Atifa Asghar Is Director Communications And PR At Telenor Pakistan

According to ProPakistani, Telenor Pakistan has appointed Atifa Asghar as Director Communications and Public Relations, a long vacant position that was spared earlier this year when Anjum Rahman resigned from the company.

Asghar will be joining the company from October 15th, 2012. A Telenor Pakistan spokesperson confirmed ProPakistani of the appointment.

Asghar brings with her vast experience in media relations, corporate communication and marketing. Prior to her appointment at Telenor, she looked after media relations for Nokia Siemens Network in the Middle East and Africa.

She also remained marketing manager for the same company earlier. Prior to the merger of Nokia and Siemens, Asghar had served Nokia Pakistan and Iran as communications manager.

Atifa Asghar has joined Telenor’s communication department at a time when Pakistan’s telecom industry is undergoing tough working conditions. She will be tested with growing challenges that tend to take on telecom companies, such as the issue of un-registered SIMs, tax evasion and suspension of services.

She will be the fourth director of Telenor’s communication department in the last three years.

Faheem Mujahid Joins Interflow As Senior Account Manager

Faheem Mujahid will be joining Interflow Communications next month as a senior account manager.

Mujahid was previously manager sales and marketing at Terrabiz, which he joined in March, 2012. The Marketing Association of Pakistan’s annual conference, MARCON 2012, was his first assignment at Terrabiz.

Prior to his stint at Terrabiz, Mujahid was a freelance event manager who led part of the organizing team of two events: the launch of Shahid Afridi’s clothing line,  Widyaan The Fashion Valley, as well as an exhibition by the Memon Federation of Pakistan titled ‘Vision of Prosperity’.

At Interflow Communications, Mujahid will be reporting to Ali Rizvi, the company’s chief operating officer. His responsibilities will include client services, business development and account management.

Mindshare Malaysia Appoints Gerald Wittenberger As Managing Director

Mindshare Malaysia has appointed Gerald Wittenberger as its new managing director, effective 12 August.

Marketing Interactive reports that Wittenberger will be managing key client relationships, rolling out Mindshare’s new proprietary approach to communications (called ‘Adaptive Marketing’) and managing and nurturing Mindshare talents.

Wittenberger will be reporting to Girish Menon, GroupM CEO and head of Mindshare Malaysia.

He joins Mindshare Malaysia from OMD Slovakia where he was managing director since 2009. Through the course of his career, he has worked with over 30 clients across all major categories – including Pepsi, Shell, Nissan, Sony, McDonald’s, Hasbro, Johnson & Johnson, HP, Tesco, Henkel, Reebok and more.

“Gerald is joining us at a time when Mindshare is preparing for its next set of expansion plans in Malaysia on the back of new media and new consumer behaviours, especially through our recently launched proprietary process, Adaptive Marketing. Gerald’s management style is very inclusive and collaborative, and I am excited about the new perspectives that he will bring for Mindshare stakeholders – our clients and our talent. I look forward to seeing him come through with flying colours,” says Menon.

Ikea Founder Ingvar Kamprad Steps Down

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad has announced that he is stepping down as chairman of Inter Ikea Holding, the group that owns the Swedish furniture giant.

Kamprad, 87, has served the company for 70 years, making it the world’s largest furniture retailer.

According to The Telegraph, he will be replaced by his youngest son, Mathias Kamprad.

Ikea said the board changes formed part of a “generational shift that has been prepared for and ongoing for some years.”

“I will continue to spend time in the stores and in the factories to work with people and help achieve constant improvement,” Ingvar Kamprad said on Wednesday. “Our journey has just started.”

The news of the generation shift came as Inter Ikea reported a fivefold increase in net profit last year and a 9 per cent increase in revenues to €2.66bn.

Parixit Bhattacharya Is Chief Creative Officer Of TBWA\India

TBWA\India has appointed Parixit Bhattacharya to the position of chief creative officer of the TBWA Group in India, according to Digital Market Asia.

He will also be responsible for retail and shopper marketing company The Integer Group, and recent digital acquisition, Magnon Group.

Commenting on Bhattacharya’s appointment, Shiv Sethuraman, TBWA\India group chief executive officer, said “Parx has fantastic digital credentials, a global outlook, and is obsessive about integrated work that is both award-winning and ‘on brand’.  As the TBWA Group in India widens its footprint to cover the vital areas of digital as well as retail and shopper marketing, we are looking to him to take our creative work to the next level.”

Bhattacharya was previously creative director at JWT Singapore where he was  working with clients such as HSBC, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer. He began his career in 2001 in the planning department of Leo Burnett Mumbai, and went on to work with various agencies in Mumbai, Singapore and Dubai. He has created cross-platform experiences for brands like Sony, Kit Kat, Harvey Nichols, MasterCard, Fiat, KFC, Time Magazine and Heinz.

Bhattacharya said in a statement, “In joining TBWA, I feel an uncanny DNA match. I hope to fit into TBWA like a pair of well-worn jeans. At TBWA\India, my aim is to create iconic work that is synonymous with ‘creativity with a conscience’ – work that makes the brands we build more loveable and an inseparable part of the social fabric of India.”

Responsible for several internationally recognized campaigns, Bhattacharya has won the Design Grand Prix at Dubai Lynx 2011, the Digital Grand Prix and Best of Show at CCA Singapore 2012, and the Mobile Grand Prix at AdStars 2012.

He was the first copywriter in the Middle East to have won three Cannes Lions in the same year. His short film, ‘Dear Dolly’, was screened at ADFEST’s ‘Fabulous Four’. He’s also served as a tutor at Award School Singapore.

Chaudhry Rashid Ahmad Is Pemra’s New Chairman

A report from the Express Tribuneconfirms Chaudhry Rashid Ahmad’s appointment as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) with immediete effect.

Ahmad was serving as federal secretary for information at the ministry of information and broadcasting prior to this.

Pemra spokesperson Fakhar Mughal said the new chairman took charge on Monday after the Establishment Division issued the notice of his appointment. Under the existing laws, the chairman is appointed to a four-year term. The move comes after a ruling by the apex court barring the acting Pemra chairman Dr Abdul Jabbar from holding office.

Ahmad’s career in the information industry spans 30 years. According to The News, he has previously served as the principal information officer for the Government of Pakistan. He has held upper management positions at National Press Trust, Associated Press of Pakistan, Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Corporation, ministry of information and broadcasting, ministry of water and power, Press Information Department, Information Service Academy, Embassy of Pakistan, Tehran  and  Pakistan High Commission, Colombo.

Sikandar Naqi Joins Zong

ProPakistani has reported that Sikandar Naqi, the senior executive vice president of corporate development at PTCL, has now joined China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak), parent company of telecom brand Zong.

Naqi has reportedly not been given any portfolio at Zong at this point, suggesting that Zong is likely to see more shifts in its management line in the coming days.

Sikandar Naqi previously worked with CMPak when it had acquired Paktel from Millicom of Luxemburg. He is said to be the man behind the unveiling of CMPak and various other early initiatives taken by the company then.

Before joining CMPak, Naqi had worked for InstaPhone as executive director.

Jimmy Maymann: The Huffington Post’s New CEO

The Huffington Post has named Jimmy Maymann as its CEO.

Maymann was formerly head of international at AOL. He joined the company after its $96.7m acquisition of Goviral, the video distribution network he founded.

As CEO of The Huffington Post he will take on responsibility for the growth of its online properties, including growing video content on the site both in the US and as it continues launching versions in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, announced the following on her Twitter account:

In a statement published by The Drum, Huffington said, “Jimmy has been an indispensable partner to me over the past year-and-a-half as we have launched HuffPost around the world. He brings a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to scale a business, so he was the first person I turned to to be our CEO.”

Jeff Zucker Succeeds Jim Walton As President Of CNN Worldwide

CNN has announced that veteran news producer and former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker will become the president of the company’s worldwide operations in January.

Zucker will be succeeding Jim Walton, who held the position since 2003.

“Jeff’s experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success,” said Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System, CNN’s parent company. “In a career that has seen significant professional success in both broadcast and cable, Jeff has demonstrated his ability to run multiple lines of business and fiercely defend journalists and journalism.”

As president, Zucker’s portfolio will include 23 branded news and information businesses, including CNN’s U.S. television network, CNN International, HLN and CNN Digital.

“I am thrilled to join the distinguished team of journalists across the worldwide platforms of CNN,” Zucker said in a statement. “The global reach and scale of the CNN brand is unparalleled in all of news. Outside of my family and the Miami Dolphins, there is nothing I am as passionate about as journalism.”