Neo Momodu was born in Orlando West, Soweto. She is a communication executive with more than 15 years’ experience. She holds an LLB (Hons) Degree from the University of Hertfordshire, a Management Advancement Programme Certificate from Wits Business School, as well as a Radio Management Certificate from the National Association of Broadcasters/Wits Business School Programme.
Neo began her career at Eskom’s legal department. In 1996, she joined Primedia Broadcasting as a Strategic Planning Analyst and was later promoted to Group Strategy and Human Resources (HR) Manager responsible for providing strategic direction for the regulatory affairs and HR portfolios. She was a key member of the team that acquired the Highveld Stereo and Cape Talk broadcasting licences, and in 2000, she led the process that resulted in the renewal of the country’s first-ever commercial licence, i.e. Radio 702.
She joined Compubreeze, a communications company based in the United Kingdom, in 2001. In 2003, she was appointed Strategic Consultant by the SABC and was responsible for providing strategic guidance and input to the process that resulted in the renewal of the organisation’s public and commercial radio stations. She then became Public Affairs Manager in 2004 and was responsible for strengthening the SABC’s brand and driving key messages through stakeholder management.
In 2007, Neo established and became the Managing Director of Progressive Consulting, a management consultancy company that enables organisations to achieve their business objectives through effective communication solutions.
She served as a deputy chairperson of the National Association of Broadcasters’ Radio Committee and was a member of the team responsible for drafting the Information and Communications Technology Charter.
Neo was appointed Chief Director: Government and Media Liaison in February 2010. In this role she provides strategic advice to Ministers, the Cabinet Spokesperson and other Government Executives on media relation and communication issues. Her day-to-day function is to lead the team responsible for driving Government’s communication agenda and reputation management.