Dan Cotter joins MCG Associates

Digital and creative recruitment agency, MCG Associates has welcomed Dan Cotter to the role of Associate Director. With a diverse experience in the media and public relations industry, Dan previously worked with Sky Sports as Producer, at BBC as a Journalist and most recently with TOH PR as Group Account Director. In his new role, he will look after the public relations desk specialising in the recruitment of agency and client-side communication professionals.

‘I’m very excited to join MCG Associates – as I love working with creative, ambitious people who demand a challenge,” says Dan. “The communications sector is a dynamic industry with highly intelligent, driven people. MCG Associates has a great reputation in the industry and when I decided to make the move, they were top of my list of companies to work for.”

New PR Manager at Fairmont the Palm

Dubai-based five-star resort, Fairmont the Palm has appointed Jenna Saunders to the role of PR Manager. With over six years of experience, Jenna previously worked with Jumeirah Zabeel Saray as Communications Executive and most recently with TOH PR as PR Account Manager. In her new role, she will manage all PR activities and work across Fairmont’s portfolio of F&B, lifestyle and luxury clients.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Fairmont The Palm,” says Jenna. “I look forward to working with the team and contributing towards making this yet another outstanding year for Fairmont The Palm across the region.”

TOH welcomes new F&B and Hospitality Director

Dubai-based PR agency, TOH PR has appointed Diana Ionescu to the role of F&B and Hospitality Director. Previously Marketing and Communications Manager for The Address Downtown Dubai and most recently for Burj Khalifa, Diana has over 10 years of experience in the hospitality sector. In her new role, she will oversee all PR operations across the agency’s portfolio of hospitality and F&B clients as well as manage a team of communications professionals.

“I’m thrilled to be joining TOH PR, a successful agency with a diverse portfolio of clients,” says Diana. “The team is fabulous, strong and motivated and I am delighted to be a part of them.”

Sophie Toh, Managing Director, TOH PR adds, “Our hospitality division includes a hard-won selection of names that we’re incredibly passionate and proud to be working for. When looking for someone to lead the team, it was important that they offered local experience with some of the best venues out there – and Diana fit the bill. She has an infectious drive and charm, mixed with outstanding experience and I’m looking forward to working closely with her.”

Shortlist revealed for PRCA Awards

PRCA MENA has announced the shortlisted nominees for its inaugural awards ceremony that will take place on February 8, 2017 at the H Hotel, Dubai. The nominees include: Q Communications, Seven Media, TOH PR, Memac Ogilvy, Markettiers and Grayling as well as Hill+Knowlton Strategies, among other agencies of the region.

The awards will honour agencies and media professionals across 13 categories – B2C Campaign, sponsored by HAVOC Creative; B2B Campaign; Crisis Communications, sponsored by LexisNexis; Digital Campaign, sponsored by Markettiers; Influencer Relations; Integrated Campaign, sponsored by TINT; Media Relations; Regional Campaign of the Year and Rising Star, both sponsored by MCG Associates; Results on a Budget; PR Leader, sponsored by ICCO and Small Consultancy of the Year, sponsored by The Media Network as well as Large Consultancy of the Year.

“I am delighted to announce the shortlist for the awards,” says Leanne Foy, General Manager, PRCA MENA. “The work submitted demonstrated excellent work across the region. Congratulations to all shortlisted.”

New appointment at TishTash

TishTash has welcomed Sandi Woodcock to the role of Senior Consultant. With over 15 years of experience in PR and marketing, Sandi previously worked with TOH PR as Account Director and most recently with ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller as Senior Public Relations Consultant. In her new role, she will join the senior management team and work across a portfolio of clients with a focus on new business and F&B accounts.

“I am thrilled to be joining TishTash, as they have a fantastic reputation in the market and an enviable portfolio of clients,” says Sandi. I’m very much looking forward to being part of such an inspiring team and adding my part to what promises to be a hugely successful 2017.”

Charlotte Brown joins TOH PR

TOH PR has welcomed Charlotte Brown to the role of Head of Lifestyle. With over 25 years of experience in media, Charlotte has worked with international luxury brands including; Cartier, Diptyque Paris and Crème de la Mer as well as holding positions such as Executive Retail Editor for major titles that include; Harper’s Bazaar UK and Glamour UK.

In her new role, she will work closely alongside Director of Middle East Operations, Joanna Lane Simm and Daniel Cotter, Head of Corporate, who joined the TOH senior management team earlier this summer; together they will lead the ongoing development and direction of TOH PR.

“I am delighted to reveal my senior management team after months spent searching the international market for the talent that I feel has the capacity to take the agency to the next level,” says Sophie Toh, Managing Director, TOH PR. “I believe we have been successful in our search and am inspired to work on the next chapter in TOH’s growth.”

Annie Turnell joins Four Seasons

The Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island has welcomed Annie Turnell to the role of PR Manager, ahead of the property’s opening in May, 2016. Previously a Senior Account Manager at Toh PR, Annie has over two years of experience in PR with a specific focus on luxury lifestyle, hospitality and tourism accounts. In her new role, she will work on all PR and marketing activity for the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island to increase awareness of the hotel both before and after its launch.

Jenna Saunders goes agency side

Jenna Saunders, previously Senior Public Relations and Communications Executive at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray has joined Toh PR as PR Account Manager. In her new role, Jenna will be responsible for handling hospitality and F&B accounts.