Ogilvy & Mather Africa soars at 2014 annual Adfocus Awards

 Nadja Bellan-White and Marc Spriestersbach

Pictured: Ogilvy Africa CEO Nadja Bellan-White and Managing Director, Ogilvy & Mather Africa Johannesburg Marc Spriestersbach

JOHANNESBURG, November 27, 2014 – Ogilvy & Mather Africa performed exceptionally well at the Adfocus Awards held in Johannesburg last night after being named African Agency Network of the Year. The agency has successfully won this award consecutively over the past six years.

"We are extremely proud to have won this award again, as we realise that the competition is so much tougher than in previous years with the growth in networks, but it's not about the number of pins you have on the board, but rather the quality of the creative work and the networks ability to help its clients realise their objects", said Marc Spriestersbach Managing Director at Ogilvy & Mather Africa Johannesburg.

He further went on to say "This award is only possible because of the great partnerships we have with our clients, and it further spurs us on to ensure that we are delivering the very best we can on all fronts".

Further complementing Ogilvy Africa's win is Bob Rightford, who went on to win an AdFocus Lifetime Achievement Award at last night’s event. Rightford started his long and successful career in 1950 and went on to co-found Rightford, Searle-Tripp and Makin in 1976 before the company merge with Ogilvy in 1984. The little advertising hot shop went on to become the top agency in South Africa and remains one of the most successful agencies within the O&M global network.

Rightford's most recent project is a book titled Wallop!, written by Toni Younghusband, that was launched at O&M Cape Town earlier this month. The story conveys the energy and joy of Rightford and his two fellow advertising luminarieswho took on the advertising scene in SA. For more on the book and to find out where to purchase it visit bit.ly/WallopRSTM.

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About Ogilvy & Mather South Africa
Established in 1984, Ogilvy & Mather South Africa has been a leading advertising and communications group in South Africa for over 25 years. It currently employs over 800 staff across 15 specialised companies. O&M SA has industry leading capability in the following disciplines: advertising; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; healthcare communications; direct; digital; CRM; mobile; promotion and relationship marketing; consulting, research and analytics capabilities; branded content and specialist communications. It is at the forefront of integrated communication, with a mission to work with clients to develop breakthrough ideas that release the potential that exists in their brands, thereby creating measurable value. Clients include both global multinationals and local businesses. For more information on Ogilvy & Mather South Africa, visit http://www.ogilvy.co.za or follow us on Twitter at @OgilvySA, on Facebook.com/ogilvySA, on Flickr and on Vimeo.com/ogilvysa.

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Contact: Mark Zeller
Date: November 27, 2014
Office: Ogilvy & Mather South Africa