LONDON — Accordience, the global group formed earlier this year to bring together Huntsworth’s communications agencies, has appointed Charlotte Bilney as the first global CEO of Citigate Dewe Rogerson.

Bilney has been co-CEO of Citigate Dewe Rogerson (CDR) in Asia-Pacific for a decade; in total, she has worked for the agency in Hong Kong for more than 26 years. Her co-CEO in the region, Jasmine Yap, will now be the sole CEO, responsible for offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taipei and Tokyo.

In the newly-created role, Bilney will report to Accordience CEO Sarah Scholefield and will represent CDR on the Accordience board.

Scholefield said the aim of the new appointment was to bring the agency’s network of offices in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas closer together to take advantage of global opportunities: “Charlotte is very highly regarded, not only as an expert communications advisor but also as an outstanding leader. I firmly believe that she is expertly positioned to take the business to the next level in terms of growth and opportunity, and for CDR to become even more competitive globally.”

Bilney added: “As the company’s first global CEO, my focus will be to cement our global positioning and amplify the collaboration across our teams in the UK, mainland Europe, Asia-Pacific and the US. As we step up our offer global solutions for our clients, excellence in client servicing will continue to be the priority as that is the bedrock for our success.”

Accordience was formed earlier this year to bring together Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Grayling, Red and Cirkle and is on track for double-digit revenue growth in its first year of operation.