Loeries announces appointment of senior SA bank marketer to its board

By our News Team | 2023

Khensani Nobanda, a former winner of the Loeries Marketing Leadership & Innovation Award, will help steer the long-standing industry awards.

The Loeries, the South African-based pan-African and Middle Eastern industry awards, has announced the appointment of senior marketer Khensani Nobanda to its board.

She is a well-known industry professional with Nedbank, where she holds the position of Group Executive for Marketing and Corporate Affairs. Nedbank is one of SA’s so-called ‘big five’ banking groups.

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Khensani Nobanda has been appointed to the Loeries board

Nobanda succeeds Sydney Mbhele, Group Chief Marketing and Corporate Affairs Officer at Absa, who has been on the board for the past three years. Absa is another of the country’s major banking groups and also operates in various African countries.

“I am immensely honoured to have been nominated and appointed to the board of the Loerie Awards Company,” says Nobanda.

“Having participated in the Loeries in various forms over many years, I look forward to contributing to the industry in an even more impactful manner, not only from a festival perspective but also in addressing some of the critical issues we encounter to help truly transform the face of the industry.”

Won the 2021 Marketing Leadership & Innovation Award

She has several Loeries accolades under her belt, among them the 2021 Loeries Marketing Leadership & Innovation Award and several awards for her work rooted in created excellence. She has also been a Loeries judge.

Nobanda brings a wealth of experience to the board, not only from her time at Nedbank but also from her work at several blue-chip companies such as Unilever, South African Breweries and Vodacom.

“I’m really excited to welcome Nobanda onto our Loeries board. She’s someone I’ve personally admired from a distance, not only for incredible work she’s done at the marketing helm of Nedbank but also the passion and energy she exudes in everything she does,” says Loeries Chairperson and CCO of ad agency The Odd Number, Sbusiso Sitole.

Nobanda’s role on the board will be to ensure continued sound governance of the Loeries, which celebrates 45 years in existence in 2023. She will, additionally, automatically become a member of the Loeries Committee, which is responsible for guiding the operational objectives of the annual awards and festival.

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