Debbie Whittaker: FOUNDER AND Owner

Debs qualified with a Bachelor of Physical Education and Mathematics 11 Major from the University of Witwatersrand in 1992. She has experience working in the following fields: teaching, project management, change management consulting and business process re-engineering, Internet consulting, market research, brand management, marketing strategy, digital marketing, website design and development, Public Relations and social media, and hybrid event management.

She began her career in 1993 as a mathematics teacher at Bryanston High School in Johannesburg where she taught for three years. In 1995 Debs joined Synovate where she conducted market research surveys and developed Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) research reports for Delta Motor Corporation. In 1996 she was employed by REL Consultancy as a change management consultant. Here she worked on query management reporting and business process re-engineering for the Credit Control Department at SA Breweries and Afrox.

Her experience in the ICT sector started in 1997 when she was employed at BMI-T as an Internet Analyst and was later promoted to BMI-T’s marketing and communications manager. In 2000 she was approached by Digital Planet, one of South Africa’s first e-retailers, to head up its marketing division and to grow its community of permission-based users.

Debs started Coolcumba Communications in 2001 and some 20 years later, continues to adapt to the needs of local and global clients, focusing on taking companies to market in a digital era using integrated marketing and communications strategies.

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Tel: +27 83 273 5337

Vianca Naidoo: PARTNER

Vianca (Chinsamy) Naidoo joined Coolcumba Communications as an Events Manager in July 2019. She has since managed all the hybrid events for local and international clients.

Vianca has a Hotel and Tourism Management Diploma from the Swiss Hotel School which enabled her to travel and live internationally, working within all departments in the hospitality industry. This is where Vianca found her passion for the event industry which lead her to becoming an events coordinator.

Vianca has a great eye for attention to detail, loves a new challenge and makes the most out of any opportunity given to her. She is hands-on and a true asset to Coolcumba Communications.

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Tel: +27 72 530 4851