by MarkLives (@marklives) Luca Gallarelli, group managing director of Ogilvy South Africa, has announced his resignation, 17 years after he first joined the ad agency. His last day in the office is today, Friday, 6 September 2019.

Comments Alistair Mokoena, Ogilvy CEO, “Luca has dedicated most of his working career to Ogilvy, and we will always be grateful for that. He’s part of the DNA here and we are sad to see him go. We will miss his love for creativity, his passion for people, his respect for team work and his commitment to client relationships. Luca is a great marketer and we have no doubt that he will be successful in his next adventure.”

Born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, Gallarelli completed a computer-science degree at Nelson Mandela University before shifting his focus to the world of advertising. He joined Ogilvy SA in 2002 as an account executive, straight from the AAA School of Advertising. Besides a two-year stint at The Jupiter Drawing Room (Cape Town), he has spent his entire working career at Ogilvy, where he eventually ran Ogilvy Cape Town as managing director for five years before being promoted to group MD in January 2018.

During his time at Ogilvy, he worked on local and international brands including SAB, Mondelēz, Investec, Audi, Volkswagen, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Gumtree, Investec and KFC. Under his leadership, Ogilvy CT achieved both commercial and creative success, including many years as South Africa’s no. 1 creative agency, several Loeries Grands Prix and a Cannes Grand Prix.

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