by MarkLives (@marklives) Suhana Gordhan is the new executive creative director at Duke Group, effective 1 September 2020, replacing Mike Beukes who’s relocating to London. One of South Africa’s most high-profile women ECDs, Gordhan joins from FCB Joburg, where she’s been ECD since late 2019.

“I have a lot to gain from joining the Duke Group, and I hope to learn and grow in a different direction to what I’m familiar with,” says Gordhan. “I look forward to sharing my passion for ideas that really live in people’s lives, my specific and utter joy for copywriting and my ability to nurture young talent.”

She has worked at various agencies, including Ogilvy Johannesburg, King James Group, Black River FC, VML, and Net#work BBDO. She sits on the boards of both the Loeries and the Creative Circle, and was Loeries chairperson 2016–2018.

“Love for nurturing”

Comments Wayne Naidoo, Duke Group CEO, “Suhana brings with her deep industry insights that will inform our creative campaigns, as well as a fresh perspective. Her love for nurturing talent mirrors the values that the Duke Group holds, and we are excited to be welcoming her to new and exciting opportunities in Cape Town.”

“Suhana is a phenomenal creative and an inspiring leader who has made an indelible mark on FCB,” says Thabang Skwambane, FCB and Hellocomputer Johannesburg group MD . “A role model for all, both in the industry and outside of it, she will be missed and we wish her all the success in the world as she enters a new chapter in her life. It is our desire to see our alumni achieve great things in the world and our industry. Just as we say that it is our alumni, like [our group CCO]  Tseliso Rangaka, who have returned to lead our business, and this is the strength of FCB as we navigate a very challenging time in our industry and the world.”

Formed in July 2019, Duke Group is full-service communications company comprising three independent agencies: Duke, Positive Dialogue Communications and Mark1. It was runner-up in the Medium-sized Agency category at AdFocus 2019 and was voted as Runner-up One to Watch in 2020 in the MarkLives #AgencyLeaders2019 poll. Its client list includes Coronation, Pioneer Foods, Environ, Hendricks Gin and Jive.

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