After graduating with an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, he gained further experience in various executive roles which included Computicket, Ogilvy, CMO of Diageo South Africa, CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. South Africa and VP of Marketing for Levi Strauss & Co in Europe. Upon returning to South Africa, he founded The BrandsRock Group, a successful brand solutions company.
Five years later, his entrepreneurial adventure was rewarded when it was acquired by the Publicis Groupe. Here he remained involved as Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi South Africa until March 2017.
Mike has also served on numerous boards during his career, notably KWV, the Levi Strauss Foundation, Project Literacy, South African Fashion Council and the Marketing Federation of South Africa. He currently serves as Chairperson for Society For Family Health (PSI South Africa), Chairperson of Quicket and as a trustee of WWF® South Africa.
He was awarded “South African Marketing Person of the Year” in 2006 at the Sunday Times/Markinor Marketing Excellence Awards.
In 2017 he founded The Billybo Group where he now thrives in using his experience to curate value for other businesses through knowledge, network and funding. He is also an investor in South African start-ups.