Directors

         
 

 

 
Ton Vosloo

Ton Vosloo became managing director of Naspers in 1984, serving as executive chairman from 1992 to 1997. Mr Vosloo worked as a journalist from 1956 to 1983 and as editor of Beeld from 1977 to 1983.He is a director of Media24 and MultiChoice South Africa Holdings, chairman of MIH Holdings and non-executive chairman of the board of Naspers, a position he has held since 1997. He is a former chairman of Sanlam, M-Net, WWF South Africa and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. He was awarded the Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University in 1970. Mr Vosloo has been awarded three honorary doctorates.

Koos Bekker

Koos Bekker led the founding team of M-Net/MultiChoice pay-television business in 1985. He was also a founder of MTN in cellular telephony. Koos headed the MIH group in its international and internet expansion until 1997, when he became chief executive of Naspers. He serves on the boards of other companies in the wider group, as well as on various public bodies. Academic qualifications include BAHons and honorary doctorate in commerce (Stellenbosch), LLB (Wits) and MBA (Columbia).

Francine-Ann du Plessis

Francine-Ann du Plessis has been a director of Naspers since 2003 and holds the qualifications BComHons(Taxation), LLB and CA(SA). Although she is admitted as an advocate of the Cape High Court, she practises as a chartered accountant and is a director of Loubser du Plessis Inc. She is a member of the audit and risk committees of Naspers. She also serves on the boards of Sanlam, ArcelorMittal and Life Healthcare.

Craig Enenstein

Craig Enenstein is currently the CEO of Corridor Capital, LLC (a value-added investment group). Corridor Capital, LLC is a Los Angeles-based lower middle market private equity and late stage venture capital pledge fund founded by Craig in 2005. Mr Enenstein has experience in developing and driving growth strategies, performing operational improvements and cost reduction, and facilitating highly complex strategic consortia investments. Prior thereto Mr Enenstein was Chief Investment Officer of Omninet Capital, LLC (diversified investment firm), where he led a number of successful turnarounds. He was previously Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategy at Liberty Digital, Inc. He holds an MBA Finance (Wharton School of Business), an MA International Studies (Lauder Institute: University of Pennsylvania) and a BA (University of California: Berkeley).

Don Eriksson

Don Eriksson is a chartered accountant (SA) and an honorary life member of the Institute of Directors (IOD). He became a partner of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.) in 1976 and was a member of its council and executive. In 1992 he joined Commercial Union as chief financial officer and executive director to CGU Insurance Company (SA) Limited, Commercial Union Life Insurance Company Limited and Sentrasure Limited. Don is currently chair of Oakleaf Insurance Company Limited, Insurance Outsourcing Managers Holdings Limited, Renasa Insurance Company, Summerfield Retirement Village and the audit and risk committees of Discovery Health Medical Scheme as well as serving as an independent non-executive director to other companies. He served on the council of the IOD for a number of years and is an active member of its audit committee forum.

Rachel Jafta

Rachel Jafta MEcon and PhD, is a professor in economics at Stellenbosch University. She joined Naspers as a director in 2003 and was appointed a director of Media24 in 2007. She is a member of the South African Economic Society, director of Econex, chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust and board member of the South African Institute of Race Relations. She is a member of the nomination committee at Naspers and the human resources and remuneration committee at Media24. She is chairperson of the human resources and remuneration committee at Naspers and the nomination committee at Media24. She was appointed chair of the Media24 board in April 2013.

Yuanhe Ma

Yuanhe Ma retired from his post as head of SARFT's office in Hong Kong in March, 2002 where he worked for three years. Before moving to Hong Kong, he worked as director-general of the foreign affairs department of SARFT. He worked in SARFT for more than 30 years. He graduated from Beijing Broadcasting Institute's Foreign Language Department.

Debra Meyer

Debra Meyer was appointed a director in 2009. She is a professor of biochemistry and currently heads this department at the University of Pretoria. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California-Davis (USA) where she obtained a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology. She regularly publishes HIV/AIDS research in science journals and organizes education and community service projects on this topic. She has completed modules in media strategy and academic leadership at Harvard and Gibs (University of Pretoria) and makes regular contributions to several newspapers and magazines. She is a published poet and has received several awards in her area of expertise. She serves as trustee or board member of several organizations including Dagbreektrust, Aardklop arts festival and the council of Northwest University.

Roberto Oliveira de Lima

Roberto Oliveira de Lima started his professional career in 1975 at Saint Gobain, a French multinational corporation, founded in 1665. As data processing manager, he was responsible for managing the information systems and data processing department of Companhia Metalúrgica Barbará. In 1997, Mr. Lima joined Rhodia and was responsible for assisting the restructuring of the Finance department. In 1980, was invited for a special year-long designation in France, including studies and internships in Rhone-Poulenc companies. Mr. de Lima started working at Grupo Accor in 1982 as treasury director for Ticket do Brasil. In 1995, he led the restructuring of the capital of Hotelaria Accor Brasil and participated in the development plan for the economy hotel segment in Brazil. In 1999, Mr de Lima joined Citibank S/A and acted as chairman and CEO of Grupo Credicard (joint venture owned by Citibank, Banco Itau e Unibanco) until 2005. From 2002 to 2005, Mr de Lima also accumulated the positions of president and CEO of Credicard Banco S/A. In 2005, Mr. de Lima joined Vivo SA the main Mobile Telecommunications Company in South America, ( a joint venture owned by Portugal Telecom and Telefonica ) as President and CEO. In 2011, Mr de Lima left Vivo S.A one year after Telefonica acquired Portugal Telecom stake in Vivo. He is presently board member of Telefonica Brasil, Natura Cosmeticos, Rodobens Negócios Imobiliarios, Grupo Pao de Açucar, in Brazil and Edenred in France. He also serves as board member on pro bono basis in Abrinq, Centro de Pesquisas Tecnologicas - CpqD and Fundação Mata Atlantica boards of directors.

Steve Pacak

Steve Pacak, a qualified CA(SA), began his career with Naspers at M-Net in 1988 and has held various executive positions in the MIH group. He is a director of Media24, MIH Holdings, MultiChoice South Africa Holdings and other companies in the wider Naspers group. He was appointed an executive director of Naspers in 1998.

Fred Phaswana

Fred Phaswana holds the qualifications MA and BComHons, and obtained a BA(Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from the University of South Africa in 2010. He joined Naspers as a director in 2003. He is chairman of The Standard Bank Group and of Standard Bank of South Africa Limited.

Cobus Stofberg

Cobus Stofberg is a founder member of M-Net in 1986. He served as CEO of the MIH group from 1997 to 2011, and has been instrumental in the expansion of the group. Prior to joining M-Net, he was a partner of Coopers & Lybrand (predecessor of PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.). He holds a B.Comm (Law), LLB, from Stellenbosch, B.Compt (Honours) from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and qualified as a chartered accountant in South Africa.

Ben van der Ross

Ben van der Ross, who holds the qualification of DipLaw (UCT) and is an admitted attorney, is chairman of Strategic Real Estate Management Proprietary Limited, the managers of the Emira Property Fund. He also serves inter alia on the boards of FirstRand Limited, MMI Holdings Limited and Pick n Pay Stores Limited, Distell Limited, and Lewis Group Limited.

Nolo Letele

Nolo holds an honours degree in electronics from the University of Southampton (UK) and joined M-Net in 1990. He has held a number of senior positions within the MIH group, his most recent being that of group chief executive of MultiChoice South Africa. Prior to joining the group he was chief engineer at the Lesotho National Broadcasting Service. His directorships include BuiltAfrica Proprietary Limited amongst others. In 2001 he was named Media Man of the Year by The Star Business Report; Media Owner of the Year in 2003 by the Financial Mail Ad Focus; and in 2004 he received the coveted Phil Weber award from Naspers. Nolo also sits on the council of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). Nolo is currently the executive chair of the MultiChoice group.

Boetie van Zyl

Boetie van Zyl holds the qualifications PrEng and BScEng (Mechanical) (UCT). He joined Naspers as a director in 1988. He is a member of the boards of MIH Holdings and Media24, a director of the Peace Parks Foundation, and a trustee of WWF South Africa. He is chairman of the audit and risk committees of Naspers, a member of the audit and risk committees of Media24 and MIH, and a member of the human resources and remuneration committees and nomination committees of Media24 and Naspers.