#BigReads2019: Adland’s most read about people in 2019
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#1. Luca Gallarelli left Ogilvy for TBWA\SA
Luca Gallarelli, Ogilvy South Africa group MD, announced his resignation 17 years after he first joined the ad agency. He replaced Sean Donovan as TBWA\South Africa group CEO, effective 1 December 2019. The latter was promoted to TBWA\Asia president earlier this year.
#2. Matthew Buckland passed away
Matthew Buckland — digital media entrepreneur, journalist and adman — died this year. Buckland ran Burn Media, the publishers of Memeburn.com and Ventureburn.com, among others. He was also the founder of agency, Creative Spark, which he sold to M&C Saatchi in 2015.
#3. #AgencyLeaders2018 Most Admired poll results
Our announcement of the most-admired agencies and agency leaders count among our most-trafficked stories every year.
- Winner: Monalisa Sibongile Zwambila, Riverbed founder & CEO
- Runner-up: Fran Luckin, Grey Africa CCO
- The content: Mariana O’Kelly, ex Ogilvy Johannesburg ECD
- Winner: Alistair King, King James Group SA, founding creative partner
- Runner-up: Xolisa Dyeshana, Joe Public United CCO
- Contenders: Pepe Marais, Joe Public United GCCO, and Tseliso Rangaka, Ogilvy Cape Town ECD
- Winner: James Barty, King James Group SA co-founder & CEO
- Runner-up: Gareth Leck, Joe Public United co-founder & CEO
- Contender: Veli Ngubane, Avatar Agency Group co-founder & group MD
#4. Ogilvy SA made various senior appointments
Neo Makhele was been promoted to chief strategy officer of Ogilvy SA, and Mathieu Plassard was appointed chief growth officer. Ogilvy SA also announced the promotion of Joanna Oosthuizen, its COO, to director PR & influence for Ogilvy’s EMEA region. In her new role, she’s based in London but remains active within Ogilvy SA.
#5. Faheem Chaudry became M&C Saatchi Abel JHB managing partner
Faheem Chaudhry rejoined the M&C Saatchi Abel Group as managing partner of the Johannesburg agency, where he teamed up with the existing leadership team of GCCO Neo Mashigo, Joburg ECD Adam Weber and Joburg head of strategy Makosha Maja-Rasethaba.
#6. Young, Gifted & Killing It!
Veli Ngubane’s extremely popular “Young, Gifted & Killing It” column continues to discover and profiles award-winning, kick-ass black creative talent in South Africa. Interviewed this year were Ernest Nkosi, Sibu Mabena, Nkululeko “Legend” Manqele, Amahle “Jaxx” Jaxa, David Tshabalala, Mashudu Modau, Nomaswazi Phumo, Farah Fortune, Tshepo Tumahole, Mimi Kalinda and Ayandamantombazane Mhlongo.
#7. Odette van der Haar became Publicis Africa MD
Odette van der Haar joined Publicis Africa as MD, effective 1 September 2019, to strengthen the management team and build on the group’s recent growth and successes. Van der Haar has extensive industry experience and knowledge, having previously been J. Walter Thompson Johannesburrg CEO and Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) CEO.
#8. Paul Middleton became Liquid MD
#9. Brenda Khumalo left Collective ID, was replaced by Zanele Ntulini
#10. Mariana O’Kelly, Pete Case left Ogilvy SA
Ogilvy Johannesburg ECD, Mariana O’Kelly, left the South African agency in June 2019 to take up a new position in Ogilvy’s global operations in Chicago. There she serves as global ECD on all work for SC Johnson, the agency’s largest global client.
#11. Kagiso Musi became Meta Media MD
Kagiso Musi joined Interpublic Group South Africa‘s newly formed media agency, Meta Media, as managing director.
#12. Jerry Mpufane joined SA Tourism
The M&C Saatchi Group announced the departure of its Johannesburg Group chairperson, Jerry Mpufane, who joined South African Tourism as hub head in the Americas.
#13. Lebo Madiba became head of Ogilvy PR
Ogilvy Johannesburg announced Lebo Madiba as its new managing partner: public relations and influence. She took over from Joanna Oosthuizen, who was promoted to Ogilvy SA chief operating officer in 2018 (and who’s since been promoted to a global role, based in the UK).
#14. Ewoudt Cloete became Avatar chief digital officer
Avatar South Africa has announced the appointment of Dr Ewoudt Cloete as chief digital officer across the Avatar agency group. Cloete joined from Wunderman, where he was head of social media (organic, paid and earned).
#15. Sue Napier became MD advertising for Wunderman Thompson SA
Sue Napier was appointed MD of the advertising division of the Wunderman Thompson Group (formerly Wunderman South Africa) in SA, effective October 2019. This national role includes the management and overseeing of the 200 team members across the Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban offices.
#16. John Davenport became Havas South Africa CCO
John Davenport joined Havas South Africa as its new chief creative officer.
#17. Profiling Charl Bassil
Charl Bassil recently relocated to Stockholm, Sweden, to take up the position of vice-president of global marketing for premium vodka brand, Absolut. Previously, he was marketing director of Pernod Ricard SA for nearly six years after being at SABMiller for over a decade.
#18. Amanda Lambe became MD at Hero, Jabulani Sigege ECD
Amanda Lambe was promoted to MD at Hero and working closely with her is Jabulani Sigege, who joined Hero as its ECD.
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Updated at 10.30am on 13 December 2019.
Herman Manson (@marklives) is the founder and editor of MarkLives.com.