Joe Nicolas promoted to Regional Managing Director

MENA-based creative media agency, UM MENA has promoted Joe Nicolas to the role of Regional Managing Director. Having joined UM MENA in 2009 as Regional Director of Communications Planning and most recently, holding the position of Head of Strategy and Integration, Joe has built teams and contributed to the agency’s client success, and helped develop UM Egypt during times of economic instabilities. In his new role, he will work on the agency’s client relations and oversee its business development across the MENA region.

“I am excited to be taking over this role at one of the largest agencies in the region,” says Joe. “At a time where our region is undergoing a transformation, we have the right team, the right company culture and the right portfolio of clients to enable us to deliver great work and set new standards. I look forward to playing a major role in this and the continuing success and development of the agency in the coming years.”

LexisNexis expands coverage into the MENA region

Content and technology solutions company, LexisNexis has signed a content agreement with information provider company, Diligencia as a part of its expansion plan into the Middle East and North Africa. The new agreement will see both companies combine source materials to expand company coverage across the MENA region. The partnership also aims to address challenges organisations face when conducting business intelligence investigations on companies by providing corporate profiles that would enable them to map ownership structures, identify related holdings and subsidiaries as well as investments of corporate entities across the region.

“LexisNexis continues to proactively develop strategic content agreements to support the changing requirements of our customers,” says Mark Dunn, Segment Leader, Entity Due Diligence and Monitoring, LexisNexis. “We are pleased to further enhance our content coverage to help our customers mitigate their changing regulatory, financial, reputational and strategic risks.”

Ford MENA launches media platform

Ford Middle East and North Africa has launched a new platform to reach members of the media. The website aims to provide journalists with fast and easy access to region-specific industry news, model launches and CSR programme details in both languages, English and Arabic.

“The Middle East tab on the Ford media website is a welcome addition to our arsenal, and it will no doubt help our friends in the media to tell and illustrate our story with much greater ease and improved efficiency,” says Sue Nigoghossain, Communications Manager, Ford Middle East and North Africa. “Be it searching for the perfect Ford Mustang cover image, or looking for a quote direct from the horse’s mouth, the immediacy with which regional information can now be shared can only benefit Ford, the media, and our combined audiences.”

PRCA MENA announces award winners

PRCA MENA has announced the winners of its inaugural awards ceremony that took place on February 08, 2017. Hosted at the H Hotel Dubai, the awards ceremony honoured and recognised individuals, teams and campaigns from the PR and communications industry across the Middle East and North Africa.

Winners included Q Communications for Best B2C Campaign, Weber Shandwick for Best B2B Campaign, Volkswagen for Best Influencer Relations, Instinctif Partners for Best Crisis Campaign, Dubai Multi Commodities Center for Best Integrated Campaign, MCS Action for Best Media Relations Campaign, Brazen for Regional Campaign of the Year, Golin MENA for Results on a Budget, Matrix Public Relations for Small Consultancy of the Year and Seven Media for Large Consultancy of the Year. Bassem Ayache, Associate Manager at Golin MENA won the Rising Star of the Year award and Ziad Hasbani, Chief Executive Officer at Weber Shandwick was honoured as PR Leader of the Year.

“It is a great pleasure to announce the winners of the inaugural PRCA MENA Awards,” says Leanne Foy, General Manager, PRCA MENA. “The breadth and depth of entered campaigns, teams and individuals, demonstrates the strength with which PRCA MENA is growing.”