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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 […]

Initiative wins Arabian Automobiles media work for Infiniti and Renault

Initiative wins Arabian Automobiles media work for Infiniti and Renault

Initiative Mena has won the media planning and buying account for Arabian Autmobiles Company brands Infiniti and Renault. The distributor had called for a pitch for its media duties in October 2016, and Initiative pitched against five agencies. Campaign understands these included Initiative’s MCN sister agency Magna and Omnicom Media Group’s OMD. Arabian Automobiles Company […]

Top 10 News Stories 2016

Top 10 News Stories 2016

1 This year marked the end of an era as Etihad Airways dropped M&C Saatchi as its global creative agency after five years. The partnership, ended after a contractual review, put Etihad in the headlines around the world with its campaign featuring Hollywood star Nicole Kidman. In consolation to M&C, Etihad did not re-pitch the account […]

Omnicom's Hearts & Science opens in Dubai

Omnicom’s Hearts & Science opens in Dubai

Omnicom Media Group, the media division of US-based Omnicom Group, has announced the MENA launch of its third agency network, Hearts & Science, which will join OMD and PHD in the region. The data-driven marketing agency launched six months ago in New York on the back of Omnicom’s Procter & Gamble business and subsequently won US […]

DDB Dubai takes a bite of McDonald’s after three-way pitch

DDB Dubai takes a bite of McDonald’s after three-way pitch

By Eleanor Dickinson DDB Dubai has won the creative account for McDonald’s food trust business following a competitive three-way pitch. The Omnicom-owned agency will enter a contractual partnership with the fast food giant after working together on a project-by-project basis during the past year. The account will entail creating an engaging consumer platform for 2017 […]

OMD managing director Nadim Samara promoted to UAE CEO

OMD managing director Nadim Samara promoted to UAE CEO

The managing director of OMD UAE and Lower Gulf Nadim Samara has been promoted to the newly created role of CEO of OMD UAE as part of a raft of changes at senior level. Samara has been with OMD for more than 15 years, he has risen from media planning executive in Saudi Arabia, taking positions […]

Gunn Report for Media 2014: UAE ranks 7th

Gunn Report for Media 2014: UAE ranks 7th

OMD is top media network, driven by MENA, Singapore, Colombia and UK; Starcom comes second, powered by USA, supported by UAE, Egypt, Poland and Netherlands. UAE has been ranked seventh globally among most awarded agencies for media in 2014, according to the Gunn Report for Media. Entries from the country accounted for 167 points, behind […]

OMD reshuffles management in KSA

Among other changes, Faisal Shams, business unit director at OMD UAE, has been promoted as GM of OMD Arabia. OMD Arabia has announced management restructuring in Saudi Arabia and named new general managers for its offices in Riyadh and Jeddah. This follows ‘significant increase in billings in 2014’, claimed a note from the agency. Toni […]

Bachaalani moves to OMD as investments director

Bachaalani moves to OMD as investments director

Replaces Mario Abdelnour, who has moved to OMG MENA in a similar capacity. Elie Bachaalani, previously head of investments at PHD UAE and group director – digital investments at Omnicom Media Group MENA, has moved to OMD UAE to lead its trading function. He has been with the group since 2006. Bachaalani replaces Mario Abdelnour, who has […]

Hassan Shoker moves from Mindshare to PHD

Hassan Shoker moves from Mindshare to PHD

He was senior director – trading, Mindshare MENA. OMG has brought on board Hassan Shoker, previously senior director – trading, Mindshare MENA, as its new head of investments at PHD in Dubai. He joined the agency on 4 January 2015, replacing Elie Bachaalani who shifted to OMD UAE in the same capacity. Shoker was at […]