DUBAI: The head of Hill and Knowlton’s Athens office, Jim
Donaldson, is moving to head the agency’s three-office Middle East
Donaldson takes over from founding regional director Nigel Perry, who
becomes vice-chairman, a new position reporting to both the regional
board and Donaldson.
In his new role, Perry, who has led the Middle East operation for 15
years, will seek to expand H&K’s activities in the region as the pace of
privatisation there grows.
Donaldson starts his new job this month. He will be based in Dubai and
has responsibility for the company’s other offices in Bahrain and Saudi
Arabia. He will manage 40 staff in total and report to the regional
board, which is chaired by Khamis Al-Muqla.
Donaldson has been managing director of H&K Greece for three years.
Before that, he was an account director at The Communication Group in
He will be replaced in Athens by Robert Hipkins, who joins from
Ketchum’s London office, where he was a board director. The Athens
office handles accounts including Virgin, BP, Citibank and Enterprise
Oil and counts 20 staff.
H&K’s Gulf clients include Mastercard, Ford, Thomas Cook and
telecommunications company Lucent. Fee income grew 15 per cent last year
to around pounds 1.4 million.
The company is considering opening a second Saudi Arabian office in
Riyadh, along with new offices in Kuwait, Qatar and possibly the Lebanon
and North Africa.