A BBDO lifer, Gau arrived from London with 13 years’ experience at AMVBBDO, one of the best agencies in the BBDO network. In his time there he had the privilege of working on some of their flagship brands in local, regional and global roles. Gau was also selected by the Agency’s Management to start up Lunar BBDO a creative-media startup, and in his time there, he tripled the business, and also won effectiveness and creative awards for his Clients.
Gau‘s African ambitions were realised when he led the Guinness Africa pitch through a coalition of BBDO offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos and London. After the pitch win and the creatively awarded and commercially successful Made of Black campaign, BBDO’s and Gau growth ambitions for Africa aligned perfectly. Gau arrived in Joburg in 2014 and has helped the BBDO agencies across Africa land several new business wins, has focused on talent development across the four BBDO offices and runs BBDO’s regional accounts.
With three children under 7, spare time is a distant memory, but when he can, he devours biographies. Gau is a keen cricketer, has represented his county, captained his university and is a qualified coach. However, a lack of talent has meant that his cricketing ambitions will be channeled through his children.