Wunderman Thompson SA has made two new appointments: Colett Naidu in the role of Division Managing Director with Telkom and ABSA, and Tshego Tshukutswane as Group Chief Strategy Officer.
Naidu has already been part of the agency team since May 2017 as a Group Account Director. The agency created a new role for a new division that will focus primarily on Telkom Group and ABSA Retail Business Banking. Agency CEO, Miles Murphy, shared, ‘Naidu has done an amazing job leading our team working with Telkom, and we are so proud of the work we do for them. She has consistently exuded ambitious energy, effortlessly advancing the work we do for some of our largest clients.’
Throughout her 13 years in the advertising business, Naidu has gained experience across renowned brands, including Edgars, Unilever, Clover, Tiger Brands, Omega Labs, Boehringer Ingelheim, ABSA and Standard Bank Digital.
‘I’m super excited about this opportunity,’ added Naidu. ‘I intend to nurture my team’s strengths, as well as support and help drive the diversity and inclusion objectives. I firmly believe that mentorship is more valuable than management, so I’ll continue to mentor and empower our young talent. Further, my ambition is to ensure that we consistently offer efficiency, integration, great work, talent and value to our clients while strengthening our partnerships even further.’
Tshukutswane will join in April, succeeding Moagi Bodibe as Group Chief Strategy Officer. Tshukutswane has a formidable reputation as a strategic marketer who effortlessly unlocks human-centric growth for brands and transforms businesses. She boasts 20 years of brand strategy experience with Unilever and Kimberly Clark’s client roles. She gained deep brand consulting experience at Added Value and most recently as Business Director for Kantar Consulting. She has also served as a non-executive director on the NCC Environmental Services and Standard Insurance Limited’s Board of Directors.
‘Tshukutswane has exceptional experience across many of the disciplines Wunderman Thompson delivers for its clients, including customer experience strategy, CX design, data and insights, strategic consulting, organisational transformation and brand building. Her approach to life and business is entrepreneurial and collaborative. We’re delighted to have her join us. I know she will help us deliver on our promise of part creative agency, part technology company and part consultancy,’ commented Murphy.
‘I’m so excited to be joining the Wunderman Thompson leadership team in South Africa. When Murphy and I started talking, I immediately saw the visionary positioning of Wunderman Thompson as a technology and data lead creative and consulting powerhouse. I also love the can-do culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion,’ expressed Tshukutswane.
Murphy continued, ‘I’m so energised by an even stronger and diverse leadership team to help us make 2021 a great success for our clients.’