Ogilvy and Nunu Awarded at Ad Review


Last night was Tony Koendermans Ad Review Awards. The Awards give recognition to the ad agencies and individuals that have performed best during the previous full calendar year – from January to December 2011

Ogilvy South Africa picked up the 2011 Marketing Group of the year award. Our ever wonderful CEO Abey Mokgwatsane, sent a message to all staff saying

“Awards like this would not come without the tenacious commitment of our people to our business and our clients. It was an absolute honour to receive the award on your behalf. Thank you. It’s also worth noting that Ogilvy South Africa is the Leading Agency at Apex – the industry’s Strategy and Effectiveness Awards and also the Leading Agency on the AdReview creative league table. This confirms our Twin Peaks objective of being the most creative and effective agency in the country.”


Our group Chairman, Nunu Ntshingila received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th Annual AdReview Awards last night. Tony Koenderman, in his announcement speech, said "Nunu had taken over the largest communications group in the country and made it even stronger, earning the love and respect of her colleagues and competitors along the way."

What makes Nunu’s journey even more incredible is that she started off her career as a trainee account executive at Ogilvy. As an agency we stand on your shoulders as you continue to inspire us, from us all at Ogilvy, thank you, we salute you.

All the winners:



Agency of the Year


Lifetime Achievement Award

Nunu Ntshingila

Cape Agency of the Year

The Jupiter Drawing room

Durban Agency of the Year

The Hardy Boys

Gauteng Agency of the Year


Media Agency of the Year

The MediaShop

Small Agency of the Year


Advertising Achiever of the Year

Dawn Rowlands

Breakthrough Agency of the Year

M&C Saatchi Abel

Agency Group of the Year

Ogilvy South Africa

Design Agency of the year

The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape

Advertising Achiever of the Year

Mike Abel

Baobab Award

The Old Shanghai Firecracker Factory

Magazine Campaign Award

Ireland/Davenport for National Geographic

Specialist Agency of the Year


Ogilvy Welcomes Abey Mokgwatsane

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David Ogilvy once said that if we hire people who are bigger than us, we shall become a company of giants. Thus it is with great excitement that we’d like to announce the appointment of a new CEO of Ogilvy South Africa; Abey Mokgwatsane – who will step into the role in January 2012.

Current CEO Nunu Ntshingila won’t be going far away. In fact,she is moving a few doors down from Abey in her new role as Executive Chairwoman of the Ogilvy South Africa Group. Nunu also remains on the Ogilvy Worldwide Board.

Abey has a formidable background in integrated communications that spans advertising, brand experience, digital media and broader communications. Abey is currently serving as CEO of South Africa’s leading brand experience agency, the VWV Group, and has previously worked for South African Breweries, where he was the Brand Manager for Castle Loud, and Brand Group Manager for Miller Genuine Draft.

While at SAB he was widely credited with the successful launch of the MGD brand into the South African market and was also the recipient of three Managing Directors Awards for marketing excellence at SAB. He counts the successful execution of both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup amongst the highlights of his career.

If you want to read a little bit more about Abey read his blog at http://abeymokgwatsane.com, or have a look at his profile in this years Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans.To get to know Abey better, you can also follow him on twitter @Abeyphonogenic,

A warm welcome Abey from all of us at Ogilvy South Africa.