This is Chandler. I have been writing on this blog since 2006. I studied engineering in university but fell in love with digital marketing (performance marketing to be exact) in my second year. I didn’t know what digital marketing was or where it would lead me back then and just followed what I loved to do. My first paycheck was at least thirty percent lower than what it could be if I followed my engineering background. As it turns out, following your passion is a lot more fun and rewarding.
Now, I am a Vice President, Product, APAC at Essence, a global data and measurement-driven agency.
Our clients include Google, Flipkart, Airtel, NBCUniversal and the Financial Times, etc. The agency is more than 1,800 people strong, manages US$4B in annualized media spend and deploys campaigns in 106 markets via offices in Bengaluru, Chicago, Delhi, Düsseldorf, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Minneapolis, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Toronto.
I play a critical role in building Essence APAC operation from 1 office with less than 10 people to 9 offices and more than 500 professionals. Billings have increased by more than 45 times since 2014 to more than $650M.
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