John Williams is a part of the leadership team for BBC Advertising.  Based in Singapore, he is currently overseeing all BBC Advertising strategic and commercial activity across the BBC portfolio for ASEAN & South Asia markets. This includes television, online, mobile and video products across World News,, Mobile, World Service digital & BBC Worldwide Channels.


John relocated to Singapore from New York in Sept 2014, where he had been VP, International Advertising for BBC Worldwide Americas. Previous to this position he was Regional Advertising Director, Australia, NZ, Korea & Japan for BBC Advertising, based in Sydney.


Prior to working in Australia, John was based at the BBC Advertising HQ in London, where he was Regional Advertising Director, CEEMA (Central & Eastern Europe, Mediterranean & Africa). John joined the BBC in January 2001


Johns career in media spans 25 years and 5 continents. Prior to the BBC he worked in the UK for ITV (Thames Television), Ogilvy & Mather Media, Omnicom’s MGOMD, Virgin Radio and (a start up) after which he took a sabbatical to undertake the 2000/2001 Round-The-World Clipper Yacht Race.


In August 2014, John was appointed to the position of Vice President, South East Asia & South Asia reporting into Alistair McEwan, SVP Advertising Sales, Asia.

In his spare time John enjoys playing (& watching) lots of sport, travelling & spending time with his family & friends. He doesn’t enjoy DIY.

Speaker At:

The Value of News

iMedia Brand Summit

iMedia Brand Summit