Global Chief Creative Officer Tony Granger and Chairman of Y&R Africa and South Africa Yossi Schwartz announced today that Graham Lang was adding the role of Chief Creative Officer of Africa to his responsibilities as CCO of Y&R South Africa.
This announcement follows discussions at the Y&R African Network Conference that took place late last year in Windhoek. The decision was made with the intention of tapping into Lang’s creative experience and expertise to provide support to the local African agencies’ creative directors. Lang will also be mandated to raise the creative bar across the continent to help Y&R become the most creative network in Africa.
Tony Granger stated: “I’ve worked with Graham for a long time and he was one of the people I was so eager to bring to Y&R. He has already made a huge impact, not only because he is immensely talented, but also because he has great instincts as a leader. Graham knows how to find the right talent from our entire global network, knows how to inspire his team, and as a result consistently draws the best work from the best people. All of this positions him beautifully for this next role and I think we are all excited to see this next chapter for him, for our clients and for the agency.”
Y&R is committed to growing its African footprint to 20 agencies by 2015. Currently there are nine agencies based in South Africa, Nairobi, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Reunion.
Schwartz elaborates on his excitement of this appointment explaining, “Graham plays a critical role in driving our local agency’s creative focus and progress, and I have full confidence in his ability to make as big an impact on our agencies across Africa.”
In this additional role, Lang will serve as a committed and accessible point of contact and counsel to help creative directors across Africa address creative challenges and critique campaigns. He will also lead an annual African Creative Conference, hosted in different countries, to bring the region’s creative together to learn, share work and be inspired.
Lang’s regional responsibilities are constructed so that he can remain fully committed to his first priority – his South African agency responsibilities and objectives. He remains fully focused on Y&R South African clients and the creative team there.
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