Hill+Knowlton appoints new CEO

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Bashar AlKadhi to the role of Chief Executive Officer, MENA, starting September 2016. Previously COO at ASDAA’A Burson-Masteller, Bashar has over 17 years of experience in PR having worked in senior roles for companies including; i2 Group, Coca-Cola and intermarkets PR. In his new role, he will oversee Hill+Knowlton’s business across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, as well as join the company’s management team and serve as the Senior Vice President, EMEA.

“I am very pleased to have Bashar AlKadhi onboard,” says Lars Erik Grønntun, Chairman and CEO, Hill+Knowlton, EMEA. “He comes very highly recommended from clients, colleagues and senior executives alike. Bashar brings with him a number of qualities to our company, including a dynamic and entrepreneurial spirit and a keen intellect. But, first and foremost, he is a client man and I look forward to having him engage with our existing and new clients in the region.”

Bashar adds “I am truly excited to take on this new challenge. Hill+Knowlton Strategies was the first international PR company established in the Middle East and has a long history in the region. Now it is my turn to be the steward of this legacy and take the company into the next phase – I look forward to getting to know the people and the clients as well as build on all the great things that I know Hill+Knowlton stands for.”