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Management team

Group

Bob van Dijk Group CEO

Bob van Dijk was appointed chief executive of Naspers in April 2014. Read more

Bob van Dijk Group CEO

Bob van Dijk became Group CEO of Naspers in April 2014, assuming the additional role of Group CEO of Prosus at its listing on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange in September 2019, and has experience managing online growth companies. He joined the group as CEO of the Allegro division in August 2013 and was promoted to CEO of Global Transaction eCommerce in October 2013. He previously worked at eBay and Schibsted, spanning the online marketplaces, online classifieds and fashion segments. Prior to that Bob was an entrepreneur in online financial products having started his career at McKinsey with a focus on M&A and media. Bob has an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Basil (Vasili) Sgourdos Group CFO

Basil Sgourdos was appointed financial director of Naspers in July 2014. Read more

Basil (Vasili) Sgourdos Group CFO

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.

Aileen O'Toole Group Chief People Officer

Aileen joined Naspers as Chief People Officer in May 2014. Read more

Aileen O'Toole Group Chief People Officer

Aileen joined Naspers as Chief People Officer in May 2014. She has two decades of HR leadership experience in fast-growing consumer internet and hi-tech companies. Before joining Naspers, Aileen spent 10 years with eBay where she led HR for eBay Europe and Global Classifieds and also helped to grow and scale businesses in the fintech, eTail and online comparison-shopping sectors. Prior to eBay Aileen led HR for Europe at Jabil Global Services and also worked at the Telenor group.

David Tudor Group General Counsel

David was appointed Group General Counsel of Naspers in June 2015. Read more

David Tudor Group General Counsel

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 Group Chief Operating Officer

Pat Kolek joined Naspers in 2014 as CFO, ecommerce and was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Naspers in July 2016. Read more

Pat Kolek Group Chief Operating Officer

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.

Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa CEO, South Africa

Phuthi joined Naspers as CEO, South Africa in July 2019. Read more

Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa CEO, South Africa

Phuthi joined Naspers as CEO, South Africa in July 2019. Prior to joining Naspers, she was the co-founder and Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital. Before Sigma Capital she held the position of CEO at Shanduka Group, an investment holding company which she joined in 2004 and left in 2015. Prior to that, she was the Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Phuthi began her career at Fieldstone in New York in 1993, eventually leaving the business as Vice President. Phuthi holds a BA Economics from Rutgers University, USA, and an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. She also completed the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education programme ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ at Harvard University in 2008.

Prosus

Martin Scheepbouwer CEO Classifieds

Martin is responsible for Classifieds operations at Naspers, managing the OLX Group portfolio which includes dubizzle, Avito and letgo. Read more

Martin Scheepbouwer CEO Classifieds

Martin is responsible for Classifieds operations at Naspers, managing the OLX Group portfolio which includes 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 held 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 functions such as strategy, finance, product management, operations and M&A. Martin has worked in all life-cycle phases, from starting a greenfield operation to managing a mature, multi-national internet company. He has also written about business problem solving in his book, Thinking Backwards, which was published in five languages. Prior to starting his career in technology, he worked for seven years in business consulting at McKinsey.

Laurent Le Moal CEO Payments & Fintech

Laurent was appointed CEO PayU in January 2016. Read more

Laurent Le Moal CEO Payments & Fintech

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).

Larry Illg CEO Online Food Delivery & Ventures

Larry joined Naspers in December 2013 and was appointed CEO for Ventures in June 2015. Read more

Larry Illg CEO Online Food Delivery & Ventures

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 Searle CEO Internet Listed Assets

Charles is responsible for the group's listed internet assets, including Tencent Holdings Limited. Read more

Charles Searle CEO Internet Listed Assets

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.

Media

Ishmet Davidson CEO Media24

Ishmet Davidson joined Media24 in 2012 and became CEO in October 2018. Read more

Ishmet Davidson CEO Media24

Ishmet Davidson joined Media24 in 2012 as head of community newspapers. He became the head of its news division in 2014, after which media distribution company On the Dot and Media24’s magazine division were added to his responsibilities. He has 16 years’ experience in the media industry and among other qualifications, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School at Scotland’s Heriot Watt University. He became CEO of Media24 on October 1, 2018.