Chris Gotz began his career at JWT in Cape Town, before moving on to Hunt Lascaris AMC in Johannesburg. He won his first Loerie Grand Prix for launching YFM, South Africa’s first black youth radio station, at the same time upsetting an awful lot of people by sending them a petrol bomb in the mail (as part of the campaign).
In 2000 he moved down to Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town, where he’s been ever since, working on campaigns for Volkswagen, SAB, Mondelez, Audi and many others. In 2008 Gotz was appointed executive creative director of the agency. Under Chris’s leadership Ogilvy and Mather Cape Town has been ranked the number-one creative agency in South Africa for 2012 and 2013.
The agency has set new standards in the industry for digital and integrated work, with the 2012 “Be the Coach” campaign for SAB being the most awarded work of 2012, winning for both effectiveness and creativity.
Beyond just the silverware, a survey by online platform Marklives.com ranked Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town as the most admired agency of 2012 by industry peers.
In 2013 Gotz was appointed chief creative officer to the Ogilvy & Mather South Africa group.