Cape Town, South Africa (7 August 2014) — JWT, the world’s best-known marketing communications brand, announced today the appointment of Jim Faulds to CEO of JWT South Africa, effective 1 September. In the new role, Faulds – who has 15 years executive experience at JWT – will lead the company’s vision and goals, leveraging best practices and talent in the interest of JWT’s clients and brands in the dynamic South African market, reporting in directly to Chris von Selle, COO JWT Africa.
Faulds takes over the reigns from Modise Makhene who successfully led the agency for 8 years and was instrumental in making JWT South Africa a leading agency, combining advertising, digital and activation services.
Commenting on the appointment Von Selle stated, “Jim is a natural leader, combining a remarkable ability to see what’s going on in a market with a sense for converting opportunities into growth for clients and brands. With JWT blood running through his veins, Faulds is committed to partnering clients in developing comprehensive business solutions and pioneering ideas people love to participate in and spend time with. I am totally confident in his abilities and delighted to partner with such a dynamic CEO at this exciting time in JWT South Africa’s aggressive growth plan.”
Faulds launched JWT’s relationship marketing division, RMG Connect, in South Africa in 2000 and within a short period of time had turned the operation into the fastest growing RMG operation in JWT’s worldwide network. In-line with the company’s global strategy, Faulds then successfully merged RMG into JWT and transformed the agency into a fully integrated offering covering advertising as much as activation and digital services. Faulds continued as Managing Director of JWT Cape Town until his promotion to Chief Operating Officer of JWT South Africa in 2012.
Under Faulds’ tenure and alongside Makhene, the team reached new heights winning clients such as Lewis Stores, Moir Biscuits and most recently Pioneer Foods’ juice portfolio as well as Lucky Star, one of the most iconic brands in South Africa.
JWT’s commitment to the African market goes back as far as 1927 when it opened up offices in Alexandria, Egypt and Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to service clients’ internationally expanding businesses. The agency’s strong presence across the Middle East and Africa region continues to this day, with 8 regional hubs servicing local, regional and multinational clients such as Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Nokia, Unilever and Vodafone. Recent acquisitions strengthening JWT’s capabilities in the African continent include a majority stake in The Hardy Boys, a leading independent brand building and activation agency in South Africa, announced in June.
JWT is the world’s best-known marketing communications brand that has been inventing pioneering ideas for the past 150 years. Headquartered in New York, JWT is a true global network with more than 200 offices in over 90 countries, employing nearly 10,000 marketing professionals. JWT consistently ranks among the top agency networks in the world and continues a dominant presence in the industry by staying on the leading edge—from producing the first-ever TV commercial in 1939 to developing award-winning branded content today. For more information, please visit www.jwt.com and follow us @JWT_Worldwide.
JWT Middle East and Africa is one of the leading communication agencies in the MEA region with 27 offices in 24 markets. JWT MEA is structured to deliver communication based business solutions across all channels needed to deliver the marketing plan driven by a matrix that combines the strength of its competencies and the know how of its practices. For more information, please visit us www.jwt.com/mea and follow us @jwtmea