Doug Place

Chief Marketing Officer, Nando’s

Doug Place is the Chief Marketing Officer of Nando’s a position he has held since November 2015 (promoted to CMO of IMEA in early 2017). He is responsible for all components of the Marketing function for restaurants in more than 13 countries across Africa, the Middle East, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. 

Prior to that Doug held the position of Marketing Executive of Ster-Kinekor Theatres (2011-2015) overseeing all marketing activities across South African and African cinemas. Before joining Ster-Kinekor, Doug worked at Cadbury South Africa and Snackworks (AVI) from 2006 to 2011 stewarding many of South Africa’s favourite consumer brands to record market share highs under his leadership.

Doug has received more than 30 international and national marketing and advertising awards most recently a Grand Prix and three gold Loerietm Awards for Ster-Kinekor “#Open Eyes” campaign. 

In 2016 the Loeries rated Doug as one of the top marketing ambassadors in South Africa. In 2015 Doug was recognized by Destiny Man Magazine as one of South Africa’s ‘Young and Powerful’ industry leaders. In early 2014 Doug was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” in South African media personnel by The Media publication.  His contribution to the marketing community is also evident in the fact that he has formally lectured and guest lectures on various marketing topics at The University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, and The AAA School of Advertising since 2004. He also serves as a judge on a variety of marketing and advertising award panels.

Doug is a Wits graduate and holds a B.Com degree (Marketing & Business Finance) and B.Com Honours Degree (Marketing), both degrees he passed Cum Laude and as the top graduate student. 

He is a keen photographer and film enthusiast, is devoted to the Proteas (when will they win an ICC trophy again?), and the father to two small children and husband to a magnificent wife who is totally out of his league and mercifully doesn’t remind him of that too often.