This year’s Cannes Lions festival saw it’s first Chinese winner take stage for the Media Person of the Year Award:

“The spirit of Cannes Lions is about innovation and the celebration of creative excellence,” said SY Lau, Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent and President of its Online Media Group (OMG) as he accepted the prestigious Media Person of the Year award on June 24 at the 62nd Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. This spirit, he noted, is really about harnessing the potential of human capital by creating a meaningful impact on mankind and humanity, beyond any boundaries and nations.

SY Lau’s foresight has driven Tencent’s Online Media Group (OMG) to evolve from a single Internet portal into a highly integrated media matrix that has taken a preeminent position in China.

“What SY has achieved is truly inspiring – contributing to the journey that builds Tencent into the largest integrated Internet service company in Asia is no mean feat,” says Terry Savage, Chairman of Lions Festivals. 

OMG’s prominence and influence in the industry, obtained under SY’s guidance, derives from a mix of powerful platforms, unwavering focus on quality content and innovative products. The result being a totally new industry model that has profoundly influenced the way hundreds of millions of internet users communicate with one another as well as their lifestyles.

Tencent OMG manages and owns the country’s leading online platforms including the video streaming service Tencent Video, Internet access and news portal, plus the Tencent micro blogging platform and related services. All of these services are available on PC and mobile devices.

It is Tencent’s mission to enhance the quality of human life through Internet services. Presently, Tencent is providing value-added Internet services, online advertising and others under the strategic goal of providing users with ‘one-stop online lifestyle services’.

It is notable that this is the first time a Chinese individual has been honoured with this award, nodding to the shift in leadership from West. Many Chinese companies are taking a more modern approach to interactive media and will be interesting to see where Tencent leads the media ecosystem in the future.

See this full article from Yahoo here.