Accomplished Ad Exec Spearheaded the Resurgence of Grey South Africa
TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ -- Jim Heekin, Chairman and CEO of Grey Group,
today announced that Ann Nurock has been appointed President and CEO of Grey
Canada, with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. Ms. Nurock has served as CEO
of Grey Africa since 2004. She succeeds John Clinton at Grey Canada who is
joining the publishing industry.
"Ann Nurock is a dynamic leader who has compiled an outstanding record of
growth and creative success at Grey South Africa. She is a champion of
powerful ideas that accelerate brands and has forged highly successful
partnerships with her clients," Jim Heekin said. "I know Ann will bring the
same energy and innovation to Grey Canada and deliver the finest resources to
our clients, together with the stellar team we've built."
Heekin continued, "We wish John Clinton all the best as he begins a new
chapter in his distinguished career. He has our gratitude for his many
contributions to Grey."
Ann Nurock said, "It's an exciting time at Grey as its transformation to
a more creative, collaborative, future-facing marketing power gathers
momentum. I am delighted to take on this new challenge in Canada, working with
Jim Heekin, and the terrific group in place."
Ann Nurock: Led Transformation of Grey in Africa
One of South Africa's most respected and high profile advertising
executives, Ann Nurock spearheaded a dramatic transformation of Grey South
Africa. Under her leadership, the agency doubled in size and achieved a
record new business performance. The agency's blue-chip client roster today
includes: Ford Motor Company (Mazda), Procter & Gamble, Diageo,
GlaxoSmithKline, Emirates Africa and Visa.
Ann's passion for creative excellence led to the agency's recruitment of
world-class talent and singular creative recognition. With wins at Cannes,
D&AD, Clios and other major shows, Grey South Africa has become the most
creatively awarded Grey agency globally; the sixth most creative agency in its
country and one of WPP's top ten creatively ranked agencies.
As a civic and business leader, Ann has contributed her talents to
encouraging marketing investment in sub-Saharan Africa and furthering Black
Economic Empowerment. During her tenure, Grey South Africa has launched an
internship program for disadvantaged youth and brought more diversity to its
senior management ranks.
Ann has received accolades from many prestigious organizations: she was a
finalist for Businesswoman of the Year in 2004 and runner-up for Ad Person of
the Year in 2005. In 2007, she was nominated as one of three of the Most
Influential Women in the Media and Communications Industry.
Grey Canada is a unit of Grey Group. Grey Group ranks among the largest
global communications companies. Its parent company is WPP (Nasdaq: WPPGY).
Grey Group's total offer includes Grey, advertising; G2, activation marketing;
Grey Healthcare Group, healthcare communications; MediaCom, media planning and
buying and GCI Group, public relations. Grey Canada's blue-chip client roster
includes many of the world's best known companies: Procter & Gamble,
GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, E*Trade, Playtex, Eli Lilly, Dairy Queen, Aim
Trimark, Ontario Government, Rim, Mars Inc.'s Greenies, Tourism PEI, Canadian
Diabetes Association, Special Olympics Canada, Starbucks, Glentel and Cadillac
For further information:
For further information: Owen Dougherty of Grey Group, +1-212-546-2551