We want it to matter.

And it should. We know what strategic creative looks like. We strive for it everyday.

We are thinkers and problem solvers. We are creatives and builders. We are from different backgrounds and cultures from all over the world – but we are a family. We embrace honest and provocative conversations and we go all-in together. It is this approach which allows us to do our best work.

Our team

Celebrating a culture of collaboration, our team brings rich expertise in marketing, innovation, branding and design, within FMCG, luxury, retail and digital. We’ve always believed that beautiful, insightful design requires a range of skills, imagination, research and thinking. It is our people that make the difference. It is our shared experiences that create the fabric of our flag.

Paul GaleslootCEO - AOA

Paul joined Cowan as Strategy Director for Australia and since has been Strategy Director for Asia, Managing Director China, Managing Director Asia and was recently appointed global COO. Despite his new function, Paul remains closely involved with the strategic development for many of our major clients.

Prior to joining Cowan, Paul has worked on the client side, in advertising and most recently in brand design. Paul has lived in six countries across Europe, Oceania and Asia. His background allows him to have a strong understanding of business and brand issues and work with your team to develop unique solutions that increase your sales and brand equity.

Kathy WalshBusiness Director

Kathy has over 20 years brand, marketing and design experience and leads the SEA business functions including strategy, client service and administration.

She has worked for and with a number of global FMCG brands and companies across Asia Pacific including Nestle, F&N, Kellogg’s, Heinz, Goodman Fielder, Unilever, Heineken, Coca Cola, GSK and many more. She believes in creating environments that foster the creative process whilst delivering exceptional service to clients. Kathy has lived in Singapore for the past nine years.

Catherine MurphyCreative Director

Catherine has 17 years experience in branding, FMCG packaging & corporate design across Australian, Chinese and international markets. Her clients have included Coca-Cola, Nestlé, GSK, Mars, Kraft, BenQ, Heinz, Danone, Vinda, Huiyuan and Masterkong.

She has 5 years’ experience in China, and has been involved in every Coca Cola project from Cowan China since 2009, including Coca Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Yuan Yeh, Minute Maid, SKBC & Aquarius.

Nik BedfordCreative Director

Nik has almost 20 years experience in FMCG packaging and branding working across UK and European markets and most recently in Asia. His experience has included leading major design projects for Chivas Brothers, Nestlé, GSK, Kerry Foods, Spendrups Bryggeri, Coca-Cola MENA and Sainsbury’s.

Hailing from the cold north of England, Nik prides himself as being a hands-on creative with big, simple ideas and a sharp eye for detail.

Teru YamabuchiCreative Director

Teru has over 15 years of experience in multi-regions such as Japan, Australia, Taiwan, mainland China and now Singapore. He has been working in the branding and design team at Cowan for nine years and is a specialist in FMCG packaging design, with additional experience in corporate branding, communications and e-commerce.

He has worked with many clients including SCA, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever, Danone, SC Johnson, Heinz and Kimberly-Clark.

Anh-Huan TanDirector, Brand Strategy, Asia

Anh-Huan is the Asia Brand Strategy Director at Cowan and strategically oversees the 4 Asian offices. Anh-Huan has over 17 years of experience in corporate and consumer branding, client services and strategic consulting, Prior to Cowan, he has worked in the Middle East, South America, Europe and France with TBWA, Publicis Group, Landor & Brandimage.

His clients include, Accor, Air France, China Airlines, China Eastern, Cheil Jedang (Korea), Coca-Cola (regional), Danone Waters, Godiva, Heineken Group, Indofoods, J&J, Kimberly Clark, Lotte Group, Masan Vietnam, Nestle (regional), Nutricia, Pernod Ricard, Synutra, Vitasoy, Unilever and Vinda.