Quadrant MSL appoints Ucha Ajene to drive growth and transformation

02 August 2018 Consultancy.africa

Quadrant MSL is looking to rebrand itself from a public relations and communications agency to a strategic communications consultancy, and the latest move in this direction is the appointment of Uche Ajene as Managing Consultant at the firm. Ajene has over two decades of experience in consulting.

When it was established in 1990, Quadrant MSL was conceptualised as a public relations agency, supporting clients with corporate and public communications. The Lagos-based firm is a subsidiary of MSL group, which is the fifth largest public relations firm in the world, making Quadrant MSL one of the largest communications firms in West Africa.

The firm is now looking to undergo a shift in character to become a strategic communications consultancy, in accordance with broader market trends. As a result, its roster of services will expand to incorporate digital platform development, brand activation, and a range of communications in the finance and litigation domains.

Quadrant MSL appoints Ucha Ajene to drive growth and transformation

To help with this reorientation, the firm has now appointed Uche Ajene as Managing Consultant. Alene will not only supervise the daily operations at the firm, but will also examine revenue growth strategy across all verticals, driven by an increased focus on innovative collaborations, trans-media partnerships, and the increasingly relevant digital solutions domain.

Ajene is a graduate in Business Administration with a specialisation in accounting from Boston University, and began her professional career as an auditor at Chicago-based Hill Taylor. She then worked as Senior Auditor for two firms consecutively, starting with a year at professional services firm Grant Thornton, followed by two years at American Express Tax and Business Services.

Since 2000, she has held a wide variety of roles, including Finance Project Manager at Perseco, Finance Director at Matrix Engineering Corporation, Business Development Manager and subsequently Head of Banking & Business Solutions at Pagatech, before making her first foray into the communications segment as Head of Corporate Communications at the FCMB Group.

Commenting on her appointment, Ajene said, “This is an exciting time to be joining Quadrant MSL as it transforms into a truly global Strategic Communications and Consultancy company. I look forward to our ambitious plans to expand and break ground, pioneer innovative, market-lead solutions for our clients, and give brands a unique opportunity to connect with a highly progressive digital audience worldwide.”

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KPMG Botswana appoints first ever female Partner as Managing Partner

22 April 2019 Consultancy.africa

Global professional services firm KPMG has appointed a new Managing Partner for its Botswana practice. Gosego Motsamai, who is the first female Partner at KPMG Botswana, will take the helm of the practice with immediate effect with hopes of growing the firm’s presence in the country.

Motsamai holds a degree in accounting and commerce from the University of Botswana, and has been inducted into the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She is also a Certifies Internal Auditor form the Institute of Internal Auditors, which has led promising career in the auditing and advisory space.

She began her career at Big Four accounting and advisory firm Deloitte in Botswana, where she remained for over three years as an Audit Assistant. She joined KPMG Botswana in 1998 as an Audit Traineee, and made her way up to the position of Audit Senior over a four-year spell.

KPMG Botswana appoints first ever female Partner as Managing Partner

Motsamai has remained at KPMG ever since, and rose from the rank of Audit Supervisor to Senior Manager for the Advisory division. In 2012, she was appointed the Associate Director of the firm’s Advisory division, and she finally ascended to the position of Partner four years ago in 2014.

She now reaches the pinnacle of her career as the Managing Partner at KPMG Botswana. The announcement was made by Chairman of KPMG Southern Africa Wiseman Nkuhlu on Friday, and will be effective immediately. Among the Big Four firms in Botswana, Motsamai is one of only two female executives at Partner level, and her promotion comes at a time when gender balance is a central debate across Africa.

Nkuhlu has described her as a devoted professional, who has been looking to advance the advisory profession across Botswana by promoting higher standards across the business environment. She is known for her support and mentorship of young professionals who come through the chartered accountancy ranks.

She said of her appointment, “As chairman, I am proud to make this announcement and am certain that under Gosego's leadership, we will see KPMG Botswana continue to be a leading professional services firm in the country. I look forward to working with the team and lead KPMG through these challenging times as we look to rebuild trust and become the clear choice.”