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Interbrand appoints new CEO

Interbrand Sampson de Villiers Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Enver Groenewald as CEO for Southern Africa. This role will see him assuming responsibility for the Interbrand business across a number of country markets in the southern African region. The appointment precedes the conclusion of an equity transaction between Interbrand and Brandsphere Holdings of which Enver is chairman and a major shareholder.

Enver Groenewald
Prior to joining Interbrand, Enver held various executive-level positions including that of GM at Avusa (now TML), CEO at Avusa subsidiary, Ochre Media as well as business director at Ogilvy, and head of corporate brand at Sanlam where he led the repositioning of the group's brand.

He most recently concluded a management buy-out of Avusa-owned advertising agency, Ochre AD, through Brandsphere Holdings.

"Enver's track record of business and brand leadership in a number of blue-chip South African companies and his experience in strategic consulting across a broad range of both private and public market sectors makes him our ideal partner as we continue to build on our 40 year history of creating and managing brand value on the African continent," said Jeremy Sampson, chairman of Interbrand.

"Interbrand's global presence, proprietory methodologies and strategy-led approach to helping their clients' brands achieve market share positions them as the world's leading brand consultancy. This, together with the combined experience, talent and passion of the Interbrand people I will be working with makes for an incredibly compelling business proposition for both Brandsphere and myself. Especially when considered in the context of the significant opportunities and challenges that confront a great many local, pan-African and global companies as they seek to establish and build their brands across the African continent," said Enver Groenewald.

About Interbrand Sampson de Villiers:

Based in Johannesburg, with offices in Lagos, Nairobi and Port Louis, we act as a hub for Africa. Working in close partnership with our clients we combine the rigorous strategy and analysis of brand consulting with world-class design and creativity. This reach enables us to conduct global research, investigate emerging trends, introduce brands across markets, and better service our clients where they want to do business. Interbrand Sampson has won FinWeek's AdReview 'Best Branding and Design Agency' in 2009 and 2010. Interbrand is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Omnicom Group, the global leader in marketing and corporate communications

For more information, please contact:

Interbrand Sampson de Villiers:
Doug de Villiers

Group CEO
Tel: +27 11 783 9595

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Interbrand Sampson De Villiers
Based in Johannesburg, with offices in Cape Town, Accra, Gaborone, Lagos and Nairobi, Interbrand Sampson De Villiers acts as a hub for Africa. Increasingly, brands are becoming regional and global. Interbrand serves the world with over 40 offices in more than 25 countries.
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