Since launching their own company 10 years ago, British sisters Lucy and Camilla d’Abo have gone from strength to strength to run a communications agency that encompasses the entire Middle East. Joined by Managing Director Jason Leavy in 2010 – who originally conceived the idea for the Ahlan! Hot 100 a decade ago during his role as the magazine’s Group Editor – the company has witnessed exponential growth. Since its inception it’s grown to boast more than 50 employees – happy ones at that – with the firm named last year as being one of the top small-medium enterprises by the Great Place to Work UAE Index. Last year also saw the sisters named among the top 50 most influential Brits in the UAE by Arabian Business, adding a further three PR awards to an already bursting cabinet and winning a prestigious contract with JW Marriott Marquis, the world’s tallest hotel, as well as working with international celebrities such as John Travolta, Adriana Lima of Victoria’s Secret, boxing champion David Haye, Leona Lewis and Turkish soap opera star Tuba.
On a personal front, Lucy and Camilla are both mothers whose personal and professional lives leave little room for downtime. “Luckily, I love it,” says Lucy, whose hectic schedule and brood of three keeps her on her feet for up to 18 hours a day. However, according to Jason, each and every minute they put into the business is worth it, citing his greatest achievement of 2013 as being lucky enough to play a part in the DABO & CO success story. “I get to work with an awesome team and great clients and we’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy meteoric growth last year, and there’s a real buzz that goes with that.”