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Fi, She?!

Fi, She?!

There are some questions the industry needs to ask about how it sees women within its ranks and in the world outside, writes Vidya Manmohan, executive creative director at Grey Dubai Depending on your understanding of Arabic, you can interpret the combination of words in the headline, “Fi, She?!” in a number of different ways, […]

Top 10 (and a bit) movers and shakers in 2017

Top 10 (and a bit) movers and shakers in 2017

1. The surprising news began leaking out in December that Impact BBDO’s multi-award-winning executive creative director Fadi Yaish was to leave Impact BBDO. He has not yet said where he will be going, and it is unknown whether he will be directly replaced. Memac Ogilvy’s chief creative officer Paul Shearer is moving to Impact BBDO as […]

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 […]

Grey Group Acquires Majority Stake in hug digital

Grey Group Acquires Majority Stake in hug digital

Grey Group has acquired a majority stake in hug digital, a leading independent regional digital marketing agency, based in the Middle East. Founded in 2009 by chairman Oussama Jamal and CEO  Tim Baker, hug digital is one of the largest and fastest growing digital agencies in the MENA region. Hug provides digital campaigns, social media, content, influencer and […]

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 […]

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, […]

Grey wins Subway for Saudi Arabia

Grey wins Subway for Saudi Arabia

Grey Group MENA has won the creative brief for global sandwich giant Subway across Saudi Arabia. The agency scooped the fast food franchise following a six-way pitch held over four months. Grey’s Riyadh office will handle all of Subway’s advertising and communication for all of the brand’s branches across the kingdom. Marc Bouharb, MD at […]

Grey and Lowe MENA win Ferrero advertising brief

Grey and Lowe MENA win Ferrero advertising brief

Italian chocolate and confectionery giant Ferrero has split its regional advertising business between Grey and Lowe MENA following a pitch. The review of the business began in the final quarter of last year, with Grey winning Ferrero’s full Kinder line (Kinder Chocolate, Kinder Joy, Kinder Country, Kinder Bueno, Kinder Schoko-Bons) and its Pralines range (Ferrero […]

Chalhoub named Grey's new chief creative officer

Chalhoub named Grey’s new chief creative officer

Grey Group MENA has named Marc Chalhoub the network’s new chief creative officer. Chalhoub, who will be based in Beirut, fills the position left vacant by last year’s departure of Philippe Skaff, who had the dual role of CEO and chief creative officer. Eric Hanna, previously CEO of MediaCom MENA, replaced Skaff as CEO in […]