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.

Press and design Lions bring in a silver and three bronzes

June 24, 2009

The press, design and cyber Lions are about to conclude in Cannes and they have brought home four more chunks of metal for the region.

 It was a double whammy for Y&R Dubai in the press Lions. The agency scooped a silver for its Landrover print campaign that offers menu tips to intrepid travellers, and a bronze for their Harvey Nichols ‘cause and effect’ work. The latter has enjoyed a successful awards season, having already pulled in a bronze and silver at this year’s Dubai Lynx awards.

Landrover Salmon

 TBWA\Raad Dubai has also got cause for celebration. It’s print campaign for  Beiersdorf brand Hansaplast, which shows the plaster’s instant healing properties, took a bronze print Lion. The campaign achieved the same accolade at Dubai Lynx this year.

Meanwhile over in the design section Dubai’s Landor Associates scored a bronze Lion for their brand identity for Aswaaq Supermarkets. It was the only design agency in the region to make it onto the Cannes shortlist.

The region’s two shortlisted cyber entries didn’t convert to metal this time.

TBWA\Raad and Grey Beirut strike gold in NY… Lowe and Y&R grab silver

June 23, 2009

TBWA\Raad Dubai has struck gold at the New York Festivals courtesy of its self-promotional work ‘2009 Holiday Card’.

The award is one of a handful won by the region, including a silver for Lowe MENA’s ‘chewing gum’ for MTV International’s Staying Alive 2008.

TBWA RAAD Holiday Card

Also taking home gongs is Y&R Dubai, which was handed one silver for its ‘splatter’ campaign for Land Rover, and two bronzes – one for client Harvey Nichols and the other for Xerox.

Talking from Cannes, Reda Raad, group managing director of TBWA\Raad Middle East, said of the gold win: “We are delighted with the gold trophy. It’s a testament to the wonderful creative culture that we are building across the TBWA\Raad network.”

TBWA\Raad Saudi Arabia is also celebrating after scooping two bronzes for its ‘Miniature Magazine’ campaign for Masa Pest Control – the first ever wins for Saudi Arabia at the New York Festivals. A number of other agencies walked away with finalist certificates.

Grey Beirut has walked away with gold in the outdoor category for its ‘Split ends’ campaign for Pantene.

Y&R and Grey Dubai win at Clios

May 14, 2009

harvey1Y&R Dubai has walked away with two silvers at the Clio Awards in the US thanks to its ‘Cause & Effect’ work for Harvey Nichols.

The silverware was won in the poster and print categories. The agency’s success was followed by Grey Dubai, which picked up a bronze in the print category for its ‘Colors of Life’ work for Yellow Pages. The same campaign won a silver at the One Show last week.

Y&R’s ‘Cause & Effect’ campaign is made up of a number of different executions. Each carries an image of an item from the spring summer range along with a number of images of items such as a stop sign, rockets, jelly and fender benders, which act as a visual metaphor for the effect the item can have.

Shahir Ahmed, executive creative director of Y&R, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to win and it’s great for the team, especially after all that’s happened in the region recently with all the scams. One of the art directors who worked on the campaign is very young, it’s his first job in advertising, and to win in an international award so early on is great for him. He’s my Cristiano Ronaldo right now.”

Dubai creatives join forces for good of industry

April 30, 2009

A group of Dubai creatives have come together to establish a club designed to break down agency barriers and represent the community with a single voice.

The new ‘Creative Club’ had its inaugural meeting last night and included creative directors and executive creative directors from Y&R, FP7, Tonic, JWT, Lowe, TBWA\Raad and Brandcom.

lineveldtThe group, which has found a home courtesy of Sam Ahmed at Studio Central, will be meeting monthly. It will also be forming an executive committee and has elected Marc Lineveldt (pictured), executive creative director of FP7 Dubai, as the inaugural chairman.

The aim is for the forum to become a focal point for senior creatives, all of whom are being encouraged to join the club and help combine the opinions of Dubai’s creative community into a single voice.

The Creative Club follows on from the defunct Creative Directors Forum, which was formed in 2005 by many of the creative directors present last night, including Lineveldt, Vincent Raffray from Tonic, and Manoj Ammanath from Brandcom.

“This is very much what Marc and I wanted to do in the first place,” said Raffray. “What’s different is that in Studio Central we have a great place to meet and a real commitment. It’s a better environment and with all the issues that have been happening recently it’s a good time to get together for the benefit of the community. The goal is to give a voice to the region’s creatives and to raise creative standards.”

Disappointment at D&AD, optimism at Clios

April 30, 2009

Middle East ad agencies have failed to gain any nominations at this year’s D&AD Awards despite D&AD nominating a record 165 entries.

bird A2DDB London and BBDO Proximity Malaysia are the two most shortlisted agencies, with 10 and five respectively.

Of the 20,000 pieces of work judged, 717 entries have gone In-Book and will be included in the D&AD Annual as a record of the best work in advertising and design this year. The annual will be published in September and the only Middle East entry will be The Classic Partnership Advertising in the graphic design/stationery category for Tearproof for Prasad Karmarkar.

There was more positive news from the Clios earlier this week, however, where six pieces of regional work are shortlisted. Y&R is shortlisted three times for its ‘Cause & Effect’ work for Harvey Nichols and its ‘Graves’ ads for Eye Bank Association of India; while TBWA\Raad Dubai has two shortlisted pieces of work and Grey Dubai one. TBWA\Raad Saudi Arabia also picked up the country’s first shorlisted entry for its ‘Miniature magazines’ work for Masa Pest Control.

Y&R tops One Show shortlist

April 15, 2009

Now that the dust created by the Lynx is finally beginning to settle, attention is turning to The One Show in New York.

mtv11The region has nine pieces of work shortlisted in the first cut, all of which come from the UAE. There are a total of just under 1,000 pieces of work from around the world shortlisted.

Y&R Dubai leads the way for the Middle East in the shortlist, with four pieces of work making the first cut for clients Xerox and the Eye Bank Association of India.

Also shortlisted are Grey Dubai for its ‘Colours of life’ for Yellow Pages; JWT Dubai for client Nicola Finetti; Leo Burnett Dubai’s ‘Leftovers’ for the United Nations World Food Programme; Lowe MENA’s ‘Chewing gum’ for MTV; and Memac Ogilvy’s ‘One breasted mannequin for client ‘Bare Essentials’.

Flags(XEROX)_A2_3 AWFurther work has been shortlisted in One Show Design. The Classic Partnership picks up three shortlists, while JWT Dubai has two and TBWA\Raad, Leo Burnett Dubai and Grey Dubai have one apiece.

Memac Ogilvy is the only agency shortlisted in the One Show Interactive. The final judging for The One Show takes place on 1 and 2 May.