Chris Gotz is the Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather South Africa.
He began his career at JWT in Cape Town, before moving swiftly on to TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris FMC in Johannesburg. He won his first Loerie Grand Prix for launching YFM, South Africa’s first black youth radio station, at the same time upsetting an awful lot of people by sending them a petrol bomb in the mail (the now infamous YFM trade mailer). His work on MTN, for which he won his first Gold Loerie for television, caught the eye of Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg, where he worked from 1999 until 2000.
In 2000 Chris transitioned to Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town, working on campaigns for Volkswagen, SAB, Kraft, Audi and many others, and in 2008, Chris was appointed Executive Creative Director of the agency.
Under Chris’s creative leadership, Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town was ranked the number 1 creative agency at Cannes and Loeries in 2012, the first time this has occured in the history of the agency. Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town is currently the number 3 ranked creative agency on Ogilvy & Mather’s Worldwide Cadre, a list of the top 15 best creative offices in the network, the number 1 agency in the EAME region and is in the top 30 agencies worldwide.
In November 2013, Chris was named Chief Creative Officer of the Ogilvy & Mather South Africa group.
Chris has judged at Cannes and Loeries and was appointed Chairperson of the Creative Circle in 2012, a position he will hold until 2014.