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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 […]

BBDO lead Loeries ranking, while region picks up D&AD Pencils

BBDO lead Loeries ranking, while region picks up D&AD Pencils

Regional ad agencies have ranked highly at The Loeries and picked up D&AD Impact Pencils. South African awards show The Loeries has released its official rankings, and Impact BBDO Dubai is the top agency. It is followed by South Africa’s Ogilvy Johannesburg (which held the top spot last year), Hunt Lascaris Johannesburg and Native VML. […]

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 […]

Eight-brand WPP team wins Dulsco

Eight-brand WPP team wins Dulsco

Dubai-based HR and waste management firm Dulsco has appointed a consortium of eight WPP companies, led by J. Walter Thompson, for a complete brand revamp. Dulsco, which is more than 80 years old, has set aggressive growth targets. The WPP consortium will develop and roll out a new positioning and brand architecture internally and externally. […]

FP7 bags creative brief  for Atlantis The Palm Dubai

FP7 bags creative brief for Atlantis The Palm Dubai

FP7/DXB has won the advertising brief for Atlantis The Palm Dubai. The hotel launched a full-scale creative communications pitch towards the end of 2016, looking for an agency that could “execute its multifaceted communication needs and furthermore create a long-term brand platform campaign for the way forward,” said FP7 in a statement. Campaign understands the […]

Ramsey Naja: Dear Data, we need to rethink how we can work together

Ramsey Naja: Dear Data, we need to rethink how we can work together

Dear Data, I hope this finds you well. Mind you, I doubt that the word “hope” ranks high in your vocabulary, being all unpredictable and pretty damn unmeasurable as a result. In fact, I am sure you have already worked out your level of well-being for the next year and you hardly need my good […]

Top 10 Movers and Shakers 2016

Top 10 Movers and Shakers 2016

1 January kicked off with a bang when Samir Ayoub suddenly resigned as CEO of Mindshare MENA after 17 years in the role. No explanation by him or the agency was given into his departure, but the agency had hit turbulence in 2015 with the arrival of Filip Jabbour as the first CEO of GroupM MENA […]

STC unveils a fresh side to Saudi Arabia’s image

STC unveils a fresh side to Saudi Arabia’s image

Saudi Telecom Company has unveiled a major new campaign aimed at dispelling the stereotypical ideas around Saudi Arabia to both the world and to Saudis themselves. J. Walter Thompson created ‘Unveil Saudi’, a project that invited local bloggers, social media influencers and photographers to journey with STC through the Kingdom’s lesser-known villages, towns and small […]

JWT, Starcom and FP7 win big at Effie awards

JWT, Starcom and FP7 win big at Effie awards

The Good Note, a campaign by J. Walter Thompson Beirut for Bou Khalil Supermarket, has taken the Grand Prix at the MENA  Effie Awards. The campaign involved selling ‘Good Notes’ to members of the public, which could then be given to children begging on the streets of Beirut. Each note costs 1,000 Lebanese pounds ($0.66) […]

Ramsey Naja: The fast and the furious

Ramsey Naja: The fast and the furious

Ramsey Naja is CCO at JWT MENA Formula 1 aficionados love to compare drivers and their styles, and never was the difference more pronounced than in the case of two Ferrari drivers, Michael Schumacher and his successor, Kimi Raikonnen. Schumacher was the perfect team man: he would speak on behalf of the team, hardly ever […]