A community of ideas


Our Purpose

We help your brand to stay ahead of the game.

To be successful today, so you can be successful tomorrow.

 
Our Essence
 

To be fully future-proof, you need to understand the language of tomorrow.

Feel its rhythms. Know its character. Anticipate its movements.

To do that, you take deep knowledge.

Then you glean from it the profound insights needed –

To create great, timeless ideas.

 

This is what we do.

And why we say that we’re:

 
FLUENT IN TOMORROW

Leadership

HAVAS WORLDWIDE
Lynn Madeley CEO
Havas Southern Africa
Lynn Madeley CEO
Havas Southern Africa

Lynn is the Havas Southern Africa Chief Executive Officer.

Lynn is a market specialist with experience in advertising and marketing across various African countries.

She has worked in London, in Asia while based in Hong Kong and currently in Africa based in South Africa.
Madeley has significant experience in bringing global standards to local businesses.

She has a genuine desire to fulfil the potential in the people, clients and brands she works with, which allows her to create a positive energy in a demanding environment.

Currently responsible for all the Havas companies for Southern Africa including traditional, digital, media and public relations.

HAVAS WORLDWIDE
Mandy Leontakianakis Chief Strategy Officer
Havas Southern Africa
Mandy Leontakianakis Chief Strategy Officer
Havas Southern Africa

Mandy is the Chief Strategic Officer for the Havas Southern Africa group and heads up a team of talented multi-disciplinary planners.

Though orientated in brand strategy, her career has included experience in global research institutions, and department leadership in digital, social, shopper marketing and below-the-line agencies.

She began in the industry as a copywriter and contracted as a creative for several leading agency brands throughout her career.

With extensive experience in financial services, FMCG and automotive both in South Africa and the rest of Africa, her perspective includes strong views on the absolute necessity of textured localized insights.

Mandy’s approach to strategy, is to challenge the dominant logic, clutter and assumptions until the work rings true (in 10 slides or less).

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Tumi Sethebe Joint Executive Creative Director
Havas Johannesburg
Tumi Sethebe Joint Executive Creative Director
Havas Johannesburg
Tumi began his career in 2001 as a Junior Art Director and has worked across various sectors for many blue chip agencies.
His experience as Art Director and then Creative Director spans across brands in FMCG, broadcasting, alcohol, sports, apparel, aviation, to mention a few.
He is passionate about the collision between creativity and culture, and how the two concepts feed off each other.
Some of his best ideas have come from play dates with his daughters and their friends; it is when he unleashes his inner child that he is most free.
Tumi is an avid Jay-Z fan and is still saving up for his first Gerard Sekoto.
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Fiona O'Connor Joint Executive Creative Director
Havas Johannesburg
Fiona O'Connor Joint Executive Creative Director
Havas Johannesburg
Fiona gets very upset if you spell her surname without the apostrophe.
She has worked at agencies across Johannesburg on brands ranging from cars and cargo to fast food and FMCG, and has loved every minute spent on each one.
Fiona is passionate about creating great work, as well as getting others to be passionate about the same thing.
She really loves a great idea first thing in the morning, and two more with each meal throughout the day.
Some have described her as “a bit picky”, and it’s been suggested that she speaks her mind a lot.
She’s a bit of a grammar pedant, and isn’t even a writer. Though she has been much of her career in close proximity to many of them.
Fiona can move small objects with her mind, but only when nobody is looking.
HAVAS WORLDWIDE
Beverley Jones Chief Operations Officer
Havas Southern Africa
Beverley Jones Chief Operations Officer
Havas Southern Africa

Beverley joined Havas Johannesburg in January 2014 as Client Service Director.

Beverley has been in the communication arena for over 26 years, both on the advertising and client side. Beverley has vast experience in running local and multi-national business, as well as the management of agencies and staff.

Prior to joining Havas, Beverley headed up the portfolio consisting of Renault and the L’Oreal business at Publicis, including handling all client contract and fee negotiations. Beverley’s tenure at TBWA/Tequila was focussed on repositioning the agency from a TTL offering to a purely digital offering.

Whilst on the client side, working at MTN, one of Beverley’s notable contributions was launching “Pay as you Go” – a first into the South African market.

Beverley’s passion lies in partnering with clients to ensure that they achieve their communication objectives.

 

HAVAS WORLDWIDE
Melissa Read Managing Director
Havas Media
Melissa Read Managing Director
Havas Media

Melissa has had 29 years of media planning, buying and implementation across most spectrums of the industry, ranging from FMCG to large brands such as Coca Cola Africa.

She has been board director of some of the largest media agencies in South Africa, and while has a propensity to work under pressure, she produces insights and media plans that have creative flair with the lowest possible cost.

HAVAS WORLDWIDE
Larry Khumalo Head
Havas PR
Larry Khumalo Head
Havas PR

“To never be found tilting at windmills”

Larry Khumalo heads up Havas PR.

He is an International Relations and Communications & Media Studies scholar, an alumni of Monash University.

He has worked with local and global organisations covering business-to-business, business-to-consumer and public organisations.

Larry believes that brand storytelling means nothing if it does not speak to a solid narrative that stems from business objectives. For almost a decade he has applied that principle, working with luxury brands, premium brands, not-for-profit brands, research specialists, across numerous categories in South Africa and beyond.

Larry works with a team of passionate communications specialists who bring together a wealth of experience across all marketing functions to help clients best connect with their target audiences and share their stories.

From media relations specialists, copywriters, to designers and digital specialists, Havas PR is poised to give clients nothing short of complete communications solutions that embolden them to create and be at the centre of cultural storms.

CAPABILITIES

We provide our clients with a full range of integrated tools and services across multidimensional platforms. All designed to put our clients at the forefront of the world of marketing – and keep them there, no matter what the challenges that ever-changing world throws their way, at any time.

 

Advertising

Big, integrated ideas across all communications platforms.

Football field. Symbolizing strategy Brand Strategy

The crucial insights that lay a foundation for all creative thinking.

Social Marketing

Ideas that speak the language and spark the conversations of today and tomorrow

Direct Marketing

Lasting relationships that are built one loyal customer at a time.

PR & Corporate Communications

Powerful storytelling and narratives to put clients at the center of cultural tides

Over-the-shoulder image of a video editor in our content studio MILLENNIAL & MULTICULTURAL EXPERTS

We bring an unmatched understanding of the new emerging consumer and the new American diversity

Web interface of a brand design color palette Brand Design

Brand identities that are built to last, because they build brand equity.

gears and a brain stylistically together Analytics & Decision Sciences

Data transformed into actionable insights.

Person writing date on sticky note Engagement Planning

Shaping more meaningful brand experiences.

Product Development

Our Service Design ethos, ideology and pragmatic application create fertile ground for new product ideas

Image of a tablet laying on a table ( a device where digital commerce occurs). Digital Commerce

Integrated platforms that allow brands to merchandise strategically and effectively.

Hand interacting with mobile device Mobile Marketing

Mobile solutions that seamlessly engage consumers with branded experiences.

Sticky notes from an experience design working session Design Thinking

Design Thinking is the methodology used by our teams to solve complex problems, and find desirable solutions for our clients

TOOLS

Want to build a great future-proof brand? Start with great tools. In the hands of smart collaborators, our proprietary tools provide an incomparable source of knowledge – the best foundation for ground-breaking, world-beating ideas.

CREATIVE BUSINESS IDEA
The CBI is the foundation of our success in building great businesses. It generates differentiating ideas by bringing together strategic planners and clients in the most imaginative development process
PROSUMER
Prosumers are leading-edge consumers making and breaking markets today. To understand a category, you have to follow these influencers very closely. Our Prosumer database of 55,000 people around the world allows us to predict future attitudes and trends
DECIPHER
This tool enables the crucial analysis of communication conventions. The in-depth study of visual and verbal codes allows us to identify emerging trends and fresh ways of looking at each category
BRAND MOMENTUM
We track each brand’s position in the marketplace by measuring its traction against that of its competitor's. As in political polling, we can accurately measure brand consideration, or how consumers are likely to vote

Our Work