McCann Worldgroup announces new President

Luca Lindner has been named President of McCann Worldgroup, wherein he will be engaged in delivering integrated marketing solutions across the organisation’s International agencies to serve the network’s clients.

Lindner first joined McCann in August 2004 as CEO of McCann Mexico and Deputy Regional Director of Latin America/Caribbean, shortly before rising to the post of Regional Director the following year. He was named President of the Americas, Middle East and Africa for McCann Worldgroup in late 2012, thereafter establishing himself as one of the most respected global leaders while overseeing multinational clients in the Middle East, Africa Latin America, North America and Europe.

“Luca is a true globalist and has established himself as one of the industry’s most experienced multi-platform and global marketing leaders,” says Harris Diamond, Chairman and CEO of McCann Worldgroup “He has been a key architect behind the success of McCann.”


Tim Wilkinson appointed Chairman of Bell Pottinger

Tim Wilkinson has been appointed as Chairman of Bell Pottinger’s Middle East operations. A communications and reputation expert with extensive experience in government, corporate and brand communications, Tim has held senior communications roles both in-house as well as within leading PR companies. Prior to joining Bell Pottinger, Tim spent over 15 years at The Coca-Cola Company building and protecting its corporate and brand reputation in developed and developing countries including those in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

“The Middle East and the Gulf is a critical part of our growing group business and during his first year with Bell Pottinger, Tim has proved that he has the experience, relationships and local knowledge to continue to make a major contribution to growing our Middle Eastern business,” says James Henderson, CEO of Bell Pottinger. “Tim has brought in major client wins, provided strategic counsel at the highest levels and has bought regional and international experience to the team. Tim’s appointment will significantly further the success of our operations in the Middle East.”

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Newgate Communications launches in AD

Newgate Communications has opened its seventh overseas branch in 2013, with the launch of Newgate Abu Dhabi. The introduction of a branch in this region follows office openings in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.

The office is located within the Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority and will be headed by Habib Bacha, who will liaise closely with Byron Ousey, Partner in the Newgate, London office. Habib has extensive consultancy experience in the region and has collaborated with Byron previously at Gavin Anderson.

“The UAE and the wider Middle East region is the land of opportunities,” says Habib. “Financial communication is a must, especially after the expansion of the regional banks and finance houses around the world. Newgate is an expert in financial communications with an experienced team who understand the local culture and the industry.”

Newgate Abu Dhabi has already won its first client with the launch of Eurisbank, an Islamic financial services group.


Increase in Ad revenue forecast for MENA in 2014

MAGNA GLOBAL, a strategic global media unit of IPG Mediabrands has released estimates for advertising revenues in 2014. The MENA region had experienced a slight drop in 2013, largely blamed on the instability in Egypt, but is due to bounce back with growth projected at over 6.3 per cent for the entire region encompassing the Middle East and Africa.

The overall global growth in advertising revenues in 2014 is expected to hit more than 6.5 per cent to reach $521.6bn, which records the strongest year-on-year growth since 2010, which had closely followed the recession. The projections show an increase from last year in global advertising revenue of 3.3 per cent, to reflect the acceleration of the global media economy in 2014. The football World Cup in Brazil, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and the US mid-term elections have been earmarked as the major non-recurring events that will contribute up to 7.5 per cent in the new year in comparison with a modest 1.8 per cent growth in 2013.

Another major contributor to rising global advertising revenue is the digital media spectrum, which has displayed the quickest growth in 2013 rising 16 per cent to $118bn. Within the sphere of digital media, mobile platforms (over 85 per cent) doubled in size to reach $16bn while social networking (over 58 per cent) generated almost $9bn in spending. Digital media also grew in programmatic trading avenues to reach $12bn globally. This mainly included real-time bidding as well as automated platforms for video and display inventory buying.

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Steven Bond to step down at

Steven Bond will leave and Mediaquest this week to take up a new role of News Editor at Destinations of the World News. Having worked at for two years and Mediaquest since June, when it acquired the news and information portal, Steven steps down on Thursday and will commence his new role in the New Year. Steven will be responsible for the daily news content online and taking charge of the monthly magazine’s news content.

“I’m leaving business reporting with some (very slight) reluctance, but it’s a magical world and I’m increasingly drawn to people and places over dollars and cents,” says Steven. “I’m thrilled to be joining Destinations of the World News – there’s lots in store for 2014 both for online and print.”


Nancy Nusrally joins Hilton corporate comms team

Nancy Nusrally has joined Hilton Worldwide’s MEA Corporate Communications team as Senior Manager, Regional Brand Public Relations Middle East & Africa.

“My new role is to support the growing portfolio of Hilton Worldwide brands in the region, such as Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria and Double Tree by Hilton,” says Nancy. ” My focus will be on building awareness of our brand initiatives and properties and also aligning our global PR activities, mostly from consumer angle news.”

Nancy will be working alongside Heather Shaw, Senior Director, Corporate Communications Middle East & Africa.

Royal patronage for Arab Woman Awards

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development, confirmed his patronage for tonight’s Arab Woman Awards UAE 2013. Established in 2009 by ITP Publishing, the awards recognise and honour successful women from across diverse fields in the UAE including art, business, fashion, entrepreneurship and charity. Nominations for this year ceremony have surpassed judges’ expectations with entries coming in from across all seven emirates.

“The patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan is a testament to the significance of these awards,” says Sue Holt, Deputy Managing Director, ITP Consumer and Founder of the Arab Woman Awards. “His endorsement confirms our vision, as a platform that celebrates women who strive to succeed and contribute to the growth of the nation.”

The Arab Women Awards UAE 2013 will take place tonight in a glittering, ladies-only gala dinner on at Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel.