent in Thailand.

Atiwat Manassarikan joins as Planning Lead, following an illustrious career at agencies such as Storyteller and JWT Bangkok. Atiwat will bring his local knowledge and category experience to the business while adopting his signature entrepreneurial enthusiasm and expertise to deliver effective ideas for bold brands.

Graham: “The Thai market is rapidly evolving; ad spend continues to grow and the ever-shifting consumer behaviour is igniting a very real thirst for innovation. I can’t think of a better opportunity or more exciting market for ambitious brands.”

Ian Millner, Global Chief Executive: “Expanding to Thailand is a natural progression for us. We already have a strong set of clients across the region, an outstanding reputation for delivering effective creative solutions in SE Asia and a great team already on the ground. With Graham’s talent, leadership, charisma and work ethic we believe we are well positioned to become the most inspiring and innovative agency network in Thailand.”