Lerato Songelwa

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.