M&C Saatchi Group SA appoints partner: talent
Karen Naidoo is M&C Saatchi Group South Africa‘s new partner: talent. She has previously run her own successful consultancy in addition to extensive experience at blue-chip companies such as British American Tobacco.
Comments Naidoo, “I’m really excited about joining the M&C Saatchi Group. Working for a diversified communications group will be a career-first for me.”
“We’re delighted to have someone of Karen’s calibre join us to head talent for our group of companies,” says Mike Abel, regional co-founder and chief executive. “Our companies and agencies have a massive ongoing commitment to attract, grow and nurture talent. To have someone of Karen’s experience and passion amplifies our commitment. M&C Saatchi Abel has been a Level 1 BBBEE contributor for a number of years and today our staff complement is over 60% black South African and more than 60% female. The M&C Saatchi Group staff count exceeds 250 people, and so the talent portfolio is of huge strategic importance. It’s for this reason that Karen has been brought in as a heavyweight partner in the business.”
Concludes Naidoo, “I admire the M&C Saatchi Group’s growth and achievements. To work with such exceptionally talented and creative people will without doubt be a privilege. The fact that the group is truly transformed and comprises the rich and diverse talent that makes our country special, holds huge appeal for a talent professional. From my first meeting with Mike and his leadership team, there was complete alignment on values and philosophy.”