Ad exec turns down Taipei vice-mayoral job

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Ogilvy & Mather Greater China CEO Shenan Chuang will not be joining his government team as third vice mayor after all, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said Tuesday.
Only last week, the mayor announced she would be sworn in as his third deputy on February 4. He said she would serve a valuable purpose in promoting the capital internationally and in helping his government deepen its understanding of China.
However, on Tuesday, Ko told a media interview that it was certain now that Chuang would not leave her post in Beijing to join his team. The mayor did not provide an immediate explanation what had gone wrong, though earlier in the process he complained that it was difficult to attract an international business leader like Chuang to work for a lower government salary.
Ko had hoped that she could use her wealth of experience in the advertising business to promote Taipei, including its 2016 design capital and 2017 Universiade sporting events.
Initially, Ko had reportedly also considered Democratic Progressive Party legislator Cheng Li-chiun and Continental Engineering Corporation Chairwoman Nita Ing. Chuang was mentioned as a candidate to head the Department of Cultural Affairs, but Ko reportedly thought she was more than capable to take the job of vice mayor.
Teng Chia-chi and Lin Chin-jung are his first and second vice mayor respectively, but Ko wanted to add a woman to the leading team.
It was not immediately known whom the mayor, who took office with his city government last Thursday, would turn to to make up for Chuang’s failure to accept the function.

Updated : 2021-01-28 14:22 GMT+08:00