UM has named Chris Skinner as its new president, EMEA, with a remit to provide brand leadership to the region and develop key strategic talent and client relationships.

The move follows a series of recent global client wins including Spotify, Accenture and Coach. Dubai-based Skinner will move to the agency’s EMEA headquarters in London, reporting into Caroline Foster Kenny, CEO of IPG Mediabrands EMEA, and Daryl Lee, global CEO for UM.

Skinner, who will also take on the role of global managing partner for Coca-Cola, has been part of the IPG Mediabrands network for over 10 years, most recently in the position of regional CEO for UM MENA. Prior to that he spent six years as CEO for IPG Mediabrands Hong Kong.

“Chris has been a huge asset to UM’s operations in the Middle East, so I am thrilled he will be taking on this wider role across the whole of the EMEA region,” Foster Kenny said.

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