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Alex Saber’s lessons from the ladder

Alex Saber’s lessons from the ladder

With 25 years of experience, the Publicis Media chairman says people, empowerment and trust are essential This year marks a milestone in what has been an exciting and fulfilling career for me: a quarter of a century as an industry veteran. When I think about my career, I can’t help but be inspired by a […]

Publicis Media wins global DTCM account

Publicis Media wins global DTCM account

Following an extensive selection process involving multiple global agencies, Starcom MENA has been appointed as the global media agency of The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in more than 30 markets. The Publicis Media Group agency will manage the full scope of media services of DTCM across the globe. The media communications duties span […]

Publicis Media’s Starcom wins Etisalat Misr Account

Publicis Media’s Starcom wins Etisalat Misr Account

  Following an extensive pitch process with a heavy focus on both planning and buying capabilities that was carried out over the duration of a year, Starcom Egypt has been appointed to handle the prestigious account of Etisalat Misr. The pitch involved Starcom and 4 of Egypt’s top agencies. The incumbent agency represented Etisalat Misr […]

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 […]

We are already using artificial intelligence, writes Sajid Akhtar, . But we can always take more from the technology

We are already using artificial intelligence, writes Sajid Akhtar, . But we can always take more from the technology

There has been a lot of interest, if not hype, around artificial intelligence (AI) in recent years. Quite simply AI is about creating intelligent machines; machines that can do things as well as humans, if not better in terms of speed, efficiency and objectivity. While there are degrees of AI and factions that differ in […]

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 […]