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Jabbour named GroupM's first regional CEO

Jabbour named GroupM’s first regional CEO

Filip Jabbour is to return to the Middle East as the region’s first ever CEO of WPP’s GroupM. With the responsibility of leading the media holding group’s operations and driving growth in the Middle East and North Africa, Jabbour will also be developing GroupM’s strategy and accelerating the growth of its media agencies Mindshare, MEC, […]

From adman to director

From adman to director

Leo Burnett MENA’s chief creative officer, Bechara Mouzannar, talks to Iain Akerman about his first venture into short film making It’s just gone midnight and Bechara Mouzannar is holding an impromptu screening of his first ever short film. There are only three of us in the audience, a party is in full swing downstairs, and […]

7Up 'Feels good to be you' – The Dihzahyners

7Up ‘Feels good to be you’ – The Dihzahyners

7Up has joined forces with Beirut’s The Dihzahyners to highlight the work of the group of young artists and designers. The video is part of a global 7Up campaign to celebrate the new positioning of PepsiCo’s second biggest beverage. ‘Feels Good to Be You’ champions everyday people, places, ideas and things around the world. It includes the […]

Leo Burnett Dubai wins coveted Black Cube

Leo Burnett Dubai wins coveted Black Cube

Leo Burnett Dubai has been named agency of the year and awarded a rare Black Cube at the ADC Annual Awards in the US. The agency’s ‘Two for one tickets’ campaign for du, which also picked up two golds and two silvers, ensured Leo Burnett Dubai made regional history by becoming the first agency from […]

UAE agencies land 15 D&AD pencils

UAE agencies land 15 D&AD pencils

The UAE has won 15 pencils at this year’s D&AD Awards in London. Amongst the winners are Leo Burnett Dubai, Impact BBDO, DDB, Saatchi & Saatchi and Y&R Dubai, although they will have to wait until the awards ceremony on 21 May to find out what type of pencil they have won. It is the […]

Etihad calls global media review

Etihad calls global media review

Etihad Airways has called a review of its global media planning and buying account. The Abu Dhabi-based airline is consolidating its media business, with the new brief to not only cover that of Etihad, but also its partner airlines, including Alitalia, airberlin and Air Serbia. Shane O’Hare, Etihad Airways’ senior vice president of marketing, confirmed […]

Huawei appoints DDB Dubai for consumer business

Huawei appoints DDB Dubai for consumer business

Mandate covers the UAE, KSA, Iran, Pakistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Iraq. Huawei, which offers telecom network equipment, IT products, and smart devices in 170 countries, has appointed DDB Dubai to handle its creative duties. The mandate covers the UAE, KSA, Iran, Pakistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Iraq. Sandeep Saihgal, vice president, Middle East, Huawei, […]

Nicole Kidman signing will accelerate Etihad's global appeal, says marketing chief

Nicole Kidman signing will accelerate Etihad’s global appeal, says marketing chief

Etihad VP marketing Andrew Ward puts the business case behind the airline’s biggest ever marketing campaign and reveals why signing Kidman was a “sensible investment”. Flying business class on Etihad airways’ new A380 carrier is an experience that VP marketing Andrew Ward wants more customers to know about.  Etihad, which is little more than a […]

Ravi Rao to join Mindshare MENA as chief client officer

Ravi Rao to join Mindshare MENA as chief client officer

Prior to this he was CEO of Mindshare South Asia. Mindshare has announced that Ravi Rao, former CEO, Mindshare South Asia, will be taking over as chief client officer, Mindshare MENA. Rao’s new role will be effective 1 May 2015 and he will be based in Dubai. Rao joined Mindshare South Asia in 2008 and took […]

Photo Gallery: Dubai Lynx Awards Night 2015

Photo Gallery: Dubai Lynx Awards Night 2015

The curtains came down on the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity 2015 with the awards night on 11 March. Here’s a recap of the gala in pictures, by Kristina Nabieva and Alexander Atack.