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Bandera de South Africa Cape Town, South Africa
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I am a senior marketing and communications specialist with over 20 years experience within the Strategic Marketing, Strategic Planning, Brand and Marketing Management, and Market Research . I have worked with and on blue chip company brands in the Automotive, Healthcare, Leisure, Luxury Financial, Liquor, Hospitality, Tourism, FMCG, and Retail fields. I've been described as a unicorn, as my experience has enabled me to appreciate the complexities of the entire marketing process, from ideation through to communication and engagements. My specialties are brand positioning, brand purpose, brand architecture, communication strategies, marketing and brand strategies, PowerPoint presentations, etc. A highly experienced resource for all your strategic marketing and communication needs. I build brands through knowledge.
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Bachelor of Business Science Marketing (Honours)

1989 - 1993 (4 years)


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