The Jupiter Drawing Room has bolstered its existing Johannesburg management team with two new senior appointments.
Gugu Madlala and Sizwe Kumalo have joined the agency as Director of Entrepreneurship and Business Development Director, respectively. They are tasked with spearheading and managing the new business opportunities facing the agency.
Chairman of The Jupiter Drawing Room, Graham Warsop, says “We searched long and hard for the right candidates for these crucial roles. We come from a background of entrepreneurship and both Gugu and Sizwe are kindred spirits. We’re thrilled their appointment comes at a time when the agency is preparing to launch its new 2016 offering; a radical evolution of our agency model”.
Warsop continues,”We’ve spent the last 12 months building a new rocket-ship. We’re looking to Gugu and Sizwe to refine it and prepare it for take off”.
Both Madlala and Kumalo bring valuable experience to their roles.
Madlala is a passionate and entrepreneurial media and advertising professional. Before joining Jupiter, he spent the past five years running his own business, BMC, a digital publishing and creative house. He counts some of South Africa’s most respected entrepreneurs in his circle of mentors and advisors. He is passionate about disruptive and impactful ideas, creating jobs and developing talent, building brands and using media and content to influence societal behaviour.
“I took this opportunity on because I feel Jupiter is ready for significant growth,” he explains. “When I was exposed to the ‘2016 & Beyond’ vision for Jupiter I was highly impressed. A lot of thought and planning has gone into redefining the agency’s offering to market. It’s a genuinely inspiring prospect to steward this part of the trajectory”.
Kumalo, meanwhile, returns to Jupiter having spent seven years in TV production at Quizzical Pictures. He now has the benefit of experiencing the world of advertising from within an agency, as well as working directly with brands, as a supplier to agencies.
He believes that working in advertising not only affords him the opportunity to impact brands, but also the privilege of impacting the lives of ordinary people in a positive way.
“I think that South Africa has the potential to continuously break ground on a global stage, similar to that which was achieved at the dawn of our democracy in 1994, through business and social innovation,” he said.
“I hope that my time at Jupiter will allow me to play a role in growing an organisation that contributes to creating a better South Africa for us all. Through innovative thinking we can do more than just make ads, we can steer big business in a profitable and sustainable direction.”
Danielle Sneiders, Managing Partner of Jupiter (Johannesburg) says, “Working as lead agency on the formidable Absa/Barclays brand, we have learned so much about collaboration and integration. These lessons have stimulated a really distinctive way forward for Jupiter. We’re looking to Gugu and Sizwe to help us on that journey.”