The ACA says that Rightford — leveraging her profound understanding of the South African advertising, marketing and communications industry — will ensure seamless operations alongside the ACA Secretariat during this interim leadership period until such time as the process to appoint a new CEO is concluded. 

According to the ACA, Rightford brings a wealth of expertise in marketing, strategy, advertising and leadership to the role. Prior to entering the creative world, she consulted on marketing strategy and later became a shareholder and group managing director of two globally aligned agencies: Hercules DMB&B and Lowe Bull.

Gillian founded Adtherapy, a communication and management consultancy catering to diverse clients globally — including marketers and advertising / communication agencies.

Adtherapy is dedicated to enhancing output quality for improved ROI through refined:
  • strategic thinking
  • creativity
  • streamlined processes
  • organisational structure, and
  • team alignment.

Sharleen James, deputy chairperson of the ACA, says, "We thank Okaba for her dedicated service to the ACA and the industry. Her contributions have been valued, and we wish her success in her future pursuits." 

"We are confident that Rightford's expertise will be an invaluable asset to the organisation, ensuring continued excellence in serving our members and partners and bringing our vision to 'promote a communications profession that is trusted, inclusive and measurable' to life," concludes James. 

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