Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke is one of the highest ranking women in advertising and Chairman of one of South Africa’s largest agency groups. She is widely regarded as a leading light in the industry, having worked her way up the ladder from a position as a trainee account manager.
Over the more than two decades in which she has consolidated her career in the South African advertising industry, Nunu has received several of the industry’s highest honours. In 2003, she was named a finalist in the Businesswoman of the Year Award, in 2004 she again attained finalist status in the Shoprite Checkers/SABC Woman of the Year award, as well as being named Financial Mail’s Advertising Leader of the Year. In 2005, she won the coveted prize of Business Personality of the Year at the Top Women in Business and Government Awards.
In early 2011, Nunu was appointed to the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Board, where she joins 30 of the world’s top advertising and marketing professionals as the unique representative from Africa.
In her many years in advertising, Nunu has overseen integrated, effective and award-winning work for South Africa’s biggest and most well-recognised brands, including DSTV, SAB Miller, KFC, Cadbury, BP, Volkswagen and Coca-Cola.
Perhaps most importantly, however, Nunu has been instrumental in the creation of a pan-African joint venture with WPP’s Scangroup. This deal, more than anything, represents Ntshingila’s confidence in Africa, and her optimism about the future of the continent and the crucial role that South Africa has to play in its growth and development. In all likelihood, it will become the legacy that she leaves not only to the WPP group, but to the advertising world at large.
Nunu is widely regarded for her knowledge and experience as well as her level-headed business savvy. She is, however, equally well-renowned for her gentle and compassionate nature, and her natural empathy has won her the hearts and admiration of staff and colleagues alike. It is this rare combination of business understanding and creative innovation that has earned her seats on a variety of company boards, including Transnet.
In 2012 Nunu was awarded the AdReview Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Financial Mail Adfocus Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the advertising community and industry of South Africa