Ireland/Davenport’s MD set to return ‘to her roots’


After more than a decade in the position of Managing Director of Ireland / Davenport, Susan Napier, who joined Founding Partners Philip Ireland and John Davenport in 2005 in the then boutique start-up agency, and who helped grow the agency into one of South Africa’s most successful advertising agencies, has made a decision to return to her roots. Napier will be moving her young family back to Durban where she grew up, to take on the next chapter in her career, outside of the advertising industry.

“The decision to leave has without doubt been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. Having been a part of the team that won and worked on iconic brands including BMW, Investec, South African Tourism and Vodacom to name just a few, has made the past 10 years the best of my life both professionally and personally. However, a career change and an amazing opportunity presented itself to me which has made my long-anticipated wish to return to Durban, to be closer to my family, a reality.”

Continues Napier, “It has been an absolute privilege to be a part of the Ireland / Davenport journey. I can only thank Philip and John for believing in me all those years ago, and for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime as well as for the past decade of partnership and collaboration. I have had the time of my life.

“I only wish the agency, it’s amazing, talented team and the incredible clients who I have had the privilege of working, every success they so deserve for the future. It is going to be amazing.”

Ireland / Davenport’s most recent wins include General Motors (Isuzu), Little Green Beverage Company’s Refreshhhh! carbonated soft drink brand and GOtv out of the Multichoice stable..

Napier will be leaving the agency at the end of June 2016 to take up the position of Marketing Director for MRP, a division of Mr Price Group Limited.

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