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Banham completes Saeidi’s JWT exco

Banham completes Saeidi’s JWT exco

The agency’s new ECD has followed its CEO from FP7 and promises to use passion to raise standards Sasan Saeidi, formerly managing director of FP7 Dubai, recently joined J. Walter Thompson as its regional Gulf CEO. He took the post about six months after JWT Dubai CEO Mohammed Sabry left, along with executive creative director […]

Change the script

Change the script

Free The Bid is a movement that aims to give women directors and filmmakers a chance to break through the artificial barriers that leave them underrepresented in the advertising industry By Clare Macdonald, writer and creative consultant for Wild Media  The advertising industry is famous for changing the world with bold, innovative, creative ideas that […]

They don’t make Mad Men like they used to...

They don’t make Mad Men like they used to…

… but grey suits still abound, writes Frances Valerie Bonifacio, director of strategy at Serviceplan Group Middle East Unfortunately, top men in advertising these days are a lot less chauvinistic and self-absorbed than they used to be. Gone are the Mad Men days of pompous egos and flannel suits, of dry witticisms and cynical arrogance […]

A statement from Fadi Yaish

A statement from Fadi Yaish

Impact BBDO’s executive creative director Fadi Yaish has announced he is to leave his position early next year. His reputation is well known in the region and beyond. For the past three years he has been among the top three creatives globally, as ranked by the Big Won Report. Although he will not yet say […]

UPDATED: Squabble at the toy box as Vizeum and Initiative both claim Lego's MENA media account

UPDATED: Squabble at the toy box as Vizeum and Initiative both claim Lego’s MENA media account

This article was updated on December 24, 2017, to include a statement from Lego. Both the incumbent Dentsu Aegis Network media agency Vizeum and Interpublic’s Initiative are claiming to represent Danish toy brand Lego in the MENA region. In Campaign‘s December 3 issue we reported that Lego had awarded its global brief to Initiative. However, we […]

Hanover Middle East agrees to buy Bell Pottinger Middle East

Hanover Middle East agrees to buy Bell Pottinger Middle East

Hanover Middle East has agreed to buy Bell Pottinger Middle East (BPME) in Dubai and its operating licence in Abu Dhabi. BPME is a subsidiary of UK-based Bell Pottinger PR agency, and the Abu Dhabi office is a branch office. Hanover Middle East is a subsidiary of corporate communications and public affairs consultancy Hanover Group, […]

Grey’s CEO and Hug’s founders talk plans for their new union, including regional expansion, pooling resources, winning awards and moving in together

Grey’s CEO and Hug’s founders talk plans for their new union, including regional expansion, pooling resources, winning awards and moving in together

“There is no reason why Cairo should not be the back end of lots of parts of Grey,” says Nirvik Singh, chairman and CEO of Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. He is in Dubai at the tail end of a regional road show where he and his new colleagues at Hug Digital […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]