Naspers has recently announced the name of Koos Bekker’s successor after it was communicated that he’ll be stepping down after seventeen years of successfully running the multimedia conglomerate. Surprisingly, Naspers nominated the Dutch new media expert Bob van Dijk to take over Bekker’s position as the corporate Chief Executive Officer as of 1 April 2014. The South African company usually elects South African elites to fill their leadership positions but have remarkably chosen a Dutchman this time around. So why did one of the biggest media companies in the world suddenly diverge from their traditional methods and choose to hand over the power to a foreign CEO?
The first reason would be his international experience. Bob van Dijk completed his MSc in Econometrics in The Netherlands at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam and also his Finance & Strategy MBA at Insead in France. After completing his studies, he worked at top-level positions in The Netherlands, The UK, Canada, Norway and Germany. Since Naspers is a conglomerate with many subsidiaries all over the world, it’s a necessity that their CEO has a lot of international experience. Bob van Dijk’s internationalism makes him an ideal candidate.
The second reason for his commission is related to his field of specialisation. Bob van Dijk is an e-Commerce specialist and as one of the biggest internet service companies in the world, e-Commerce is a very important focus for Naspers. Van Dijk himself already named e-Commerce as one of Naspers’ biggest prospects for worldwide growth. Last year, e-Commerce accounted for twenty per cent of Naspers’ turnover and Van Dijk is expecting this percentage to grow to fifty per cent by the end of this year. This may sound a bit too ambitious, but at Naspers we have a lot of faith in Van Dijk and his potential. Naspers’ chairperson Ton Vosloo said the following about their new CEO: “In view of our strong development focus on e-Commerce, the board believes that Bob has the skills to lead us into the next phase of our growth”.
Here at Who’s Who we are very excited about Bob’s ambitious plans and we are curious to see how this will affect the organization. As a subsidiary of Naspers, we are very proud to welcome Bob van Dijk to the Who’s Who community.
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Written by Who’s Who SA’s International Content and Marketing Interns:
Bart Van Teutem
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Should we be concerned about the speedy evolution of e-Commerce or is it the perfect example of convenience? It is true that it saves us time, and in business time equals money.
Any organization that wants to grow their business needs to emphasize and pay attention to the growing importance of the following trends: mobile usage; fast and free shipping; business without borders; content marketing; personalization; pre-sales and building a strong brand. Combining these aspects will definitely be cost-effective and create cheaper products benefitting both the consumer and the business.
The benefits of e-Commerce are that closing hours and store location won’t limit consumer behaviour. The consumer decides what she wants, when she wants it, and where she wants it. However, South Africa’s Electronic Communications and Transactions (ECT) Act of 2002 and the Consumer Protection Act of 2010 regulates e-Commerce activity and therefore it might slow down developments for your business.
e-Commerce might result in a future in which the next generation will never see physical stores. But before we lose our understanding of physical stores, we are introduced with a new phenomenon called virtual stores where people walk into a supermarket, scan the sought product , arrange a time and place of delivery then leave the store empty-handed. A waste of time, when you can shop online, perhaps? But this has already been successfully introduced to Japan, the United Kingdom and South African supermarket giant Woolworths has jumped on the bandwagon too.
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