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Media faces to watch 2017

Media faces to watch 2017

Campaign profiles some of the most promising and talented individuals aged 30 or under working in the media industry. Data crunchers, strategic planners and shrewd deal-makers, they all raise the game of their agencies and the industry Here they are…. Zeina Kettaneh, 24, integrated account executive, MEC Beirut Kettaneh was one of the six candidates chosen […]

Winners of first MENA Search Awards named

Winners of first MENA Search Awards named

The winners of the inaugural MENA Search Awards have been announced. The awards, produced by Don’t Panic Events and presented in association with Plan B, celebrate the expertise, talent and achievements of the search industry and, its organisers say, are the premiere celebration of search engine optimisation, pay-per-click (PPC) and content marketing in the Middle […]

IAA UAE chapter launches film and video Production Forum

IAA UAE chapter launches film and video Production Forum

A new International Advertising Association UAE forum has been established to drive for specific goals related to the expansion and good practices of the film and video advertising production community in the UAE. The forum was announced last week by Hani Ghorayeb, president of IAA UAE chapter. “Professional content production is central to the requirement […]

Avi Bhojani: "We need to define who we are"

Avi Bhojani: “We need to define who we are”

The BPG Group CEO tells Austyn Allison how he is repositioning the company to embrace evolution and remain relevant If you are not already heading up a vertical division of a marketing and communications holding group, imagine for a moment that you are. You open up your Outlook to find the group CEO has invited […]

Eight-brand WPP team wins Dulsco

Eight-brand WPP team wins Dulsco

Dubai-based HR and waste management firm Dulsco has appointed a consortium of eight WPP companies, led by J. Walter Thompson, for a complete brand revamp. Dulsco, which is more than 80 years old, has set aggressive growth targets. The WPP consortium will develop and roll out a new positioning and brand architecture internally and externally. […]

Georges Barsoum replaces Ramzy Abou-Ezzedine as Y&R MENA CEO

Georges Barsoum replaces Ramzy Abou-Ezzedine as Y&R MENA CEO

WPP creative agency Y&R has announced that Georges Barsoum will take the helm as chief executive officer for the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). Barsoum, who has been with the agency since 2015 as CEO for the Y&R Gulf region, will take on expanded responsibilities overseeing all clients and company vision across the broader […]

Founders Camilla and Lucy d’Abo leave Edelman Dabo

Founders Camilla and Lucy d’Abo leave Edelman Dabo

Camilla and Lucy d’Abo, the founders of Edelman Dabo, and managing director of brand Jason Leavy are to leave “to pursue new opportunities”. The move comes less than three months after the agency laid off about 20 members of its team. On Thursday, Edelman announced the appointments of Jason Gallucci as Leavy’s replacement and Alex […]

El Hajj becomes Publicis Media CIO, as Starcom wins DCTCM

El Hajj becomes Publicis Media CIO, as Starcom wins DCTCM

Amer El Hajj has been promoted to chief investment officer at Publicis Media from his previous role of executive vice-president of group trading & commercial managing director. The announcement comes as Publicis Media’s Starcom Middle East has been appointed to handle Dubai Corporation for Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), following a competitive tendering process. El […]

New app from ARN will serve you ads when you unlock your phone

New app from ARN will serve you ads when you unlock your phone

Dubai-based radio operator Arabian Radio Network will branch into telecoms ad-tech when it launches Unlockd in the UAE this week. Unlockd is an app that serves a static ad when a phone user unlocks his or her phone. It has licensed the regional rights to the technology from the company’s Australian founders, who have already […]

Establishment survey begins ahead of comprehensive UAE radio audit

Establishment survey begins ahead of comprehensive UAE radio audit

A radio-auditing programme has been launched in the UAE, and will go live in the second half of 2017. In mid-April, an establishment survey was begun, polling 18,000 people to understand the demographic breakdown of the market and help guide how a sample should later be set up. That sample will be “in the high […]