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The group has sizeable investments in Tencent (SEHK 00700), Mail.ru (LSE: MAIL) and Flipkart. Naspers is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (NPN.SJ) and has an ADR listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: NPSN).
Bob van Dijk was appointed chief executive of Naspers in April 2014. Read more
Bob van Dijk was appointed chief executive of Naspers in April 2014. He joined the group as Allegro Group CEO in August 2013 and was promoted to CEO Global Transaction eCommerce in October 2013. He has over 10 years of general management experience in online growth business, mainly with eBay and Schibsted, spanning the online marketplaces, online classifieds and fashion segments. Most recently he was vice-president and general manager of eBay Germany and Europe Emerging Markets. Prior to his general management career, Bob was an entrepreneur in online financial products. He started his career in McKinsey with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and media. Bob has an MBAHons from INSEAD and an MSc (cum laude) in econometrics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Basil Sgourdos was appointed financial director of Naspers in July 2014. Read more
Basil Sgourdos was appointed financial director of Naspers in July 2014.A qualified chartered accountant (SA), he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. from 1989 to 1994. Thereafter he joined Naspers, initially as the finance manager of the South African operations division in MultiChoice and then as chief financial officer of our investment in the Thai-listed United Broadcasting Corporation Plc., where he remained for 10 years. Basil then spent two years in Amsterdam as general manager of pay-television business development globally, before being appointed as group chief financial officer of MIH in January 2009. He held this position until he became group chief financial officer of the Naspers group on 1 July 2014.
Mark Sorour was appointed Group Chief Investment Officer in January 2015. Read more
Mark Sorour joined the Naspers group in 1994, heading up business development and corporate finance throughout Africa, the Middle East,Thailand, China, Europe, USA and Asia. Following assignments located in Hong Kong and Amsterdam, he returned to Cape Town in 2002 as the group chief investment officer. Since then he has had global responsibility for equity capital markets and mergers and acquisitions activities. Mr Sorour is a qualified chartered accountant (SA) holding a BCom and DipAcc. On 16 April 2014 he was appointed alternate executive director on the Naspers board and then an executive director on 15 January 2015.
Koos Bekker (62) led the founding team of the M-Net/MultiChoice pay-television business in 1985. Read more
Koos Bekker (62) led the founding team of the M-Net/MultiChoice pay-television business in 1985. He was also a founder of the cellular telephony, MTN. Mr Bekker 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. On 31 March 2014 he retired as chief executive of Naspers and stepped down from the board. On 17 April 2015 he was reappointed to the Naspers board and succeeded Mr Vosloo as non-executive chair. His academic qualifications include: BAHons plus an honorary doctorate in commerce (Stellenbosch University), an LLB (University of the Witwatersrand) and an MBA (Columbia University, New York).
Fred Phaswana (71) holds the qualifications MA (Unisa) and BComHons (Rand Afrikaans University. Read more
Fred Phaswana (71) holds the qualifications MA (Unisa) and BComHons (Rand Afrikaans University, now University of Johannesburg), and obtained a BA (philosophy, politics and economics) from Unisa in 2010. He joined Naspers as a director in 2003. He recently stepped down as chair of The Standard Bank Group and of Standard Bank of South Africa Limited and he is joint chair of the Mondi Group.
Rachel Jafta (54), holds the degrees MEcon and PhD, and is a professor of economics at Stellenbosch University. Read more
Rachel Jafta (54) holds the degrees MEcon and PhD, and is a professor of 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, chair of the Cape Town Carnival Trust and a member of the management committee of the Bureau for Economic Research at Stellenbosch University. She is a member of the human resources and remuneration committee of Media24 and chair of the nomination committee of Media24. She was appointed chair of the Media24 board in April 2013 and on 9 June 2015 she was appointed to Naspers’s audit and risk committees. In 2015 she was appointed to the international advisory board of Fondação Dom Cabral Business School, Brazil.
Don Eriksson (70) is a chartered accountant (SA) and an honorary life member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IoDSA). Read more
Don Eriksson (70) is a chartered accountant (SA) and an honorary life member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IoDSA). Mr Eriksson is chair of Oakleaf Insurance Company Limited, Insurance Outsourcing Managers Holdings Limited, Renasa Insurance Company, Summerfield Retirement Village and the remuneration committee of Discovery Health Medical Scheme. He is also a member of the audit and risk committees of Discovery Health Medical Scheme and an independent non-executive director of Naspers Limited. He served on the council of IoDSA for a number of years and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.).
Debra Meyer (48) is professor of biochemistry and executive dean of the faculty of science at the University of Johannesburg. Read more
Debra Meyer (48) is professor of biochemistry and executive dean of the faculty of science at the University of Johannesburg. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Davis, where she obtained a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology. 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 serves as trustee or board member of several organisations.
Craig Enenstein (46) is the CEO of Corridor Capital. Read more
Craig Enenstein (46) is the CEO of Corridor Capital, LLC, an operationally intensive private equity firm focused on the lower middle market. Corridor Capital, LLC is based in Los Angeles and was founded by Mr Enenstein in 2005. He holds an MBA in finance (Wharton School of Business), an MA International Studies (Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania) and a BA (University of California, Berkeley).
Ben van der Ross (68), who holds the qualification DipLaw (University of Cape Town) and is an admitted attorney. Read more
Ben van der Ross (68), who holds the qualification DipLaw (University of Cape Town) and is an admitted attorney, is chair of Strategic Real Estate Management Proprietary Limited that manages the Emira Property Fund. He also serves, inter alia, on the boards of FirstRand Limited, MMI Holdings Limited, Pick n Pay Stores Limited, Distell Limited and Lewis Group Limited.
Cobus Stofberg (64) is a founder member of M-Net in 1986. He served as CEO of the MIH group from 1997 to 2011 Read more
Cobus Stofberg (64) 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 BComLaw and LLB from Stellenbosch University, BComptHons from Unisa and qualified as a chartered accountant (SA).
Hendrik du Toit (54) is chief executive officer of Investec Asset Management and a director of Investec plc and Investec Limited. Read more
Hendrik du Toit (54) is chief executive officer of Investec Asset Management and a director of Investec plc and Investec Limited. Hendrik holds an MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development from Cambridge University, as well as a MCom in Economics and International Finance (cum laude), BCom in Economics honours degree (cum laude) and a BCom (Law) from Stellenbosch University. Hendrik has served on the boards of various industry associations, most recently the Investment Association of the UK, which represents firms with funds under management of more than US $ 6 trillion.
Liu Guijin (69) graduated from Beijing University of Foreign Studies in 1971 and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read more
Liu Guijin (69) graduated from Beijing University of Foreign Studies in 1971 and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served in the General Office of MFA, various Chinese Embassies and in the Department of African Affairs for many years. Liu Guijin is experienced in international affairs, particularly regarding relations between China and the developing world, such as Africa. He contributed to international conferences of UN, AU and other organizations representing China. Recently he participated in high level academic forums like the WEF and the Summer Davos. He currently serves as Dean of the China-Africa International Business School, Zhejiang Normal University, PRC and is President of the Chinese Society of Asia and Africa Studies.
Nolo Letele (65) joined M-Net in 1990 and pioneered MultiChoice's expansion outside South Africa. Read more
Nolo Letele (65) joined M-Net in 1990 and pioneered MultiChoice’s expansion outside South Africa. In 1995 he moved to Ghana, where he served as West African regional general manager. In 1999 he was appointed chief executive of MultiChoice SA, and later served as MultiChoice group chief executive until 2010, when he was appointed executive chair of the MultiChoice South Africa Holdings board. Mr Letele has won several awards including Media Man of the Year in 2001 (Saturday Star - Business Repor t); Media Owner of the Year in 2003 (Financial Mail Adfocus); and the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize for media development in Africa (Millennium Excellence Foundation). He holds an honours degree in electronic engineering (UK). His directorships include BuiltAfrica Proprietary Limited.
Roberto Oliveira de Lima (64) from Brazil is a board member of Telefonica Brasil. Read more
Roberto Oliveira de Lima (64) from Brazil is a board member ofTelefonica Brasil, Rodobens Negócios Imobiliarios, Grupo Pao de Açucar in Brazil and Edenred in France. Mr Oliveira de Lima has been CEO of Natura Cosmeticos in Brazil since September 2014. He also serves as board member on a pro bono basis in Centro de PesquisasTecnológicas – CPqD and Fundação Mata Atlantica.
Steve Pacak (60) a chartered accountant (SA), began his career with Naspers Read more
Steve Pacak (60), a chartered accountant (SA), began his career with Naspers at M-Net in 1988 and has held various executive positions in the Naspers group. He is a director of MultiChoice South Africa Holdings and other companies in the wider Naspers group. He was appointed an executive director of Naspers in 1998. He retired as Naspers’s financial director on 30 June 2014, but remained on the board as an alternate non-executive director. On 15 January 2015 he was appointed as a non-executive director on the Naspers board.
Aileen joined Naspers as Chief People Officer in May 2014. Read more
Aileen joined Naspers as senior vice president and Chief People Officer, in May 2014. She has almost two decades of HR leadership experience in fast growing hi-tech and e-commerce companies. Most recently Aileen spent 10 years with eBay where she led HR for eBay Europe and Global Classifieds. She also worked with businesses in the online payments, online comparison-shopping and eTail sectors. Prior to eBay Aileen led HR for Europe at Jabil Global Services and also worked at the Telenor group.
David was appointed Group General Counsel of Naspers in June 2015. Read more
David has advised the Naspers group of companies since 1996. Before joining the group full time, he was a partner in Mallinicks Attorneys (now Webber Wentzel) and worked in London at two leading international law firms. In 2008 David was appointed Naspers and MIH Group Senior Counsel. In this role he led the legal teams for the group’s M&A activities in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. David then became General Counsel of the Allegro Group and was subsequently promoted to the position of General Counsel: Global Transaction eCommerce at Naspers. In June 2015 he was appointed General Counsel, Naspers Group.
Pat Kolek joined Naspers in 2014 as CFO, ecommerce and was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Naspers in July 2016. Read more
Pat Kolek joined Naspers in 2014 as CFO, ecommerce and was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Naspers in July 2016.
As Group COO, Pat is focused on aligning group strategy with company objectives, leading core business activities and strategic initiatives such as large acquisitions & divestitures. Pat has more than 20 years’ experience in executing business growth and development strategies for hyper growth organisations. Prior to Naspers, Pat spent 10 years at eBay, most recently as VP and CFO of eBay International and previously as the COO of eBay Classifieds.
Pat holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Santa Clara University and is a certified public accountant.
Martin is responsible for the Classifieds operations at Naspers. Read more
Martin is responsible for the Classifieds operations at Naspers, entered around OLX, Dubizzle, Avito and Letgo. He holds an MSc in Engineering from Delft University and an MBA from INSEAD. In seven years prior to Naspers, he had a variety of senior roles in internet companies, first at eBay and then at Schibsted. During this tenure, he accumulated extensive experience in all relevant business aspects such as strategy, finance, product management, operations and sales. Martin has worked in all life-cycle phases, from starting a greenfield operation to managing a mature internet company with a large staff and big financials. Moreover, Martin has chosen to broaden his professional impact by publishing in five languages some of his thoughts on best-in-class problem solving with Thinking Backwards. He has seven years’ consulting experience with McKinsey.
Laurent was appointed CEO PayU in January 2016. Read more
Laurent was appointed CEO PayU in January 2016. He is responsible for global operations and brings extensive knowledge of digital payments and high-growth markets to PayU. He concluded an 11-year career at PayPal as Vice-President and General Manager for Continental Europe, where he successfully led the launch of PayPal in Africa, Israel, the Middle-East, and Russia.
Laurent started his career as a business analyst at McKinsey, before founding TalentManager in 1999. TalentManager is a leading recruitment software provider and he spent three years growing the business, successfully selling the Italian operation.
Laurent holds an MBA from the London Business School and is a graduate of Bocconi University in Italy (CEMS Master, International management).
Oliver is CEO B2C ecommerce which includes etail, marketplaces and travel. Read more
Oliver is CEO B2C ecommerce which includes etail, marketplaces and travel. He joined Naspers in January 2009 as head of business development in South-east Asia before managing e-commerce in Africa and Middle East shortly after. From 2011 to 2014 he oversaw e-commerce in South-east Asia, India and Africa. Between 2014 and 2015, he was managing online services segments including e-tail outside of Europe, travel, real estate, and mobile services. Before working for Naspers, Oliver spent nine years at eBay – first in his home country Germany and then as part of the Asia-Pacific region in China, Korea, and South-east Asia. There, he mostly focused on strategy, business development, as well as category management and marketing operations. Oliver studied economics in Berlin, Germany.
Larry joined Naspers in December 2013 and was appointed CEO for Ventures in June 2015. Read more
Larry is CEO for Ventures and also responsible for group ecommerce strategy. His team identifies emerging trends, acquiring and operating disruptive platforms for the group. He has more than 20 years of professional experience and more than a decade with leading, global internet companies. Before joining Naspers Larry was VP and General Manager New Ventures at Trulia, a leading US online real estate marketplace. Previously, he spent eight years as senior executive at eBay, responsible for strategy and general management of many of its global marketplaces and classifieds assets. Prior to eBay, he spent several years as strategy advisor for leading global consumer goods companies. Larry started his career at the US Federal Reserve Board and holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Charles is responsible for the group's listed internet assets, including Tencent Holdings Limited. Read more
Charles is responsible for the group's listed internet assets, including Tencent Holdings Limited; a leading Chinese Internet company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and Mail.ru; a leading Russian Internet company listed on the London Stock Exchange. He joined the Naspers group in 1998 in Hong Kong where he held the position of chief investment officer for the group’s internet division. Prior to joining Naspers, Charles held senior corporate finance and M&A positions at Cable & Wireless, Hong Kong Telecom and Deloitte. Charles is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Imtiaz was the director of Professional Cricket at the United Cricket Board of South Africa before joining SuperSport in 1999. Read more
Imtiaz was the director of Professional Cricket at the United Cricket Board of South Africa before joining SuperSport in 1999.
In March 2005, he was appointed as chief executive officer of SuperSport. In 2010 he was appointed as Group CEO of MultiChoice South Africa. Imtiaz was appointed as CEO of Video Entertainment for Naspers in October 2015.
He was responsible for the transformative broadcast rights deal with the PSL (Premier Soccer League) and received the prestigious Naspers Phil Weber award in 2009.
Nazeer studied at the University of the Witwatersrand where he completed his degree in accounting. Read more
Nazeer studied at the University of the Witwatersrand where he completed his degree in accounting. He went on to complete his honors degree and became a qualified chartered accountant. Nazeer took on the position of articled clerk at Coopers & Lybrand in Johannesburg and stayed on through the merger of that firm with Price Waterhouse where he spent four years. Thereafter, Nazeer joined arivia.kom (an IT services provider) as group financial manager.
Next, he moved to the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (he was hired as CFO but soon got promoted to COO).
In Aug 2011 Nazeer joined the Group. He served as CFO for SuperSport and in 2014 was promoted to chief financial officer of MultiChoice SA. Towards the end of 2014 he moved up to head up the MultiChoice South Africa Group 2014 and was promoted to CFO for VE in 2015 and now is holds the position of chief of strategy for video entertainment.
Calvo is the Group Executive, Regulatory and Policy Affairs. He joined MultiChoice in 2011, having been with the Group since 2006. Read more
Calvo joined MultiChoice in 2011, having been with the Group since 2006. His first role in MultiChoice was as an Executive in the Chairman’s office and in 2013 as Head of Stakeholder and Regulatory Affairs. He has a strong background in the broadcasting industry having started his career at Sentech as an Engineer, his transition into regulatory began when he joined ICASA as Broadcasting Spectrum Manager. Calvo hold a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu Natal. He has served in a number of Ministerial Advisory Task Teams, including the Digital Migration Working Group, Digital Dzonga and the ICT Policy Review Panel.
Brand joined MultiChoice Africa in November 2015 as Strategy and New Business Director, in January 2017 he was appointed as CEO. Read more
Brand joined MultiChoice Africa in November 2015 as Strategy and New Business Director, in January 2017 he was appointed CEO. He is a Chartered Accountant who previously was CEO of the PSL (South African Premium Soccer League) and the Marc Group - an investment Group focused on commercialising sport and marketing rights in Africa.
Vuyi started with the group on the 1st of August 2015 and is responsible for the Human Resources teams for MultiChoice SA and Africa. Read more
Vuyi holds a BA Communication degree from Fort Hare University, Management Advancement Programme from Wits Business School and Senior Executive Programme from Wits/Harvard Business School.
Vuyi started with the group on the 1st of August 2015 and is responsible for the Human Resources teams for MultiChoice SA and Africa.
She joins us from Telkom, where she was Group Executive: HR Business Partner. Before that, she was the Managing Executive: Human Resources at Vodacom, as well as Human Resources Director for sub-Saharan Africa at BP. She brings over 20 years executive HR experience in varied environments like telecommunications and petrochemical.
Uvashni comes highly recommended. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Honours from the University of Natal (2001) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Read more
Uvashni comes highly recommended. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Honours from the University of Natal (2001) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Previously Uvashni was the Vice President Finance/Chief Financial officer for BHP Billiton’s Global Manganese and Iron Ore Divisions (2008 - 2015).
Since February 2015, she was Vice President Finance/Chief Financial Officer for South32’s (Demerger from BHP Billiton) Australian Region.
Gerdus holds a B.Eng. degree in electronics and completed his honours in industrial engineering at the University of Pretoria. Read more
Gerdus holds a B.Eng. degree in electronics and completed his honours in industrial engineering at the University of Pretoria. A registered professional engineer, Gerdus also completed the Harvard Senior Executive Programme.
Prior to his current position, Gerdus was vice-president of solutions and customer service at Irdeto BV (a Naspers owned conditional access vendor, based in the Netherlands). While there, he successfully expanded Irdeto's business in China before joining MultiChoice as chief technology officer in 2002. He’s been in his current position since 2013 and has a string of achievements to his name (including the launch of the world's first dual view decoder and the 2008 launch of the first high definition services on the African continent).
During 2010-14, he was responsible for a large, multi-country digital terrestrial transmitter network project, which enabled GOtv's business to roll out across sub-Sahara Africa. Most recently, he spearheaded the team that developed and launched the popular DStv Explora PVR.
Glen Marques began his career with the Naspers group in 1997 as director of Business Development for SuperSport. Read more
Glen Marques began his career with the Naspers group in 1997 as director of Business Development for SuperSport.In 1999 he was appointed Chief Operations Officer of SuperSport. Prior to joining the group, he was the Head legal adviser to the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and Executive Director of the National Association of Broadcasters. He was appointed as M-Net CEO in May 2000 a position he held until April 2008 when 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, Glen was then appointed as CEO of Myriad Programming Services and oversees all the entertainment programming and channel acquisitions for the Pay-TV group.
Mark joined the Naspers Group in March 2007 as CFO of DStv Mobile and was appointed CEO in October 2008. Read more
Mark is a chartered accountant who served his articles at KPMG. He held various finance-related positions in the Bidvest Group (including group financial controller of Bidcorp Plc – a London Stock Exchange-listed transport group – and finance director of Dartline Limited – a short-haul shipping line).
Mark joined the Naspers Group in March 2007 as the chief financial officer of DStv Mobile and was appointed CEO in October 2008. He oversaw the introduction of various mobile television services across the African continent under the DStv Mobile banner before moving on to MultiChoice South Africa as COO in October 2013. He was appointed CEO for MCSA in May 2016.
Chris Hitchings is the CEO of DStv Media Sales (formerly Oracle Airtime Sales) Read more
Chris has been involved in the media advertising sales industry for more than 20 years, having sold advertising on radio (SABC) and in the commuter arena (Taxinet now Comutanet). He holds diplomas in sales management (Cape Technikon), marketing management (Damelin) and international advertising (AAA School) and has completed the Naspers Media Management Programme.
Chris has been with the company for the past 19 years. He started out as a sales executive and worked his way up to CEO in 2011. DStv Media Sales (formerly Oracle Airtime Sales) is the advertising and sponsorship arm of DStv – the largest Pay-TV platform in Africa.
Yolisa began her career at the BBC in London and joined M-Net in 2005. She was appointed M-Net CEO in 2015. Read more
Yolisa Phahle began her career in broadcasting at the BBC in the United Kingdom where she worked in the newsroom as a studio manager (later moving into production). A classically-trained musician, Yolisa performed, composed and arranged music for some of the biggest names in the industry. She joined M-Net in 2005 as general manager for Channel O and in 2008 was appointed channel director for local channels SA (where she launched the Mzansi Magic portfolio). In 2015 Yolisa was appointed as CEO. She holds an MBA from GIBS Business School.
Gideon Khobane was appointed as the new CEO for SuperSport April 1, 2016. Read more
Gideon has a number of qualifications including: a national diploma in accountancy, a postgraduate diploma in integrated marketing communication, a foundation management program certificate, a B.Com degree (specialising in marketing management), a postgraduate diploma in marketing management, and a master’s degree (specialising in strategic marketing).
Gideon started with the MultiChoice group eight years ago and held the positions of director of research and business intelligence for M-Net South Africa and head of M-Net Africa’s marketing and publicity division.
Prior to his promotion as CEO of SuperSport, Gideon was director of M-Net general entertainment channels (M-Net, M-Net Edge, M-Net City and M-Net Family).
During his time with the Group, Gideon has driven a number of very successful key projects: he launched the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, launched and rebranded the African Magic Channels, launched M-Net Family and M-Net City. He also helped to develop a number of key shows: Tinsel, Idols East and Southern Africa, Star Gist, Big Brother Africa and most recently The Voice SA.
Before he was Director of M-Net General Entertainment Channels responsible for some of the most popular and exciting channels on DStv such as M-Net, M-Net Edge, M-Net City and M-Net Family.
He has been with the MultiChoice Group since 2008 and has held roles as Head of Marketing and Publicity for M-Net Africa and Director for Research and Business Intelligence for M-Net South Africa.
After a career as a journalist, political writer and editor, Esmaré was appointed Media24 CEO in 2011. Read more
Esmaré Weideman obtained the qualifications BCom and BJournalism Hons (both cum laude) at Stellenbosch University. She has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist, political writer, news editor and editor at some of the country’s most prestigious publications.
She was editor-in-chief of Media24’s flagship weekly magazines, Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM, before being appointed Media24 CEO in 2011.
She is a director of Media24 and Novus Holdings (previously Paarl Media Group).
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