New International Sales Director at The MediaVantage

The MediaVantage has appointed Dan Qayyum to the role of International Sales Director. With over 16 years of sales experience, Dan previously worked in the UK with Phones4U as Store Manager before moving to the UAE where he most recently worked with BSA Consultants as Senior Manager Sales Operations. In his new role, he will be responsible for hiring and training the sales staff while managing sales operations as well as securing new business and media acquisitions. He will also focus on reaching new heights in the company’s international media capabilities and expertise.

“I’m pleased to have made this move at a time when the industry is evolving faster than ever,” says Dan. “The MediaVantage has an outstanding reputation within the media industry for expert delivery and my experience with international media enables me to accelerate the company’s growth and help place ourselves at the top of the media representation industry in the region.”

ITP launches social media division

ITP Media Group has launched new social media division, ITP Ignite. ITP Ignite will offer a range of services including social media management, content creation, brand enhancement and customer publishing. The new division will also work alongside digital talent division, ITP Live to promote content and develop brands.

“ITP Ignite is an exciting new addition to the company,” says Ali Akawi, CEO, ITP Media Group. “Leveraging our portfolio of brands and the vast editorial resources of the group, we are now able to offer content creation for a range of clients, which extends to developing and implementing fully integrated communication strategies. As the media landscape continues to radically change, our group is not only adapting to the change but leading it, with our commitment to innovative, digital first, solutions.”

House of Comms welcomes New Account Director

Integrated communications agency, House of Comms has appointed Alexia Lawrence-Jones to the role of Account Director. With over ten years of experience in the PR industry, Alexia previously worked in the UK with PR agencies such as Frank PR, Freuds and most recently with Hill + Knowlton Strategies where she worked across brands such as Mondelez and QVC. In her new role, she will join House of Comms’ senior management team and focus on delivering strategically led brands and digital communication solutions.

“After working in London for more than ten years, I was ready for a new challenge and when the opportunity at House of Comms came up, I knew this was the role for me,” says Alexia. “Having the opportunity to work in the UAE for one of the region’s most forward-thinking agencies was quite simply a no-brainer. The team is so passionate and creative and I can’t wait to get stuck in and help deliver some of the magic House of Comms is renowned for.”

Parker Design expands into the Middle East

UK-based integrated advertising and digital agency, Parker Design has launched its Dubai office as part of its expansion plan into the Middle East. The new office aims to provide clients in the UAE with a professional but personal approach to business while helping them connect with their audience. The launch will also see the appointment of Dan Kendrew to head the Dubai office as Director bringing with him over 15 years of experience on B2C and B2B projects in a wide range of sectors.

“We have several UK and global clients with operations in the UAE: AstraZeneca, Thomson Reuters, Sage, to name a few,” says Dan Kendrew, Director, Parker Design. “So this, combined with the fact that Dubai is an exciting hub for global business, innovation and creativity, meant that it was a perfect match for us and a really easy decision to make. We’re delighted our international dream is now a reality, and can’t think of a better place than the UAE, and Dubai in particular.”