Gulf News Media welcomes Group Marketing Manager

Gulf News Media (GNM) has welcomed Matthew Moore to the role of Group Marketing Manager. Having recently arrived in Dubai from the UK, Matthew has over 18 years of marketing experience, 15 of which are in the media and publishing sector. He most recently worked for Johnston Press as Head of Marketing and Communications, where he focused on driving total audience growth and customer engagement. In his new role, Matthew will be looking to implement marketing strategies across the GNM portfolio and drive audience growth and commercial revenues across print, radio and digital.

“I’m delighted to be joining GNM at this exciting time in the UAE media sector,” says Matthew. “Our brands are key components of the media landscape in the UAE and I am looking forward to working with the talented teams here. We have some great marketing campaigns and brand plans lined up for 2016 and these will not only help with our audience growth but will also mean we engage and interact with our customers more than we ever have. Gaining a deeper insight into our customers means we can deliver more relevant, personalised content to our audiences when they want it.”


MO4 Network welcomes Sacha Shaw

Sacha Shaw has joined MO4 Network as PR Executive and Fashion Stylist. With over four years of experience in fashion and media, Sacha has previously worked for companies such as, Iceberg publications and Gulf News. In her new role, she will be covering styling and shoots for a range of MO4 clients, as well as handling all PR for Fendi Kids and Il Gufo.

“I’m excited to be joining such an innovative agency, with a real focus on creativity,” says Sacha. “I consider myself lucky to be able to work across such an exciting portfolio of clients, doing something that I’m truly passionate about.”

Purobeach welcomes new PR Director

Purobeach UAE has appointed Ellie Keene to the role of PR Director. Set to open in December 2015, the beach club will be located at the JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort and is the second Purobeach opening in the UAE. Home to a new restaurant and spa, as well as watersports facitilities during the day, the venue will also host a number of events – from private parties to resident DJ nights. Ellie will be responsible for all of the venue’s PR, and will be working alongside Marketing Director Martin Quinn, to handle all communications and media coverage for Purobeach UAE.

“Working in the nightlight industry in Dubai has always been an interest of mine and adding Purobeach to the list of projects I am currently working on is extremely exciting,” says Ellie. “I am really looking forward to building the success of this already reputable brand in the UAE.”


Varsha Phulwani joins Pandora ME

Luxury lifestyle and jewellery company Pandora ME, has welcomed Varsha Phulwani to the role of PR and Social Media Executive. A former Editorial Assistant at Cosmopolitan ME, part of ITP Publishing, Varsha most recently worked as a Social Media Executive at events company Lumin, where she worked with brands such as Tiffany and Co, Make Up Forever and Blue Marlin Ibiza.

In her new role with Pandora ME, Varsha will focus on coordinating and implementing the social media strategy for the company in order to achieve high brand standards across several digital platforms. She will also support the PR department in the implementation of the annual PR strategy by assisting with events coordination, editorial and photo shoot production, coverage analysis and reporting.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Pandora ME team,” says Varsha. “Even though the brand has been globally recognised for decades, it was introduced in the UAE only five years ago and has since grown from strength to strength. I look forward to contributing to Pandora’s glorious journey.”

House of Comms welcomes Anoushka Talukdar

Integrated communications agency House of Comms has appointed Anoushska Talukdar to the role of Senior Account Manager. Born and raised in Dubai, Anoushka has gained over nine years of international experience working for PR agencies such as Ketchum and Asda’a Burson-Marsteller, with clients such as Hilton, Accor and Qatar Airways. As Senior Account Manager, Anoushka will form part of House of Comms’ team of Senior Consultants, where she will be working specifically on the agency’s hospitality accounts.

“I knew instinctively the House of Comms was the agency for me and the focus of my role within the hospitality division is perfectly suited,” says Anoushka. “With my dream client portfolio and the refreshing approach taken by House of Comms to ensure we deliver incredible results at every level, I could not be more excited about this role.”

Socialize welcomes Greta Van Der Merwe

Digital specialists Socialize Agency appoints Greta Van Der Merwe to the role of Copywriter. As her first role in the Middle East, Greta joins from 140BBDO in South Africa, where she gained more than four years of experience in advertising. As Copywriter, she will focus on bringing the client’s voice to their consumers’ ears, and contribute to the agency’s ever-growing creative output.

“I believe that there is always more and more and more to learn,” says Greta. “Stepping into this whole new world – excuse the Aladdin reference – is a challenge I can’t wait to tackle head on. Joining Socialize Agency gives me the opportunity to make a difference on a much larger scale than I ever imagined. I’m really excited.”

Viva welcomes new Fashion and Beauty Editor

Alexandra Venison will join Viva magazine as Fashion and Beauty Editor, following her previous role as Junior Fashion Editor at Emirates Woman.

Alexandra graduated from London College of Fashion with a first-class Honours degree in broadcast journalism. In her new role, she will be utilising her previous experience gained over the past few years at Motivate Publishing as she oversees all fashion and beauty pages for Viva.

David Kingsmill-Moore joins Capital MSL Middle East

David Kingsmill-Moore has joined Capital MSL Middle East as its new Regional Director & Head of Financial Services. Formerly Managing Director of Fleishman-Hillard ME, David brings with him over 14 years of global agency, in-house and secondee experience across an extensive range of sectors in the US, UK, European, Australian and African markets.

Suzan Kazzi joins Al-Futtaim Motors

Suzan Kazzi has joined Al-Futtaim Motors as Communications Manager. Prior to this, Suzan was with advertising and marketing agency, Gmasco, where she overlooked Al Futtaim Motor’s PR activities regarding Toyota, Lexus and Hino. In the last two and half years, Suzan has worked exclusively on Toyota, managing the press launches of Toyota’s 2013, 2014 and 2015 line up in the UAE. Suzan will now develop and deploy Al-Futtaim Motors’ corporate communication strategy related to Toyota, Lexus and Hino for all internal and external stakeholders. Gmasco continue to represent Al-Futtaim Motors as an external agency.

“This is an exciting move for me,” says Suzan. “I am very familiar with Toyota, Lexus and Hino as I have been working on some of them for over three years from the agency side. I feel privileged to be able to develop and strengthen the business relationship with local and international stakeholders and further contribute to the success of Al-Futtaim Motors.”