Bob van Dijk has stepped down as CEO of Naspers and Prosus, effective immediately. The companies have mutually agreed that van Dijk will leave his position as chief executive and board member in September 2023. He will continue to assist with the transition until September 2024. Van Dijk has been CEO of Naspers since 2014, and Prosus since its listing in 2019. Ervin Tu has been appointed interim CEO. Former Naspers CEO Koos Bekker thanked van Dijk for his leadership. Van Dijk’s remuneration has been a point of controversy, with shareholders objecting to it being tied to Tencent’s performance. In 2018, he received R1.6 billion in share options. Prosus continues to experience trading losses, totaling $145 million in the past year. The group plans to cut its corporate workforce by 30% to become profitable by the first half of 2025. Naspers owns various internet and e-commerce companies in South Africa, including Takealot, Mr D Food, and News24. The group’s strategic goals will remain unchanged and will be discussed with investors.
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