Renee Bonorchis: Bloomberg
The public relations industry is full of dolly birds that journalists tend to ignore. When a journalist finds a public relations agent with depth and integrity they tend to pay attention. Gillian Gernetzky is someone that journalists pay attention to. She is efficient, which makes the life of the journalist that bit easier. She's not scared to say what she thinks, she makes herself available and is always helpful.
Louise De Smedt: PropertyWheel
It is always a pleasure to work with Percheron Strategic Communications. Gillian always delivers on what she promises in a professional and efficient manner. It is clear that she has a deep understanding of the property industry in South Africa, which shines through in her work.
Michelle Ross: Freelance journalist on publications such as AA Traveller, Africa Geographic and African Decisions
Gillian is great at what she does. Communicative, unflappable and always willing to go the extra mile – I wish every story I worked on had a Gillian attached.
Professor Derick de Jongh: Unisa Centre for Corporate Citizenship (CCC)
In an age where the importance of communication and more specifically clarity and relevance of messages are becoming a truly competitive differentiator, one very soon realises that expertise in this area is a definite scarcity. We have been fortunate to have Gillian Gernetzky as our communication and public relations specialist on board.
I look back on the past 12 months and have to emphasise that without Gill's expertise, professional conduct and deep understanding of the media and broader communication industry, the CCC would have been much worse off from a branding and reputation point of view. Gill has indeed helped build our brand in an environment where lack of clarity exists on what exactly corporate citizenship actually means. We rely on Gill's advice on a daily basis and have never been disappointed - on the contrary, it’s always been spot on.
Jonathan Newman: Datatec and Virgin Mobile
Gillian Gernetzky managed and directed the Datatec investor relations and communications account while I was Group Marketing and Investor Relations Director for the company from 2000 to 2002. I found her to be extremely competent and efficient. She was able to think and act strategically while paying strict attention to detail.
Whether planning a messaging strategy, facilitating an interview, writing a press release, managing an IR road-show or compiling our Annual Report, Gillian showed both expertise and professionalism. She was committed and loyal to our company, displaying a grasp of Datatec’s strategies and goals which enabled her to translate them into appropriate messaging and actions with both the media and our investor communities.
I was so impressed with her delivery that I sought her out to manage Virgin Mobile’s communications when I joined that company in 2009 and she once again provided professional and efficient service.
Thulani Kuzwayo: Green Building Council South Africa
During her two year contract as Acting Communications Manager for the GBCSA, Gillian provided valuable strategic advice and produced good quality content for our various communications platforms. The organisation realised an increase in engagement from our different stakeholders. Her work included professional advice on public relations related matters and synthesis of relevant market intelligence.
Percheron's approach was first to understand what our needs, systems, processes and stakeholders were. Often this involved patience and professionalism to grasp the complexity of our work and produce the organisation's desired outcomes.
I am happy to recommend the services of Gillian Gernetzky and Percheron.
David Green: Association of Property Unit Trusts and Marriott Property Services
Gillian managed and directed both the Association of Property Unit Trusts and the Marriott Property Services accounts while I represented those organisations. In both cases she combined efficiency, passion and commitment. She is able to understand each client, their business and their needs. At the same time, she has a deep understanding of business and the press and combines this knowledge to maximise exposure and publicity. She is organised and professional and always goes the extra mile.
It was and is a pleasure to be associated with her as we continue our professional relationship.