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Jerry Mpufane to lead The Jupiter Drawing Room (Johannesburg)

5 September, 2012


JOHANNESBURG — The Jupiter Drawing Room (Johannesburg) has announced the appointment of Jerry Mpufane as its Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 October 2012. He is currently Managing Director of DraftFCB Johannesburg, where he has been at the helm since 2008. Mpufane takes over from previous CEO Alison Deeb who joined MetropolitanRepublic.

According to the Jupiter (Johannesburg) Chairman, Given Mkhari, Mpufane brings a combination of strategic leadership, operational expertise and great industry insights. Mkhari said, "Jerry is a respected industry leader who brings to Jupiter (Johannesburg) a balanced client and agency perspective". Mkhari added, "He is renowned supporter of creative talent and a defender of work that works."

Prior to DraftFCB, Mpufane has held a number of positions in the private and public sectors, including Group Marketing Director at the SABC and General Manager: Brand at SA Tourism.

Mpufane said, "I'm excited to have an opportunity to lead an agency with such strong heritage, an admirable creative profile and a great client mix. I'm looking forward to working with a new generation of industry leaders to continue to add tangible business value to clients who have bestowed the agency with their valued assets, their brands".

“Jupiter has an impressive reputation for creativity and creating outstanding work, and so it is exciting to be coming on board to head up such a well renowned business. My plan is to build on this and work with the great clients and staff already on board to grow it even further,” he added.

The remainder of the existing executive team, which collectively has amassed years of experience in the industry, will continue to work alongside Mpufane in managing the leadership of the agency.

For further information or comments, contact:
Mr Given Mkhari (Chairman)  
Phone: + 27 11 463 7555
Cell phone: + 27 82 561 1661

Miss Kagiso Musi (Client Services Director)  
Phone: +27 11 233 8800
Cell phone: + 27 83 758 2039

Emma King (Head of Communications)  
Cell phone: +27 72 010 7704

About The Jupiter Drawing Room (Johannesburg)
The Jupiter Drawing Room (Johannesburg) is a 23 year old business which started as a small creative agency and has grown into one of South Africa’s largest advertising agencies, boasting a blue chip client list : MTN South Africa, Absa Bank, PPC Cement, Castle Lite, Coca-Cola - Juices portfolio, Innscor International Franchising, The South African Reserve Bank and Gelderma (Cetaphil).

The agency continues to be recognized, both locally and globally, for its creative abilities. It boasts a host of awards – from Cannes, D&AD, Clios and One Show Pencils, to London International Statues, New York Festival medals and Loerie Grands Prix. The Jupiter Drawing Room (Johannesburg) was a major contributor to The Jupiter Drawing Room (South Africa) being named joint Agency of the Decade in 2010 by by FinWeek’s AdReview.

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