Oliver Agency’s Chief Evangelist for Middle East and Africa Paul van den Berg said that three key role appointments have been implemented for the Middle East and Africa regions to ensure the agency’s growth trajectory continues as well as to deliver on the work that optimises the agency’s client brands with the innovative in-house digital agency model.
The new appointments:
Nonhlanhla Koza – Executive Director of Oliver Africa
Koza is an experienced Marketing Executive. She has over 15 experience building brands for blue chip companies in both the public and private sectors. She joined Oliver in 2017 to head up Business Development and will continue to focus on strategic partnerships that will drive growth for the group. She has worked extensively on the African continent as well as globally for multinationals with an African presence like Mnet, Coca-Cola, Cell C and SAA to name a few.
Colin Herholdt – Operations Director for Oliver Africa and Middle East
Herholdt’s journey in marketing began in brand management roles for Panasonic and Sony over 16 years ago. He then joined Saatchi & Saatchi (Publicis Groupe) which is where he stayed for over a decade. From group account director to business leader, client service and operations director to managing partner, his experience delivering excellent global work for some of the top brands then led him to his new role managing operations for Oliver.
Theo Spencer – Managing Partner for UStudio Africa
Spencer is an industry veteran, with more than a decade of experience working with top local and global brands. He has been promoted in just two years from his role as new business director to managing partner of UStudio. Prior to joining Oliver, he worked at Digitas Liquorice and Ogilvy & Mather South Africa.
Oliver was established globally in 2004 and now has a presence in over 46 countries. ‘The appointments have come at a time when we have seen impressive growth over the past four years,’ said van den Berg. ‘In just four years, the Oliver Africa business has grown into a R250 million business with 200 regional staff.’
‘Amongst our shared values we also have a genuine sense of belonging as our people are at the core of these shared values and strive to always solve any problem a client throws at them,’ he added. ‘In 46 countries across hundreds of sites, our thousands of staff members are building brands across the globe. The team continuously expands on a weekly basis and we proudly attract nothing but the very best talent,’ said van den Berg.
‘The Oliver team are encouraged to have strong voices and opinions and an integral part of our DNA is trust, respect and total belief in our staff. We’re all in, for each other, the work and our clients,’ he said. ‘They’re a special breed who aren’t scared to learn, step in and take the lead, even if they’ve never done it before. They call a spade a spade, question most things, hold one another accountable and are hugely adaptable.’