Tahaab Rais leaves FP7 and McCann Worldgroup


FP7 McCann and McCann Worldgroup Regional Strategy Head Tahaab Rais has moved on from the agency after 10 successful years to take on new challenges elsewhere. He headed the agency’s strategy, effectiveness, and data practices, and formed a crucial component of the regional leadership team as well as the Strategy ExCo for McCann Worldgroup globally.

Rais joined the network in February 2012, and since then, he has led a strategic and creative resurgence at the agency, overseeing a range of successful pitch wins across the region, profitable client growth, creative culture development through innovative initiatives, and creating highly awarded work across regional and international award shows.

With Rais’s strategic stewardship, the agency ranked The World’s #1 Agency for Creative Effectiveness in the WARC Effective 100 rankings in 2020 and 2021 – the first time any agency from MENAT has achieved that standing. Additionally, the agency also achieved more regional firsts, as it ranked The Most Effective Agency globally in 2016 and in 2020 in the Global Effie Index with more good news expected in the 2021 Global Effie Index. During this period, Rais also led FP7 McCann to be Effie Agency and Network of the Year, for 8 years consecutively, from 2013 to 2021 in MENA. And the efforts have led to the agency’s best years at Dubai Lynx, at Cannes Lions, at D&AD, at One Show, at Webby’s, at Clios, at ADFest and at other top-tier festivals.

Tarek Miknas, Group CEO, said, “Tahaab was one of the early members of my regional team who has been nothing short of a great partner. For a decade, we have been working, learning and growing together tackling brief after brief and market after market. On one hand, it’s always sad to lose such talent. On the other hand, it makes me very proud of the platform that FP7McCann has provided for great talent to explore all of their ambitions and succeed. I wish Tahaab continued brilliance throughout his career and will cherish our friendship built on trust, ambition and mutual understanding.”

Tahaab Rais said: “The company was big-hearted enough to trust me as its strategy head in 2012 as a wide-eyed 27-year-old with big ambitions. I remember how in my interview with Tarek, I mentioned how I wanted us to be #1 in the region in 3 years and #1 globally in 5 years. We did all of that, together with an awesome set of clients, people, and partners – and actually achieved much more, much sooner! The company has been an incredible platform for me to grow both personally and professionally, giving me the space, the trust, and the belief to allow me to do what I aspired to do, in turn, enabling the company to flourish. I’m immensely thankful to Tarek for his support and faith over the years, to our clients, and to our teams for being advocates of great creativity. And I wish the company all the best to grow and succeed even further and carry the legacy we’ve all created forward.”