CEO Pay-TV Platforms
Eben Greyling joined the MIH group in 1996 as group financial manager of MultiChoice. In 1997 he was appointed general manager operations and in 1999 CFO of MultiChoice. In 2000 he became CFO of MIH pay-television platforms, a position he held until his appointment as CEO of MultiChoice Sub-Saharan Africa in 2005. Eben is a Chartered Accountant and completed his articles at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He held various positions in the audit and corporate finance division of PricewaterhouseCoopers until 1995.
Graham Kill joined Irdeto as finance and operations director and became CFO in 1995. He assumed the position of chief executive officer of Irdeto in 1998. Prior to that, Graham held management positions at USC, British Gypsum and the British Coal Corporation. Prior to joining Irdeto, Graham worked for the FilmNet Group (later NetHold) as a corporate finance associate. He was actively involved in pay TV business development initiatives, various acquisitions and in financing transactions. Graham holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management and an engineering degree from the University of Nottingham. He is a registered European Engineer, a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Director in the UK.
CEO Multichoice Group South Africa
Prior to joining the group, Imtiaz was the Director of Professional Cricket at the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA). He joined SuperSport in 2000 as its Director of Enterprises and later also assumed the role of Head of Production. In March 2005 he was appointed as CEO of SuperSport. During his term of office, Imtiaz completed the Harvard Senior Executive Programme at the Business Schools of the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Harvard. He was responsible for the transformative broadcast rights deal with the PSL and received the prestigious Naspers Phil Weber award in 2009. In this time SuperSport has increased the number of channels it transmits, from 9 to 24, broadcasting throughout sub- Saharan Africa.
CEO Multichoice South Africa
Since joining the company 13 years ago, Collins has worked in several senior management positions across MultiChoice Africa’s major operations, and has gained a comprehensive understanding of the pay television industry across the continent. He has worked in some of the most challenging projects and markets across Africa. As the company gears for the next stage of development, Collins will provide strategic leadership in the company’s move to consolidate its footprint in the broader African and global landscape.
CEO Multichoice Africa
Nico was appointed to his current position in February 2012. Over the last 14 years, he has driven numerous important initiatives and projects in the organisation. He started his journey with the Naspers Group in 1998, playing a key role in listing MIH Limited on the NASDAQ and Amsterdam stock exchanges, and in establishing the related governance, compliance and financial structures that followed. In 2004, Nico was named Group CFO of MultiChoice SA and during his tenure in this position he spearheaded the implementation of corporate governance risk management and BEE compliance. In 2009, he was appointed as CEO for MultiChoice SA, where he spent three years before taking on his current role. During his career at MultiChoice SA, Nico has also held several other executive positions. These include CEO of the Group’s insurance cell-captive; chairman of the MultiChoice Employment Equity committee and various other steering committees; fiduciary trusteeship to the Group’s pension, medical aid and investments funds; as well as executive director and public officer to various operational companies in the Group. As an executive member of the MultiChoice South Africa Group, Nico was part of the team that was instrumental in significantly growing the subscriber base and successfully expanding the local operations. Nico qualified as a chartered accountant (CA (SA)) in 1992 after completing his BComm Honours degree at the University of Johannesburg. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and successfully completed the examinations to qualify as a Certified Public Accountant in the USA. Prior to joining the Naspers Group, Nico held the position of Senior Audit Manager at Price Waterhouse Coopers (South Africa). During the latter part of his career at PWC he also completed a two-year secondment programme in the USA, specialising in telecommunications clients.
Patricia van Rooyen
Patricia is the CEO of M-Net. She was appointed to this position in March 2008. Prior to this she spent nine years in the group as the head of the magazine division – Media24 Magazines. Prior to joining the Naspers group she was CEO of the business magazine division at Avusa (formerly Johncom.) Patricia has a BA degree and an MBA from the Wits Business School.
Happy Ntshingila joined SuperSport on March 2012 after a successful recent career at the Absa Group, where he was Executive Director: Marketing and Communications. Born in Soweto, he obtained a BA Communications degree in 1983 at the University of Fort Hare with majors in English and communication (advertising and journalism). In 1984, he joined the Unilever Group as a sales representative and later as marketing assistant. A year later he became the editor of IBM SA News, later promoted to media liaison officer, where he handled media issues affecting IBM, particularly on the disinvestment front. He departed as a communication specialist. In early 1987 Ntshingila joined Tiger Oats as public relations manager for King Korn before joining Ogilvy & Mather as an account manager. In 1991 he was one of the co-founders of HerdBuoys Advertising, the first black-owned agency in the country. By 2005, the agency was a R400-million concern, ranked among the top 10 in the industry and was voted the best unlisted empowered agency in South Africa. His finest achievements with HerdBuoys include, among others, changing the colours of South African Airways from the old springbok tail to the current flag, and designing the ballot paper for the first democratic elections in the country. His experiences at HerdBuoys were so unique that he even wrote a book about them – Black Jerusalem – which received much acclaim. Ntshingila was also voted 2007 Marketing Person of the Year by the Marketing Council. In 2012, he was appointed deputy chairman of Brand South Africa by President Jacob Zuma. He is a proud family man, avid golfer and runner.
CEO DStv Mobile
Mark obtained a Bachelor of commerce degree from Rhodes University in 1997 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting in 1998. He was admitted as a chartered accountant (South Africa) in 2002 after serving his articles at KPMG. He held various finance positions in the Bidvest Group, which included the post of Group Financial Controller of Bidcorp Plc, a LSE listed transport group, and Finance Director or Dartline Limited, a short haul shipping line. Mark joined the Group as CFO of DStv Mobile South Africa in 2007 and was appointed General Manager: South Africa in October 2008. In January 2012, he was promoted to CEO of DStv Mobile.
CEO DStv Online
John Kotsaftis joined DStv Online as the CEO in June 2009 - where he is currently kept busy driving the emergence and evolution of Video 2.0 in Africa. Starting out as a web programmer and then start-up entrepreneur in London during the dotcom boom, he returned to South Africa in 2003 to launch I-Zone (Naspers’s first Internet incubator) housed at MWEB. He subsequently moved to be part of the founding team at 24.com, until he stepped into the role of Naspers Group Internet CTO. In this position he traveled extensively around the globe as part of the mergers and acquisitions team at Naspers, as well as founding a global Internet research and development unit for Naspers called SWAT (Strategic Worldwide Applications and Technologies), based in Beijing, Sao Paulo and Cape Town. John is excited to be part of a great team that is shaping the online landscape in Africa.
CEO Myriad Programming
Glen Marques began his career with the Naspers group in 1997 as director of business development for SuperSport International Holdings Limited and in 1999 he was appointed chief operations officer of SuperSport. Prior to joining the group, he worked as senior legal adviser to the South African Independent Broadcasting Authority and executive director of the National Association of Broadcasters. He was appointed as M-Net chief executive officer in May 2000. In 2008 Glen was appointed CEO of MediaZone Inc based in San Francisco. In 2009 the business was relocated to South Africa and consolidated into DSTV On-Line the business unit that houses all of the Multichoice new media operations.
CEO MWEB SA
Francois Theron has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) degree and a MBA from the University of Cape Town, Graduate Business School. He has 14 years of both local and international experience in the subscription television and telecommunications industries. He first joined the MIH Group in 1995 as CEO of M-Tel, a Service Provider company to MTN. In 1996, M-Tel was sold to MTN and he was appointed of MultiChoice Middle East and MultiChoice Egypt, based in Dubai. In 1999 Mr Theron moved to Thailand as CEO of the United Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), a publically listed company. During his tenure, he turned the business from a loss making concern into a profitable venture and served on the main board of the Asian Cable and Satellite Association. In 2006, Francois returned to South Africa as CEO DStv Mobile Africa which lead the development and roll out of MIH’s DVB-H operations in Africa. In 2009 he was appointed CEO DStv Mobile.