About Us

J. Walter ThompsonSouth Africa

J. Walter Thompson South Africa

J Walter Thompson in South Africa was launched in 1928 as the first international network agency on the African continent. This doesn’t just make us old, it also means that no other agency has seen more change than we have.

In fact, adapting and responding effectively to change is part of our pioneering DNA.

We employ more than 250 people with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. We also provide seamless access to the leading agency networks on the African continent including offices in Dar-es-Salaam, Nairobi, Kigali, Kampala, Lagos, Accra, Cairo, Casablanca and Tunis.

A deeply client-centric organization, the Group has grown to include multiple highly specialized brands: J Walter Thompson (consulting and omni-channel communications), Mirum (transformation, e-commerce and experience design), The Hardy Boys (consulting and omni-channel communications), Disturbance (Design) and Verve (public relations and events).

We bring these skills to bear on a list of international and local blue chip clients including Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Shell, Diageo and Pioneer.

Reimagining the futures of these clients and brands is what drives us every day.

Our Network

The Hardy Boys

A full service, multidisciplinary, channel neutral agency – made up of a group of idea generators, strategic thinkers and passionate problem solvers. We help brands and businesses find answers and their voice in the market place. We live by the three key values of ‘curiosity’, ‘collaboration’ and ‘communication’ and these drive our approach to every challenge. We are proud to not simply be a South African agency operating in Durban South Africa – but a multi-disciplined African brand-building consultancy headquarted in Durban, South Africa.


Mirum is a global digital agency that creates experiences that people want and businesses need. Named a Visionary in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant, Mirum helps guide brands in business transformation, experience development, and commerce and activation. The agency operates in 20 countries, with more than 46 offices and 2,200 professionals.

Our Clients

Johnson & Johnson
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Jim Faulds
Chief Executive Officer

Odette van der Haar
Chief Executive Officer - Johannesburg

Paul Strappini
Executive Creative Director

Nick Liatos
Executive Creative Director

Mick Shepard
Regional Creative Director

Graham Mears
Chief Financial Officer

Claire Markwell
Client Service Director

Parveen Stokes
Operations Director - Cape Town

Claire Peters
Operations Director - Johannesburg

Charles Miller
Creative DIrector

Rochelle April
Head of Broadcast & Content

Aghmad Solomon
Art Director

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