MarkData appoints new Managing Director


A new era awaits!

It is exciting times (again) at MarkData, one of South Africa’s longstanding research agencies, as Jan Wegelin steps in as Managing Director. Jan started his career as an interviewer with MarkData in the early 1990s. Since then, he has worked in the insights industry in various operational and research roles in the UK, Ireland and South Africa. Jan’s appointment is a bit like a homecoming. He steps into the role in April 2022.

“Elsa and I have known each other for decades. Stepping into the role is a huge honour and a privilege as this is where it all started for me. The leadership team is strong, diverse and has big plans. We are passionate about making a difference in this beautiful country, and the world, and that starts with walking alongside our clients to help them grow”.

Jan Wegelin and MarkData: The History


New Leadership

Jan Wegelin joins MarkData as Managing Director

2017 – 2022


JWRC and African Response collaborate on several studies with MarkData

Jun 2008

Joint Venture

As Director of Research and Analytics at African Response, Jan Wegelin together with MarkData kick off the Brand SA Domestic Perceptions Research study



Jan Wegelin starts his consultancy JWRC

2002 – 2015

The In-between Years

Jan Wegelin leaves MarkData and works for several other businesses including research companies in South Africa, Ireland and UK



Dr Elsa Thirion-Venter and Erna Jörgensen become Co-Managing Directors of MarkData


First Directors

Dr Elsa Thirion-Venter and Prof Lawrence Schlemmer join Tertia van der Walt as Directors of MarkData


Jan and MarkData

Jan Wegelin joins MarkData as an inteviewer


Exciting Times

Prof Lawrence Schlemmer joins the July delegation to meet with the ANC in Dakar, Senegal


The Beginning

MarkData is established as the in-house research division of the HRSC