Grey Group has appointed Kamil Kuran as group chief executive officer, Grey MENA. In his new role, he will report to Nirvik Singh, Chairman & CEO, Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.
Nadim Khoury, who replaced Eric Hanna in March this year, retains his role as CEO of Grey MENA, with Kuran taking on a group role as Grey extends its footprint across the region, such as the recent acquisition of hug digital.
“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 & presence of Grey in this region”, says Nirvik Singh, Chairman & CEO, Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, in a statement.
Kuran started his career at Price Waterhouse USA as an IT Management Consultant in 1994, where he worked on the analysis and design phases of software system implementation for companies such as Westvaco, UPS and Duke Power. In 1998, he made the move to advertising by joining Leo Burnett MENA as regional planning director, responsible for both the planning function and taking on the planning lead on the Kraft and GM accounts, as well as the role of agency lead for regional training. He also worked concurrently on new pitches and brand consultancy projects for P&G, Mastercard, Kellogg’s, Phillip Morris, Showtime, and Saudi Telecom.
This was followed by his promotion to managing director in 2004 where he oversaw the Leo Burnett and MS&L operations in Lebanon. In 2006, Kamil was promoted to regional managing director, Levant, where his geographical role was expanded to incorporate Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Jordan. In 2013, he was given the role of group regional managing director for the Levant region at Publicis MENA. Besides his responsibilities for Leo Burnett and MS&L, his purview included Optimedia and Publicis operations for the Levant countries.
“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. 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,” adds Kuran.