For Immediate Release
ROY HADDAD APPOINTED BY WPP, VATCHE KEVERIAN NAMED AS CEO JWT MENA AND CHRIS VON SELLE FORMALLY ANNOUNCED AS COO JWT AFRICA
BEIRUIT, LEBANON (July 30, 2012) — Following WPP’s recent appointment of Roy Haddad to the role of Director, WPP Middle East and North Africa (MENA), JWT today announced that Vatche Keverian has been named CEO, JWT Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In this role, Keverian will lead the company’s vision and goals, leveraging best practices and talent in the interest of JWT’s clients and brands.
Commenting on the appointment Haddad stated, “Vatche Keverian is a 20-year veteran of JWT, taking the JWT Dubai helm in 1997, leading its growth into the largest office in MENA and the regional hub for multinational clients like HSBC, Kraft, Nestlé and Nokia. He launched JWT Bahrain in 2003. Recently, he has been instrumental in successfully establishing the two newest JWT teams in Qatar and Iraq. Keverian has JWT running through his DNA. Bob and I look forward to watching him continue to build JWT’s presence in MENA.”
In addition, Chris von Selle, JWT Africa COO, will continue to drive JWT’s aggressive development agenda throughout the continent, securing investment opportunities and managing organic growth for the agency. “This will further strengthen JWT’s capabilities in this dynamic and exciting continent of Africa,” added Haddad.
Under the new structure, both Keverian and von Selle will continue to report to Haddad, who retains the title Chairman, JWT MEA.
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