GroupM Appoints Amer El Hajj as MENA CEO

Dubai and London (13 April 2023) — GroupM, WPP’s media investment group, today announced that Amer El Hajj has been named MENA CEO. El Hajj, who will serve on GroupM MENA’s Executive Committee, will lead GroupM’s operations in the region, commencing the role at an exact date to be confirmed.

El Hajj will be responsible for strategy and operations across the region for GroupM and its agencies Mindshare, Wavemaker, EssenceMediacom and mSix&Partners as well as its cross-channel organization GroupM Nexus. GroupM MENA operates in 13 markets and manages $431 million in media investment billings, with 23.3% market share and approximately 500 colleagues (COMvergence, 2022).

Josh Krichefski, GroupM EMEA and UK CEO, commented, “MENA is one of the key areas of focus and opportunity for us across EMEA, a region containing significant individual market nuance. Amer’s proven track record of revenue growth, team upskilling and business transformation over such an impressive career in market aligns well with our business goals for the MENA region as well as EMEA as a whole. He’ll play a critical role in helping our clients achieve the business growth goals they are looking for and we’re excited to have him join us.”

El Hajj brings deep experience of the MENA region amassed during his 20+ year career. Most recently, he was Chief Investment Officer for Publicis Media, a position he held for over 14 years.

Amer El Hajj, added, “When you think of what the next era of media looks like, there’s no better place to help shape that than at GroupM. I’m really looking forward to working with Josh, his team and our leadership throughout MENA to introduce our business strategies and simplified offerings across our agencies, GroupM Nexus and Choreograph to our clients to help them achieve the sustained business growth they expect from us.”

About GroupM

GroupM is the world’s leading media investment company with a mission to create a new era of media where advertising works better for people. Responsible for more than $60 billion in annual media investment, according to COMvergence, the company innovates, differentiates, and generates sustained value for clients wherever they do business. GroupM’s portfolio includes agencies Mindshare, Wavemaker, EssenceMediacom and mSix&Partners, as well as Choreograph (Data & Technology), GroupM Nexus (Cross-Channel Performance & Activation), and GroupM Investment. Discover more at