Grey Group makes new acquisition

Global communications agency, Grey Group has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in hug digital, an independent digital marketing agency. The acquisition aims to provide additional benefits from the digital technology and local expertise of hug digital to Grey Group’s clients from across the globe. The acquisition will also see Oussama Jamal and Tim Baker continue to lead the operations of hug digital as Chairman and CEO respectively, whilst working closely with Nirvik Singh, Chairman and CEO of Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, to set the overall strategic digital growth plan for the region.

“Grey Group’s acquisition of hug digital enhances our leadership position in the MENA creative and digital space,” says Nirvik Singh, Chairman and CEO, Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. “It underscores Grey’s commitment to expand our offerings and deliver quality, value-added services to our clients.”

Hussein Dajani joins Nissan

Nissan Motor Corporation welcomes Hussein Dajani to the role of General Manager – Digital Marketing, for the AMI (Africa, Middle East and India) region. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and communications, Hussein was most recently Chief Operating Officer at hug digital. Starting June 18, 2017, Hussein will oversee all digital marketing transformations for Nissan and Datsun across the AMI region as well as head the respective teams.

“There has never been a more exciting time to join the automotive industry, especially with a forward looking corporation such as Nissan,” says Hussein. “The competition and challenges ahead make this assignment an exciting one to me. I’m looking forward to working closely with the Nissan teams and partner agencies to ensure that we keep developing innovative products, services and solutions.”

Hussein M. Dajani wins marketing leadership award

With over 15 years of marketing experience, Hussein M. Dajani, Chief Operating Officer, hug digital, has secured a position in the 50 Most Influential Digital Marketing Leaders at the awards ceremony that took place on November 24, 2016 in Mumbai. Hosted by the World Marketing Congress, the three-day award ceremony that commenced on November 23, 2016 includes awards for individuals and organisations across the fields of marketing, social media, public relations, broadcasting, publishing and advertising as well as corporate communications.

“I am ecstatic and humbled by this recognition,” says Hussein M. Dajani, Chief Operating Officer, hug digital. “I am delighted that all those years of hard work and passion that I spent challenging the status quo and pushing hug digital forward have led me to this honourable position. With every achievement, comes new challenges and this is just the beginning for me. I hope that I continue to exceed expectations and ensure that more people from our region get recognised for their hard work, passion, dedication and commitment to boost quantifiable digital marketing.”

hug makes new appointment

hug digital has appointed Tim Durgan to the role of Head of Digital Media in Dubai. Previously the Cluster Digital Lead and UM Labs Ambassador (MENAP) at UM MENA and having worked on international brands in the past – such as Johnson & Johnson, Coca Cola, IKEA, Panasonic and Virgin Media, Tim brings his knowledge and experience in innovative digital media to hug digital.

“My vision for media is to understand consumer objectives first and deliver a unique story to each unique individual, underpinned by data. This will allow us to drive new markets, build new brands and drive new leads,” says Tim Durgan, Head of Digital Media, hug digital. “I’m looking forward to being part of a team that believes in this approach and works tirelessly to drive this strategy forward so we can be the trendsetters in the market.”

Sarah Abdel Wahab, Regional Head of Media, hug digital adds, “We’re very excited to have Tim on board. He brings an impressive arsenal of in-depth knowledge of new and innovative tools. His local know-how and desire for transforming the market are exactly the kind of thing we look for and I  personally look forward to working together closely with him on boosting our media offerings to our clients.”

hug digital promotes Ramy Kandil

Regional digital agency, hug digital has promoted Ramy Kandil to the role of Deputy General Manager. Having joined the agency’s Dubai offices in August 2015 as Senior Social Manager and then Head of Social in Dubai, Ramy will now be in charge of operations within hug digital’s Egypt branch.

“I’m beyond honoured to be chosen for this role in hug digital,” says Ramy Kandil, Deputy General Manager, hug digital, Egypt. “After more than a year and a half with hug digital, I can proudly say that there’s no other team I’d rather belong to and I’m very excited for what’s to come and what this team can accomplish together on transforming the digital front, locally, regionally and globally.”

Hussein M. Dajani, Chief Operating Officer, hug digital adds, “hug digital is fuelled with talent so it is hugely gratifying to see Ramy’s accomplishments being rewarded with such a promotion. This move to Deputy General Manager of our Egypt operation reflects Ramy’s hard work, dedication and commitment over his time with hug digital. Ramy will play a key role in facilitating our continued growth in Egypt and our commitment to the region as a key hug digital market.”