Platformance, an emerging player in the digital advertising and marketing tech space, adds Marwan Ghanem and Rizvi Riaz to its leadership team as it continues to grow its footprint in the region.
The appointments will further support agencies and small and midsize business (SMB) advertisers as it continues to expand.
The new hires are primed to further cement its position as a trusted homegrown ad-tech player that delivers growth for businesses and agencies.
Marwan Ghanem joins as Head of Agency and Ecosystem. His role is to further develop strategic partnerships with agency networks as well as independent agencies.
He is responsible for building commercial partnerships and driving adoption of new suites of ad products.
Ghanem brings with him nearly two decades of sales and leadership experience across agencies, ad-tech and publishers, including Choueiri Group.
“I am excited to join this dynamic startup and build upon the success the team has already achieved in a short period of time,” adds Ghanem.
Rizvi Riaz joins as Head of SMB. His role is to accelerate the start up’s footprint within the fast-growing SMB ecosystem.
With a proven track record of partnering with local and regional businesses at Gulf News, Boopin & TBD Media Group, Riaz will help SMBs to achieve their full potential by leveraging Platformance’s’ suite of lower-funnel solutions.
“It’s about embarking on a journey of solving growth-related pain points of direct advertisers. I believe our differentiated offering will certainly push the needle.” adds Riaz.
Waseem Afzal, Founder and CEO, said: “I am excited to have Marwan Ghanem & Rizvi Riaz on our leadership team. Their expertise, values and passion align perfectly with our ambition to empower app-first and commerce businesses across the region”.
The new leadership hires come on the heels of its expansion across MENA with in-market teams in Dubai, Riyadh and Cairo to support growing demand of its pay-per-outcome solutions.
This includes but is not limited to programmatic media, paid social, search, retail media, connected TV and creator marketing.
“Platformance is firmly committed to investing in the local ad-tech ecosystem, nurturing talent, and fostering innovation. The company’s expansion and strategic leadership appointments reflect its commitment to contributing to the development of digital advertising in the MENA region”. adds Afzal.