SY Lau | Influence 100

SY Lau 

Chairman, Group Marketing & Global Branding 




 A former adman with experience of working in some of the world’s biggest firms, SY Lau was elevated in 2017 to oversee all marketing and advertising at Tencent, the Chinese holding company behind the hugely popular WeChat mobile messaging platform. The explosion of China’s internet scene has seen Lau become an influential global figure, and he has become a high-profile advocate for the use of “tech for good”, focusing specifically on Tencent’s approach to artificial intelligence.

Lau has been part of the Tencent top management steering committee since 2006, serving 11 years as president of Tencent Online Media Group, helping to build the operation into one of the largest multi-platform media conglomerates in China.