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Visa names Tarek Abdalla as Chief Marketing Officer

Dubai: Visa announced today the appointment of Tarek Abdalla as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CEMEA). He started his position on May 2nd.Based in Dubai and reporting to Frank Cooper III, Visa’s global Chief Marketing Officer, Tarek will help Visa expand and grow its presence across the CEMEA region, driving demand for Visa’s products, services, and solutions, amplifying Visa’s purpose through campaigns and activations and delivering value through our global sponsorships.“Tarek joins at an exciting time when clients have never been more engaged and connected with Visa as a brand and an essential service provider that both enables and empowers their everyday lives and businesses,” said Andrew Torre, Regional President for CEMEA, Visa.Tarek brings Visa a wealth of industry experience gained over more than two decades, having worked previously as General Manager for the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia at TikTok, where he successfully led teams in nine regional offices, delivering user growth, profitability, and commercialization targets for the platform through a dynamic mix of content strategy, marketing, and partnerships.Prior to this, Tarek spent a decade with Google, rising to the role of Regional Marketing Director, leading marketing teams across emerging markets in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.“I’m excited to be joining Visa, the world leader in digital payments and one of the most trusted brands,” said Tarek. “I look forward bringing Visa’s purpose to life, uplifting everyone everywhere by being the best way to pay and be paid.”Tarek holds an MBA from Sheffield Business School, a postgraduate diploma from the International Advertising Association, and a bachelor’s degree with honors from the American University in Cairo. Married with two children, Tarek is an avid reader, keen traveler and a fan of motorsports.
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UM presents global-first brand lift study with TikTok

Dubai: UM MENAT gathered their clients to present a global-first research study to put their brands ahead of the competition when it comes to ads on TikTok. Over 60 clients from over ten brands gathered at the TikTok Lounge to learn about the brand principles for the best performance in media and creative on the platform. The thought-provoking agenda consisted of two keynote talks by UM UAE’s Managing Director, Maria Poulton and TikTok’s Agency Partner, Nawal Rustom, followed by a grand reveal of the research with its insightful results led by Antoine Badaro, Marketing Science Partner at TikTok. The event concluded with a panel discussion that consisted of all speakers and UM’s client Dewan Afzal, Digital and Media Manager at L’Oréal and Mullen Lowe’s, Head of Social, Karim Magby.“The advanced modeling used to aggregate many data points into a single study is remarkable. This has created a playbook for media and creative best practices to predict the highest brand impact of future campaigns. Leveraging the scale of our partnership not only improves our client investments, but also enhances the global measurement agenda.” said James Dutton, Regional Director Digital & Head of Product at UM MENAT. “Like the trends on our platform, things change, and they change and evolve quickly. That is why it is crucial for our partners and their clients to measure and get close to the results to ensure campaign efficiency. We are proud to work with UM, who are innate innovators and who are keen to get behind research and best practices that cement them as the “future-proof’ media agency,” stated Nawal Rustom, Agency Partner at TikTok MENA. Maria Poulton, MD at UM UAE, added, “You can’t assume to know everything. We are in a world that is constantly evolving at speed, and so we need to shift and be agile to trial and test to get a true understanding of the performance of campaigns on TikTok, and that’s only possible by doing research studies like The Brand Lift study. We look forward to deep diving further into the results and building more impact for our clients.”