JOHANNESBURG, November 28, 2013 – Ogilvy & Mather South Africa (O&M SA) has appointed Chris Gotz, the Executive Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town (O&M CT) to the role of Chief Creative Officer of the group.
“I am excited to tackle this new role and hope to take the work across the group to even greater heights,” says Chris. “While this is great for me personally, I really never could have made it this far without all the amazing work from the teams I have worked with in Cape Town over the years. There is so much talent in this business, and where there is talent anything is possible.”
Chris began his career at JWT in Cape Town before moving on to AMC Hunt Lascaris in Johannesburg. He won his first Loerie Grand Prix in 1997 for the launch of YFM, South Africa’s first black youth radio station. Beyond this, it was Chris’ Loerie winning work on a television campaign for MTN that caught the eye of O&M and he joined the team in 1999 at the Johannesburg office.
In 2001 Chris relocated to O&M CT, where he has been ever since, working on campaigns for Volkswagen, SAB, Mondelēz, Sun International, Audi and many others. He joined the Cape Town Board of Directors in 2003 and in 2008 was appointed Executive Creative Director of the agency. He then joined the Holding Board of the company in 2012. In that same year, O&M CT was ranked the number one creative agency in South Africa — a position which it continues to hold in 2013.
O&M SA CEO Abey Mokgwatsane says, “We are incredibly proud of Chris. He is an important voice in our industry and in our company. He has done us proud in his tenure as the Chairperson of the Creative Circle, the representative forum for South African creatives, and we salute him for flying our flag as a creative leader. His role will be to add further vision and purpose to our creative output and to drive integration and digital fluency for the benefit of our company, our clients and their brands. Chris will work closely with Neo Mashigo and Mariana O’Kelly, the joint Executive Creative Director’s at Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg, as well as across the O&M SA group, infusing teams with his creative energy and flair.”
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Established in 1984, Ogilvy & Mather South Africa has been a leading advertising and communications group in South Africa for over 25 years. It currently employs over 700 staff across 14 specialised companies. In 2012, O&M SA was the most awarded South African agency at the Cannes Lions and dominated the Apex Awards for creative effectiveness for the fifth consecutive year. O&M SA has industry leading capability in the following disciplines: advertising; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; healthcare communications; direct, digital, CRM, mobile, promotion and relationship marketing; consulting, research and analytics capabilities; branded content and specialist communications. It is at the forefront of integrated communication, with a mission to work with clients to develop breakthrough ideas that release the potential that exists in their brands, thereby creating measurable value. Clients include both global multinationals and local businesses.
Issued for Ogilvy & Mather South Africa by: Ogilvy Public Relations, Johannesburg Ivana Naidoo, Account Manager +27 (0) 79 108 8471 Ivana.Naidoo@ogilvypr.co.za