UM Africa Appoints Managing Director

Kevin Ndinguri, new Managing Director at UM Africa.

UM Africa has strengthened its local leadership team with the appointment of Kevin Ndinguri as Managing Director. Ndinguri has a decade of media strategy and digital experience.

He seamlessly moves into his new role with the full support of his colleagues and clients after he spent last year at UM Africa as Client Managing Partner.

Brad Smale, Managing Director of IPG Mediabrands, said Ndinguri was the natural choice, ‘As a Group we have watched him take on more responsibility and confidently lead his team to great success over the last 12 months, culminating in new client wins and greater business growth. We’re excited to see him elevate UM even more with the Group’s full backing in this new venture.’

Having worked on brands across the spectrum, including SA Tourism, Nedbank, Johnson & Johnson, Investec, Pernod Ricard, Blackberry, Renault, Spotify and Emirates, Ndinguri is skilled at switching focuses between categories and is the consummate client guy.

Ndinguri said, ‘I’m grateful to Smale and the IPG Mediabrands leadership team for their continued support and look forward to growing and building one of the best media agencies in South Africa while attracting the best authentic talent that lives and delivers against our proposition of using Better Science and Better Art to drive Better Outcomes for our clients.’