June 26, 2015 – Modise Makhene has been named as a principal at Odgers Berndtson Sub-Saharan Africa. He joins the firm’s Johannesburg office. Mr. Makhene brings extensive business development and client relationship management experience to the firm’s Africa location, having worked in the FMCG, media, advertising, digital & communications industries. He has also worked with clients in the retail, automotive and telecommunications sectors. Before joining Odgers Berndtson, Mr. Makhene was the South African CEO of international advertising & communications firm JWT.
Mr. Makhene was also a board director of Mindshare, a WPP media company, and was a vice chairperson of the Advertising and Communications Association of South Africa. He started his career at Tiger Brands where he was a senior brand manager. He was then general manager of Games Africa, a scratch card lottery company. He was previously managing director of Primedia@Home. He also served as a director of Primedia’s Cinema & Print division.
“Odgers Berndtson is in the business of finding and placing the best leaders in Africa and Modise’s appointment is testament to this commitment we make to our clients,” said Leon Ayo, managing director of Odgers Berndtson Sub-Saharan Africa. “His passion for advocating authentic leaderships resonates with the values we foster. His track record, in-depth knowledge of business in Africa, client relationships and global education credentials bring a great skills set to our team.”
Odgers Berndtson Sub-Saharan Africa is a global executive search firm operating across the African continent. Based in South Africa since 2004, Odgers Berndtson finds executive and board leaders (including non-executive directors and chairmen), across all industry sectors and functions.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media