David Ogilvy once said that if we hire people who are bigger than us, we shall become a company of giants. Thus it is with great excitement that we’d like to announce the appointment of a new CEO of Ogilvy South Africa; Abey Mokgwatsane – who will step into the role in January 2012.
Current CEO Nunu Ntshingila won’t be going far away. In fact, she is moving a few doors down from Abey in her new role as Chairman of the Ogilvy South Africa Group. Nunu also remains on the Ogilvy Worldwide Board.
Abey has a formidable background in integrated communications that spans advertising, brand experience, digital media and broader communications. Abey is currently serving as CEO of South Africa’s leading brand experience agency, the VWV Group, and has previously worked for South African Breweries, where he was the Brand Manager for Castle Loud, and Brand Group Manager for Miller Genuine Draft.
While at SAB he was widely credited with the successful launch of the MGD brand into the South African market and was also the recipient of three Managing Directors Awards for marketing excellence at SAB. He counts the successful execution of both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup amongst the highlights of his career.
If you want to read a little bit more about Abey, read his blog, or have a look at his profile in this year’s Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans.To get to know Abey better, you can follow him on Twitter @Abeyphonogenic.