LONDON—Weber Shandwick has appointed Jill Hamilton as its first regional director for Africa. Based in Johannesburg, Hamilton will take the lead on growing business and further strengthening multi-market client relationships on the continent, and help manage and expand Weber Shandwick’s growing network of affiliates, partners and wholly-owned businesses in Africa.
Hamilton will report to Weber Shandwick’s EMEA CEO Colin Byrne and will be a member of the firm’s EMEA management team.
Weber Shandwick has its own offices in Cairo, Casablanca and Tunis with affiliates and partners providing coverage of the majority of the continent, including major hubs such as Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, and South Africa.
Hamilton has a broad background in international affairs, public relations, and communication development within emerging markets and has worked in more than 30 countries with a special interest in Africa. She has lived in Africa for more than 10 years, spending long periods of time in East Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
Hamilton started Weber Shandwick’s affiliate African PR network ZK Public Relations in 2003 while living in Tanzania. The company now has representation in 15 markets across the continent including South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Kenya; Malawi; Zambia; Sierra Leone; Nigeria; Niger; Chad; Gabon; Burkina Faso; Congo DRC; Congo Brazzaville; and Madagascar.
Prior to ZK Public Relations, she was a journalist and media consultant focusing on investment opportunities in emerging markets. Her work was featured in media major outlets including CNBC, New York Post, New York Daily News and Die Zeit.
According to Byrne: “Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to generate seven out of 10 of the world’s fastest-growing economies over the next five years. With a population of over 800 million, and emerging economies powered by mobile communications, Africa is becoming a very competitive playing field.”