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MEC CEO Neil Hardwick says the agency is looking  at much more than just a name change

MEC CEO Neil Hardwick says the agency is looking at much more than just a name change

WPP’s Group M media agency MEC is coming back to the game with a new captain: Neil Hardwick. The new CEO joins MEC from Group M Russia and CIS, which he led for eight and a half years. Having started his career with Saatchi & Saatchi in 1984, he has also headed up Bates Saatchi […]

MCN promotes Joe Nicolas to  regional managing director of UM

MCN promotes Joe Nicolas to regional managing director of UM

MCN has announced the appointment of Joe Nicolas as regional managing director of media agency UM MENA. Nicolas has been with UM for more than eight years, and the agency says he has been an integral part of “leading UM towards becoming the largest and the number one media agency in the region – developing […]

Campaign's Marcomms360 event to showcase top communications experts

Campaign’s Marcomms360 event to showcase top communications experts

Campaign is preparing to host professionals from across the PR and communications industry at the inaugural Marcomms360 conference on October 4 at Dubai’s Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay. The event, which is being presented by Campaign Middle East publisher Motivate and Campaign brand owner Haymarket, aims to discuss the most pressing issues facing the communications industry […]

OMD Predicts speakers will explore future of personalised communications

OMD Predicts speakers will explore future of personalised communications

OMD has revealed more details about OMD Predicts, its annual thought-leadership conference. The line-up of speakers assembled for this event, which will take place on September 20, includes Martin Lindstrom, a child prodigy who started his career in Lego’s design department at the age of 12. Now described by the Chartered Institute of Marketing as […]

Kamil Kuran appointed CEO of Grey MENA

Kamil Kuran appointed CEO of Grey MENA

Grey Group has announced the appointment of Kamil Kuran as group chief executive officer, Grey MENA. In his new role, he will report to Nirvik Singh, Chairman & CEO, Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. His is the third CEO announcement within WPP agencies in the region in a week, following the news that […]

Twitter COO Anthony Noto: "The role of a platform is to give a microphone to the world"

Twitter COO Anthony Noto: “The role of a platform is to give a microphone to the world”

Campaign caught up with Twitter’s global chief operating officer Anthony Noto, who talked about the microblogging platform’s relationship with the Middle East. He says Twitter is relatively geography-agnostic, explaining: “The incremental invetment for us to be in a marketplace for us to put a resource behind it, is not that significant.” However, certain technological developments will […]

Beyond the blockbusters: where to watch independent cinema in Dubai

Beyond the blockbusters: where to watch independent cinema in Dubai

It seems like there are more places than ever to watch alternative cinema in Dubai today. You can go to one of Cinema Akil’s pop-ups, or its new, semi-permanent home in Alserkal Avenue. In the same artsy complex, Locomotion shows documentaries at the Jamjar art space. The decade-old Scene Club holds a couple of screenings […]

The Bravo Romeo story

The Bravo Romeo story

Meredith Carson calls her new company ‘story hackers and growth hackers’. She tells Austyn Allison what that means. If you have been involved in Dubai’s media industry over the past 10 years, you are likely to recognise Meredith Carson from her time as group director of content at Omnicom Media Group. She was also head […]

Initiative wins Carlsberg media account

Initiative wins Carlsberg media account

IPG agency Initiative has won the global account for Danish beverage company Carlsberg Group, including in  Middle East markets. Carlsberg told Campaign UK: “Following a competitive pitch, Carlsberg Group has appointed Initiative as agency of record to manage its global media planning and buying business, replacing the incumbent OMD. The appointment is effective January 1st, […]

Sasan Saeidi leaves FP7 to become Gulf CEO of J. Walter Thompson

Sasan Saeidi leaves FP7 to become Gulf CEO of J. Walter Thompson

J. Walter Thompson has announced the appointment of Sasan Saeidi, previously managing director of FP7, as CEO for the agency’s Gulf operations, leading the Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar teams. Saeidi took over the role on 5 September, succeeding Michiel Hofstee, who has been working on network projects, leading on group pitches and WPP ‘horizontality’ initiatives […]