Team TMN catch up with Nick Clements, CEO at Ampersand and COO at MCG&Co, who talks about his role and what he thinks of the talent and marketing industry in the Middle East…
Name: Nick Clements
Current job titles: CEO, Ampersand and COO, MCG&Co
When did you first arrive in Dubai?
In 2013, on National Day…there was a great party going on.
Where did you work prior?
I most recently worked with advertising agency, BPGBates as CEO for three years and previously, before coming to Dubai I worked with Ogilvy, Innocean and JWT in Dublin, Frankfurt and London respectively.
What were your first impressions of the talent and marketing industry in the Middle East?
It was clear immediately that there is loads of great marketing talent in the region. But it was equally clear that there is a very variable commitment to the development of that talent.
Has your opinion changed much?
Not really, but what we are seeing is that the serious players are becoming more committed to developing and training their most valuable assets.
Tell us about your current role…
I wear two hats. I’m the CEO at Ampersand, which my partner Justin McGuire and I launched last year in Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. I’m also the COO of MCG&Co of which Justin is the CEO.
What challenges do you face?
Our business is really fizzing which is great and so the biggest challenge is using our time as wisely as possible.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Ampersand is a young company and we are firing on all cylinders right now, so every day brings new rewards from winning business to hiring new staff. But the bottom line is always happy clients.
Describe yourself in five words…
Not good at short sentences.
Who inspires you?
My extraordinary family and ‘Hero’ the Ampersand Mascot
What’s your most overused saying?
‘There is a clue in the name!’
Five things you can’t live without?
Family, work, fitness, cricket and travel
What’s the most exciting thing that has happened to you in your career?
Joining MCG&Co and launching Ampersand.
If you weren’t in your current role, what would you be doing?
Probably running an advertising agency – my other great love.
If you could have one work wish granted, what would it be?
I’d like to see Ampersand and the MCG& Group in India, Australia and the USA in the next few years