Watermelon Communications partners with 3AW

Dubai-based marketing and communications agency, Watermelon Communications has formed an alliance with 3AW. 3AW is a network of independent full-service communication agencies with branches in the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Spain. Watermelon Communications is the first entity from the GCC region to be included in the 3AW network.

“We are very delighted to join this global network of communications, advertising and marketing services agencies,” says Madhu Kuttat, Managing Director, Watermelon Communications. “The 3AW network of agencies is connected by knowledge, expertise, passion and commitment in the markets they represent. This membership will empower us to provide marketing solutions across the world with local expertise. Enhancing services to our new and existing clients on a global level is a practical implementation of the concept of ‘think local, act global’ when it comes to communications. Moreover, this alliance would enable us to exchange expertise and insights and provide services to clients of 3AW’s member agencies in this part of the world.”

New Digital Editor at Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

ITP Media Group has appointed Kyli Singh to the role of Digital Editor of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. With a Masters degree in digital journalism from New York University, Kyli previously worked in the United States with Yahoo! News as News Editor, The Huffington Post as Associate Editor and most recently with TIME Inc. as Audience Strategy Operations Manager. In her new role, she will work across the digital content of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and contribute strategies for the growth of its digital platform.

New Chief Marketing Officer at General Motors ME

General Motors has appointed Molly Peck to the role Chief Marketing Officer for the Middle East. With over 20 years of experience in working with General Motors, Molly has worked across several automotive brands including Chevrolet as Director of Advertising and Sales Promotion, and most recently with Buick as Director of Marketing. In her new role, she will be responsible for all marketing and customer experience strategies as well as programs for the GMC and Chevrolet brands across ten Middle East markets where General Motors operates. She will also handle the brand communications, advertising, digital marketing, retail experience and customer engagement of the automotive brands in the region.

“With the advancements we see on the product, technology and customer service fronts, it’s certainly an exciting time to be at General Motors Middle East,” says Molly. “I look forward to working with our teams and dealers to provide customers with experiences and vehicles that are truly world class.”

Verizon buys Yahoo’s search and advertising operations

US telecoms company, Verizon Communications has bought Yahoo’s search and advertising operations for a deal of around $4.8bn. The telecoms company will now own Yahoo’s core Internet businesses of over a billion active users a month, to become a global mobile media company.
“Verizon is progressing its transformation to become a cross-screen advertising and media group,” says Juan Jose Rio, Partner, Advisory and Investment group, Delta Partners. “Through Yahoo, Verizon is harnessing a significant number of assets, including new advertising capabilities, but most relevant is its fixed and mobile advertising properties in the search, communication and digital content space. Whilst it remains to be seen what exactly Verizon will do with this latest acquisition and all its underlying assets, including those beyond the US borders, this may lead to similar deals and acquisitions between telcos and digital companies. More deals of a similar nature may be forged in the future, with telcos looking increasingly to leverage their connectivity and data assets to become powerful digital companies.”