PR agency Ogilvy Africa announces senior Nairobi appointment

By our News Team | 2022

Managing partner role for experienced executive recruited from London’s public relations and influence scene.

Ogilvy Africa, the Nairobi-based marketing communications firm, has announced the appointment of internationally experienced communications expert, Howard Gregory. 

He takes up the role of Managing Partner and will head up the Public Relations and Influence (PR&I) offering for its Nairobi office. He starts on Monday (14 November) and will report to Vikas Mehta, CEO at Ogilvy Africa.

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Gregory has more than 25 years of experience in communications and joins Ogilvy Africa from Edelman United Kingdom, one of the most successful offices of the world’s largest PR firm. At Edelman, he has held various leadership roles in strategy and business development.

“We are excited to have Howard joining as a managing partner in Kenya. I look forward to working with him across the EMEA region to continue growing our PR and Influence business in sub-Saharan Africa,” says Joanna Oosthuizen, CEO of PR&I for Ogilvy in the EMEA region.

Boost for Ogilvy Africa’s strategic capability

“I know that his appointment will help to bolster our strategic capability and our overall value to our clients.” 

This appointment is part of Ogilvy Africa’s strategy to strengthen its leadership position on the continent. According to a media statement released by the agency, its PR&I offering is widely regarded as one of the best in the region, with the Kenya office serving as its hub for East Africa.

During his time working in diverse roles at Diageo, General Electric and various communications agencies, Gregory has won accolades at Cannes and other notable global award shows.

“This is such an exciting time to join the team,” he says. “The time for Africa and the region culturally and commercially is now. The chance to contribute to the growth of businesses, brands and cultures – elevating themselves on the global stage – is truly a thrilling opportunity.”

Dr Kin Kariisa

Group CEO - Next Media

Dr. Kin Kariisa is an extraordinary force at the helm of Next Media Services, a conglomerate encompassing NBS TV, Nile Post, Sanyuka TV, Next Radio, Salam TV, Next Communication, Next Productions, and an array of other influential enterprises. His dynamic role as Chief Executive Officer exemplifies his unwavering commitment to shaping media, business, and community landscapes.
With an esteemed academic journey, Dr. Kariisa’s accolades include an Honorary PhD in exemplary community service from the United Graduate College inTexas, an MBA from United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Huazong University in China, and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Makerere University.
Dr. Kariisa pursued PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. As a dynamic educator, he has shared his expertise as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at both Makerere University and Radboud University.

Dr Kin did his PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radbond University in Nigmegen, Netherlands. He previously served as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and Radbond University in Netherlands.

Dr Kin did his postgraduate courses in Strategic Business Management, Strategic Leadership Communication and Strategies for Leading Successful Change Initiatives at Harvard University, Boston USA.

  • Other current and previous roles played by Dr Kin Kariisa:
  • Lecturer of e-Government and Information Security to graduate students at Makerere University, Kampala and Radbond University in the Netherlands
  • Director of Eco Bank Uganda Limited, one of the largest banks in Africa
  • Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters, an umbrella industry association for all Television, Radio and online broadcasters in Uganda.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Nile Hotel International, that owns the leading hotel in Uganda, Kampala Serena Hotel.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Soliton Telmec Uganda, the leading telecom company in Optic fibre business managing over 80% of optic fibre in Uganda.