FLC promotes Preeta Panicker

Dubai-based Marketing, Events and Model Management Agency, FLC has promoted Preeta Panicker to the role of Division Head – Events. Most recently, Preeta was Events and Marketing Manager, and she brings over 14 years of experience to her new role.

As Division Head – Events, Preeta will oversee the department’s growth, position FLC as a complete event solutions provider, grow the database of regional and international talent, and increase the number of large scale event executions on a regional level.

“My promotion is a welcome reflection of the continued trust that the Managing Partners have in me and my work, and for that I feel validated and proud to continue to aim high,” says Preeta. “My personal and professional journey with FLC has been rewarding.

Ghaleb Zeidan heads Weber Shandwick Abu Dhabi

Ghaleb Zeidan, former Deputy Managing Director of Weber Shandwick in Abu Dhabi, has been promoted to Managing Director of the Twofour54-based agency. Having been with the company since 2010, the former journalist from Lebanon has successfully led a number of the agency’s largest accounts as well as having grown its government communications practice into the leading practice in the agency today.

“Our Abu Dhabi office is an award-winning operation that is well renowned for the quality of its work and the calibre of its team, which is unique locally in that it is comprised of largely Arab nationals from Abu Dhabi itself who live and breathe the local market,” says Ziad Hasbani, CEO of Weber Shandwick MENA. “With a five-year successful track record at our company already behind him, I am in no doubt that Ghaleb is the right leader to take our Abu Dhabi office forward into its next exciting chapter.”

Clement Dean promoted at BPG Group

Regional marketing and advertising agency BPG Group has promoted Clement Dean to the role of Senior Account Manager. Having previously worked for the agency as Account Manager, Clement has over six years of experience in public relations.

As Senior Account Manager, Clement will be responsible for delivering on-brand innovation and contributing to the achievement of business objectives for clients. He will also lead client relationships and build media relationships for BPG Group.

“It is great to be recognised and rewarded for the effort and hard work I have put in,” says Clement. “I will take this opportunity to further my learnings and experience, as well as to work towards greater results and achievements for the company.”

Sarah Bartlett promoted at Weber Shandwick

Sarah Bartlett, a Weber Shandwick veteran of 13 years and former Managing Director of its Abu Dhabi operation since 2007, has taken up the role of Executive Director, Talent, Organisational Development and Brand Communications, Middle East and North Africa. This new role has been created to enhance the company’s investment in people across the region.

“My new role puts people at the heart of everything we do,” says Sarah. “My new mandate is to ensure that we have best-practice current people practices in place, allowing us to tap into the changing talent needs of the organisation, fostering a learning culture where employees are encouraged to own their careers, and promote the company’s unique customer employee proposition, collectively combining to ensure that Weber Shandwick MENA is one of the leading talent destinations for the best creative minds in our region.”

Commenting on the new internal structure, Ziad Hasbani, CEO of Weber Shandwick MENA, said “As a growing company with high standards in a specialised industry in this region, the single largest barrier to growth we face is the ability to bring the right kind of people on board. This newly-created function is a major step forwards for our industry in this part of the world and represents a strong message about the importance we are placing in attracting, retaining and growing the right talent in a fast-changing environment. We’re no longer hiring PR people only, but designers, planners, digital specialists and other related professionals. As a former leader of one of the largest offices in our regional network, Sarah is well placed to understand both the needs of our business and the type of people who excel in the award-winning environment we offer.”

Promotion at House of Enspa

House of Enspa, a Dubai-based grooming company, has promoted Bianca Ellis to Assistant PR and Marketing Manager across two of the collection’s premium home grown beauty concepts, The Nail Spa and Marquee.

Bianca has been with the company since the launch of the Marquee brand in November 2013, when she was hired as PR & Marketing Executive to assist with the launch. In her new role, Bianca will continue to work across various marketing activities but with a focus on driving PR & events as well as the implementation of social and digital strategy across both brands.

“Digital has become such an important part of our daily lives and I am extremely excited about strengthening our online and digital strategy to enhance and support our overall marketing efforts,” says Bianca. “It’s a really exciting time to be a part of the The Nail Spa and Marquee team, with new location developments and new launches, our focus on online and PR will be extremely important to the growth of both businesses.”

For further information, contact Bianca at / +971 (0)4 323 2288

Jade Sprowson promoted at Emirates Woman

Jade Sprowson has been promoted to Style Director of the Emirates Woman Group. Formerly Style Editor for the Group, Jade will now head up the fashion and beauty team for Harvey Nichols Dubai magazine and the Emirates Woman Group, which includes Emirates Woman mini, Emirates Bride and

“I am delighted to become Style Director of the Emirates Woman Group,” says Jade. “It’s been an amazing 18 months working with a great team on all of our fantastic titles, and I can’t wait to begin this new and exciting chapter.”

Alexandria Gouveia promoted at Emirates Woman

Alexandria Gouveia has been promoted to Editor of online platform, Formerly Deputy Editor of Emirates Woman Group, Alexandria has had over 10 years experience in print and digital media, and has previously worked online for Blackbook, DazedDigital and NewWoman. She will now be in charge of upscaling the powerful digital platform, which continues to complement the Middle East’s longest running women’s magazine.

“I’m very excited about this new opportunity,” says Alexandria. “I look forward to making as prestigious and well-respected as the magazine.”

Nicola Gregson promoted to MEPRA Chairman

Nicola Gregson, Managing Director of Ketchum Raad – Middle East, has been elected as Chairman of MEPRA, the Middle East PR Association, following the AGM meeting last month. Having been a member of the board since 2009, Nicola was initially responsible for Measurement and Evaluation, and was promoted to Vice Chair two years ago.

“The PR industry in the MENA region continues to progress at an amazingly rapid rate – MEPRA’s role is to provide access to training, ensure governance and best practice, and be the voice for the profession so that we can continue to drive the region’s PR industry forwards,” says Nicola. “I am incredibly proud to be working with such strong Board members representing both international PR networks and regional agencies and global and national companies.”

Rachel Ingram promoted across Concierge portfolio

Rachel Ingram has been promoted to Features Editor across the Concierge magazine portfolio. Previously Features Writer on The Dubai Mall Magazine and Concierge, Rachel will now be working across Concierge Dubai, Concierge Abu Dhabi, Concierge Chinese and Concierge Russian.

“I’m thrilled to join the Concierge team as Features Editor and I look forward to the new challenges and responsibilities that my role brings,” says Rachel. “There’s lots in store for the Concierge group in 2014 and I’m excited to be a part of it. Watch this space!”