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Brand South Africa Reappoints Hill+Knowlton Strategies for Global Assignment

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Brand South Africa Reappoints Hill+Knowlton Strategies for Global Assignment

11:20 EDT Thursday, June 27, 2013

LONDON (Business Wire) -- Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has been reappointed by Brand South Africa on a global three-year retained contract. H+K will help the government agency manage the country's international reputation and support its drive to promote South Africa as a business and investment destination.

H+K worked on the previous three-year international contract under which activity was focused on the BRIC markets, Germany, UAE, Nigeria and Kenya. Following a four-way competitive pitch process, the new brief will continue activity in these markets, with potential for the expansion of existing work in Africa including venturing into new markets of Ghana, Zimbabwe and the DRC.

The scope of work includes supporting brand and reputation activity at WEF Davos, the BRICS Summit, international trade initiatives and state visits – as well as locally-based, market-specific campaigns.

Lalu Dasgupta, Senior Vice President of H+K's Global Corporate Advisory practise will continue to lead the account. Commenting on the win, he said: “This has been a fascinating brief to work on over the last three years. As with all emerging markets, South Africa has its challenges as well as opportunities – but over the course of the last three years we have worked alongside Brand South Africa to move the country on from the positive afterglow of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and to firmly establish it as part of the BRICS grouping of countries and a leading player in the African growth story.”

Nomsa Mazibuko, Strategic Marketing and Communications Director at Brand South Africa, said: “We have been impressed by the way in which H+K has become an extension of our team. As an agency, H+K has a strong track record of international delivery; as a team, they have a deep understanding of South Africa's role in the world in terms of politics and trade. We are pleased to be continuing this successful partnership and look forward to developing the next phase of our communications programme with H+K”.

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is a leading international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. The firm is headquartered in New York, with 90 offices in 52 countries, as well as an extensive associate network. The agency is part of WPP, one of the world's largest communications services groups.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Sam Lythgoe / Emily Reid
Business Development
+44 (0) 207 413 3000
sam.lythgoe@hkstrategies.com / emily.reid@hkstrategies.com

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