The Billybo Group

With over 30 years experience, Mike started his career heading up the University of Pretoria's Rag Committee, their Student Representative Council as President and the National Rag Organisation of South Africa as Chairman.

After graduating with an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, he gained further experience in various executive roles which include: The Corporate Consulting Group, Computicket, Ogilvy & Mather RSTM, Gilbeys, Diageo and Levi Strauss & Co. in South Africa and in Europe. Upon returning to South Africa, he founded The BrandsRock Group, a successful through-the-line brand marketing company.

Five years later, his entrepreneurial adventure was rewarded when it was acquired by the Publicis Groupe to become Saatchi & Saatchi BrandsRock. Here he remained involved as Chief Inspiration Officer and as Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi South Africa until March 2017.

Mike has also served on numerous boards during his career, notably the boards of the KWV, Levi Strauss Foundation, Project Literacy and the Marketing Federation of South Africa. He currently serves as Chairman for Society For Family Health, Board Director of the Cape Town Fashion Council, Board Member of Quicket, Venture Partner in KNF Ventures and a trustee of WWF® South Africa.

Among many career accolades, he was awarded “South African Marketing Person of the Year” in 2006 at the Sunday Times / Markinor Marketing Excellence Awards.

In 2017 he founded The Billybo Group where he now thrives in using his experience to curate strategic value for other businesses, with particular focus on SMEs.



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