"When I took up my position as managing director for H+K South Africa in October 2018, I was aware that a key part of my remit was to help prepare the next leaders of this market," says managing director Jennifer Leppington-Clark.

"I am delighted to announce that today, we are ready to take the first step in this journey with the promotion of Lerato Songelwa to deputy managing director," adds Leppington-Clark.

Songelwa has aided the growth of the company, expanding H+K's client footprint to include tourism, retail and fashion and consumer technology. Throughout her 13-year career, Songelwa has worked on a variety of client accounts across different sectors.

"Hill+Knowlton Strategies has a deserved reputation as the leading strategic PR agency globally," says Songelwa. "We have a tremendous opportunity to grow further and continue to diversify into new sectors, bringing our strong business values and service delivery to match the demands and high expectations of our clients."

"H+K's brand, values and proven delivery models are facets I have respected over the years, and I am excited to be growing within the company and support in leading a great team of talented individuals who will take our business to the next level," adds Songelwa.

Leppington-Clark says, "Songelwa has strong marketing, presentation and communication skills. She is able to motivate and lead individuals and teams, as well as effectively interface with all levels of business leaders."

"She is creative, imaginative and innovative, while also being organised and detail-orientated. She works well under pressure, enjoys a challenge, is extremely adaptable and able to learn quickly," adds Leppington-Clark.

"I have seen Songelwa's growth and development over the past few years and I couldn't be happier to have her by my side for this next chapter in H+K South Africa's history," concludes Leppington-Clark.

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