Ran Neu-Ner and Gil Oved, The Creative Counsel (TCC) founders and group co-CEOs, have won the EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award for 2016 in the Exceptional category.
Now in its 19th year, the award programme forms part of the Southern Africa Chapter of the World Entrepreneur Award and recognises outstanding entrepreneurs for their vision, innovation, courage, and leadership.
The dynamic entrepreneurs manage the largest advertising agency in South Africa which they sold to French global marketing and communication leader Publicis Groupe in September last year. TCC has been at the forefront of the revolution in the communication industry pioneering the merge between shopper marketing, brand activation, social media and field marketing. The agency is one of the largest first time employers in South Africa.
“We are humbled by this award which we dedicate to the TCC team which has spearheaded the creative thinking which has spurred the growth and success of this agency,” says Neu-Ner.
“This award also celebrates all business leaders in the country who are championing transformation, innovation and job creation.”
The finalists were selected on entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, personal integrity and influence, innovation, community or global impact and strategic direction.
“I believe that many of South Africa’s problems can be solved if we foster more entrepreneurs and give them guidance, mentorship, access to funding to build their ideas into a large scale industrial behemoth,” adds Oved