by Herman Manson (@marklives) Ogilvy Cape Town chief creative officer, Tseliso Rangaka, is leaving the agency to be FCB Joburg and Hellocomputer Johannesburg group CCO, replacing Ahmed Tilly, who is leaving FCB Joburg to pursue other opportunities after three years there.

Rangaka has been with Ogilvy South Afrrica for 13 years across both the Johannesburg and Cape Town offices, and he succeeded Chris Gotz as Cape Town ECD in 2015.

“Ahmed has imbued our work with a real sense of relevance for the South African market; he has unselfishly nurtured many exceptionally talented young people. We are grateful that he chose to spend a chapter of his journey at FCB for the last three years and we’re sad he is leaving us, but we wish him the best of success in the next chapter of journey,” says Thabang Skwambane, FCB Joburg and Hellocomputer Johannesburg group MD. “That said, we are exceptionally excited to welcome Tseliso, who has been an inspiration to so many in the industry since he started his career at FCB and throughout his journey at Ogilvy.

“His commitment to pushing creative boundaries and making a positive impact in the South African marketplace resonates deeply with FCB Joburg’s values. I’m convinced he’ll take the agency’s already-strong creative team to new heights and can’t wait to reap the rewards of his strong work ethic and understanding of what it takes to create truly iconic South African work.”

To be announced shortly

Vicki Buys, Ogilvy Cape Town MD, says a replacement for Rangaka will be announced shortly: “I am very confident that the great depth in the agency’s creative leadership will ensure that clients are not in any way negatively affected by this transition.”

The agency is currently working through a list of internal and external candidates. Every vacancy is also an opportunity, Buys notes, to cast new and fresh perspectives into the agency.

Ogilvy SA has suffered a series of high profile talent losses over the last few months. Most recently, Ogilvy SA CEO Alistair Mokoena left to become Google South Africa country director; last year, Ogilvy SA group MD Luca Gallarelli left to join TBWA\South Africa as GCEO; Ogilvy SA COO Joanna Oosthuizen left to take up a global position as director public relations & influence for Ogilvy’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region; and Pete Case, Ogilvy SA chief creative officer, also left at the end of 2019. Meanwhile, Ogilvy Johannesburg ECD Mariana O’Kelly also took up a new position in Ogilvy’s global operations in Chicago in June last year.

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