(Palau: second from right)
Douglas Palau, vice president of Impact BBDO, is leaving the agency to become a partner in Dubai-based BKP Media Group.
Palau will take on the role of chief executive at the audio post-production and music production company, with founder Barry Kirsch taking up the position of chairman.
The new chief executive will be responsible for group growth, with a key focus on the expansion and development of BKP’s film and video content production division, CollectiveBKP. The group also includes audio wing BKP, Arabic voice casting agency Vox Arabia, and radio advertising awards Radiophoria.
“I’ve had a great career at BBDO and I’m leaving on the best of terms. It was the right time for a new creative challenge and a new opportunity,” said Palau. “I’m a great admirer of what Barry’s done and what he’s built and there’s a great opportunity for us to expand the business, particularly within the realm of content production. We’re also expanding geographically.
“BKP recently established a production services facility in Bulgaria and there is a vision to grow the company into a much bigger production group. At this stage of my life, it’s a great opportunity to be entrepreneurial, work with a pioneer like Barry and be part of a new creative era.”