JOHANNESBURG, June 22, 2015 – Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) South Africa’s Board of Directors today announced the resignation of the company’s Chairman, Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke. This comes after she has decided to step down after spending more than 15 years at the agency.
Ntshingila-Njeke rejoined O&M in 1999, as Managing Director of the Johannesburg office, before becoming CEO of O&M South Africa in 2005. She went on to spend the next seven years at the helm of the most diversified creative communications group in Africa. During this time, she oversaw the output of award-winning creative and effective work for clients such as Coca-Cola, KFC, MultiChoice, and Volkswagen South Africa, diversified the agency by promoting women into leadership positions and has been instrumental in developing joint ventures across the continent.
In January 2012, she stepped down as CEO and assumed the role of Chairman, not before being elected as the Africa representative to join O&M’s Worldwide Board, in 2011. At the time of her appointment, Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus of O&M, said, “Nunu is the fearless and charismatic leader of the South African business and she represents the future of Ogilvy.”
Recognised as one of the highest-ranking woman in advertising, Ntshingila-Njeke has stayed true to Lazarus’ statement, by navigating the agency through the fast-paced communications landscape and advancing the company with game-changing acquisitions – most recently with Gloo Digital Design.
“Nunu’s extraordinary journey has not only guided Ogilvy & Mather to its position as the country’s number one communications agency, but has also established O&M’s presence on the continent,” commented Moss Mashishi, a non-executive director of O&M South Africa, on behalf of the Board. “An exceptional individual, she has made countless contributions to the company’s success, while her kind-hearted nature has attracted and inspired clients, employees and the industry at large. She will be missed by many for her unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”
Commenting on her resignation, Ntshingila-Njeke said, “I have been fortunate to be part of the Ogilvy family for many years. After achieving countless milestones together, this feels like the right time to hand over the reigns to an amazing young and talented team in the agency, who can continue to advance the company for the benefit of clients and staff.”
Ntshingila-Njeke will depart in August. Mashishi will take over as Chairman of the agency group, effective September 1st, and Abey Mokgwatsane will continue as CEO.
About Ogilvy & Mather South Africa
– Ogilvy & Mather is a global network built around its core of partnering with clients to create breakthrough communications that works.
– Ogilvy & Mather South Africa offers specialist and integrated services in advertising; public relations; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; healthcare communications; direct; digital; CRM; mobile; promotion and relationship marketing; strategic consulting and branded content.
– Following the merger with the country’s most awarded digital agency, Gloo Digital Design, in 2014, Ogilvy & Mather South Africa employs over 900 employees across 16 specialised companies in three local offices.
– Ogilvy & Mather South Africa currently services an array of clients, including Allan Gray, KFC, South African Breweries, MultiChoice, Vodacom and VW Group South Africa.
Ogilvy& Mather South Africa
June 22, 2015
About Ogilvy & Mather
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