“Abey has been a transformational leader for our business and we are disappointed to see him go,” says O&M South Africa board chairman, Moss Mashishi. “We thank him for all he has done to grow the Ogilvy business, our brand, and our people to where we are today – at the top of our industry.”

During his tenure at Ogilvy, Mokgwatsane helped navigate the company towards a modern marketing future with many milestones. He has overseen the acquisition of Gloo Digital and the drive towards integration of the agency’s best-of-breed services. He has driven the development of its digital capabilities and innovated in areas like data and mobile.

Mokgwatsane has been instrumental in accelerating O&M South Africa’s critical transformation agenda and has succeeded in attracting new leadership to the company that will stand it in good stead for the future. Ogilvy’s Level 2 BBBEE rating was achievable because of Mokgwatsane’s leadership in this area.

His work on the Ogilvy talent agenda has been important. He leaves the agency with a reputation for attracting and developing talent and growing young black talent specifically.

Paul O’Donnell, O&G EMEA, CEO, and chairman, adds, “While Abey’s departure is unfortunate, he leaves behind a strong agency, good leadership, and cutting edge modern marketing capabilities. Ogilvy’s loss is Vodacom’s gain and we wish him all the very best for his new challenge.”

Ogilvy will announce its succession plans in due course.