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Lerato Songelwa

Deputy Managing Director, South Africa
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Lerato is the Deputy Managing Director of Hill+Knowlton Strategies South Africa. She is a solution-orientated and versatile professional with 13 years’ experience in providing strategic communications and public relations advice and counsel to senior executives in public and private sector organizations.

She has the ability to motivate and lead individuals and teams, as well as effectively interface with all business representatives.

Throughout her career, Lerato has gained considerable experience in consumer and brand PR having worked with clients such as Procter & Gamble, Gold Reef City, BlackBerry (RIM SA), Nashua Mobile, Acceleration, The Headache Clinic, Consology, Legal & Tax, Pepsico/Simba, Unilever, McDonald’s SA  and MWEB to name a few.

In her recent position at H+K, Lerato was in charge of overseeing the Consumer, Lifestyle and FMCG Practice  with clients such as MSC Cruises, Reebok, Western Digital, Lenovo, Huawei, DJI, Mazda and BrightRock.

She is also a key member of H+K’s culture committee which was formed with the aim to help the company’s central principles and values permeate the day-to-day work experience.

Aside from her H+K role, Lerato is also the PR Lead for WPPTeamLiquid, a bespoke WPP agency created specifically for beverage’s company Distell, where she leads the PR team responsible for Tier 1 brands in the Distell stable such as Hunter’s, Savanna, Amarula, Scottish Leader, Viceroy and Bains.

Lerato holds a National Diploma in Public Relations Management and a Certificate in Events Management.


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Roz Thomas

CEO of Africa
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Roz Thomas is CEO: Africa of Hill+Knowlton Strategies responsible for driving growth, strategic communications and client engagement across the continent. Prior to that, she was MD of H+K South Africa and before that, was a partner at Corporate Communications Consultants which was acquired by Hill+Knowlton Strategies in August 2013.

In the past 20 years, Roz has counselled clients in a cross section of sectors including media and technology, resources, financial services; industrial and professional services.  Roz is a well-rounded communicator who has carved out a niche for herself in supporting clients to tackle complex business issues. This includes being front-line counsel to organisations in crisis.

Roz has worked with global and regional clients such as BlackRock, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, Dow, Distell, Hogan Lovells and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on internal and external communication programmes, ranging from launching new market entrants across Africa to training and coaching the next layers of management.

Roz holds a Master’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies and Anthropology.  She is a member of the National Business Initiative in South Africa.


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Jennifer Leppington-Clark

Managing Director
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Jennifer is the Managing Director of Hill+Knowlton Strategies South Africa. She has more than 16 years’ experience in numerous sections of the communications industry – internal communications, public relations, stakeholder management and crisis and incident management – and has advised clients on local and pan-African strategies to deliver tangible results.

During her time at H+K Jennifer has worked on a range of corporate and consumer brands including the Boston Consulting Group, The Hope Factory, SES, BrightRock, Lenovo, Visa, Standard Chartered Bank, the Compass Group, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, Dow Chemicals, MSC Cruises, Mercer, Shell, International Jazz Extravaganza and P&G – Corporate, Pampers, Always, Old Spice, Pantene and Head & Shoulders. Her role has been to develop strategies to assist clients position their businesses, products and/or executives appropriately to their stakeholders and the public to deliver return on investment. She also handles media training, purpose development and crisis communications for clients as well as new business development.

In her most recent position before joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies South Africa, Jennifer worked as an on-site consultant for Coca-Cola, handling internal and external communications and event management.  In February 2012 she took over the role of Consumer Affairs Manager for Coca-Cola South Africa. This involved the management of the consumer call centre and all escalated consumer complaints related to any of the company’s billion-dollar brands, reputation management and crisis management.

Jennifer has a BA General in English and Psychology from the University of Johannesburg and a Higher Diploma in Education (Cum Laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand.


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