Kingsley Potter has been named the new chief executive officer of the VWV Group, South Africa’s leading brand experience agency. Effective this month, the appointment follows the departure of Abey Mokgwatsane who left the company in November to join Ogilvy. Potter has been brought on board to lead VWV into a new and exciting era and has all the experience necessary to deliver on this mandate.
Mark Steinhobel, founder and chairman of VWV, said, “We’re very happy to have Kingsley on board. His appointment comes at a critical growth point in the lifecycle of the Group and his strategic direction will help steer VWV as it moves into the next phase of its pan-African and international expansion. Our relationship with Kingsley is not new and extends back many years to when he was our client at SAB working on the re-launch of Lion Lager. Since then, he has gained extensive experience as both a client and in an agency environment. He brings both strategic depth and operational value, and I have no doubt that Kingsley will take VWV to new heights.”
Potter, a BA graduate from the University of Witwatersrand, had an exceptional seven year career at SAB. Starting as a marketing trainee fresh out of university, he furiously worked his way up the ranks to brand manager of Castle Milk Stout. He was instrumentally involved in seeing the brand volume escalate from 450 000 hectolitres to 1.1million hectolitres under his two year management. Potter’s next achievement was that of promotion to brand manager of Lion Lager; it was here that he first worked with VWV to re-launch the brand in five South African cities.
Potter then entered the agency world and held several lofty titles at Heardbuoys McCann Erickson where he serviced blue-chip clients as wide ranging as Caltex, SAA, Microsoft and Eskom. He also served as managing director for Herdbuoys eKapa before taking up his next challenge as global chief marketing officer at SA Tourism. It was this position that ignited the entrepreneurial flair within, and Potter left to try his hand at marketing Imbrication’s bio-enzyme fuel additive, which drops the consumption and emission rate to contribute to a better environment.
Throughout his two-decade journey in the industry, Potter has merged an understanding of business with management best practices, which makes him the ideal candidate for this position. Potter’s immediate focus is to develop a growth plan that ensures VWV remains a best-of-breed service provider on the African continent and in new international markets.
“VWV is a dynamic business with a long standing history that is characterised by big wins and very public successes and to this day, continues to craft inspiration to awaken the senses for its clients. I am greatly looking forward to leading a dynamic team of passionate experts, in their craft, to build a business that continues to stay humble yet leads industry in benchmark setting. I am confident that the combination of experience, innovation and business acumen within the VWV team will give rise to an exciting outlook for the agency,” concludes Potter.