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Wavemaker announces Rabe Iyer will become new CEO from June

Wavemaker announces Rabe Iyer will become new CEO from June

Wavemaker, WPP’s media, content and technology agency (previously known as MEC), has appointed Rabinder Thirumurthy, also known as Rabe Iyer, as CEO for Wavemaker MENA. The announcement was made by Ajit Varghese, Wavemaker’s global president of market development. Iyer will be taking over from Neil Hardwick, who has been in place as temporary CEO since last […]

Banham completes Saeidi’s JWT exco

Banham completes Saeidi’s JWT exco

The agency’s new ECD has followed its CEO from FP7 and promises to use passion to raise standards Sasan Saeidi, formerly managing director of FP7 Dubai, recently joined J. Walter Thompson as its regional Gulf CEO. He took the post about six months after JWT Dubai CEO Mohammed Sabry left, along with executive creative director […]

The problem  with keeping mum

The problem with keeping mum

Agencies may have more women than men in junior roles, but the industry needs to talk about why that changes closer to the top Shirrin S Patwa is CEO & career transition coach at SikkaLuna. She previously led HR at WPP agencies. The series Mad Men was a powerhouse of creativity and very often its […]

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 […]

Grey’s CEO and Hug’s founders talk plans for their new union, including regional expansion, pooling resources, winning awards and moving in together

Grey’s CEO and Hug’s founders talk plans for their new union, including regional expansion, pooling resources, winning awards and moving in together

“There is no reason why Cairo should not be the back end of lots of parts of Grey,” says Nirvik Singh, chairman and CEO of Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. He is in Dubai at the tail end of a regional road show where he and his new colleagues at Hug Digital […]

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 […]

Kamil Kuran appointed CEO of Grey MENA

Kamil Kuran appointed CEO of Grey MENA

Grey Group has announced the appointment of Kamil Kuran as group chief executive officer, Grey MENA. In his new role, he will report to Nirvik Singh, Chairman & CEO, Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. His is the third CEO announcement within WPP agencies in the region in a week, following the news that […]

Edmond Moutran replaced by Patou Nuytemans as CEO of Memac Ogilvy

Edmond Moutran replaced by Patou Nuytemans as CEO of Memac Ogilvy

By Claire Beale Patou Nuytemans, the chief digital officer of Ogilvy EMEA, is taking over as CEO of Memac Ogilvy in the Middle East, replacing Edmond Moutran, the founder of the agency. Nuytemans, who has worked for Ogilvy for more than two decades, will  move to Dubai, though she will continue in her digital role alongside […]

Sasan Saeidi leaves FP7 to become Gulf CEO of J. Walter Thompson

Sasan Saeidi leaves FP7 to become Gulf CEO of J. Walter Thompson

J. Walter Thompson has announced the appointment of Sasan Saeidi, previously managing director of FP7, as CEO for the agency’s Gulf operations, leading the Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar teams. Saeidi took over the role on 5 September, succeeding Michiel Hofstee, who has been working on network projects, leading on group pitches and WPP ‘horizontality’ initiatives […]

Grey Group Acquires Majority Stake in hug digital

Grey Group Acquires Majority Stake in hug digital

Grey Group has acquired a majority stake in hug digital, a leading independent regional digital marketing agency, based in the Middle East. Founded in 2009 by chairman Oussama Jamal and CEO  Tim Baker, hug digital is one of the largest and fastest growing digital agencies in the MENA region. Hug provides digital campaigns, social media, content, influencer and […]