Our client was a diverse global media company, one of the largest technology investors in the world. They operated many of the world’s leading platforms in internet, video entertainment and media. The business was divided into three major divisions and the search assignment was within the video entertainment division. Our client pioneered pay-tv in South Africa approximately 30 years ago and had subsequently grown into a multinational African business with 10,000 staff members and priding itself on bringing world-class entertainment to over 50 countries.

The Need

The business was embarking on a major group-wide transformation. Previous market domination had bred complacency in the business and among its staff, along with certain business processes becoming outdated and not able to cover the challenges the business faced in terms of transformation and being able to stay relevant in the fast–paced technology-driven sector. The need was to find a business-minded HR executive to lead the entire Human Resources function across the business. The key objective for the incoming candidate was to collaborate and strongly align with leadership, build the HR capabilities and resources to enable the delivery of business strategy across the region. The client sought someone from an African country, outside of South Africa, to improve the cultural diversity of the existing executive team.

 

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