Jennifer Gibson goes freelance

Jennifer Gibson, former Editor of good magazine, part of Motivate Publishing has gone freelance. Having joined Motivate in 2016, Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in journalism and has worked on as well as contributed to a number of titles including VIVA, Hello! Middle East, What’s On Dubai, Emirates Man, Emirates Woman, Jumeirah, The National, The Telegraph and Gulf News. She also worked in broadcasting as News Presenter and Commentator on Dubai 92 as well as Dubai Eye. Following her relocation to the UK, she will continue to work across publications in the UAE and UK as a freelance Editor.

“It has been an honour to edit good magazine since August 2016, to work with an incredible team of brilliant people and to meet so many of the innovators, entrepreneurs, environmental activists and charity campaigners who are doing so much to take community life here in Dubai forward,” says Jennifer. “The time has come for us to make a move to be closer to our families, but I look forward to continuing to work with so many of the brilliant editors and journalists I’ve met during my time here – and to the opportunities my continuing work here will allow for lots of visits to escape the Scottish weather!”

In2 Consulting welcomes Lisa Flanagan

Dubai-based strategic corporate communications consultancy, In2 Consulting has appointed Lisa Flanagan to the role of Senior Communications Consultant.  With experience in consumer and corporate brands, Lisa previously worked in the UK with companies such as Unilever and Cancer Research UK. In 2011, she moved to the UAE, where she worked with Jumeirah, Hakkasan and most recently with The Ritz-Carlton. In her new role, she will support Managing Partner, Anne Bleeker and her team in delivering business values through PR strategy and planning, account management, media relations and marketing.

“I am excited to be making the move back to agency and was drawn to In2 Consulting for both its exceptional track record in the hospitality sector and its unique approach to client management, which is extremely personalised and collaborative,” says Lisa. “I am looking forward to a new challenge and developing campaigns which have real impact on our client’s business.”


Matt Fortune joins Jumeriah

Dubai-based luxury brand Jumeirah has appointed Matt Fortune to the role of Cluster Social Media Manager. With over ten years of experience, Matt previously worked with Motivate Publishing as Web Editor for What’s On magazine and most recently with ITP Media Group as Head of Digital Content for Time Out magazine. In his new role, he will lead the content and social strategy for hotels and restaurants in the brand’s Dubai.

Emirates Woman welcomes new Deputy Editor

UAE-based glossy Emirates Woman, part of Motivate Publishing, has appointed Nina Catt to the role of Deputy Editor. With over ten years of experience in the media industry, Nina was previously based in Australia, where she worked across a number of magazines including, donna hay, that’s life! and InStyle Australia. In her new role, she will work across the Emirates Woman group portfolio including Emirates Woman, Emirates Bride and Emirates Woman Mini plus contract publishing titles Jumeirah and SOUK.

“I’m thrilled to join the talented team at Motivate Publishing and look forward to being a part of the company’s future and growth,” says Nina Catt, Deputy Editor, Emirates Woman.

Jumeirah appoints Group Vice President

Dubai-based luxury hotel company Jumeirah Group has appointed Yousef Tuqan to the role of Group Vice President of Brand Marketing and Loyalty. With over 20 years of experience in digital strategy and media in the region, Yousef has previously worked for both regional and international brands including; Careem, Leo Burnett MENA and Flip Media.

“Having worked with Jumeirah early on in my career I have always admired this iconic, homegrown global brand,” says Yousef. “I’m incredibly excited to lead the Jumeriah brand’s evolution.”

Jumeirah welcomes Acting Editor

Jumeirah magazine, part of Motivate Publishing, has welcomed Tahira Yaqoob to the role of Acting Editor. With over 20 years of experience in journalism across newspapers and magazines in the UK as well as the UAE, including The National and The Daily Mail, Tahira has recently been contributing to editorial content for Motivate’s Luxury and Lifestyle Group of publications. In her new role, she will take full editorial responsibility for the next two issues of Jumeirah, a monthly luxury title circulated to exclusive Jumeirah Group hotel rooms around the world.

Viceroy Hotel Group welcomes Kirsten Spence

Kirsten Spence has joined the Viceroy Hotel Group, Dubai as Director of Marketing and Communications. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and communications, Kirsten has worked for international hotel brands such as InterContinental and Jumeirah.

In her new role, Kirsten will form part of Viceroy’s leadership team in the UAE opening the Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah resort. She will be responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring marketing and communications strategies, as well as coordinating media interest in the hotel.

“I’m extremely excited to return to the UAE to join the Viceroy team on such a landmark, game changing hotel opening on Palm Jumeirah,” says Kirsten. “Viceroy has a distinctive style and an appetite for positive disruption that will prove to be a very strong asset and a marketers dream!”