Lineveldt and Saatchi & Saatchi to go their separate ways

Saatchi & Saatchi’s regional creative director, Marc Lineveldt, is to depart the agency.

Lineveldt, who joined the agency from FP7 in September 2009, will remain in the UAE until the summer before heading overseas. It is not yet known who will replace him or why he is leaving.

Adil Khan, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi MENA, said: “After seven years in the region, Marc has decided that it is time to end his Middle East adventure and head for pastures new with his family. When Marc came to us, he was open about the fact that Saatchi & Saatchi would be his last stint in the Middle East and we are thankful for the great work and leadership he has given us during his time here.

“The international nature of our marketplace can be a mixed blessing. While we benefit greatly from the very best global talent the UAE attracts, equally, there comes a time when these international high-fliers decide it is time to move on.”

News of Lineveldt’s departure follows on from Saatchi & Saatchi’s recent consolidation of its offices in Saudi Arabia, with its Riyadh and Jeddah operations now under one management. Mazen Mehio has been appointed managing director overseeing both offices.


  • This is lame nepotistic journalism at it’s worst. Its just as well everyone already knows he was fired

  • @Mick… maybe you should read a copy of Lynne Truss’ Eats, Shoots and Leaves so you can to improve on your punctuation…

  • Thanks so much for the tip. Here is one for you. A sentence doesn’t finish on a …

  • This article is like watching Faux News or reading the New York Times. These comments below the article are like watching/reading independent media. No disrespect Iain, I understand your predicament.

    Marc was fired and he is leaving the region because he has burnt so many bridges that he wouldn’t find a job in the region.

    @ Tipster…maybe you should read
    A Bloody Red Saga: Comments for Dummies http://bloodyredsaga.blogspot.com/2010/09/comments-for-dummies.html
    read no 2.

  • He’s been costing the agency an arm and a leg with not a single business win during his stay. anyways hopefully saatchi will start picking up its been 4 years downhill with so many fatal recruitment decisions.

  • Karma is a b!ach hey Marc!!! And I would appreciate if you could remove my Abandoned Cars/Metro Messages ambient work for The Dubai Metro from your portfolio

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