Tencent’s SY Lau Named Cannes Media Person of the Year 2015

18 February 2015

(Marketingmagazine.com.my) - 

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity announced the Cannes Lions 2015 Media Person of the Year Award today in Beijing, China is none other than SY Lau, Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent and President of Online Media Group (OMG).

The award was presented by Terry Savage, Chairman of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity - SY Lau was awarded for his vision and leadership in transforming Tencent Online Media Group into China’s most successful integrated online media matrix.

OMG’s success is derived from a mix of powerful platforms, unwavering focus on quality content and innovative products. The result is the establishment of a game-changing industry model.

Under SY’s leadership, OMG is now setting a new industry standard and has changed the way that Chinese people utilize media.

Award predecessors include Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook; Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO, andSalarKamangar, CEO of YouTube – SY is the first Chinese CO to be honoured.

“I am humbled and delighted to receive the prestigious Cannes Lions Media Person of the Year Award”, said SY Lau.

“This award not only demonstrates the success of Tencent OMG, but also highlights the rise of China as a global force for online innovation, creativity and for the highest quality content. Tencent's vision is to connect everything. I am convinced that the media is a critical part of this strategy”, he continued.

“In addition to provide information, the media will be platform for people to communicate and interact with people, services and hardware surrounded. Tencent OMG stands proudly at the forefront of this movement. We thank Cannes Lions for recognizing us as a leading global player in online communications”, he added.

Tencent OMG manages and owns the country’s leading online platforms including the video streaming service Tencent Video v.qq.com, Internet access and news portal qq.com, plus the Tencent micro blogging platform and related services.

All of these services are available on PC and mobile devices. According to Alexa.com, Tencent is now the leading Internet portal in China according to traffic. Tencent News is China’s leading smartphone news platform by daily active users; and Tencent Video has the highest monthly unique view on PC and its mobile client takes the second position in the industry according to monthly unique view. 

SY Lau will be presented with the award on Tuesday 23 June during Cannes Lions, which takes place from 21-27 June in Cannes, France.


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