Koos Bekker led the founding team of M-Net in 1985, serving as chief executive of the MIH group until 1997. He was also a founding director of MTN. He is a director of Media24, MIH B.V., MIH (Mauritius) Limited, MIH Holdings, MultiChoice South Africa Holdings and other companies in the wider group. He also serves on the local organising committee for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup and the Council of Stellenbosch University. He has been chief executive of Naspers since 1997.
Steve Pacak was reappointed to the board as financial director on 1 April 2009 after a three-month sabbatical. Steve began his career with the Naspers group as group financial manager of M-Net in 1988 and held various executive positions in the MIH group. Steve was the chief financial officer of MIH Holdings (MIHH) from November 1993 to January 1998. He is a director of Media24, MIH B.V., MIH (Mauritius) Limited, MIH Holdings, MultiChoice South Africa Holdings and other companies within the wider Naspers group. Steve was appointed an executive director of Naspers in 1998.
Basil (Vasili) Sgourdos
Basil is a qualified South African Chartered Accountant having worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers from 1989 to 1994 whereafter he then joined the group initially as the Finance Manager of South African Operations division in Multichoice, then as Chief Financial Officer of our investment in Thai listed United Broadcasting Corporation Pcl. where he remained for 10 years, followed by 2 years in Amsterdam as General Manager of Pay TV business development globally before taking on his current role as Group Chief Financial Officer of MIH from January 2009.
Group CIO: (Head of M&A)
Mark Sorour is a qualified Chartered Accountant who previously held various positions in the audit and corporate finance divisions of PricewaterhouseCoopers. After qualifying he spent 5 years as an investment banker. In 1994 he joined MIH, the international division of the Naspers group, where he headed up business development throughout Africa, the Middle East, Thailand, China, Europe, USA and Asia. This included being relocated to Hong Kong and the Netherlands as corporate finance and acquisitions general manager. With the restructure of the Naspers group in 2002, Mark returned with his family to Cape Town as Chief Investment Officer, heading up the corporate finance and M&A function for the Naspers and MIH groups.
Group General Counsel
Andre Coetzee has been a legal advisor to the MIH group and associated companies since 1985. Before joining the Naspers group, Dr. Coetzee was a partner at Mallinicks Attorneys from 1984 to 1999. He was appointed as Group General Counsel for the MIH group in June 1999.
Chief Intellectual Property Officer
Craig Opperman is a technology lawyer and intellectual property strategist. With more than 25 years of legal, executive and engineering experience, Craig has advised the Group since the late 1990's, serving amongst others as MIH's Chief IP Officer in the early 2000's. He has also been a partner at some of Silicon Valley's leading law firms, most recently at DLA Piper, the world's largest firm. Craig is a Stanford Business School alumnus and holds law and engineering degrees. He is admitted as a Californian, Washington DC and South African attorney and before the US and South African Patent Offices.