entourage appoints Barbara Bologna as Creative Event Conceptualizer

entourage, the leading live communications agency recognized for creating exceptional bespoke experiences and campaigns using the power of storytelling, has onboarded a seasoned creative event conceptualizer - Barbara Bologna. With over 20 years of experience, Barbara has worked across Italy and Europe, on different verticals, from creative event concepts to direction and production for mega shows and events. Being a creative director, she has produced multiple many mega events that have enhanced her experience. She has worked on global brands such as Milan Expo 2015, Opening Ceremony of Rio Olympic Game 2016, FIFA 2022 Doha, Condé Nast – Milan, Maserati, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Dolce & Gabbana to name a few. <div class="video-container"><iframe src="" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>Barbara said, “entourage is great opportunity for me as I get the chance to learn and work with some of the biggest private and public sector clients in the Middle East. The agency has expanded substantially over the last few years and has ambitious growth plans. I am thrilled to be a part of the growth story”. As entourage is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the agency has laid out an ambitious 5-year growth strategy to expand its capabilities and invest in talents to be the leading force of creativity and innovation in the region. “Creativity is in the DNA of entourage, and we are always looking at onboarding people who will enhance and add to our capabilities. In Barbara, we found a creative force. Her international experience and artistic flair have made her a great addition to our team. We are ecstatic to welcome her to our team”, commented Vincent Drevet, Head of Creative.

entourage appoints Jill Jiao as Account Director

entourage, the leading live communications agency recognized for creating exceptional bespoke experiences and campaigns using the power of storytelling, has announced the appointment of Jill Jiao as Account Director. In her capacity in entourage, Jill will be leading the Aramco account.Jill brings over 17 years of experience in event management, communications, and client servicing, garnered while working across Asia, USA, Europe, and the Middle East. Her experience has shaped her into an excellent project manager and an even better team leader. In her role at entourage, Jill will be leading on servicing Aramco & its departments including Ithra and working closely with the team of Dammam office to ensure smooth operations internally and externally. “Our foremost priority is to develop and nurture talent, which in turn allows us to serve our clients better. Jill is a force to be reckoned with. Her expertise and tenacity make her an adept leader and a champion in client management. We’re thrilled to welcome her to our team and look forward to creating exceptional work together”, commented Shereen Khoury, People & Culture Manager, entourage. Over her tenure in the Middle East, Jill has consulted on multiple prestige clients including government entities, experiential & sports events, live/virtual exhibitions & conferences, creating high impact and consistently delivering value to her clients. Jill said: “I am always looking for powerful prospects that will contribute to my professional growth. entourage has been growing from strength to strength with an impressive portfolio of clients under its belt and it is a great opportunity to become a part of the growth story of the agency. I am eager to build some exemplary work with this spectacular team.”

Entourage appoints seasoned French designer Vincent Drevet as Head of Creative

 entourage, one of the region's leading live communications agencies, with offices in Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, and Cairo, announced the joining of Vincent Drevet as Head of Creative. A seasoned designer hailing from France, Vincent brings with him over two decades of experience spanning diverse disciplines of the creative realm including branding & advertising, digital communications, game design, TV production, and sound design.Vincent joins the entourage leadership team as part of the agency’s expansion strategy. Capitalizing on the market growth in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, entourage implemented its 5-year growth plan at the beginning of 2023 and announced 35 new positions for the year. Thus far, 23 of these positions have been successfully filled. The recruitment drive includes the strategic appointment of department heads with extensive industry experience, reinforcing the agency's structural integrity and facilitating seamless collaboration across its various verticals in addition to many other positions across all departments strengthening the commitment to craft unique experiences, and exceptional storytelling to elevate brands.Meet the Leadership Team:Vincent Drevet - Head of Creative: The newest addition to the team, Vincent comes with a diverse background in advertising, digital communications, game design, television production, and sound design.Ziad Faour - Head of Strategy: With over two decades of experience in the marketing sector, Ziad has been leading the strategy division at entourage since 2019, consistently guiding the team to victory in numerous projects.Ali Hamade - Head of Events & Technology: Ali's journey at entourage began over a decade ago as an event executive, and he has since risen to lead the department through his built expertise in event planning, management, and cutting-edge technology knowledge.Shereen Khoury - People & Culture Manager: Shereen, a seasoned Human Resource professional with over 12 years of experience, plays a pivotal role in driving entourage's diversity and inclusion policies across all its offices.Manasvini Rizvi - Head of Marcom: Manasvini joined entourage as the Head of Marcoms, bringing over 15 years of expertise in the field, having worked across various renowned brands in brand and communication strategyMohammed Idries - Head of Finance: With a tenure of more than five years at entourage, Mohammed has successfully managed and streamlined all financial procedures within the agency.Commenting on the agency’s expansion plans and future ambitions, the entourage founder and CEO Mohammed Tayem noted, “In the beginning of this year, we laid out an ambitious 5-year growth strategy that would allow us to expand our client portfolio across verticals, and strengthening our teams is the cornerstone to realizing this growth. The idea is to create a robust structure that allows us to meet the current demands and is flexible to expand and accommodate all future requirements. We want to continue offering specialized, tailored, and innovative immersive experiences to the global, regional & local clients whom we are honored to serve every day.”entourage looks forward to an exciting journey of growth and innovation as it continues to serve the region's marketing and event needs.

Manassvini Rizvi appointed as Head of Marcom by entourage

entourage has appointed Manassvini Rizvi as Head of Marcom. Rizvi has taken the control of the agency’s Marketing & Communications division, solidifying efforts in growing the vertical within entourage and expanding the regional team. Manassvini has been an integrated communications practitioner for more than 15 years, and has been the driving force behind the growth of several local and international brands, including ENOC Retail, DEWA, Western Union, and Coca-Cola, to name a few. She has held leadership roles, overseeing the brand planning, campaign management and the successful deployment of communication strategies across local and multinational agencies, including a decade at C2 Communication where she held the role of Group Marcom Director. Mohammed Tayem, Founder & CEO, entourage welcomed Manassvini into the team. He said: “We are reinforcing our commitment to the region and expanding our capabilities to meet the evolving media scene. With the expanding economy and the renewed push towards marketing activities, it is a part of our growth strategy to bolster our teams to meet new challenges and expand on our offerings within the communications spectrum, specially across performance and data driven marketing.” In her new position, Manassvini will lead the development of Marcoms strategy across the agency’s impressive portfolio of clients, while continuing to power the agency’s strong credentials in organising and managing turnkey mega projects.Manassvini also shared her excitement on being a part of Entourage. She said: “With its dynamic edge, entourage offers me a series of opportunities and challenges to navigate along with the team and build capabilities across the board.”