M&C Saatchi hires Leo Burnett operations head Amir Mireskandari as group operations director

Amir.jpgM&C Saatchi has appointed Leo Burnett operations head Amir Mireskandari to group operations director.

Reporting into CEO Jaimes Leggett, Mireskandari's core focus will be the continued streamlining of the Group's centralised creative, strategy and production hub.

Says Leggett: "Amir is best in market and one of the few people who has run production teams across all disciplines.
"He gets it, he's done it and is ready to step up to M&C Saatchi in this crucial role for us. We are thrilled to have Amir on board."

Mireskandari is uniquely skilled and experienced across digital, broadcast and print following more than 15 years at agencies in Australia and the UK.

Most recently he was four years at Leo Burnett Sydney, serving as group operations director and a member of the executive team, following a six-year stint at GPY&R and Wunderman as head of print and digital studios.

Mireskandari has led production on a number of globally awarded campaigns such as Coca Cola 'Small World Machines', ABS 'Census Spotlight' and 'Run That Town' mobile game, Samsung 'S-Drive' and most recently, McDonald's 'Emlings' mobile game.

Says Todd Sampson, CEO Leo Burnett Australia: "Amir and I had been working on his next step knowing it was not inside our company. He is a good guy and very talented, and I wish him all the best. Jeremy Devilliers will be stepping into the role of group operations director and has been groomed for the position over the past year."

A self-confessed geek and gadget freak, Mireskandari's former life as a commercial photographer has imbued him with a "passion for creative problem solving".

Says Mireskandari: "This is an amazing opportunity to work for M&C Saatchi, an agency network I have always admired for their ability to adapt, evolve and maintain their position as market leader, They are one of the few agencies that DO change, not just talk about it.

"This, together with their sheer scale makes them an unrivalled force in this market. It's a place where I know I'll be able to continue to be part of great things."

Mireskandari is the latest in a big talent bolster by M&C Saatchi that includes the appointment of chief strategy officer Justin Graham from Droga5 and group innovation director Ben Cooper from The Monkeys in recent months.

9 Comments

Great timing said:

Great hire, Amir's a lege.
Not great timing for Leo's to lose their production head having just won Woolies, the most production heavy client in the market. Hope they've got contingency.

james said:

nice work boss.

JMac said:

Wow! Congrats Amir, well done M&C!

Bruiser said:

The Juggernaut roles on.

L said:

Grats on the move!
Group Operations Director aka G.O.D.

Ash said:

Great boss, great friend.

Congrats to M&C Saatchi team for having him.

Ali said:

AMIR deserve this position ,well done AMIR

Tony said:

That's an awesome hire,Amir's the best. Gotta hurt Leo's with giant production eater Woolies coming on board.

Simon said:

Well deserved Amir, well done M&C.

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