The Loeries board announced; Fran Luckin named new chairperson

The Loeries, a non-profit organisation across Africa and the Middle East championing creative excellence in brand communication, announced Tuesday that it has appointed new board members for 2020/2021, led by Grey's Africa Fran Luckin.

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The 11-member board of The Lories will be led by global industry stalwart and Grey Africa’s chief creative officer, Fran Luckin, as the new chairperson.

She takes over from creative powerhouse Tseliso Rangaka, who recently assumed the role of chief creative officer for FCB Joburg, and its specialist agency partner Hellocomputer.

Rated the sixth most admired agency professional in South Africa in the Scopen Agency Scope study for 2019, Luckin made the world stand up and take note of the country’s creative prowess in 2017 when she became the first South African woman to serve as a Cannes Lions Jury President.

The Lories new board members

  • Fran Luckin (Loeries Chairperson); Chief Creative Officer of Grey Africa
  • Preetesh SewrajChief Executive Officer: The Loerie Awards
  • Tseliso Rangaka; Chief Creative Officer, FCB Joburg and Hello Computer
  • Neo Mashigo; Chief Creative Officer, M&C Saatchi Abel
  • Gareth Leck; Group CEO, Joe Public
  • James Barty; Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, King James
  • Gaby de Abreu; Creative Director, Switch Design
  • Linda Bogle: Executive Producer, Your Girlfriend
  • Dawn Rowlands; Chief Edxecutive Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Suhana Gordhan; Executive Creative Director, FCB Africa
  • Sydney Mbhele (aso new to The Lories’ board); Chief Executive, Brand at Sanlam

The Lories: forging a legacy of excellence

For his two-year tenure as The Lories’ chairperson, Rangaka leaves behind an excellent track-record, which saw around 2,500 entries received for 2019 alone.

646 brands were represented by 281 agencies from 15 countries across Africa and the Middle East. 

The awards were judged by over 140 regional and international industry leaders in various fields, among them was international Jury Presidents Nedal Ahmed, Tara McKenty, Ralf Heuel and Katja Thielen.

He added: “2020 is no-doubt a defining year for the Loeries. It has also shown itself as a year of many firsts. For the first time ever, entries to the awards are free. This is to assist agencies with a cost burden many cannot afford to have right now.”

Explaining the driving source of inspiration behind this year’s theme, #CreateChange for Loeries 2020, Preetesh Sewraj  said: “This year’s Loeries Creative Week will deliver deep insights into how creativity helps business and society in general move forward, even if they face of one of our toughest challenges.”

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Tankiso Komane
A Journalism graduate from the Tshwane University of Technology, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.

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