Ali Nehme promoted at Publicis Media

Publicis Media, part of Publicis Groupe has promoted Ali Nehme to President of Innovation and Commerce, EMEA starting September, 2017. Ali joined Publicis Groupe in 2008 as a part of Starcom Mediavest Group and most recently held the position of Chief Strategy Officer at Publicis Media, where he oversaw the development and execution of the agency’s vision and strategy. In his new role, he will work with the leadership team in the region to accelerate growth and report to Iain Jacob, the CEO of Publicis Media EMEA, as well as continue to report to Steve Parker, the CEO of Publicis Media Middle East. He will also be responsible for driving an innovation agenda for the agency with a primary focus on strengthening and building an e-commerce strategy and roadmap to ensure scaled solutions across all markets in the EMEA region.

“Ali is an incredibly talented, dynamic and accomplished leader and his impressive track record demonstrates his ability to identify new opportunities to drive tangible business results for our agencies and clients,” says Iain Jacob, CEO, Publicis Media, EMEA. “Commerce is a critical area of future growth for our business and I look forward to working with him as he builds on the momentum he’s already achieved in the Middle East.”

FleishmanHillard wins at SABRE Awards

The 13th EMEA SABRE Awards has announced FleishmanHillard as the Middle East PR Consultancy of the Year. The awards ceremony, which took place on May 23, 2017, recognises Superior Achievement in Branding Reputation & Engagement.

“In a disruptive and very competitive communications landscape, agencies are having to evolve just as fast to keep up with the pace of change,” says Jim Donaldson, Senior Partner, Regional Director, FleishmanHillard EMEA. “I am very proud of the team’s achievements in such a prolific region and their many successes in growing the business and identifying new opportunities. Our Middle East business is split evenly between local client work and international business, meaning that we have grown truly local roots, but have become an indispensable partner to several of the firm’s global clients.”


New launch of Hanover office in the Middle East

Independent consulting firm, Hanover has launched its operations in the Middle East. Founded in 1998 with offices in London, Brussels and most recently in Dublin, Hanover’s new office in Dubai will offer strategic communications services and integrated programs to clients across the Middle East requiring access to other regional markets. The new office will also see Jonty Summers with over 20 years of experience and previously Regional Director at Edelman appointed to the role of Managing Director, where he will oversee and develop strategies to expand Hanover’s operations across the region. Also joining the Dubai team is Keri Sutherland, Associate Director of Hanson London with experience in reputation and crises management, to work towards establishing the agency’s presence across the Middle East.

“As Dubai grows in standing as a global centre for business, organisations increasingly require specialist advisers who can support them in protecting their reputations and promoting their market proposition as they take advantage of the cross-border market dynamics that characterises the modern world of business,” says Charles Lewington, Founder and Chief Executive, Hanover Group.

Meltwater launches new executive tool

Global media intelligence firm, Meltwater has launched new business tool, Executive Alerts. The real-time executive tool will provide users with the most critical insights about their company and competitors as well as the industry, sent directly to their smart devices. The Executive Alerts will also include features such as on-demand reports, multi-lingual supported monitor and instant summary messages.

“Senior executives across all functions and sectors need accurate, real-time data from outside their company to make sound decisions and Executive Alerts empowers them to do just that,” says Zubair Timol, Director of Strategy EMEA, Meltwater. “With billions of conversations taking place online every day, it’s previously been impossible to keep up with what’s being said about your brand and the industry it operates in, but that changes now.”

GroupM makes leadership appointments

Global media investment management group, GroupM has made some leadership appointments following the launch of its online media platform, [m]PLATFORM across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Alex Stil, former Chief Commercial Officer Worldwide at GroupM Connect, has been promoted to the role of President of [m]PLATFORM, where he will lead the agency’s digital practice across EMEA. Former Chief Operating Officer at GroupM Connect, Sebastiaan Moesman will take on the role of Vice President of [m]PLATFORM where he will work alongside Alex, to oversee the agency’s [m]PLATFORM across the EMEA region.