“Over several years, it is clear that Andrea Quaye was personally involved in her brands’ successes and has been an active contributor to their market positions in South Africa,” says Andrew Human, CEO of the Loeries. “She is a worthy recipient and outstanding example of the leadership, dedication, loyalty and commitment to a brand that is required to go beyond the ordinary.”
Quaye spoke to us in this exclusive interview and listed some of the highlights in her career leading up to this moment and shares what motivates and inspires her marketing team at AB InBev the most when it comes to creating innovative, award-winning work.
Thank you! Two years ago, in the middle of the SABMiller and AB InBev combination, I set out the challenge to our marketing team and agency partners to deliver socially relevant and creative work that makes our brands famous and most loved by consumers.
Winning the 2019 Marketing Leadership and Innovation Award is recognition for an amazing group of marketing professionals at AB InBev Africa and our talented creative partners.
I stumbled into marketing in the late ’90s after a good friend of mine recommended I apply for the graduate trainee programme at Unilever in Durban.
My economics background has been fundamental in shaping me as a commercially minded marketer with a passion for growth.
The art and science of marketing is something I have been studying and applying for over 20 years. Because a large portion of my career has been at AB InBev and Unilever, my expertise is definitely in fast-moving consumer goods – where consumer-centricity, brand-building and innovation give you the edge so as to grow.
I’ve had many highlights in my career, but there are two that stand out for me:
I am lucky to work with a very young, passionate and dynamic team – and what impresses me about them is their ability to be humble yet hungry. When they create innovative and award-winning work what motivates them are the results on the scoreboard; market share and brand health metrics.
At AB Inbev, we focus on building our brands for the long-term. We are humbled to be leading some of the most iconic brands on the continent and we treat them with that respect. What I have learnt about purposeful work is at its best when the brand at its best self is able to solve the cultural tension.
Therefore consumer insights capabilities and a clear understanding of the brand’s DNA with a strong dose of bravery make for a magic condition for this type of creativity to flourish.As it is Women's Month, can you please comment on the issue of gender equality specifically in the marketing and advertising industries. Do you think enough is being done and how can the industry do better?
Gender equality and diversity is something very close to my heart, not only do I strive for it personally but I also use my position to influence active change in our industry.
Gender equality and diversity is a win-win for us because it means that we will have more diverse people around the table and we know that more diverse teams are better at solving more complex problems. More diversity/equality better results.
For there to be real gender equality in our industry, it needs to be leader-led and, at this point in time, most of the advertising and marketing leaders are men, so I believe that men should also verbalise the need for diversity.