Saudi Vision 2030 changed everything, says CEO of Publicis Communications KSA


In late February, Publicis Groupe, the advertising and marketing network, appointed Adel Baraja as the CEO of Publicis Communications Saudi Arabia. This move aimed to bolster the company's presence in the Kingdom and strengthen collaboration across its creative agencies like Leo Burnett and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Baraja brought with him over two decades of global advertising and brand-building experience, having started his career in engineering before transitioning to client management and sales in the marketing field. His journey led him to work across various advertising agencies in Europe before returning to Saudi Arabia, where he initially engaged with Publicis Groupe while seeking opportunities at Leo Burnett. However, his skills found a better fit serving one of the agency's clients, Saudi Telecom Company.

Following his tenure in advertising, Baraja ventured into industries like Dow Chemical and Volkswagen before a pivotal moment in his career led him to a role in government, coinciding with the introduction of Vision 2030. His experience in promoting Saudi-made products and fostering investment promotion prepared him for his current role at Publicis Groupe Middle East.

Baraja's appointment underscores Publicis Groupe's commitment to driving growth in Saudi Arabia and nurturing local talent in response to the changing landscape shaped by Vision 2030. He emphasizes the importance of fostering local talent and promoting gender equality within the industry, aligning with the company's strategy to invest in technology and strengthen its data and AI capabilities through acquisitions like Epsilon and Corra.

Despite discussions about AI's potential to replace traditional marketing and agencies, Baraja believes that Publicis Groupe is well-equipped to address this challenge and deliver superior communications and campaigns through innovation and strategic investments in technology.

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