Saturday, February 22, 2014

BREAKING. Bob van Dijk takes over as new CEO of Naspers; Koos Bekker becoming Naspers chairman from April 2015.

Bob van Dijk (41) is becoming the new Naspers CEO from 1 April 2014 with current CEO Koos Bekker (61) who will take a year off and then become the new Naspers chairperson from 1 April 2015 when Ton Vosloo steps down.

Naspers owns the massive pay-TV operation encompassing direct-to-home (DTH) pay-TV satellite business MultiChoice in South and Southern Africa with brands like DStv, M-Net, SuperSport and the digital terrestrial television service GOtv in Southern Africa.

In 1985 Koos Bekker, following a paper he wrote at Columbia University started M-Net in his early thirties with a group of people, one if the first pay-TV services outside of the United States. At the times Naspers was a 26% backer and Ton Vosloo the M-Net chairperson.

Today the group operates pay-TV services and products across 48 countries in Africa and is available in 7 million households.

In 1997 Koos Bekker replaced Ton Vosloo as CEO of Naspers. Naspers today is the largest media group outside the United States and China and is larger than any in Europe.