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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 […]

El Hajj becomes Publicis Media CIO, as Starcom wins DCTCM

El Hajj becomes Publicis Media CIO, as Starcom wins DCTCM

Amer El Hajj has been promoted to chief investment officer at Publicis Media from his previous role of executive vice-president of group trading & commercial managing director. The announcement comes as Publicis Media’s Starcom Middle East has been appointed to handle Dubai Corporation for Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), following a competitive tendering process. El […]

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 […]

MENA to be last holdout for Optimedia as global rebrand turns it into Blue 449

MENA to be last holdout for Optimedia as global rebrand turns it into Blue 449

At a global level, Publicis Media has announced that its Blue 449 Optimedia agency will become Blue 449. However, in the region, where media agencies Optimedia and Blue 449 had not yet merged, there is unlikely to be any immediate effect. Globally, Publicis Groupe has four media shops: Starcom, Zenith, Mediavest Spark and Blue 449 […]

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 […]

Zenith announces multiple promotions

Zenith announces multiple promotions

Zenith Middle East, part of Publicis Media, has restructured its management team across the region. Regional CEO Firas El Zein has announced a slew of promotions the agency says will strengthen market proposition, optimise operational efficiencies and fuel greater growth. Kinga Janssen is appointed head of strategy, Middle East, moving from her previous role as head […]

Whatever next?

Whatever next?

Campaign asked interns and recent graduates about how they see their role in the industry changing in the next five years. (An abridged version of this article appeared in the August 28, 2016 Graduate Issue of Campaign. Read our respondents’ full responses here.) Name: Yasmine Hamadallah Age: 18 Degree: Economics, politics and international studies, University of […]