Koo Govender is the first female CEO of global brand experience agency, VWV Group, and has been actively involved in the broadcasting and media industry for 22 years.
She also developed and launched the corporate and social investment brand ’M-Net Cares’ for broadcasting media giant M-Net, where she held various positions and was formerly the Corporate Communications and Marketing Director.
In addition to her unqualified depth of understanding of holistic marketing and consumer market segmentation, her passion for Women Empowerment and Mentorship has been matched by her launching Phakama Women’s Academy at VWV Group, which is set to target varsity students in order to equip them for the Corporate World.
With various industry awards under her belt, Koo was also the first chairwoman of Promax SA, the world’s premier body for promotion and marketing professionals working in electronic and broadcasting media. She was also a finalist in 2012 as Most Influential Woman in the Media Category for CEO Magazine. Koo also speaks at various marketing, leadership and women empowerment conferences.
Koo is a proud wife, a mother of two sons, and is actively involved in community service work.
When you meet Kate Moodley three words come to mind; professional, ambitious and humble.
Kate is an accomplished businesswoman with a number of academic qualifications including a Masters in Law. She began her career in legal but quickly moved into the financial services industry and insurance in particular. Kate has gone from strength to strength starting as a Candidate Attorney with Deneys Reitz. She became a Legal Advisor with Old Mutual in 2003 and moved on to Momentum as a Business Development Manager for Momentum in 2005. Her career grew markedly in Momentum as she established herself first as a Regional Manager and then moved on to General Manager (Executive Management). In 2010, she took the courageous step of becoming a Franchise Director at Discovery – essentially running her own business under the Discovery umbrella.
Professionally she has been recognised as an emerging leader and businesswoman. In 2011, she won Top Woman of the Year in Business and also Top Woman Executive for South Africa. A great accomplishment! Kate has been selected as a spokesperson and chair of the African Women’s International Conference. She has been awarded CEO’s: SA’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government for Insurance. She has also been selected as FNA’s: Women who are making a difference. Throughout her career she has sought to establish a consistent and growing personal brand.
Kate has written numerous articles for magazines such as Oprah, Personal Finance, CEO, M Magazine, Momentarily, Cosmo, and Woman and Home. She has recently completed her first book titled I Inc. Be the CEO of your Brand.
In her book, I Inc. Be the CEO of your Brand, Kate explores the lessons she has learnt in her career. Her advice and practical examples provide useful insights into the world of personal branding and will set her readers on the road to leveraging their personal and professional strengths for career success.
As of the 1st of April 2014 Aisha Mohamed became the new channel head of SABC3. Aisha brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and SABC 3. With a core focus to work on a revised brand positioning and strategy for the channel for 2014 and beyond. Aisha first joined the SABC in 2003 as part of the 5FM marketing team. Having worked as a Marketing Manager at 5FM, Marketing Manager at MTV Networks Africa, she returned to 5FM in 2010 to head up the station. When appointed, Aisha Mohamed was the youngest Station Manager in 5FM’s history as well as the first of colour.
SABC3 is the SABC’s Lifestyle and Entertainment channel. It also remains the SABC’s only commercial TV station. Aisha remain’s determined and focused on revitalising and rejuvenating SABC3’s brand image “The strategy has become our focus and includes staying true to the lifestyle and entertainment persona of the channel. The SABC 3 of the future will ensure a strong focus on truly South African stories through great local content of international quality”
Under Aisha’s leadership at the SABC, 5FM grew by over a million new loyal listeners to its highest audience to date of 2,35 million listeners and the station received a variety of prestigious awards:
• Coolest Radio Station for the 7th year running in the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards 2012
• Station Of The Year at the MTN Radio Awards 2012
• Best Radio Station at the 2011 and 2012 Leisure Options ‘Best of Joburg’ awards
• In addition, under Aisha’s strong guidance, 5FM was nominated for a 2012 and 2013 World Radio Summit award in Los Angeles for Most Influential International Station, the first time a South African radio station has been nominated.
• In 2013, 5FM has also been nominated for International Online Presence and most Innovative International Radio Station at the World Radio Summit
During her time as Marketing Manager, Aisha was integral in launching 5FM’s new brand identity, the Power of 5 campaign, which is still in place today, along with a number of high profile events and campaigns.
In her private capacity, Aisha has been recognised for her inspirational work in the South African Media Landscape. She is proud to have been nominated as one of Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012. She was nominated in The Media Magazine’s top 40 achievers under 40, Destiny magazine’s inspiring women under 35, Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Females in 2011 and Marie Claire’s Inspiring South African Women in 2012 to name a few. Aisha also represented 5fm and South African Radio at the 2013 World Radio Summit in Los Angeles.
On her road to success, Aisha says it’s all about hard work, dedication, passion and putting in the time and effort to achieve. “Anyone can be allowed a ‘foot in the door’ but it’s what you make of it that will define you. My advice to aspiring media people is to always follow your dream no matter the obstacles, keep the big picture in mind and never stop working towards it. This tabled with hard work and a drive to succeed will ensure results.”