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Exclusive: MEC MENA names Neil Hardwick as CEO

Exclusive: MEC MENA names Neil Hardwick as CEO

WPP media agency MEC has today named Neil Hardwick as CEO for the Middle East and North Africa. The announcement was made by Alastair Aird, global chief operating officer and chairman for EMEA. Hardwick joins MEC from a position as CEO of GroupM Russia. Aird said: “I’m delighted that Neil is joining the MEC family. He is a […]

The end of the agency: Media planning and buying will soon become fully automated, says C1X’s Rammohan Sundaram

The end of the agency: Media planning and buying will soon become fully automated, says C1X’s Rammohan Sundaram

Having been in the business for about 20 years, I have seen all aspects of media changing. Way back in 1999 I knew that eventually the internet would be the only medium that will survive the test of time. Modes of access will be different, so you could consume movies on your television but the […]

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 […]

M&C Saatchi launches PR division with ADM Rolls Royce as first client

M&C Saatchi launches PR division with ADM Rolls Royce as first client

M&C Saatchi PR has  announced the opening of its UAE office, the latest expansion in the agency’s international growth. The dedicated PR team will bolster M&C Saatchi’s existing business in the UAE and across the region. Molly Aldridge, global CEO, said: “M&C Saatchi PR is an agency driven by passion, created in a modern time […]

Nadim Khoury replaces Eric Hanna as CEO of Grey

Nadim Khoury replaces Eric Hanna as CEO of Grey

Nadim Khoury, formerly chief operating officer of Grey Group, has been promoted to CEO of Grey Advertising MENA. He replaces Eric Hanna, who had been in the role since 2011 and “will be leaving to pursue other opportunities,” according to a statement. Khoury will report to Nirvik Singh, chairman and CEO of Grey Group Asia […]

B2B creative and technology shop Omobono launches in Dubai

B2B creative and technology shop Omobono launches in Dubai

UK-based creative and technology agency Omobono has opened an office in Dubai. Last year, the Cambridge-headquartered company was named business-to-business (B2B) Marketing Agency of the Year at the Drum Awards, and received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. It has already worked with regional clients including Dubai Multi Commodities Centre and Saudi Arabia’s Sadara Chemical Company. […]

How to win awards

How to win awards

Entering great work is a given when trying to win a Lynx, a Lion or any other award in adland, but how do you give your campaign the best chance at reaching the top? Austyn Allison investigates If you have not yet entered the Dubai Lynx, read this now. The final, extended deadline for entries […]

Mike Shackle leaves Grey as Ali Shabaz becomes new CCO

Mike Shackle leaves Grey as Ali Shabaz becomes new CCO

  Grey Group has announced Ali Shabaz, chief creative officer for Southeast Asia, will be joining as chief creative officer for Grey Middle East. He will be based in Dubai and will report to Nirvik Singh, chairman and CEO, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, said Grey in a statement. He will be replacing Mike Shackle, […]

Yves-Michel Gabay to leave MEC and region

Yves-Michel Gabay to leave MEC and region

Yves-Michel Gabay, regional general manager of Group M agency MEC MENA, is to leave his post at the end of the month. He will leave Dubai, where he has been in his role for the past 11 years, a couple of months later. French media reports he plans to remain within WPP. “For the last […]

Edelman lays off staff as PR agency moves to go ‘beyond public relations counsel’

Edelman lays off staff as PR agency moves to go ‘beyond public relations counsel’

Dubai-based PR agency Edelman DABO has laid off about 20 members of staff. “In response to the changing communications landscape, we are proactively transforming our business to drive increased efficiencies and effectiveness for our clients,” said CEO Tod Donhauser in a statement to Campaign. “This process includes refining the roles and specialities within our team. […]