With over 20 years' experience in the communications industry, Sharon Piehl was appointed as managing director of FleishmanHillard Johannesburg in May 2016. Prior to her appointment, Sharon spent several years as the lead of many multi-national client accounts at FleishmanHillard. In addition, Sharon heads up the consumer practice sector for FleishmanHillard EMEA and runs the new business track for the Johannesburg office...
Sharon's expertise and contribution to the industry has led her clients and her team to several Prisa Prism Awards, African Excellence Awards and Sabre Africa Awards. Sharon also plays an active role in many industry awards programmes and has been a judge at Loeries 2015 and 2016, African Excellence Awards 2016 and the 2017 Sabre Africa Awards.
As an expert and thought leader, the industry often calls on Sharon to share her industry experience and trends insights on key topics, some of which include; GIBS: Big Data, University of Johannesburg on the topic of the World of Communication Integrated Marketing Conference: The Authenticity Gap 2017 In2Summit: The Changing Communications Landscape
With the local media space, and the manner in which we communicate with them, constantly evolving Sharon believes the value and relevance of the media remain the same, even after 20 years. “What excites me is that communication and public relations are no longer a ‘support act' but a clear driving force in the media environment. I believe more so than ever brands have the ability to shape conversations, ignite change and set agendas.”
As a leader, Sharon inspires the team through her unwavering passion and self-commitment to excellence. She lives and teaches through her life's philosophy, “Do it with passion or not at all. I believe that you should always push the boundaries and challenge yourself. Be proud of everything you do, no matter how small, and remember to have fun doing it.”