> Weber Shandwick MENA has confirmed that it has created an innovative new function designed to enhance its investment in people across the region. Sarah Bartlett, a Weber Shandwick veteran of 13 years and former Managing Director of its Abu Dhabi operation since 2007, has taken up the new role of Executive Director, Talent, Organisational Development and Brand Communications, Middle East and North Africa. Commenting on the new internal structure, Ziad Hasbani, CEO of Weber Shandwick MENA, said: “As a growing company with high standards in a specialised industry in this region, the single largest barrier to growth we face is the ability to bring the right kind of people on board."
> Barwa Bank, Qatar’s most progressive Shari’ah compliant services provider, has announced the promotion of Talal Ahmad Al Khaja to the role of Chief Communications officer. In this newly expanded role, Al Khaja will be tasked with overseeing the bank’s marketing and communications, as well as public and shareholder relations in line with the bank’s evolution and development.
> Ford has appointed Rob Crouse as Director, Sales for the MEA region to continue the acceleration of sales growth in the Middle East, North Africa, South Africa and Sub-saharan African markets. Crouse will be based in the company’s regional headquarters in Dubai. Crouse, the former General Manager Marketing and Sales at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCS) is responsible for overseeing the MEA business unit’s growth and performance in vehicle sales in his new role.
Talal Ahmad Al Khaja