x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Dickinson named ADMC publisher

Mr Dickinson will oversee a portfolio of titles including The National, Al Ittihad, Zahrat Al Khaleej, Majid and Super, as well as the company's printing subsidiary.

Gavin Dickinson will oversee a part of ADMC.
Gavin Dickinson will oversee a part of ADMC.

Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) has appointed Gavin Dickinson, who has overseen the launch of a host of titles in the country, as its executive director of publishing. Mr Dickinson will oversee a portfolio of titles including The National, Al Ittihad, Zahrat Al Khaleej, Majid and Super, as well as the company's printing subsidiary, United Printing and Publishing, and its distribution company, Tawsee, the ADMC announced today.

"I've been brought in here to commercialise it, to run it on First World commercial terms," Mr Dickinson said of the company's publishing arm. "That is the new face of Abu Dhabi, with Mubadala getting involved here and with Abu Dhabi Media Company being run on a privatised basis." ADMC was formed last year from the assets of Emirates Media Incorporated. "Our publishing group is one of the strongest in the region with integrated printing, distribution and marketing operations that support some of the best print brands in the UAE and MENA region," said Edward Borgerding, the chief executive of ADMC. "With Gavin's dynamic leadership and proven track record, our publishing business is well positioned for a period of extended growth."

Since moving to the UAE six years ago, Mr Dickinson has overseen the launch of such magazines as Time Out Dubai, Ahlan!, Emirates Home and Construction Week, as well as the tabloid newspaper Emirates Business 24/7 and the talk radio station Dubai Eye 103.8 FM, he said. Born in Zimbabwe, he was educated in South Africa and has held commercial positions with the UK's Mail on Sunday, Times Media in South Africa and The Express newspaper. He was most recently the chief commercial officer at Arab Media Group.

"Content in the Arab world is one of the biggest opportunities here," he said. "The population is growing at a radical rate, both from a birth point of view and from an immigration point of view. It's unique in the world." khagey@thenational.ae