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Georges Barsoum replaces Ramzy Abou-Ezzedine as Y&R MENA CEO

Georges Barsoum replaces Ramzy Abou-Ezzedine as Y&R MENA CEO

WPP creative agency Y&R has announced that Georges Barsoum will take the helm as chief executive officer for the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). Barsoum, who has been with the agency since 2015 as CEO for the Y&R Gulf region, will take on expanded responsibilities overseeing all clients and company vision across the broader […]

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 […]

Komal Bedi Sohal returns to replace Copping at Saatchi & Saatchi

Komal Bedi Sohal returns to replace Copping at Saatchi & Saatchi

Komal Bedi Sohal, Y&R Singapore’s chief creative officer, is to return to the UAE to replace Richard Copping as CCO of Saatchi & Saatchi Dubai. Bedi Sohal has been at Y&R Singapore since June 2015, having moved there from India where she spent two years with Rediffusion Y&R. She previously spent 10 years in Dubai: eight […]

Ghossoub resigns as Menacom chairman and CEO

Ghossoub resigns as Menacom chairman and CEO

Menacom chairman and CEO Joseph Ghossoub has resigned from his position with immediate effect. It is not yet known why he has stepped down, but WPP’s director for the MENA region, Roy Haddad, will oversee the position until a replacement is found. In a statement, Y&R confirmed Ghossoub’s departure and added: “Also effective immediately, Roy […]

Dubai Lynx 2015: Nissan-Mindshare team wins Young Lynx Integrated competition

Dubai Lynx 2015: Nissan-Mindshare team wins Young Lynx Integrated competition

Coca-Cola and Y&R combine finish second; FP7-Emirates NBD-Momentum trio is third. A team comprised of young professionals from Nissan ME and Mindshare MENA has won the Young Lions Integrated Competition, it was announced on 10 March, day three of the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity 2015. The winning team comprised Reham Eldidi, senior manager, […]

Dubai Lynx 2015: Film shortlists revealed; 11 of 25 from Cairo

Dubai Lynx 2015: Film shortlists revealed; 11 of 25 from Cairo

Memac Ogilvy has five entries in the fray, Impact BBDO and FP7 have four apiece.

Dubai Lynx 2015: MENA’s annual celebration of creativity arrives

Dubai Lynx 2015: MENA’s annual celebration of creativity arrives

The regional festival brings with it different expectations from stakeholders, and has a whole lot in store besides the jewel in the crown – its awards show.

UM MENA appoints Rasha Rteil as head of innovation

UM MENA appoints Rasha Rteil as head of innovation

She was with Mindshare MENA in her last assignment.

Al Safi Danone calls pitch for Iraqi ad brief

Al Safi Danone calls pitch for Iraqi ad brief

Saudi-based dairy company Al Safi Danone has called a pitch for its creative advertising account in Iraq as part of a bid to bolster its operational presence in the country. The pitch for the Al Safi and Activia portfolio will take place in Erbil, northern Iraq, at the end of the month and will last […]

Records tumble at Cannes

Records tumble at Cannes

Y&R Dubai and JWT Cairo struck gold in the south of France, whilst the region as a whole had its best Cannes Lions festival ever, bringing home 31 Lions. A week on the Promenade de la Croisette and all is well with the world once more. Another record-breaking year, the first gold for Egypt, and a dominating […]