The Associated Press announced today the appointment of YK Chan as its new vice president of sales for Asia. Chan, who has been head of AP’s Global Media Services unit for Asia, will succeed Maria Ronson, who will conclude her long tenure as an AP executive at the end of the year.
Asia, a key region for AP, continues to evolve at a fast pace.
“The Asian market is being disrupted by a number of factors,” said Daisy Veerasingham, AP’s senior vice president for revenue, international. “The digital landscape is becoming ever more prominent and formats are changing – along with consumer demand and viewing habits. The success of this role is critical to the organization and we are confident that Chan will stand up to the challenge and make a real difference in the market.”
Chan, a native of Singapore who is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, joined AP in 2001 as a regional sales executive for Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he worked across different areas of the business before leading GMS in Asia, with a focus on Japan, China and Australia. He has already made a significant contribution to the Chinese market and the growth of customer revenues for AP.
Chan has 22 years’ experience in television news and media, and in-depth knowledge of AP’s operations, including business and revenue generation, sales and technical production.
“Due to the changing nature of the market we needed to appoint someone who knows the region inside out,” said Veerasingham. “Chan has been at AP for many years and worked across different areas of the business, gathering a wide range of experience that will help him drive the role and the region forward. He has exceeded his targets over the years and has significant knowledge of the market, our customers and their challenges. We are delighted to have someone with his experience step into the role.”
Since joining AP in 1980, Ronson has been dedicated to putting AP on the map in Asia, using her passion for AP, her background in news and her sense of market trends to generate significant business opportunities and continuously grow AP’s presence in the region.