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Important changes at Old Friends Young Talent

September 15 2016

I am writing to inform of two significant milestones in the development of Old Friends, Young Talent.

The first is to regretfully inform you that Greg Burke has decided at the very young age of 60 to retire from the South African industry and to relocate to Bergerac in France.

I am sure you will agree with me that Greg’s steady hand and inspired eye has served us well here at Old Friends, Young Talent over the last three and a half years.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his inestimable contribution to the development of what was a fledgling company to a full service communications offering in that time.

We will be arranging a fitting farewell for Greg towards the end of November.

At the same time, it gives me great pleasure to inform you that we have managed to secure the talents of another of our industries top creatives namely - Christopher Gotz.

Chris, as many of you will know, is one of South Africa’s foremost creative talents, and I would do him an injustice to try and precis his formidable career thus far, but you can view some of his past work and his Bio at www.chrisgotz.work.

Chris was greatly in demand both locally and internationally when news broke of his decision to leave Ogilvy in Chicago.

We are thrilled that he has decided to throw his lot in with us and help take this agency, its people and its clients to the next level of creative communication excellence.

Chris joins as our National Creative Director and as a Partner and as a Shareholder from the 19th of this month.

There will therefore be a two-and-a-half-month handover period between Greg and Chris - to ensure as smooth a sail into the sunset and into the sunlight as we possibly can.

We will be contacting you shortly to arrange a meeting where we can introduce Chris to you face-to-face.

In the meantime, I am sure you will join me in congratulating both Greg and Chris on the fine life decisions they both have made.

My Best,
Gary