The World: Kuala Lumpur - Group M chief Tan takes COO post at Astro

Henry Tan, the chief executive of Group M Malaysia and Singapore, is leaving to join the Malaysian media company Astro as its chief operating officer.

Tan, who has spent ten years in the MindShare network, most recently ran Group M Malaysia, as well as its Singapore arm, following the departure of Manpreet Singh, the MindShare Singapore chief executive, in November 2006.

Mark Patterson, Group M's Asia-Pacific chief operating officer, said the search for a successor was underway.

Astro is one of South-East Asia's largest commercial radio, satellite television and magazine publishers, with operations in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.