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Ogilvy's Ronald Howes resigns as Chief Operating Officer

Ogilvy’s Ronald Howes resigns as Chief Operating Officer

The chief operating officer of Memac Ogilvy MENA Ronald Howes has resigned from the company after 11 years. Howes joined the company as managing director of the UAE business in 2005. He was promoted to the newly created role of COO for the MENA region, covering Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, as well as the UAE, in […]

The Year Ahead 2017: Planning

The Year Ahead 2017: Planning

Planning frames, reframes and bridges for a world in chaos, writes Jennifer Fischer At the end of the Cold War, the US Army War College introduced a new notion, “VUCA”, to describe how volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous the no-longer bilateral world had become. 2016 has been the epitome of VUCA. The news cycle has […]

Review of the Year 2016: Riding the Storm

Review of the Year 2016: Riding the Storm

The past 12 months presented a tumultuous media landscape, and the industry is still developing tools to cope with unprecedented change Few expected 2016 to be good; agency heads trotted out familiar euphemisms such as ‘tough’ and ‘challenging’ when asked about business. In the end it was downright bad. Half the world’s celebrities died in […]

The rise of the client

The rise of the client

Creatives should be prepared to let marketers share their ideas. If the process is a collaboration not a battle, the results can be award-winning The client is rising. Does that sound scary? Like a bad movie? The client’s long dark shadow is creeping towards the creative department. The end of creativity. The last nail in […]

Female-only creative network SheSays to launch in Middle East

Female-only creative network SheSays to launch in Middle East

An award-winning global organisation aimed at pushing women in creative and media industries into the top ranks is to launch in the Middle East. SheSays, the only global creative network for women, will officially open in Dubai on September 28. Spearheaded by Ogilvy & Mather’s Elizabeth Dewar and StartJG’s Amelia Richardson-Smith, the network aims to […]

Memac Ogilvy Dubai strikes double gold

Memac Ogilvy Dubai strikes double gold

Memac Ogilvy Dubai has won two more gold Lions at Cannes. The agency landed both for Ikea Saudi Arabia’s ‘It’s that affordable’ in the outdoor category last night, adding to the gold and silver it won for the same campaign the night before. Memac Ogilvy Doha also landed bronze in the design category for its work […]

UAE lands 14 Pencils at D&AD

UAE lands 14 Pencils at D&AD

The United Arab Emirates has won 14 Pencils at this year’s D&AD Awards. Amongst the winners are Memac Ogilvy, J.Walter Thompson Dubai, Cheil MEA, Impact BBDO and Y&R, although they will have to wait until the awards ceremony on May 19 to find out what type of pencil they have won. Memac Ogilvy alone has […]

Big four dominate Dubai Lynx shortlists

Big four dominate Dubai Lynx shortlists

The bulk of the Dubai Lynx shortlists have been released today, with Leo Burnett, J.Walter Thompson, Impact BBDO and Memac Ogilvy leading the nominations. A total of 511 pieces of work have been shortlisted out of 2,542 entries – 312 of those going to agencies from the United Arab Emirates. Lebanon is second with 64 […]

Memac Ogilvy Dubai's Evan Kearney: 'When procurement meets life at home'

Memac Ogilvy Dubai’s Evan Kearney: ‘When procurement meets life at home’

My wedding anniversary is coming up soon. Some 12 happy years, a lovely home and a beautiful daughter has been the result so far. But after all this time, it’s getting harder and harder to come up with ways to celebrate it that haven’t already been done before. So this year, I’ve decided to do […]

JWT wins Egypt's first ever titanium Lion at Cannes

JWT wins Egypt’s first ever titanium Lion at Cannes

Egypt won its first ever titanium Lion on the final night of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. JWT Entertainment in Cairo picked up the award for ‘Abla Fahita’, a female puppet turned pop star and chat show host. Described as an “entertainment brand that has created an entirely new business model in advertising”, […]