WPP's communication agency Rediffusion has appointed Sam Ahmed as
vice chairman and chief creative officer. He currently lives in
Dubai but will now move to Mumbai from where he will operate in
his new role at the agency.
has spent 14 years at Y & R, Dubai where he was credited with
making Y&R the No. 1 agency in Dubai in creative rankings and
the 3rd most creative agency in the world. He has worked on brands
like Ford, Nestle, Pepsi, P&G, Colgate-Palmolive, Citibank,
Harvey Nichols, Skoda, Land Rover, Jaguar, Sony Ericsson, Du Telecom,
Zain Telecom, HTC, Apple and World Gold Council. He has also been
a consultant for the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United
Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed's executive office on
several Dubai projects including DIFC and Burj Khalifa.
chairman and managing director Diwan Arun Nanda said, "It is
good to have a person of Sam's credentials lead the Creative Team
at Rediffusion. He is one of the world's most awarded creative people.
We searched the globe for such a creative talent. Sam is empowered
to lead our team to achieve great creative heights with work that
helps strengthen our clients' brands even further."
said, "One of the reasons I left advertising is that the focus
had shifted, it had become more about making money and less about
ideas. I have always believed that only great ideas make a lot of
money for your clients and your agency and when the Chairman of
a legendary agency offers you a challenge to make Rediffusion the
Number 1 creative agency in India, you don't ask too many questions,
except where do I sign? I have some of the most amazing brands at
Rediffusion to work with and I am really excited."
joined the advertising and communications industry at the age of
21. He was 24 when he won his first design award and by the time
he turned 28, he was creative director of Y&R, Dubai. He was
made partner and regional executive creative director of Y&R
Brands for the region by age of 31. In 2009, Sam founded the Creative
Club of Dubai.