by MarkLives (@marklives) Avatar South Africa has appointed Sanche van Rensburg as executive creative director*, replacing Brett Wild, who recently moved on to be regional creative director at Ogilvy Africa. Van Rensburg joins the agency from Grid Worldwide, where she had a similar role.

Van Rensburg has over 20 years of experience working as an art director and designer in local and international agencies. At the age of 17, she started at the Reflex Group in Paris, France (a full-service creative agency specialising in luxury branding based in New York, London, Paris and Shanghai), and has spent time at Hirshorn Zuckerman (New York City), TBWA\Hunt Lascaris, Grey Worldwide, Leo Burnett, McCann Worldgroup and The Jupiter Drawing Room.

“Sanche is an award-winning creative and for many years we have been doing excellent work that won us some of the biggest clients and we’re convinced that our current and future clients will benefit greatly from Sanche’s talent and experience,” says Veli Ngubane, Avatar Group MD. “We have invested in our creative team and Avatar is now ready to take our creative excellence to the next level both locally and internationally. We have a great team in Grant and Sanche and I’m looking forward to the great work.”

*Updated 1.40pm on 5 April 2019. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Grant Sithole is joint ECD of Avatar. He was promoted to chief creative officer at Avatar mid 2018. We regret the error.


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