Khan leaves Y&R for Saatchi & Saatchi

June 6, 2010

Adil Khan has quit his position at Menacom and taken on the role of regional CEO for the Middle East and North Africa at Saatchi & Saatchi.

Khan, who was managing director of Y&R Dubai until March, was recently promoted to the position of CEO for strategy and development across Y&R, Intermarkets and The Classic Partnership following a reshuffle of senior management at the Menacom group.

Now he is set to join Saatchi & Saatchi on 15 June, taking on the regional CEO position that has been vacant since Elias Ashkar ‘resigned’ from the role in January following a year of upheaval at the agency.

It is understood that Khan will spearhead the agency’s regional growth, including the creation of new, wholly-owned Saatchi & Saatchi offices across the region following the ending of the agency’s 18-year association with Quantum Holding, its partner in what were formerly its Beirut and Amman offices.

Simon Francis, Saatchi’s CEO for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, said: “Adil has the spirit, energy, expertise and determination that fit perfectly with Saatchi & Saatchi’s belief that ‘Nothing is Impossible’. We are delighted that Adil has come on board to lead the MENA region through what will be an exciting time of growth allayed to our continuing culture of creative excellence in this most dynamic of regions.”

Khan joins a managerial team that includes Lineveldt, regional CFO Kristine Varma, and Ben Roberts, regional human interests director. The group will push ahead with the MENA network’s strategy from its base in Dubai.

Khan had been at Y&R in Dubai for 11 years, having joined the agency from Bates Madco in 1999. He has previously worked for JWT and
Lintas India.


arabianEye gets creatives to shoot from the lip

January 21, 2010

Visual content producers arabianEye have  launched a fun initiative to provoke dialogue within the region’s ad agency creative departments.

The project, called ‘Straight Shooters’, canvassed the opinion of 10 high-profile creative directors, filming their replies to a number of burning industry questions, while allocating only 30 seconds to answer.

Figures including Tonic’s Vincent Raffray, Y&R’s Shahir Zag and Saatchi & Saatchi’s Marc Lineveldt, do their best to come up with the goods.

The resulting series of short videos showing their responses will be aired on arabianEye’s website over the next 3 months, with a different topic tackled every week.

This week’s edition covers the thorny issue of scams, with the question: “Why have we seen so many ’scam’ ads in the past UAE advertising awards?”

Celia Peterson, managing director, arabianEye, said: “We wanted to do something different to set the tone for our new blog and show that arabianEye is more than just about pictures. ‘Straight Shooters’ is meant to build a sense of community amongst Dubai’s creative agencies by highlight issues that affect the advertising industry and those who work with visual media. It’s a fun way to bring people together, open a debate, and address these challenges.”


Saatchi & Saatchi Beirut and Amman split from agency’s network

December 3, 2009

Saatchi & Saatchi’s Beirut and Amman offices have announced their withdrawal from the agency’s EMEA network, which they have been part of for 18 years.

As of 24th December, the agreement between the two offices and the wider Saatchi network will be dissolved, with Saatchi EMEA to announce the next phase of its plans for the Middle East.

Prior to the split, Saatchi & Saatchi Holding was one of two major shareholders in Saatchi & Saatchi Beirut Sal, the other being Quantum Holding Sal.

It is not yet known what the Beirut and Amman offices will now be called.

Eli Khoury, CEO of the Beirut and Lebanon offices, confirmed that the withdrawal from the network aims at implementing his agency’s wider plan in the region.

Simon Francis, CEO, Saatchi EMEA, said: “We’d like to thank Eli and his team for their successses and contributions over the last 18 years, and wish them continuing success in the future.”


Lineveldt joins Saatchi as regional creative director

September 15, 2009

Marc Lineveldt, formerly executive creative director at FP7 Dubai, has joined Saatchi & Saatchi Dubai as regional creative director. lineveldt

The post was previously occupied by Ed Jones, who departed the agency earlier this year following a shake-up of operations in the MENA region.

The agency has actioned several hirings of top tier management in a bid to improve its product.

Prior to his 3-year stint at FP7, South African-born Lineveldt was creative director at Team Y&R. His accolades include trophies at Cannes, D&AD, Clio, One Show,Dubai Lynx and Mena Cristal.

Lineveldt will also continue to serve as chairman of the Creative Club in Dubai, a group established to give a united voice to the region’s creatives and raise creative standards.


Anastasiadis quits Saatchi & Saatchi

March 29, 2009

anastasiadissteveSteve Anastasiadis, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi’s Dubai operation, is quitting the agency to return to his native Australia.

His decision represents the latest in a string of high level changes at the agency, which is in the midst of a serious restructure following the arrival of Elias Ashkar as CEO for the Middle East and North Africa last October.

Ed Jones, the network’s former regional creative director, left the agency on what he described as “good terms” in January, but it had become clear that there was no place for him in the new set up instigated by Ashkar, who has the backing of London-based Simon Francis, CEO for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Anastasiadis (pictured), who joined Saatchi & Saatchi’s Dubai outfit in August 2006, said he is due to leave at the end of the month and will be back in Sydney the following week. “I’m looking at a few things in Sydney which I can’t confirm yet, but I’m basically going back home,” he said. “I’ve been here nearly three years and the family was keen to move back. My wife has been offered a position back at an investment bank, and I’ve been talking to people in Australia for a while.”

It is not yet known who will replace Anastasiadis, but he said, “there will be a whole new structure, a whole new team, and a new era”.

Recent arrivals include Joseph Attallah, who joined as chief strategy officer for the MENA region in January, and Danny Higgins, who is the Dubai office’s new creative director.

Jones is due to leave Dubai this week in order to take up a new position as executive creative director of Publicis Groupe in Croatia.