Friday, October 16, 2020

BREAKING. MultiChoice makes top-exec appointments: Nyiko Shiburi is new MultiChoice SA CEO, Marc Jury is SuperSport CEO; Clement O'Reilly to oversee HR, Fhulu Badugela new Southern Africa director.

by Thinus Ferreira

MultiChoice has appointed Nyiko Shiburi as new MultiChoice South Africa CEO, replacing Mark Rayner; with Marc Jury taking over from Gideon Khobane as SuperSport CEO from 1 December.

Gideon Khobane will now move into the position as MultiChoice's group executive for general entertainment. In his new role he will be reporting directly to Yolisa Phahle who remains in her position as MultiChoice's chief executive of general entertainment & connected video.

Clement O’Reilly, who is presently head of total reward & operations for MultiChoice Africa, has been appointed as MultiChoice's group executive head of human resources.

Simon Camerer, currently MultiChoice's chief customer officer, has been appointed as MultiChoice South Africa chief operating officer (COO).

MultiChoice hasn't yet issued any public statement yet about the pay-TV operator's latest string of top-level executive changes.

Marc Jury has currently been responsible for managing negotiations and acquiring all sports-related programming across the SuperSport channels, as well as overseeing the marketing of that content, and is now upped into the SuperSport CEO position.

In an internal email to MultiChoice staffers, Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice Group CEO, says that Nyiko Shiburi who has been MultiChoice's Southern Africa regional director for the past 2 and a half years "has proven to be an extremely competent executive and has had to navigate the complexity of multiple territories and multiple businesses each uniquely different and uniquely complex".

Nyiko Shiburi who started at MultiChoice in 2007 as a project manager for its now-defunct DStv Mobile service, has gone on to manage the Southern Africa region outside of South Africa where, according to MultiChoice "he ably dealt with macro issues such as economic meltdown, drought that impacted electricity supply, tax issues, currency devaluations, regulatory issues, acquiring new licences, political and people challenges, and has shown resilience and nimbleness".

Fhulu Badugela, a former MultiChoice Africa human resources group executive head, has been appointed as MultiChoice's new Southern Africa director in Nyiko Shiburi's position.

Calvo Mawela says Fhulu Badugela's "leadership and broader MultiChoice Group exposure has seen Fhulu achieve a great track record of leading operational excellence and enabling a high-performance culture, and will help us drive forward the MultiChoice Africa Holdings business turnaround".

About Marc Jury's appointment as SuperSport CEO, Calvo Mawela says "Marc has always had a great affinity to sport, and this together with his passion for motivating people and getting the best out of those around him makes him the best candidate for the role".

UPDATE: Friday 16 October 2020 14:46 - MultiChoice has now issued a press release through its Aprio PR company, confirming the executive appointments and changes. A MultiChoice spokesperson also said that Yolisa Phahle's role remains unchanged as CEO of general entertainment & connected video at the MultiChoice Group.