Dany Naaman

With over 20 years of Media Industry experience, Dany was one of the key founders of the Havas Media Middle East office when it was launched in 2005. Since then, Dany has overseen the regional operations of the Media division – from vast global companies and regional clients in over 14 MENA countries to out – post offices and teams in Riyadh and Beirut. In 2015, in recognition of his contribution to the Group, Dany received the prestigious Leader of the Year Award, from Havas Media’s partner company.

In February 2019, Dany was appointed as CEO of Havas Middle East. He is responsible to drive, control and build the quality of services throughout the Havas Village, continuing to work towards a fully integrated and customer central organization.

Dany’s career began in Lebanon in 1992 with his first job as a Sales Representative in a leading media house where he gained extensive regional experience within the fields of sales, marketing, planning and buying. He then moved to Dubai in 2000 to head up a multi-media sales team. Prior to Havas Media, Dany worked as the General Manager of Al-Khaleejiah Advertising & Public Relations, a Middle East print power house in the region’s Media Industry.

Dana Tahir
General Manager

With over 14 years of experience in the PR & Communications industry, Dana has been a pillar at HAVAS PR Middle East, where her role has spanned across all aspects of the agency’s growth, strategic counsel, team management and overall operations. Recognized for brand building, consultancy, and crisis management, know-how, and do-how, Dana has successfully led the agency’s post-digital transformation in recent years, allowing HAVAS PR to expand its footprint and diversify its portfolio across industries and disciplines.

More recently, Dana has been responsible for leading the agency’s transition to HAVAS RED, aligning with the global strategic direction of the Group. The new agency vision embraces the micro networks merged media strategic model which integrates earned, social, and experiential capabilities with content at the heart.

Prior to joining HAVAS PR, Dana worked at Leo Burnett, directly handling the Procter & Gamble portfolio.

Dana has also recently joined Middle East Public Relations Association as a strategy board member.

Mathilde Montel
Communication Director, Corporate & Health

Mathilde has 14 years of experience in the PR industry developing and implementing strategies for clients that boost their corporate visibility, transparency, and credibility. Throughout her career, Mathilde has worked mainly in the real estate sector, as well as technology, entertainment, and events.

Mathilde graduated from France’s renowned school of Public Relations EFAP and holds a Master’s Degree in Communications. Today, she leads the Corporate clients’ portfolio at Havas PR and oversees Havas Health.

Razan Karim
Communication Director, Fashion & Lifestyle

Within a decade of working in the Middle East’s ever-evolving Communications field, Razan has gathered thorough agency experience servicing a wide range of clients across key industries – including major global players. Today, she works with an understanding of the trends and cultural influences impacting consumer mindsets and behaviors in this particular region, and simultaneously has developed strong relationships with fashion and lifestyle media and influencers.

Having been with Havas PR since 2016 after working at Leo Burnett, Razan now handles the communications for CH Carolina Herrera in the Middle East region, while overseeing Havas’s portfolio of luxury fashion and lifestyle brands.

Nermeen Salama
Communication Director, Beauty & Wellbeing

With 9 years of working across a fast-paced integrated Communications field, Nermeen has brought her extensive knowledge of living in the UAE through agency experience, while serving various Regional & Global clients across key Beauty & Lifestyle industries.

By looking after an array of significant brands throughout the region, she was able to develop strong key media & influencers relationships. Nermeen has a thorough understanding of the evolving market trends, which leads to efficiently delivering 360 communications strategies and consultancy to her key clients.

Having been with Havas since 2014, Nermeen holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and is currently overseeing the Havas Beauty portfolio.

Carlos Nadal
Head of Growth

With 14 years’ experience and since 2012, Carlos has been leading the Business Development Team for Havas Media Middle out of the Dubai Office. Covering all markets and countries in the region, Carlos has a diverse and far-reaching level of expertise, contacts and knowledge as well as the determination to drive new business in what is a very competitive and challenging market. in 2019, Carlos has been promoted to Head of Growth for the entire Village (PR, Media and Creative).

Varun Kohli

With over 15 years of experience, Varun is an experienced Finance professional with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Varun joined Havas Middle East in 2014 as a Financial controller to look over the UAE operations and quickly grew to become the Regional Financial Controller in 2016.

In 2019, Varun became the CFO of Havas Middle East overseeing a team of 14 people across the region.

Oliver Obeid
HR Director

With around 10 years of experience in developing, executing, and leading Human Resources activities in the MENA region across several countries and industries, Oliver joined Havas Middle East in 2018 as HR Business Partner to oversee all HR activities for Havas Creative and Havas Media.

In 2019, Oliver’s role grew to become a strategic partner to the leadership team on ‘People Matters’ to support on long-term vision, HR transformation, industry trends and change management.

Oliver holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Professional Human Resources education from the US. His experience covers Talent Management, Recruitment, Performance Management, Employee Relations, and Compensation & Benefits.