After 35 years at the helm of one of SA’s most famous and most awarded advertising agencies, founder Reg Lascaris is officially stepping down. And while he’ll stay on as a nonexecutive director of TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, he plans to spend more time in the Western Cape playing music and overseeing operations at his Franschhoek wine farm, which produces 8m bottles a year.Lascaris was in an expansive mood when he spoke to the Financial Mail from his Sandton eyrie behind a clean glass desk surrounded by packed cardboard boxes. In one corner was a large drum that at one time was beaten every time the agency won new business. In the early and mid-1980s he oversaw a very noisy office.Lascaris says he’s been planning his departure for the past three years; some months ago he stepped back from his role as regional head of TBWA. After many ups and downs at the SA operation in recent years he leaves it in a strong position, he says. He’s particularly happy that key accounts on which his agency was...

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