The World: Nairobi - Harrison to lead Young & Rubicam's African network

Young & Rubicam has named Chris Harrison, the current chief executive of its agency in Kenya, to take charge of its African network.

Harrison succeeds Chris Marais, the network's boss since 2001, who has decided to retire.

Y&R owns or has affiliate agencies in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Botswana, Uganda, Angola and Zambia, as well as on the islands of Mauritius and Reunion. The network recently switched its regional headquarters from South Africa to Kenya.

Harrison joined Y&R in Nairobi in 1994 as the managing director and has been instrumental in the development of its diversified communication offering.