Thursday, May 3, 2018

Evert van der Veer appointed as new Fox Networks Group Africa general manager; the role of Vasilis Iliopoulos expanded to senior vice president for FNG Africa.

The Fox Networks Group (FNG), a unit of 21st Century Fox, is restructuring its executive management team for Africa with Evert van der Veer (pictured) appointed as the next new Fox Networks Group Africa general manager based in Johannesburg, and with Vasilis Iliopoulos, the FNG Greece general manager, expanding his role to become senior vice president for FNG Africa.

Both roles begin with immediate effect.

Evert van der Veer replaces Gary Alfonso who exited at the end of March.

Evert van der Veer joins FNG Africa from the emerging markets focused subscription video-on-demand service (SVOD) iflix where he was the head of content for Africa and the Middle East. 

Before that Evert van der Veer was the head of Comedy Central Africa as vice president, at Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) in Johannesburg, where he also helped with the creation of BET Africa in 2015 and this channel's programming and acquisition strategy.

In his expanded role, Vasilis Iliopoulos (pictured right) will focus on the accelerated expansion of FOX Sports and local content production in Africa, linear and non-linear branded entertainment and National Geographic Partners across key markets in East, West and Southern Africa.

Vasilis Iliopoulos who joined the Fox Networks Group in 2011 has been instrumental in the development and launch of FNG Africa’s West African Football Tournament and FOX Sports Africa Boxing initiatives.

"I'm delighted to announce the appointment of both Vasilis Iliopoulos and Evert van der Veer," says Adam Theiler, the executive vice president of Europe and Africa.

"Vasilis is a leader in the truest sense of the word and enjoys the respect and admiration of team members and clients alike in every market he has tackled. Evert is a consummate media professional, who is a fixture in the Johannesburg media scene, and a content expert committed to the future of media across the African continent. I have no doubt that both Vasilis and Evert will prove instrumental in our continued expansion into sub-Saharan Africa."

Fox Networks Group Africa operates pay-TV channels in South Africa and across Africa like FOX, FOX Life, National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, FOX Sports, and Baby TV available on pay-TV platforms like MultiChoice's DStv, StarTimes SA's StarSat, Cell C's black SVOD service, Kwesé TV and others, and runs the non-linear service FOX+ and National Geographic+.