H+K Strategies promotes Iman Issa

H+K Strategies had promoted Iman Issa to the role of Deputy General Manager, Dubai. Formerly Group Account Director, Lead on Corporate and Technology, where she was responsible for securing new business, team motivation, creative campaigns and overall division performance, Iman has over 10 years of experience in PR and communications. As Deputy General Manager of the Dubai office, she will be co-responsible for driving new business and talent development across the division, as well as leading accounts and teams in delivering creative programs across the corporate and technology practice.

“Having started my career at H+K Strategies 10 years ago, riding up the ranks to Deputy General Manager has been a very rewarding experience,” says Iman. “My personal philosophy throughout my career has always been to think and do things differently and to create increased impact for our clients businesses. 2016 is a year where we are witnessing growth in brands investing in creative communication campaigns that are led by the marketing division. In my new position, I look forward to enabling H +K Strategies to play a more significant role in this exciting phase for the communications industry.”

DABO & CO announces key appointments

Independent integrated communications agency, DABO & CO has announced a series of key appointments to its growing multi-national team. The move will significantly add to the existing talent at the firm as it looks to meet the growing demand for sophisticated communications services in the market.

Leading the series of strategic appointments, Alexandra Williams joins the agency as Digital Director and will play a key role in supporting the continued expansion of DABO & CO’s integrated offering. She arrives from Grayling in the United Kingdom, where she was Associate Director and played a central role in making the firm the number one ranked agency in the UK for digital PR by PR Week magazine in 2011 and 2012.

“Digital engagement is becoming increasingly important in the region and our clients are realising the value of investing in a truly integrated communications strategy that incorporates this platform, along with PR and events,” says Managing Partner Camilla d’Abo. “To this end, we are delighted to bring Alex on board and her expertise will be essential in enhancing our multi-faceted communications offering.”

Other key recruits include Iman Issa, who joins the team as Corporate Account Director overseeing the corporate team, responsible for flagship accounts such as BMW Group, DHL and Marriott International, and Dawn Barnable who joins as Consumer Account Director, responsible for overseeing accounts including Yas Waterworld, Ritz-Carlton, Dubai Cares and Jumeirah Restaurants.

Natalie Johnson, who has extensive digital PR experience, joins as Account Manager, and Ellie Keane joins as Account Executive. Saudi national Maha Alhamed and fellow AUS graduate Mahitab Hosni have joined to provide greater regional insights and expertise, while Sherin Bodekji joins the team as a Senior Account Executive, and brings with her three years of UAE agency experience and expertise in the NGO, B2B and aviation sectors.

Camilla d’Abo added: “We have focused on growing our team by maintaining a focus on adding to and further strengthening our existing talent. We are genuinely pleased to have been able to bring some of the region’s leading practitioners to our team, as we continue to endeavour to provide the high quality of communication services our clients have come to expect from us.”