Campaign’s Media Faces to Watch 2022 – Michael Khleif, Senior Manager – Planning, PHD

Campaign’s Media Faces to Watch 2022 – Michael Khleif, Senior Manager – Planning, PHD

Age: 29

Nawal Nasreddine, Executive Business Director, PHD: A mentor to others with true leadership skills. Michael is proactive, agile and resilient. Nothing is seen as a negative, only a learning opportunity. He keeps the team grounded and his positivity is infectious

Career highlights

My journey in media started seven years ago and I’ve had the opportunity to work across a multitude of industries, but mostly dominated by FMCG giants. Today I am a Senior Manager in planning and have the privilege of working on the Unilever account. At PHD and Unilever, we strive to achieve business excellence and be at the forefront of the industry when it comes to delivering great work and innovation. This year, I’ve proudly won the Young Leader of the Year award for PHD at the Omnicom Media Group Awards MENA ceremony. I am humbled by this achievement and hope to continue to develop into a future leader and empower my peers to deliver the best output they can.

Guiding principles

Learn from your experiences, both good and bad and apply those learnings in your everyday life

Stay curious, challenge the norm and always aim for the unattainable. You never know what you’re capable of accomplishing until you try it

Be kind and compassionate – treat others the way you would want to be treated

Side hustle

Being an avid gamer and sports fanatic, I really take the time out of my day to ensure that I am able to unwind and indulge in my passion points. I always encourage people to really get invested in what they’re passionate about and to set aside the time in their day for them. Spending time doing things you love will help you stay mentally motivated and happy, which often results in better output in life and work.

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