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Interbrand Sampson de Villiers Appoints Enver Groenewald as CEO for Southern Africa

NEW YORK, New York (10 April 2014) – Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, today announced that Enver Groenewald has been named CEO, Southern Africa of Interbrand Sampson de Villiers. Interbrand Sampson de Villiers serves as Interbrand’s hub in Africa with offices in Johannesburg, Accra, Gaborone, Lagos and Nairobi. As CEO, Southern Africa of Interbrand Sampson de Villiers, Groenewald will be responsible for the Interbrand business across a number of country markets in the Southern African region. The appointment comes as an equity transaction between Interbrand and Brandsphere Holdings—of which Enver is Chairman and a major shareholder—concludes.


Enver Groenewald
Southern Africa of Interbrand
Sampson de Villiers
CEO

Prior to joining Interbrand, Enver held various executive-level positions, including that of General Manager at Avusa (now TML), CEO of an Avusa subsidiary, as well as Business Director at Ogilvy and Head of Corporate Brand at Sanlam. Groenewald most recently concluded a management buy-out of Avusa-owned advertising agency, Ochre AD, through Brandsphere Holdings. “Enver’s strong track record of business and brand leadership in a number of blue-chip South African companies 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 at Interbrand Sampson de Villiers.

“Interbrand’s global presence, proprietary methodologies and strategy-led approach to helping their clients’ achieve greater market share position them as the world’s leading brand consultancy. This, along with the combined experience, talent and passion of the Interbrand people with whom I will be working, make me delighted to become CEO of the Southern Africa region,” said Groenewald of his recent appointment. “I look forward to being a part of the Interbrand organization, especially given the significant opportunities and challenges that confront a great many local, pan-African and global companies—companies that are actively seeking to establish and build their brands across the African continent.”

About Interbrand
Founded in 1974, Interbrand is the world’s leading brand consultancy. With nearly 40 offices in 27 countries, Interbrand’s combination of rigorous strategy, analytics, and world-class design enables it to assist clients in creating and managing brand value effectively, across all touchpoints, in all market dynamics. Interbrand is widely recognized for its annual Best Global Brands report, the definitive guide to the world’s most valuable brands, as well as its Best Global Green Brands report, which identifies the gap between customer perception and a brand’s performance relative to sustainability. It is also known for having created brandchannel.com, a Webby-award winning resource about brand marketing and branding.

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