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Ogilvy & Mather takes African agency award, again

From the left : Michelle Meyjes, CEO of the MEC Group and chairperson of the awards; Marc Spriestersbach, Business Unit Head of O&M Africa; Salma Mkwanazi, Senior Account Manager at O&M Africa, and Tim Cohen, editor of the Financial Mail.

From the left : Michelle Meyjes, CEO of the MEC Group and chairperson of the awards; Marc Spriestersbach, Business Unit Head of O&M Africa; Salma Mkwanazi, Senior Account Manager at O&M Africa, and Tim Cohen, editor of the Financial Mail.

The network to which local advertising agency, Ogilvy Namibia belongs, last week won a major industry award for its network of affiliated agencies across the African continent.
Under the leadership of advertising veteran, Annie Mouton, Ogilvy Namibia represents such major clients as Roads Authority, the Kalahari Sands Hotel and SABMiller. As an associated agency of the larger Ogilvy & Mather network, the local agency is exposed to industry trends and business opportunities on an international scale.

Ogilvy & Mather Africa was named the ‘African Agency Network of the Year’ for an unprecedented fifth time during the Financial Mail AdFocus Awards 2013, held in Johannesburg last week.
“This is a monumental achievement and testimony to all the great people in our agencies around Africa and, of course, to all our exceptional clients who  allow us to be great. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who contributed to this success,” said Nandkishor Buty, CEO Ogilvy & Mather Africa. Buty believes that Ogilvy & Mather’s success is credited to the fact that the agency understands the African market context, which provides the spark for creativity and unparalleled delivery.
“This is a result of our coordinated effort in serving our clients across geographies. Africa is our home, its challenges are our opportunities and its diversity our strength. At the end of the day, Ogilvy & Mather will always deliver and this is the reward for all our combined efforts,” he added.
The Financial Mail AdFocus awards are voted for by a jury of communication industry leaders drawn from advertising, branding, media strategy, marketing, market research, sponsorship and other disciplines. All voting is secret and the process is audited by Deloitte.
Marc Spries, Business Unit Director for Ogilvy Africa South Africa said, “The Financial Mail’s prestigious Adfocus Awards are highly acclaimed and sought after. So to win it for a fifth consecutive time is a truly remarkable achievement, and one that all Ogilvians in the Ogilvy & Mather Africa Network can be proud of, as it is through their efforts that we were able to achieve this wonderful accolade.”

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