Kamil Kuran has taken on the role of group chief executive officer at Grey MENA.
Previously regional managing director for Publicis Communications across the Levant, he will report to Nirvik Singh, chairman and chief executive of Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.
“We are currently pushing forward in the MENA region with great momentum, and I am delighted to extend a very warm welcome to Kamil. A leader with incredible business acumen and a reputation for excellence, I have no doubt that he will play a significant role in facilitating the growth and presence of Grey in this region,” said Singh.
Kuran’s appointment is the latest in a string of appointments at the agency, with Nadim Khoury taking over as chief executive of Grey MENA in March following the departure of Eric Hanna. Khoury will remain as chief executive, with Kuran taking on a group chief executive role as Grey extends its footprint across the region. In February, Ali Shabaz replaced Mike Shackle as chief creative officer.
Last month Grey acquired a majority stake in hug digital.
“Grey has built a great reputation over the years, and I am looking forward to joining the network at an exciting time as it happens to be Grey’s centenary year too,” said Kuran. “The region has a lot of potential, and we have plans to make a genuine difference here. Plans that will not only give Grey a bigger footprint in the region but will also give our clients a creative edge and significantly more offerings.”
During Kamil’s tenure, and under his stewardship at Leo Burnett Lebanon, the agency was recognised as a regional centre for creative excellence and was named Agency of the Year at the Dubai Lynx in 2015, in addition to being ranked fourth overall in the Big Won Report 2015.