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MEC CEO Neil Hardwick says the agency is looking  at much more than just a name change

MEC CEO Neil Hardwick says the agency is looking at much more than just a name change

WPP’s Group M media agency MEC is coming back to the game with a new captain: Neil Hardwick. The new CEO joins MEC from Group M Russia and CIS, which he led for eight and a half years. Having started his career with Saatchi & Saatchi in 1984, he has also headed up Bates Saatchi […]

MCN promotes Joe Nicolas to  regional managing director of UM

MCN promotes Joe Nicolas to regional managing director of UM

MCN has announced the appointment of Joe Nicolas as regional managing director of media agency UM MENA. Nicolas has been with UM for more than eight years, and the agency says he has been an integral part of “leading UM towards becoming the largest and the number one media agency in the region – developing […]

OMD Predicts speakers will explore future of personalised communications

OMD Predicts speakers will explore future of personalised communications

OMD has revealed more details about OMD Predicts, its annual thought-leadership conference. The line-up of speakers assembled for this event, which will take place on September 20, includes Martin Lindstrom, a child prodigy who started his career in Lego’s design department at the age of 12. Now described by the Chartered Institute of Marketing as […]

Initiative wins Carlsberg media account

Initiative wins Carlsberg media account

IPG agency Initiative has won the global account for Danish beverage company Carlsberg Group, including in  Middle East markets. Carlsberg told Campaign UK: “Following a competitive pitch, Carlsberg Group has appointed Initiative as agency of record to manage its global media planning and buying business, replacing the incumbent OMD. The appointment is effective January 1st, […]

Initiative wins multi-million-dollar regional Coty media account

Initiative wins multi-million-dollar regional Coty media account

Campaign has learned that after a two-month pitch process, Middle East Communications Network agency Initiative Middle East has won GCC media duties for one one of the region’s bigger clients: US beauty company Coty. Dentsu Aegis Network’s Vizeum has won the media contract for Iran. Coty had been represented by Havas Media Middle East since […]

Emirates airline renews contract with Havas through to 2020

Emirates airline renews contract with Havas through to 2020

Dubai-based airline Emirates has announced it will renew its contract with Havas Media. Havas Media will continue to manage the global media strategy, planning, social, traditional and digital investments for Emirates across the carrier’s 150 worldwide destinations through to 2020. Since winning the account in a hotly contested pitch in 2014, Havas Media has led […]

Khaleej Times is making grand plans to change and expand

Khaleej Times is making grand plans to change and expand

Khaleej Times is the UAE’s oldest paper, so you might be forgiven for thinking it is also the country’s most old-fashioned. But with 30 per cent more web traffic than its nearest competition, according to monitoring firm Effective Measure, its management say it is the most popular news website among the population. It must still […]

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 […]