Added Value appoints Dave Blackshaw to Executive Committee

24 March, 2010


LONDON — Global brand development and marketing insight consultancy Added Value has appointed Dave Blackshaw to its executive committee in the role of Chief Talent Officer. The move is part of the Group’s ongoing commitment to attracting and retaining top caliber talent.

As part of this role, Blackshaw will be responsible for the recruitment, training and development of the people employed by the group across its 22 international offices in 14 countries. Blackshaw will also continue to work with Added Value’s R&D teams on capability training for the Group in its key offer areas of market, equity, positioning, communications and innovation.

Blackshaw has spent the last nine years working with the Group’s South African and Asian businesses in both a talent development and client facing capacity. In addition to his role developing talent for the Asia/African region, he’s worked with clients like Volkswagen and the Southern Sun Hotel Group on their internal alignment, helping them deliver their brands more effectively through their people.

Says Janine Hawkins, Group CEO, “Our business is entirely built on the skill and intellect our people bring to our clients’ most challenging marketing questions. We know we serve clients better by continuing to create an environment where our people can do their best work. Where they have the right career opportunities and the support to grow and develop, whether they are a director with 20 years experience, or a new graduate. With his background in HR from Unilever, and his 9 years of international experience at Added Value, Dave is the ideal person for the role.”

She adds, “Dave is also in a position to help us tackle the issues we face as a global business; issues like the delivery of best in class training across our Group, driving the efficiency of our organizational design and creating better cross market team solutions for our multinational clients, amongst others. As importantly, he’ll help us nurture the inclusive, energetic and innovative culture we’ve become known for.”

Blackshaw adds, “Many companies pay lip-service to the importance of their people in delivering business objectives and brand values, but in a service driven business, this is fatal. The correlation between engaged, committed talent and increases in client satisfaction and growth is clear. We want to make sure we’re a magnet for the best and that we continue to provide stimulating and rewarding long-term careers for our people.”

Blackshaw will be based in the Group’s London office from April 2010.


For more information please contact:
Kate Wolters
Tel: +27 21 467 8814
Kate.wolters@added-value.co.za  

About Dave Blackshaw
Dave joined Added Value’s South African business in July 2001. There he worked with clients like Standard Bank and Old Mutual on internal alignment and culture change projects, as well as helping to run the local business. In 2008 he relocated to Hong Kong in an Asia Africa role, helping to develop talent for the region. Dave will continue to mentor Added Value’s offices in Singapore, India and the Philippines.

Dave started his career at Unilever, where he worked in HR. He was then with Accenture, focusing on Change Management, eCommerce and CRM.

About Added Value Group
Added Value offers brand development and marketing insight services to blue-chip companies across all industry sectors. Everything they do starts with insight and ends with action, in pursuit of healthy brand growth for their clients.

With a footprint that now extends across 22 locations in 14 countries, drawing on the expertise within its global network, Added Value Group fuses brand marketing, consumer insight, innovation, and communications optimisation to help solve clients’ marketing problems.

Added Value Group is part of Kantar Group, the information, insight and consultancy arm of WPP, a world leader in communications services.

More information is available at: www.added-value.com.  

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