André van der Veen, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of eMedia Holdings. The company’s main asset is a controlling stake in eMedia Investments, which owns e.tv and eNCA.
Van der Veen says, “e.tv and eNCA are South African institutions which play a critical role in our society providing independent news coverage and entertainment to millions of people. These brands are loved and respected by South Africans and I look forward to working with the eMedia management team and the employees as we navigate the fast changing media landscape.”
Van der Veen takes over from Kevin Govender, who has led the company for the past 2 years in an acting capacity. Govender will remain on the eMedia Holdings board as a Non-Executive Director.
Khalik Sherrif, current Chief Commercial Officer, has been appointed to the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Sherrif has a range of academic qualifications including an MBA and has worked in the media industry for more than 25 years. He is the most experienced television executive within eMedia Holdings, having been with the Group for 15 years. He has been responsible for revenue and the success of the company’s dynamic sales team. Sherrif’s extensive knowledge of the changing South African media industry will add value to the Group as he supports van der Veen in this new role.
Sherrif says, “These changes present a new opportunity in a new era for eMedia. I look forward to working with André and our management team, growing my portfolio beyond that of being only responsible for revenue. It will be challenging, but I hope all the more rewarding as media shifts and changes.”
The roles of Mark Rosin as Chief Operating Officer and Antonio Lee as Chief Financial Officer will remain unchanged.
The appointments are expected to be effective from 1 November 2017.